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If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. And again, and again, and again, and again…

What’s funnier than watching a contestant fall over once? Watching them fall over 10 times while wearing Lycra! – ITV2

Welcome to The Almost Impossible Game Show the latest offering from ITV entertainment. Yes its a comedy game show that’s so hard to beat, contestants are given 50 lives… and they probably still won’t win! Japanese game show Takeshi’s Castle springs to mind, I mean you can count on one hand surely the number of times a contestant actually penetrated Count Takeshi’s defenses. It remains a highlight of late night Challenge TV.

Anyway, in a similar vein in each episode of ITV’s absurd new series, ten brave contestants pit themselves against The Almost Impossible Game Show’s incredibly simple yet hilariously difficult games. Comedy duo The Rubber Bandits provide anarchic commentary and their own twisted, surreal take on the action as the increasingly bedraggled contestants make their way through the show.

ITV2’s highly ‘sophisticated’ (not really) games include riding a tiny bike at speed along a very narrow beam, shaking Velcro croissants off a Velcro bodysuit and putting on a pair of trousers while sprinting on a treadmill. Its really Total Wipeout without a budget, but that’s the whole point and what makes the show fun. The only thing really needs to make it even better is Keith Lemon in a studio, while Andi Peters plays glamorous assistant down on the course. And why not throw in some big green balls…

Anyway we digress. The dastardly physical challenges are so swear-bleepingly, bum-bruisingly, face-slappingly tricky that contestants are given 50 attempts to complete just 5 of them. If they fail a game, they’ve got to do it again… and again… and again…

But if they succeed at this Almost Impossible task and beat the show they’ll return home covered in glory! And mud. – ITV2

The Almost Impossible Game Show airs tonight at 9pm on ITV2.

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