BBC One offered up something ‘new’ this evening with a game show run by puppets where two celebrities do battle to win money for charity, however the show has been overwhelmingly panned by viewers who voiced their opinions on Twitter.
Summer filler That Puppet Game Show, produced by the same people behind The Muppets, showcases several puppets led by Dougie Colon, who is voiced by Vernon Kay. The show features a mix of puppets each with their own character toy with the celebrities who partake in a number of bizarre challenges to win £10,000 for their chosen charity.
The first episode featured chat show host Jonathan Ross doing battle against opera singer Katherine Jenkins.
TV Critic Kevin O’Sullivan (@TVKev) said: After returning from my holiday today, I watched That Puppet Game Show and I Love My Country. I’m going on holiday again…
The series comes from The Jim Henson Company who devised the Muppet characters, which the BBC series’ puppets take a similar style, in the 1950s and were part of the creative team at the ATV Elstree production of the original Muppet series for ITV between 1976-81. The original Muppet Show was set in a theatre with a mix of celebrity guests and music mixed between sketches. (Right creator Jim Henson with the Muppets at ATV)
In 1996 the Muppet characters returned to UK screens when BBC One aired Muppets Tonight. Taking the original ITV format but setting the series in a television studio rather than a variety theatre – however it proved a flop for the BBC and not all episodes were shown in the UK on terrestrial television.
That Puppet Game Show continues next Saturday on BBC One.