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Shooting Stars
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Shooting Stars

Shooting Stars is a UK television comedy game show broadcast on BBC TWO. Created by Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer, it is both a parody of the game show format, and an experiment in dadaist television. As such it is possibly one of the most bizarre programmes ever regularly aired. The first series was broadcast in 1995, and the most recent in 2002.

Table of contents
1 Format
2 Questions
3 The final game
4 Alternative versions

Format

The basic format of the show is that of a conventional panel game - the hosts (Reeves and Mortimer) and the two teams of three sit behind desks. The hosts ask questions of the two teams, and points are awarded for "correct" answers. As is common with panel games, the scoring is largely arbitrary and merely a device to give a structure to the proceedings. Each team has a regular team captain, which were Mark Lamarr and Ulrika Jonsson in the first series, with Lamarr being replaced by novelist Will Self in the second series. The "score" is kept by George Dawes, a drumming baby played by comedian Matt Lucas. (Occasionally George's "mother" Marjorie Dawes - also played by Lucas - appears instead. She also appears in Little Britain.)

Rounds include "true or false", the filmclip round, the impressions round, "The Dove from Above", and others. In the impressions round contestants have to guess what song Vic Reeves is singing "in the club style" - so stylised (or perhaps drunkenly slurred) as to be incomprehensible. "The Dove from Above" - later replaced by "Donald Cox the Sweaty Fox" - is a large and shoddy prop animal suspended above the contestants merely for the purpose of bearing six key words for further questions.

The true purpose of the show is as a vehicle for the surrealist humour of the hosts, Vic and Bob. Some guests "get it", others do not - in many cases these often provide the best comedy. The title of the show is a pun on the fact that much of the humour is at the expense of the guest stars.

Questions

Examples of the impossible-to-predict questions (and answers) are:

The final game

The winning team ultimately nominates one of its members (usually one of the bewildered guest stars) to perform the final game, which is generally something completely bizarre and different for each show.

Alternative versions

Recently, the format has been successfully copied to
Danish television channel TV2 Zulu (with suitable alterations for Danish cultural consumption) and the show is hosted by Casper Christensen and Frank Hvam, ex-of Pythonesque series Mandrilaftalen. Team captains are singer Maria Montell and stand-up comic Mikael Wulff.