Game Show Memories – One To Win.

One To Win (BBC1, 1991-1992)

Here’s another look in the game show archive, and today it’s an obscure one. In the 1980s, there was the great show Bob’s Full House. One To Win lasted for only one series on Saturday evenings and has similar rules.

One To Win was hosted by Andrew O’Connor, a presenter who I very much enjoyed on TV at the time, and I’m not even being ironic or anything like that. This is an irony free site, honest. vlcsnap-00237

The title sequence featured Andrew being ambushed by some numbers, before he then descended some stairs, and each one lit up as he went down them which was very showbiz. After a few jokes it was time to wheel on the three contestants. After they told the usual silly anecdotes, it was time to play the game. vlcsnap-00239

They were all given a card with 15 numbers. In the first round, they had to fill the four corners. If they got a question wrong, they were frozen out of the next one. Whoever was the first to get all four corners would win a prize that was decent for its time. vlcsnap-00240

In the second round, the contestants had to fill their middle line, and this time they could choose from categories. Again, there was a prize for whoever did this first. vlcsnap-00242

Then there was the final round, where they had to fill the rest of their card. They could also play a wildcard to freeze out a rival contestant until they got an answer right. This round was very fast paced and Andrew would start to shout things like “Ottavio, you only need one to win!” Whoever got there first would get the chance to play for the star prize of a dream holiday.

They would be shown a 4×4 grid and asked questions against the clock. Get one right, and they could pick a number. If it was a letter, they moved closer to the prize, if it was a cash value, they won that. If they got all eight letters it would spell a clue to their holiday destination. If not, they could take the money, how exciting it was to watch someone win £245. vlcsnap-00243

There was also a viewers phone-in competition, and it must have been one of the earliest game shows to have one. I’ll be reviewing another game show hosted by Andrew O’Connor soon, after he stopped being a TV presenter he went on to become a successful producer and director.

Call Andrew now for kinky chat.

Call Andrew now for kinky chat.

This bingo-style format would later be used for the ITV game shows Lucky Numbers and The Biggest Game In Town, and although Bob’s Full House was the best of them, I thought One To Win was still very enjoyable.


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