100% 80s (Channel 5, 2001)
100% was a cheap and cheerful daytime game show that ran on Channel 5 for about five years and over 1,000 editions. There were several variations made, including the spin-off series 100% Gold that was aimed at older viewers, and the late-night series 100% Sex. There were also several one-off specials (usually shown as part of a theme night) where all the questions were on the same topic such as Queen, James Bond or Prisoner: Cell Block H, along with Halloween and Christmas specials, so I thought I’d review one of those.
100% 80s was a special edition that was shown in 2001. Three contestants (Lisa from Stanmore, Tony from Sutton-in-Ashfield, and Victoria from Stockport) were bold enough to take a look back at this decade and reveal what they know about what happened, with the 100 questions being multiple choice or true or false. As ever, the disembodied voice of Robin Houston is going to ask the questions, so filofaxes at the ready. The first ten questions were simply on general knowledge.
The ten next questions were about television, so it’s helpful if you watched EastEnders or The A-Team regularly in the 80s. Then there were ten questions each on people, followed by headline news, and then films. Some of the questions featured a visual clue, such as a music video of one of the big hits of the decade from the likes of The Human League and Duran Duran.
After 50 questions, Victoria was in the lead at the halfway point with a score of 80%. After the break, the second part began with ten questions each on music, followed by life, and then sport. The final 20 questions were simply on the category of trivia, as if we hadn’t had enough of that already. The scores were fairly close throughout the whole edition, but as ever there could only be one winner.
And that winner is Tony, with a score of 77%, and his prize is the much more 21st century technology of a DVD player, and it was well earned, he’ll be entertained for hours. This is one of my favourite 100% special editions, I might review some more soon.