"Bring back Four Square, Going for Gold, Masterteam, Telly Addicts and Turnabout on BBC-1, Todays the Day on BBC-2, and Connections, Crosswits, The Crystal Maze and The Krypton Factor on ITV-1. sign now

We the undersigned request that Four Square, Going for Gold, Masterteam, Telly Addicts and Turnabout be brought back on BBC-1, Today's the Day on BBC-2 and Connections, Crosswits, The Crystal Maze and The Krypton Factor on ITV-1.

Four Square with John Sachs, Going for Gold with Henry Kelly and Turnabout with Rob Curling were three excellent quiz shows, all three of which had a format that worked and required intelligence at the same time. All three shows went out on BBC-1 on a daily basis (Monday-Friday) and I can't for the life of me understand why the BBC took them off during the daytime. They didn't lose their appeal, all three shows still had the same format they started with when they took them off the air. The only explanation I can think of as to why the BBC took them off the air was to make way for something new. The only trouble is what they have replaced them with is utter garbage which is usually the case. Today's the Day with Martyn Lewis was another great show which had a format that worked and required intelligence at the same time. It went out on BBC-2 on a daily basis (Monday-Friday) and then all of a sudden disappeared and it should be brought back. Masterteam with Angela Rippon was another great quiz show regarded as the team version of Mastermind. It had a format that worked and required intelligence at the same time and was broadcast on BBC-1 on a daily basis (Monday-Friday) at 5.30pm, but was dropped in favour of repeating the lunchtimes episode of the Australian soap Neighbours. At the time it paid off axing Masterteam and repeating Neighbours at 5.30pm, but Neighbours has been passed its sell by date now for ten years and its time it was axed altogether. Telly Addicts with Noel Edmonds was another good show as well, to start with that is. It went out on BBC-1 on Monday nights at 8.00pm and the original format consisted of two teams of four sitting on a sofa answering general knowledge questions about television programmes which was great. Everything changed for the last two or three series though and instead of having two teams of four they had three couples or three pairings together of some sort, plus they changed the whole format of the show as well. Out went the sofas, and in came the stands which the contestants stood behind and we had to look inside a box to guess who the celebrity was and also climb a stupid stairway system. All these changes ruined the show and it lost its appeal with the viewers and was finally axed in 1998. Why people have to change things that are alright the way they are I don't know. I'm sure they do it on purpose. If Telly Addicts were to come back on television, it would need to revert back to the original format for it to work again and get its appeal once more and this can be done using some common sense, so have a think about this. Connections with the great Sue Robbie was a great quiz show on in the afternoon at one time on a daily basis (Monday-Friday). Crosswits with Tom O'Connor was a decent quality quiz programme as well, broadcast at 9.30am at one time on a daily basis (Monday-Friday) and should be brought back instead of the garbage that goes out on the air at 9.30am today. The Crystal Maze presented by first Richard O'Brien (Series 1-4) and then Edward Tudor Pole (Series 5-6) was another good show and one that certainly required intelligence as well as skill and memory at the same time. The Crystal Maze was probably one of the few quality programmes that Channel 4 had, but in recent years Channel 4's treatment of their best programmes has been appalling. Brookside has been axed altogether, Fifteen to One has also been axed altogether and Countdown has been moved back an hour from 4.15pm to 3.30 pm. As for Channel 4's treatment of American drama series like NYPD Blue and The Sopranos, they are put on at ridiculous hours to accommodate garbage like Big Brother at prime time and its not on. The Crystal Maze was to good a programme and wasted on Channel 4 and would be better on ITV-1 at prime time, that way more people would watch it then if given the opportunity. I bet the viewing figures for The Crystal Maze would double in no time if it was put on the major terrestrial network, instead of a minor terrestrial channel. The Krypton Factor with Gordon Burns which was broadcast on Monday nights at 7.00pm was another quality quiz show which required intelligence and the whole family could enjoy, but the undoing of The Krypton Factor was changing the format of the show which totally ruined it. At this moment in time, the quiz shows that currently go out on the air are bloody awful with diabolical formats and are not a patch on the quiz shows that we had on television in the old days. The Krypton Factor would have to go back to its original format for that to work again and it can be done using some common sense. Why people have to change things that are alright the way they are I don't know because nine times out of ten the changes that bosses make ruin shows completely. Personally, I have never known a programme survive on the air yet after changes have been made have you.

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