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Best of Friends
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Genre Children's Game show
Created by Jonathan Wolfson
Mark Robson
Presented by Michael Absalom
Rani Khanijau
Ortis Deley
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 5 (Original series)
1 (Africa series)
No. of episodes 90 (Original series)
5 (Africa series)
Production
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Talent TV
Release
Original network CBBC (2004, 2008)
BBC One (2005-7)
Picture format 16:9
Original release 7 March 2004 (2004-03-07) – 13 August 2008 (2008-08-13)

Best of Friends is a British children's game show that ran from 7 March 2004 to 13 August 2008. It first aired on CBBC for series 1, then on BBC One from series 2-3 and then back on CBBC from series 4–5.

Format

Tasks and Treats

In the show, five friends with a strong friendship must complete a series of three unpleasant tasks in order to win a final treat. The tasks include mucking out pigs, cleaning bins, picking up ice with the bare feet, getting your feet tickled without laughing or smiling and so on, for the test of friendship. While some members of the group are doing the task, their friends do treats such as visiting animals at the RSPCA, getting a manicure, shopping, going to a football game, going to a theme park etc. They must make decisions deciding on who will do the task and who will do the treat or they can use the "Unlucky Dip".

"The Unlucky Dip"

The unlucky dip contains three, two or one blue sweet(s) in a bag. The friends choose a sweet each (without looking) from the bag, and then suck it. The number of children to do the next task, and therefore the number of blue sweets in the bag, will depend on the success of the previous task. The people or person with the blue sweet(s) will have a blue tongue and will be forced to do the task, while the others will do the treat. The first task requires three people and, each time the children pass a task, the number needed to do the next task will reduce. For the final task they have three options: the unlucky dip, volunteer or the whole team can do the task as it is the hardest.

The presenters also have an option of volunteering to do the task. If they do not volunteer, the presenters also do a compulsory Unlucky Dip with each task. The presenter with a blue tongue will be forced to do the task.

Transmissions

Original series

Series Start date End date Episodes
1 7 March 2004 31 March 2004 15
2 6 January 2005 21 April 2005 15
3 8 January 2007 21 February 2007 20
4 8 January 2008 10 March 2008 20
5 2 April 2008 13 August 2008 20

Africa

Series Start date End date Episodes
1 4 July 2005 8 July 2005 5

Specials

Date Entitle
14 July 2006 Sport Relief Special

Episodes

There are 5 friends in each episode. These are the friends.

Series 1

  1. Northwich: Joe, Nathan, Matthew, Richard & Miles
  2. London: Joseph, Charlotte, Rachel, Jack & Chanelle
  3. London: Angel, Leona, Seamus, Connor & Nye
  4. Manchester: Paul, Nieve, Catriona, Josh & Daniel
  5. Wrexham: Ryan, Amy, Savin, Natalie & Becky
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  7. Warrington: Haydn, Ashley, Charlotte, Alice & Josh
  8. Hackney: Reece, Joe, Kieron, Ashok & Andy
  9. Macclesfield: Amy, Tasha, Jenna, Katie & Shannon
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  11. Barnet: Jamie, Sam, Dino, Sam & Ricky
  12. London: Rachael, Kalil, Daniel, Jessica & Miami
  13. Essex: Rushabh, Liam, Shazaib, Uday & Dilip
  14. Bristol: Ben, Gareth, Matthew, Louis & Oscar
  15. Bristol: Joanna, Rebecca, Lucinda, Sophie & Rebecca

Series 2

  1. Harbridge: Ben, Bradley, Tom, Alex & Captain Bradley
  2. Edinburgh: Ashley, Amy, Lisa, Jennifer B & Jennifer
  3. Belfast: Anna, Gemma, Maedbh, Sarah & Rebecca
  4. Belfast: Emma-Louise, Kyle, Eoin, Sean Paul & Aisling
  5. Leeds: Shaq, Vardaan, Aaron, Johnny & Courtney
  6. Leeds: Samson, Mark, Tyler, Andre & Dominic
  7. Leeds: Georgina, Kerry, Anya, Elle & Tyne
  8. Leeds: Alisha, Abbie, Courtney, Katie & Cheilua
  9. York: Will, Charlie, Rob, Steve & Ryan
  10. Belfast: Julia, Jade, Aisling, Tiphani & Kelly
  11. Birmingham: Lydia, Candice, Tamsin, Niamh & Whitney
  12. Edinburgh: Euan, Naomi, Caitlin, Deena & Craig
  13. Edinburgh: James, Steven, Ryan, Sunny & Robert
  14. Birmingham: Jake, Mohammed, Zakir, Haris & Arjun
  15. Leeds: Akua, Kirsty, Anu, Adele & Ib

Series 3

  1. Plymouth: Robbie, Laura, Ben, Gabby & Bethan
  2. Exeter: Alex, Greg, Tom, Adam & Matt
  3. Exeter: Josh, Harvey, Max, Jordi & Raph
  4. Acle: Harry, Danny, Ella, Olivia & Tom
  5. Norwich: Jared, Steph, Meghan, Callum & Georgia
  6. Norwich: Clieo, Maisie, Isfahan, Diphda & Talia
  7. Norwich: Izzie, Beth, Annie, Aimee & Polly
  8. Mundford: Danika, Leona, Charlotte, Hannah & Halima
  9. Worksop: Ellie, Jack, Victoria, Antony & Georgia
  10. Heaton: Amy, Hannah, Ella, Kodi & Jess
  11. Nottingham: Ella, Beth, Sam, Mana & Sophia
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  13. Clough: Joe, Emma, Megan, Kerry & Joseph
  14. Derby: Jeevan, Saif, Ashley, Ross & Jasneet
  15. Derby: Anna, Suman, Lottie, Ellena & Janah
  16. Heaton: Tom, Daniel, Jack, Tim & Jonny
  17. Walton: Shannon, Jake, Claire, Jack & Ashleigh
  18. Newcastle: Jamaal, Jamie, Jake, Holly & Jack
  19. Chandlers Ridge: Olivia, Emily, Kirsty, Amy & Jessica
  20. Durham: Sophie, Charlie, Katie, Ashley & Katherine

Series 4

  1. Glasgow: Ryan, Caleb, Max, Euan & Jack
  2. Glasgow: Ami, Lucy, Becky, Toni & Chloe
  3. Bristol: Fleur, Jemima, Chloe, Freya & Lauren
  4. Glasgow: Marc, Declan, Nabiha, Patrick & Asahi
  5. Cardiff: Georgia, Chanel, Lukasz, Ameer & Sajida
  6. Bristol: Rebecca, Hannah, Sam, Sarah & Sophie
  7. Cardiff: Harry, EJ, Jeron, Nathan & Aaron
  8. Bristol: Hannah, Chloe, Alana, Elena & Samantha
  9. Glasgow: Alistair, Megan, Dale, Lucy & Chris
  10. Cardiff: Louis, Aneesha, Callum, Kallum & Courtney
  11. Aberdeen: Jacob, Becky, Perry, Charley & Matthew
  12. Glasgow: Dean, Taylor, Mabashar, Liam & Danyaal
  13. Aberdeen: Dean, Steph, Leah, Louis & Alysha
  14. Aberdeen: Amy, Melanie, Megan, Emily & Alix
  15. Bristol: Charlie, Alice, Tasa, Kian & Emily
  16. Swansea: Lozzie, Laura, Lauren, Rebecca & Nicole
  17. Swansea: Lowri, Liam, Rebecca, Patsy & Angharad
  18. Bristol: Alex, Jaffa, Fabian, James & Marcus
  19. Glasgow: Danielle, Marc, Erin Eve, David & Caoimhin
  20. Glasgow: Emma, Lynn, Sean, Jacqueline & Roisin

Series 5

  1. Portsmouth: Tyler, Callum, Rhia, Harry & Sam
  2. Portsmouth: Claudia, Morgan, Sophia, Phoebe & Grace
  3. Portsmouth: Joe, Sam, Georgia, Callum & Sumeiya
  4. Portsmouth: Grace, Beckie, Joanna, Hannah 2 & Hannah 1
  5. Portsmouth: Dylan, Bradley, Samuel, Jordan & Sam
  6. Southampton: Dani, Annalise, Rachael, Jay & Penny
  7. Southampton: Sophie, Jordan, Chido, Katie & Morgan
  8. Ilford: Hannah, Abiola, Leah, Alicia & Noelly
  9. Southampton: Kane, Billy, Kieran, Matthew & Reece
  10. Leicester: Joe, Elliot, James, Jordan & Jack
  11. Southampton: Tegan, Lauren, Emma, Francesca & Emily
  12. Brighton: Rosie, Georgia, Deanna, Marianne & Becky
  13. Brighton: Lewis, Robyn, Daisy, Ryan & Zoe
  14. Brighton: Tom, James, Sam, Connor & George
  15. Leicester: Shahid, Fawzan, Jovan, Jabid & Vinay
  16. Leicester: Shannon, Keiron, Demi, Louise & Kenny
  17. Leicester: Semra, Marlon, Molly, Jordan & Chelsie
  18. Brighton: Edward, Ben, Joel, Max & Louis
  19. Brighton: Charley, Saskia, Louisa, Chloe & Laura
  20. Southampton: Ryan, James, Karl, Zak & Ben

Africa

  1. Mpho, Ayanda, Khanyi, Pascaline & Tebogo
  2. Sasha-Lee, Kim, Terryon, Desiree & Roxanne
  3. Linray, Leila, Timothy, Zaid & Trisha Lee
  4. Andrew, Michael, Brandon, Christopher & Chris M
  5. Jessica, Stephanie, Marijke, Dominique & Meagan
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