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Hider in the House
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Genre Children's, entertainment
Starring JK and Joel (2007–2008)
Kate Edmondson (2008)
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of series 2
No. of episodes 43
Running time 60 minutes
Original network BBC Two
Original release 17 February 2007 (2007-02-17) – 1 June 2008 (2008-06-01)

Hider in the House is a British children's game show presented by Jason King and Joel Ross (aka JK and Joel). In the programme, a celebrity has to be hidden in a family's house by three children and a parent. If the family have fewer than three children, they use friends or related children to make up the numbers. The other parent of the family thinks they are taking part in a totally different programme. The children involved must undergo a series of tasks to win prizes which they will receive if the unaware parent does not work out what is really happening. The tasks are sometimes very messy or involve getting the unaware parent to do strange things.

The format, which was devised by Eyeworks UK, won the Best Entertainment prize at the 2008 Rose d'Or ceremony.

David Grant

In the sixth episode of the second series, David Grant was busted early when an unfortunate incident led to him being discovered on the first day. In view of the unusual circumstances, and because JK felt partially responsible, the three presenters discussed what to do. They offered the children the opportunity to continue playing, but on the condition that if they lost the challenges they would lose all the prizes they had already won. Unsuspecting friends and family were substituted for the unsuspecting parent.

Episode list

Series 1

Episode No. Hider
1 Matt Stevens
2 Christopher Parker
3 Anna Ryder Richardson
4 Colin Jackson
5 Bonnie Langford
6 Myleene Klass
7 Lee Dixon
8 Charlie Dimmock
9 Louisa Lytton
10 Garth Crooks
11 Jason Donovan
12 Ian Watkins
13 Sarah Cawood
14 Tommy Walsh
15 Nadia Sawalha
16 Jenni Falconer
17 Nigel Marven
18 Siân Lloyd
19 Sheree Murphy
20 Linda Barker

Series 2

Episode No. Hider
1 Dani Harmer
2 Matt Di Angelo
3 Lil' Chris
4 Carol Smillie
5 Barney Harwood
6 David Grant
7 Lee Sharpe
8 Saira Khan
9 Ray Quinn
10 Mark Ramprakash
11 Keith Chegwin
12 David Seaman
13 Aggie MacKenzie
14 Michaela Strachan
15 Kirsten O'Brien
16 Dominic Littlewood
17 Jennie Bond
18 Hayley Tamaddon
19 Chico Slimani
20 Craig Revel Horwood
  • Week 21: Hider In The House Awards
  • Week 22: Best Bits Of Hider In The House (Part 1)
  • Week 23: Best Bits Of Hider In The House (Part 2)


If the Hider failed a challenge, they were given a forfeit for the children to win back the prizes. In Series One, it was 'Suck the Sock' where the hider had to suck a sock full of smoothie to win the prizes back. Sometimes the sock was changed to another thing associated with the celebrity. For example, for Steph Orleans and Malak it became 'Lick the sock'. In Series Two, the forfeit was sometimes Lick the Tache, where they had to lick a horrible substance moustache off their face. An example of this is Lil' Chris in Week 3 when he had to lick a moustache of tartar sauce off his face. In certain episodes, it was still 'Suck the Sock'. However, there was only one forfeit per episode and that was taken on the first failed challenge. It wasn't always a smoothie that was to be sucked - sometimes it was gravy but modified or crushed lollipops with orange juice and ginger. For Dani Harmer in Week 1 it was 'Suck Nan's Tights'.


The series won the Best Entertainment prize at the prestigious 2008 Rose d'Or ceremony.

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