So You Want to be Top? (British game show) facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsSo You Want to be Top?
|Created by||John Langdon
|Presented by||Gary Wilmot|
Bill Homewood (series 1)
The Gemini Twins
(scorers - series 1)
(series 2 and 3)
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||3|
|No. of episodes||18|
|Original network||BBC One|
|Original release||7 November 1983– 17 December 1985|
So You Want to be Top? is a British children's television programme presented by Gary Wilmot. It aired for 3 series from 7 November 1983 until 17 December 1985 normally on a Friday afternoon.
The show includes sketches and games that are slapstick in nature. The contestants were schoolchildren (except for series 3 - see Criticism). Much of the dialogue was pun-laden and tended to elicit groans from the audience. Scores were decided via a clapometer measuring the volume of the clapping/cheering of the children in the audience. Scores were recorded by The Gemini Twins in series 1 and Leni Harper in series 2 and 3.
One of the show's highlights was the spoof adverts for fake products used in pranks, most of them made by fictional company Top Kid.
A number of catchphrases were associated with the show including:
- "So that means that the Creeps are top of being bottom and the Crawlers are bottom of being top!" (Gary Wilmot after the current scores have been announced)
- "Miss Harper - to the scoreboard, please!" (Gary Wilmot to Lena Harper - series 2 and 3)
- "Mark 'em, top kids!" (Leni Harper when asking the audience to score the contestants on the clap-o-meter - series 2 and 3)
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