Our Favourite TV Game Show Hosts of All Time
British television is home to our favourite game shows, and we can’t get enough of them. Select a show during the daytime or choose one for the highlight of your Saturday night – there’s something for everyone to enjoy. A host can either make or break a show. A good game show host needs to be easy to watch, have an interesting character and a sense of humour. Let’s take a look at Britain’s favourite game show hosts.
1. Noel Edmonds
Although the host had previous endeavours in the television industry, including the BBC’s Top of The Pops, Noel made his gameshow-host-name in Channel 4’s Deal or No Deal. A game where 23 boxes revealed sums of money at the chosen order of the player, leaving them with the decision to deal or not to deal with the Bankers offer. Noel had players crying with laughter at his hilarious responses to the Banker, but it was the participants who brought the interesting storylines to the show. The game show was so popular, a deal or no deal game was created so people could play online if they didn’t get a chance at the real deal.
2. Carol Vorderman
Possibly the country’s most famous game show is Countdown. Running for an incredible 36 years – and still going – the number and letter problem game has become a staple in society. One of the hosts – more importantly, the genius behind the game – was Carol Vorderman. As a host of the show for 26 years, Carol experienced her fair share of funny moments, especially when rude words were spelt out on the board. Check out this video to see some of the funny, but rude words that Carol and latest host, Rachel Riley have had to reveal on the show.
3. Phillip Schofield
The ‘silver fox’ is known most famously for his antics on ITV’s This Morning, with female co-host Holly Willoughby. The pair have won NTAs together, but alongside these successes, Philip has hosted The Cube – one of ITV’s most challenging game shows.
Phillip would play a more serious role during these onscreen appearances, from 2009 to 2015, but would still manage to keep contestants upbeat about their progress. A multitude of challenges were set out in front of the contestants inside a large cube. Although at first sight, each task seemed simple and easily achievable, they were deceptive. Only one person managed to defeat ‘The Cube’ singlehandedly in six years – Sir Mo Farrah. The video below shows Athletics legend, Farrah, beating ‘The Cube’.
4. Ant and Dec
The dynamic duo of Ant and Dec have been on our screens for nearly 30 years. Their first TV presenting job was in 1994 on children’s show Gimme 5; although they also appeared under the alias of their names in Byker Grove: ‘PJ & Duncan’ and released the semi-hit song Let’s Get Ready to Rhumble.
Anthony McPartlin OBE and Declan Donnelly OBE, were both given their honour from the Queen in 2017. After hosting many shows, the pair received their very own game show – Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway. The two are British television icons, and we look forward to their next 25 years on our screens.
5. Bradley Walsh
The Chase is a game show which has now been running for over 10 years. Quizzers galore, this general knowledge game show is about beating some of the best in the quizzing community. The all-knowing Chasers have gained such fame, they have also appeared on other shows, such as I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here and The X Factor: Celebrity.
Host Bradley Walsh is exceptional on this show – some would argue the show’s popularity is because of him. His experience on the pantomime stage certainly pays off as he is full of hilarious puns – sometimes he’s laughing at his own jokes! There have been so many countless moments where Bradley has been unable to control his laughter when reading out questions and their possible answers. Watch this next video and try not to laugh along with him!