Monday, 17 July 2017
739 Every Second Counts
First viewed : 8 February 1986
Every Second Counts was the new year replacement for Bob's Full House on Saturday evenings. As Dale were playing Preston North End away ( a 1-1 draw in PNE's worst-ever season ) there's no obvious reason why I wouldn't have seen the very first episode.
Like The Generation Game , the contestants played as couples ( three of them ) and played against each other in a number of general knowledge rounds earning seconds rather than points for a correct answer. When the rounds were completed, the couple with the most seconds took them into the second stage where, answering in turn , they had to complete four more rounds of escalating difficulty matched by an increase in the quality of the prize on offer, within the total number of seconds they had earned. The host was diminutive magician Paul Daniels.
I never liked it as much as Bob's Full House because Daniels was an irritant, never as funny as he thought he was but the quizzing itself was OK.
It ran until 1993.