TV on bingo is nothing new - some of you may remember Bob's Full House or Shane Richie's Lucky Numbers - plus bingo sites have been sponsoring programmes such as Jeremy Kyle and Family Fortunes plus there are loads of bingo tv adverts too!
Download or create custom printable favorite tv shows bingo cards. The printable PDF file will include a calling sheet with all the words and random bingo cards. Recommended: Check out more Custom DIY Bingo Cards in many new themes and styles and for different occassions. Game Show Network, LLC 2004-2021. All Rights Reserved. GSN and its distinctive logo are trademarks of Game Show Network, LLC. Bingo, the popular British game, has become a sort of cultural phenomenon throughout the country. It has become so popular that many films and TV shows featured it in a few of their scenes. The bingo-themed scenes are usually light-hearted, aiming to put viewers in a good mood. Bingo, an adventurous fish who is fascinated by humans, is magically given a chance to live life as a human boy and finds himself forced to choose between his underwater life and his newfound life on the surface. Plot Summary Add Synopsis. This bingo card has 24 images and a free space. Print Bingo Cards. Print pages, with cards per page Show bingo title Include call list. Print or Download. Share this URL with your players: bingobaker.com#3846728. For more control of your online game, create.
June 2008 saw the launch of the UK's Bingo Night Live programme. It offered bingo players the chance to play free bingo via an online TV game - but it wasn't the only way to combine TV and bingo. Sadly, despite breaking the world record or the world's largest online bingo game and giving away £500,000 to over 15,000 winners, TV and bingo failed to hit it off. Instead, online bingo sites are focusing on Live Bingo streamed via the internet and ITV are much happier dishing out prizes via competitions. Anyway here's what happened to those who tried to take on the TV!
Bingojoy: With this show you could watch former Big Brother winner Brian Dowling call the numbers for Bingojoy! You could find the game running on Sky Channels 158, 168 and 200 during the day. It was a lowtech affair but fun.
Gala Bingo: Gala TV used to be on Sky Channel 861 and featured many big name celebs including Timmy Mallett who used the show to play his popular Mallett's Mallett game. In April 2011, Gala ceased using the Sky channel which resulted in the Gala.TV shows being moved to an online service. Sadly, in 2016 the show was shut down leaving just a handful of other sites offering the bingo studio live experience.
Big Box BingoFa fa slot machine. : This game from Bingos allowed you to play six games of bingo each and every Friday evening at 6:30pm on Sky 848! Cards cost £1.50 and you could either print them out online or have them sent to you. It didn't last long and Bingos moved to the Best Bingo Network.
ITV's Bingo Night Live: This was a free to play TV game that attracted a lot of interest. Jenny Powell, Melinda Messenger and Michael Underwood all presented the programme. However it failed to generate much needed revenue (or even an audience as the programme was so bad) and was soon removed from the schedules.
The videos above show you what to expect from a TV bingo game. Many pundits expected TV bingo to take off, but we think it failed as it lacks the excitement and social interaction that you can get when online. TV bingo games have been a huge hit in The USA and Australia and no doubt if the right formula can be found we expect TV bingo to go mainstream in The UK.. let's hope it's not a remake of Lucky Numbers though!
TV Bingo Timeline
- 1984 - Bob's Full House Launches on The BBC.
- 1990 - Bob's Full House ends.
- 1995 - Lucky Numbers with Shane Ritchie airs on ITV.
- 1997 - Lucky Numbers ends.
- 2006 - Gala TV launches replacing the Avago Channel.
- 2007 - Launch of Big Box Bingo.
- 2007 - Bingojoy launch a TV Channel featuring Brian Dowling
- 2008 - ITV's Bingo Night Live runs from June to November.
- 2009 - Big Box Bingo shuts down.
- 2011 - Gala.TV closes and moves to an online streaming service.
- 2014 - Sun Bingo launch Having A Ball, an online bingo TV show.
- 2016 - Gala Bingo close their Gala Live channel
Bingo has always been a popular game for television shows and television provides the largest bingo hall around for us lovers of the game. Why has TV shown such interest in the calling of numbers? Well, in the UK especially, the game has attained a cult status and is an important part of the British way of life. Consequently, it is no wonder that Bingo is the go-to for television programmes through time. Let’s explore some of the biggest of these games.
Bob’s Full House
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This quiz show was hosted by the late Bob Monkhouse, who was something of a legend in the world of compering light entertainment shows in the 1970s and 80s in the UK. Of all his shows, this bongo-centric game was his most popular and grabbed Saturday and Sunday evening viewers for six years.
There was no super-clever concept behind this show. It was a simple matter of quiz questions blended with bingo. Players were given a bingo card to fill by answering questions based on a subject linked to the theme of that bingo round. There were three rounds followed by a bonus round.
Yet, the genius of the programme was Bob Monkhouse and his ability to weave in some gentle humor around the games. Think of the bingo hall with your friends. The whole point is not the calling of the numbers – though this is fun – the entertainment comes from the chat with your pals between rounds and the chance for a laugh when someone gets so close . . . only to be pipped at the post.
Such was the success of the game show it was copied around the world. In the US Jimmy Cefalo hosted Trump Card, which was essentially the same format. Even today, when you visit online bingo sites, you will find a layout that harks back to the time of Bob Monkhouse.
If we skip forward a few years to 1995, Shane Richie tried to emulate the epic success of Bob Monkhouse. Although enjoying only a two year run, this show still proved popular with the UK audience. It was essentially Bob’s Full House with a few tweaks. The players needed to answer questions to light up squares on a bingo card. The game went through three rounds with increasing prize totals from £500 to £1000 to £2000.
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Again, as with Bob, the focus here was on the charming way Shane Ritchie interacted with the audience. The actor and comedian was a warm host for those who loved to daub their bingo card. Bingo is a community game after all.
However, what made this show different from the Cash Dash bonus round. Here any winning contestant had that tricky decision whether to take what they had won or gamble it and potentially get 10 times as much. All they had to do to win was complete a 45-second quick-fire question round and get a line on the bingo card.
Many believe that the revival of Bingo in the 1990s was thanks to the success of this show, even though it only lasted until 1997.
And that’s it . . .
The greatest bingo games of all time in the UK are literally counted on one hand . . . to a maximum of two. Although wonderful quiz shows and by far the most exciting light entertainment television – Bingo has struggled to make it onto the small screen since the 1990s.
Although Bingo might not be on our small screen, our small screen definitely makes it onto online Bingo, with X Factor, Take Me Out, and Coronation Street all favorites to the virtual community of players.
What about the U.S.?
The U.S. has managed a bingo show in the 2000s. In May 2007, National Bingo Night appeared on ABC and was hosted by Ed Sanders. It lasted for six episodes and included a whole studio audience of contents. They played against the clock to win $5000. It was super simple but full of tension – as the race-against-the-audience built massive tension. It was unfortunately canceled after 6 shows.
Then, the U.S. wheeled in Patrick Duffy – of Dallas Bobby Ewing fame – to host Bingo America. This programme aired back to some of the UK based quizzes, where the contestants drew balls and tried to spell out bingo. They could win $100 000. The change in format worked – as did its scheduling on the Game Show Network. The show had a two season run and then, we guess, Bobby Ewing was asked to get back into the shower.
So, the Brits gave up on Bingo in TV format in the 1990s and the U.S. didn’t get past 2010. What a waste of potential!
There is room for a reboot of the popular game on the TV. Players of bingo are now demographically much younger than before, so there is a broader audience to aim such a programme towards. Online casinos and bingo providers have proven that the game is a massive draw. There is a whole community of players loving life in virtual spaces.
Therefore, if there is anyone from Netflix listening – it is time to get your creative juices around the wonderful game. Think how your audience could interact with your streaming service . . . Imagine that massive, excited audience were sitting in front of the streaming service with their smartphone or tablet game card – with that chance for the whole audience to want to shout line or house in a single game.
All it takes is a little imagination and the world could have a bit of light entertainment exactly at the time when it is needed.
In short . . .
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Bingo had its time in the sun during the 80s and 90s in the UK and had a spurt of popularity in the 2000s in the U.S. There is definite room for a revival of this format of TV game show brilliance – people need the sense of community and that opportunity to chat and laugh along with some friends.
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Time to shout “house” if you agree!