(It seems like I’ve been blogging mostly politics these past few weeks. Here’s a bit of whimsy… the first in a possibly new series of nostalgia telly posts).
The Adventure Game lurks dimly in my memory and sometimes I worry that I’m the only person who can recall it. I think it was on at about 6pm, possibly on a Thursday, but definitely on BBC2. I remember me and my brother were always keen to watch and totally enthralled as we did.
But looking back, I’ve got to wonder what we were interested in. The premise of The Adventure Game was surreal: low grade TV personalities were transported to a faraway planet to do battle by puzzle with a gang of shape-shifting aliens and a shivering aspidistra. Over the course of the show, contestants would struggle to get their hands on coloured plastic tokens (drogna) by engaging in mind-bending lateral thinking games. The overall prize was passage home to Earth. Gronda gronda.
The finale and highlight of the show was the dreaded vortex. Each contestant was required to traverse a triangular grid (I was always scared they might fall into space below) without being vaporised by the vortex. See the video below for more elucidation.
I was always particularly pleased when a Doctor Who star was on The Adventure Game and seem to recall Janet Fielding (Tegan Jovanka) being on it a few times. But more likely were the likes of Johnny Ball or even Richard Stilgoe (who I knew was a bit naff even aged 6).
There are a few fragments of The Adventure Game on Youtube, but alas not a whole episode as far as I can see. But what shines through it all is just how what a low-grade, mish-mash of a smug show The Adventure Game really was.
The Adventure Game theme and intro sets the scene:
A longer section of The Adventure Game with Richard Stilgoe and the Aspidistra:
The Argons explain a puzzle:
Taking on the vortex (yes that is Lesley Judd):