1) It Was Perfect Saturday Evening Television
Noel’s House Party was broadcast on Saturday evenings on BBC1 and hosted by Noel Edmonds. The show was once described by a senior BBC figure as “the most important show on the BBC”, although in the end it was cancelled in 1999 because of poor ratings. In 2010, Noel’s House Party was voted ‘The Best Saturday Night TV Show Of All Time’.
2) Crinkley Bottom Was Our ‘Home Away From Home’
Noel’s House Party was set in a large house (studio) in the fictional village of Crinkley Bottom. This name of course led to lots of ‘carry on’ style innuendo.
3) You Never Knew Who Would Come Knocking
The door would ring, Noel would go to answer it, and you never know who was going to be on the other side. One off celebrity appearances included Michael Crawford as Frank Spencer, who came in to find the whole audience dressed as Frank, and Ken Dodd in a highwayman’s outfit.
4) The ‘Gotcha’ segment was brilliant…
The ‘Gotcha’ part of the show was originally called the ‘Gotcha Oscars’ until the threat of legal action from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Hidden camera practical jokes were played on celebrities, with notable victims including Status Quo, Dave Lee Travis, Barbara Windsor, Carol Vorderman, Kriss Akabusi, Lionel Blair, Richard Whiteley, Richard Branson and Yvette Fielding.
N/A) … Although It Gave Birth To Mr Blobby.
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5) ‘NTV’ Took Us Into People’s Living Rooms
Who can forget the ‘NTV’ segment where, due to some carefully placed hidden cameras, people would all of a sudden find they were watching themselves live on their own TV. This kind of thing has often been repeated by other TV shows but it’s never been bettered.
6) Celebrities Got Gunked
Call us immature, but celebrities getting covered in gunge will never ever get boring. Noel Edmunds himself even succumbed to this on more than one occasion…
7) It Contained Many Other Brilliant Segments
Other notable segments of the show included Wait Till I Get You Home, The Lyric Game, Grab a Grand, Cash for Questions, Sofa Soccer, The Big Pork Pie, Number Cruncher, Beat Your Neighbour, My Little Friend, The Hot House, Panel Beaters and Three to Go. How many of them do you remember?
8) When The Show Finished It Was ‘The End Of An Era’
The show was cancelled in 1999 after ratings dropped from a high of 15 million to 8 million. The final episode was broadcast on 20th March 1999, and at the end of the episode Noel said the following; “It’s an overworked expression when people say ‘it’s the end of an era’, but for BBC Television, the entertainment department, for me, and possibly you, it really is the end of an era. I hope your memory will be very kind to us. After 169 [episodes]… bye”.
It really was the end of an era Noel, and our memory remembers Noel’s House Party as being one of the best Saturday evening entertainment shows of all time. Perhaps it would have been the best if it wasn’t for a man dressed in a stupid pink suit with yellow blobs…