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Boys and GirlsBoys and Girls (game show)_header_cell_0_0_0
GenreBoys and Girls (game show)_header_cell_0_1_0 GameshowBoys and Girls (game show)_cell_0_1_1
Presented byBoys and Girls (game show)_header_cell_0_2_0 Vernon Kay, Orla O'Rourke

Spin-offs: Dougie AndersonBoys and Girls (game show)_cell_0_2_1

Opening themeBoys and Girls (game show)_header_cell_0_3_0 "Music To Watch Girls By", Andy WilliamsBoys and Girls (game show)_cell_0_3_1
Country of originBoys and Girls (game show)_header_cell_0_4_0 United KingdomBoys and Girls (game show)_cell_0_4_1
No. of seriesBoys and Girls (game show)_header_cell_0_5_0 1Boys and Girls (game show)_cell_0_5_1
No. of episodesBoys and Girls (game show)_header_cell_0_6_0 6Boys and Girls (game show)_cell_0_6_1
ProductionBoys and Girls (game show)_header_cell_0_7_0
ProducerBoys and Girls (game show)_header_cell_0_8_0 UMTVBoys and Girls (game show)_cell_0_8_1
Running timeBoys and Girls (game show)_header_cell_0_9_0 60–90 minutes (including adverts)Boys and Girls (game show)_cell_0_9_1
ReleaseBoys and Girls (game show)_header_cell_0_10_0
Original networkBoys and Girls (game show)_header_cell_0_11_0 Channel 4Boys and Girls (game show)_cell_0_11_1
Picture formatBoys and Girls (game show)_header_cell_0_12_0 16:9Boys and Girls (game show)_cell_0_12_1
Original releaseBoys and Girls (game show)_header_cell_0_13_0 March 2003 (2003-03) –

May 2003 (2003-05)Boys and Girls (game show)_cell_0_13_1

Boys and Girls was a British television gameshow broadcast in 2003 by Channel 4. Boys and Girls (game show)_sentence_0

The series was produced by Chris Evans through his company UMTV, and was presented by Vernon Kay. Boys and Girls (game show)_sentence_1

Evans only occasionally appeared on screen, usually as the driver of the golf buggy used to ferry the winning contestants off-set at the end of the show. Boys and Girls (game show)_sentence_2

Thus the show was one of the first Evans-produced shows not to feature Evans himself in a presenting role (in fact, Evans did not regularly front any UMTV programmes until OFI Sunday in late 2005). Boys and Girls (game show)_sentence_3

Kay's co-presenter was Irish presenter and model Orla O'Rourke. Boys and Girls (game show)_sentence_4

Also featuring Oliver Knight of Spectrecom Films. Boys and Girls (game show)_sentence_5

Format and gameplay Boys and Girls (game show)_section_0

Boys and Girls took the form of a battle-of-the-sexes contest. Boys and Girls (game show)_sentence_6

The audience for each show would be made up of 200 potential contestants – 100 male and 100 female. Boys and Girls (game show)_sentence_7

The contestants would initially assemble in the afternoon for what was referred to on-air as the 'pre-show party' – this saw the contestants assemble in a large hall. Boys and Girls (game show)_sentence_8

Each member of the group was given a few seconds to perform a stunt, skill or talent with the aim of impressing the 100 members of the opposite sex. Boys and Girls (game show)_sentence_9

Following this, each group would vote on who their favourite performer was (for the main game selection), and also rate the attractiveness of each performer (for the Babe or Minger game). Boys and Girls (game show)_sentence_10

In the studio, games included 'Babe or Minger', where Kay would randomly select members of the 200 and invite them to guess whether they were a 'babe' (included in the top 50 of the vote carried out by the opposite sex) or a 'minger' (in the bottom 50). Boys and Girls (game show)_sentence_11

Other short games and features would then follow, such as a segment in which tickets for a future show were offered to home viewers living in a featured street who performed a task set out by the host (such as opening the front door in their pyjamas). Boys and Girls (game show)_sentence_12

Then the 'quiz' would be played. Boys and Girls (game show)_sentence_13

Two celebrity guests – one for each team – would enter the audience to canvas the team's opinions in response to a series of questions posed by Kay. Boys and Girls (game show)_sentence_14

These questions would be on the subject of relationships and would take the form of an 'either/or' choice, i.e. "What's more important, a big heart or a big wallet?". Boys and Girls (game show)_sentence_15

The celeb would gather the audience's apparent majority opinion and present this as an answer to Kay. Boys and Girls (game show)_sentence_16

If this answer matched the answer on Kay's card (as gleaned from an earlier general poll) then the team scored a point. Boys and Girls (game show)_sentence_17

The team which scored the most points in the Quiz would be the team represented in the Main Game. Boys and Girls (game show)_sentence_18

The Main Game would see three members of the winning team take part in a final challenge, game or stunt. Boys and Girls (game show)_sentence_19

The three contestants selected to play in the Main Game would be the contestant voted top performer at the pre-show party by the opposite sex, the contestant voted in first place in the Babe or Minger vote, and one other contestant selected randomly from a draw machine. Boys and Girls (game show)_sentence_20

The winner of the final challenge would get to select one of the contenders of the opposite sex to join them for a week in the Boys and Girls apartment in London, where they would be awarded the £100,000 prize money to spend on purchases meeting conditions laid down during the week (e.g. "Spend £30,000 on items that spell out V-E-R-N-O-N-K-A-Y"). Boys and Girls (game show)_sentence_21

This 'shopping challenge' would be filmed through the week for broadcast on Boys and Girls Friday (see below). Boys and Girls (game show)_sentence_22

Any money not spent during the shopping challenge would be forfeited. Boys and Girls (game show)_sentence_23

The main game would be followed by the final element of the show, the Endgame, for which the previous week's winning contestants would be brought back into the studio, along with their purchases from the shopping week. Boys and Girls (game show)_sentence_24

It would then be determined whether these contestants would get to keep their purchases: in the first week, this was determined by a public vote, but in all subsequent editions the outcome of a quiz determined the result. Boys and Girls (game show)_sentence_25

Spin-offs Boys and Girls (game show)_section_1

The programme had two spin-offs. Boys and Girls (game show)_sentence_26

Both were presented by Dougie Anderson and aired on E4. Boys and Girls (game show)_sentence_27

Boys and Girls Do It With Dougie was a live magazine-format 30-minute show broadcast on E4 following the broadcast of the main Channel 4 programme. Boys and Girls (game show)_sentence_28

The show featured Anderson in conversation with contestants from the show and celebrity guests (sometimes, but not always, guests who had taken part in the main show). Boys and Girls (game show)_sentence_29

There would usually be footage from the 'pre-show party' and, where required, from the preceding day's Friday programme. Boys and Girls (game show)_sentence_30

Boys and Girls Friday was broadcast in a Friday mid-evening 30-minute slot and was principally a 'fly on the wall' format (introduced and narrated by Anderson) in which cameras would follow each week's winners during their week in the apartment as they undertook their shopping challenges. Boys and Girls (game show)_sentence_31

Edited highlights from this programme would be shown when the contestants returned to the studio the following day for the endgame. Boys and Girls (game show)_sentence_32

Failure and cancellation Boys and Girls (game show)_section_2

The show, reputed to have cost Channel 4 in the region of £500,000 per episode, was heavily promoted by Channel 4 ahead of launch (with extensive advertising) and initially occupied a prime Saturday night slot. Boys and Girls (game show)_sentence_33

However, the show's poor ratings saw the show slip back in the schedule to a later slot. Boys and Girls (game show)_sentence_34

Though all planned editions of the first series went ahead, the programme was dropped after one series, making it one of Channel 4's most expensive and prominent flops. Boys and Girls (game show)_sentence_35

It was also the first in a string of flops for UMTV, with many of the firm's subsequent programmes (such as The Terry and Gaby Show and OFI Sunday) failing to match the success of earlier Chris Evans projects such as Don't Forget Your Toothbrush and TFI Friday. Boys and Girls (game show)_sentence_36

Evans has since returned more successfully to broadcasting as a host of programmes for BBC Radio 2, and Vernon Kay has also been able to bounce back with a successful TV and radio career including shows on BBC Radio 1 and ITV's All Star Family Fortunes. Boys and Girls (game show)_sentence_37

Orla O'Rourke, however, has returned to obscurity. Boys and Girls (game show)_sentence_38


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