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AQA GCSE Media Studies Television Game Shows Overview Planner

Barry Rainsford | Saturday June 18, 2016

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Television, Game Shows

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Introduction for Teachers

Game Shows have grown to become a staple of most major television channel output. Despite the fact that such shows may offer sumptuous prizes - such as holidays, cars or simply large amounts of cash - they remain a relatively cheap option for a broadcaster filling its content slots when compared to the cost of either constructing their own original drama [the recent Night Manager made internally by the BBC cost an average of £2 million per episode], buying in American TV shows [Sky has recently announced a deal worth over £200 million for exclusive five year access to HBO content such as Game of Thrones and Girls] or televising sports [BT is paying over £900 million for the deal for exclusive access to Champions League football].

Game shows are cheap programming. Even if they give away what appears to be a large amount of cash, the overall cost of the show remains low. A celebrity presenter is often the major cost, followed by the cost of technical crew and the staging of the show in terms of lighting and set design. Unlike panel games [such as QI or Mock the Week] which use celebrities who are paid for each appearance, in many cases the game show format utilizes members of the public who are not paid for their appearances and whose cost may simply be their travel and accommodation. In some cases, even this is not paid.

The AQA guidance indicates that this format is quite difficult to define. The list features a range of possible products or formats for study. Some involve the public and are for small prizes...


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