A curious thing dawns on you when you watch too much Challenge. If you took ITV hype at face value, you’d think that, for example, there was Catchphrase with Roy Walker, and then there was Catchphrase “BACK!!!” with Stephen Mulhern!!
In fact, it never actually went away, it was just shunted to god knows what times and the prizes were total shit. Nick Weir and Mark Curry presented the short runs in-between.
The same is true for other gameshows I honestly thought had died – including Bullseye, which by law should ONLY ever be presented by the late, great, Jim Bowen, was presented for just one single pitiful waste of time year by Dave Spikey. He did an okay job, but it was never going to be the experience it was when Jim did it – hence why it didn’t last quite as long as the 2 decades that Jim lasted.
So you see – watching Challenge is an education.