Game show in which contestants try to guess well-known phrases or sayings from animated picture puzzles.


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Roy Walker ...  Self - Presenter / ... 293 episodes, 1986-2003


Game show in which contestants try to guess well-known phrases or sayings from animated picture puzzles.

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12 January 1986 (UK) See more »

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One of the most infamous episodes aired on November 18, 1994, in which one of the catchphrases was "Snake Charmer" and had an animated picture of Mr. Chips in a tuxedo and top hat dancing with a cane in front of a snake. Once two squares were removed from the picture, however, the way Mr. Chips was handling the cane gave the appearance of him pleasuring himself, eliciting laughs from the audience, contestants Marita and Sean, and host Roy Walker. Once the fourth square was removed, it showed the snake's head, who appeared to be "taking it" in the face (complete with its tongue lolling back and forth), causing the audience and Walker to roar with laughter. Once the complete picture was shown, contestant Shawn guessed the catchphrase correctly. See more »


Roy Walker: It's good, but it's not right.
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Crazy Credits

During the credits (From 1996-2002) the shows mascot Mr Chips was seen. Initially, he was shown climbing a ladder and waving, but for later series, this was extended to include things like banging a drum, riding a bike, etc.. See more »


Referenced in Britain's Got More Talent: Episode #9.3 (2015) See more »

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Kind of Perfect
6 February 2011 | by Marbles86See all my reviews

Though it actually pioneered computer animation on television, there's nothing "important" or remotely cerebral about CATCHPHRASE, but the recent addition of CHALLENGE TV to UK Freeview channels has reminded me what an easy-going delight this show was and is to watch. It's a simple concept executed brilliantly. Roy Walker's jokes are corny and cringe-worthy, but that just adds to the charm of the show, and he is an excellent and lovable host. And who wouldn't love Mr. Chips?

Comparing this to DEAL OR NO DEAL is revealing; here the contestants are encouraged to have fun, there they are put into a constant position of frustration. CATCHPHRASE is a game the viewers at home can play and enjoy just as much as the contestants, DEAL OR NO DEAL is a game it's hard to see why people even find it interesting to watch. The prizes on CATCHPHRASE are varied, and no one goes away empty handed (well, unless they play a truly shocking game, which I've yet to see happen). Lest you think I'm looking through the Rose-Tinted glasses of nostalgia, catching an episode of the contemporary FAMILY FORTUNES after CATCHPHRASE on CHALLENGE TV also easily illustrates how much more entertaining CATCHPHRASE was and is than many other game shows.

CATCHPHRASE is a show I'm sure many people find easy to be cynical and sneery about, but I also dare say I think many people would find it hard not to enjoy its simple charms when stumbling upon an episode on TV.

It's good and it IS right!

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