Ask the Family (1967–1984)

TV Series   |  Family, Game-Show

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General knowledge contest between two families of four, each consisting of the two parents and two offspring.

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5 April 2005 | Theo Robertson
Ask Them If They Have Ever Lived
BBC 2 are currently doing a reinvention of this almost forgotten quiz show and when I say " reinvention " I do mean reinvention. Comparing the new version presented by Dick and Dom to this rather staid original is like comparing the new version of DOCTOR WHO with the old series , especially the worst moments featuring Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy

It's surely no coincidence that BBC 2 has intermittently been showing the original on weekday afternoons and are probably having a cheap laugh at it too . The quiz starts with a really snazzy theme tune that was reworked by Mint Royale as From Rusholme With Love , you'll know the tune even if you don't know the title , when Sly and Mickey had a punch up in GET CARTER that was the sound playing in the background , similiarly when Tom Cruise runs through deserted streets at the start of VANILLA SKY that was From Rusholme With Love on the soundtrack .

A really funky tune and funky is not in keeping with this show as the lights go up and presenter Robert Robinson presents the two families with father who looks either like a well dressed Friar Tuck or a young Anthony Eden , two children who could be either boys or girls it's so hard to tell ( well it was the 1970s ) and mother . This is what I don't understand , the parents look totally sexually frigid and it's impossible to believe they actually have an active sex life . I'm not being cheeky or nothing but the parents always without exception come across as repressed middle class church goers who only have sex to reproduce

The questions are asked and take the form of " What symphony was this taken from ? " or " what is this an anagram of ? " etc . It's done in a studio without an audience and this only adds to the sterile proceedings . In fact I would say there's more atmosphere on the moon . The winners go through to the next round and in the grand final both families are given a prize of their choice . One winning family received furniture for their home but I don't know what the other family got because I was too busy laughing at the formers prize . Furniture ? FURNITURE ? I guess they were too proud to pop down to the social security and ask for some new furniture .

Possibly the most middle class quiz show ever produced and certainly the most dated


Release Date:

12 June 1967



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