Noel Edmonds beats Simon Cowell in best Saturday night TV show


Noel Edmond’s hit Nineties TV show Noel’s House Party has beaten Simon Cowell’s X Factor to be named the best Saturday night TV show of all time.

Noel Edmonds beats Simon Cowell in best Saturday night TV show

The live show hosted by current Deal or No Deal star Noel Edmonds ran on BBC 1 from 1991 to 1999 and was responsible for launching the irritating phenomenon of Mr Blobby.

The set of the show was a large country house in the fictional village of Crinkley Bottom, which led to much innuendo with celebrity guests that appeared on the show.

ITV’s X Factor was runner up in the poll of 3,000 TV fans by market researchers

Created by music mogul Simon Cowell the talent show, which started back in 2004, is responsible for launching the careers of Leona Lewis, Alexandra Burke and JLS.

Third in the poll was Harry Hill’s TV Burp which sees the bespectacled baldie mock the previous week’s TV.

A spokesman for said: ”Noel’s House Party is a worthy winner and synonymous to Saturday night telly in the nineties.

”The ‘Gotcha’ feature and of course Mr Blobby became famous in their own right off the back of the show.

”The same can be said for the X Factor in the noughties. It’s a massive show and everyone can relate to gossiping about the latest drama from the judges on a Monday morning

”The key to a good Saturday night TV show is something the whole family can settle down to watch.

”It’s nice to see old favourites like the Two Ronnies and Morcambe and Wise in the top twenty list and not just current shows.”

Fourth in the poll was Dr Who followed by The Two Ronnies which at its peak secured 22 million viewers when it was aired on Saturday nights at 8 o’clock.

Gladiators was ranked sixth in the poll. Originally hosted by Ulrika Jonsson and John Fashanu the show started in October 1992 and stayed on our screens for eight years.

In seventh place was the match-making show Blind Date.

Hosted by showbiz icon Cilla Black, Blind Date ran for a staggering 18 years before finally ending in 2003 when Cilla quit the show live on air.

Geordie duo Ant and Dec came in eighth place with their Saturday Night Take-Away show just ahead of The Generation Game.

Completing the top ten was American series Baywatch.

Legendary double act Morcambe and Wise just missed out on the top 10 making it in 11th place.

Current BBC show Strictly Come Dancing only came a disappointing 13th.

Other TV classics to make the poll were Family Fortunes, the Price is Right, 3-2-1 and snooker game show Big Break.

Medical drama Casualty also featured.


1. Noel’s House Party
2. X Factor
3. Harry’s Hill TV Burp
4. Dr Who
5. The Two Ronnies
6. Gladiators
7. Blind Date
8. Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Take-Away
9. The Generation Game
10. Baywatch
11. Morcambe and Wise
12. You Bet!
13. Strictly Come Dancing
14. Family Fortunes
15. Stars in their Eyes
16. Total Wipeout
17. The Price is Right
18. Casualty
19. Big Break
20. 3-2-1

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