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Best of Friends
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Also known asBest of Friends Africa
GenreChildren's Game show
Created byJonathan Wolfson
Mark Robson
Presented byMichael Absalom
Rani Khanijau
Ortis Deley
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series5 (Original series)
1 (Africa series)
No. of episodes90 (Original series)
5 (Africa series)
Production
Running time30 minutes
Production companyTalent TV
Release
Original networkCBBC (2004, 2008)
BBC One (2005-7)
Picture format16:9
Original release7 March 2004 (2004-03-07) –
13 August 2008 (2008-08-13)

Best of Friends was a British children's game show that ran from 7 March 2004 to 13 August 2008. It first aired on CBBC for series 1, then on BBC One from series 2-3 and then back on CBBC from series 4–5.

Format

Tasks and Treats

In the show, five friends with a strong friendship must complete a series of three unpleasant tasks in order to win a final treat. The tasks include mucking out pigs, cleaning bins, picking up ice with the bare feet, getting your feet tickled without laughing or smiling and so on, for the test of friendship. While some members of the group are doing the task, their friends do treats such as visiting animals at the RSPCA, getting a manicure, shopping, going to a football game, going to a theme park etc. They must make decisions deciding on who will do the task and who will do the treat or they can use the "Unlucky Dip".

"The Unlucky Dip"

The unlucky dip contains three, two or one blue sweet(s) in a bag. The friends choose a sweet each (without looking) from the bag, and then suck it. The number of children to do the next task, and therefore the number of blue sweets in the bag, will depend on the success of the previous task. The people or person with the blue sweet(s) will have a blue tongue and will be forced to do the task, while the others will do the treat. The first task requires three people and, each time the children pass a task, the number needed to do the next task will reduce. For the final task they have three options: the unlucky dip, volunteer or the whole team can do the task as it is the hardest.

The presenters also have an option of volunteering to do the task. If they do not volunteer, the presenters also do a compulsory Unlucky Dip with each task. The presenter with a blue tongue will be forced to do the task.

Transmissions

Original series

Series Start date End date Episodes
1 7 March 2004 31 March 2004 15
2 6 January 2005 21 April 2005 15
3 8 January 2007 21 February 2007 20
4 8 January 2008 10 March 2008 20
5 2 April 2008 13 August 2008 20

Africa

Series Start date End date Episodes
1 4 July 2005 8 July 2005 5

Specials

Date Entitle
14 July 2006 Sport Relief Special

Episodes

Series 1 (2004)

No. Location Friends Air date[1]
1 Northwich Joe, Nathan, Matthew, Richard & Miles 7 March 2004
2 London Joseph, Charlotte, Rachel, Jack & Chanelle 8 March 2004
3 London Angel, Leona, Seamus, Connor & Nye 9 March 2004
4 Manchester Paul, Nieve, Catriona, Josh & Daniel 10 March 2004
5 Wrexham Ryan, Amy, Savin, Natalie & Becky 11 March 2004
6 TBA TBA 14 March 2004
7 Warrington Haydn, Ashley, Charlotte, Alice & Josh 15 March 2004
8 Hackney Reece, Joe, Kieron, Ashok & Andy 16 March 2004
9 Macclesfield Amy, Tasha, Jenna, Katie & Shannon 17 March 2004
10 TBA TBA 18 March 2004
11 Barnet Jamie, Sam, Dino, Sam & Ricky 22 March 2004
12 London Rachael, Kalil, Daniel, Jessica & Miami 23 March 2004
13 Essex Rushabh, Liam, Shazaib, Uday & Dilip 29 March 2004
14 Bristol Ben, Gareth, Matthew, Louis & Oscar 30 March 2004
15 Bristol Joanna, Rebecca, Lucinda, Sophie & Rebecca 31 March 2004

Series 2 (2005)

No. Location Friends Air date[2]
1 Alnwick Ben, Bradley, Tom, Alex & Captain Bradley 6 January 2005
2 Edinburgh Ashley, Amy, Lisa, Jennifer B & Jennifer 13 January 2005
3 Belfast Anna, Gemma, Maedbh, Sarah & Rebecca 20 January 2005
4 Belfast Emma-Louise, Kyle, Eoin, Sean Paul & Aisling 27 January 2005
5 Leeds Shaq, Vardaan, Aaron, Johnny & Courtney 3 February 2005
6 Leeds Samson, Mark, Tyler, Andre & Dominic 10 February 2005
7 Leeds Georgina, Kerry, Anya, Elle & Tyne 17 February 2005
8 Leeds Alisha, Abbie, Courtney, Katie & Cheilua 24 February 2005
9 York Will, Charlie, Rob, Steve & Ryan 3 March 2005
10 Belfast Julia, Jade, Aisling, Tiphani & Kelly 17 March 2005
11 Birmingham Lydia, Candice, Tamsin, Niamh & Whitney 24 March 2005
12 Edinburgh Euan, Naomi, Caitlin, Deena & Craig 31 March 2005
13 Edinburgh James, Steven, Ryan, Sunny & Robert 7 April 2005
14 Birmingham Jake, Mohammed, Zakir, Haris & Arjun 14 April 2005
15 Leeds Akua, Kirsty, Anu, Adele & Ib 21 April 2005

Series 3 (2007)

No. Location Friends Air date[3]
1 Plymouth Robbie, Laura, Ben, Gabby & Bethan 8 January 2007
2 Exeter Alex, Greg, Tom, Adam & Matt 10 January 2007
3 Exeter Josh, Harvey, Max, Jordi & Raph 12 January 2007
4 Acle Harry, Danny, Ella, Olivia & Tom 15 January 2007
5 Norwich Jared, Steph, Meghan, Callum & Georgia 17 January 2007
6 Norwich Clieo, Maisie, Isfahan, Diphda & Talia 19 January 2007
7 Norwich Izzie, Beth, Annie, Aimee & Polly 22 January 2007
8 Mundford Danika, Leona, Charlotte, Hannah & Halima 24 January 2007
9 Worksop Ellie, Jack, Victoria, Antony & Georgia 26 January 2007
10 Heaton Amy, Hannah, Ella, Kodi & Jess 29 January 2007
11 Nottingham Ella, Beth, Sam, Mana & Sophia 31 January 2007
12 TBA TBA 2 February 2007
13 Clough Joe, Emma, Megan, Kerry & Joseph 5 February 2007
14 Derby Jeevan, Saif, Ashley, Ross & Jasneet 7 February 2007
15 Derby Anna, Suman, Lottie, Ellena & Janah 19 February 2007
16 Heaton Tom, Daniel, Jack, Tim & Jonny 12 February 2007
17 Olton Shannon, Jake, Claire, Jack & Ashleigh 14 February 2007
18 Newcastle Jamaal, Jamie, Jake, Holly & Jack 16 February 2007
19 Chandlers Ridge Olivia, Emily, Kirsty, Amy & Jessica 9 February 2007
20 Durham Sophie, Charlie, Katie, Ashley & Katherine 21 February 2007

Series 4 (2008)

No. Location Friends Air date[4]
1 Glasgow Ryan, Caleb, Max, Euan & Jack 8 January 2008
2 Glasgow Ami, Lucy, Becky, Toni & Chloe 10 January 2008
3 Bristol Fleur, Jemima, Chloe, Freya & Lauren 15 January 2008
4 Glasgow Marc, Declan, Nabiha, Patrick & Asahi 17 January 2008
5 Cardiff Georgia, Chanel, Lukasz, Ameer & Sajida 22 January 2008
6 Bristol Rebecca, Hannah, Sam, Sarah & Sophie 24 January 2008
7 Cardiff Harry, EJ, Jeron, Nathan & Aaron 29 January 2008
8 Bristol Hannah, Chloe, Alana, Elena & Samantha 31 January 2008
9 Glasgow Alistair, Megan, Dale, Lucy & Chris 5 February 2008
10 Cardiff Louis, Aneesha, Callum, Kallum & Courtney 7 February 2008
11 Aberdeen Jacob, Becky, Perry, Charley & Matthew 12 February 2008
12 Glasgow Dean, Taylor, Mabashar, Liam & Danyaal 14 February 2008
13 Aberdeen Dean, Steph, Leah, Louis & Alysha 19 February 2008
14 Aberdeen Amy, Melanie, Megan, Emily & Alix 21 February 2008
15 Bristol Charlie, Alice, Tasa, Kian & Emily 26 February 2008
16 Swansea Lozzie, Laura, Lauren, Rebecca & Nicole 28 February 2008
17 Swansea Lowri, Liam, Rebecca, Patsy & Angharad 4 March 2008
18 Bristol Alex, Jaffa, Fabian, James & Marcus 6 March 2008
19 Glasgow Danielle, Marc, Erin Eve, David & Caoimhin 7 March 2008
20 Glasgow Emma, Lynn, Sean, Jacqueline & Roisin 10 March 2008

Series 5 (2008)

No. Location Friends Air date[5]
1 Portsmouth Tyler, Callum, Rhia, Harry & Sam 2 April 2008
2 Portsmouth Claudia, Morgan, Sophia, Phoebe & Grace 9 April 2008
3 Portsmouth Joe, Sam, Georgia, Callum & Sumeiya 16 April 2008
4 Portsmouth Grace, Beckie, Joanna, Hannah 2 & Hannah 1 23 April 2008
5 Portsmouth Dylan, Bradley, Samuel, Jordan & Sam 30 April 2008
6 Southampton Dani, Annalise, Rachael, Jay & Penny 7 May 2008
7 Southampton Sophie, Jordan, Chido, Katie & Morgan 14 May 2008
8 Ilford Hannah, Abiola, Leah, Alicia & Noelly 21 May 2008
9 Southampton Kane, Billy, Kieran, Matthew & Reece 28 May 2008
10 Leicester Joe, Elliot, James, Jordan & Jack 4 June 2008
11 Southampton Tegan, Lauren, Emma, Francesca & Emily 11 June 2008
12 Brighton Rosie, Georgia, Deanna, Marianne & Becky 18 June 2008
13 Brighton Lewis, Robyn, Daisy, Ryan & Zoe 25 June 2008
14 Brighton Tom, James, Sam, Connor & George 2 July 2008
15 Leicester Shahid, Fawzan, Jovan, Jabid & Vinay 9 July 2008
16 Leicester Shannon, Keiron, Demi, Louise & Kenny 16 July 2008
17 Leicester Semra, Marlon, Molly, Jordan & Chelsie 23 July 2008
18 Brighton Edward, Ben, Joel, Max & Louis 30 July 2008
19 Brighton Charley, Saskia, Louisa, Chloe & Laura 6 August 2008
20 Southampton Ryan, James, Karl, Zak & Ben 13 August 2008

Africa (2005)

No. Location Friends Air date[6]
1 TBA Mpho, Ayanda, Khanyi, Pascaline & Tebogo 4 July 2005
2 TBA Sasha-Lee, Kim, Terryon, Desiree & Roxanne 5 July 2005
3 TBA Linray, Leila, Timothy, Zaid & Trisha Lee 6 July 2005
4 Cape Town Andrew, Michael, Brandon, Christopher & Chris M 7 July 2005
5 TBA Jessica, Stephanie, Marijke, Dominique & Meagan 8 July 2005

References

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