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That Puppet Game Show
GenreComedy Game show
Written byGeorge Jeffrie
Bert Tyler-Moore
Dawson bros
Tim Inman
Directed byRichard Valentine
Presented byDougie Colon
StarringDave Chapman
Louise Gold
Brian Henson
Nigel Plaskitt
Colleen Smith
Victor Yerrid
ComposerPaul Farrer
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series1
No. of episodes8 (list of episodes)
Executive producersDerek McLean
Brian Henson
Martin Baker
ProducerAndrew Nichols
EditorsNick Peto
Ian Moffat
Running time45 minutes
Production companiesBBC Entertainment
The Jim Henson Company
Original release
NetworkBBC One
Release10 August 2013 (2013-08-10) –
5 January 2014 (2014-01-05)

That Puppet Game Show was a British television series hosted by Dougie Colon,[1] which began airing on 10 August 2013 on BBC One and ended on 5 January 2014. The show has been made by the BBC in conjunction with The Jim Henson Company and features the Miskreant Puppets from Puppet Up! in their first family-related appearance. On 25 October 2013, it was announced that the show had been axed after the show had attracted largely negative press reviews and struggled in the ratings.[2]


Each week two celebrities go head to head in a number of games, hoping to win £10,000 for their chosen charity. They compete in subjects such as sport, science, celebrity, nature, music and mental agility. Each of the games is run and hosted by a different puppet character, who is an "expert" in their field.[3][4]

In between each of the games, backstage scenes feature the experts and crew. There is also a family watching the game show on TV who make comments after each of the games are played.


Many of the puppet characters were recycled from characters in various other Henson productions.


The first series aired for seven episodes, each starring different celebrity guests.[8][9]

Crew members

The following are the crew members that help to run this show:

Other characters



Show Title Contestants Points Games Air date Charity
(chosen by winner)
1"Sacked"Katherine Jenkins
Jonathan Ross
Nosey Neighbour
Life's a speech
Punch Your Lights Out
10 August 2013 (2013-08-10)Macmillan Cancer Support
Katherine Jenkins and Jonathan Ross compete against each other to win money for the charity of their choice. Meanwhile, Udders McGee instructs Mancie to pick one of the experts to fire.
2"Dougie's Birthday"Freddie Flintoff
Gary Lineker
Bird Droppings
Paddlestar Galactica
Punch Your Lights Out
17 August 2013 (2013-08-17)AF Foundation
It is Dougie's birthday as Gary Lineker and Freddie Flintoff compete against each other to win money for the charity of their choice. Meanwhile, The Amazing Ian believes he wasn't invited to the party after the show and things take a bad turn when he unintentionally insults Dougie via an email.
3"Manschool"Jack Dee
Alex Jones
Cheek to Cheek
Life's a Speech
Paddlestar Galactica
Punch Your Lights Out
24 August 2013 (2013-08-24)RNLI
Music expert Eddie Watts is looking for love, as celebrity guests Jack Dee and Alex Jones contend with a record-spinning tortoise and a sabotaged autocue in the fantastic world of the Jim Henson Company, all in a bid to win £10,000 for charity.
4"Jake's Dark Secret"Shane Richie
Claudia Winkleman
Bird Droppings
Life's a Speech
Nosey Neighbour
Punch Your Lights Out
31 August 2013 (2013-08-31)Noah's Ark

Shane Richie and Claudia Winkleman compete against each other to win money for the charity of their choice. Meanwhile, everyone starts believing that Jake Hamilton-Jones ate Eddie Watts. But did he really eat Eddie?

Note: This is so far the first episode to have another expert replace an absent one. Amber O'Neill replacing Eddie because he hadn't returned yet.
5"Flatshare"Mel Giedroyc
Vernon Kay
Dart Attack
Glow Balls
Life's a Speech
7 September 2013 (2013-09-07)Tanzania Development Trust

After The Amazing Ian accidentally burned down his house, he moves in with Eddie driving Eddie insane. Meanwhile, Mel Giedroyc and Vernon Kay battle each other out in order to win £10,000.

Note: Mel is the first female celebrity contestant to win on this show.
6"Staying Alive"Tess Daly
Ronan Keating
Blow by Blow
Dart Attack
Life's a Speech
14 September 2013 (2013-09-14)Marie Keating Foundation
Tess Daly and Ronan Keating face each other in a bid to win £10,000 for charity. Meanwhile, Dr. Strabismus' horoscope says that he is going to die, but he doesn't think so.
7"Superstition"Richard Hammond
Oritsé Williams
Cheek to Cheek
Life's a Speech
Paddlestar Galactica
Nosey Neighbour
29 December 2013 (2013-12-29)The Children's Trust
Music expert Eddie Watts is sent into a spin after his lucky watch is broke by Dr. Strabismus. Richard Hammond and Oritse Williams from JLS ping-pong and slow dance their way in a battle to claim the £10,000 charity prize.
8"Boss' Son"Gabby Logan
Kevin Bridges
Nosey Neighbour
Bird Droppings
Life's a Speech
Blow by Blow
5 January 2014 (2014-01-05)TBA
It's bad news for Mancie when Udders McGee's son Josh arrives to give his judgement on the show. Gabby Logan and Kevin Bridges contend with sun-bathing hot dogs and fire hazards all in a bid to win £10,000 for charity.



Additional puppeteers

International versions

Despite the show's cancellation announcement on 25 October 2013, the Daily Star reported on 16 August 2013 that the BBC show is set to go global with TV chiefs in Scandinavia and Asia wanting to buy the show and make their own versions.[10]


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  2. ^ "BBC axes That Puppet Game Show and I Love My Country". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 25 October 2013.
  3. ^ Plunkett, John; Patterson, John (9 August 2013). "This is what we call That Puppet Game Show". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 September 2013.
  4. ^ Tobin, Christian (6 June 2013). "BBC One announces new Saturday night series 'That Puppet Game Show'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 1 September 2013.
  5. ^ "Twitter / _Warrick_: @akaNoodleBox @j10cool10 Dave". 4 August 2013. Retrieved 7 May 2014.
  6. ^ "DAVE CHAPMAN". Retrieved 7 May 2014.
  7. ^ "BBC One - That Puppet Game Show - Dougie Colon". 1 January 1970. Retrieved 7 May 2014.
  8. ^ John Plunkett and John Patterson. "This is what we call That Puppet Game Show | Television & radio". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 May 2014.
  9. ^ Adam Sherwin (6 June 2013). "BBC1 to launch new Muppet Show for Saturday nights presented by a puppet modelled on Vernon Kay - News - TV & Radio". The Independent. Retrieved 7 May 2014.
  10. ^ Dyke, Peter; Begley, Katie (16 August 2013). "That Puppet Game Show: BBC show set to go global". Daily Star. Retrieved 17 August 2013.