Distraction (partially found American adaptation of British game show; 2005-2006)

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The show's logo.

Status: Partially Found

Distraction was a British game show that aired on Channel 4 for only two seasons totalling 16 episodes from 31 October 2003 to 11 June 2004. The show was hosted by British comedian Jimmy Carr and was created by David Taylor (who previously created the couples game show Every Second Counts). One of the show's writers was controversial comedian Frankie Boyle[1] before he became famous as a panellist on the satirical topic show Mock The Week and for his cynical and graphic sense of humor in his acts.

Format[edit | edit source]

The show's format is a simple buzz-in with the correct answer to the given question format but with a twist. The four contestants would endure various distractions throughout the given round and these distractions would often affect the contestant's abilities to focus. The contestant with the lowest score was eliminated. This happens two more times until the last remaining contestant is crowned the winner and advances to the fourth and final round. The prize can range from a car to a cash bonus, but before the contestant can go home with the prize, they must answer five questions correctly and if they answer any of the questions incorrectly, the prize would be damaged. In the end, the contestant goes home with the prize regardless of its condition[2].

History[edit | edit source]

Despite its short run, it was popular enough to spawn several international adaptions of the show, including one in the United States[3][4]. The show aired on Comedy Central from January 18, 2005, [5] to April 11, 2006 (also for two seasons[6][7]) and was produced by FremantleMedia (who owns the rights to the show[8]). The show's format was the same as the original version's with most of the distractions being lifted straight from the British version. After the show ended, it was reran in the UK on Challenge alongside its British counterpart from 2007 to 2011[9]. After that, the American version faded into obscurity.

Availability[edit | edit source]

The British version of the show is very easy to find online with it being available on Apple TV, Pluto TV and Channel 4's website, but the American version was not given the same treatment. Very little of the American version is online, with only clips from its UK reruns being available and eventually, its premiere episode would be uploaded on YouTube in 2019 by one of its contestants, Rob Little. To date, this is the only full episode of the American version available online. Archives of the show's page on Comedy Central's website shows photos of the missing episodes. Descriptions of some of the missing episodes are available on Game Show Newsnet[10][11][12][13][14][15]. The exact number of episodes that were produced is unknown.

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Videos[edit | edit source]

Premiere episode
Sections of a missing episode with egg buzzers, ping-pong balls and pigs
Pie buzzers from a missing episode
Another pie buzzers segment from a missing episode
Snake pants from a missing episode
Portions of a pie buzzers segment from a missing episode
Three Wrestlers from a missing episode


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