THERE are a host of new shows which are unashamedly what must be known as “affordable” by the schedulers.

If you don’t have a set, or a host, then it must save a fair amount of cash - all you need to do is make it entertaining.

Among these are the quiz shows Ready or Not and the Button.

The first, with a witty voiceover from the ubiquitous Paddy McGuinness, is a series of mini quizzes across the country which essentially involves unsuspecting pedestrians being roped into taking part whilst going about their every day business.

In the more mind-bending sessions a woman leaves her dog with someone while she pops into a shop and the four-legged friend then quizzes them.

Yes, the dog quizzes them.

And they don’t even seem that surprised - or mention it to the woman upon her return. It’s all good fun - including the guy who dresses in Spandex, presumably consumes a huge amount of sugar, and then sprints around various town and city centres asking them to get a question right for which they will then get a tenner.


There is a fair amount of cash up for grabs in the Button too.

Here a group of families have to basically sit in their front rooms and wait for five different challenges to be given to them.

This could happen at any time and they are alerted by the eponymous Button lighting up.

The trick is not to miss it as all the challenges are timed.

In this opening show, the tasks including building a tower using only tins, books and cushions to the height of the tallest person in the room and getting a ridiculous amount of oversized inflatables in to the house without using pointed objects to burst them.

The winning family had the choice of keeping their earnings, £5,000 and heading off into the sunset, or staying on in a bid to win more.

All the losing families get another go, hoorah, including the little girl who heroically recited the alphabet backwards, omitting the vowels. Even the other families, who get to see how everyone else got on via the television screen under the Button, were willing her to win.

And that is what is a huge plus in this show, the strong family values it has. Everyone spending time together to solve problems.

There is more than a whiff of Gogglebox about this too - which is no bad thing - and the families are engaging.

In a sea of quite dreary shows, and the same things being trotted out year after year, it is good to see new ideas being given a chance.