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Analyse and Compare the Techniques Used by at Least Two Television Gameshows to Engage and Entertain Their Target Audiences. Which Do You Think Is the Most Effective in Appealing to Its Audience, and Why?

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A game show is a show in which members of the public or celebrities, either on their own or as a team, play a game which is likely to involve answering quiz-like questions for points or prizes. Game shows often offer money or holidays to contestants as prizes. An obvious example of this is the show “Who wants to be a Millionaire?” in which contestants, if successful may win up to one million pounds. Most game shows now appear on television although a few remain on the radio. In this essay i will be comparing popular reality show “Big Brother” with all-time quiz classic “ Who wants to be a Millionaire?”.

Who wants to be a Millionaire? is a televised game show which offers large cash sums for correctly answering multiple-choice questions. The maximum cash prize (in the original British version) is one million pounds. The programme originated in the UK, where it i hosted by Chris Tarrant. It first aired in 1998. Big Brother is a reality TV show broadcast in the UK and Ireland. The idea of the game show is for contestants or “housemates” to live in isolation in a purpose built house. The winner is the last contestant remaining in the house at the end of the series as housemates are evicted by a weekly public phone vote. The prize is a large sum of cash, usually one hundred thousand pounds. It first aired in 2000. Both of these shows are extremely well-known and popular and yet completely different.

The most important thing producers have to think about when making a game show is who their target audience is. Who wants to be a Millionaire?'s target audience is probably adults who are over 30. This can be told simply by looking at the time that Millionaire is shown. Millionaire is shown at “prime time” which is usually between six and nine o'clock, thus meeting the requirement of most adults who will have finished work by then. Big Brother however has a slightly wider ranger of audience. Big Brother is on every morning at eight am as well as being censored to...