The Games (British TV series)

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The Games is a British reality sports game show that ran on Channel 4 for four series, in which 10 celebrities competed against each other, by doing Olympic-style events, such as weight lifting, gymnastics and diving. At the end of the series, the contestants with the most points from each round were awarded either a gold, silver or bronze medal.

The Games
GenreReality sports game show
Presented byJamie Theakston
StarringJayne Middlemiss (2003–05)
Kirsty Gallacher (2006)
Voices ofDavid Goldstrom
Theme music composerDobs Vye
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series4
Running time60 minutes (inc. adverts)
Production company(s)Endemol UK Productions (2003–05)
Initial (2006)
DistributorEndemol Shine Group
Original networkChannel 4
Picture format16:9 576i
Audio formatStereo
Original release7 September 2003 (2003-09-07) –
25 March 2006 (2006-03-25)


The show was mainly filmed in Sheffield, at the Sheffield Arena, Don Valley Stadium and Ponds Forge. In later series, the English Institute of Sport – Sheffield, iceSheffield and in series 4 the National Watersports Centre in Nottingham were used for the first time.

The Games was presented by Jamie Theakston for the entirety of its run, with track-side reports from Jayne Middlemiss in series 1–3 and Kirsty Gallacher in series 4.

The Games also had an after-show called The Games: Live at Trackside, aired on Channel 4's sister channel E4. The first series was presented by Dougie Anderson, whilst the second was hosted by Gamezville presenters Darren Malcolm and Jamie Atiko. Justin Lee Collins and Caroline Flack took over as presenters for the third and fourth series. For the final series an extra one-hour show was added on E4 in the afternoon called The Games: Live at the Heats, and the evening show changed title to become The Games: Inside Track.

Main series resultsEdit

Series champions
Series Female Male
1 Winner   Azra Akın and Terri Dwyer   Harvey
Runner-up   Josie D'Arby   James Hewitt
2 Winner   Lady Isabella Hervey   Shane Lynch and Jarrod Batchelor
Runner-up   Katy Hill   Romeo
3 Winner   Kirsty Gallacher   Philip Olivier
Runner-up   Tamara Czartoryska   Kevin Simm
4 Winner   Javine Hylton   Jade Jones
Runner-up   Julia Goldsworthy   Marcel Somerville

Series 1 (2003)Edit

The first series aired in 2003 and the celebrities that took part were:

Porter pulled out part-way through the run. A serious knee injury sustained in the judo competition against Akın also forced Chisholm to withdraw.[1]

Series 2 (2004)Edit

Charles Ingram competed in season two.

The second series aired in 2004 and the celebrities that took part were:

Champion of Champions 2004Edit

After the second series a special champion of champions edition, took place in which the top two male and female competitors from series one and two went head to head to compete for the title, The Games Champion of Champions. Eventually the team from 2003 won. They comprised MC Harvey, James Hewitt, Terri Dwyer and Josie D'Arby (Azra Akın was unavailable to take part).

Series 3 (2005)Edit

The third series commenced on 25 March 2005 and the celebrities that took part were:

Morris pulled out half-way through the run, and was replaced by Foster.

Injuries also forced Kevin Simm out of the Sumo competition, and Craig Charles out of the speed skating and vaulting competitions.

Champion of Champions 2005Edit

After the third series, another special champion of champions edition took place in which the top two male and female competitors from Team 2003, Team 2004 and Team 2005 competed against each other in weightlifting, hammer throwing and finally the relay race. From Team 2003, James Hewitt, Harvey, Terri Dwyer and Josie D'Arby competed. From Team 2004, Romeo, Jarrod Batchelor, Katy Hill and Lady Isabella Hervey competed. From Team 2005, Kevin Simm, Philip Olivier, Lisa Maffia and Kirsty Gallacher, competed. Team 2005 narrowly beat the team from the first series overall.

Series 4 (2006)Edit

The fourth series commenced on 17 March 2006, and was presented as usual by Jamie Theakston, and track-side coverage was taken over by Series Three contestant Kirsty Gallacher. There was a total of 18 different sporting events to test their skills and abilities. The men competed in water ski jump, weights, Kendo, vault, diving, speed skating, cycling, javelin and 100m sprint. The women competed in whitewater kayak, hurdles, cycling, gym floor, swimming, curling, archery, hammer and 100m sprint.

Contestants that took part in the show were:


Darren Day was among the original line-up, but after consistently failing to take part in training, he was replaced by eventual winner Jones. DJ Goldie was originally a competitor, but was forced to pull out due to an injury sustained in the training sessions for the water-ski event. He was replaced by Rickitt.


The Girls
Discipline Amanda Bernie Javine H Julia Michelle
Whitewater kayak 0 2 4 3 6
Hurdles 3 1 6 5 3
Cycling 4 2 4 6 0
Gym floor 0 3 6 5 2
Swimming 4 3 6 5 0
Curling 0 2 4 3 5
Archery 4 0 5 2 3
Hammer 2 3 5 4 2
100m sprint 2 0 5 3 4
Total 19 16 45 36 25
The Boys
Discipline Peter Adam JK Jade Plat'num
Water ski jump 4 4 1 5 2
Weights 6 1 4 3 7
Kendo 3 0 4 5 3
Vault 0 3 4 5 6
Diving 6 1 4 5 3
Speed skating 5 1 2 6 3
Cycling 3 0 4 5 2
Javelin 0 2 5 6 3
100m sprint 2 0 4 4 5
Total 29 12 32 44 34

Champion of Champions 2006Edit

After the fourth series another special champion of champions edition took place in which the top two male and female competitors from series two, three and four competed against each other in a 50 m freestyle swim, diving and a 4 x 50 m freestyle relay at Ponds Forge in Sheffield.

Javine Hylton, Julia Goldsworthy MP, Jade Jones and MC Plat'num represented Team 2006, Kirsty Gallacher, Chesney Hawkes, Kevin Simm and HRH Princess Tamara represented Team 2005, and Lady Isabella Hervey, Linda Lusardi, Shane Lynch and Romeo represented Team 2004.

Team 2006 won the champion of champions 2006, scoring 29 points. The team of 2005 came second with 23. Finally team 2004 with 20. This Champion of Champions saw Shane Lynch achieve a dive which had never been performed on The Games before - a somersault. The trophy for the winners was presented by represented Team 2004, the Lord Mayor of Sheffield.


  1. ^ Ex-Spice Girl Mel C faces surgery - BBC News, 12 September 2003

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