Burgo's Catch Phrase
was an Australian game show
that ran between 1997 and 2003, produced by Southern Star Group
(and later by the joint-venture Endemol Southern Star
) for the Nine Network
. The show was based on the British
versions of the game, and was originally known as simply Catch Phrase
until renamed in honour of its host. The show was cancelled in 2001 and again in 2003 after failing ratings despite a revamp of the set in 2002.
Contestants would have to identify the familiar phrase represented by a piece of animation, with the show's mascot — a character called "Jimmy" — often appearing. In the original run, two contestants played in each game, but in the 2002 revamp, this was increased to three.
The Main Game
In the main game, at the start of each round, one contestant stopped a randomizer which consisted of money amounts by hitting his/her button. The value that was landed would then be the amount for the normal catch phrases. On each normal catch phrase, the computer would draw it on the screen. When it was done, a bell would ring, signifying the contestants to buzz-in when they think they know the answer.
A correct answer won the contestant the predetermined money amount, plus a chance to solve the Bonus Catch Phrase
which was hidden behind nine squares with the show's logo on each. To choose a square, the contestant had to hit their button to stop a randomizer from flashing around the board after which the square was... Read More