Above: Could Mission: 2110 be the new Adventure Game?
Why does children's television always get all the best game shows? Why has there never been a grown up version of Funhouse? Or Knightmare? Or The Adventure Game? Gronda gronda. That'd certainly be better than Eggheads or Deal Or No Decent Reason To Watch.
And it looks like the BBC could be producing another potential future pub conversation in the form of Mission: 2110. BBC Scotland is currently in Argyll filming the show, an ambitious and bold new 13-episode Sci-Fi game show for CBBC from the team behind Raven (oh, there's another good one - like the Krypton Factor's Assault course crossed with Druss The Legend).
Set in a post-apocalyptic landscape, each episode will feature a team of four contestants spanning time and space to travel to the futuristic setting of our planet, long after mankind has disappeared, to try to restore peace and stability.
The young recruits, guided by their mentor Caleb, have to battle, in a series of missions, against the Roboidz – intelligent towering cybernetic entities who now rule Earth – snatching Bio-Rods, the enemy's vital fuel source, in order to shut down their empire. Blimey, it does sound like the new Adventure Game!
Empty container ships based on Loch Striven on the Clyde are providing a suitable industrial backdrop for the show. State-of-the-art compositing and computer-generated work will bring the futuristic world alive. The series is set for transmission in the spring.
Millenium FX (Doctor Who, The Day Of The Triffids) is creating the Roboidz and Shades (humanoid slaves to the robots) and writer Phil Ford (Doctor Who, Sarah Jane Adventures) has created the back-story. Lindsay Duncan (Doctor Who, Rome) will voice Neuros and Cybele, the good and evil alter egos of the Roboidz creator Laura Gant. The series also stars CBBC's newest recruit Stuart Goldsmith, who plays the show's hero Caleb.