Gift Wrapped



Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford


12 Yard for ITV, 18 to 29 August 2014 (10 episodes in 1 series)


Three engaged couples do battle in a gentle series of list questions. The most successful couple may win a dream holiday and their own personalised wedding gift list.

The masters of ceremonies had their wedding on 26 June 2010.

A very slow opening round asked the players to respond to clues in a category, such as "the last letter of abbreviations". Two passes through the couples revealed just two of the prizes on their gift lists. The remaining prizes came out from completing the missing item on a list of answers.

First two couples to give five right answers completed their lists and made the next round. This second phase comprised multiple-choice questions - do one, two, or all three answers fit the clue?

Couple 1 is ahead, but can couple 2 catch up?

Whichever couple won this round could play for their prizes. One of the couple named items in a category, the other tried to name the category from the answers read back to them. In addition to the five prizes on their list, the pair would play a sixth question for a holiday.

Everything you need for your perfect honeymoon.

There were holes in the format - even if the winning couple lost the five prizes on their list, they could still win the holiday. And there were holes in the presentation, too little conversation with the newlywed couples. Mostly, it needed an audience for Eamonn Holmes to bounce off - he was not at his best in monastic silence.



A 12 Yard format developed by Liz Gaskell and James Woolley.

Theme music

David William Hearn, credited for "original music".


The show's original title was The Gift List.

Aired as a 5pm summer replacement while The Chase took August 2014 off - its companion The 21st Question was scarcely more successful.

Web links

Wikipedia entry

See also

Win Your Wish List

Weaver's Week review


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