Shaw Taylor (1963)

Brian Redhead (1973)

Eleanor Summerfield (1974)

Esther Rantzen (1974-5)

Tom O'Connor (1982-3)

Brian Munn (1985)

Gordon Burns (1987-8)


Dinah May

Simon Prebble (1982-3)
John O'Hara (1987-8)


ATV for ITV, 12 March to 10 September 1963 (27 episodes in 1 series)

BBC2, 24 March to 28 April 1973 (6 episodes in 1 series)

BBC1, 7 January 1974 to 3 January 1975 (33 episodes in 2 series)

Thames in association with Talbot Television and Goodson-Todman Productions for Channel 4, 6 November 1982 to 14 May 1983 (25 episodes in 1 series)

Ulster (regional), September 1985 to ? (20 episodes in 1 series)

Ulster in association with Mark Goodson Productions and Talbot Television for ITV, 22 July 1987 to 29 July 1988 (43 episodes in 2 series)


Afternoon word game with the added bonus (if we remember correctly) of sometimes not having any adverts midway through the show, a bit like This Is Your Life (when it was on ITV, that's not something to be too impressed by on the BBC, is it?).

Image:Password estherrantzen.jpgThe most '70s image on our website

Based on the American show that's a bit like The Pyramid Game (indeed, the French show Pyramide probably has more to do with Password than it has to do with The Pyramid Game), two teams consisting of celebrity and real-life person compete in guessing passwords. If anything, though, 'Password' was even more like Three Little Words, which definitely did involve one-word clues.

One person gives a one word clue and their partner has to try and guess from that what the password is. If they don't then their opponents get a go but for less points. Keep going back and forth until someone gets it; keep going to a certain amount of points are reached then something good is bound to happen.

Image:Password team.jpgThe team decide to resort to navel gazing

Lasted a couple of years but eventually made way for the behemoth that was Chain Letters and the underrated excellence of Talkabout.


Based on a classic US Mark Goodson-Bill Todman game show.

Theme music

Channel 4 version composed by Mr. Lovejoy himself, Denis King. A clip can be found on the relevant page of TV Ark.


Password is the only game show to have broadcast new episodes on BBC1, BBC2, ITV and Channel 4.

Web links

Wikipedia entry


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