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Incredible Games - Sam the Lift

Incredible Games was a popular children's game show which was broadcast between 1994-1995 (two series) by the BBC. It included a variety of games, performed by contestants between the ages of 11 and 14. The show itself was set in a fictional skyscraper, with a talking lift.

The lift was played by David Walliams for the first series, who would later find fame with Little Britain.


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Due to lack of information about this show on the web, the synopsis has been taken from Wikipedia.

The aim of the show was to complete each game (set on a "floor" of the skyscraper), gradually rising up the tower, until finally reaching the penthouse, where prizes could be won. If a player lost a game, they were sent to the "basement" of the tower (the laundry room), and the other players had to take the lift back down to rescue them.

Two of the more famous games were the Alphabet Soup game, where giant letters had to fished out of swimming pool (supposedly a soupbowl) to make words on the "fridge", and the Dark Knight game. In this game, the contestants had to move from square to square on a chess board, they could only move one space per turn, and every forward movement had to be followed by a sidestep, until they reached the end. T he catch was that the "Dark Knight" was attempting to stop them and he could move two squares per turn. Fortunately for the players, he could only see where they had been, not where they were.

Cast & Credits

Directed by: Anne Gilchrist
Produced by: Louise Clover

The Games

  • The Victorian Schoolmaster
  • Radioactive Balloons
  • The Dark Knight (The Chess Match)
  • Laundry Baskets
  • Alphabet Soup (Magnetic letters in the swimming pool)
  • Plumbing
  • Penthouse (The Final Game)

Theme Music

The theme music was written by Steve Brown.

Transmission Details

The first series of Incredible Games was broadcast on BBC2, beginning on 30th January 1994. The second series was broadcast on BBC1, beginning on 10th January 1995.


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