The year: 1984.
The channel: RTE1.
The time: Sunday at 7.30pm (or maybe 8.00 ?)
The programme: Murphy’s Micro Quiz-M
Remember it? The Irish Indo has it on a list of Worst Irish TV shows EVER! But, we all watched it didn’t we? Some neighbours of ours at the time were even on it. They do say everyone has 15 minutes of fame. That was theirs and I’m pretty sure they’ve been looking for 15 minutes more ever since then.
The Indo have a great description of the show:
In 1984, computers were poised to take over the world and RTE responded with a gimmicky quiz show, featuring lots of whirring sounds and flashing lights. Host Mike Murphy wore a space suit and greeted each special effect with an awestruck gasp of “Gawd, would you look at that”. He later admitted he hadn’t a clue what a ‘Quiz-M’ is.
Can’t actually remember him wearing a “space suit” – I pretty much remember the classic Mike Murphy suit and tie get up – but I could be wrong.
Flash forward 24 years later and we could say “In 2008, the internet was poised to take over the world and RTE responded (very late) with a gimmicky quiz show….”
Via the IIA blog comes the news of a the latest Sunday night quiz programme from RTE. No more crappy graphics, just crappy internet connections to laugh about in another 24 years time. At that point we’ll all be living on the moon having teleported ourselves via a mega speed internet 99.0 data pipe the size of the port tunnel.
Oh, how we will all laugh when look back at how primitive our internet infrastructure was in 2008…