Finders Keepers (1991 UK game show)

Not to be confused with the unrelated BBC TV series Finders Keepers (1981 UK game show).
Finders Keepers
Genre Children's Game show
Presented by Neil Buchanan (1991–6)
Jeff Brazier (2006)
Starring Diane Youdale (1996)
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 7
No. of episodes 88
Running time 25 minutes
Production company(s) World Wide International Television in association with TVS (Scottish Television) (1991–6)
The Foundation (2006)
Original network CITV
Picture format 4:3 (1991–6)
16:9 (2006)
Original release 12 April 1991 (1991-04-12) – 14 April 2006 (2006-04-14)
Related shows Finders Keepers (US version)

Finders Keepers is a CITV game show based on the original American format of the same name. It was originally broadcast between 12 April 1991 and 6 August 1996, hosted by Neil Buchanan. It was then revived from 6 January to 14 April 2006, hosted by Jeff Brazier.


Two teams of two are given the opportunity to "raid the room" across eight rooms and two rounds to find hidden objects, identified by clues read out by the host prior to raiding. Each room raid lasted 30 seconds and if the object was found, won the team 25 points in the first round, and 50 points in the second. If a team did not find their object, the points went to the other team. Each raid was hectic because the rooms had streamers, confetti and Silly String raining from the ceiling as the raids went on.

In the early series of the original run, the teams had to firstly win rooms to raid at the garage door, they go off and raid them as above. The process was repeated for the second round. In later series both teams had two rooms to raid from the off; the later four rooms were won at the garage door. The final series of the original run saw format changes; the teams now had to find items in the garage to get a head start in room searching. They were now searching for the same item on both floors of the house.

The 2006 revision returned largely to the format of the original without the "find objects in a garage" round and changed the final round time limit back to three minutes.

In all versions the team with the most points won the right to go the "Super Search" - a race to find eight hidden objects in three (later four) minutes. The more objects found, the better the final prize. The final series of the original run had a prize awarded for successful searching in each room and a grand prize in the final room, closer to the original American format.


Jeremy's Joker

In the 3rd-5th seasons of the Buchanan series, some rooms (usually the Fantasy Room) had Jeremy's Joker on them. If the team found the object, they would win a holiday. This was named after Jeremy Stockwell, the in voice announcer and writer of for the early Finders Keepers series. In the 1st 2 seasons, one of the rooms was the surprise prize room, usually signalled by a fanfare playing as the room was entered. Both Jeremy's Joker and the Surprise Prize were identical to the Instant Prize room on the American version, but unlike the American version, this room could show up in any round and the opposing team would win the prize if the team searching the prize room failed to find the object.

Celebrity guests

In several episodes of series 3, 4 and 5, there were celebrity guests, usually to be found in the Fantasy Room. In the Sleeping Beauty-themed room, Frank Bruno was sleeping behind a curtain and the contestants had to find a clue without waking Frank. In the last episode of series 3, Neighbours twins Gayle and Gillian Blakeney appeared from a giant teapot in the Mad Hatter's tea party-themed room.

More celebrity guests would appear in series 4 to aid the contestants. The first episode of series 4 featured Olympic swimmer Adrian Moorhouse in an Underwater-themed room, Gladiator Panther guest appeared in a Jungle-themed room, and Grange Hill's Anna Quayle appeared in a School-themed room.

Even more celebrity guests appeared in series 5 to help the contestants including Michael Aherne (a.k.a. Warrior) from Gladiators.

The celebrity guests would also make cameo appearances in the Super Search, performing mundane tasks throughout the house as a visual gag while the contestants passed through the rooms.


Series Start date End date Episodes
1 12 April 1991 5 July 1991 13
2 8 January 1992 1 April 1992 13
3 23 March 1993 15 June 1993 13
4 15 March 1994 7 June 1994 13
5 2 May 1995 25 July 1995 13
6 18 June 1996 6 August 1996 8
7 6 January 2006 14 April 2006 15

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