Sticky Moments, 1989
Sticky Moments was a satirical game show that probably lent itself more as a vehicle for Julian Clary’s unique brand of humour than an actual game show. However the show ran for twenty episodes over two series.
Sticky Moments was devised and written by Julian Clary alongside fellow comedian and writer: Paul Merton. The show was an independent production made for Channel 4 by Clary’s own production company ‘Wonderdog Productions’ (named after his beloved pet whippet, “Fanny the Wonderdog”, (who also regularly appeared on the show).
After the success of the first series of ten episodes, Channel 4 immediately commissioned a second series.
The second series was entitled “Sticky Moments on Tour with Julian Clary”. Despite the change of title the format the show was essentially identical to the first series with the addition of painted studio backdrops and props to humorously pretend the show was taking place in more exotic locations (France, Australia, Scotland, and an episode based at the less exotic Newport Pagnell.
Clary, in customary full make-up and dressed in a new outrageous outfit each week,would select contestants for the night’s show from the audience members queuing outside. Once in the studio, contestants were introduced by him and were then subjected to some light-hearted teasing based on their personal details.
As you might expect from Julian Clary, the questions, answers, challenges and cheap prizes were deliberately off-centre, and rife with innuendo and double entendres. These were played for laughs rather than actual competition.
Contestants were eliminated round-by-round, based on Clary’s mostly arbitrary point allocation.
Losing players were given a plaster bust of Fanny the Wonderdog as a consolation prize, with the eventual lucky winner receiving a prize of barely more value (wine/champagne, flowers, plastic tiara, etc.).
At the end of each show, following a musical number by Clary and Co, the winner was then seen stepping into a chauffeur-driven car, whilst the runner-up was left to go home in less glamorous circumstances (bicycle, wheelbarrow, etc.)
Channel: Channel 4
Created By: Julian Clary and Paul Merton
Produced By: Wonderdog Productions
Original Transmission Dates: 17th October 1989 – 19th December 1990