THEY say, they do that children's TV contains the very best examples and the very worst excesse of that particular medium's output.
Lawyers relax - I'm not going to name names, just say that Blockbusters is a popular quiz game pumped out at that time of day.
If you've seen the programme, skip forward secure in the knowledge that the program is an accurate simulation of all the main foci of interest. If you haven't, then pay attention.
There is a matrix of letters on a net of hexagons. A contestant, of which there are two teams, chooses a letter.
Bob Holness (a modern hero of our times - more on him later) asks a question, the answer to which begins with the chosen letter.
If the contestant answers correctly, the hexagon lights up in his/her colour. If not the other team gets a chance to supply correct answer, which if successfully produced results in the hexagon lighting up appropriately.
The winners are the first team to link up a line of light across the board; one team top to bottom, the other side to side.
Once enough games have been won the team responsible goes forward to the Gold Run.
This time there are a number of letters in each square, and the answer to the questions is a well known POS. I'm sorry, you ran out of time, the answer was Phrase Or Saying.
The inimitable Bob Holness is, Blockbuster fans please note, all there. Well, his head is. Digitised. In several poses.
Does a passable impression of Max Headroom, too, his little ickle head jolting from side to side as the questions, Trivial Pursuit style, chug out at speech rate.
Wait too long before answering, and the buzzer sounds for your opponent to leap in and grab the hexagon.
A certain facility at typing is because there are only 60 seconds to answer at teast five questions of two or thred words each. There's a genuine gameshow big clock ticking away the time in the corner, but don't worry if you can't type quite that fast.
Some faintly clever logic manages to unscramble misspellings so that -most of the time - the computer guesses correctly what it was that you were on about.
The final touch to send the addict off on to a different astral plane is the faithful renditioning of the theme tune through the tiny