Wednesday, 3 November 2010

The Wonderful Catchphrases of Roy Walker

You know what, I miss Catchphrase so much. With Roy Walker as the host, not that wanky new Nick Weir fellow. Urgh. Can't even say the name without it sending a chill down my spine. In a bad way. Or maybe I'm just kidding myself, maybe it is in a good way. A sexy way. Oh, I'm confused now.

Anyway, I'm going to tell you something now that literally beggars belief. You might want to sit down for this one.

Can you believe that Nick Weir didn't have a single catchphrase when he hosted the show? Imagine that! You're signed up to present a programme that's all about catchphrases, in fact, it's actually CALLED Catchphrase, and then you rock up without a single catchphrase of your own! THAT'S CRAZY TALK!

So, I have teamed up with a wonderful colleague of mine called Wikipedia to present to you...


  • Say what you see! ("Say What You See!" was used as a Bonus Catchphrase itself in 1998, but no one guessed it.)
  • If you see it, say it!
  • An elongated Riiiiiiiiiiight! - used upon a Bonus Catchphrase being solved.
  • Five seconds, here we go! - when the contestant chose a square, and had five seconds to guess the Bonus Catchphrase.
  • It's good, but it's not the one! - said after some close guesses, or just sarcastically after obvious wrong answers. There were actually several variations of this catchphrase (It's good, but it's not right!, arguably more used than the original), (It's a good answer, but it's not right!), (It's good, but it's not great!). Roy Walker stated in an interview that a contestant, frustrated with his lack of success, had threatened him if Walker said "You're wrong" one more time. As a consequence Walker developed the catchphrase he used for the rest of his tenure.
  • You can't win if you don't buzz in!
  • What's Mr Chips doing there?
  • There's no such expression - said after the contestant says a catchphrase that doesn't make sense.
  • Keep pressing and guessing
  • The M Square, that's a difficult one
  • You're back in play - when one player misguesses a normal catchphrase, Walker would normally say this to the other player.
  • Pick a Square - When a contenstant picks a square from the bonus catchphrase to remove. Walker would normally say the contestant's name before the phrase.
  • ...and you can win tonight's star prize - used as a suffix to a sentence when walker is talking to the player who has got through to the Super Catchphrase. 
  • The first one to press - gets the first guess - used briefly in the 1997 series

Incidentally, THIS is what happens when you try and steal and Irish badman's job: