Bonus Sweeps

supersw-1We’re frantically picking up some items for tonight’s Doodlewash Dinner offering. But the big question lingers on our minds.

Can we find all the items on Dale’s Shopping List?

I’m sure anybody subjected to Supermarket Sweep with Dale Winton will still to this day have visions ingrained in the memory – visions of pastel sweaters, cheesy grins and curious inflatables. As you’d never have guessed, the format was poached from the US, and ran from 1993 to 2001 – who knew it lasted that long? – occupying a mid-morning slot on ITV. With the transmission as it was, my memories are sparse; I remember it solely as a ‘treat’ for being ill and out of school.

In the show, teams of two would tackle various puzzles – usually simple word games – in a bid to earn extra time and track down the items that Dale is looking for – the lazy sod can’t go find them himself.

That comprises round one; from round two, it’s unadulterated mayhem… by which I mean, even worse than your local supermarket on a weekend morning. The Big Sweep essentially sees the teams race off like lunatics, trying to fill their trolleys. A lot of things will get thrown around or broken in this round – tsk, such a waste. And how exciting it is to see expert shoppers filling their vehicle with turkeys – turkey-shaped emblems of greed. It’s here where the giant inflatables I’ve tried to recreate make an appearance, boasting cash prizes. The exciting bit is at the end of the round, where contestants peel off the ‘bonus’ tag and try to feign their joy at its underwhelming value. Was it really worth ramming that poor woman?

The team who have done the most expensive shop then progress to the denouement, the Super Sweep, which is rather like a miniature, sixty-second version of  Treasure Hunt; a trail of clue to clue, item to item, crash to crash. If they get to the last item they find the cash – a cool two grand. If they lose, they get to keep the cash won previously. And that’s basically it, excepting one or two corny catchphrases from our Dale in his farewell.

It’s probably best left in those weird mornings where I was removed from routine and wondering what my friends were up to. However, the idea of a real-life sweep often strikes tempting… goodness, that’d be a birthday party and a half.  But not the show. I could never survive the sweaters, nor the smiling.

Next time you’re at the checkout and hear the beep, think of the fun you could be having thank God you’re not on Supermarket Sweep!

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20 comments
  1. Sounds like total mayhem!! Something to avoid. 🙂 Hopefully your #doodlewashdinner wasn’t that hard to shop for!!

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    • Jacob said:

      Haha – thankfully not, though Tesco can be pretty cut-throat with so many reckless trolley drivers!

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      • I made a foray into Tesco while in Scotland a few years back. I liken it to our Walmart here. True mayhem and crazy buggy (trolley) drivers are at both.

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      • Jacob said:

        Lucky you sampling Tesco – yep, one needs to keep their wits about them. I sometimes wonder if a driving test is called for! 😉

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  2. Lee Hesketh said:

    Lol! Trust you Jay, I knew you would succumb to temptaions eventually! Actually all I remember about the show was the big burger and the guitar I think was there too?

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    • Jacob said:

      Yes Lee, there was a guitar! There were a host of inflatables in fact, I just stuck to three (relatively simple) foody ones for the theme.

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  3. Oh gosh, how could I have forgotten about this little gem, crazy people, beach props, a trolley full of frozen turkeys, crashing trollies, I think we used to watch it between uni lectures, you are so good at reminding me of past tv shows Jacob.

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    • Jacob said:

      I’m sure it’s because I’m the only one who watches them! Saying that, this one and all its tropes do generally seem to be fondly remembered… presumably because it’s not easily forgotten! I wonder if there’s scope for a Supermarket Sweep Experience? 😉

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  4. jmnowak said:

    Thank goodness that show didn’t last long on our TV food network!! Love the food items you’re takin’ to the dinner…

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks, Janina – ha, indeed, there’s only so much Supermarket Sweep one can take!

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  5. Your recap of the TV shows are always a hoot. I’m sure there is some thing equally as crazy in the US. And, your dinner items are outstanding!!

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    • Jacob said:

      Glad you enjoy them, Sharon! Indeed, I found an American episode of the show from the 60s, which was pretty interesting to look at; I thought it’d be a touch more restrained, but it’s just as chaotic!

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  6. Bill Fufkin said:

    Goodness, Jacob…I’m not sure Supermarket Sweep warrants the phrase “blast from the past”, even if my knowledge on the programme is very limited, however, you do often make such…existences…feel a blast. Chapeau. B

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks so much, Bill – I always appreciate people listening to me witter on!

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  7. I wasn’t able to comment earlier as I had to call my mother for Mother’s Day…hehe… but this is awesome! hehe What’s this? Another show I’ve not seen, but sounds delightfully insane. LOL That opening graphic you created is sooooo fun!! I watched enough of the clip to get the general gist and it’s even more bizarre than in my imagination! Haha!

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    • Jacob said:

      Ha, thanks Charlie! I thought you might have just been so appalled by Supermarket Sweep that words failed you. 😉 This is what happens when we try and copy American TV.

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