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The Krypton Factor

Gordon Burns famously hosted this mental and physical challenge which would involve logic tests and assault courses to find the toughest and brightest contestants.

The logic puzzles would usually involve some kind of rearranging oddly shaped pieces to form a pyramid or something and would be completed against the clock.

The final challenge would be where all the competitors had to complete and army assault course as fast as they could regardless of their size or physical ability. I think women got a head start but fat people didn't. Except fat women of course.


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The Krypton Factor Last post by Mulletino
06 August 2019

Do You Remember The Krypton Factor?

Do You Remember The Krypton Factor?

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    The Observation rounds were the best... remember "Where is Don Day?" with Tony Robinson or "Dead Ringer" with Roger Lloyd Pack? Some proper scary, funny thrillers with two-minute episodes and a very small budget! Also the "continuity errors" ones that spoofed other shows such as Wogan and the ones that are showing on Challenge at the moment with Roy Barraclough as a retired police inspector, which look as if they might have been filmed in and around Granada TV itself! Plus, Response: "He's edging away from the runaway and his descent..." (Crash) "Two points." Title music by The Art of Noise. Gordon Burns went on to host BBC North West Tonight. There was a junior version of the show on Children's ITV in the late Eighties - Young Krypton, hosted by Ross King. Tuesday afternoons. Went well with fondant fancies. The final series ditched Intelligence in favour of a 3D maze and a race up Mount Krypton, also giving Burns a co-presenter and introducing CGI animations in place of the little playlets for Observation. Why can't anyone leave anything alone?
  • Anonymous user
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    Even today in 2011, when someone is finding something difficult you can hear them muttering ''bl**dy Krypton Factor challenge that is'' :o)
  • Anonymous user
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    SUNDAY NIGHT TV
  • Anonymous user
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    I liked the observation rounds best because then we'd get clips of forthcoming movies ie. 'Star Wars'.
  • Anonymous user
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    I remember this one! My favourite bit used to be the assault course near the end.