TV Bingo - Television Bingo Games
TV on bingo is nothing new - some of you may remember Bob's Full House or Shane Richie's Lucky Numbers - plus bingo sites have been sponsoring programmes such as Jeremy Kyle and Family Fortunes plus there are loads of bingo tv adverts too!
June 2008 saw the launch of the UK's Bingo Night Live programme. It offered bingo players the chance to play free bingo via an online TV game - but it wasn't the only way to combine TV and bingo. Sadly, despite breaking the world record or the world's largest online bingo game and giving away £500,000 to over 15,000 winners, TV and bingo failed to hit it off. Instead, online bingo sites are focusing on Live Bingo streamed via the internet and ITV are much happier dishing out prizes via competitions. Anyway here's what happened to those who tried to take on the TV!
Bingojoy: With this show you could watch former Big Brother winner Brian Dowling call the numbers for Bingojoy! You could find the game running on Sky Channels 158, 168 and 200 during the day. It was a lowtech affair but fun.
Gala Bingo: Gala TV used to be on Sky Channel 861 and featured many big name celebs including Timmy Mallett who used the show to play his popular Mallett's Mallett game. In April 2011, Gala ceased using the Sky channel which resulted in the Gala.TV shows being moved to an online service. Sadly, in 2016 the show was shut down leaving just a handful of other sites offering the bingo studio live experience.
Big Box Bingo: This game from Bingos allowed you to play six games of bingo each and every Friday evening at 6:30pm on Sky 848! Cards cost £1.50 and you could either print them out online or have them sent to you. It didn't last long and Bingos moved to the Best Bingo Network.
ITV's Bingo Night Live: This was a free to play TV game that attracted a lot of interest. Jenny Powell, Melinda Messenger and Michael Underwood all presented the programme. However it failed to generate much needed revenue (or even an audience as the programme was so bad) and was soon removed from the schedules.
The videos above show you what to expect from a TV bingo game. Many pundits expected TV bingo to take off, but we think it failed as it lacks the excitement and social interaction that you can get when online. TV bingo games have been a huge hit in The USA and Australia and no doubt if the right formula can be found we expect TV bingo to go mainstream in The UK... let's hope it's not a remake of Lucky Numbers though!
TV Bingo Timeline
- 1984 - Bob's Full House Launches on The BBC.
- 1990 - Bob's Full House ends.
- 1995 - Lucky Numbers with Shane Ritchie airs on ITV.
- 1997 - Lucky Numbers ends.
- 2006 - Gala TV launches replacing the Avago Channel.
- 2007 - Launch of Big Box Bingo.
- 2007 - Bingojoy launch a TV Channel featuring Brian Dowling
- 2008 - ITV's Bingo Night Live runs from June to November.
- 2009 - Big Box Bingo shuts down.
- 2011 - Gala.TV closes and moves to an online streaming service.
- 2014 - Sun Bingo launch Having A Ball, an online bingo TV show.
- 2016 - Gala Bingo close their Gala Live channel