Blockbusters. Dara O Briain. Copyright: Thames


  • TV comedy
  • Comedy Central
  • 2019
  • 20 episodes (2 series)

Dara O Briain hosts a comedic reboot of the classic game show Blockbusters.

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Series 1, Episode 1

Blockbusters. Dara O Briain. Copyright: Thames
The first contestants are ready to take on the greatest quiz show of all time! This week's premiere episode sees best friends Eddy and Alex take on Emma for a chance at winning a trip to sunny Barcelona if they can beat the infamous Gold run. With interesting spot prizes to be won, along with heaps of cash, who will be the first winner of the new series?

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Broadcast details

Thursday 21st March 2019
Comedy Central
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Saturday 23rd March 2019 6:10pm Comedy Central
Monday 25th March 2019 10:30pm Comedy Central
Thursday 28th March 2019 8:30pm Comedy Central
Saturday 20th April 2019 8:00am Comedy Central
Sunday 21st April 2019 4:05am Comedy Central
Saturday 1st June 2019 6:00am CC Extra
Friday 2nd August 2019 1:00pm CC Extra
Tuesday 3rd September 2019 4:10am Comedy Central
Monday 16th September 2019 4:00pm CC Extra
Saturday 21st September 2019 6:00am CC Extra
Thursday 26th September 2019 8:30pm Comedy Central
Tuesday 4th August 2020 12:00am Comedy Central
Tuesday 10th November 2020 2:00am CC Extra
Saturday 19th February 2022 11:00am CC Extra
Tuesday 22nd February 2022 3:00am CC Extra
Sunday 27th March 2022 5:35am CC Extra
Sunday 5th June 2022 2:00am CC Extra
Monday 29th August 2022 4:00pm CC Extra
Tuesday 7th February 2023 5:10am CC Extra
Sunday 12th February 2023 5:30am CC Extra
Monday 17th April 2023 10:00am CC Extra
Sunday 7th May 2023 4:10am Comedy Central
Saturday 7th October 2023 8:00am Comedy Central
Sunday 24th December 2023 9:00am CC Extra
Sunday 31st December 2023 5:35am CC Extra
Thursday 8th February 2024 9:00am Comedy Central
Thursday 8th February 2024 2:00pm CC Extra

Cast & crew

Dara O Briain Host / Presenter
Writing team
Matthew Crosby Writer
James Menzies Writer
Brona C. Titley Writer
Simon Weekes Writer
Production team
Liz Clare Director
John Ryan Series Producer
Jack Kisby-Carroll Producer
Helen Doble Producer
Bernard Markey Producer
Chris Curley Executive Producer
Phil Harris Executive Producer
Kate Edmunds Executive Producer
Arron Ferster Executive Producer
Louise Holmes Executive Producer
Jill Offman Executive Producer
Shirley Kelly Line Producer
Toby Carr Editor
Joshua Grace Production Designer
Tilly Luscombe Costume Designer
Suzie Narden Make-up Designer
Gemma O'Sullivan Lighting Designer
Ed Welch Composer


Your generation will never afford a house

Dara O Briain tests the teams and has a brutal truth to deliver.

Featuring: Dara O Briain.

Which one of you is in Gryffindor?

Dara meets Alex and Eddy.

Featuring: Dara O Briain.


Every version of Blockbusters there's ever been

As a new version of Blockbusters hosted by Dara O Briain arrives, we revisit the gameshow's previous incarnations...

Louisa Mellor, Den Of Geek, 22nd March 2019

The once futuristic and now pleasingly retro student quiz returns for another (gold) run, this time with Dara O Briain in charge. As you might expect, the humour has been cranked up - fuzzy mascots get an intro alongside their matriculated owners - but otherwise it's still the same snappy battle of buzzers and wits.

Graeme Virtue, The Guardian, 21st March 2019

Blockbusters review

Given that the channel are certainly putting considerable effort into the show, I can see it certainly being more successful than its past revivals, although deep down it will be hard to match Holness's original.

Ian Wolf, On The Box, 21st March 2019

Will the Blockbusters reboot be a success?

This latest iteration of Blockbusters plays it admirably straight, although O'Briain is far wittier and more down with the kids than Holness.

Gerard Gilbert, i Newspaper, 15th March 2019

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