Like most Jewish Mothers, I may find myself succumbing to day-time television and the lure of TV gameshows. We all have our favourites whether its Catchphrase, Deal or no Deal, Countdown or Pointless.
Let’s face it, its everyone’s dream to go on a gameshow and over the years, I have seen the odd friend or their children on TV trying their luck.
I even heard of a friend’s friend who is a ‘professional gameshow contestant’ and will go from show to show trying to make it – which in gameshow terms could mean winning £50,000 or a blender.
Who could forget rooting for Stacey in last year’s British Bake Off – she got so far and I thought she was going to win it. I also like how she hasn’t milked it for the fame afterwards – thats nachas right there.
Why you don’t see me on gameshows
Bake off maybe … but I can barely manage my own kitchen. Although it might be easier without my two dogs running around or my husband yelping in the next room as he watches Spurs or England ‘potentially’ score a goal.
Knowledge? Sure, like most Jewish Mothers I think I know everything, but I haven’t worked in years and everything from my O levels is a complete blur, so I don’t think so.
Also, the idea of someone asking questions to a Jewish Mother is a complete role-reversal. Surely, I’m supposed to be the one asking the questions????
Jewish gameshows? Oy vey
There is a distinct lack of Jewish gameshows (mind you, there aren’t any Christian, Muslim or Hindu gameshows either). But we are represented to an extent – Rachel Riley from Countdown is of course Jewish (and looks like a young version of me!) and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire was filmed in Elstree – which is good enough for me!
But Jewish gameshows, could you imagine?
Shpiel or no Shpiel? No worries finding a banker, there’s likely to be loads of them!
The Chase? Sorry, I’m too tired
Pointless? – Its not Pointless, its tradition
Spiel of Fortune? You could have mazel, or tzoris…
MasterChef? Yes, but I’m the only one allowed in the kitchen, you’re going to like it and eat it no matter what.
Jewish Catchphrase? There are loads of phrases they can use! Please G-d by you, Yeah You?, Mazel Tov etc
Family Feud? Simply renamed to ‘Brogues’
And you always have the voice in the sky, that mysterious, heavenly voice who announces the prizes or contestant number 1. Well this voice is obviously the Moschiach.
If you want to get these gameshows together, by all means, I will be there. Otherwise for the moment, I will keep applying for competitions online and through things like I Should Coco and whatnot!
G-d Bless you my boobalahs,
The Jewish Mother