The Up-Late Game Show

infobox television

show_name = The Up-Late Game Show
caption =
format = Live, Phone-in Quiz show
runtime = 120 minutes
creator =
starring = Simon Deering
Rob Rigley
Chrissy Bray
country = Australia
network = Network Ten
first_aired = 16 August 2005
last_aired = 15 December 2006
num_episodes =
producer = Southern Star
imdb_id = 0484341|

"The Up-Late Game Show" was a late night interactive television quiz program shown in Australia on Network Ten, written and hosted by "Big Brother Australia 2005" contestant Simon Deering, commonly known by the nickname Hotdogs. The show's format had the host presenting simple puzzles which viewers could attempt to solve over the phone. Successfully solving a puzzle would result in a cash prize for the contestant.

The show debuted on 16 August 2005, the day after the "Big Brother 2005" finale. The first caller in was Big Brother winner Greg Mathew, who congratulated Hotdogs on his new show. The first series ended 22 April 2006 to make way for "Big Brother UpLate".

The second series started on 31 July 2006, the day of the "Big Brother Australia 2006" finale, with Deering returning as host. From August 2006, Hotdogs was joined by co-hosts "Big Brother 2006" housemate Rob Rigley and singer Chrissy Bray. On Monday 7 August and Tuesday 26 September former "Big Brother" contestant Krystal Forscutt co-hosted the show.

The show's format initially had the host sitting at a table, with a bowl of popcorn and a mug. After the Christmas and New Year break, the format had changed to Deering walking around the set.

In 2006, the show was made available via Internet streaming at, the same site that "Big Brother UpLate" 2006 streamed from when "Big Brother" was in season, for the benefit of those not in states that receive "The Up-Late Game Show" live. It was also aired for a short period on Pay-TV channel the Expo Channel, featuring content not seen on the Network Ten version, and with a different host.

The "Up-Late Game Show" went to air for the final time on Friday 15 December 2006.

The show was broadcast from the Southern Cross Broadcasting studios in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory.


On 11 August 2006 satirical comedy series "The Chaser's War on Everything" featured a segment on the influx of late night phone-in quiz shows. The segment mocked the standard of all late night quiz programs and their questions. Accusing this style of programming of making money by "hardly ever letting callers through", therefore limiting the chances for people to win prizes. The segment showed taped footage of a "Quizmania" two minute bonus round, where host Amy Parks stalled for the entire length of the round and no calls were taken, despite the claim of taking "as many calls as possible". To add further to this Julian Morrow and Chas Licciardello claimed to have been calling the "Up-late Game Show" hundreds of times during this segment. [ [ Chaser Takes on Late Night Quiz Shows] ] Many jokes were also made during the length of the first season about Hotdogs himself, Chris Taylor appearing shocked that Hotdogs failed to take out a Logie.

Similar complaints have been voiced by Australian entertainment critics. [ [ TV's Getting Dodgy] ]

Current affairs show "Today Tonight" also featured a segment in mid-2006 where viewers complained that despite calling numerous times, they were never put through to the show.


ee also

* List of Australian game shows

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