Who's who in the studio?

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Audiences very like the contestants, office groups and a smattering of intelligentsia, "the post-modern lot" says warm-up man Ted Robbins. "There's fake tan, lip gloss, eye shadow, and that's just the men." When picking contestants, they don't always plump for the loud mouth. "We're great defenders of the underdog here," says Ted. Underneath the whooping you can spot the earnest whispering of "she's the nicest one". Ticket Office, Upper Ground, London SE1 9LT (0171 620 1620).


Channel 4's first ever and longest running show has a devoted Richard Whiteley following. Scrabble clubs feature highly among the Countdown office approved formula: "All ages, both sexes, clap happy and pun proof". "You can tell who's been before," says warm-up man Greg Scott, "because they always bring a cushion, making them six inches higher than everybody else". Send sae to Vicky Cameron, Public Relations, Yorkshire Television, Television Centre, Kirkstall, Leeds LS3 1JS.

Bruce's Price Is Right

The double adrenalin rush of television and the possibility of being picked from the crowd to "come on down" has produced the most nervous, hyped and best dressed audience in the business. For tickets contact Talbot Television (0171-284 0880).

Pets Win Prizes

Don't be fooled by the concise, business-like title. Pets may have started out doing bit-parts for That's Life and the comic finale of News At Ten, but now they are headlining. Pert from the checkout at Supermarket Sweep, Dale Winton and his showbiz zoo have a young, trendy audience. Ticket applications in writing to Ticket Unit, BBC Television Centre, Wood Lane, Shepherds Bush, London W12 7RJ.

Generation Game

Even with 26 million viewers at home the studio audience queue swells. Not a stereotype in sight here (apart from those supplied by Jim Davidson), as the Generation Game's audience lives up to its title. Tickets from Ticket Unit, BBC Television Centre, Wood Lane, Shepherds Bush, London W12 7RJ.