WTF?! Gaming Commission demands Red or Black? stops “glamourising” gambling!

by Lynn Connolly

Well it seems we have finally moved en masse – in our sleep perhaps – to a Nanny State, given that it’s been reported today that gambling watchdog The Gaming Commission have demanded that ITV game show Red or Black? stops “glamourising” gambling.

How incredibly ridiculous! It’s like demanding that cookery shows stop showing cookery!

The Sun’s TV Biz reports that representatives of The Gambling Commission met with ITV bosses on Friday to express their concerns that the show encourages gambling by making it look “easy” to win on roulette.

As fans of Red or Black? will recall, last year, four contestants won £1million, simply by correctly choosing red or black in a series of elimination rounds.

The paper adds, “Sources close to the talks claim the watchdog want assurances that contestants will have to demonstrate some degree of skill to win the cash if the show returns for a new series.”

And it seems the ludicrous demands could ensure that there are no further series of the show, which was hosted by Ant and Dec.

One insider said, “Put it this way, if the Gambling Commission kicks up a big fuss about your show publicly, it is unlikely that you would go ahead with it.

“The Commission has concerns the show is glamorising gambling as so many people won £1million last time and did the best part of nothing to get it.

“The idea is to inject a bit more jeopardy. We could have the red players versus the black players in some sort of challenge.”

Man, this is truly and utterly ridiculous! Will the Commission stop the National Lottery then, given the only “skill” required to win that is the ability to part with a quid?

Or maybe they should take a stance against bingo, because again, the only skill needed there is buying a ticket and possibly – if it’s not online, where claims are automatic – the vocal ability to yell “house!”

Truly the most absurd thing I’ve heard in a while. What say you?


Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.