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Series: Don't Scare the Hare

Highly surreal 2011 BBC Game Show that seems like it could've only been the result of either being under the influence of some type of hallucinatory product, or strategy sessions with Jay Wolpert.

It involves two teams of three contestants, who compete in varying forms of equally surreal challenges set in an "underground forest", where the objective is to not scare the Hare; which occur if a team gets three faults on a particular game, which will trigger a loud noise, which will thus scare the Hare. The hare, for the record, is an animatronic rabbit with wheels.

Winning games earn carrots (first two rounds offer 3, last round is head-to-head), and the winning team gets to play what essentially is a stylized "get three out of five questions and win" round. Winning gets your team 15,000, which is only 5,000 more than what you can win by yourself on Total Wipeout.

Nine episodes were produced, but the BBC canned it after just six aired (the other three were quietly burnt off in the mid-afternoon later in the year). Some critics thought it was a bit too weird, some thought it would work better as a kid's show, and many viewers were surprised when they heard that the show was not just a one-off for Easter weekend.

Game Show Tropes in use:

  • Bonus Round: Answer questions by pushing down on explosive trigger plungers that will hopefully not go off (That would scare the Hare, continuing with the goal of the game, which as you are well aware, is not to do so.)
  • Personnel:

This show provides examples of:

  • Beneath the Earth: Said to be set here, but their "underground forest" also has a sky and a day/night cycle.
  • Subverted Kids Show: Played straight; even host Jason Bradbury described the show as being "fantasy based toddler telly with an adult twist."

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alternative title(s): Dont Scare The Hare
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