A new ITV game show had Twitter in stitches for all the wrong reasons.

Giles Cohen is best known as The Times’s long-standing restaurant critic but now he’s presenting 500 Questions – a general knowledge game show with dramatic music and really random rules that many viewers couldn’t follow.


As the name suggests there are 500 questions on offer and contestants fire out as many answers as they like until one sticks. But with “triple threats”, “battles” and “lightening rounds” thrown in, it was a bit like the fictional game show in Friends, Bamboozle.

Did ITV get the idea for 500 Questions from Friends 😂 #500Questions pic.twitter.com/BjVca3pA2X

— Eleanor Kirk (@ellieelliekirk) August 22, 2016

Wow ITV what were u thinking? Let's play bamboozle!!! #500questions

— David Wright (@mr_david_wright) August 22, 2016

The guy presenting #500Questions is reminding me of Joey playing Bamboozled. Plucking rules out his arse.

— Harry Newton (@Harry_Newton_) August 22, 2016

Watching #500questions – it's like 'Bamboozled' from Friends. Waiting to see if a Wicked Wango card appears. pic.twitter.com/VGlXtzbeRG

— Samantha Hallas (@Sam_Hallas) August 22, 2016

Watching this new gameshow and I can't help but think of Bamboozled on Friends, so complicated yet potentially so awesome #500questions

— Stephen O'Mara (@stephenomara15) August 22, 2016

What’s too complicated? You spin the Wheel of Mayhem to go up the Ladder of Chance and boom you're in paradise park! #500Questions

— Karlos Jonaz (@KarlosJonaz) August 22, 2016

Or maybe That Mitchell And Webb Look’s Numberwang.

THATS NUMBERWANG #500questions

— Christian Lewis (@mrrllewis) August 22, 2016

It seems ITV have commissioned Numberwang #500questions

— Ste G (@stegley_80) August 22, 2016

It was just really confusing.

When you think you've worked out what's going on with #500questions and then they throw in ANOTHER round pic.twitter.com/LdPpUYiUzH

— Lee Mabey (@lmabeyofficial) August 22, 2016

With a lot of forced drama.

That's it. I'm going to bed.

— David Wadsworth (@maximusdogface) August 22, 2016

No one’s sure about Giles Cohen as a serious game show host.


@gilescoren you’re like a more serious Dale Winton #500questions

— Josh Alder (@Josh_Alder) August 22, 2016

Giles Coren has all the charm of George Osborne hosting #500Questions

— Trevor Grant (@gittarman) August 22, 2016

#500questions Giles Coren presents like Ed Miliband

— Colin Surname (@colincidence) August 22, 2016

Giles Coren should stick to moaning about bland panacottas. #500Questions

— Rog (@rog_w) August 22, 2016

That didn’t stop a few people getting into it though.

Oh no I'm so emotionally invested in this #500questions

— beth millar (@bethhmillar) August 22, 2016

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