Fit to Win 1993
British Domestic Series

In-Studio Presenter: Alison Holloway
On-Location Presenters: Steve Johnson and Sammy Mason
Commentator and In-Studio Co-Presenter: Stuart Hall
Health and Fitness Specialist: Dr Mark Porter

Music: Simon May and Simon Lockyer

Unit Assistant: Helen Needham
Location Cameras: Barry Noakes, Tim Piper
Location Sound: Steve Blincoe
Props: Kenny Palmer, Jean Tetlow
Graphics: Barn Owl Productions
Make Up: Jackie Block
Facilities Co-ordination: Greg Gower
Dubbing: Nick Lowe and Danny Curtis
Vision Mixer: Ian Lorimer

Senior Camera: Mike Hutton
Sound Director:
Andy Emsley
Lighting Director:
Alex Gurdon
Post Production: Mike Parkins
Floor Manager:
Pat Richards
Programme Co-ordinator: Annie Heather
Production Manager: Barry Read
Designer: Neil Pollard
Project Management: IPH Westhall Ltd

Associate Producers: Jean Orba, Sarah Burgess
Executive Producer for Meridian:
Mary McAnally
Executive Producer for HTV West: Stephen Matthews
Location Director: Roy Norton
Studio Director: Pati Marr
Series Producer: Chris Riley
Producer: Peter Hayton

A Topical Television Production for HTV West/Meridian

Key:
l = Qualified for next stage
l = Grand Final Winner
l
= Grand Final Runner-up

 

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Fit to Win 1993

Heat 1

Event Staged: Unknown
Venues: Two unknown venues
and Meridian Television Studios, Southampton

Transmission:
HTV West/ITV:
Tuesday 6th April 1993, 6.30-7.00pm
Meridian/ITV:
Tuesday 6th April 1993, 7.30-8.00pm

Teams: Swindon (HTV West) v. Unknown (Meridian)

Game Results and Standings

Result

 Team

Points

1st
2nd

Swindon (HTV West) l
Unknown (Meridian)

62
-

Additional Information

Fit to Win was an Independent Television (ITV) programme which took the It's A Knockout format and gave it a little twist designed to promote healthy lifestyles and exercise. It was only seen in the two ITV regions that were involved in its production - Meridian, serving the South of England, and HTV West, serving the West of England - and as such it remained a mystery to most fans of It's A Knockout. Indeed, the people behind JSFnetUK only found that it had even existed some twenty years after its transmission!

Each week for ten weeks, a team from the HTV West region was pitted against another from the Meridian region. The series had a unique format for an It's A Knockout spin-off in that games were staged in the two venues, with each team using identical equipment and playing on home soil. Some team members were sent to the rival town, normally to operate props designed to make the game difficult for the home team. Some of these games were played in one town first, with the second town then having to beat their rivals' time, while others were held simultaneously and combined in the programme using split-screen techniques. In addition, a weekly Studio Challenge was held in the Meridian Television Studios in Northam, Southampton, and each week this was marked out of a possible 20pts by a specialist. The programme was hosted by Alison Holloway and all games - exterior and interior - were commentated on by Stuart Hall from the studio, with on location presentation by Steve Johnson and Sammy Mason. Also in the studio were a studio audience comprising supporters of the two teams and Dr Mark Porter, who was on hand to give health information and advice.

In addition to the games held at the venues and the weekly Studio Challenge task held in Southampton, teams were also awarded points based on the health initiatives and facilities of their respective towns. Information was gathered for this part of the programme by researchers and opinion pollsters. Points to be awarded in this part of the programme were decided by inputting the data into a computer.

The ten heats led to two regional semi finals, in which teams from the same region were pitted against each other (so that the final was guaranteed to have one representative from each region). Qualification for the semi finals was simple - the two highest scoring teams from each broadcast region would be selected.

Made in Colour • This programme exists in the ITV Archives

 

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Fit to Win 1993

Heat 2

Event Staged: Unknown
Venues: Two unknown venues
and Meridian Television Studios, Southampton

Transmission:
HTV West/ITV:
Tuesday 13th April 1993, 6.30-7.00pm
Meridian/ITV:
Tuesday 13th April 1993, 7.30-8.00pm

Teams: Unknown

Game Results and Standings

Result

 Team

Points

Teams and result unknown

Made in Colour • This programme exists in the ITV Archives

 

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Fit to Win 1993

Heat 3

Event Staged: Unknown
Venues: Two unknown venues
and Meridian Television Studios, Southampton

Transmission:
HTV West/ITV:
Tuesday 20th April 1993, 6.30-7.00pm
Meridian/ITV:
Tuesday 20th April 1993, 7.30-8.00pm

Teams: Unknown

Game Results and Standings

Result

 Team

Points

Teams and result unknown

Made in Colour • This programme exists in the ITV Archives

 

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Fit to Win 1993

Heat 4

Event Staged: Unknown
Venues: Trowbridge and Horsham
and Meridian Television Studios, Southampton

Transmission:
Meridian/ITV:
Sunday 25th April 1993, 5.45-6.15pm
HTV West/ITV:
Tuesday 27th April 1993, 6.30-7.00pm

Teams: Trowbridge (HTV West) v. Horsham (Meridian)

Game Results and Standings

Result

 Team

Points

1st
2nd

Trowbridge (HTV West)
Horsham (Meridian)

50
32

Made in Colour • This programme exists in the ITV Archives

 

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Fit to Win 1993

Heat 5

Event Staged: Unknown
Venues: Devizes and Tenterden
and Meridian Television Studios, Southampton

Transmission:
Meridian/ITV:
Sunday 2nd May 1993, 5.45-6.15pm
HTV West/ITV:
Tuesday 4th May 1993, 6.30-7.00pm

Teams: Devizes (HTV West) v. Tenterden (Meridian)

Game Results and Standings

Result

 Team

Points

1st
2nd

Tenterden (Meridian)
Devizes (HTV West)

54
41

Made in Colour • This programme exists in the ITV Archives

 

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Fit to Win 1993

Heat 6

Event Staged: Unknown
Venues: Two unknown venues
and Meridian Television Studios, Southampton

Transmission:
Meridian/ITV:
Sunday 9th May 1993, 5.45-6.15pm
HTV West/ITV:
Tuesday 11th May 1993, 6.30-7.00pm

Teams: Unknown

Game Results and Standings

Result

 Team

Points

Teams and result unknown

Made in Colour • This programme exists in the ITV Archives

 

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Fit to Win 1993

Heat 7

Event Staged: Unknown
Venues: Wells and Andover
and Meridian Television Studios, Southampton

Transmission:
Meridian/ITV:
Sunday 16th May 1993, 5.45-6.15pm
HTV West/ITV:
Tuesday 18th May 1993, 6.30-7.00pm

Teams: Wells (HTV West) v. Andover (Meridian)

Game Results and Standings

Result

 Team

Points

1st
2nd

Wells (HTV West)
Andover (Meridian)

52
39

Made in Colour • This programme exists in the ITV Archives

 

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Fit to Win 1993

Heat 8

Event Staged: Unknown
Venues: Chippenham and Market Square, Salisbury
and Meridian Television Studios, Southampton

Transmission:
Meridian/ITV:
Sunday 23rd May 1993, 5.45-6.15pm
HTV West/ITV:
Tuesday 25th May 1993, 6.30-7.00pm

Theme: The Battle of the Sexes

Teams: Chippenham (HTV West) v. Salisbury (Meridian)

Games: Bringing Home the Shopping (at both venues), The Three Legged Relay (at both venues), The Climbing Wall (at both venues simultaneously), Wasbees and Pollen (at both venues simultaneously), Karate Moves (Studio Challenge),
Other Points Scoring Criteria: Town Health Check.

Game Results and Standings

Result

 Team

Points

Final Scoreboard

1st
2nd

Salisbury (Meridian)
Chippenham (HTV West)

48
44

The Venue

Recent photographs of the Chippenham venue by Julian Watson
 

 

Made in Colour • This programme exists in the ITV Archives

 

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Fit to Win 1993

Heat 9

Event Staged: Unknown
Venues: Frome and Isle of Wight
and Meridian Television Studios, Southampton

Transmission:
Meridian/ITV:
Sunday 30th May 1993, 5.45-6.15pm
HTV West/ITV:
Tuesday 1st June 1993, 6.30-7.00pm

Teams: Frome (HTV West) v. Isle of Wight (Meridian)

Game Results and Standings

Result

 Team

Points

1st
2nd

Frome (HTV West) l
Isle of Wight (Meridian)

53 or more
-

Made in Colour • This programme exists in the ITV Archives

 

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Fit to Win 1993

Heat 10

Event Staged: Unknown
Venues: Bath and Bournemouth
and Meridian Television Studios, Southampton

Transmission:
Meridian/ITV:
Sunday 6th June 1993, 5.45-6.15pm
HTV West/ITV:
Tuesday 8th June 1993, 6.30-7.00pm

Teams: Bath (HTV West) v. Bournemouth (Meridian)

Game Results and Standings

Result

 Team

Points

1st
2nd

Bournemouth (Meridian) l
Bath (HTV West)

55 or more
-

Made in Colour • This programme exists in the ITV Archives

 

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Fit to Win 1993

Semi Final 1: HTV

Event Staged: Unknown
Venues: Unknown
and Meridian Television Studios, Southampton

Transmission:
Meridian/ITV:
Sunday 13th June 1993, 5.15-5.45pm
HTV West/ITV:
Tuesday 15th June 1993, 6.30-7.00pm

Teams: Frome (HTV West) v. Swindon (HTV West)

Game Results and Standings

Result

 Team

Points

1st
2nd

Frome (HTV West) l
Swindon (HTV West)

-
-

Made in Colour • This programme exists in the ITV Archives

 

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Fit to Win 1993

Semi Final 2: Meridian

Event Staged: Unknown
Venues: The Longleat Estate, Wiltshire,
and Meridian Television Studios, Southampton

Transmission:
Meridian/ITV:
Sunday 20th June 1993, 5.45-6.15pm
HTV West/ITV:
Tuesday 22nd June 1993, 6.30-7.00pm

Teams: Bournemouth (Meridian) v. Reading (Meridian)

Game Results and Standings

Result

 Team

Points

1st
2nd

Reading (Meridian) l
Bournemouth (Meridian)

-
-

Made in Colour • This programme exists in the ITV Archives

 

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Fit to Win 1993

Grand Final

Event Staged: Unknown
Venue: Meridian Television Studios, Southampton

Transmission:
Meridian/ITV:
Sunday 27th June 1993, 5.45-6.15pm
HTV West/ITV:
Tuesday 29th June 1993, 6.30-7.00pm

Teams: Frome (HTV West) v. Reading (Meridian)

Game Results and Standings

Result

 Team

Points

Result unknown

Additional Information

After twelve weeks on the road, this "grand" final was disappointingly contested entirely indoors at the television studios in Southampton.

Made in Colour • This programme exists in the ITV Archives

 

Unassigned teams that competed in Fit to Win Heats 1993
(and scores achieved)

HTV Teams:
Weston-super-Mare (52) (1st)
Taunton (33)
Gloucester (29) (2nd)

Meridian Teams:
Reading (55) (1st)
Folkestone (54) (1st)
Eastbourne (45)
Portsmouth (30)

JSFnetGB Series Guide pages researched by
Alan Hayes, David Hamilton, Neil Storer, Christos Moustakas, Philippe Minet,
Sébastien Dias, Ischa Bijl, Paul Leaver and JSFnet Websites