The BBC TV Quiz show The Weakest Link would often have special pantomime editions over the festive period, all hosted by the Queen on Mean Anne Robinson – she would have made a fantastic Queen Rat!
The 2002 edition featured:
Malandra Burrows (Emmerdales Kathy Tate/Glover),Christopher Biggins (Panto legend),Carol Harrison (Brush Strokes/Eastenders), Russ Kane (TV & Radio personality), Wayne Sleep (Dancer), Juliet Horne, Caroline Buckley and Malcolm Dixon
The 2005 edition featured:
Christopher Biggins (Panto legend)
Jeff Brazier (TV personality)
Basil Brush (He’s a puppet!)
James Gaddass (Bad Girls)
Warwick Davis (Harry Potter / Star Wars)
Dani Harmer (Tracey Beaker)
Danny La Rue (Pantomime Royalty)
Amanda Barrie (Coronation Streett/Carry on Actress)
In the final head to head it was Biggins V Brush but Basil got the edge on the Queen of the Dames and went on to win this edition.
The Weakest Link Pantomime Special 2014 was broadcast on Friday 24th December on BBC1. Appearing in full panto costume were:
Alvin Stardust (70s pop icon as playing Abanazar)
Lucy Benjamin (Lisa Fowler from EastEnders - playing Aladdin)
Joe Pasquale (Comedian - playing Jack from Jack and the Beanstalk)
Ruth Madoc (Hi-de-Hi playing Wicked Queen from Snow White)
Shane Lynch (Boyzone - playing The Prince from Snow White)
Britt Ekland (Hollywood actress as the Genie of the Lamp)
Peter Duncan (ex-Blue Peter as Captain Hook)
Helen Noble (Hollyoaks as playing Alice Fitzwarren)
Nigel Ellacot (Panto Dame)
The Weakest Link is not the only Quiz show to give itself over to a panto special, In 2015 there was a special edition of Pointless which featured celebrity contestants in panto dress. Guest included Colin Baker, Su Pollard, Louise Jameson, Jeffery Holland, The Krankies, Robin Windsor and Alison Hammond.
In 2012 ITV's Who Wants to be a Millionaire aired a celebrity panto special for charity which featured Jon Partridge, Alison Hammond, Dense Welch, David Hasslehoff, Cheryl Ferguson and Tim Vine, all in panto costume.
In 1989 the ITV game show Family Fortunes (then hosted by Les Dennis) has a special panto themed version whci featured Christopher Biggins (Widow Twanky), Cheryl Baker (So-Shy), Frank Bruno (Genie), Jim Bowen (Ugly Sister), Windsor Davis (Abanazar), Bella Emberg (Fairy), Peter Howitt (Prince Charmong), John Inman (Ugly Sister), Lisa Maxwell (Cinderella) and Paul Shane (Wishee Washee).