YSTV has a long, proud history of producing unadulterated rip-offs and parodies of other channels' programming. Here's a list of some of them, starting with the obvious steals:
- Now Get Into This - Now Get Out of That
- Lacklustre - Blockbusters
- Treasure Hunt - not even the name was changed for this one!
- Rhubarb - Call My Bluff
- The Crystal Daze - The Crystal Maze
- Never Mind The Rip-Off - Never Mind The Buzzcocks
- 50% - 100%
- Have I Got News For YUSU - Have I Got News For You
- Whose YSTV is it Anyway - Whose Line Is It Anyway?
- URYVision Song Contest - Eurovison Song Contest (we can blame URY for this one!)
- Summer Expedition - Blue Peter have been doing this idea for 40 years
- YSTV's Bloomers - Auntie's Bloomers
- Welcome to Venus - Loose Women
- This Is What We Do - based upon the BBC's 2006 promotional campaign, although with a less pompous edge
YSTV were approached in late 2003 to produce a rip-off of The Office called The Union, transferring Slough to Heslington, but this was never made.
Although not direct rip-offs the following owe a lot to other shows:
- Jim'll Sodomise You - parody of Jim'll Fix It (alledgedly)
- The Hand Job - charades game like Give Us A Clue
- YSTV-am - inspired by The Big Breakfast and a name derived from TV-am
- Lazy Lunch - Name comes from C4's Late/Light Lunch but this show had no cookery whatsoever
- This Afternoon - named as a parody of This Morning, was a similar magazine show
- Campus Today - again featuring This Morning-style set-up and theme tune
- Games Disaster - take-off of Games Master's name but only the first series was much like the C4 show
- Off The Cuff - setup very reminiscent of the Children's BBC broom cupboard
- This Is YOUR: Manifesto - theme tune, title and red book are from This Is Your Life
- Children In Need - not really a rip-off but inspired by BBC telethon of the same name
- Good Morning Campus - Twice over, the name derives from Good Morning Britain but show had a number of breakfast show elements
LipSync deserves an honourable mention for all the rounds it has ripped-off from other panel shows over the years! Limited Edition has also played fast-and-loose with features from mainstream TV, including TopGear's Star in a Reasonably Priced Car being honoured with Star in a Remote Control Car.
Finally, YSTV were ripped-off in a way when around a year after Stereotypes was made, a very similar programme called "He Says, She Says" was broadcast on BBC2 - and the title of which was a working title for Stereotypes!
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