Hughesy We Have a Problem returned to 10 last night for its 5th season with some minor format changes ..but I’m not so sure they all worked.
In addition to Becky Lucas & Nazeem Hussain as regular panelists, the show has now introduced point scoring, with Hughesy deciding which answer from his guests is the best for each of the problems posed.
It felt pretty unnecessary to me and at times even Hughesy was struggling to pick a ‘winner’ … the business just slowed things down. At the end of the show guest Kate Langbroek was deemed a winner for the night.
For my money, the problems format -which is essentially a comedic take on Beauty & the Beast– works perfectly well as is: question, funny answers / banter, problem solved. I didn’t really get why a ‘winner’ was necessary to introduce. Maybe just a “Best Answer of the Night” could be awarded if needed?
Part of me feels like Hughesy producers have looked too closely at Have You Been Paying Attention? and are also trying to replicate the Ed Kavalee / Sam Pang idea. But even on that show the point scoring is incidental to the true fun. It certainly doesn’t get in the way.
Hughesy We Have a Problem works perfectly well in its simplicity. It’s a fun show that trades off its panel punchlines.
I don’t need any trophy to enjoy that.