World's Craziest Fools

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World's Craziest Fools
GenreClip/Comedy
Directed byLucy Forbes
Presented byMr. T
Voices ofRupert Vansittart
Theme music composerErran Baron Cohen
Ending theme"I Pity the Fool"
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series2
No. of episodes20
Production
Producer(s)

Chris Sussman (Series 1)

Joe McVey (Series 2)
Editor(s)Matt Jeffreys
Running time28 minutes
Production company(s)BBC/Roughcut TV
Broadcast
Original channelBBC Three
Original run6 June 2011 (2011-06-06) – present
External links
Website
 
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World's Craziest Fools
GenreClip/Comedy
Directed byLucy Forbes
Presented byMr. T
Voices ofRupert Vansittart
Theme music composerErran Baron Cohen
Ending theme"I Pity the Fool"
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series2
No. of episodes20
Production
Producer(s)

Chris Sussman (Series 1)

Joe McVey (Series 2)
Editor(s)Matt Jeffreys
Running time28 minutes
Production company(s)BBC/Roughcut TV
Broadcast
Original channelBBC Three
Original run6 June 2011 (2011-06-06) – present
External links
Website

World's Craziest Fools is a clip show made by Roughcut TV for BBC Three, presented by Mr. T. It showcases clips, sometimes viral, of people making themselves look like "Fools" (a reference to Mr. T's catchphrase), often by accident. Many clips were from CCTV footage. The videos are shown in different categories such as "Parking Fools", "Drunk Fools", "Workmen Fools", "Criminal Fools", "Assorted Fools", and "Fools Jumping Off Stuff They Shouldn't Be Jumping Off Of". As would be expected, some categories see more entries than others, and the categories that feature episode-to-episode are not bound to a predetermined structure.

Animation[edit]

In some segments of the show, animations were used to tell the story of a fool or fools who had either done something reckless or stupid, or criminals who performed crimes and got caught because of a mistake they made or believing they could get away with it when they hadn't. Other animations were used for phone calls, either to the police or emergency line (the first series featured calls to the police in America, the second series did calls to British Police), or other dumb sounding calls. In the second series, some clips were used alongside animation for products created by "T-Industries", usually to the tune of a product advertisement. The animations were done by Big Red Button and Ben and Will Animation.

Every episode contains a 1-2 minute "Top 5" countdown segment on various categories, such as places not to park or tips on how to be a good policeman. This animation was done by Christopher Poole[1] and Plastic Horse.[2]

Broadcasting[edit]

The first episode aired on 6 June 2011 on BBC Three receiving a large 756,000 overnight audience viewing.[3] A new episode aired on Monday nights at 10:30pm. The show was repeated often throughout the week, from Tuesday to Monday - 7 showings in total. The second episode received a respectable 608,000 in the overnight ratings.[4] However, by the fifth episode, overnight ratings came to a series high peaking at 848,000.[5] Ratings stayed strong for the remainder of the first season. It was also one of the most watched BBC Three shows on BBC iPlayer.[6]

On 3 February 2012, BBC Three announced that the show would return for a second series.[6] It started airing on 7 January 2013 at 10:00pm.

The series also airs in Canada on the Much Music network, in New Zealand on TV2, in Denmark on TV2 Zulu, in Australia on 7mate, in Italy on DMAX and in Portugal on Odisseia.[7] Parts of the show can also being seen on the Dutch channel Veronica.

Episode list and viewing figures[edit]

Series 1 (2011)[edit]

Episode no.AirdateTotal viewers (overnights)
16 June 2011756,000[3]
213 June 2011608,000[4]
320 June 2011643,000[4]
427 June 2011616,000[8]
54 July 2011848,000[5]
611 July 2011637,000[9]
718 July 2011616,000[10]
825 July 2011719,000[11]
91 August 2011729,000[12]
108 August 2011692,000[13]

Series 2 (2013)[edit]

Episode no.AirdateTotal viewers (overnights)
17 January 2013-
214 January 2013-
321 January 2013-
428 January 2013-
54 February 2013-
611 February 2013-
718 February 2013-
825 February 2013-
94 March 2013-
1011 March 2013-

References[edit]

  1. ^ Christopher Poole's website
  2. ^ Plastic Horse website
  3. ^ a b Published Tuesday, 7 June 2011, 10:45 BST (2011-06-07). "'Injustice' beats 'Case Histories' in Monday ratings - TV News". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2012-05-25. 
  4. ^ a b c Published Tuesday, 14 June 2011, 11:00 BST (2011-06-14). "'Glee' season finale dazzles 1.2m on E4 - Glee News - TV". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2012-05-25. 
  5. ^ a b Published Tuesday, 5 July 2011, 11:10 BST (2011-07-05). "'New Tricks' returns with more than 8m on BBC One - TV News". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2012-05-25. 
  6. ^ a b Ash Atalla (1970-01-01). "Media Centre - World's Craziest Fools returns to BBC Three". BBC. Retrieved 2012-05-25. 
  7. ^ http://odisseia.pt/destacados/os-tontos-mais-loucos-dezembro/
  8. ^ Published Tuesday, 28 June 2011, 10:45 BST (2011-06-28). "'Sirens' sound with 1.6m on Channel 4 - TV News". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2012-05-25. 
  9. ^ Published Tuesday, 12 July 2011, 11:07 BST (2011-07-12). "'Small Teen, Bigger World' appeals to 700k - TV News". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2012-05-25. 
  10. ^ Published Tuesday, 19 July 2011, 10:51 BST (2011-07-19). "'Show Me The Funny' falls flat with 2.6m - Show Me The Funny News - Reality TV". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2012-05-25. 
  11. ^ Published Tuesday, 26 July 2011, 10:12 BST (2011-07-26). "'New Tricks' solves the case with 8.3m - TV News". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2012-05-25. 
  12. ^ Published Tuesday, 2 August 2011, 11:29 BST (2011-08-02). "Channel 5's cricket highlights catch nearly 1.5m - TV News". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2012-05-25. 
  13. ^ Published Tuesday, 9 August 2011, 10:36 BST (2011-08-09). "'Hugh's Fish Fight' catches nearly 1.5m - TV News". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2012-05-25. 

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