Welcome to a special series of blog posts marking the 30th anniversary of Noel’s House Party, arguably the biggest influential live entertainment television show of the 1990s.

A lot has been written and reviewed about the series both lauding and loathing, yet nobody has ever given it the analysis and insight it quite rightly deserves.

Television enthusiasts Jonathan Bufton and Robin Blamires have stepped in, with the help of
other fans of the show to write up a series by series exploration over 8 blog posts.

You’ll revisit memorable moments in the series from DLT’s rage, to NTV’s innovation, and how a pink spotty stooge designed for the Gotchas ended up becoming inescapable to the point of reaching Christmas number 1.

There’ll also be probes as to how the show once hailed by former BBC1 controller Alan Yentob as “the most important show on the BBC” gradually fell apart, attempting to find out how a show of excellence ended up in embarrassment.

To the point of barely resembling what it had been and the host himself showing little enthusiasm for it all.

Yet it remains in the memory of many and fondly at that, so a good time to whizz back to the night of the 23rd of November 1991.

And special thanks to Andy Pearman and his Youtube channel, providing a home
for every episode of the House Party, and spurring on the idea for this very site!