19th January 1984

Channel 4 gameshow Treasure Hunt comes to Guernsey

The Channel 4 gameshow Treasure Hunt spent 101 episodes over nine series hunting for clues around the British Isles – and sometimes beyond. The episode broadcast on 19 January 1984 was set around the Bailiwick of Guernsey.

As ever, the studio contestants, Liverpudlians Marion and Neville Krasner, and their helper, Kenneth Kendal, didn’t know where sky runner Anneka Rice would be based before a cover was rolled back to reveal the map of the islands. Studio host Annette Lynton did have prior knowledge of the location, so she could give them some basic facts at the show’s opening.

Rice started the show standing on by Brehon Tower, on the rocks in Little Russell. The helicopter was already circling above her, carrying her regular crew – cameraman Graham, sound man Frank and pilot Pete.

The whole programme has been uploaded to YouTube, which you can view here. If you don’t want to know what happened, he warned that there are spoilers in the text below.

A close neighbour

The first clue took Anneka to Herm and its one-person prison, the smallest in the world. There was some confusion over what to do next, which saw the team return to the helicopter and take off while the studio contestants tried to work out where they needed to go.

It turned out that they didn’t need to go far at all, as the clue actually led them to a lobster pot, which had been sunk just off Herm. They returned to Fisherman’s beach and took a boat to a buoy attached to the pot. Once found, the programme broke for some adverts.

Clues three (from the pot), four and five took Anneka and her crew to Guernsey. Specifically, they pointed to Castle Cornet in St Peter Port, Victor Hugo’s former home at Hauteville House, and finally to the German range-finding tower at Pleinmont.

Time was tight throughout, and a bit of confusion over how to enter the tower may be the reason that the team was within seconds of succeeding when the clock ran down to zero. To complete the quest, Anneka needed to abseil down the tower from the roof, but she was still only half way down when the time ran out.

Treasure Hunt visited Jersey in February 1987 for the second episode of its fifth series.


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Other events that occured in January

Alderney elects its first president 1st
Guille and Alles open their library 2nd
Guernsey bans smoking in public places 3rd
Guernsey Press registers its domain 4th
Guernsey Zoo is sold as a going concern 5th
Guernsey opens its wartime files
Guernsey Police moves to its new headquarters 6th
Guernsey Fisher makes its maiden voyage 7th
Work begins on the Val des Terres 8th
A hotel porter goes on trial for murder 9th
Guernsey Police Service appoints its first inspector 10th
Royal theft inquiry heads to Guernsey 11th
Channel Express Airways plane crashes in Guernsey 12th
Sibyl Hathaway, Dame of Sark, is born 13th
Channel Television disappears 14th
Benefactor Osmond de Beauvoir Priaulx dies 15th
MV Prosperity is wrecked at Perelle 16th
Guernsey’s Royal Court sits for the first time 17th
Doctor Who travels to Guernsey 18th
Channel 4 gameshow Treasure Hunt comes to Guernsey 19th
Hanois Lighthouse is cut off by the weather 20th
Guernsey-built prototype plane crashes 21st
Guernsey Steam Tramway stops running 22nd
Radiant Med sinks with loss of life 23rd
Guernsey wins gold at the Commonwealth Games 24th
Sark is awarded Dark-Sky status 25th
Guernsey passengers are battered by storms 26th
Sir Isaac Newton has his say on a mysterious Guernsey invention 27th
Guernsey’s last witch trial takes place 28th
Guernsey poet George Métivier is born 29th
The States of Guernsey proposes a new airport 30th
Guernsey lifeboat performs a chemical tanker rescue 31st