RAI not?

4 11 2008

Please don’t make me watch Affari tuoi anymore



One of the most irritating things about living in Italy is having to pay for the so-called abbonamento RAI, the obbligatory and expensive television licence. It’s not just that the programmes are bad (and they are) but there’s so little value for money. There are very few original programmes for children, the rare examples of cultural programming are put on after midnight in August, and the three networks are dominated by inane shows with dancing girls and screaming C-list celebrities.

Another example of RAI entertainment I can do without is Affari tuoi, the Italian equivalent of Deal or No Deal. Like such classics as Grande fratello, Isola dei famosi, and La talpa, it’s a format our creatively challenged pals from RAI have bought from abroad and then left to fester and putrefy on air over a number of years.

For those of you who are lucky enough not to have seen it, Affari tuoi is a quiz show without the quiz. They open the boxes and people win money, without having to demonstrate any personal ability or knowledge. The sole challenge the contestants face is whether to keep the package up until the end of the programme, when they win the value of the contents, or exchange it for a cash offer along the way.

To keep it interesting, since it’s not their money, the producers continue to raise the levels of the prizes. But even winning €500,000 has got boring, since it’s on 7 nights a week. So they try and garnish the stale entertainment with ever more absurd antics from the hosts and contestants.

The only time Affari tuoi is entertaining is when the contestants take the first decent offer to give up their package. Instead of handing over the prize and calling in a new contestant, the hosts recriminate with the person who has taken the early offer for an half hour or so. From what I’ve gathered, however, the best strategy is to accept the offer, even though (or because) it destroys what little entertainment value the show had.




12 responses

5 11 2008

Yep. Affari tuoi is reason for us here to switch channels. Luckily we’re of the same mind, Silvana and I, and we really don’t want to see this. There should be a label on Italian remote controls: Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch’intrate.

9 11 2008

Are you paying for some kind of sin you’ve done????
First Buona Domenica now Affari Tuoi, why are you doing this to yourself?!?! 🙂
Affari Tuoi is really demential. What a new in the italian tv!

9 11 2008


we have par condicio at my house.

11 11 2008

Ah, i see. At least par condicio works somewhere in Italy! 😉

13 11 2008

You’ve got to turn the tv off and ride your bike more. What’s the weather like over there?

14 11 2008

It’s very wet.

14 11 2008

This is what happens to us hardened Northerners down here in the South. We become like them, we wear our winter coats when it’s 12*C out there and we complain about a tiny spot of rain…

15 11 2008

So true.

12 04 2009
Hugh Watkins

sounds like UK Dealor No Deal made by Endemon in Bristol UK


Deal or No Deal Website Administrator
Endemol UK plc

Produced in 60 territories:
Albania, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Croatia (Hrvatska), Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Korea, South, Lithuania, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Middle East, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States of America, Vietnam

Deal or No Deal is the most flexible game show ever invented. It can play as a primetime 90 or 60-minute weekly special, or as a slot-winning 30, 40, or 50-minute daily stripped runs. The secret to the show’s success is in its dramatic finale.

Endemol is a global leader in entertainment programming, having established itself as the largest independent TV, cross platform and digital production company in the world. The company produces worldwide hits like Big Brother, Deal or No Deal, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Star Academy and Wipeout.

Endemol comprises a global network of companies that spans 26 countries on five continents including USA, UK, Spain, Italy, France, Germany and the Netherlands, as well as Latin America, India, South Africa and Australia.

14 04 2009

That’s good to know!

14 04 2009
Hugh Watkins

by chance I actually got to see the ending of last nights show
and it was interesting to see what changes had been made for localization – external hinges to green boxes with red sealing was for example

of course I did not understand a word of the conversation
I only watched RAI Uno for the earthquake news and the church services
because I am a fan of live outside broadcasts

today from Turkey cycling stage 3 Kusadasi to Bodrum on Eurosport 1

there will be a lot of helicopter shots – and archeology to be glimpsed

22 04 2009


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