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Bonkers TV – Takeshi’s Castle

takeshi.jpgWith so many channels on Sky Digital Satellite, you do find yourself travelling this vast amount one by one on quite some frequency. One of the shows I stopped at was the bonkers yet remarkably entertaining show from Japan, Takeshi’s Castle:

Takeshi’s Castle was a Japanese game show that aired from 1986 to 1989 on the Tokyo Broadcasting System. It featured the esteemed Japanese actor Takeshi Kitano (also known as “Beat” Takeshi) as a count who owns a castle and sets up impossible challenges for players (or a volunteer army) to get to him. The show has become a cult television hit around the world.

In the United Kingdom, a shortened version given a comedic voiceover by Craig Charles has been shown on the Challenge television channel since 2002, where fans of the show (as well as those in Japan) are known as “Keshi-heads”.

The challenges can be hilarious and you really have to rub your eyes in disbelief at some of the injuries that must be incurred during the challenges. My personal favourite has to be the stepping stones, so many bruised knees and indeed egos must have been tendered to. Worth a look if you like something a little different and almost guaranteed to bring a smile to your face.

Link: Takeshi’s Castle – From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia




  • Stuntgoat

    My uncle told me about it, a great laugh, i quite like the challenge where they run over the barrels, saw one where the bloke nearly folded in two between the rollers! Also i’ve never seen anyone actually win!

  • http://www.jameswoodcock.co.uk James Woodcock

    Yeah I haven’t seen anyone win either :-?