oel’s House Party was a BBC light entertainment series hosted by Noel Edmonds. Set in a large house in the fictional village of Crinkley Bottom, leading to much innuendo, it was broadcast live on Saturday evenings in the 1990s on BBC One. The show, once described by a senior corporation executive as “the most important show on the BBC”, was cancelled in 1999 due to poor ratings.
Noel’s House Party was the successor to The Noel Edmonds Saturday Roadshow, carrying over some of its regular features such as the ‘Gunge Tank’, the ‘Gotcha Oscar’ and ‘Wait Till I Get You Home’.[pkrt_quote text_size=”medium” author=”Peter Eisenman” author_link=”” new_tab=”false” text_alignment=”left” css_class=”” label=”I truly believe that the great heroes that create the history of architecture are people who take risks and write to tell about it.” /]
The show had many celebrity guests posing as residents of Crinkley Bottom, including Frank Thornton and Vicki Michelle.
After several changes, the show began to decline in popularity. Its theme tune was changed in 1996, and set redesigns followed. In January 1998, an episode had to be cancelled after a disagreement between Edmonds and the BBC.
The budget had been cut by 10 per cent, with the money saved being used to help fund the BBC digital switchover.
In 1994, the opening titles won a Bronze Rose of Montreux.