A devious teatime show in which ten kids having being set a question by the host have to run over to one of the three circles on the studio floor which they think is the right answer, or try to persuade others is the right answer, but actually isn't, in the hope that someone will follow and get the answer wrong. Everyone then gets the chance to change their mind when the host shouts "runaround...now", and they have the opportunity to jump onto another square, leaving the losers behind. The winners go through to the next round, while the losers go into a sinbin and miss the next rounds until there was only one winner left, and then it begins all over again.
Southern TV had bought the format in from America where a version had run in the
early seventies. Comedian Mike Reid was given the task of hosting the show, which
he did from the start until 1977, ex-
Pop guests were on view, but only occasionally. Slade, Liverpool Express, The Wombles, Alvin Stardust, Clifford T Ward, Jona Lewie, and a lot of post punk dregs all popped down to Southampton to appear.
Southern TV lost its franchise and its successor TVS decided not to renew the format.
However, a reboot appeared in 1985. Central TV's Poparound, broadcast in 1985 and
1986 was hosted by Gary Crowley. The same rules pretty much carried across to the
Sadly, nothing of the show exists before 1978, with surviving editons shown by the wonderful Talking Pictures TV in 2020.