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Crazy Cottage
Format Children's game show
Created by Paul Zenon
Presented by Rick Adams
(Series 1)
Jez Edwards
(Series 2 & 3)
Vera the cuckoo
(all series)
Country of origin  United Kingdom
No. of series 3
No. of episodes 33
Producer(s) Action Time for Carlton
Running time 30 minutes
Original channel ITV
Picture format 4:3
Original run 4 April 1996 – 29 May 1998

Crazy Cottage was a children's game show created by Paul Zenon, produced by Action Time for Carlton and broadcast on ITV from 4 April 1996 to 29 May 1998. It was first presented by Rick Adams, followed by Jez Edwards with a puppet cuckoo called Vera. The gimmick of the show was that most things had to be performed backwards.

The show started with the presenter saying "goodbye", then starting the games at Round 5. One of the rounds involved a series of actions that had to be performed in a certain order, so that when it was played back in reverse, it matched what they were asked to do. Another round was a kitchen set up on a slope, but appeared to the viewers as a normal room.

At the end of the programme, the winning team (who had the fewest points) won a prize, such as a trip to Alton Towers. The losing team (with the most points) would win a backwards invention, for example, a black lightbulb.

Transmission guide

  • Series 1: 13 editions from 4 April 1996 - 4 July 1996
  • Series 2: 10 editions from 4 April 1997 - 6 June 1997
  • Series 3: 10 editions from 20 March 1998 - 29 May 1998

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