Probably the tone of this era is best described by two words - Benny Hill.
The politically incorrect comedian and countless other suburban sitcoms were having the fun over on ITV.
Companion show Double Your Money offered a top prize of £1000.
Thereafter, the money ramped up quickly - one contestant won over £2,000 in 1956 and another won over £5,000 in 1957.
The BBC began the world's first high-definition, regular TV service from London in 1936.
It wasn't until two years later that any form of game show appeared.
Spelling Bee was broadcast on 31st May 1938, transmitted live from the BBC studios at Alexandra Palace.
The programme was the first US import of a Goodson and Todman show - many more were to follow.
The BBC's monopoly was broken in 1955 when the government decided that a commercial station (ITV) should come into being.
But none of these matched the success of Take Your Pick and Double Your Money, which both ran until 1968.
In fact, the only reason these two shows ever ended was due to Associated Rediffusion losing their regional licence in a local franchise reorganisation ordered by the government.