Get Your Own Back

Get Your Own Back was a British children's game show that was broadcast on CBBC during the 1990's. The show ran from 26 September 1991 to 31 March 2003. It has been presented throughout by Dave Benson Phillips with the addition of Lisa Brockwell as a co-host from 2001 to the programme's end in 2003.


The show consisted of two teams (the first series had three), each comprising one child contestant and a parent/relative/older sibling/teacher/celebrity who in the child's eyes had committed some sort of crime that they wanted to seek revenge for. These 'crimes' were usually trivial, such as singing badly or asking the child to tidy their room.

Dave and the audience always showed bias against the grown-up by booing the oppressed as much as possible. The games were always designed to make things difficult or unpleasant for the grown-ups. They often had them dressed in embarrassing costumes.

Throughout every series the final round was called the "Gunk Dunk", where the losing adult was always thrown into a pool of colourful, messy gunge.

There were few occasions where certain people got their own back on Dave himself. Once was in a Christmas special in 1996, hosted by Peter Simon and another was in another Christmas special in 1998 where Kirsten O'Brien and Mr. Blobby joined forces to get their own back on Dave for gunging them in the past. When he was finally taken to the Gunk Dunk, Kirsten told Dave that if answered one question right, they would let him go, but unfortunately Mr. Blobby was asking the questions, so Dave couldn't answer them correctly and went headfirst into the gunge.

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