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In 2002 BBC Scotland produced a gameshow that stood out from all of the studio-based offerings that typified children's television. Instead of being given easy questions or ritually humiliated, the contestants were stretched both mentally and physically and treated with respect. Filmed in the grounds of Castle Toward in Dunoon, this mould-breaking show was Raven.

The opening titles show the avian raven flying around the battlements of a castle before turning into its human form. This sets up the air of mystery about the central character. Who is he, and what is he there for? His task is to find a worthy champion through a series of arduous physical and mental challenges. The Raven's Eye staff that he carries gives him magical powers that are especially useful when the young warriors fail one of the challenges and end up in the clutches of demons. He is the children's guide, encouraging and occasionally upbraiding them for their efforts at the various tasks on their journey. With an impish sense of humour, Raven makes his occasional exasperation clear, especially when the mental challenges fail to produce a single winner. However, courtesy and fair play are paramount to the feel of the game and his harsher comments are never designed to belittle the warriors.

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yeah, the presenter really gets into the role.

'Ravenisms'

Let the challenge... begin!

You must be quicker, young warrior!

Time is not on your side!

You had gold in your sights but sawdust in your brains!

Either you did not listen to your heads or there was nothing worth listening to in the first place!

May the luck of the Raven's Eye be with you!

Hold your head high, young warrior!

You have battled bravely and you leave us with honour!

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The Raven presenter is ace. He has silly hair, though. With a really thin plait.

My brother and younger sister used to make sure that they never missed Raven.

It's silly.

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my sister would get really into Raven, and would pretty muc hpretend to be him. she'd whip the points away for mthe conterstants just like rvaen would. Oh she was so cute.

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