Play DJ

Play DJ

Infobox British television
show_name = Play DJ

caption = The Play DJ logo
format = Text-in Quiz show
viewing = Freeview, Online, Sky Digital UK
runtime = 6pm-8pm Weekdays;
10am-8pm Weekends
starring=Nigel Mitchell,
Ruth Frances,
Mark Ryes,
Amy Garcia,
Emma Lee,
Greg Scott,
Tim Dixon.
Executive producer =Stuart Ferreira-Cole
country=United Kingdom
channel = ITV Play
first_aired = 20 April, 2006 (as "ITV Playalong")
last_aired = 5 March, 2007

"Play DJ" was a text-in quiz show which aired weekdays from 6pm and weekends from 10am on the now defunct ITV Play channel. The show replaced a similar programme called "ITV Playalong" which was aired as filler on ITV Play when no live presented programmes were being aired. Viewers could also send in messages to be displayed on-air in a chatbox.


Buzz Words

Nine letters were given and the viewer had to find as many words as they could with the letters, there was also one 9 letter word that could be made with the letters. If a player gets a word before anyone else does, they got double points for it. A "mini" version was also often played on the relaunched Play DJ.


A phrase with blanks was given and viewers had to quickly guess what the answer was.

Quiz Time

5 questions were presented and viewers texted in their answer. Players scored more points based on how quick they answered. During the Playalong period until the debut of the Bonus Ball Bonanza, winners won £10 if they had the highest score.

Games only played on Playalong

tring 'Em In

Letters were displayed on a grid, and viewers had to create words using letters that touched. There were often bonuses for using uncommon letters such as Q and Z, and there were also "bonus letters" which could also award more points if used. High scoring words after a while were usually replaced by new letters.

pace Wars

Space Wars debuted on August 7th, 2006. To shoot at enemies, the viewers texted in an angle (0°-360°) and a missile is shot out of the base at that angle. The players screenname is shown above the missile so they know what missile is theirs. If an enemy was hit, points were scored.


After each game, a high scoring player was transferred to play a game live in the studio. The player was guaranteed a prize of £20 (£30 on Play DJ Late), but could also win to win up to £1000.

During the day, players were selected using a drawing, while on Play DJ Late, the aptly named "Wheel of Wonga" was used to select a player.

Bonus Ball Bonanza

The "Bonus Ball Bonanza" was the bonus game used on ITV Playalong. High scoring players were sent 5 numbers to them in a text message, and a lottery drawing was held on air with 25 numbers.

Number of Matches Win
5/5 £2000
4/5 £100
3/5 £10 "(previously)"
2/5 £2 "(Playalong Live only)"

ITV Playalong Live

For three months prior to Play DJs launch in November 2006, a spin-off began airing called "Playalong Live". The show was the same, but it featured a live voiceover presented by Nigel Mitchell. Ideas from this period (such as the presenter and a live chat box which was introduced) were later rolled into Play DJ.

Former Presenters

* Nigel Mitchell - former DJ on Capital Disney, and former presenter of Disney Channel UK.
* Ruth Frances Former presenter of Quiz Call and Sky Sports.
* Mark Ryes - Current Bid TV presenter, and radio DJ.
* Amy Garcia - Former presenter of Disney Channel UK, Chase-It and Quiz TV.
* Emma Lee - Former presenter of The Great Big British Quiz and Disney Channel UK.
* Greg Scott - Current Playmonday and Big Box Bingo presenter and former presenter of Quizmania, price-drop tv, iBuy
* Tim Dixon - Former presenter of Quiz Nation and The Great Big British Quiz.

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