Balls of Steel (TV Series)
Balls of Steel is a Channel 4 comedy series hosted by Mark Dolan, where his special guests perform stunts, holding their nerve during hidden camera set-ups or by being juvenile and stupid in the presence of celebrities or the British public.
There are a total of 12 acts. In each episode six acts compete with one of them being the winner from the previous episode. At the end of each episode the studio audience has to decide which act was the nerviest, or had the biggest 'Balls of Steel' by voting on a keypad. The winner is the contender with the most votes, and wins a trophy in the shape of testicles.
Massive Balls of Steel, the spinoff series to Balls of Steel was shown on E4, showing highlights of the show.
Massive Balls of Steel is a spin off series to Balls of Steel shown on E4. Each episode features 1 of the 12 acts presenting their 5 best clips featuring themselves voted by the viewers of E4.
This show has been criticised by many as using child-like humour for cheap laughs. In particular it tries to portray anti-social behaviour as humorous. For example, the segment Big Stranger Rodeo is a hidden camera segment where a person has to ride on a stranger's back for as long as possible. It is not known if this segment was staged but it can be easily be replicated by minors. It has also been criticised for promoting happy slapping.
Even before it was broadcast, Balls of Steel was given an enormous amount of publicity during the London premiere for the film War of the Worlds. Its leading man Tom Cruise was squirted with a water pistol disguised as a microphone as part of one of the programme's various stunts or practical jokes. Cruise's reaction was not as excessive as that of Sharon Osbourne in an identical stunt several weeks before; she reacted by promptly throwing a bucket of water over the culprit involved.
The programme returned for a further series in 2007, for which its makers appealed for contestants for a pilot quiz show on an established quiz site. At least one participant rumbled the deceit almost immediately during filming on 10 June 2006, but despite his queries the makers refused to admit that the quiz was a hoax until the "broadcast" was over.