Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Not to be confused with the American quiz program of the same name, the British Treasure Hunt was a pioneering "reality" series in the form of a game show. Traveling all over England and the continent by helicopter, "skyrunner" Anneka Rice (fetchingly attired in a tight, sexy jumpsuit) sought out a series of clues, predetermined on a huge map back at the Channel 4 studios. Communicating with a pair of contestants via satellite radio, Rice relayed these clues in a cryptic fashion , whereupon it was up to the contestants to come up with a solution, locate a hidden "treasure," and win the game -- along with the obligatory 1,000-pound grand prize. Loosely based on Kit Williams' novel Masquerade, the series was created by Ann Meo, who doubled as one of the studio-bound "adjudicators" who determined whether or not the clues had been properly deciphered. First telecast in 1982, Treasure Hunt ran for a total of 88 45-minute episodes by the time it ended its run in 1989. During the final season, sports celebrity Annabel Croft replaced Anneka Rice as the "helicopter girl."