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The granddaddy of all consumer shows still going strong.

WATCHDOG has been standing up for our rights since 1980, when the show appeared as part of current affairs series Nationwide and Sixty Minutes. IT became a stand-alone programme in 1985, with Lynn Faulds Wood and Nick Ross as hosts; Ross was eventually replaced by his co-presenter's husband, John Stapleton.

But it's Anne Robinson who remains its most formidable presenter. She's also its longest-running host, having fronted Watchdog for 18 series in total across various stints; whenever the title is mentioned, it's probably her face that immediately springs to mind.

Over the years there have been various spin-offs and wannabes too, including Rogue Traders, Short Change, Rip Off Britain and Don't Get Done, Get Dom. In fact, looking at that list, it's a wonder that any dodgy businesspeople dare to try putting a foot wrong these days!

Despite the large number of similar shows, Watchdog remains the granddaddy of them all, and shows no sign of giving up its good work as it enters its 37th year on the box.

This time, each edition will come live from the show's new home at the BBC's HQ in Salford, with a team including Matt Allwright, Steph McGovern and Nikki Fox.

Under the spotlight in the opening programme are smart meters in residential properties and a company that is allegedly training its new recruits to target elderly customers with products they don't need.

WATCHDOG LIVE BBC1, Wednesday 8pm

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
Date:Jun 24, 2017
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