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Crunched Numbers
A few days ago I posted a poll about the countries of origin of various popular TV franchises. What I didn't take into account is that relatively few people on my friends list watch these programmes, and so the number of participants was small. Still, I was impressed at the honesty of those who did fill it out - clearly no one cheated. For what it's worth, here's a digest of the results.

Dragons' Den/Dragons' Lair/Shark Tank
Correct answer: Japan (0%)
Most popular answer: tie between UK and Netherlands (40%) each

Big Brother
Correct answer: Netherlands (50%)
Most popular answer: Netherlands (50%)

Who Wants to be a Millionaire
Correct answer: UK (60%)
Most popular answer: UK (60%)

The Apprentice
Correct answer: USA (60%)
Most popular answer: USA (60%)

The Voice
Correct answer: Netherlands (0%)
Most popular answer: Australia (60%)

The X Factor
Correct answer: UK (60%)
Most popular answer: UK (60%)

Top Model
Correct answer: USA (100%)
Most popular answer: USA (100%)

Dating in the Dark
Correct answer: Netherlands (40%)
Most popular answer: Japan (60%)

I doubt whether any of these results are statistically significant given the small and skewed sample, but it's still tempting to spin some conclusions from their pretty silk. It would be interesting to know how many of the answers were based on knowledge and how many were a best guess at the kind of show likely to be produced in these particular countries. Dating in the Dark, for example, has the element of humiliation common in many Japanese shows from Endurance to Takeshi's Castle and, er, this - but in fact it's just another Endemol concoction. Did people guess correctly about The Apprentice and Top Model being American because they knew that to be the case, or because those shows seem American in spirit? As to why The Voice was perceived as Australian, we can only speculate. (Australia was the joker in my pack: I'm not aware of any widely franchised show that was invented there - unless you know different?)
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