THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

In the very early days of Portuguese light entertainment television, there was broadcast a programme called Spin The Lion With Hugo Calvino, every Sunday at 6.30pm. It was an incredibly popular game show consisting of four carelessly linked sections. In the first part of the programme, Calvino would welcome the live and television audiences with the song Here We Are Again (God Has Spared Us). Then he would pretend to talk to the lion about how the animal’s Saturday had been, making jokes at the lion’s expense and using his catchphrase: "I beg your pardon! You do know my mother's in tonight!" There would follow a talent show segment and a quiz, followed by the gameshow finale where a couple could win 100 Escudo if the lion, following a big spin in the lion tumbler from Hugo, managed to stagger to a freshly killed zebra carcass within 20 noise-filled seconds. Read more

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