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"It's a whole lot of fun, prizes to be won... It's a real crazy show where anything will go," promised the Fun House theme tune to a whole generation of children between 1989 and 1999. However, it wasn't the twins, Fun Karts, gunge or rubbish prizes that we tuned in for. No, it was actually the corny one-liners and relentless enthusiasm of mullet God and show host Pat Sharp that made us run home from school on a Friday to make sure we didn't miss a second of the "wacky" CITV series. We caught up with Pat for a chat about his status as a DS Icon, the whereabouts of the twins and a possible Fun House revival.

Do you think it's strange that people consider you an icon?
"I suppose it's peculiar, but it's nice in a way. I'll tell you why they do it, they do it because people have a great affinity with things they watched or did in their childhood. If you put me in a room now with Jonathan Ross, Graham Norton and Vernon Kay, with a lot of people in their 20s, they would be more interested in chatting to me than any of those guys! They remember me from their youth, the days when they had no job, mortgage or worries, and could just come back from school on a Friday, fling their bag down, turn on the telly and watch a brightly coloured gameshow for half an hour. It ran for a long time and that's why kids still like us."

Why did the show finish in 1999?
"It ended in 1999 because of some bad scheduling. It kept getting chopped and changed due to sporting events and they moved it around so people didn't know when it was on. Satellite dishes were on the increase as well, so the viewing figures were dropping at that time. But we are still looking at doing an adult version of the show, which has been talked about for quite a while."

So it's true that you're working on an adult version of the show?
"A lot of people have read about it but no TV companies have taken it up. Challenge TV have just bought four series of the old show, which are running randomly at weekends, so that might generate some interest, and maybe someone will take a gamble on us. I don't know quite how the show would work, but I've suggested that it could make great Saturday night entertainment, in the style of Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway. It would hopefully be a grown-up version of what we did all those years ago and it could be brought up to date by the production companies."

Whatever happened to the twins Melanie and Martina?
"Well, they bowed out of the TV stuff when Fun House ended. They'd done a lot of stuff beforehand like appearing in the West End and the first Batman movie, various bit parts in The Bill, things like that as separate actresses. But nowadays, one of them is a receptionist and the other is a part-time waitress with a little baby girl. They are both really happy and having lots of fun doing what they're doing. Today is the first time in ten years we've worked together since the show ended, actually. I'm just grateful to still be in the game all these years down the line."

We caught up with Pat Sharp and the Fun House twins at the launch of 1 vs. 100 on Xbox LIVE. 1 vs. 100 is the latest innovative experience to come to Xbox LIVE and is a fully interactive version of the hit TV quiz show with real prizes to be won.

Click along below to see pictures of Fun House legend Pat through the ages.

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