The 24 game

The following takes place between 11:27 and 11:30.

Jane and I are currently watching our way through the 24 series’ 1 – 4 box set (thanks to Rich for loaning it to us).

We’re currently midway through series 2, and have just seen the bit where Jack … [censored] … shortly after the … [censored] … was … [censored] … by the … [censored] … which I think you’ll agree was quite exciting.

Although I have to say that some of the tension during those scenes where you are left wondering whether Jack will live or die was spoiled a little by the knowledge that we’ve already seen series 5 and know that Jack is still alive and kicking.

We have a game that we play during the scheduled breaks in the programme. Just before going to a commercial break, which you thankfully avoid when watching the series on DVD, the screen turns black and the picture is replaced with a clock ticking away the seconds.


There is one simple rule of the game: guess at what time the clock will resume after the break. That’s it. It’s harder than you might imagine.

Because each episode takes place within a particular hour our convention is simply to state minutes and seconds, e.g.

Jane: 24:38
Gareth: 24:46

It’s an incomplete game at the moment, as we’ve only just thought about scoring it and have yet to work out the scoring system; suggestions welcome.

Having watched series’ 1, 4, 5 and now half-way through series 2 the closest we’ve ever got is one second out, e.g.

11:24:37 (where Jane’s guess would have been closest)

Frustratingly last week I guessed the time within one second three times within the same episode.

The game continues…

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 50 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert (INFP), I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, play mahjong, write, draw and laugh… Scrum master at Sky. Latterly, web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and former warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

6 thoughts on “The 24 game”

  1. Even though you’ve seen series 5 (which I am currently 15/24ths of the way through) and Jack is apparently alive and well, don’t be too sure that he can’t actually die in series 2 or 3… As I recall, he’s been dead at least [censored] times in the earlier series.

    Once you’ve watched series 1, 2, 4 & 5, series 3 will be a bit of a let down as it was the weakest one so far. But still quite good.

  2. You’re right! We got to the end of series 2 on Sunday evening, taking a 60 mins break, of course, to watch Top Gear.

    I know another story about someone who dies and comes back to life again. Now, what was it…?


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