|Gene Wood (1971-1972)|
Don Harron (1972-1974)
|Don Reid Productions|
Anything You Can Do was a Canadian stunt-based game show billed as a "Battle of the Sexes" and was played by two teams of three men against three women.
Two teams of three men against three women competed. Center stage was a board containing the names of occupations that are (or were at the time) generally performed by men, and occupations generally performed by women. The men picked from the women's side of the board while the women picked from the men's side of the board. The object was to complete a stunt related to the chosen occupation in 90 seconds or less. The time required to complete a stunt was added to the times for completing previous stunts; the team with the least total time at the end of the show won and received prizes while the losing team received prizes of lesser value.
There was also a "mental challenge" about midway through the show; the teams would have to compete some activity such as unscrambling a word, reciting a tongue twister, etc. The time taken to complete the task was added to the team's total overall time.
In an interview, original host Gene Wood said that he left the show after the first season because producer Don Reid had assured him that all the stunt were completely safe (which proven not to be the case). On one episode, a woman choosing the occupation of "Newspaper Carrier" was required to ride a bicycle down a narrow yellow line (without veering from it) and throw several newspapers at targets. However, she lost control of the bicycle while falling to the studio floor and apparently broken a bone. Wood also mentioned other contestants being injured on the show as well.
- The show title is inspired by a 1946 song called Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better from the hit Broadway musical Annie Get Your Gun (composed by Irving Berlin) as a spirited duet with one male singer and one female singer attempting to outdo each other in increasingly complex tasks.
- In September 1972, Wood became host of the revival of Beat the Clock while Canadian actor Don Harron (best known to American viewers as Charlie Farquharson of Hee Haw fame) took over the show until its cancellation in 1974.
- The show was also aired in America in Syndication until 1974.
Main - "Anything You Can Do" by Irving Berlin