Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Burton upon Trent
Just back from attending the pilot of a new Saturday night ITV1 Gameshow hosted by Carol Vorderman. We've not signed NDAs or been asked not to speak about it so think its ok to go into it.
Concept is simple. It's Deal or No Deal with tweaks. There are three sets of contestants - someone on their own, a family of five and a team of twenty-five. Each takes it in turn to answer a question with answers that can put in order - i.e. "Who did Dorothy meet first in the Wizard of Oz" or " Which of these DVDs sold the most copies in 2011."
In the middle of the stage is the game board, and revolving table with spaces for five pyramids. Each of these pyramids has a value, which is face down. The board is spun out of sight and the contestant picks one that becomes theirs for this question. They give the first answer after the pyramid has rotates around the studio to the next contestant - if they get it right, they give the next answer as it revolves to the other contestant. Get it wrong and the contestant it's moved to gets to give the next answer. When both answers have been given, the contestant that has the pyramid gets to choose whether to keep it or give it to someone else - three of the pyramids are valued at 0. After this point the value is revealed and the contestant keeps the pyramid. they can win two pyramids, if they win a third then the highest of the two they had is given up.
After a few questions, the contestant with the least money is eliminated.
Round two is the same thing, but the question is asked once, and you get the value added straight to your (or your opponent's) total. The contestant with the most money after this round is the winner and goes into the final round.
In this final round, 1 or 5 contestants (the 25 have to choose 5) answer 5 questions for a pyramid each, 1 each, with four being worth 0. At the end they get to turn over all they've won and if they get the one with their winnings on then they keep it.
That's it in a (big) nutshell. A big part of the show seems to be the home app players, who win a share of £100,000 plus whatever those in the studio don't win. The app will either be free (as mentioned by Carol during the show) or £1 as Grant Bovey (who I assume is the producer) said before the filming. Apparently it'll be Saturdays at 8pm.
It was enjoyable enough, standard Saturday night fayre really.
Prize fund was said to be £3m. Pyramids are worth 50k, 100k, 140k, 160k, 180k, 250k, 500k, £1m so not sure how that works unless we didn't seem them all.
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Join Date: Apr 2012
I was also at the pilot yesterday. What DanielF is missing was the amounts on the pyramids:
£0, £0, £0, £50K, £100K, £140K, £160K, £180K, £200K, £250K, £250K, £500K, £1m + the £100K for the home viewers so potentially could be as low as £150K for home & £2,780K for winner (unlikely) which would give £2.93million fund for the night hence the £3m mentioned but actual figures depend whether all questions are answered correctly etc.
More detail on the app side:
Entry will be £1 per episode which makes sense as they want to make money from the show. Entry will be via smart app (iPhone specificially mentioned and Android was indicated) + PC - not sure about Mac app. The app will be synched with TV show so you get the questions the same time as they appear on TV and have about the same time to answer. At the point each contestant goes out the amount they had in the bank is added to the home player total. The total is shared by the viewers who got all questions right.
Playing whilst the questions started easy they ended up pretty difficult eg Who was the oldest royal bride from Kate Middelton, Diana Spencer and Sarah Ferguson. Whilst you could Google this you are on about 15 secs to answer the question. This is going to severely limit the amount of people who get everything right.
At a price point of £1 for entry and given the potential reward could be pretty high it certainly could be in excess of what people win on standard TV Comps which is probably what the producers hope!