Bob Monkhouse (1980–1983)
Stephen Rhodes (1987–2000)
Talkback Thames (2006–2011)
Family Fortunes was a British game show, based on the American game show Family Feud.
Two family teams, each with five members, are asked to guess the results of surveys, in which 100 people would be asked open ended questions (e.g. "we asked 100 people to name something associated with the country Wales" or "we asked 100 people to name a breed of dog"). Although rarely acknowledged in the show, the 100 people surveyed are invariably audience members who have volunteered before the show.
Each round begins with a member of each family (in rotation, meaning all players do this at least once) approaching the podium. As the question is read, the first of the two nominees to hit a buzzer gives an answer. If this is not the most popular answer, the other nominee is asked. The family with the more popular answer then chooses whether to "play" the question, or "pass" control to the other family.
The host then passes down the line of the controlling team, asking for an answer from each. After each answer, the board reveals whether this answer featured. If not, a "life" is lost. If a family manages to come up with all the survey answers (most commonly six in the early part of the show, reduced in number after the commercial break), they win the amount in pounds of the total number of people who had given the answers. Every time someone gives an answer that is not on the board, the family loses a life, accompanied by a large "X" on the board with the famous "eh-uh" sound. If they lose all three lives, the other family was given the chance to "steal" by coming up with an answer that may be among those missing. If this answer is present, the other family wins the round and is said to have "stolen" the money; if not, the family who gave the three incorrect answers win the money for their correct answers.
From the second series in 1981 onwards, spot prizes were available in the main game, turning up seemingly at random when certain answers were found. Typically, these were music centres, televisions or video recorders (or in the later years, DVD players). Some were more unorthodox, such as a year's supply of beer, while the same short breaks away – an Agatha Christie Murder Weekend, a stay at a health spa or a canal holiday – were won on the show for many years.
Following three rounds before the commercial break (two rounds in series 1), "Double Money" is played. Gameplay is the same as the first rounds, but each answer is worth £2 for each person who said it, and there are generally fewer possible answers. The family who passes £300 (£200 in series 1) first go on to play "Big Money" (known in some overseas versions as "Fast Money") for the jackpot.
This involves two contestants answering five questions that fit with those given by the "100 people surveyed", with the questions asked within a narrow time limit. The first contestant answers the five questions within 15 seconds; then the second contestant (who has been out of earshot) answers within 20 seconds (the extra time is available in case the contestant repeats an answer already given). If they get 200 points or more from the ten answers they win the top cash prize. If the family did not earn 200 points, they won £2 per point, up to £398.
The top cash prize in "Big Money" in the first series (1980) was £1,000. From the second series (1981), the prize started at £1,000 then rose by £500 weekly if no one won, to a limit of £2,500 (£3,000 from 1982, which it could stay at for more than one week if it still was not won). Once won, it reverted to £1,000 for the next edition. In the 1987 series, it started at £1,000, and if not won rose by £1,000 per week to a maximum of £3,000. From the 1988 series, the prize was stabilised at £3,000. After the abolition of the IBA's prize limits, the top prize rose to £5,000 from 1996 to 2002.
From 1994 onwards, a bonus star prize was available if all five "top" (most popular) answers were found and they had reached 200 or more points; originally a choice of a holiday or a car, it was changed to just a car.
During the programme's brief daytime run in 2002, the prize values shrunk significantly. If the contestants scored over 200 points they won £1,000 and if they found 5 top answers on top, then it was increased to £3,000.
All-Star Family FortunesEdit
In 2006, Family Fortunes was revived and renamed All-Star Family Fortunes due to the fact that all the teams are celebrity families. Vernon Kay, who played Family Fortunes during the Gameshow Marathon is the current host of the show.
There were three rounds of the main game and two rounds of double score and then the family who had the most after this went on to play Big Money.
In Big Money, the celebrity contestants can win £10,000 for getting over 200 points in "Big Money", increased to £30,000 for getting all five top answers. A loss earned £10 times the points earned in both front and end games, up to £1,990+. The spot prizes remained but were won rarely and were now more action-based such as paragliding lessons. These are won by other members of the family, instead of the celebrity.