|Henry Kelly (1987-1996)|
John Suchet (2008-2009)
Dean Wilson (2008-2009; stand-in)
|Co-Hosts (Revival Only)|
Vicki Letch (stand-in)
|Reg Grundy Productions (1987-1996)|
Talkback Thames (2008-2009)
A quiz show where people from all over Europe compete (limited to only the UK in the final series).
Opening Round (Round 1)Edit
Each edition began with a short general knowledge round to all seven contestants. Out of the contestants who started the show, four would go through to the next round (always referred to as the "first round proper" by Kelly). These four would be the first who managed to answer each of the four general knowledge questions correctly. These questions would usually take the form of a 20 to 30-second description of an object, person, animal or place (usually beginning "Who am I?", "What am I?", etc.), with progressively more details being revealed by Kelly until someone was able to identify it. By the Thursday show, there would be only four contestants left to play the opening round and so several questions were asked and the first person to two points would join the previous days' winners in "the first round proper."
For the first Thursday show, only one question was asked, and the first contestant to give the correct answer would play "the first round proper." This was quickly changed to the standard "first to two" format mentioned above.
This round was dropped in the 2008 revival.
Beat the Buzzer (Round 2)Edit
The Beat the Buzzer round was a general knowledge round, played with hands on plungers. Questions were either worth one, two or three points. The first question was always a general knowledge question worth a single point. A contestant who gave a correct answer would be told the subject of the next question, and got to choose the value of that question. If nobody answered a question correctly, another 1 point-general knowledge question was used next. The first three players to reach six points (nine in the revival) went on to play the next round.
Four in a Row (Round 3)Edit
In this round, each of the remaining contestants were asked to pick a category (out of a choice of four). The order in which they picked the categories was based on the order in which they progressed from the previous round. Each would then have to answer questions on their chosen category for 40 seconds.
Players scored based on the number of consecutive questions they got right – if an incorrect answer was given, their score returned to zero, the score taken from this round was the highest point reached over 40 seconds. After this round, the two highest scoring players went through to the final round. A "first to two" general knowledge playoff was held if there was a tie, using the same style of questions from round 1.
In the final, every question was worth between four and one point depending on how quickly they were answered. Again, the questions pertained to a famous person, place, thing, fictional character or event. However, only one player at a time was allowed to the buzzer, as indicated by a timer graphic running down the center of the screen. If a player gave an incorrect answer, their section of the time was passed over to their opponent and the time (and the question) continued.
In the original run, the first player to score nine points won the game.
In the 2008 revival, this round kept on playing until time was up. When time was up, the player with the most points was the winner.
Tournament Format (Original Run)Edit
Each series during the original run was played as a tournament. At the beginning of each new week, seven English speaking-European contestants (UK native contestants in the final series) competed and those seven were whittled down to two for the final round. The winner of the final round won the daily game, and went through to the end of week final (an automatic place in the 'first round proper' on Thursday). From here, the winner progressed to the later stages of the series. The losing players all came back the next day, starting with the same pool of players each weekday, minus the winner of the week's earlier shows. On the Thursday show, the remaining four player played the opening round with two points needed to advance to the 'first round proper', the winner of Thursday's game became the weekly winner and advanced to the semi-finals.
The Semi-Finals occurred at the end of each half of the series. Depending on the length of the series, anywhere from seven to ten semi-finalists appeared. There was no end-of-week final; the four winners automatically advanced to the Finals week. Starting here, contestants were buzzing in earlier than usual, since the competition was getting stronger.
For the Finals, the eight winners of the semi-finals (four from each week) would play the game like a standard week (three heats and a final).
The final episode of the series was the Grand Final. (Because of this, Kelly was more dressed up than in all of the other episodes of the series) The remaining five finalists would play a "first to two" opening round, with the winner joining the other three Grand Finalists for "the first round proper" and then the game would play as normal.
The winner of the Grand Final became Series Champion and won a star prize holiday (described in all episodes of the series); the runner-up received a consolation prize.
Championship Format (Revival)Edit
In the revival (which was shown five days a week (Monday through Friday), unlike the previous version, which was only shown four days a week (Monday through Thursday)), the winning contestant received £1,000 and returned on the next show to face three new challengers.
This version had all its main contestants from the UK and Ireland; however, there were also episodes where players from Continental Europe competed (similar to the first nine series of the original version), the winner of these episodes also won £1,000, each in their own country's currency.
The final week of this version had the international winners competing against the best main champions of the series in a tournament of champions; in a manner similar to Countdown, the main champions who took part were based on the most matches they won or their highest overall winning Final Round score (whichever came first). The first four episodes had four contestants competing in each one; the four winners competed on Friday (sadly, this was the last ever episode), and the winner took home the tournament prize of £5,000.