Michael Barrymore
John Benson (1986–90)
Robin Houston (1990–1991, 1992, 1996–1999)
Nick Jackson (1991)
Broadcast (ITV)
Strike it Lucky
29 October 1986 – 29 December 1994
Strike it Rich
12 December 1996 – 23 August 1999

Thames in association with Talbot Television, Blair Entertainment and Kline & Friends Inc. (1986-1994)
Central (1993–1994)
LWT and Fremantle (UK) Productions (1996-1998)
LWT and Grundy (1999)

Strike it Lucky was the show based on the short-lived American series where three pairs of contestants vie for big cash & big prizes by going across archways of TV monitors.


The Main GameEdit

Three teams of two compete to win cash and prizes. They do this by moving across an archway of ten television monitors arranged on stage, answering questions as they go. One player from each team traveled across the arches, while the partners stayed at the podiums and answered the questions. At the start of a turn, a player is given a category with six possible answers. That player then must decide how many answers s/he gives - either two, three, or four - to attempt to move the corresponding number of spaces along the archway of monitors. When a correct answer was given, they move on to the next question, otherwise, the players take turns until somebody chose the correct answer. Once a player answers this number of questions correctly, their partner moves across the archway accordingly.

Each monitor except the last hides a prize or a "Hot Spot", which are revealed in turn as players move across the archway. Each time a player reveals a prize, they win that prize and must decide either to bank the prize and end their turn or to reveal another monitor. If they reveal the Hot Spot, they lose all the prizes earned up to that point and their turn ends. If they can make their required number of moves without hitting a Hot Spot, they automatically bank their prizes and control goes over to the next team.

On reaching the last monitor of the ten, the team decides whether to answer a final question or to bank their prizes. An incorrect answer forfeits the prizes not banked and the game continues, while a correct answer wins the game and allows the team to progress to the "bonus game".

Before playing the bonus game with the winning team, Barrymore would run through the prizes won by the other two pairs before bidding them farewell. These varied from Barrymore hitting the last two screens himself to claim prizes for the contestants or, if a pair had lost prizes as a result of a Hot Spot, reinstating those prizes.

The Bonus GameEdit

The game begins by having the winning couple bidding on how few Hot Spots they will hit with a bid of fewer Hot Spots earning more money if completed, but being more difficult to achieve.

Instead of playing the game across the board, they now play top, middle or bottom, choosing one of the three monitors in each row to play.

Hidden throughout the 30 monitors are 10 arrows signifying a free move, another 10 are Hot Spots and the final 10 are true or false questions earning a move on a correct answer or a Hot Spot on an incorrect one. These are randomly allocated throughout the board.

On each column of monitors, the winning couple elects to hit the top, middle or bottom one. The aim of the game is for the couple to get from one side to the other without hitting more Hot Spots than they bid. If they get to the other side the board without hitting more Hot Spots than they bid, they win £2,000 if they bid two, £1,500 for three and £1,000 for four. From Series 4-8, the prize was increased to £3,000 for two, £2,000 for three and £1,000 for four; The ninth series increased these to £5,000 for two, £4,000 for three, and £3,000 for four. If they fail to match or beat their bid, they won 10% of the cash prize they were aiming for (£200, £150, and £100/£300, £200 and £100/£500, £400, and £300 respectively), with every move without a Hot Spot they made, before they went over their bid. In the revived Strike It Rich version (Series 10-14), the cash prizes were £10,000/£7,000/£5,000, with consolation prizes being £500/£350/£250.


On a 1997 special, contestants who took part would donate their winnings to cancer research, with three contestants suffering from the disease, including one man who had his voice box removed. The first players, a man who was known for his funny outrageous behavior, won the game with his daughter and played for £10,000. As they went for £10,000, only two hotspots were allowed. The first three moves turned out to be hotspots, and the game should have ended. Barrymore would not let the couple lose charity money, and completely ignored the hotspots and moved on anyway, in which at one point, the producer off screen was telling Barrymore off, in which he replied "Don't make a face at me...". The couple hit six hotspots in the end, and lost at the final screen, where a hotspot appeared. Barrymore ignored this again, and gave them £10,000 anyway.


In 1988, a home version of Strike it Lucky! was released by Parker Games.

An interactive DVD of Strike it Lucky! went on sale throughout the UK on 13 November 2006. Produced by Fremantle Home Entertainment, and with over 2,000 questions available, original host Michael Barrymore provides links to the game play, which stays loyal to the format of its television equivalent.

Additional PagesEdit

List of Strike it Lucky episodes and specials

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