William G. Stewart
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The People's Quiz was a quiz competition that was open to nearly everyone in Britain.
Auditions were held throughout January 2007 all around the UK.
The quiz was open to nearly everyone, in that the only excluded categories were:
- BBC Employees
- Under 16's
- Those with a criminal conviction in the last seven years
- Bankrupts or people with a County Court Judgement in the last five years
The first round of the audition consisted of contestants turning up at six major venues in the UK: Birmingham, Cardiff, Glasgow, Manchester, Belfast and London. Contenders had to get ten questions in a row correct to progress to the second round.
Contestants were allowed multiple attempts to qualify but organisational problems meant that this was not always possible at the earlier venues.
On the evening of 5 February 2007, all surviving contestants rang a phone line to receive a randomly selected 20 question quiz. The contestants were split into six categories based on age and sex. The top eight in each category qualified for the final audition round.
The 48 survivors turned up for what had been billed as a three-day quiz boot camp on 16 February 2007. The contestants were split into a male and female group and further subdivided into three age categories:
- Under 25s
- Over 40s
- Those in between
Each contestant was given a Mastermind style two-minute general knowledge round (interrupting the question master was allowed) and each contestant was then summoned back in front of the quiz panel to hear of their fate: four in each category went through and four did not.
Rules of the GameEdit
Ten players competed in each show.
Round 1: Only the Strong SurviveEdit
This round was played four times to find the four qualifiers for round two. Each time this game was played the competitors started with one life and were eliminated by getting a question wrong. At the end of the allotted time period - 2 minutes (or 90 seconds in the final show) - all the survivors got an "On the Buzzer" question. A correct answer qualified a player for round two. A wrong answer to the "On the Buzzer" question also eliminated the player and a new question must be asked.
Round 2: Brain ChainEdit
This round had the four contestants who qualified from the previous round take turns to try to make a chain of questions in 90 seconds. Whoever made the longest saved chain went through to the head-to-head play-off called "Do or Die".
Final Round: Do or DieEdit
The winner of the second round selected who s/he thought would be the weakest competition out of the other nine for the final round. The winner qualified for The Grand Final, the loser was eliminated from the competition. There were 12 categories on the screen - five of them had a 'Q' hidden behind it and seven did not. The winner of "Brain Chain" started by picking a category, and then the fastest person to buzz in and get the answer right got to see if there was a 'Q' behind that category. If there was, the contestant got the Q and whoever got three Qs won and won their round and qualified for the final. The next week, the eight contestants from the start who didn't play in "Do or Die" were joined by two of the other survivors from the Final Audition Weekend.
- Olav Bjortomt who defeated Amanda 3–0 (6–0 on questions answered) on 21 April 2007.
- Mark Labbett who defeated 16-year-old Danielle Winter-McQue 3–0 (6–0 on questions answered) on 28 April 2007.
- Mick McCarthy who defeated Ben Phillips 3–2 (6–6 on questions answered) on 5 May 2007. With only one question left it was 2–2, and Mick buzzed in a fraction of a second before Ben, getting it right.
- David Buckle who defeated Lucy 3–2 (9–3 on questions answered) on 19 May 2007. He answered 6 questions correctly before getting a Q. At the end, it was 2–2 and there was one category left. Lucy buzzed in and answered incorrectly, and David then got it right.
- Will Cudmore who defeated Barbara 3–0 (5–1 on questions answered) on 26 May 2007.
- Stephanie Bruce who defeated Martin 3–0 on 2 June 2007.
- Julia Hobbs who defeated Carol 3–0 on 9 June 2007.
- Judith Searle who defeated Cate 3–1 on 16 June 2007.
- Alan Morgan who was the winner of the People's Quiz Wildcard series on BBC2, taking the last available place at the last available minute.
Results of the FinalEdit
In the Grand Final only Stephanie, Mark, Mick, and Will respectively qualified from "Only the Strong survive" and into "Brain Chain". Will and Mick both managed to save a chain of zero meaning Mark and Stephanie only needed one to qualify. Stephanie did just that, but Mark managed a score of six giving him an advantage into the final.
Mark and Stephanie went on to battle in the final "Do or Die" round of the series. Stephanie won with three 'Q's to Mark's one, taking home the £200,700 prize money. This was, and as of 2009 still is, the largest cash prize ever awarded on a BBC quiz or game show.
Originally the show was sponsored by the National Lottery; after the opening episodes, however, it removed its name from the title.