101 Ways to Leave a Gameshow

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101 Ways To Leave a Gameshow
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Genre Comedy
Format Game show
Directed by Petrina Good
Presented by Steve Jones
Starring Nemone
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 8 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Andy Rowe
Location(s) Buenos Aires, Argentina
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) Initial
Distributor Endemol UK
Broadcast
Original channel BBC One
Picture format PAL (576i, 16:9)
Original run 10 July 2010 (2010-07-10) – 28 August 2010 (2010-08-28)
Chronology
Related shows Total Wipeout
External links
Website
Production website

101 Ways to Leave a Gameshow is a British game show produced by Initial (a subsidiary of Endemol UK) for the BBC, it is hosted by Steve Jones and Nemone. The show sees eight contestants compete to be the winner of the £10,000 prize by picking the correct answers to general knowledge questions. Competitors who pick incorrect answers are eliminated from the show in a variety of different ways, usually involving a large drop into the pool of water at the base of the tower. The show made its debut on BBC One on 10 July 2010 and ended on 28 August 2010. An American version, hosted by Jeff Sutphen, premiered on 21 June 2011.[1]

Format[edit]

The show's production company, Endemol, describes the show as "the play-along fun of a glitzy, Saturday night quiz with the full-on adrenaline rush of an extreme stunt show."[2] Each episode features eight contestants, with a mix of sexes, ages and backgrounds, competing to be the winner of the £10,000 prize in the UK version ($50,000 in the US version).[3] Contestants are reduced one by one in the first four rounds, attempting to guess the correct answers to a selection of multiple-choice questions. The contestant who chooses the wrong answer will leave the show in spectacular fashion, in one of the 101 Ways To Leave A Gameshow. At any time during the first four rounds, a buzzer could sound, which announces the start of the Emergency Exit round. In this round, contestants are asked a series of questions at random, with the first contestant to give a wrong answer being eliminated. The Emergency Exit round is not used in the US and Italian versions. In the final round, only three contestants remain (four contestants in the US version), who have to answer one last question in an attempt to win the jackpot prize.

Production[edit]

The show was created jointly by Endemol USA and Endemol UK.[4] It was first produced by the UK division of Endemol for the BBC. Like its Saturday night stablemate, Total Wipeout, the show is filmed entirely at Endemol's filming facility in Benavídez, 35 km south of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Generally, most of the programme is recorded outside, however, studio segments are recorded in a monolithic purpose-built 100 feet (30 m) tall tower, located above the 'exits'.[3] Studio segments are generally filmed on three different levels, with the '101 Ways To Leave' segments recorded on the Tower's exterior. Some exits from the show are recorded on a dis-used airfield runaway located adjacent to the tower. Most of the exits culminate in the contestant ending up in a large pool of water directly in front of the tower.

The United States version was filmed at Agua Dulce, California, which is a popular filming location in Northern Los Angeles County. The site does have an active general aviation air field that was closed down during filming.

Gameplay[edit]

In the first four rounds, the game begins by Nemone revealing the exit for the losing contestant. This is one of the exits numbered between 1 and 101. The round then continues into the selection phase, in which contestants must pick one of several correct answers to a statement given. The contestants then reveal which answer they have picked, before being prepared for the exit in question. In the event that more than one contestant has picked the same answer, a tie-break question will be asked, with the first contestant to give a correct answer earning the answer they originally picked. The remaining contestants must then pick one of the remaining answers. The selection phase continues until all the contestants have their own answer (In the U.S. version, the players answer a numerical question to determine the order in which they select their answers, with the closest player getting first choice of answer, and the player who is the furthest out being stuck with the last remaining answer). Once all the contestants are prepared for the exit, Steve reveals the correct answers before the contestant holding the wrong answer is ejected from the show. During any of the first four rounds, a buzzer can be heard, indicating the start of the 'Emergency Exit' round (see the 'Ways To Leave' section). In the final round, the gameplay changes slightly, with the remaining contestants having to identify the one correct answer. The final round always uses Exit 101, The Trap Door.

International versions[edit]

Country Name Host Network Date premiered Prize
 Argentina Alto juego Guido Kaczka Telefe 9 September 2010 – 30 October 2010 New car
 China [5] 心跳阿根廷
Xin Tiao A Gen Ting
Zuo Yan (Season 1 only)
Chen Huan
Zhejiang Television 7 January 2012 – 14 September 2012 Airline tickets to London during 2012 Summer Olympics or 10,000 RMB yuan in cash
 Germany 101 Wege aus der Härtesten Show der Welt Daniel Hartwich RTL 4 September 2010 25,000 Euro
 Israel ‏101 דרכים לעוף משעשועון‏
101 Drakhim Lauf MeShashuon
Ofer Shechter Channel 2 (Reshet) 10 May 2011 60,000 Shekel
 Italy 101 Modi di perdere un Game Show Francesco Facchinetti Rai Due 7 July 2011 No prizes
 Mexico Sale en 101 Juegos Sherlyn Gonzalez Televisa 3 August 2013 MX$ 250,000
 Sweden 101 sätt att åka ur en gameshow Mårten Andersson TV3 4 March 2011 50,000 SEK
 Turkey 101 Bay J Fox Türkiye 28 August 2010 Unknown
 United States 101 Ways to Leave a Game Show Jeff Sutphen[6] ABC 21 June 2011[6] $50,000

Episodes[edit]

# Title Winner Viewers (in millions) Original air date
1 "Episode 1" Matt 4.02[7] 10 July 2010 (2010-07-10)
Leavers: Morris – Free Fall, Vanda – Saddle Sore, Craig – Emergency Exit, Rachael – Big, Giant, Colossal Hammers, Russ – Balls of Doom, and losing finalists, Louise and Amy – Trap Door
2 "Episode 2" Lucy 3.9[8] 17 July 2010 (2010-07-17)
Leavers: Nicos – Rip Off, Sabrina – Supermarket Smash, Sudhir – Armchair Armageddon, Chris – Emergency Exit, Katy – Concrete Boots, and losing finalists, Dan and Barry – Trap Door
3 "Episode 3" Sally 3.93[9] 24 July 2010 (2010-07-24)
Leavers: Adam – Glued to your Seat, John – Rubbish Dump, Ben – Evil Anvil, Becci – Emergency Exit, James – The Drag, and losing finalists, Sonja and Claire – Trap Door
4 "Episode 4" Nathan 3.41[10] 31 July 2010 (2010-07-31)
Leavers: Ruth – Deadly Dangle, Alison – Emergency Exit, Simon – Human Wrecking Ball, James – Ejector Seat, Deepak – Flipping Wreck, and losing finalists, Nicky and Katie – Trap Door
5 "Episode 5" Charmaine 3.54[11] 7 August 2010 (2010-08-07)
Leavers: Liz – The Hang, Liam – Punch Dunk, Bill – Emergency Exit, Rachael – Rocket Sledge, Robert – Total Carnage, and losing finalists, Lucy and Tom – Trap Door
6 "Episode 6" Juley 3.39[12] 14 August 2010 (2010-08-14)
Leavers: Stacey – Dunk and Disorderly, Aoife – Scoot Shoot, Steve – Emergency Exit, Nadia – Mace Off, Andy – The Cracker, and losing finalists, Jonathan and Yemi – Trap Door
7 "Episode 7" John 2.82[13] 21 August 2010 (2010-08-21)
Leavers: Rich – Take the Plunge, Dal – Steve's Big Boot, Kat – Emergency Exit, Ryan – Human Fling, Laura – 4-Wheel Dive, and losing finalists, Jenni and Bob – Trap Door
8 "Episode 8" Chris 2.44[14] 28 August 2010 (2010-08-28)
Leavers: Shawn – The Big Zipper, Clara – Emergency Exit, Hyacinth – Bang on Target, Max – The Human Cannon, Jo – Chopper Pull, and losing finalists, Sharron and Mark – Trap Door

Exits[edit]

No. Name Method Episode Round Eliminated + Age
1 Balls of Doom The contestant is strapped into a steel ball and is perched on top of a ramp overlooking the pool of water. If the contestant picks the wrong answer, their ball is pushed down the ramp and into the pool. Episode 1 4 Russ - 46
3 Punch Dunk The contestants are standing with their back to the water. If the contestant picks the wrong answer, a professional boxer will punch them into the pool below. Episode 5 2 Liam - 21
4 Dunk and Disorderly The contestants are lying on platforms over the pool. If the contestant picks the wrong answer, they will fall headfirst into the pool. Episode 6 1 Stacey - 35
7 Take the Plunge The contestants are lying flat on boards. When Steve is about to reveal the wrong answer, the remaining two contestants' boards will tip up, leaving them dangling with their feet over the pool. If they have chosen the wrong answer, the 101 staff will let go of their rope, sending them plummeting into the water. Episode 7 1 Rich - 31
9 The Hang The contestants are lying flat on boards. When Steve is about to reveal the wrong answer, the remaining two contestants' boards will tip up, leaving them dangling upside down. If they have chosen the wrong answer, the 101 staff will let go of their rope, sending them plummeting headfirst into the water. Episode 5 1 Liz - 38
12 Free Fall The contestant is perched 80 feet in the air attached to a piece of elastic and is standing on a rectangular platform which collapses. The platform will collapse if the contestant picks the wrong answer Episode 1 1 Morris - 34
15 Rubbish Dump The contestants are sitting in wheelie bins at the top of the ramp aiming towards the pool beneath. The contestant that picks the wrong answer will roll down the ramp in the wheelie bin, into the pool. Episode 3 2 John - 38
17 Saddle Sore The contestant is attached to a piece of elastic and is sitting on a bicycle which is perched on top of a ramp aiming towards the pool of water beneath. The contestant that picks the wrong answer is released sending them and the bicycle down the ramp and into the pool. Episode 1 2 Vanda - 51
19 Supermarket Smash The contestant is sat in a trolley, which rides down a slope, releasing the contestant into the pool if they have chosen the incorrect answer. Episode 2 2 Sabrina - 26
22 Bang on Target The contestants are kneeling on boards, and if they chose the incorrect answer, then they will be bright upwards through a wall with a target symbol on. Episode 8 2 Hyacinth - 59
23 Chopper Pull The incorrect contestant is attached to a helicopter, and taken on a high ride into the sunset of Buenos Aires – literally! A variation of the challenge in the United States version involves the contestant being attached to the top of a biplane and taken on a high ride into the mountains. Episode 8 4 Jo - 23
26 Human Wrecking Ball The contestants are standing behind a 'No Exit' sign which is perched over the top of the building. The contestant who picks the wrong answer is then pulled backwards at a high speed, smashing through the sign. Episode 4 2 Simon - 39
33 Evil Anvil The contestants are all attached to anvils, which is perched above each contestant. The anvil attached to the contestant who chose the wrong answer is then released with the contestant following closely behind. Episode 3 3 Ben - 20
36 Rip Off The contestant is stuck to a board, and will fall off the now-tilted board if they have chosen the incorrect answer. Episode 2 1 Nicos - 36
38 Scoot Shoot The contestants are standing on scooters, on a ramp overlooking the pool. The scooter (and their respective contestant) attached to the incorrect answer will go down the ramp into the water. Episode 6 2 Aoife - 25
42 Glued to your Seat The contestants are sitting 100 feet in the air on a set of suspended seats. The contestant with the incorrect answer is then slowly tilted forward and plummets to the water beneath. Episode 3 1 Adam - 29
46 Flipping Wreck The contestants are seated in cars. The car with the contestant who has chosen the wrong answer then accelerates down a runway, rides up a ramp and flips over. In the United States version, the flip is triggered by an explosion. Episode 4 4 Deepak - 39
51 Deadly Dangle The contestants are lying horizontally on a platform. The platform with the contestant who has selected the wrong answer then collapses and the contestant is sent down a zip-wire into the pool upside down. Episode 4 1 Ruth - 29
52 Concrete Boots The contestant is attached to a concrete block, the block falling down into the pool bringing the contestant along with it if they have chosen the incorrect answer. The contestant has to then un-attach themselves under the water. Episode 2 4 Katy - 23
56 Human Fling The contestants are sitting in chairs fixed on the end of a catapult. The catapult attached to the wrong answer will fire, sending the contestant in its seat into the pool. Episode 7 3 Ryan - 27
61 Big, Giant, Colossal Hammers The contestant is perched on the edge of a platform and a blow-up hammer, which is aiming from the contestant from behind, is released and boots the contestant into the pool of water beneath. Episode 1 3 Rachael - 24
65 The Cracker The contestants are seated in cars, at the top of a ramp overlooking the pool. The car holding the contestant that picks the wrong answer will go down the ramp, and into the pool. Episode 6 4 Andy - 29
69 The Big Zipper The contestants are standing on the tower, facing away from the pool. They are attached to a zip wire, and the wire attached to the wrong contestant will take the unlucky individual backwards down off from the tower. Episode 8 1 Shaun - 25
70 4-Wheel Dive The contestants are sitting in cars. The car attached to the incorrect answer will be pulled by a cable along a track, over a ramp, and into the drink. Episode 7 4 Laura - 38
73 Rocket Sledge The contestants are straddling rockets which are attached to a 'runway'. If they have chosen the incorrect answer, their rocket will shoot forward, sending the contestant to infinity – and the pool. Episode 5 3 Rachael - 24
77 Mace Off The contestant is perched on the edge of a platform and if their answer is wrong, a medieval mace, which is aiming from the contestant from behind, is released and smashes the contestant into the pool of water beneath. Episode 6 3 Nadia - 30
84 Total Carnage The contestants are standing on top of cars suspended over the pool. If they have chosen the incorrect answer, their car will drop into the water, with them following closely behind. Episode 5 4 Robert - 41
87 The Human Cannon Each contestant lies stomach-down in a cannon. The contestant with the incorrect answer will be shot out into the pool! Episode 8 3 Max - 34
90 The Drag The contestants are in metal cages lying horizontally on the floor. The cage with the contestant who chose the incorrect answer is attached to a racecar. The racecar then accelerates dragging the contestant along behind. Episode 3 4 James - 34
94 Ejector Seat The contestants are strapped into seats which are attached to a 'runway'. The chair with the contestant who has chosen the wrong answer is then released, hurtling up the runway and sending the contestant into the pool. In the United States version, the chair is released up into the air via the explosives. Episode 4 3 James - 35
97 Armchair Armageddon The contestant is sat in an armchair, which flips back, releasing the contestant into the pool if they have chosen the incorrect answer. Episode 2 3 Sudhir - 29
99 Steve's Big Boot The contestants are standing at the edge of the platform. If a contestant has chosen a wrong answer, Steve, wearing a giant boot, will kick them off. Episode 7 2 Dal - 24
101 The Trap Door
The Drop of Doom
Each contestant must stand on his or her own perspex trap door above the pool of water. For the losing contestants, the trap door opens and sends them vertically downwards into the pool. Episodes 1–8 The Final 3rd: Louise - 35, Dan - 20, Sonja - 49, Nicky - 49, Lucy - 28, Jonathan - 44, Jenni - 41, Sharron - 39.
2nd: Amy - 23, Barry - 43, Claire - 32, Katie - 30, Tom - 28, Yemi - 29, Bob - 52, Mark - 52.
Winner: Matt - 22, Lucy - 20, Sally - 24, Nathan - 19, Charmaine - 35, Juley - 55, John - 20, Chris - 28.
N/A Emergency Exit The contestants are each strapped into a seat, and rotated around on a pulley. Steve asks each contestant a question, and the first person to give an incorrect answer is lowered down the shaft, getting covered in goo and foodstuffs on the way down. Episodes 1–8 Bonus Round Eliminated: Craig - 26, Chris - 49, Becci - 19, Alison - 36, Bill - 56, Steve - 22, Kat - 21, Clara - 27.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Watch Full Episodes Online - 101 Ways to Leave a Gameshow - ABC.com". ABC. Retrieved 31 May 2011. 
  2. ^ "101 Ways to Leave a Gameshow". endemoluk.com > Our Shows > Gameshows / Entertainment > 101 Ways to Leave a Gameshow > About. Endemol UK. Retrieved 7 August 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "101 Ways To Leave A Gameshow". Press Office, Programme Information – Network TV BBC Week 28: 10–16 July 2010. BBC. Retrieved 7 August 2010. 
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