All Clued Up
|All Clued Up|
|Presented by||David Hamilton|
|Voices of||Nick Jackson (uncredited)|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||4|
|No. of episodes||88|
|Location(s)||The Maidstone Studios|
|Running time||30 minutes (inc. adverts)|
|Production company(s)||TVS in association with Lorimar-Telepictures and Action Time|
|Distributor||ABC Family Worldwide|
|Original run||16 April 1988– 30 August 1991|
|Related shows||The $1,000,000 Chance of a Lifetime (US version)|
All Clued Up was a United Kingdom game show based on the American version entitled The $1,000,000 Chance of a Lifetime. It aired on ITV from 16 April 1988 to 30 August 1991 and hosted by David Hamilton.
Like the American shows, two married couples, competed to solve word puzzles, which led to a master solution, in a game show combining the elements of Definition, Scrabble and Wheel of Fortune in North America.
The game begins with a toss-up puzzle. Each letter is revealed one at a time in a word except for the last letter, and whomever buzzed in with the correct answer won £10 and the right to pick two letters from a keyboard.
Main Phrase Puzzle
Like in America, the couple with a correct guess gets to choose two letters that are in the master puzzle (they'll call theirs the "Main Phrase Puzzle"). They'll choose letters from a keyboard. The keyboard contained all 26 letters, plus a star, which is used to represent markings other than letters such as apostrophes or hyphens. Letters that are in the puzzle are highlighted on the keyboard, plus, one letter that is not in the puzzle, which is called a "Stinger" which if picked, caused the team to lose a turn. For each letter revealed in the word, £10 is added to a bank, and the team that correctly solves the puzzle won the pot.
After two letters are picked, if no correct guess is given, another toss-up puzzle is played. Each toss-up puzzle is a clue to the main phrase puzzle that's in play.
Three rounds (sometimes more) were played with the value doubling to £20 later on in the game, and when the time-up buzzer signifies the end of the game, further screen puzzles and clues in normal game play would be declared null and void and the winning couple would advance to the bonus round. The runners-up however, take the money they won in the game, in the fourth and final series, however, the runners-up win the All Clued Up engraved pen set.
For the fourth and final series, pounds became points.
For the first series, the couple is placed inside an isolation booth, from series two to four, the couple stand in front of the keyboard instead. They choose one of three possible categories and have 60 seconds to guess six words or phrases pertaining to that category. There were no plungers or buttons to stop the clock; once a word or phrase is guessed, the next word or phrase is immediately put in play. Getting all six on their first two appearances won £1,000. Earlier on the winning couple can risk losing half of their £1,000 (or £500) for the right to return the next day for chance to play the bonus game again for £3,000.
In the third series, the rule was changed which meant that the winning couple would have 50 seconds in the hope of winning £2,000 for getting all six on their first and only appearance. For series four (the final series), the winning couple do still have 50 seconds, but the prize reduced to £500. Alongside the All Clued Up engraved pen set, the winning couple also take the leather-bound Oxford Dictionary.
|Series||Start date||End date||Episodes|
|1||17 April 1988||13 August 1988||18|
|2||18 June 1989||3 September 1989||12|
|3||20 May 1990||19 August 1990||14|
|4||24 June 1991||30 August 1991||44 |
- Series 1: Broadcast weekly, on Sundays.
- Series 2: The epsodies was not networked, with most ITV companies broadcasting the series across the year at different time but mainly on Sundays, expect for Scottish Television who broadcast episodes on Monday afternoon during the autumn of 1989.
- Series 4: The first four weeks, went out 5 times a week at 09.25, until 19th July. From Tuesday 24 July this was switched to Tuesday - Friday at 14.50.
- "Evening Times". Retrieved July 2014.
- The Times newspaper and Guardian Newspaper 1991