Divided (game show)

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Divided logo.jpg
Genre Game show
Created by Talpa
Presented by Andrew Castle
Starring Question Master
Charlotte Hudson (2009)
Rachel Pierman (2010)
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 2
No. of episodes 53 (7 unaired)
Location(s) Granada Studios
Running time 60 minutes (inc. adverts)
Production company(s) Brighter Pictures (2009)
Remarkable Television (2010)
Distributor Endemol UK
Original channel ITV, UTV
Picture format PAL (576i, 16:9)
Original run 18 May 2009 (2009-05-18) – 7 May 2010 (2010-05-07)
Related shows Deal or No Deal
Golden Balls
The Bank Job

Divided was a game show that was broadcast in the United Kingdom from 18 May 2009 to 7 May 2010. It was hosted by Andrew Castle with Charlotte Hudson as the Question Master for Series 1 and Rachel Pierman as the Question Master for Series 2. It was produced by Endemol UK for ITV and was filmed in Studio 8 at Granada Studios, Manchester.


A team of 3 complete strangers are tasked to answer up to 15 general knowledge questions to amass as much money for a communal pot as possible. The round structure is as follows:

  • Round 1 has 5 questions, each worth up to £3,000, making a potential maximum of £15,000.
  • Round 2 has 4 questions, each worth up to £7,500, making a potential maximum of a further £30,000 (running total: £45,000).
  • Round 3 has 3 questions, each worth up to £15,000, making a potential maximum of a further £45,000 (running total: £90,000).
  • Round 4 has 2 questions, each worth up to £30,000, making a potential maximum of a further £60,000 (running total: £150,000).
  • Round 5 has 1 question, worth up to a further £75,000, making a potential grand total of £225,000.

Each question is either in the format of a multiple choice question, with one of three answers being correct, or the question is to put 3 answers in a particular order (for example, to put the first names of 3 Harry Potter characters into alphabetical order). If a team makes it to the fifth round and decides to play, the question has 3 possible answers and the team must select all of the correct answers, of which there may be more than one. The value of each question falls by 1% for every second taken before an answer is submitted. In Round 1, each second of hesitation costs £30, in Round 2: £75, in Round 3: £150, in Round 4: £300 and in Round 5: £750. Each question has a time limit of 100 seconds to come to a unanimous decision about the right answer/order and press an illuminated red triangle on the desk to lock in their answer. If the answer is correct and the studio goes green, then the amount of money remaining is added to the pot. If the answer is wrong and the studio goes red, then whatever money that is in the pot at the time is halved, and one mistake is earned. If a team earns 3 mistakes, then they are relegated from the show by going home with nothing.

When each round is completed, the team is given 15 seconds to come to a unanimous decision about whether to play on, or stop and get promoted to dividing whatever money has been earned. If the team does not come to a unanimous decision after 15 seconds or the team elects to play, then the next round will start automatically.

If the team elects to stop and get promoted to cash dividing round at any time, then they are made aware of how much has been won, and that is what will be divided between them. However, the shares are unequal: the players are shown 3 shares marked A, B and C. Share A is the largest (50-70% of the total amount), Share B is a middling amount (20-40% of the total amount), and Share C is the smallest (generally 10% of the total amount). Usually, the split is extremely close to 50/40/10, 60/30/10 or 70/20/10. Each player is given 15 seconds to state their case for which share they feel they deserve, generally based on how well they have performed in the game. If the team reaches a decision of each player receiving one share each, then that is what they will win. However, if a decision is not reached (because 2 or all 3 players want the same share), then a timer of 100 seconds starts and the money will start counting down (by 1% per second), and the players argue among themselves, trying to change a player's mind about which share they should take. After 50 seconds have elapsed, there is a short pause. The host will remind the players that half of the money has gone and that they have 50 seconds left to reach a decision or they will all be relegated from divided and leave with no money at all.


Series Start date End date Episodes
1 18 May 2009 26 June 2009 30
2 6 April 2010 7 May 2010 23

International versions[edit]

Country Title Host Network Top Prize First Airdate
 Afghanistan ثانیه‎ 100
100 Sanya
Hafiz Mohammadi Tolo TV Af.1,000,000 8 June 2013
Arab League Arab World من الأحق؟
Men El Ahaq?
Amira El Fadl Abu Dhabi TV د.إ‎ 1,000,000 5 October 2008
 Chile Divididos Álvaro Escobar TVN CL$75,000,000 March 2012
 Estonia 100 sekundit (Mondays) Madis Milling TV3 30 August 2010
3 January 2011
60 sekundit (weekdays) 120,000 krooni 4 October 2010
 Hungary Cápák Unknown (heard from speakers only) TV2 26,250,000 Forint 25 August 2008
 India (Marathi) Divided Aadesh Bandekar ETV Marathi INR650,000 30 July 2012
 Malta Divided Mariella Scerri TVM 80,000 1 October 2009
 Netherlands De Gemene Deler Rinie van den Elzen RTL4 250,000 6 July 2008
 Slovenia Vse ali nič Milan Gačanovič TV 3 10,000 4 October 2010
 Turkey Anlaşma Ansi Elagöz Türkmax 100,000 TL 20 September 2010
 Ukraine Хто вартий більшого?
Khto vartyi bilshogo?
Andriy Dzhedzhula Ukrayina 225,000 15 September 2013
 Russia Трое не считая стола
Troe ne schitaya stola
Vasily Strelnikov NTV Unknown 2014
 United States Divided TBA TBA TBA TBA


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