Secret Fortune

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Secret Fortune
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Genre Game show
Created by Matthew Worthy
Kieran Doherty
Presented by Nick Knowles
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 3
No. of episodes 29
Production
Running time 50 minutes
Production company(s) Wild Rover and BBC Northern Ireland
Release
Original channel BBC One
Picture format 16:9
Original release 12 February 2011 (2011-02-12) – 29 December 2012 (2012-12-29)
Chronology
Preceded by Guesstimation
Followed by Break the Safe

Secret Fortune is a BBC National Lottery game show that was broadcast on BBC One from 12 February 2011 to 29 December 2012. The programme was hosted by Nick Knowles.

Format[edit]

A pair of contestants must find the highest sum of money contained in one of 24 numbered envelopes, each containing a randomly assigned sum of money between £100 and £100,000. This is done by correctly answering a series of multiple choice questions.

In the first half of the game, the contestants select four of the envelopes and these are each assigned to one of the four possible answers. In this stage of the game, the computer assigns the envelope containing the highest sum of money to the correct answer. The contestants then eliminate the three answers they believe are wrong. With each elimination, the associated envelope is opened to reveal the sum of money being discarded. The remaining envelope is handed unopened to the contestants to be used in the second half. This continues over six questions until the contestants are left with six.

In the second half of the game, the remaining envelopes that the players keep in the first half are assigned to answers, but now the lowest sum of money is assigned to the correct answer and the contestants must identify and eliminate it. One envelope is discarded with each question until the final question becomes a 50/50 choice between two answers. The contestants win the sum of money inside the envelope they do not eliminate.

The twenty-four money amounts are £100, £500, £1,000, £2,000, £3,000, £4,000, £5,000 £6,000, £7,000, £8,000, £9,000, £10,000, £12,000, £14,000, £16,000, £18,000, £20,000, £22,000, £25,000, £30,000, £40,000, £50,000, £75,000, and £100,000.

Transmissions[edit]

Series Start date End date Episodes
1 12 February 2011 16 April 2011 9
2 20 August 2011 8 October 2011 8
3 7 July 2012 29 December 2012 12

Ratings[edit]

Episode Viewing figures from BARB.[1]

Series 1 (2011)[edit]

Episode
no.
Airdate Viewers
(millions)
BBC One
weekly ranking
1 12 February 2011 6.09 11
2 19 February 2011 6.19 10
3 26 February 2011 6.07 14
4 5 March 2011 5.98 11
5 12 March 2011 5.99 10
6 26 March 2011 4.98 19
7 2 April 2011 4.41 23
8 9 April 2011 4.40 23
9 16 April 2011 N/A N/A

Series 2 (2011)[edit]

Episode
no.
Airdate Viewers
(millions)
BBC One
weekly ranking
1 20 August 2011 N/A N/A
2 27 August 2011 N/A N/A
3 3 September 2011 N/A N/A
4 10 September 2011 N/A N/A
5 17 September 2011 N/A N/A
6 24 September 2011 N/A N/A
7 1 October 2011 N/A N/A
8 8 October 2011 N/A N/A

Series 3 (2012)[edit]

Episode
no.
Airdate Viewers
(millions)
BBC One
weekly ranking
1 7 July 2012 4.17 25
2 14 July 2012 4.36 13
3 21 July 2012 4.28 17
4 18 August 2012 N/A N/A
5 25 August 2012 N/A N/A
6 1 September 2012 N/A N/A
7 8 September 2012 N/A N/A
8 15 September 2012 N/A N/A
9 22 September 2012 N/A N/A
10 29 September 2012 N/A N/A
11 6 October 2012 N/A N/A
12 29 December 2012 N/A N/A

Reception[edit]

Readers of ukgameshows.com named it the best new game show of 2011 in their "Hall of fame" poll.[2]

Other Versions[edit]

  •  United States: In 2011, the CBS network commissioned a pilot of Secret Fortune, with Donny Osmond hosting. The show was produced by Nigel Lythgoe for CBS and Phil Morrow for Wild Rover Productions, the format's owner. The show has not been picked up for a full series.[3]
  •   Switzerland: In October 2012, the Swiss television channel "SF" started the "Secret Fortune" with the host Roman Kilchsperger. The name of the game show is "Top Secret".
  •  Sweden: Plans for a Swedish version of Secret Fortune are in progress. Casting of contestants have started. Premiere programme is scheduled for August 2013, on Swedish TV4.[4]

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