101 Ways to Leave a Gameshow

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101 Ways To Leave a Gameshow
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Genre Comedy
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
Release
Original network BBC One
Picture format PAL (576i, 16:9)
Original release 10 July (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 each of the first four rounds, Nemone reveals the exit method that will be used to dismiss the losing contestant, numbered between 1 and 101. Jones then asks a question and reads as many answers as there are contestants still in the game; all but one of them are correct. Each contestant secretly chooses one answer and reveals their choice. If any answer is chosen by multiple contestants, a toss-up question on the buzzer is used to determine who gets to keep it, with the others required to select again from the unchosen answers. Further toss-ups are used as needed until all contestants have chosen different answers, at which point they are prepared for the exit. Jones reveals one correct answer at a time until only two contestants are left in jeopardy, then announces the wrong answer. The contestant who chose it is immediately eliminated from the game.

Once per episode, a buzzer sounds off between rounds to indicate that an "Emergency Exit" round must be played. Jones asks a question to one contestant at a time in random order, and the first to miss a question is eliminated.

Once three contestants remain, the fifth and final round begins, following the same format as the previous four except that the question has only one right answer. The contestant who chooses it wins £10,000, while the other two are dismissed by exit #101, "The Trap Door" - being dropped through trapdoors on which they are standing to fall into the water below.

Exits used on the show[edit]

A total of 34 different exits were used over the course of the series, including #101 and the Emergency Exit that were common to all episodes.

Exit number Name Episode number Round number Description
1 Balls of Doom 1 4 The contestants stand inside giant hamster balls made of steel tubing, at the top of a ramp that drops off into the pool. The contestant with the wrong answer is pushed down the ramp.
3 Punch Dunk 5 2 The contestants stand at the platform edge, with their backs to the pool. A boxer wearing oversized, padded gloves punches the contestant with the wrong answer in the midsection to knock them into the water.
4 Dunk and Disorderly 6 1 Tethered to bungee cords by their ankles, the contestants lie face-up on platforms balanced at the edge of the tower. The platform collapses under the one with the wrong answer, sending them headfirst into the pool.
7 Take the Plunge 7 1 Wearing harnesses attached to pulleys, the contestants lie on boards with their feet pointing out over the platform edge. The boards for the last two contestants tip forward to leave them dangling in midair, and the one with the wrong answer is dropped into the pool.
9 The Hang 5 1 The contestants lean against boards placed at a near-vertical angle on the edge of the platform, facing away from the edge. The platforms of the final two contestants tilt backwards, leaving them to dangle upside down for several seconds, and the one with the wrong answer is dropped into the pool.
12 Free Fall 1 1 Tethered to bungee cords, the contestants stand on boards with their backs to the platform's edge. The board under the contestant with the wrong answer collapses, plunging them into the pool.
15 Rubbish Dump 3 2 The contestants stand in wheeled rubbish bins at the top of a ramp that drops off into the pool. The one with the wrong answer is released to roll off the edge and into the water.
17 Saddle Sore 1 2 Similar to #15, but with the contestants sitting on bicycles.
19 Supermarket Smash 2 2 Similar to #15, but with the contestants sitting in trolleys.
22 Bang on Target 8 2 Wearing harnesses clipped to ropes, the contestants kneel on platforms at the edge of the tower. The one with the wrong answer is yanked upward to smash through a target painted on the ceiling above them.
23 Chopper Pull 8 4 The contestants wear harnesses tethered to the runners of a hovering helicopter. When the wrong answer is revealed, the helicopter gains altitude and tows that contestant away.
26 Human Wrecking Ball 4 2 The contestants stand with their backs to thin walls, wearing harnesses attached to lines that run through the walls. The contestant with the wrong answer is yanked backwards, smashing through their wall before being lowered to the ground.
33 Evil Anvil 3 3 The contestants are tethered to anvils suspended over the pool. The anvil for the contestant with the wrong answer is released, pulling them into the water.
36 Rip Off 2 1 Wearing Velcro jumpsuits, the contestants lean against Velcro-covered boards that are suspended at a near-vertical angle above the pool. The contestant with the wrong answer is flipped forward off their board and into the water.
38 Scoot Chute 6 2 Similar to #15, but with the contestants sitting on scooters.
42 Glued to Your Seat 3 1 Tethered to bungee cords, the contestants sit in chairs suspended above the pool. The chair of the contestant with the wrong answer tips forward to drop them into the water.
46 Flipping Wreck 4 4 Each contestant is paired with a stunt driver in a row of cars parked side-by-side. Once the wrong answer is revealed, the driver of that contestant's car accelerates up a ramp designed to flip the car over, accompanied by a burst of flame.
51 Deadly Dangle 4 1 The contestants lie on their backs, on platforms balanced at the edge of the tower, and are attached by their ankles to a 250-foot zip line. The platform collapses beneath the contestant with the wrong answer, leaving them to ride the line to the ground.
52 Concrete Boots 2 4 Concrete weights are suspended above the pool, and each contestant's ankles are strapped to one of them. The contestant with the wrong answer is dropped into the water with the weight and must free themselves to swim back up.
56 Human Fling 7 3 The contestants sit in chairs attached to catapults that are aimed out over the pool. The contestant with the wrong answer is hurled out of their seat and into the water.
61 Big, Giant, Colossal Hammers 1 3 The contestants stand at the platform edge facing the pool, with a giant inflatable hammer poised behind each of them. The hammer behind the one with the wrong answer swings forward to knock them into the water.
65 The Cracker 6 4 The contestants sit in cars that are balanced at the top of a ramp overlooking the pool. When the wrong answer is revealed, that contestant's car goes down the ramp and into the water.
69 The Big Zipper 8 1 Similar to #51, except that the contestants stand on their platforms and the eliminated one rides the zip line upright and facing backwards.
70 4-Wheel Dive 7 4 Contestants sit in cars at the bottom of ramps that face into the pool, with a cable attached to each front bumper. When the wrong answer is announced, that contestant's car is pulled forward, up the ramp, and off the end to fall into the water.
73 Rocket Sledge 5 3 The contestants sit on giant toy rockets mounted to tracks at the edge of the pool. The one with the wrong answer is accelerated forwards, flinging them off the rocket and into the water.
77 Mace Off 6 3 Similar to #61, but with a giant inflatable mace poised behind each contestant.
84 Total Carnage 5 4 Wearing harnesses attached to safety ropes, the contestants stand on the bonnets of cars suspended above the pool. The car of the contestant with the wrong answer is dropped into the water, and the contestant is lowered slowly down after it.
87 The Human Cannon 8 3 The contestants climb into cannons pointed out over the pool. The one with the wrong answer is launched into the water.
90 The Drag 3 4 The contestants lie flat in wheeled metal cages on a racetrack, tethered to the rear bumper of a race car. The contestant with the wrong answer is towed away at high speed.
94 Ejector Seat 4 3 Same as #73, but the contestants sit in ejection seats.
97 Armchair Armageddon 2 3 The contestants sit in armchairs at the edge of the pool, facing away from it. The one with the wrong answer is flipped backwards off their chair and into the water.
99 Steve's Big Boot 7 2 The contestants stand at the edge of the platform, facing the pool and hunched over slightly to present their buttocks toward Jones. He wears an oversized boot on one foot, which he uses to shove the contestant with the wrong answer into the water.
101 The Trap Door All 5 (Final Round) The three remaining contestants stand on trapdoors above the water. The doors open beneath the feet of the two who have chosen incorrect answers, dropping them into the water, leaving the third player standing alone to win the £10,000 prize.
N/A Emergency Exit All Bonus Round The contestants are strapped into harnesses attached to pulleys. Based on a random draw, each is suspended above an 80-foot vertical shaft and asked a question. The first contestant to answer incorrectly is eliminated and lowered slowly down the shaft as stagehands dump buckets of food and slime over them.

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[6] 101 Wege aus der Härtesten Show der Welt Daniel Hartwich RTL 4 September 2010 25,000 Euro
 Israel [7] ‏101 דרכים לעוף משעשועון‏
101 Drakhim Lauf MeShashuon
Ofer Shechter Channel 2 (Reshet) 10 May 2011 60,000 Shekel
 Italy [8] 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[9] 101 sätt att åka ur en gamehow Mårten Andersson TV3 4 March 2011 50,000 SEK
 Turkey 101 Bay J Fox Türkiye 28 August 2010 Unknown
 United States[10] 101 Ways to Leave a Game Show Jeff Sutphen[11] ABC 21 June 2011[11] $50,000

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. 
  4. ^ "First on Variety: ABC picks up pilot to '101 Ways to Leave a Game Show'". Variety. Retrieved 2013-04-19. 
  5. ^ http://www.zjstv.com/program/2012zt/xtagt/ (Chinese)
  6. ^ "Daniel Hartwich moderiert RTL-Show-Event '101 Wege aus der härtesten Show der Welt' - RTL.de". Archived from the original on 3 January 2015. Retrieved 2014-12-30. 
  7. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20111015012043/http://reshet.ynet.co.il/Shows/101_ways_to_leave_a_gameshow/
  8. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20110715203409/http://www.rai2.rai.it/dl/RaiDue/programma.html?ContentItem-82e3e9c9-8c4e-41e0-a726-7bb64885db2d#day=2011-07-14. Accessed 2014-12-30. Archived 2015-01-03.
  9. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20110326021506/http://www.tv3.se/101
  10. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20110515061307/http://abc.go.com/shows/101-ways-to-leave-a-game-show
  11. ^ a b Gorman, Bill (17 March 2011). "ABC Picks Up "101 Ways To Leave A Game Show" For June 21, 2011". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved 19 March 2011. 

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