All Clued Up

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All Clued Up
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Genre Game show
Presented by David Hamilton
Voices of Nick Jackson (uncredited)
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
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 network ITV
Picture format 4:3
Original release 17 April 1988 (1988-04-17) – 30 August 1991 (1991-08-30)
Related shows The $1,000,000 Chance of a Lifetime (US version)

All Clued Up is a British 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 was 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.

Toss-Up Puzzle[edit]

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[edit]

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.

Bonus Round[edit]

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'll 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. During the first two series, getting all six on their first appearance won £1,000. The winning couple could then risk £500 for the right to return the next day for chance to play the bonus game again for an additional £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 will still have 50 seconds, but the prize reduced to £500. Alongside the All Clued Up engraved pen set for both couples, the winning couple also take the leather-bound Oxford Reference 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 Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Series 2: The episodes were not networked, with most ITV companies broadcasting the series across the year at different times but mainly on Sundays, except for Scottish Television, who broadcast episodes on Monday afternoon during the autumn of 1989.
  • Series 4: For the first four weeks, the show's fourth and final series went out five times a week at 09:25, until Friday, 19 July. It was then switched to Tuesday – Friday at 14:50, starting from Tuesday, 23 July until Friday, 30 August.

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