Ant & Dec's Push the Button

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Ant & Dec's Push the Button
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Created by Ant & Dec
Presented by Anthony McPartlin
Declan Donnelly
Narrated by Ronnie Corbett
Matt Berry
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 2
No. of episodes 14
Production
Location(s) Pinewood Studios
The Fountain Studios
Running time 60 minutes
75 minutes
Production company(s) Gallowgate Productions
Release
Original network ITV, STV, UTV
Picture format 16:9
Audio format Stereo
Original release 27 February 2010 (2010-02-27) – 2 April 2011 (2011-04-02)
Website

Ant & Dec's Push the Button is a game show which first aired on ITV from 27 February 2010 until 2 April 2011, lasting for two series and 14 episodes. The show is hosted by Ant & Dec. In each episode, two families compete for a chance to win up to £100,000 cash. Ronnie Corbett served as the show's announcer for the first series and was subsequently replaced by Matt Berry. The programme was recorded in series 1, and broadcast live in series 2.

Format[edit]

Both families are credited with £100,000 at the outset, then play four head-to-head games with a different member randomly chosen from both families for each. A large button is used in each game, and must be pushed according to the instructions. In some games, the button is pushed to start a family's total counting down, and again to stop it once the game is complete. In others, the winner can push it to deduct money from the opposing family's total. The team with the higher remaining total after the fourth game has a chance to win that money in the final round.

Families are matched up against one another in groups of either five (series 1) or four (series 2). For four-person teams, a different family member plays each game alone; in the case of five people, the two who are not chosen for the first three games compete together in the fourth one.

Games are interspersed with short comedy sketches by Ant & Dec and the revelation of funny or embarrassing moments in the families' lives.

The Accumulator[edit]

This is played as the fourth game of each episode in series 2. The contestans are asked three questions that require them to predict the outcome of an event or survey, and must wager a portion of their family's total on each. A correct guess adds the wager to the total, while a miss subtracts it. The maximum wager increases from one question to the next (£5,000, £10,000, entire total).

Final: DAVE (Dynamic Audio-Visual Endgame)[edit]

Similar to the electronic memory game Simon, five coloured panels are arranged on the stage, each keyed to a different musical tone. The goal is to replicate several sequences of tones.

Series 1[edit]

All five panels have separate buttons. The five family members each stand at a different panel and must replicate five sequences of tones by pushing their buttons. The first sequence has three tones, and each successive one has two more tones than the last.

Each correct sequence puts one digit from the family's total into their final winnings, proceeding from left to right. For example, a family with a total of £46,437 would win £4, £46, £464, £4,643, and finally the entire £46,437 for completing all five sequences.

The family may make one mistake without penalty, but a second mistake ends the game and awards them whatever money they have accumulated to that point.

Series 2 changes[edit]

One family member stands behind a console with five buttons, facing the panels, and must replicate four sequences. The first three award 10% (3 tones), 25% (5 tones), and 50% (7 tones) of the family's total, respectively, and the fourth (9 tones) awards the entire jackpot.

The family member has 10 seconds to replicate each of the first three sequences, and 15 seconds for the fourth. One mistake ends the game immediately and awards the family the accumulated money.

Regardless of the outcome, the winning family is invited to return for the next show.

Transmissions[edit]

Series Start date End date Episodes
1
27 February 2010
3 April 2010
6
2
12 February 2011
2 April 2011
8

Ratings[edit]

Episode viewing figures from BARB.[1]

Series 1[edit]

Episode Air date Official ITV1 rating
(millions)
ITV1 weekly ranking Share
1 27 February 2010 7.25 15 26.7%[2]
2 6 March 2010 6.33 17 24.4%[3]
3 13 March 2010 5.28 17 20.8%[4]
4 20 March 2010 5.83 16 24%[5]
5 27 March 2010 5.37 15 21.5%[6]
6 3 April 2010 4.34 16 18.6%[7]

Series 2[edit]

Episode Air date Official ITV1 rating
(millions)
ITV1 weekly ranking Share
1 12 February 2011 5.85 15 24.8%[8]
2 19 February 2011 4.31 21 19.4%[9]
3 26 February 2011 4.06 21 17.2%[10]
4 5 March 2011 4.35 19 19.8%[11]
5 12 March 2011 4.32 24 18.5%[12]
6 19 March 2011 5.57 13 25.3%[13]
7 26 March 2011 4.54 18 20.8%[14]
8 2 April 2011 3.92 21 19.6%[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BARB". Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "Ant & Dec's 'Push The Button' debuts high - TV News". Digital Spy. 1 March 2010. Retrieved 14 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "Simon Cowell gives Piers Morgan new high - TV News". Digital Spy. 8 March 2010. Retrieved 14 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "Marsh's Morgan appearance draws 4m - TV News". Digital Spy. 15 March 2010. Retrieved 14 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "Forsyth's 'Life Stories' seen by 4.7m - TV News". Digital Spy. 22 March 2010. Retrieved 14 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "'Morgan's Life Stories' hits low of 3.4m - TV News". Digital Spy. 29 March 2010. Retrieved 14 October 2012. 
  7. ^ "7.7 million tune in for new 'Doctor Who' - Doctor Who News - Cult". Digital Spy. 6 April 2010. Retrieved 14 October 2012. 
  8. ^ "Ant & Dec's 'Push The Button' lifts ITV1 - TV News". Digital Spy. 13 February 2011. Retrieved 14 October 2012. 
  9. ^ "'Let's Dance' returns with 7.6m - TV News". Digital Spy. 20 February 2011. Retrieved 14 October 2012. 
  10. ^ "Hill's 'TV Burp' sinks to three-year low - TV News". Digital Spy. 28 February 2011. Retrieved 14 October 2012. 
  11. ^ "'Let's Dance' beats 'Burp', 'Button' - TV News". Digital Spy. 7 March 2011. Retrieved 14 October 2012. 
  12. ^ "'Let's Dance' finale draws 7.1m viewers - TV News". Digital Spy. 13 March 2011. Retrieved 14 October 2012. 
  13. ^ "Final 'Take Me Out' pulls in 5.5m - TV News". Digital Spy. 20 March 2011. Retrieved 14 October 2012. 
  14. ^ "BBC One's 'SYTYCD' premieres low - So You Think You Can Dance News - Reality TV". Digital Spy. 27 March 2011. Retrieved 14 October 2012. 
  15. ^ "'So You Think You Can Dance' slumps to 3.8m - So You Think You Can Dance News - Reality TV". Digital Spy. 3 April 2011. Retrieved 14 October 2012. 

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