Family Fortunes (Irish TV series)
|Family Fortunes (Ireland)|
|Presented by||Alan Hughes|
|Country of origin||Ireland|
|No. of series||3|
|No. of episodes||25|
|Original network||TV3 Ireland|
|Original release||18 February 2012 – Present|
|Related shows||Family Feud|
Applications for the series were made available from the TV3 website.
Two family teams, each with five members, would be asked to guess the results of surveys, in which 100 people would be asked open ended questions (e.g. "we asked 100 people to name something associated with the country Iceland" or "we asked 100 people to name a breed of dog"). Each round begins with a member of each team (in rotation, meaning all players did this at least once) approaching the podium. As the question was read, the first of the two nominees to hit a buzzer gives an answer. If this is not the top answer, the other nominee is asked. The team with the higher answer then chooses whether to "play" the question, or "pass" control to the other team (in reality, the teams rarely chose to pass). The host then passes down the line of the controlling team, asking for an answer from each. After each answer, the board reveals whether this answer featured. If a family managed to come up with all the answers on the board (most commonly six in the early part of the show, reduced in number after the commercial break), they win the euro equivalent of the total number of people who had given the answers.
Every time someone gave an answer that was not on the board or ran out of time, the family was charged a strike; accumulating three strikes means the family loses control of the board, and the other family has the chance to steal, with only the head of the family giving one answer. If the answer is one of the remaining answers, they won the round and the money; otherwise, the opponents won the money that was on the board.
After the first half, answers are worth €2 times the score. The family who scored the most euros plays Big Money. The losing team's winnings would be doubled. Big Money awarded €1,000 for scoring 200 points. Naming all 5 top answers and scoring 200 points won €2,000. On celebrity episodes, the winning team plays for €5,000.
Patrick Freyne, writing about the first episode in the Evening Herald, commented "[Presenter Alan] Hughes gasped and goofed like a vat of fake tan, teeth-whitener and Just For Men which had come to life during a lightning storm".
- Freyne, Patrick (25 February 2012). "A case of family misfortunes: Alan Hughes's nashers are far more dazzling than the questions in this boring and formulaic offering". Evening Herald. Independent News & Media. Retrieved 25 February 2012.