Great Temptation

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Great Temptation
Also known asThe $25,000 Great Temptation
GenreGame Show
Presented byTony Barber (Host)
Barbara Rodgers (co-host)
Narrated byMax Rowley
Country of originAustralia
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons6
Production location(s)Melbourne, Victoria
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)Grundy Productions
Original networkSeven Network
Picture format4:3, black-and-white
Audio formatMono
Original release1970 –
Followed bySale of the Century

Great Temptation was an Australian game show, produced by Reg Grundy Productions Pty. Ltd., that aired on the Seven Network from 1970 until 1975. It was hosted by Tony Barber and co-hosted by Barbara Rodgers.

In addition to the day time series, an hour-long prime time version, $25,000 Great Temptation premiered in July 1971. It initially aired once a week, but later expanded to airing five nights a week.[1]

The format was a quiz show with three contestants who gained a dollar amount for each correct answer. At regular times during the show, the leading contestant was able to “buy” a valuable prize for a small nominal amount that was deducted from their score.  That prize remained theirs regardless of their success on the show.

The winner of each episode was able to return the next day or take a major prize and leave.  The major prizes at the end of each show accumulated but were lost if the contestant was beaten on a subsequent show.

According to Barber, a contestant died during the taping of a 1970s' episode of Great Temptation. Barber congratulated her on winning the game; she then slumped over and they cleared the studio and called paramedics.[2] The episode was not broadcast.


  1. ^ "Australian Game Shows". Archived from the original on 2009-10-27. Retrieved 2013-12-03.
  2. ^ Bucklow, Andrew (14 April 2016) Tony Barber recalls the time a contestant died on Great Temptation,, News Corp Australia. Retrieved 18 April 2018.