Cash Cab (UK game show)
|Created by||Adam Wood|
|Presented by||John Moody|
|Voices of||Annabel Raftery|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||2|
|Running time||30mins (inc. adverts)|
|Production company(s)||Lion TV|
|Original release||13 June 2005– 2006|
|Related shows||Cash Cab|
Cash Cab is a game show that aired on ITV in the United Kingdom from 13 June 2005 to 2006. The original programme that launched the worldwide Cash Cab franchise, it was hosted by John Moody. The questions were asked in voice over style by Annabel Raftery.
The show's host initially poses as an ordinary taxi driver and drives around the major cities of the United Kingdom in a cab. The show pays its passengers for correctly answering standard general knowledge questions. Contestants are recruited in advance but are not told that the quiz will be taking place in the cab, so although the "pick-ups" are not as random as they appear on screen, the contestants are genuinely surprised when the taxi turns out to be the Cash Cab. (This differs from some editions, most notably the Canadian and American versions, wherein the contestants are generally chosen at random and are usually asked on camera if they wish to play or not once the rules are explained to them.)
The contestants tell the driver their destination before getting into the taxi and are not allowed to change it. They'll then have the distance they'll need to travel to answer questions. The first five questions are relatively easy and worth £10 each, the next five are a little harder and worth £50, the next seven, even harder and worth £100, and any question after that is worth £500. If the contestant gets three questions wrong, they'll lose the money they have won up to that point and must leave the cab immediately.
The host of Cash Cab, John Moody, is a genuine qualified taxi driver, and has an easygoing presenting style.
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