Secret Fortune

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Secret Fortune
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Genre Game show
Created by Matthew Worthy
Kieran Doherty
Presented by Nick Knowles
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 3
No. of episodes 29
Production
Running time 50 minutes
Production company(s) Wild Rover and BBC Northern Ireland
Release
Original network BBC One
Picture format 16:9
Original release 12 February 2011 (2011-02-12) – 29 December 2012 (2012-12-29)
Chronology
Preceded by Guesstimation
Followed by Break the Safe

Secret Fortune is a BBC National Lottery game show that was broadcast on BBC One from 12 February 2011 to 29 December 2012. It was hosted by Nick Knowles.

Format[edit]

A pair of contestants are given a chance to win up to £100,000 by answering a series of multiple-choice questions in two rounds. All questions require the contestants to select the answer that falls either first or last in a particular sequence (e.g. the first actor to portray a comic book villain in a movie, or the bingo call that corresponds to the lowest number).

Twenty-four numbered envelopes are presented, each containing a different cash amount ranging from £100 to £100,000. The first round consists of six questions, each with four answer choices. Before each question, the contestants select four envelopes. Once the question has been asked, these envelopes are secretly assigned so that the one with the highest value corresponds to the correct answer, the second-highest to the next closest answer, and so on. The contestants eliminate one answer at a time, and the envelope corresponding to each is opened and its amount eliminated from play. The correct answer is then revealed, and the last envelope is given to the contestants without being opened.

The second round consists of five questions. Once a question has been asked, the remaining envelopes are secretly assigned in reverse order compared to the first round, so that the correct answer is paired with the lowest value still in play. The contestants select one answer, whose envelope is opened and eliminated, and the correct answer is then revealed. The first question has six answers, and each subsequent question has one fewer until the fifth question, which has only two answers. After all five questions have been asked, the contestants win the amount in the last remaining envelope.

The twenty-four money amounts are £100, £500, £1,000, £2,000, £3,000, £4,000, £5,000, £6,000, £7,000, £8,000, £9,000, £10,000, £12,000, £14,000, £16,000, £18,000, £20,000, £22,000, £25,000, £30,000, £40,000, £50,000, £75,000, and £100,000.

Transmissions[edit]

Series Start date End date Episodes
1 12 February 2011 16 April 2011 9
2 20 August 2011 8 October 2011 8
3 7 July 2012 29 December 2012 12

Ratings[edit]

Episode Viewing figures from BARB.[1]

Series 1 (2011)[edit]

Episode
no.
Airdate Viewers
(millions)
BBC One
weekly ranking
1 12 February 2011 6.09 11
2 19 February 2011 6.19 10
3 26 February 2011 6.07 14
4 5 March 2011 5.98 11
5 12 March 2011 5.99 10
6 26 March 2011 4.98 19
7 2 April 2011 4.41 23
8 9 April 2011 4.40 23
9 16 April 2011 N/A N/A

Series 2 (2011)[edit]

Episode
no.
Airdate Viewers
(millions)
BBC One
weekly ranking
1 20 August 2011 N/A N/A
2 27 August 2011 N/A N/A
3 3 September 2011 N/A N/A
4 10 September 2011 N/A N/A
5 17 September 2011 N/A N/A
6 24 September 2011 N/A N/A
7 1 October 2011 N/A N/A
8 8 October 2011 N/A N/A

Series 3 (2012)[edit]

Episode
no.
Airdate Viewers
(millions)
BBC One
weekly ranking
1 7 July 2012 4.17 25
2 14 July 2012 4.36 13
3 21 July 2012 4.28 17
4 18 August 2012 N/A N/A
5 25 August 2012 N/A N/A
6 1 September 2012 N/A N/A
7 8 September 2012 N/A N/A
8 15 September 2012 N/A N/A
9 22 September 2012 N/A N/A
10 29 September 2012 N/A N/A
11 6 October 2012 N/A N/A
12 29 December 2012 N/A N/A

Reception[edit]

Readers of UKGameshows.com named it the best new game show of 2011 in their "Hall of fame" poll.[2]

International versions[edit]

  •  United States: In 2011, the CBS network commissioned a pilot of Secret Fortune, with Donny Osmond hosting. The show was produced by Nigel Lythgoe for CBS and Phil Morrow for Wild Rover Productions, the format's owner. The show has not been picked up for a full series.[3]
  •   Switzerland: In October 2012, the Swiss television channel "SF" started the "Secret Fortune" with the host Roman Kilchsperger. The name of the game show is "Top Secret".
  •  Sweden: Plans for a Swedish version of Secret Fortune are in progress. Casting of contestants have started. Premiere programme is scheduled for August 2013, on Swedish TV4.[4]
Country Title Broadcaster Presenter Premiere Finale
 United States Secret Fortune CBS Donny Osmond Pilot Episode
  Switzerland Top Secret SF 1 Roman Kilchsperger October 2012 2012
 Sweden Upp till miljonen TV4 Marie Serneholt 18 August 2013 2014

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