|Created by||Matthew Worthy|
|Presented by||Nick Knowles|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||3|
|No. of episodes||29|
|Running time||50 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Wild Rover and BBC Northern Ireland|
|Original network||BBC One|
|Original release||12 February 2011– 29 December 2012|
|Related shows||The National Lottery Draws|
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. These amounts are displayed on an onstage video wall, allowing the contestants to keep track of which ones are still in play.
|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|
Series 1 (2011)
|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)
|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)
|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|
- 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.
- 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.
|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|
- "Weekly Top 30 Programmes". Broadcasters' Audience Research Board. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
- "Donny Osmond To Host 'Secret Fortune' Game Show". The Hollywood Reporter. 22 July 2011. Retrieved 9 September 2012.
- "Sök till frågesportsprogrammet Secret fortune". Swedish TV4. Retrieved 6 March 2013.