The Moment of Truth (UK game show)

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The Moment Of Truth
Genre Game show
Based on Happy Family Plan
by TBS Television
Presented by Cilla Black
Voices of Howard Hughes (2001)
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 4
No. of episodes 36 (inc. 1 special)
Production
Running time 60 minutes (inc. adverts)
Production company(s) LWT
Distributor ITV Studios
Release
Original network ITV
Picture format 4:3 (1998-2000)
16:9 (2001)
Original release 5 September 1998 (1998-09-05) – 29 September 2001 (2001-09-29)
Chronology
Related shows The Big Moment
Celebrities Under Pressure

The Moment of Truth is a British game show that aired on ITV from 5 September 1998 to 29 September 2001 and was hosted by Cilla Black. A similar show, Celebrities Under Pressure followed two years after The Moment of Truth ended. The format was strikingly similar, except that celebrities partook in challenges on behalf of the family, rather than a family member.

Format[edit]

Each week, 3 families would get a chance to win fabulous prizes from Cilla's "Dream Directory". These would typically be cars, holidays, televisions etc. and each member of the family would pick a prize that they wanted. However, to earn the prize, one member of the family, usually Mum or Dad but occasionally an older child, has to perform a very tricky task. They are given seven days to practice it, but when they arrive at the studio the next week they have one chance (and one chance only) to get it "right on the night". If they do, they win the prizes they chose. If they don't, they lose the prizes they chose. Unlike the original show, if the nominated family member fails in the task then the younger children are given a consolation prize appropriate for this (this was included at the insistence of Cilla Black after she watched a tape of the original Japanese version, and was upset to see "kiddies crying because the bikes they thought they'd won were being taken away").

Transmissions[edit]

Series[edit]

Series Start date End date Episodes
1 5 September 1998 7 November 1998 10
2 11 September 1999 13 November 1999 10
3 2 September 2000 4 November 2000 10
4 25 August 2001 29 September 2001 6

Special[edit]

Date Entitle
26 December 1998 Xmas Special

Ratings[edit]

Episode Viewing figures from BARB.[1]

Series 1[edit]

Episode No. Airdate Total Viewers ITV Weekly Ranking
1 5 September 1998 6,930,000 24
2 12 September 1998 7,650,000 25
3 19 September 1998 6,470,000 25
4 26 September 1998 7,060,000 20
5 3 October 1998 9,170,000 11
6 10 October 1998 8,740,000 13
7 17 October 1998 8,080,000 15
8 24 October 1998 8,360,000 19
9 31 October 1998 8,190,000 25
10 7 November 1998 7,430,000 26
Xmas Special 26 December 1998 5,730,000 29

Series 2[edit]

Episode No. Airdate Total Viewers ITV Weekly Ranking
1 11 September 1999 7,910,000 21
2 18 September 1999 6,370,000 27
3 25 September 1999 6,770,000 24
4 2 October 1999 7,260,000 22
5 9 October 1999 7,370,000 22
6 16 October 1999 7,740,000 20
7 23 October 1999 7,600,000 20
8 30 October 1999 7,310,000 23
9 6 November 1999 8,040,000 22
10 13 November 1999 Under 7,800,000 Outside Top 30

Series 3[edit]

Episode No. Airdate Total Viewers ITV Weekly Ranking
1 2 September 2000
2 9 September 2000 5,780,000 23
3 16 September 2000 Under 5,310,000 Outside Top 30
4 23 September 2000 Under 5,090,000 Outside Top 30
5 30 September 2000 5,290,000 29
6 7 October 2000 5,390,000 29
7 14 October 2000 Under 5,610,000 Outside Top 30
8 21 October 2000 Under 5,630,000 Outside Top 30
9 28 October 2000 5,750,000 28
10 4 November 2000 Under 6,020,000 Outside Top 30

Series 4[edit]

Episode No. Airdate Total Viewers ITV Weekly Ranking
1 25 August 2001 Under 4,140,000 Outside Top 30
2 1 September 2001 Under 3,920,000 Outside Top 30
3 8 September 2001 Under 4,610,000 Outside Top 30
4 15 September 2001 Under 4,550,000 Outside Top 30
5 22 September 2001 Under 4,600,000 Outside Top 30
6 29 September 2001 Under 4,520,000 Outside Top 30

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