The Rich List (Australian game show)
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|The Rich List|
|Created by||12 Yard|
|Presented by||Andrew O'Keefe|
|Country of origin||Australia|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||40|
|Production location(s)||HSV-7 in South Melbourne, Victoria|
|Original network||Seven Network|
|Original release||29 January 2007 – 14 January 2009|
The Rich List is an Australian game show which is based on the format initially created for transmission in the United Kingdom created by 12 Yard called Who Dares Wins (not to be confused with the stunt and dare show of the same name). The game consists of two teams who name as many items relating to a topic as they can while competing against each other for a no-limit cash prize. For its first season, it was shown on Monday nights at 7:30 pm on the Seven Network but initially moved to Saturday nights in the same timeslot for the second season, before being put on hiatus and returning to its original season-one timeslot.
The show premiered in its regular Monday timeslot on 29 January 2007 at 7:30 pm and continued with a special episode on 30 January to give people a chance to watch the show who opted to watch Steve Irwin's last documentary Ocean's Deadliest which went up against The Rich List on Monday the 29th on the rival station, the Nine Network. The show is recorded at the Melbourne Central City Studios. This version follows the basic rules of other versions of the show.
The first series of The Rich List ended on 25 June 2007, after a season of steady consistent ratings of 1.1-1.3 million viewers. A second series began airing 24 May 2008, although just 721,000 viewers tuned into the season premiere episode, placing the Seven Network fourth out of five in its timeslot. After two episodes of poor ratings, the Seven Network initially pulled The Rich List from the schedule, but it returned from hiatus a few months later on 3 November 2008. The Rich List has been put back on hiatus from 14 January 2009; no new episodes have been produced since then.
The voice-over introducing the show is Marcus Irvine, notable for being the voice of past game show The Weakest Link.
The Gameplay is similar to the format used in the United Kingdom (although, despite the fact that an entire series was filmed with Eamonn Holmes as host, it has never been aired). It consists of two rounds. A best of three no money amount lists followed by "The Rich List" where a team can win $250,000 for completing each list with 15 answers. There is no limit to how many "Rich Lists" a team can partially or fully complete and therefore, teams are capable of winning an unlimited amount of money.
Best of three lists
Two teams of two players, one of which are the champions from the previous episode and the other are a new pair of challengers, are presented to the audience. The two teams, who have not met before the show, are placed in separate soundproof isolation booths, with audio that is turned on or off by the host. He announces the category for the list, such as "Wimbledon Men's Singles champions" or "Squares from a Monopoly board" then asks the challengers to place a bid on the number of items they must name to win the list. The host switches the audio on and off between the booths as the bidding continues. Note that if players do not feel they can bid higher than their opponents' bid, they can choose to bluff their bids (as the opponent side cannot hear the team's conversations) in an attempt to pressure the opponents to raise their bid further. The host turns both audios on when one team has challenged the other to fulfill the bid.
The challenged team must list in a row as many items as their bid in order to win the list. If the team makes one mistake along the way, the list is awarded to their opponents.
The first team to win two lists has won the best of three and goes on to play "The Rich List".
If each team wins one list apiece, a sudden death tiebreaker is played. The host gives the category, both booths are switched on, and the teams alternate their answers. In order to win the list and the best of three, one team must give an incorrect answer while the other team gives a correct answer. In case if both teams fail to name an item on the same turn, both teams get another chance to name another item. Should that fail, another tiebreaker list will be used to break the tie.
The Rich List
The winning team moves on to play "The Rich List" where Andrew gives the team a new category and the chance to supply up to 15 correct answers. Winnings increase after every third correct answer is given, according to the chart to the right.
If a wrong answer is given at any time, the team loses all accumulated money they won from that "Rich List", but all winnings from previous "Rich Lists" that the team may have completed are safe. After every third answer, they can choose to stop playing, winning all the money accumulated from the current "Rich List" or play on, until the team lists all fifteen answers, therefore winning $250,000. Regardless of the outcome, the team then returns to the isolated soundproof booths to play the game again against a new pair of opponents. Only a loss when playing "The Best of three lists" can eliminate teams from the show.
Many lists in the show are known to have mistakes or inaccurate information in them. The list about countries adopting the euro contained a country called "Holland", which is in fact a region of the Netherlands. There have also been other mistakes in lists such as "Island Nations" where the list included nations that share the land territory of the island with other nation-states, and "Top 20 countries with the most land area". A list of nation's common names beginning with B listed Bermuda, which is a British Overseas Territory, and Britain, which is the name of the islands off the western coast of Europe on which the United Kingdom, except Ireland, is situated. A list of countries beginning with A also accepted America, as it "is the way most Australians would say it", despite the country in question actually being called the United States of America. Lately, countries was replaced as Sovereign States to avoid any short naming (United States and America), confusion or partial duplicating (Great Britain and England).
The show's premiere on 29 January placed fourth in daily ratings and second in its timeslot Ocean's Deadliest on Nine Network, which aired at the same time as The Rich List, attracted about 250,000 more. However, the show performed better in the next episode. Despite attracting less viewers than 1 vs. 100 in the first few weeks, the show attracted 40,000 more viewers on 5 March.
The show is usually in the top 20 most watched programs each week according to ratings measuring company OzTAM.
Today Tonight aired a feature article on the Rich List and interviewed two contestants, Bec and a guy who named at least 15 British Prime Ministers. They won $250,000 but couldn't get the money until the episode was actually shown.
List of episodes
Season 1 (2007)
|Episode #||Air Date||Lists||Ratings|
(Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth
rounded off to the nearest 10,000)
|1||29 January 2007||
Countries with coastlines bordering the Mediterranean Sea
Events in a decathlon Sudden Death
Wimbledon Gentlemen's Singles champions The Rich List
Celebrities that have appeared on the Australian Dancing with the Stars
Squares which appear on the UK Monopoly board
The 50 most populous cities in the United States The Rich List
|2||30 January 2007||
Gifts from "The Twelve Days of Christmas" Sudden Death
The top 50 breeds of dog in Australia
Tom Cruise movies
Summer Olympic host cities The Rich List
|3||5 February 2007||
Recurring characters on The Muppet Show
50 most popular boys names
Films that won Best Oscar Picture 1970-2006 The Rich List
Countries starting with "B"
Beatles top hits
Bryce Courtenay novels (including novels co-authored) The Rich List
|4||12 February 2007||
Mel Gibson movies
50 most popular Irish surnames
50 top earning Australian sportstars of 2006 The Rich List
Recurring characters from M*A*S*H
Elvis Presley songs reaching the Australian Top 10 singles list
Songs from The Sound of Music soundtrack Sudden Death
The 30 most populous countries The Rich List
|5||19 February 2007||
Nicole Kidman movies
List of sovereign states ending in "ia" (present day countries only)
Australian Open Men's Singles champions The Rich List
American TV shows that became films (excluding cartoons) The Rich List
|6||26 February 2007||
Countries starting with "S"
30 highest scoring Test cricket batsmen
Eric Bana movies Sudden Death
Australian of the Year recipients (1960–2006)
Words ending in "Berry"
Names used in the NATO phonetic alphabet Sudden Death
John Grisham novels The Rich List
|7||5 March 2007||
The Top 25 countries visited by tourists
Robin Williams movies
Names of Popes since 1000 AD The Rich List
National capitals beginning with the letters A, B or C
The Rolling Stones top 40 UK singles
Actors who have played the television Doctor Who Sudden Death
Number one ranked men's singles players (1973–2006) The Rich List
|8||12 March 2007||
Countries starting with "A"
Brad Pitt movies
Musicals composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber Sudden Death
Recurring characters in Happy Days
Countries that qualified for the 2006 FIFA World Cup
Presidents of the United States The Rich List
|9||19 March 2007||
Instruments in a standard Symphony Orchestra
Independent countries that were former Soviet Republics. The Rich List
Breeds of dog starting with "B"
Tom Hanks movies
|10||26 March 2007||
U.S. states ending in the letter "A"
ARIA Hall of Fame inductees The Rich List
Books of the New Testament
Featured films directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Letters with a point value of 1 in Scrabble Sudden Death 1
|11||2 April 2007||
Current Deal or No Deal case values
Countries without an ocean coastline
The 12 top earning deceased celebrities of 2006 Sudden Death
Australian swimmers who have won individual gold medals at the Olympic Games The Rich List
The 30 top richest Australians in 2006
Wilbur Smith novels
|12||16 April 2007||
Top 40 Cat names in Australia
Academy Award for Best Actor winners since 1970
Countries which drive on the left hand side The Rich List
|13||23 April 2007||
Theatrically released Elvis Presley movies
Tom Clancy novels Sudden Death
The 20 highest selling passenger and 4WD vehicles in Australia for 2006 The Rich List
Characters from the Disney film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Countries where French is an official language The Rich List
|14||30 April 2007||
Top 50 most popular girls' names in Australia of 2006
Stevie Wonder singles reaching the Top 10 in the UK and the US
Theatrically released Julia Roberts movies
U.S. states with a saltwater coastline
Top 30 top earning Australian entertainers of 2006 The Rich List
|15||7 May 2007||
Characters from Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends Sudden Death 2
Performers as billed at the 1969 Woodstock Festival Second Sudden Death
Actors and actress who have won more than one Academy Award for Best Actor or Actress The Rich List
|16||14 May 2007||
Theatrically released films based on Stephen King novels
The top 20 largest countries by area The Rich List
The top 40 Dog names
Villains from the Batman movies and 60's TV shows Sudden Death
List of the 30 highest-grossing films of all time The Rich List
|17||21 May 2007||
People who made the "Most Foolish American" list
Current OPEC member countries
Types of Mushrooms Sudden Death
The top 40 most expensive cities to live in worldwide The Rich List
Elements of the Periodic table
Jerry Bruckheimer produced theatrically released films
Current teams of the Australian Soccer A-League Sudden Death
Members of the Young Talent Time team The Rich List
|18||28 May 2007||
Top 20 most played sports in Australia
Planets of the Solar System Sudden Death
Countries currently using the euro The Rich List
Thomas the Tank Engine characters
Current Australian ministers in the Federal cabinet
Songs in the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack Sudden Death
Names of countries with the letter "Y" in it The Rich List
|19||4 June 2007||
Hosts of the Academy Awards since 1980
The first 25 people in the line of succession to the British Throne
Scrabble letters worth one point Sudden Death
People who have appeared in the banknotes of the Australian dollar The Rich List
Members of the Simpson family
Symbols in the top line of the QWERTY keyboard
Member economies of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation The Rich List
|20||11 June 2007||
Competitive styles of dance on Australia's Dancing with the Stars
Australian places mentioned in the original song "I've Been Everywhere" Sudden Death
TV series produced by Aaron Spelling The Rich List
Australian cat breeds
Gilbert and Sullivan operas Sudden Death
Feature films with a "7" in its title The Rich List
|21||18 June 2007||
Songs from the Soundtrack of The Boy From Oz
Towns and suburbs in Australia starting with "Port"
Countries that have Spanish as an official language The Rich List
Theatrically released Russell Crowe movies
Roald Dahl books
Nut varieties grown commercially in Australia Sudden Death
The 30 most trusted professions in Australia The Rich List
|22||25 June 2007||
40 most common grape varieties grown in Australia for wine
African countries ending with "A" The Rich List
James Patterson novels
Top 50 movie hero characters
Musical acts who have performed the opening title track of official Bond films The Rich List
1 This list was not broadcast due to the list ending up in a tie.
2 This list was not broadcast due to Andrew O'Keefe claiming he had accidentally mentioned one of the characters on the list which was later submitted by Paula and Michael.
Season 2 (2008)
|Episode #||Air Date||Lists||Ratings|
(Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth
rounded off to the nearest 1,000)
|1||24 May 2008||
Current Cricket World Cup teams
Books by Dr. Seuss The Rich List
Denominations on the Australian postage stamp
Sports in the Summer Olympic Games
Theatrically released films starring Audrey Hepburn The Rich List
|2||31 May 2008||Unknown||715,000|
|3||3 November 2008||
Suspects, objects and rooms in Cluedo
U.S. states sharing a land border with Canada Sudden Death
Seeded players in the 2008 Australian Open
Countries supported by the World Vision sponsor a child program
|4||10 November 2008||Unknown||926,000|
|5||17 November 2008||Unknown||1,016,000|
|6||24 November 2008||Unknown||1,210,000|
|7||1 December 2008||Unknown||1,075,000|
|8||8 December 2008||Unknown||1,094,000|
|9||15 December 2008||Unknown||993,000|
|10||22 December 2008||
Performers who were in the original Band Aid group
Credited actors and actresses from the TV series Fast Forward
Top 20 countries from which citizens immigrate to Australia The Rich List
Films in which Clint Eastwood has been credited as an actor
Australians who have won more than one gold medal at a Summer Olympic Games The Rich List
|11||29 December 2008||
Characters from the TV series Grey's Anatomy
Australian swimmers who have held a world record
Theatrically released Hugh Grant films
Letters of the Greek alphabet The Rich List
|12||4 January 2009||
Original United Nations member states (from 1945)
Actors who have been nominated for a Best Actor Oscar in the 2000s
Current ranks of the Royal Australian Navy The Rich List
Towns and suburbs in Australia which contain the word "town"
US Presidents from the 19th century
Animals in the Chinese zodiac Sudden Death 1
The 12 most common letters in the Concise Oxford Dictionary Sudden Death
Members of the Logies Hall of Fame The Rich List
|13||5 January 2009||
Theatrically released films that Johnny Depp has appeared in
The 30 most common elements in the universe
London Underground lines Sudden Death
Sovereign states beginning with the letter "C" The Rich List
The 50 gayest songs of all time
The 20 most commonly spoken languages in the world The Rich List
|14||11 January 2009||Unknown||727,000|
|15||12 January 2009||Unknown||1,111,000|
|16||18 January 2009||
People who have appeared on the TV show "It takes two"
30 Most Marketable Australian Sports Men and Women
Names of Santa Claus's reindeer in the Poem "T'was the night before Christmas" Sudden Death
States of the United States of America whose names end in a consonant Rich List
Cate Blanchett movies
Wine making regions of Australia
Countries on the World Health Organization list of Worlds 30 Fattest Countries Rich List
1 This list was not broadcast due to the list ending up in a tie.
Champions and their winnings
This article needs to be updated.(November 2010)
This is a list of all contestants who have won the preliminary round and have played The Rich List. This also includes any contestants who failed to win any prize money from The Rich List.
- 1 There was no 9 April 2008 episode due to the Easter long weekend.
- 2 The carry over champions continued in Season 2 from where they left off in Season 1.
- 3 Season 2 went on hiatus from 31 May until 3 November.
- 4 This team is currently the carry over champion and number of lists and prize money may change in future episodes.
Total prize money given away during season one: $2,705,000
Total prize money given away during season two: $895,000
Total prize money given away overall: $3,600,000