Think Tank (game show)

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Think Tank
GenreQuiz show
Presented byBill Turnbull
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series2[1]
No. of episodes50[1]
ProducerChris Greenwood
Running time45 minutes
Production companies12 Yard
BBC Scotland
DistributorITV Studios
Original networkBBC One
Picture format16:9 1080i
Audio formatStereo
Original release21 March –
16 December 2016 (2016-12-16)
Related showsThink Tank (Australia)

Think Tank is a BBC quiz show that aired on BBC One from 21 March to 16 December 2016 and was hosted by Bill Turnbull.


Three contestants took part in each episode, as did an eight-member panel known as the "Think Tank." The competition consisted of four rounds; the questions in the first three were chosen from hundreds that had been asked to the Think Tank beforehand, with all members answering individually. Correct answers in these three rounds were worth £200 each.

During the first round, the host asked a question to one contestant at a time, and the Think Tank's answers were revealed. At least one member had the correct answer. Each contestant received two turns.

In the second round, each member was assigned two questions that they had answered correctly. The contestant in control chose a member, who asked one of their questions. Each contestant received three turns; once a member had been chosen twice, they had to sit out the rest of the round.

The host asked three questions to all contestants in the third round. For each, two members were chosen to give their answers and explain their reasoning; however, only one of them was correct. The contestants then secretly chose an answer. At the end of this round, the lowest scorer was eliminated and forfeited all of their winnings. In the event of a tie for low score, the host asked a question with a numerical answer and the tied contestants secretly entered their guesses on keypads. The one who came closer to the actual answer (high or low) advanced.

For the fourth round, the host asked five pairs of questions that had not been put to the Think Tank, alternating between contestants; the one with the higher total decided who played first. After a contestant heard a question, they could discuss it with one member before answering. Each member could only be chosen once, so if the round progressed to the fifth pair of questions, the contestants had to answer without any help. The contestant who answered more questions correctly kept their winnings and advanced to the final. The round could end early if one contestant amassed an insurmountable lead. If the round ended in a tie, the host continued asking pairs of questions until one contestant answered correctly and the other missed.

The final ("Question: Impossible") consisted of a single question that had been missed by the entire Think Tank. The contestant was shown their incorrect responses, and could win an additional £1,000 by giving the correct answer.

The maximum potential winnings total was £2,600, obtained by answering every question correctly in the first three rounds and succeeding in the final.

In the first series, the members of the Think Tank were Lucy Barry, Max Bruges, Len Crumbie, Anisha Devadasan, Arminel Fennelly, Cleve Freckleton, Ken Fullicks, Tristan Harper, Diane Hill, Abi Kanthabalan, Jackie Waring and Peter Wong. The third episode of series 2 introduced two more regular contestants, Jordan and Mark.[2][3]

Critical reception[edit]

Julia Raeside of The Guardian described Think Tank as "the perfect blend of Deal or No Deal? and Blankety Blank", and "a masterpiece of good judgment, and a likely candidate for the new student/homeworker/retired person's daytime obsession. Synchronise kettles and bring it on". Jane Rackham said in Radio Times: "Turnbull is a charming host while there's a great deal of good-natured teasing and laughter between the Think Tank members". Frances Taylor, writing for the television blog of the BT website, said the show was "very drawn out" and that "if it was shortened to half an hour and some of the rounds tweaked—and some of the waffle cut—it could be quite an innovative and engaging quiz show".[4][5]


Series Start date End date Episodes
1 21 March 2016 15 April 2016 20
2 22 August 2016 16 December 2016 30

International versions[edit]

The Australian version of the show first aired on the ABC on 5 February 2018 and was hosted by Paul McDermott.[6][7]


  1. ^ a b "Think Tank". ITV Studios. Retrieved 22 March 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Wightwick, Abbie (21 March 2016). "A grandfather from Bridgend is appearing on a daytime new TV quiz show". Wales Online. Retrieved 21 March 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Series 2, Episode 3". Think Tank. 24 August 2016. BBC One. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Raeside, Julia (21 March 2016). "Think Tank: Bill Turnbull's addictive new quiz is the next daytime TV smash". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 March 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Taylor, Frances (21 March 2016). "Think Tank review: was Bill Turnbull's new quiz show any good?". BT. Retrieved 21 March 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "ABC announces stellar line up for start of 2018". 1 December 2017.
  7. ^ "Think Tank Programme Web Page". ABC Website. 5 January 2018. Retrieved 6 February 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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