Winner Takes All (game show)
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|Winner Takes All|
|Created by||Geoffrey Wheeler|
|Presented by||Jimmy Tarbuck (1975-86)
Geoffrey Wheeler (1987-8)
Bobby Davro (1997)
|Starring||Vicky McDonald (1987-8)|
|Voices of||Geoffrey Wheeler (1975-86)
Gaynor Barnes (1997)
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||14 (ITV)
1 (Challenge TV)
|No. of episodes||248 (inc. 3 specials) (ITV)
?? (Challenge TV)
|Running time||30 minutes (inc. adverts)|
|Production company(s)||Yorkshire Television|
|Original network||Yorkshire Television (1975)
Challenge TV (1997)
|Original release||20 April 1975– 1997|
Winner Takes All was a game show that aired on ITV from 20 April 1975 to 28 June 1988, first hosted by Jimmy Tarbuck from 1975 to 1986 and then hosted by Geoffrey Wheeler from 1987 to 1988. The show then returned on the screens in 1997, this time on Challenge TV hosted by Bobby Davro.
The two contestants started with 50 points each (30 points when it became a daytime show in 1988) and were asked multiple choice questions with six possible answers but each answer had some odds (Evens (except for 1988), 2–1, 3–1, 4–1, 5–1 & 10–1) and after each question was asked, the contestants were asked how many points they would like to bet (up to 50 (30 in 1988)) and then, they selected the odds that corresponded to the answer they thought was correct, if they got the correct answer, they won the points the odds were worth, if they gave a wrong answer, they lost the points. After five questions, the contestant with the most points would go through to the final while the loser left the show with nothing. In later series, the losers took home a filofax (except the 1988 series where they took home an encyclopedia). In the Challenge TV version, the losers took home a Winner Takes All T-Shirt. Then, they played again with two different contestants and the winner of that met the winner of the first game.
The two winners played for cash in the final with a maximum of £1,000 to be won. Only the winner took the money home while the loser took home a consolation prize of £100: the winning contestant was given the option of returning on the next show to add to his or her winnings, but if they returned and lost they would lose all but £100 of their winnings. By 1979, a defeated champion lost half the winnings.
The weekly winnings maximum of £1,000 was lifted in 1981.
From 1980 until 1987, Winner Takes All started with an alternative version of the Yorkshire Television ident where the chevron would spin toward the screen revealing the four contestants who appeared on that week's edition. The final ITV series in 1988 was a Television Techniques production for Yorkshire Television.
During his run as host, Jimmy Tarbuck would at the start of some editions come out carrying a briefcase containing £1,000 in £1 notes which was the top prize on Winner Takes All.
In 1989, Iorworth Hoare was jailed for rape after being identified from a photo he submitted to the show when applying to be a contestant.
|Series||Start date||End date||Episodes|
|1||20 April 1975||13 July 1975||13|
|2||14 May 1976||6 August 1976||13|
|3||1 July 1977||23 September 1977||13|
|4||14 April 1978||7 July 1978||13|
|5||16 March 1979||11 November 1979||22|
|6||16 May 1980||29 August 1980||16|
|7||5 June 1981||4 September 1981||14|
|8||11 June 1982||10 September 1982||14|
|9||1 July 1983||7 October 1983||14|
|10||25 May 1984||24 August 1984||14|
|11||26 May 1985||25 August 1985||14|
|12||25 May 1986||24 August 1986||14|
|13||20 July 1987||4 September 1987||14|
|14||11 April 1988||28 June 1988||60|
- Series 1: The Series was not fully network, with Granada, HTV and LWT not broadcasting the series. From August LWT: Started broadcasting the series on 22 August 1975.
- Series 14: Grampian and Scottish: Started on 20 April and finished on 8 July 1988.
|23 December 1977||All Star Special|
|26 December 1979||All Star Special|
|28 December 1986||Christmas Special|
Challenge TV era
|Series||Start date||End date||Episodes|
- Blackstock, Colin (11 August 2004), Rapist serving life term wins lottery £7m, London: The Guardian, retrieved 19 June 2009.