Wipeout (UK game show)

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Wipeout
Genre Game show
Created by Bob Fraser
Presented by Paul Daniels (1994–7)
Bob Monkhouse (1998–2003)
Voices of Kara Noble (1994–5)
Charles Nove (1995–7)
George Layton (1998)
Tom Edwards (1998–2003)
Theme music composer David Arch (1994–7)
Simon Etchell (1998–2003)
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 9
No. of episodes 495
Production
Running time 30 minutes (1994–7, 2000–2)
25 minutes (1998–9)
Production company(s) Action Time (1994–7)
Action Time in association with BBC Manchester (1998–2003)
Release
Original network BBC1
Picture format 4:3 (1994–2000)
16:9 (2000–2003)
Original release 25 May 1994 (1994-05-25) – 9 May 2003 (2003-05-09)
Chronology
Related shows Wipeout (US version)
Wipeout (Australian version)

Wipeout was a British game show based on the original US format that aired on BBC1 from 25 May 1994 to 9 May 2003. The show was originally hosted by Paul Daniels from 1994 to 1997, then Bob Monkhouse took over from 1998 to 2003.

Format[edit]

During the game, correct answers would be replaced by a golden star on a black circle, where as "wipeouts" (wrong answers) would be replaced by the blue and yellow Wipeout "W" (in the Monkhouse version, green ticks were used for correct answers and red Xs for wipeouts).

Three boards were played in Round 1, with £10 awarded for the first answer plus an additional £10 for each subsequent correct answer (up to £110 for the eleventh). In the Monkhouse version, only two boards were played and each correct answer was worth £50.

In Round 1, the "Hot Spot" prize would be determined based on whether it was hidden behind a correct answer or a Wipeout. If it was hidden behind a Wipeout, the player was awarded a cheap prize, usually one to do with the answer (e.g. a can of oil and a lollipop). If it was hidden behind a correct answer, the player was awarded a much better prize (e.g. designer handbags). The contestant who revealed the prize kept it regardless of the game's outcome.

A tiebreaker was not played at the end of Round 1 should a tie present itself. Instead, the player to proceed was the one who had given the most correct answers up to that point. If this was also tied, the player with the fewest wipeouts was accepted into Round 2.

Round 2 was known as "Wipeout Auction". The contestants would be offered a subject, and twelve possible answers on the grid. Eight of these would be correct, and four of these would be Wipeouts. The contestant with the highest amount of money would have the opportunity to bid first on how many correct answers they think they could find in the grid, or to pass the opening bid onto their opponent. Whoever offered the highest bid was given the opportunity to choose that number of answers. The player remained in control until they had achieved the number of correct answers with which they won the bid, or until they hit a Wipeout. If they hit a Wipeout, the opposing player would only have to get one answer right to head into the next round; play switches back to the first player if the second player also discovers a Wipeout.

Round 3 was known as "The bonus round" (called "The Monkhouse Minute", with the main button the contestant had to hit "Bob's Button" during the second era) was exactly the same as in America, except that the contestant pressed a button attached to the monitor they wished to activate (in the Daniels version, answers were entered on an oversized keypad). Victory awarded a holiday to a specific location, which changed on occasion. This round was like one of the famous games in The Price Is Right the Race Game where the contestant had to select six answers and run and hit a button which would then show on the screen how many correct answers he or she had selected. The contestant kept doing this until either the time had run out or they found all six correct answers. Daniels did the running on the contestant's behalf on several occasions such as once when they had a wheelchair-bound winner and another when the winner was pregnant and therefore preferred not to risk running. The contestants were told in advance where the holiday would be in the Daniels era, but when Monkhouse took over they could choose where they wanted to go provided that it was within Europe.

Filming[edit]

When Daniels hosted, the show aired in primetime (like Daniels' two previous BBC quiz shows Odd One Out and Every Second Counts) and was taped in London in front of a live studio audience. When Monkhouse took over, it aired at a lunchtime slot and was taped in Manchester but without a live studio audience - canned laughter and applause tracks were used instead.

Transmissions[edit]

Series[edit]

Series Start date End date Episodes Presenter
1 25 May 1994[1] 18 November 1994 24 Paul Daniels
2 6 January 1995[2] 28 April 1995 14
3 21 July 1995 10 November 1995 14
4 8 March 1996[3] 3 January 1997[4] 20
5 16 February 1998[5] 26 November 1999 147 Bob Monkhouse
6 3 January 2000[6] 4 May 2000 80
7 2 October 2000[7] 2001 100
8 3 September 2001[8] 2001 59
9a 25 March 2002[9] 25 July 2002 TBC
9b 14 October 2002[10] 20 December 2002[11] 37
9c 16 April 2003[12] 9 May 2003[13] 15

Specials[edit]

Celebrity specials were aired from 1998 to 2000.

Date Celebrities
21 December 1998[14] Joe Pasquale, Cleo Rocos and Bernard Cribbins
22 December 1998[15] Gloria Hunniford, Nick Owen and Kate Robbins
23 December 1998[16] Barbara Dickson, John Inman and June Whitfield
29 December 1998[17] Roy Walker, Ruth Madoc and Gary Wilmot
30 December 1998[18] Faith Brown, Andy Kane and Bryan Murray
31 December 1998[19] Adrian Mills, Nerys Hughes and Nickolas Grace
1 January 1999[20] Jim Bowen, Anna Walker and Paul Ross
29 March 1999[21] Cheryl Baker, Nicholas Parsons and Floella Benjamin
30 March 1999[22] Sarah Greene, William Roache and Jilly Johnson
31 March 1999[23] Jenny Powell, Les Dennis and Chris Jarvis
18 December 2000[24] Jean Boht, Joe Pasquale and Louise Jameson
19 December 2000[25] Bobby Davro, Toyah Willcox and Nick Weir

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Wipeout - BBC One London - 6 January 1995 - BBC Genome". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 23 February 2017. 
  3. ^ "Wipeout - BBC One London - 8 March 1996 - BBC Genome". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 23 February 2017. 
  4. ^ "Wipeout - BBC One London - 3 January 1997 - BBC Genome". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 23 February 2017. 
  5. ^ "Wipeout - BBC One London - 16 February 1998 - BBC Genome". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 23 February 2017. 
  6. ^ "Wipeout - BBC One London - 3 January 2000 - BBC Genome". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 23 February 2017. 
  7. ^ "Wipeout - BBC One London - 2 October 2000 - BBC Genome". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 23 February 2017. 
  8. ^ "Wipeout - BBC One London - 3 September 2001 - BBC Genome". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 23 February 2017. 
  9. ^ "Wipeout - BBC One London - 25 March 2002 - BBC Genome". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 23 February 2017. 
  10. ^ "Wipeout - BBC One London - 14 October 2002 - BBC Genome". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 23 February 2017. 
  11. ^ "Wipeout - BBC One London - 20 December 2002 - BBC Genome". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 23 February 2017. 
  12. ^ "Wipeout - BBC One London - 16 April 2003 - BBC Genome". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 23 February 2017. 
  13. ^ "Wipeout - BBC One London - 9 May 2003 - BBC Genome". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 23 February 2017. 
  14. ^ "Wipeout Celebrity Specials - BBC One London - 21 December 1998 - BBC Genome". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 23 February 2017. 
  15. ^ "Wipeout Celebrity Specials - BBC One London - 22 December 1998 - BBC Genome". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 23 February 2017. 
  16. ^ "Wipeout Celebrity Specials - BBC One London - 23 December 1998 - BBC Genome". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 23 February 2017. 
  17. ^ "Wipeout Celebrity Special - BBC One London - 29 December 1998 - BBC Genome". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 23 February 2017. 
  18. ^ "Wipeout Celebrity Specials - BBC One London - 30 December 1998 - BBC Genome". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 23 February 2017. 
  19. ^ "Wipeout Celebrity Specials - BBC One London - 31 December 1998 - BBC Genome". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 23 February 2017. 
  20. ^ "Wipeout Celebrity Specials - BBC One London - 1 January 1999 - BBC Genome". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 23 February 2017. 
  21. ^ "Wipeout - BBC One London - 29 March 1999 - BBC Genome". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 23 February 2017. 
  22. ^ "Wipeout - BBC One London - 30 March 1999 - BBC Genome". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 23 February 2017. 
  23. ^ "Wipeout - BBC One London - 31 March 1999 - BBC Genome". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 23 February 2017. 
  24. ^ "Wipeout Celebrity Special - BBC One London - 18 December 2000 - BBC Genome". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 23 February 2017. 
  25. ^ "Wipeout Celebrity Special - BBC One London - 19 December 2000 - BBC Genome". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 23 February 2017. 

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