1 vs 100
Dermot O'Leary (2006-7)
Ben Shephard (2008-9)
Alan Dedicoat (voiceover)
Initial for BBC One, 30 September 2006 to 23 May 2009 (32 episodes in 4 series)
The BBC go into default mode and hire Dermot O'Leary for this new lotto quizzer.
Based on a successful, if complicated, Dutch lottery format, the aim of the game is for one contestant to answer questions against 100 others and eventually try to eliminate them all.
The player has a choice of two topics and are asked a three-way multiple choice question on their chosen category.
The "100" are given six seconds to answer via pressing a keypad.
In the pre-2010 Millionaire style, the "1" can then give their answer in their own time. If the 1 is correct, they stay in the game. If they are wrong, they leave with nothing. If any of the 100 get a question wrong they are eliminated, and for each elimination the 1 receives £1,000. However, to get their hands on the money they must eliminate all 100 opponents.
Here's where it gets complicated. After the player has earned some money, they are given three "dodges" (lifelines *cough*). These allow the 1 to avoid answering a question - however, wrong answers from the 100 are still eliminated but the 1 doesn't earn any money for this. To cap it all, the 1's current money is halved. Also available is one "double", a joker the 1 can play before answering a question wherupon each elimination of the 100 is worth £2,000 a head.
To further the Beano theme, a "bonus dodge" topic comes up later in the game when the 1 has eliminated 75 of the 100. This is a question of an unknown subject matter which is worth an extra dodge (but cannot itself be dodged).
£50,000 is added to the final total to anyone who can complete a game. Therefore, technically the top prize does match the pre-show rumoured £250,000 (well, almost - the player could gain their double by eliminating just one opponent, then play it on the next question and eliminate the remaining 99, pocketing £249,000). Frankly, it's not gonna happen and it's just not as good a prize as Deal or No Deal's. That a lottery show on prime-time BBC can't compete with Channel 4 daytime is a sad state of affairs.
To further complicate things, if the last of the 100 is eliminated on a question that the player has not dodged, they are given the chance to "bail" before they find out if their answer is correct - if they do this, then they win the money they've accumulated so far regardless of whether their answer is correct, but they don't get the £50,000 bonus. Since the player could have anything between a couple of grand and more than a hundred thousand at this point, it's a gamble of highly variable riskiness.
When the player has failed or completed their run, the next 1 is selected from those in the 100 who remained in the game (or if the player defeated the 100, all of them are in contention to play next).
Based on the Dutch lottery format Eenenheren versenagerht Einhunderwoortentortengen (read: Een Tegen 100).
Filmed at the Fountain Studios in 2006 before moving to the Maidstone Studios from 2007-8 and again to BBC Scotland's Pacific Quay HQ in 2009.