Ant and Dec in New Game Show – “We Worried About Bankrupting ITV”
But it looks like the short-lived, high-risk concept – which is said to cost over £ 15million – now has fierce competition in the form of Limitless Win.
Presented by duo Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly, ITV’s latest surefire hit – the couple’s first new venture in 10 years – offers no total jackpots and the ability to increase participants’ earnings exponentially.
“It’s the world’s first unlimited jackpot,” enthuses McPartlin, 46, who also hosted Red or Black? with Donnelly.
“That was the selling point for us, that’s what got us hooked – the fact that there are no big prizes and if you played this game well you could win millions and millions. million pounds. “
“It has given us sleepless nights at times,” adds Donnelly, 46. “We were concerned about bankrupting ITV,” agrees McPartlin.
But if anyone can put on a show, it’s this winning duo from Bafta.
The Geordie pair won their 20th consecutive Best TV Presenter award at the National Television Awards last year.
Other accolades included three wins at the Bafta and eight nominations for their hit jungle series I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here, the prime-time entertainment show Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night. Takeaway and Simon Fuller’s Pop Idol reality TV series.
No wonder, then, that they are about to add another prime-time ITV show to their already extensive roster.
“We had a little bit of time last year because there wasn’t any Britain’s Got Talent, so we weren’t necessarily actively looking for something,” says Donnelly, father of one.
“We haven’t done anything new in 10 years because our three shows are doing great, we love them and they keep us busy. But part of that is because nothing really tickled us, nothing really grabbed us. And the first time we played that, we were like, “Oh my God, I love this”.
So how could an unlimited win shake up the format? According to Donnelly, it was an opportunity to step into the shoes of the competitors who ultimately sold them the concept.
“Most of the time the questions get harder as you go along because there’s more at stake – that’s not the case with that,” Donnelly explains. “The answer to every question is a number; no matter how long you stay indoors they don’t get harder. The questions can get a little weirder or a little more abstract, but they don’t inherently get more difficult. It’s playable for everyone.
The format, like most of the most successful game shows, is based on a relatively simple premise. Applicants are asked a question with a numeric response – McPartlin uses “How many slices in a large Domino pizza?” ” for example. Equipped with lifelines and extra lives, the player must then guess the answer.
“Did you say 12?” You are outside! If you had said 10, you would have put the money in the bank, ”McPartlin says enthusiastically.
Correct answers allow applicants to bank the money they have accumulated and earn an additional five lives. Guess too high and you are instantly knocked out.
Guess you still have a chance to move up the price ladder and win big – if your answer is close enough to the correct answer.
“Most of the time the quiz masters have the question in front of them with the answer and they test the candidates, while we’re traveling with them we go for a ride,” Donnelly explains.
“Every show is unique, no two shows are the same, so I think that’s what sets us apart from most quiz shows.”
Ant & Dec’s Limitless Win airs Saturday nights on ITV.