The Million Pound Drop Live


The Million Pound Drop Live
The Million Pound Drop Live
The Million Pound Drop logo.jpg
Genre Quiz show
Developed by Endemol
Presented by Davina McCall
Theme music composer Marc Sylvan
Country of origin United Kingdom
Language(s) English
No. of series 5 (plus. 1 Christmas series)
No. of episodes 51 (incl. 4 Christmas specials) (to 8 October 2011)
Production
Location(s) 3 Mills Studios
Running time 60-90 minutes (inc. adverts)
Production company(s) Remarkable Television, Endemol UK
Broadcast
Original channel Channel 4
Picture format 576i 16:9
Original run 24 May 2010 (2010-05-24) – present
External links
Website
Production website

The Million Pound Drop Live is a BAFTA-winning quiz show which broadcasts live on Channel 4 in the United Kingdom. The show began in May 2010 with Davina McCall having presented the show's five series to date.[1][2] She began presenting the show just before the final Channel 4 series of Big Brother (UK) launched, which she also presented.

The show uses social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter to find contestants, and also to promote the show. David Flynn, managing director of Endemol's Remarkable Television, which produced the show, said: "The plan was to create buzz and an air of mystery around the show by trickling information about auditions via Twitter and Facebook, giving fans a level of exclusivity."[3]

Contents

Format

Contestants, alone or in pairs for the first series, or only in pairs for all subsequent series, are given one million pounds in £50 notes at the start of the show, banded in 40 bundles of £25,000. They must then answer eight questions in an effort to keep as much of their money as possible. Many questions are heavily focused on current or recent events (even events that occur during the airing of the show), to push the fact that the show is broadcast live.

At the beginning of each round, the contestants have to pick a category of two choices they are given. If the contestants take too long to choose, a coin is flipped to decide. Each question is multiple-choice, with the first four questions having four choices, the next three questions having three, and the final question having just two choices. Unlike a traditional quiz where the contestants pick one answer, however, it is possible for the contestants to hedge by placing money (in multiples of £25,000) on multiple answers in proportion to how confident they are on the answer. However, one answer must always be left with no money on it, which ensures that on the final question, only one answer can be chosen. After the answers and question have been read out, the contestants have one minute to physically move their money onto trap-doors (called "drops") corresponding to the answer(s) they choose. If contestants are sure of their answer, they may choose to stop the clock before the time limit is up to carry on with the answers.

After the end of the time limit, the trap-doors relating to incorrect answers open (sometimes one by one, and with varying delays to increase suspense), and any money placed on those answers is no longer available to be won by the contestants, being picked up by security guards underneath the stage. In addition any money not placed by the end of the time limit is also lost. If they have any money left, they proceed to the next question where the process is repeated. However, if they lose all their money, they are out of the game.

The show is usually an hour and 20 minutes long, although in event of a series finale, the show carries on until the contestants either win or lose. In some episodes, the show is an hour long.

For the 2010 Christmas Specials, any contestants who lost all their money and would otherwise have left empty handed were presented with multiple doors corresponding to bonus prizes. The contestants would choose which door they wanted and would win what was 'behind' that door.

Interactivity

As the show is broadcast live, viewers are encouraged to play along online at the same time with statistics on their performance appearing on screen during the broadcast and being read out by McCall.[3] Online players receive no prize money. Bookmakers also take bets on which stage of the game the contestants will leave and how much money will still be in play at various stage of the game.[4][5]

Winners and statistics

Series Contestants Date Amount of money won
1
Katy and Andy Jackson 29 May 2010 £75,000[6]
2
Larry and George Lamb 29 October 2010 £50,000
James and Rachael 6 November 2010 £25,000
Johnny and Dee 12 November 2010 £25,000
Ryan and Lewis 13 November 2010 £50,000
Christmas
Rajan and Anita 18 December 2010 £50,000
3
James and Laurence 29 January 2011 £75,000
Rick and Sophie 4 February 2011 £200,000
Rebecca and Aimee 5 February 2011 £75,000
Paul and Sarah-Lou £50,000
Harps and Avvy 18 February 2011 £25,000
Krystle and Pauline 19 February 2011 £25,000
4
Andrew and Rachael Flintoff 22 April 2011 £25,000
Riaz and Mehanaz 23 April 2011 £25,000
Ben and Joanna 29 April 2011 £25,000
Karl and Shabz 30 April 2011 £100,000
Clare and Natasha 7 May 2011 £25,000
Ash and James 13 May 2011 £100,000
Lewis and Emi 20 May 2011 £25,000
Mark and Rhys 27 May 2011 £50,000
5
Luke W and Luke P 2 September 2011 £100,000
Coral and Natalie 16 September 2011 £75,000
Nick and Katie £250,000
Dave and Janelle 24 September 2011 £200,000
Jack and Michael Whitehall £300,000
Julie and Dave 1 October 2011 £200,000
Steve and Tony 7 October 2011 £200,000
Matt and Karen £75,000

Johnny and Dee returned on 12 November 2010 following a mistake made by the question makers (see Controversy section below). They went on to win £25,000.

Following Rajan and Anita's win on 18 December 2010, Rajan proposed to his girlfriend live on air to which she accepted.

On 11 February 2011, Micah and Joni lost all £1,000,000 betting on the wrong answer. As a result, they were the first contestants to lose the full £1,000,000 in one drop.

Average winnings per show

Series Amount
1
£12,500
2
£16,666
Christmas
£12,500
3
£52,250
4
£31,250
5
£175,000

Statistics

  • Most money won: £300,000 (to date)
  • Total winnings to date: £2,200,000
  • Most money lost on a single drop: £1,000,000 [7]
  • Most money dropped on first question: £1,000,000
  • Most questions after which the £1 million remained: 3
  • Most money taken through to final question: £525,000 (to date)

Celebrity contestants

On 29 October 2010, celebrity father and son, Larry and George Lamb won £50,000 for charity by beating the final question on the show. They were the first celebrity contestants to appear on the show.

On 13 November 2010, Jimmy Carr and Johnny Vaughan also appeared but crashed out on question 4.

On 15 December 2010, singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor and her mother Janet Ellis appeared on the show. They managed to make their way to the final question, but lost after choosing the wrong answer.

On 18 December 2010, Jade Jones and Emma Bunton appeared together on the show. They crashed out on question 7, losing their remaining £50,000.

On 19 February 2011, Bruno Tonioli and Pamela Stephenson appeared on the show. They crashed out on question 5, losing their remaining £200,000.

On 22 April 2011, Andrew Flintoff and his wife, Rachael appeared on the show. They made their way to the final question and won £25,000 for their chosen charity.

On 10 September 2011, Vernon Kay and his friend, Luke, appeared on the show. They lost on question 6 with £100,000 remaining.

On 24 September 2011, Jack Whitehall and his father, Michael, appeared on the show. They won £300,000 for their chosen charities, making them the biggest winners on the Million Pound Drop to date.

Note: Celebrity contestants that lose their whole £1,000,000 are given £5,000 for their charities.

Payment

Any money won by contestants is withheld for up to six weeks pending the receipt of Criminal Records Bureau checks by Endemol.[8]

Controversy

During an episode on 5 November 2010, Johnny and Dee were faced with the options Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann, Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant. They were then asked "Who played Dr Who for the longest period?". The contestants did not know the answer so decided to split their remaining £650,000 between McCoy and McGann. The answer was then revealed to be Tennant and they lost all their remaining money.[9] Tennant played the doctor from 2005-2010. However viewers began to query the accuracy of this question [10] saying it was open to interpretation as McCoy played the Doctor from 1987–1989, but also appeared in the charity special Dimensions in Time in 1993 and appeared in the beginning of the Doctor Who television movie in 1996 making his time playing Dr Who technically nine years uninterrupted. After producers spoke to the BBC it became apparent that Sylvester McCoy was the correct answer. Channel 4 therefore allowed the contestants to return and continue with the £325,000 that would have remained.[9] They came back on 12 November 2010, to continue the game. They got all the way to the final question and managed to win £25,000.

Merchandise

A board game was released in November 2010.[11]

Transmissions

Series Start date End date Episodes
1 24 May 2010 29 May 2010 6
2 25 October 2010 13 November 2010 9
Christmas 15 December 2010 18 December 2010 4
3 28 January 2011 19 February 2011 8
4 22 April 2011 28 May 2011 12
5 2 September 2011 8 October 2011 12

Ratings

Channel 4 figures is from BARB. Channel 4 +1 viewing figures from Digital Spy. Weekly Ranking is from BARB.[12]

Series 1

Episode No. Airdate Viewers on Channel 4 Viewers on Channel 4 +1 Total viewers Channel 4 Weekly Ranking
1
24 May 2010
2,120,000
213,000
2,233,000
10
2
25 May 2010
1,970,000
213,000
2,183,000
12
3
26 May 2010
2,250,000
171,000
2,321,000
6
4
27 May 2010
2,250,000
190,000
2,440,000
5
5
28 May 2010
2,360,000
140,000
2,500,000
2
6
29 May 2010
2,190,000
169,000
2,359,000
7

Series 2

Episode No. Airdate Viewers on Channel 4 Viewers on Channel 4 +1 Total viewers Channel 4 Weekly Ranking
1
25 October 2010
2,090,000
111,000
2,201,000
13
2
26 October 2010
2,200,000
198,000
2,398,000
9
3
27 October 2010
2,210,000
221,000
2,431,000
8
4
28 October 2010
2,080,000
232,000
2,312,000
14
5
29 October 2010
2,690,000
203,000
2,893,000
2
6
5 November 2010
2,010,000
211,000
2,121,000
16
7
6 November 2010
1,380,000
120,000
1,500,000
Outside Top 30
8
12 November 2010
2,370,000
120,000
2,490,000
9
9
13 November 2010
1,470,000
187,000
1,657,000
Outside Top 30

Christmas

Episode No. Airdate Viewers on Channel 4 Viewers on Channel 4 +1 Total viewers Channel 4 Weekly Ranking
1
15 December 2010
2,240,000
150,000
2,390,000
8
2
16 December 2010
1,060,000
236,000
1,296,000
Outside Top 30
3
17 December 2010
1,060,000
440,000
1,500,000
Outside Top 30
4
18 December 2010
1,820,000
111,000
1,931,000
29

Series 3

Episode No. Airdate Viewers on Channel 4 Viewers on Channel 4 +1 Total viewers Channel 4 Weekly Ranking
1
28 January 2011
2,410,000
197,100
2,707,100
9
2
29 January 2011
2,390,000
243,000
2,633,000
12
3
4 February 2011
2,790,000
120,000
2,910,000
5
4
5 February 2011
2,520,000
274,000
2,794,000
8
5
11 February 2011
2,570,000
229,000
2,799,000
6
6
12 February 2011
2,330,000
240,000
2,570,000
12
7
18 February 2011
2,330,000
175,000
2,505,000
11
8
19 February 2011
2,140,000
312,000
2,452,000
14

Series 4

Episode No. Airdate Viewers on Channel 4 Viewers on Channel 4 + 1 Total viewers Channel 4 Weekly Ranking
1
22 April 2011
1,900,000
207,000
2,107,000
4
2
23 April 2011
1,740,000
168,000
1,908,000
6
3
29 April 2011
2,060,000
155,000
2,215,000
5
4
30 April 2011
2,060,000
268,000
2,328,000
6
5
6 May 2011
2,020,000
131,000
2,151,000
7
6
7 May 2011
2,030,000
270,000
2,300,000
6
7
13 May 2011
2,090,000
156,000
2,246,000
3
8
14 May 2011
1,510,000
120,000
1,630,000
23
9
20 May 2011
2,310,000
186,000
2,496,000
3
10
21 May 2011
1,850,000
216,000
2,066,000
9
11
27 May 2011
2,010,000
183,000
2,193,000
3
12
28 May 2011
2,540,000
108,000
2,648,000
2

Series 5

Episode no. Airdate Viewers on Channel 4 Viewers on Channel 4 + 1 Total viewers Channel 4 Weekly Ranking
1
2 September 2011
2,100,000
219,000
2,329,000
7
2
3 September 2011
1,980,000
176,000
2,156,000
8
3
9 September 2011
1,510,000
147,000
1,657,000
23
4
10 September 2011
1,810,000
120,000
1,930,000
8
5
16 September 2011
1,980,000
256,000
2,236,000
4
6
17 September 2011
1,870,000
167,000
2,037,000
5
7
23 September 2011
1,680,000
225,000
1,905,000
19
8
24 September 2011
1,720,000
247,000
1,967,000
15
9
30 September 2011
197,000
10
1 October 2011
171,000
11
7 October 2011
12
8 October 2011

Future series

Million Pound Drop has been renewed through series five and six, with a total of seventeen episodes between them to be aired later in 2011.[13] Series five began its 12-episode run on 2 September 2011.[14]

International versions

Country Title Host Network Top Prize First Airdate
 Albania 100 Milionë Eno Popi Top Channel 10,000,000 lek 11 January 2011
 Argentina Salven el Millón Susana Giménez Telefe AR$1,000,000 9 June 2011
 Australia [15] The Million Dollar Drop Eddie McGuire Nine Network A$1,000,000 21 March 2011
 Brazil [16] Um Milhão na Mesa Silvio Santos SBT R$1,000,000 21 September 2011
 Chile [17] TBA Don Francisco Canal 13 CL$500.000.000 TBA
 Colombia Millones por montones María José Barraza Canal Caracol CO$1.000.000.000 25 July 2011
 Egypt [18] انت والمليون
Inta wal milyon
TBA Mehwar TV EGP1,000,000 November 2011
 Estonia [19] Rahaauk Alari Kivisaar TV3 €100,000 12 September 2011
 France [20] Money Drop Laurence Boccolini TF1 €250,000 1 August 2011
 Germany Rette die Million! Jörg Pilawa ZDF €1,000,000 13 October 2010
 Greece Money Drop Grigoris Arnaoutoglou Mega TV €300,000 16 October 2010
 Hungary A 40 Milliós Játszma Rákóczi Ferenc TV2 ‏40,000,000 Ft 29 November 2010
 India (Bengali) [21] কোটি টাকার বাজি
Koti Takar Baji
Jeet Star Jalsha Rs1,000,000 15 October 2011
 Israel אל תפיל את המיליון
Al Tapil Et HaMilyon
Erez Tal Channel 2 (Keshet) 1,000,000 13 October 2010
 Italy [22] The Money Drop Gerry Scotti Canale 5 €1,000,000 12 December 2011
 Kazakhstan [23] Шоу Сорок Миллионов Тенге‏
Shou Sorok Millionov Tenge
Abdel' Mukhtarov tv7 40,000,000 22 January 2011
 Latvia [24] Paņem 100 000... ja vari Edgars Ludāns TV3 €100,000 1 October 2011 [25]
 Lithuania [26] 100 000 eurų grynais Marijonas Mikutavičius TV3 €100,000 2 September 2011
 Malaysia [27] RM 1,000,000 Money Drop TBA Astro Ria RM1,000,000 TBA
 Netherlands[28] Show Me The Money Beau van Erven Dorens SBS 6 €1,000,000 11–22 April 2011
 Poland Postaw na milion Łukasz Nowicki TVP2 1,000,000 5 March 2011
 Russia Шоу Десять миллионов
Shou Desyat' Millionov
Maxim Galkin Russia 1 10,000,000 руб. 4 September 2010
 Serbia [29] Multimilioner Dragan Nikolić RTV Pink 10,000,000RSD 13 September 2011
 Singapore (English)[30] Million Dollar Money Drop George Young MediaCorp TV Channel 5 S$1,000,000 9 August 2011
 Spain [31] Atrapa un Millón Carlos Sobera Antena 3 €1,000,000 (weekly) 4 February 2011
Atrapa un Millón Diario € 200,000 (daily) 4 April 2011
Atrapa dos Millones € 2,000,000 (special) 21 October 2011
 Sweden[32] Pengarna på bordet Peter Jihde TV4 2,000,000 Kr. 3 October 2011
 Switzerland (German)[33] Die Millionen-Falle René Rindlisbacher SF1 1,000,000SFr 4 July–15 August 2011
 Turkey Bir Milyon Canlı Para Engin Altan Düzyatan Show TV 1,000,000TL 25 October 2010
 Ukraine Шоу на два мiльйони
Shou Na Dva Milyoni
Andriy Domanskyi 1+1 2,000,000 грн. 12 January–30 March 2011
 United States Million Dollar Money Drop Kevin Pollak Fox US$1,000,000 20 December 2010

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