The British have a lot to answer for. In this game, based on
a BBC concept, six contestants battle each other, playing on each
other's preceived weaknesses, to bid on becoming the evening's
During the course of the show - the contestants vote for one
of their peers to undertake a series of challenges (of which are
5 in all). The person who is given the most votes is forced to
undertake the challenge. The successful completion of the challenge
by that contestant allows that player to choose one of the players
who nominated them to face the "losers bench". Failure
condemns themself to that fate.
The first four challenges are as follows:
- Maths Challenge
- Word Challenge
- "The Rock" (Climbing Challenge)
- Logic Challenge
By the fifth challenge - there are only two players left, and
they face off on "The Grid" - where they must determine
the pathway which will lead them to the title of "Top Dog".
The sucessor then faces one last barrier to receiving the $50000
grand prize - a general knowledge round. They nominate one of
the losers to face a questions based on a named category. They
must choose the individual who may believe has the least chance
of answering that question - keeping in mind they can only choose
that individual once. A correct answer gives a point to the losers
team - an incorrect answer a point to the "top dog".
The first person/team to reach three points is given the monetary
reward (ie. $50000 for the "top dog" or $10000 each
to the loser bench members).
The Australian version of the show stayed in prime time for a
few weeks, but was eventually relegated to the summer off-season
because of disappointing ratings. Still - I enjoyed the show.