Flashback (2000)

The quiz show which finds its answers by stepping back in time

Host: Phillip Clark

Aired: 2000

Produced by: Southern Star

Broadcasted by: Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)

Some pictures from episodes of Flashback



Another run-of-the-mill quiz where contestants are tested on their knowledge of historical events from turn of the century right to the current era. The show is packed full of historical (hysterical?) footage from the archives of the ABC and other film repositories.

There are five rounds - each with the following topics:

Round 1 - On This Day
The host starts by picking a date from the siz on offer - and some footage is known of some event occurring on that date. The host then asks a question about the footage/event. The first contestants to buzzer in and give the correct answer receives 15 points and is given the chance to choose the next date. If a wrong answer is given - the question is opened up to the other contestants.

Round 2 - On The Spot
Six famous individuals are placed on the board. The highest scorer from the previous round gets to make first choice and watches footage relating to that individual. They must then answer as questions as they can about that person in 30 seconds - each correct answer earns 15 points. The remaining two players have their turn respectively.

Round 3 - Jukebox
Played in the same fashion as Round 1 - contestants choose a year from the board and listen to a song from that year. THey are then asked a question about the song/artist. A correct answer brings 15 points and next pick of the board.

Round 4 - Pass Or Play
With this round - it is the lowest scoring player who starts the round by choosing one of six given cryptic categories. Footage is shown and the player may then choose to either answer the question themselves - or pass it to another player. A correct answer earns 15 points - an incorrect answer loses 15 points. Each player gets one chance to pick a question from the board - the two players with the highest scores at the end of this round go through to play the final round whilst the other remaining player is eliminated.

Round 5 - All Or Nothing
In the final round - a piece of footage is shown relating to a particular topic. At the end - four questions are asked about the topic, each worth fifteen points if answered correctly (and worth a 15 point penalty if incorrectly answered). Players must buzzer in first to gain the points. The player with the highest score at the end goes on to play in the finals.

True of the ABC (being a public broadcaster) the prizes ain't lucrative (consolation prizes amount to a voucher/certificate for the ABC Shop) but the major prize on offer for the grand finallist was a trip to London (the accounting department must have been feeling REALLY generous!). The show was short lived - only surviving around 6 months in total.

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