Unlike the typical
quiz show - the goal in this game is to provide a question
which corresponds with a given answer. The show consists
of three rounds:
Round 1 - The Jeopardy!
In the first round - a board of 36 screens (6x6) is displayed.
In the top row are a series of categories. In the five
screens below each category - there is a monetary amount
- ranging from $100 to $500 in two hundred dollar progressions
- each representing an answer to questions (of increasingly
difficulty) relating to that category. A player begins
by choosing a category and a monetary amount. The answer
behind that amount is revealed and is read in full by
the host. The player who first buzzers in after the entire
answer is given has first guess to the question. If the
contestant answers correctly - the monetary amount attached
to that question is added to the player's score. If an
incorrect answer is given - that player loses the monetary
amount off their score, and the question is opened up
to the remaining players. The player which gives the right
answer is given the chance to pick the next question.
The round progressing in quick fire action - question
after question. To liven things up a bit - there are two
"Daily Double" squares hidden behind two of
the monetary amounts on the board - if either one of these
screens are picked - the player is asked to nominate an
amount of money out of their current winnings they're
prepared to risk on that question. A correct answer adds
the amount - an incorrect answer subtracts that monetary
value. The round finishes when all the questions are revealed
or when time runs out.
Round 2 - Double
Works in exactly the same way as Round 1 - except all
the monetary values on the board are doubled (ie. $200
through to $1000)
Round 3 - Final
For this final round - a category is revealed to all three
players. Each player must nominate an amount from their
total winnings they are prepared to risk on the unrevealed
"answer". Once these are locked in - the answer
is revealed. The players have 30 seconds to write down
heir responses to that answer. At the end of the time
- each players questions are revealed one at a time and
the scores collated (based on whether they came up with
a correct or incorrect response). The player with the
highest monetary value at the end is deemed the winner,
is allowed to keep the money won and comes back as Jeopardy!
champ on the next show.
Players can only return
for a total of five shows before they must retire with
all the winnings to that date.
Of very similiar format
to the American version - it unfortunately didn't enjoy
the same level of popularity. At 6pm , it was up against
the heavyweights of two high-rating, major news bulletins
- it wasn't given much of a chance to thrive or even survive.
In my opinion - it's aformat which should be given another
chance in this country - especially now that true quiz
shows are in short supply on our screens.