15 To 1

Channel 4 (ended 2003)


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15 To 1 was a daytime quiz show in which 15 contestants were whittled down to one winner. The programme dispensed with the usual niceties of quiz shows, with host William G Stewart rarely indulging in banter with contestants. His hard-line approach is often cited as an influence on future "cruel" quiz hosts such as Jeremy Paxman on University Challenge and Anne Robinson on The Weakest Link, though in reality Stewart always took more of a "no-nonsense" approach, rather than being outright nasty. Contestants were eliminated by their inability to answer questions (three wrong answers - or two in the opeining round - and you're out); the last three standing took part in a head-to-head finale in which correct answers scored ten points each, the top 15 scorers in each series returned for a grand final with an historical artefact (usually from ancient Rome or Greece, sometimes older) as the series trophy. The series' top scorer also recieved an antique prize, usually decorated glassware. The show ended upon William G Stewart's retirement at the end of 2003. There is no editor for this show.

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  • simple but effective quizzing!

    i was only relatively young when i started watching fifteen to one (about 10 yrs old in 2002) so it was near the end then sadly, but whenever i did catch glipses of it or had it on in the background, i always took something away with me after seeing an episode. I loved how it plunged straight into the questions and it didnt go through the tedious, non sensical chit chat and waffle between host and contestant that most other quiz shows have. William G Stewart always seemed to terrify me a bit because he always looked serious when he was reading the questions, a bit like a stern edwardian headmaster type figure haha but even that didn't stop him being the calm, cool, collected, professional, brilliant host. When I heard it was coming back this spring after 11 years off air i was over the moon, shame bill is no longer going to be involved but if sandi toksvig can carry on the same traditions and the format stays the same, i think 15 to 1 will prove to be a massive hit once again, bring on more tough questions! lets hope it proves to be a good move from channel 4!moreless

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