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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