We may never officially know which came first – Endemol buying the The Wall format or hiring hardman cockney actor Danny Dyer to be a gameshow host, and let’s be clear – it’s stunt casting that’s either going to look ingenious or fall very flat, and that’s just Angela Rippon reading the questions.
It’s the BBC’s very own version of International Moderatehit The Wall, where pairs of contestants try and win thousands of pounds (although not, in all likelihood, anywhere close to the US top prize potential of $12m) from the titular wall, gambling on their partner’s ability to answer general knowledge questions. For every correct answer they can drop green balls into the wall, adding wherever they land (and there’s actually a little bit of strategy to this, the bigger amounts are further to the right so they can drop further to the right if they’re comfortable) but wrong answers will take money away. The person answering the questions won’t know if they’re right or wrong or not, leading to a possibly interesting, possibly not buy-out decision at the end of the show depending on how they’ve pitched it.
The US original is basically fine, it remains to be seen if the much smaller stakes (and slightly longer ad-less runtime) still make it worthwhile. Let us know what you think in the comments, Tweacle.