I’ve basically fallen in love with Italian show Avanti un Altro! (which you can watch ungeoblocked here). I am hoping to find a way to capture the video stream so I can do a proper feature on it at the weekend. The format on paper is nothing much – person at front of queue tries to answer three questions out of four in a set, iof they succeed they pick a tube with (usually) an amount of money in. They must decide to stay on and increase their total or retire from the seat and become King of the Hill, knowing that if they get the next set of questions wrong they’re immediately out the door. Keep going until the end of the show where the person currently in the champions seat gets the opportunity to win all the money they accumulated + €100,000.
It’s basically simple and brilliant and it’s helped no end by a brilliant host and a range of characters who turn up, do some sort of comic skit and then ask special questions for extra bonuses.
Here is the end game. It’s from the Spanish primetime version which is a bit less wacky than the Italian show but adds some interesting and fun elements of its own (such as physical challenges). Basically the contestant has to get 21 questions wrong – the incorrect answer is the correct answer – if they can do that within 2:30 they win all the money they accumulated plus €100,000. If the time runs out, they lose the accumulated money but they can still win up to €100k which starts counting down. The trouble is, if they give a bad response to a question they’ve got to start the entire list all over again at light speed. It’s fun.
(I would have preferred to show from the Italian show, but Mediaset are notoriously quick to get rid of stuff on Youtube so it’s difficult to find a good example)
The “from the top” list quiz has been an Italian staple for years and years – I remember it from Luna Park. It’s especially fun the faster the host goes. This season they’ve introduced an added element in the Italian show, if the money drops down to €50,000 the contestant can opt to freeze the clock on the understanding that that will be the last go and you’ll leave with nothing if you don’t complete the list on that attempt. This getsd round the rather obvious flaw that once you get down to €30k or so and fail you aren’t going to get through the list fast enough to complete.
Someforeign shows you can watch and immediately see how you could translate it to British screens. This is one of them.