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Against The World

Contestants take on the world in this big money quiz show
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In 'Against The World' the contestant will answer ten sets of ten general knowledge questions, each question being worth £10'000, giving a maximum total prize money of £1'000'000. But there's a catch. In this program, the contestant doesn't compete against other contestants. The contestant competes against the world!

The program is broadcast live by a company that has a worldwide presence, such as the BBC, or the Discovery Network. There is only one contestant. He/She will compete for the £1'000'000 from say, a studio in Britain. The next week, the contestant could be from Canada, and he would compete from a studio in Canada. The location that the program broadcasts from changes each week, but there will be a studio audience in each of the participating countries, with the host country being fed through live via a large television screen in each of the participating countries studio. There will also be a number of online players, who get in on the action.

The first question is asked, and the contestant and the studio audiences, and the online players, get ten seconds to answer the question. The next ten questions are asked in a similar fashion. Once the ten questions have been answered, the contestant picks a studio audience, or the internet. The average percentage of correct answers for that studio/internet users is found. That percentage is then taken away from the total amount of money that the contestant won in that round. For example, the contestant got 7 questions right = £70'000. The audience in Australia had average of 68% correct. So the prize money for the contestant from that round is £70'000 - 68% = £22'400 prize money for that round. Each round, a country is 'frozen out', where the audience still competes, but their correct percentage is kept at 0%, so that the contestant can get the full amount that they won, if they choose carefully...

This continues for the full ten rounds, or until the contestant decides to give up and take the money.

If, by the end of the tenth round, the contestant has not won the milion, they may gamble it all for the million. They pick one question at random, again by picking a studio audience, and that question is asked to each studio audience, and to the internet players, but not to the contestant. If more than say, 60% of all the audiences and internet players get it correct, then the contestant gets the million. If not, then he goes away with nothing.

The contestant with the higest correct percentage will get a car, and compete the next week in their countries studio. The next five highest scores world wide will get a car, and the highest score in each audience will get £1'000.

And i know that the name sucks.

[ sctld ], Jun 09 2002

What am I? http://spacemonkeys...space.com/ind2.html
I am a daytime television quiz programme presented by respected Irish broadcaster-
<buzz!> Is it Crosswits?
No, sorry. Tom, play passes to you in the four zone and continues ... now. [calum, Jun 10 2002]


       quite like the title - [sctld] that came out all wrong, sorry. I think the time for the simplistic game show has gone. Can we at any time throw buckets of coloured gunge at the contestants?
po, Jun 09 2002

       You're thinking of tiswas.
[ sctld ], Jun 09 2002

       my grandfather mentioned that. was it a pop group?
po, Jun 09 2002

       It was a tv programme from the 70's, i think.
[ sctld ], Jun 09 2002

       How is this different from Family Feud, in which contestants are pitted against a survey? (The survey essentially takes the place of "the world".) I think that's the show anyway, I rarely watch TV..
Uberminky, Jun 09 2002

       The idea seems strikingly like a show that had a short run in the US a year ago. (I don't remember the title of the show, or if it sucked royal) The game did not have enough rounds to include much of the world -- I think the show was canned when the ‘.com’ bubble burst and telecommunications innovativity went back to the design studio to be renamed "geek showoff stuff". Some of the show was cool:   

       Contestant (appearing to be held upright by 40,000 volts of electricity): "I'll go with my answer, A"
Camera roll to monitor featuring some guy in New Zealand:
New Zealander: "Nah, mate. A joey does poke its ears out of its mama's pouch. I have to disagree with ya and go with answer, B"
reensure, Jun 10 2002

       uber:Family Feud (Family Fortunes, if your British) had the surveys compiled from only one hundred people. They were asked questions with no deffinte answer. Family Feud had ten contestants and no-one doing the survey got a prize. The whole scoring system is different from Family Feud because the survey isn't done in real time. Plus the final question in Family Feud was put to two members of the same family. The final question in this is put to audience members and internet users around the world. Do you want me to mention any more differences?
[ sctld ], Jun 10 2002

       <Richard Dawson>Survey said! Croissant!</Richard Dawson>
thumbwax, Jun 10 2002

       <buzzer> uh-oh! </buzzer>
DrBob, Jun 10 2002

       As long as it bears no resemblance to legendary pan-European quiz Going For Gold.
pottedstu, Jun 10 2002

       ...because such a resemblance would border on the sacrilegious.
calum, Jun 10 2002

       Yes, pottedstu, how, I mean *how*, can you slag off the man with the seventh most attractive voice on radio?!
salachair, Jun 10 2002

       Yes, of course it would affect viewing figures, its all part of the show. Its the fun of not knowing when the show will be broadcast next, will it be in the morning, or in the afternoon. Will you have to take the day of work, or stay up late. The world cup is on at stupid times, and it still gets a large audience, so i don't see why this shouldn't. You're just sore because you may miss a show. Besides, ti will probably be released in book format, and dvd, if marketing get their hands on it...
[ sctld ], Jun 10 2002

       >Do you want me to mention any more differences?   

       No, it's clearly not the "same show". But it's the same concept. There are indeed differences. Just like there are differences between all the lame "reality" shows on TV right now. That doesn't make it new though. I say it's baked.
Uberminky, Jun 10 2002

       If their are differences, and quite large ones at that, then the idea is new, and so is not baked. Find a link to a similar show, with similar rules, on a similar scale, with similar prize structure. This is the custom in the halfbakery, calling 'baked' should result in a link.
[ sctld ], Jun 11 2002

       Can the link be to Julia Child or The Galloping Gourmet - Graham Kerr? They baked a few things.
thumbwax, Jun 11 2002

       George, the world cup is not the biggest sporting event in the world. You will find that the biggest sporting event in the world is the Olympic Games.   

       I'm not painting going for gold a different colour, or any of those other games adn marketing them at you, er, i mean dogs. Essentially, every quiz show is the same, granted. Questions are given, questions are answered, the winner gets a prize. Whats different is the way these things are presented. THis is a unique presentation, and a unique twist on an exostent format, which is essentially where most ideas come from.   

       Explain to me the similarity with the Weakest Link, i fail to see any true connection.
[ sctld ], Jun 11 2002

       To be fair to [[sctld]], this is in the category of culture: game show: quiz. You can't really call baked on the basis of it being a quiz game show (all quiz game shows are essentially similar) without asking for removal of this entire category.
stupop, Jun 11 2002


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