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Duel was an ITV game show presented by Nick Hancock and broadcast on Saturday evenings. Each episode ran for about an hour but the programme didn't last long, only airing between 19th January to 5th of April 2008.
The format and rules of the game were similar each show. Each 'Duel' consisted of two players and each of them began the game with ten poker chips to their name. Each of the chips had some monetary value attached to them. Each contestant would then be asked multiple-choice general knowledge questions. The players were asked to select their answer from the four choices and if they were not sure of the answer they were allowed to cover up to four answers with a poker chip to ensure that they got the right answer. So you could for the first two questions get them right by placing all your chips down on each one but you would only have two chips left at that stage. Each of the players when happy were asked to lock down their answer. For each chip placed on a wrong answer £1000 was added to a rolling jackpot and the chip collected. The jackpot began at £100,000.
To add an element of excitement to the game each player was given an 'accelerator' and if they use this then it forced their opponent into answering the question within seven seconds rather than the no time limit normally allowed. This was extremely useful in forcing mistakes. If at any point in the game a player did not cover the correct answer then the games was over for that round. Both the contestants could be eliminated if they both got the answer wrong.
Once a player won a particular 'Duel' they then played again against a new opponent. After a second consecutive 'Duel' victory the contestant could either leave for a cash sum or play on. Four consecutive victories meant the player won the rolling jackpot which would then be reset for the next game.
It was an exciting concept and very simple but not sure if it ever really took off. I thought it was entertaining enough but go a bit stale after a while.
I had been watching the TV recently with my wife when she mentioned that she wanted to watch 'Duel'. At this point I'd never even heard of it and wondered what it was but, my wife assured me that I'd like it - I was sure this was just a ploy to get to watch it and take over the TV for a change!
So we start watching this programme and I have to say I did end up quite enjoying it - it's not a new thing as it has aired in America but, the concept is a good one and the show does have some serious amounts of cash to be won on it which is always a good way to get viewers to watch it!
The Game -
The idea of the game is that two players start off by sitting facing each other at a large table. They have ten chips to start with and on the table in front of them is a board that has 4 slots of A, B C, and D. In the middle of the table is a small screen that blocks the opposing player from being able to see the other player's board.
When the questions come up, the players have to decide which is the right answer by placing a chip over the right letter - however if they are unsure of the answer or even just don't know the correct one at all they can place chips over as many of the answers as they want providing they have enough chips left to do it!
There is a little twist here though as otherwise it could get a bit boring! The contestants have two buttons next to them - one is to confirm their selection of answers, which, once is pressed they cannot move their chips off the board. The other is a button that they can press so that the other player only has 7 seconds to pick their answers. Generally contestants will press this if they are 100% sure of the answer and they will put their own chip in the correct slot straight away and press it - then the idea is the other player will panic and use all their chips just to make sure they get it right - this way more money is going into the kitty! It can back fire though as sometimes the other player will know it too and only use 1 chip so they have wasted the play of the button and as contestants only get 2 per duel, they really need to be sure that the other contestant doesn't know the answer!
The aim of the game is to win the 'duel' by being the last player left with chips and the player who wins 4 duels in a row will walk away with the cash!
The presenter of the show is Nick Hancock who I think does a good job. He adds to the tension in the game as he keeps talking whilst the players are still deciding on answers and I believe this is what adds to it as the game is all about quick thinking!
Nick Hancock has also been seen presenting 'They think it's all over and 'Win my Wage'.
The contestants -
The first two contestants are pre chosen and come on at the beginning and meet at the table. However once a duel is won, the winning player has to then choose somebody to play against from a choice of three people. They are stood at the back and the player is told their ages and job title. This is quite a psychological thing to do as instantly the player is wondering if it's not the best idea to have one of them because of how intelligent they may be because they may be a teacher or vice versa and might choose somebody younger because they are less likely to know as much etc. Once they have chosen one and the next duel is played, the other two that didn't get picked are still a choice of player plus a new contestant.
The questions -
Now I have watched other game shows quite a lot and always find they start with generally easy ones and work up to the more difficult. I also admit that I'm not the most intelligent bloke on the planet and maybe some of the questions aren't that hard but, somehow, they seem to be more difficult than most game shows straight from the beginning.
Overall opinion -
I really like this game show has it has a lot of tension and is quite fun with the way the players can bounce off of each other. The cash prizes are also good with the possibility for a substantial amount to be won. The biggest prize I have seen won by somebody was £470,000. A very much life changing amount of money!
The show airs on ITV on Saturdays at 7.50pm.
This is a new quiz show on ITV on Saturday nights where contestants can win a lot of money.
The object of the show is to win 4 head to head 'duels' against different people by answering general knowledge questions. In each duel both contestants have 10 chips to start with and are asked the same multiple choice question. They then put a chip over the correct answer (they can't see what the other dueller is doing with their chips). If they are not sure of the answer they can put a chip over any number of the 4 possible answers. Any chips that are put on the wrong answers are taken from the dueller and £1000 is added to the jackpot fund for each chip lost. So if they put down 4 chips they will definitely stay in the duel, but they will lose 3 of their available chips.
The loser of the duel is the first person to get a question wrong, which normally happens when they run out of chips.
The show is presented by Nick Hancock, who used to present They Think It's All Over, and he does a good job of holding the show together.
The jackpot has only been one won on one occasion so far, with the winner taking around £475,000.
In general the contestants don't seem to have very good general knowledge, and the questions are quite easy. It still makes for a really entertaining show though.
Been stuck in bed for a couple of days, I have seen myself doing nothing at all apart from watching television and writing the odd review on here. I have found myself watching programs that I would never even contemplate watching and actually enjoying them. I am putting that down to being ill and being able to put up with the rubbish that is mostly on our television these days.
Duel is a new Quiz show that is shown on ITV1. The previous weeks epiosde which was the one I saw is repeated on ITV2. Hosted by Nick Hancock, a fellow Stokie, I couldn't actually make my mind up whether if was a good game show or not but I found myself watching it and then watching the next episode Saturday Evening.
How It Works
Initially there are three contestants in which two are chosen to Duel. They are seated down a the game board where each have their own board with four options A, B, C and D. There is a barrier in between them that basically stops the opponents from seeing what the other is doing on the other side.
Each player has ten coloured chip which they can use. They are both asked a question and given four answers, thats where the A, B, C and D come in and each contestant needs to answer the question by putting a chip on the correct letter. If they are not sure of what the answer is, if they have enough chips to play every potential answer then there is nothing stopping then from doing that, however it will result in keeping them in the game as they would have got the question right, but they will lose the other three chips if they have covered all four. The correct answer leaves them to keep the chip that is on that answer.
For every lost chip and extra £1000 gets added to the prize fund which currently stands at over 200,000.
The aim of the game basically is to win the duel. Contestants can go out by getting the wrong answer is they have not covered all the chips, they can go out if they run out of chip and once out they stay out and the winner of the duel is able to choose their next opponent, given a small amount of information about what they do for their occupation so they can gage if they can beat them.
An additional feature to the game is what they call an accelator. Each contestant has two of these and are able to play them, best way being if they know the answer, they can press this button which then gives their opponent only ten seconds to make their mind up what answers to covewr and cetainly does put the pressure on.
To win a duel, means that you stay in play and its only when you win two duels that a prize comes into force, which the contestants are offering the opportunity to play on with the risk of being knocked out next time and not winning anything, they are offered a prize in which then they will choose a chip. If it displays a £ sign they will win £10, 000 and walk away straight away. If they show a percentage sign, then they will win 10% of the total prize fund. To win the complete jackpot, a total of four Duels need to be won.
Its not a bad game show, not brilliant and not a great concept to be honest. On for a hour on a Saturday evening, its better than some of the other rubbishs thats on so if you are in, give it a whirl.
Test your skills and confidence and see if you are qualified for the challenge. Duel is a test of courage, skill, general knowledge and sheer strength of mind. Players go head-to-head in a duel of knowledge, battling for the Duel Jackpot, starting at a staggering £100,000!