This is a much missed teatime favourite.
No I am not talking about Kit Kats or fondant fancies or tunnocks teacakes. I am talking about a quiz show hosted by William G Stewart - a bit of a ladies man by the looks of things, him being a little suave.
It is was general knowledge quiz which started with fifteen contestants. It was played in a knockout style which whittled the competitors down as it went on.
The competitors were arranged in a semicircle, each behind their own poduim, which displayed three lights. William G would go around te semicircle asking each competitor a question in turn. In the first round if they got their question wrong, one light would go off. In the next part of this round if they got their second question wrong as well, both remaining lights would go off and that person would sit down - be out of the game.
The next round would see remaining competitors with either two or three lights still lit (lives) depending on how well they did in the first round. Competitors effectively knocked each other out by nominating the next person who should answer a question. Getting a question wrong resulted in a light being extinguished, until a competitor had no more lights left, thus ending their participation in the game. If a competitor got a question right, they would nominate the next person to be asked a question. This continued until only three contestants were left, and led on to our final round.
The final round was played for points. The last three competitors were also given a fresh set of three lives. Forty questions were asked, though this time round the competitors had the choice of nominating someone else to answer, or fielding the question themselves - deciding which way to go depended on a little luck and a little knowledge of your other competitors strengths - often a competitor would choose to take a question and could more or less go straight through the round with the others getting very few chances to answer.
This in my opinion was one of the best quiz shows around. I like to watch these quiz shows to give my own brain a little workout, so generally I am not to interested in the format, or who wins - I watch for purely selfish reasons. I did though enjoy the format of this, how it whittled contestants down and fro mtime to time Stewart's 'banter' was entertaining.
I would really like to see this back on the telly. As far as I am aware it isn't on any of the 'repeat' channels - I would enjoy it if it was, but yes, I would like to see a fresh series.
Fifteen to One was a popular general knowlege quiz show that I used to watch regularly in the evenings when it was broadcast for fifteeen years between 1988 and 2003. It was shown on Channel 4 and was hosted by Willam G Stewart. I thought it was one of the toughest quiz shows around at the time and very challenging. It was also pretty interesting hence it's long run on TV I guess. Over the course of the show some 30,000 contestants appeared and there were thousands upon thousands of questions asked.
The thing I liked about the show was there was very little chatting between the host and the players which meant it was almost purely focused on the game itself.
The format for the show was the same in every episode. The fifteen contestants would stand in a semicircle each behind their own stand. Essentially they would have their number of name on the stand so everyone knew who they were. Questions would be asked in turn and every time a player got one wrong they would lose one of their three lives in front of them until they were eliminated. During the first two rounds 12 contestants had to be eliminated.
The third and final round featured the three remaining contestants and their lives were reinstated before this round. This final round was played for points. The more lives they had at the end of round 2 would help as this would count towards their final score now. The final round could be quite long as they were whittled down to the final winner of the show.
This was a great quiz show in it's day and well worth watching if they ever show any repeats.
Fifteen To One was a questions based gameshow which ran for almost 16 years from January 1988 - December 2003 and was hosted & produced by William G. Stewart and ran for 30 minutes per show.
There were 15 contestants at the start of the game who stood in a semi-circle with the host in front of them. Each contestant started the same with three lives which were represented by three green lights in front of them. Contestants were then asked one general knowledge question and if they provided an incorrect answer their one of their lives would be removed.
A second round of questioning would begin and if contestants got the second question wrong then both of their remaining lives would also be extinguished and they would be out of the game. Once everybody had been asked two questions any players who had got both wrong had to sit down and their lights were all out and then the remaining questions would have 2 or 3 lives left depending on how well they did in the 1st round. Questions would be asked again and once a contestant answered one correctly they got to then choose somebody else to nominate and if the nominee did not give a correct answer then they lost a life and the nominator chose someone else, however, if the nominee did provide the correct answer they then became the nominator. This would continue until there were just three contestants left who would then be through to the final round.
The final round is played for points with any player with three lives starting the game with three points and then all three remaining players have their lives restored and the first question is open for anybody to buzz in. Once the first question is out of the way then players can choose the option to answer a question or nominate someone else and the game continues until either all players are eliminated or all 40 questions are asked. If there are two or more players left at the end of the last round then whomever has the most points is the winner with 10 points being added to the winners score for each life that they had remaining. The 15 contestants from all 35 series with the best winning scores got to compete together in 2003 for the ultimate trophy which was won by John Harrison.
I used to thoroughly enjoy watching this show and occasionally see re-runs now. I liked the way that there was not much in the way of chat and that they got straight on with the questions at hand and playing the game. It was well hosted and there were lots of interesting contestants on the show. Each episode would be different and some of the questions would be far too hard for me to answer as a young girl but I always gave them a try and I'm sure that my general knowledge vastly improved from watching the show.
If you can find some re-runs of this or perhaps a DVD of some of the best bits then it's definitely worth a watch as it was always great entertainment. I am rating Fifteen to One 4/5 and have knocked off one star because it's no longer on the TV and it might not have been everybodies cup of tea as there was not any real banter between the host and the contestants which seems to be rife on TV shows these days.
I don't know what the pull of this game is, but it's certainly addictive. It must take a lot of courage to apply to be on it, as the first two rounds are sudden death if you get your question wrong each time - so you've told all your mates to watch and could end up looking like a dummy. For those of us who watch at home though, we can try to answer everyone's questions - and there have been some days when I've done really well and others that have made me feel totally ignorant.
Coppit has written a really good review on the structure of the show, so I don't want to step on toes or repeat what has already been said. Read Coppit's opinion for the play-by-play.
William Stewart is a good choice for the quizmaster, a mix of the old suave and debonair. The show just suits him, and he it.
The final round is where the action really begins. You're down to the final three contestants, from the fifteen who started out, and they try to answer questions or nominate one of the other two. The idea is to knock them out by hopefully nominating them to a question that will stump them and cause the loss of one of the three lives they start this round with. You will be surprised by the range of knowledge these people have, and the standard of the show. These are everyday people from all walks of life - students, retirees, harried young mums, Bob from your local ...all different types of people.
This is one of those "intelligent" shows that seem to draw a cross section of viewers who tune in and stay faithful. Why? Because it's a good programme, that's why. Take a look for yourself and see.
Fifteen to One was a general knowledge quiz show that aired on Channel 4 between 1989 and 2003. It was hosted by William G Stewart and was considered to be a very prestigious quiz to win with the overall series winner receiving an ancient artifact as the prize.
The show begins with 15 contestants, and in round 1 each contestant is asked 2 questions, if they get them both wrong they are eliminated. The remaining contestants progress with either 3 lives (if they got both questions correct in round 1) or 2 lives (if they got one question correct in round 1) intact. In round two contestants are asked questions and if the get it wrong they lose a life, if they get it right they get to nominate the next person to answer a question. This contines until 3 contestants are left.
In the final round the 3 contestants answer up to 40 questions in the same style as round 2, gaining 10 points per correct question. If 2 people lose their 3 lives before all 40 questions are asked the surviving cotestant wins, but continues answering questions until they run out of lives or questions.
A leader board is created with the top 15 scorers comig back for the grand final where the series winner is found.
This is a perfect example of a good straight forward general knowledge quiz. No faffing, just tricky questions, and in my opinion that was the secret of its longevity and success. William G Stewart was a bit of a know it all and often smug when people got questions wrong, because he knew the answer to everything (or so he had everyone believe) but he was still the best quiz master ever.
I don't know why the show stopped, but I'd be very happy if it was brought back. The 15 to 1 and Countdown 'quiz hour' was a winer with me and I'm sure many others.
Fifteen to One is a general knowledge quiz show hosted by William G Stewart. It is a Channel 4 programme featuring 15 contestants, each with three lives, and they have to answer three rounds of questions until they are dwindled down to one person, who is the winner and who attempts to achieve a high score to return at the end of the series to beat the best of the best.
The first round of questions progresses to each contestant in turn. If they answer incorrectly, they lose a life. They then have a second question each. If they answer the second question incorrectly as well, they are out, and lose both lives. If they managed to get the first question right but the second wrong, they only lose the one life. If both are answered correctly, they retain all three lives.
After the break, the contestants get the chance to target others by nominating them to answer. Once the contestants are down to three, they go head to head with a limited number of questions to get the highest score possible and retain their lives. The prize is normally intellectual such as dixtionaries and thesauruses and a chance to return for the series final, where the prize is more significant.
It is a gameshow that I find very hard to watch as I can answer perhaps 5 of the questions in general. They are very hard general knowledge questions. I do like Stewart as a presenter, but he is not very charismatic in comparison to other quiz show hosts. I used to watch this with my grandfather, so it holds a bit of sentimental value for me, but I don't watch it by choice any more as I like to be able to answer the questions on the quizzes I watch!!
If you watched 10 editions of 15 to 1 you would probably find it very difficult to differentiate between each one, save of course for the questions. Though even here they have a familiar repetitiveness to them.
The shows contestants have no opportunity to offer any word other than the answer to the question asked by host William G Stewart. As Stewart himself gives no breadth to this task the programme has no visual appeal at all. Unless you know one of the contestants your interest can only be in listening to the question and shouting the answer if you know it. In that case you may as well either get a quizbook and get someone to ask you the questions or even better if you like to test your general knowledge get involved in a pub quiz team.
The programme has a winner but does not have any tension. It could only have tension if you cared a fig who won. I don't.
Your weekday afternoon would not be complete without the inclusion of 15:1, William G. Stewart's dry questionning and bearded retired people from Shropshire pitting their general knowledge skills against students and investment bankers. The show is one of Channel 4's better daytime shows, it fills that gap (or always used to before work came along and made me miss all daytime TV) between Quincy (old news by now but you know what I mean) and Children's TV's ending "older kids" bit at the end - how I used to love Grange Hill and Blue Peter, ah the student life for me... What's it all about? -------------------- Very appropriately named, 15 players begin the show and it gets wittled down to 1. How does this happen? --------------------- Well, each contestant begins with 3 lives, these are shown by green lights on the front of their podium bit. They stand in a semicircle, the focus of which is William G. Stwewart himself. William stands there, all moody looking and severe, a huge wad of question cards in his hand and begins to go through the contestants one by one, beginning at one and working his way along he asks 2 questions of each (one per rotation). After this section any contestant with less than 2 lights still lit will be asked to sit down and will be out. After the initial round we need to get on to the final, to do this we're on to the nomination round. Beginning at the lowest number to get through Billy asks the 1st question, if the right answer is given the contestant gets to nominate another to be asked the next one, this way the weak get elinminated and the strong survive. If a question is answered wrongly a life is lost and the next in line gets the next one, and so on and so forth until we get down to 3 contestants. The Final: "It is, as it must be, 12 down and 3 to go. Those 3 are..." 3 left, each get 3
lives and the appropriate number of points for their remaining lives from the previous round. The aim of the final is to be the last one there and with a HUGE amount of points to be get you a place on the finals board and so be in the Grand Final. To play this game you've got a continuation of the question or nominate theme, beginning with a hands-on-the-buzzer section for the first question (you need to have 3 correct before you before the buzzer section is over). So, you can nominate the weaker players and get rid of them but then there's fewer questions to be answered and so fewer points to be earned. A game of strategy - if you nominate someone and they go on to take the rest of the questions then you'll be kicking yourself as they get to the Grand Final before you and if you take all questions to build up your points and end up getting one wrong you're in just as deep trouble. After all the questions have been asked and the scores totted up, the contestant with the highest goes on to the finals board, if not enough points have been gained they get to come back for a later show and another try at it. What do I think? ---------------- I really love 15:1, it is such a lopng time since I have seen it now that I must be mad to try to write this opinion, correct the mistakes folks :) As a student I was very impressed with the contestants that this show attracted, all wear suits or big baggy jumpers, they are usually students themselves, either that or retired people. I love the beards and ruddy cheeks that are so readilly on display and the ammount of Angorra...WOW. The set is minimalist (call the 4.00 - 5.00 segment of CH4's schedule the "minimalist hour" what with Countdown being on directly afterwards), a sinmple horseshoe set for the contestants to stand behind with William G. Stewart, the most minimal host in the world, as the focal point. From there the 3 linked
podiums of the final are the same set up. Brightly lit, roomy studios add top the ambiance and make for great viewing. Prizes wise there is nothing to make me want to get onto this show, the prizes on offer are generally some kind of pottery item or piece of crystal from years ago. Not very impressive and usually VERY ugly. The questions are usually a lot more difficult than your usual show, it really taxes the brain trying tgo keep up with the intro round never mind the rest of the quiz. In one sentance: Very good viewing with beards and a presenter who can only speak in monotone - brilliant stuff. CH4 - 4.00pm, weekdays.
This show is one of the most serious and more "mature" game shows in the UK. It doesn't follow the trend of being rude to conteastants or giving away large sums of cash, it simply relies on people's general knowledge. The aim of the game is to get all 15 people that start, down to just 1, through the process of elimination. In the first round, the host, William G Stewart, goes around the 15 conteastants,1 by 1, asking them a series of quick-fire general knowledge questions. If they get it wrong, they lose 1 of their 3 lives. After he has gone round once, he goes around again. And if you've already got a question qrong, you have to answer this one to stay in the game, otherwise you are out. In the next round, the people that are left can nominate others to answer a question. This happens,as long as the conteastant being asked in the first place, gets the question right. The amount of lives you have ekft from the first round is carried over to this round, and when your 3 lives have gone, you are out. As soon as there are only 3 people left, no matter how many lives they have, they go through to a final. Their points tally begins with the amount of lives they had in the previous round. So, for example, if you had 2 lives left, you would start with 2 points and so on. 40 questions are asked, and the first person to answer 3 questions correctly, gets to get a choice - question or nominate, and if you get it right, you get that choice all the time. The winner is the person with the highest score or usually, the person left standing at the finish. Your wining score gets put on the finals board, and if it is high enough, and in the top 15 scores, you go through to the GrandFinal at the end of the series. The prizes are very elegant - usually very precious antiques or historic possessions. There is one prize awarded to the overall Finals Board Winner, and one given to the Grand Final Winner. It can be quite tedious on some days, with the amount of questions asked in order to eliminate people to get down to 3, for the final. But on most days, it is quick, and there are usually some very challenging questions aked, to get your brain working. Overall, the shows success is down to the knowledge of the conteastants and the fact that it is different from modern quiz shows and doesn't need to offer a big incentive to appear or make fun of people to attract viewers.
I watch may game shows, and this one in particular I have been watching for quite a few years now. Presented by William G Stewart, it consists of 15 contestants all standing round in a semi-circle behind their allocated table. The first round is pretty quick. William asks each person 2 questions. (Each person has 3 lives). If they get the 1st question wrong, they loose 1 life. If they get the 2nd question wrong, then they are out of the game, and they sit down with their light going out. Those still standing goes through to the 2nd round. Again, a series of questions are fired to the contestants. These questions can be about Politics, Religion, History, Music, General Knowledge etc. This round continues until there are 3 remaining contestants still standing. The last round consists of the 3 finalists getting asked questions again from the same sort of categories. The one still standing, or has the most points, wins. The winner goes onto the finals board. Depending on how many points he/she acquired, depends on whether they make it to the grand final or not! It's better if they get around 200 points or more to be certain of getting in the final. Each winner will be asked to return in the next season of the show. The person who wins the final can win an ancient treasure of some sort, like a vase, bowl or dish! @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ I like this show. You can learn a lot from the answers to the questions, and some of the contestants are interesting! Every game is different, which I like.
15 to 1 is a general knowledge quiz show for complete brainiacs. If your usual idea of a decent quiz is something like Supermarket Sweep or Family Fortunes then this probably isn’t going to be your cup of tea, but if you prefer something along the lines of University Challenge or Mastermind, then definitely check this out. Created, written and presented by William G. Stewart, 15 to 1 has been a part of the Channel 4 early evening schedule for a number of years now and its popularity doesn’t seem to wane. In my opinion it is one of the best quizzes on television, outwardly unexciting but strangely compelling. The quiz itself consists of 3 rounds of tough general knowledge questions. 15 contestants begin at the start of the quiz, arranged in a semi-circle around the quizmaster William G. Stewart and each is asked a question in turn for two rounds. Each starts with 3 lives, but if they get both of these questions wrong then they are eliminated from the game. After each has answered these 2 questions the game moves on to the second round where each player is asked another question and is then given the opportunity to nominate who should answer the next if they get it right. If they answer wrongly then the person who nominated them is asked to nominate someone else. This is the beginning of the tactical part of the game where each contestant tries to eliminate some of the better players whilst themselves staying in the game to reach the final. This continues until there are only three players left whereby these three then go through to the final. The final begins with a brief description of the finalists. The remaining lives from the last round are converted into points although only only one for each life, and the questions in this round are worth 10 points each(although this has proven crucial in some games). There is a limit of 40 questions here and the idea is that the finalists try to amass enough enough points to make it onto the fi
nals board and make the grand final at the end of the series. The first couple of questions are ‘on-the-buzzer’ but once someone has answered 3 questions, then the round turns to ‘question-or-nominate’ whereby whoever answers a question correctly has the opportunity to either take another question and amass their points or nominate someone else to take a question in order to eliminate them from the round. Get a question wrong and you lose a life, become the last player remaining but with not enough points to make the finals board and you are invited back to try again in the next series. Get eliminated before this and you’ve lost, nothing more, nothing less. At the end of each series(although they tend to blend in together now) there is a grand final in which all those who made the leaderboard compete against each other in an extended show for the glory of winning and a rather interesting prize. This is one of the strangest things about this program. The winner of the earlier rounds get nothing, its only the grand final winner and the person who acheived the highest score from the previous rounds who gets a prize and its usually quite a bizarre one at that. You do not get the usual holiday to Barbados, Car, Cash, etc. but something like a 3000 year old archeological artefact instead...very strange...but different at least! I can not say that its the most exciting quiz on the television, there are none of the flashy sets, loud music, fast talking hosts, gags etc. but it is still quite good fun nonetheless. William G Stewart is not exactly the most charismatic presenter on television but is well suited to the program he created. If you like general knowledge quizzes and are looking for something to tax the brain cells then I suggest you check this out.
Fifteen to One is a quiz show I had heard about but stumbled on by accident one afternoon and now it is the only quiz show I watch. It is screened on weekdays between 4:00 and 4:30pm on Channel Four and hosted by William G. Stewart It operates a knock out system where all contestants start with three lives. The questions are general knowledge, with a wide range of subjects covered from classical literature and the bible to pop music and politics. A correct answer will keep you in the game and an incorrect answer will lose you a life. This process continues through two rounds until only three contestants remain. At this stage, the aim is to qualify for the series final by obtaining one of the fifteen highest scores in the series. The correct answer of a question will result in you gaining 10 points and an incorrect answer results in you losing one of the three lives given to you at the start of the round. In this round after correctly answering a question, you are given the option of a further question or nominating another contestant in the hope that they answer incorrectly and are knocked out. My Opinion This is a quiz show which does not rely on gimmicks like others do and where all contestants stand an equal chance of winning. The questions while challenging do not reach the level of those asked on University Challenge but offer a good chance to improve general knowledge and are generally answerable. I feel that Fifteen to One is a show aimed at all ages but it’s afternoon schedule where it is in competition with children’s T.V. will mean that it never gets the recognition and audience share it truly deserves.
For those that have never seens the program (and you are in a minority) I shall begin right at the very start. This is a quiz show on Channel 4 and has been running since the dawn of time - or at least since C4 began anyway, and it is hosted by William G Stewart. As the title would suggest, it begins with 15 people and continues until there is a winner. The contestants are lined up in a curve across the studio - like 'The Weakest Link', and each one is given three lives to last the first half of the show. Each of the contestants will be asked two questions in round one, providing they get one correct they will go through, two wrong and the third life becomes worthless. After this round the remaining contestants are asked questions, losing a life for a wrong answer (obviously) and being able to nominate a 'number' (contestant) to answer the next, should that person get it wrong they can nominate again until the person gets it right. Due to the 'lives' nature of the show, the nominations can be crucial. You can either nominate in order to get others to lose their last lives. Or you can take a risk and try to get one of the better players to lose a life to aid you should you reach the last phase. The fianl round is between the last 3 who had lives remaining at the end of round 2. Why would better players going into the last round with fewer lives be helpful - after all, everyone is given a fresh three lives for it? Well in Fifteen to One the number of lives you have left at the end of the second round will be the score on which you start the final round. For example, if you do not get a question wrong in the entire show, your score will be '3' without answering a question in the final round. So obviously here, in this round a 3 is better than a one, it means you can answer the same number of questions as someone else, yet still win due to your better form over the whole show. But of course, this is assuming
you play the last game that way, you could opt to have another question to improve your score - 15 to 1 is severly tactical but it doesn’t appear so on the surface. As for the questions, well they are good! No easy answers here, they tax the mind to the full. Probably equated to some of the more difficult questions on University Challenge. At the end of the show you may make it on to the 'Finals Board'. By the end of the series this will contain the best 15 scores throughout, and these people will contest the Grand Final, this again shows the importance of that little number you carry through from round 2. It has to be said that for a daily quiz show this beats the pants off the weakest link, every day may get repetative, but the questions don't seem to do so. The show has been going for 18 years and is still great in my opinion and it is a great shame it is tucked away at 4pm on Channel 4.
‘Fifteen to One’ is one of the most serious quizzes on TV. What I mean is that there’s no messing about, no cheek remarks like from Anne Robinson or the waiting game like from Chris Tarrant. William G. Stewart presents a very good quiz show. There’s no dramatics, just good questions being answered. Fifteen to One is what the title states, fifteen contestants who have three lives start the game. They are asked general knowledge questions, they have to keep their lives to stay in the game. However, once you get a question right, you then can nominate a question to be answered by another contestant. You can either nominate tactically or randomly the choice is yours. Th questions are very difficult compared to some other quiz shows. You have to display a very good general knowledge to become the winner. If you do your points total go on a board and if you get on, then you get invited back. I think if you become the champion in ‘Fifteen to One’ then you really must be very clever. The reason I like ‘Fifteen to One’ is that you do actually learn something, I may only get a few questions right in the entire show but you do learn a lot from it. There are some areas where you maybe familiar with but I think to win any general knowledge your knowledge really must be good. The layout of ‘The Weakest Link’ is similar, a bit of copying going. The same arched shape this quiz has. I wonder what ‘Anne Robinson’ would say about that. I don’t think there is an age limit to watch this show, it’s for all ages. The presenter is good, and the shows intelligence, serious without the cheeky remarks….(unlike Anne Robinson).
Fitfteen-To-One is a game show on Channel 4, presented by William G. Stewart. It is a show that begins with fifteen contestants standing in a semi-circle. They have to answer questions and get eliminated if they get the wrong answer, until there are only three people left who go into the final, to find the overall winner. The questions are of a very high standard - more like Mastermind than Family Fortunes. It is not the sort of programme where the viewer will know all the answers, or even half of them. It is a good, interesting show, but the presenter is extremely dull and uncharismatic. William G. Stewart rarely smiles, has the presence of a sour headmaster and the programme would be so much better with someone different in front of the camera. You would never believe he was instrumental behind the phenomenally successful Bless This House in the 1970s. He is the producer of the show though, so is pretty much allowed free rein to present it. He is the only weak link though in a show which is very good overall.