The Tournament

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There's high drama as thee players walk into their positions, all pounding drums and flashing lights. Before the show, the players had a test of their knowledge in various categories, and Alex uses this info to tell us who's expected to be better.
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There's high drama as the players walk into their positions, all pounding drums and flashing lights. Before the show, the players had a test of their knowledge in various categories, and Alex uses this info to tell us who's expected to be better.
And after all this fluff, the head-to-head finally takes place. Give eight more correct answers than your opponent and you've won the game. Otherwise, whoever's ahead after two minutes is the winner. Still tied? They'll ask another question until a winner is found. All questions are on the buzzers, all questions can and should be interrupted. Questions can be handed over on an error.
And after all this fluff, the head-to-head finally takes place. Give eight more correct answers than your opponent and you've won the game. Otherwise, whoever's ahead after two minutes is the winner. Still tied? They'll ask another question until a winner is found. All questions are on the buzzers, all questions can and should be interrupted. Questions can be handed over on an error.

Current revision as of 11:42, 28 November 2021

Contents

Host

Alex Scott

Broadcast

QITV for BBC One, 8 November 2021 to present

Synopsis

The Tournament is played by eight contestants, each is in their separate nook around the rim of the studio. Alex is in the middle.

Alex Scott in the studio.

We go round the ring, and meet the players. Each states their name, location, occupation, and gives a reason why they're bound to win. "A battle cry", claims Alex. Already, The Tournament strikes a false note, trying to be harder and nastier than it actually is.

There's a quickfire opening round, eight multiple-choice questions. We see who got each question right and wrong, and how quickly they respond. These results form the leaderboard: most right answers at the top, ties broken by speed of response.

Matthew is the strongest link with six correct answers...

The top player on the leaderboard carries £500 into the next round. Next player has £350, then £300, £250, £200, £150, £100. The bottom-ranked player takes a mere £10 through.

Whoever's top of the board gets first choice of their opponent, and first choice of seven categories selected for the show. These categories are broad ones – "Natural World" or "Science and Technology".

Unexpected video game riff in the afternoons.

There's high drama as the players walk into their positions, all pounding drums and flashing lights. Before the show, the players had a test of their knowledge in various categories, and Alex uses this info to tell us who's expected to be better.

And after all this fluff, the head-to-head finally takes place. Give eight more correct answers than your opponent and you've won the game. Otherwise, whoever's ahead after two minutes is the winner. Still tied? They'll ask another question until a winner is found. All questions are on the buzzers, all questions can and should be interrupted. Questions can be handed over on an error.

The winner of each contest takes the money assigned to their opponent – so if you beat the £200 player, you add £200 to whatever you took into the round. If you complete the win inside two minutes – a "knockout" – there's a bonus £500 to be had. Alex always refers to it as a "cheeky" bonus.

Blue has 18 seconds to give two more correct answers and gain the bonus.

So there are four of these head-to-head contests, reducing the contenders to four. Whoever's got the most cash picks their opponent for the second round, and picks the subject from the three remaining. The semi-final format is exactly the same as the first round.

The final round involves the last two players, it's always general knowledge. Players are looking to win the money they've taken into the round, the total isn't added together. And, yes, all the main quiz rounds are exactly the same, two-minute tug of quizzes.

It is possible for someone to win the final by a knockout, eliminating their opponent in the two minutes. When this happens – and it's a rare achievement – a Golden Run happens. Three correct answers in 30 seconds to double the prize money.

Someone is absolutely certain to go away from every episode with a decent amount of money – a theoretical maximum of £5800, typically £1000-£1500.

A rare Golden Run in progress, all the contestant crannies are lit in gold.

The Tournament feels wrong, even though the show is perfectly fine. The show seems to encourage people to be nasty and objectionable. There are flashes of aggression, people give a little disrespect to their opponents. But, by and large, the players are pleasant and not at all obnoxious.

The Tournament has the atmosphere of a primetime programme played for lifechanging stakes, it wants to be bigger than a decent holiday on daytime BBC1.

Inventor

Devised by James Rawson, Dan Schreiber, Simon Urwin

Theme music

Music composed by Stefano Civetta

Trivia

The first television format for QITV, a production house spun out of the very successful show QI.

See also

Weaver's Week review

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