Carlton UK Productions in association with Central for ITV, 7 June 1995 to 17 July 1996 (13 episodes in 2 series)
A tough one, this - either you love it or you hate it. Each show was themed - Western, Space, Circus, that kind of thing. At the beginning of the show, there were five contestants, each one hoping to win the bar of gold at the top of the pyramid (pictured). It was supposedly a "real" bar of gold worth £5000.
The contestants started at the bottom of the pyramid where there were five screens, one for each contestant. They would be asked a daft "guestimation" question based around that show's theme, such as "How many lines of dialogue did John Wayne speak in True Grit?" Everybody would input their guesses on keypads, and the screens would show their answers. The two people who were furthest out would have to play a game to see who stayed in.
These games would usually involve daft knockabout games involving dressing up, a bit of gunge and possibly some skill. The games were loosely based on the show's theme. The winner would go through to the next round, the loser went home with nothing.
The remaining players were allowed to climb up to the next set of screens on the pyramid, and the process was repeated a further two times until there were only two people left.
They would play a final Bank Raid game for the gold. This was a rather ropey game: race up to the top of the pyramid but on the way, tap in random numbers on each level until you find the correct code number. On the fourth floor, they would input the three numbers they had just found to form a code. Whoever found the correct three-digit code first was the winner.
When it looked like someone would win the end game, but they'd forget one of the numbers and would have to run back down to get it again.
The winners would invariably keep waving around the "heavy" gold bar like it was a Mars bar, proving that it must have been a prop.
Devised by McLaren Entertainment and Carlton Television.
Barry Robinson. Hear it on his website.
One such contestant from this show, South Walian housewife and comedienne January Rees was the subject of two documentary series by HTV Wales which followed her as she prepared for a major national showcase in front of hundreds of agents. Needless to say, viewers got to see her act fail to set the agents alight.
Before the show began, they were calling it It's a Knockout for the 90's. It lasted two series.