The Mint




Main presenters:
Brian Dowling
Craig Stevens
Beverley French
Cat Porter
Kat Shoob
Mark Rumble
Caroline Feraday
Yiolanda Koppel
Simeon Courtie
Milo McCabe

Alan Coxon
Alex Elliott
Keith Price
Kevin Adams
Lesley Collier (one-off)


Ludus for ITV1/Play, 1 April 2006 to 14 February 2007


An attempt to be an upmarket Quizmania, presumably. One of the annoying things about this show was the pretence that it was coming from "The Mint Mansion" and not a television studio - even to the point that the presenters used to get uptight when anyone made reference to a "studio". Still, achieved some status similiar to Quizmania, thanks to the double act of Brian Dowling and Beverley French.


On 12 May 2006, the first jackpot of £107,882 was won by Diane Bailey who guessed the correct code of 8648. The show had previously told people the code began with 86, and that the last digit was an even number and regularly went through a list of numbers that had already been guessed.

The second jackpot of £130,721 (probably the biggest prize to be given away by a participation TV show) was won by a caller called Keith on 20 October 2006. The winning code was 7012 and was given via a general knowledge question, asked by former ITN newsreader Nicholas Owen.

The ITV Play channel broadcast Extra Mint for it's first month on-air. In September, a new series called The Mint Extra (Extra Mint with a new name!) began, consisting of marathon broadcasts of up to 14 hours!

Broadcast from the Maidstone Studios. For those of you know who don't know, there's no such thing as The Mint Mansion!

Like they did with Quizmania, the Nine Network in Australia brought the format to produce their own version of the show, which is no longer airing. What did they let themselves in for...

Voted the Worst New Show in this site's Poll of 2006.

See also

Quizmania, Quiz TV, Izzy Wizzy Let's Get Quizzy and so on.


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