Cleverdicks
GenreGame show
Presented byAnn Widdecombe
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series1
No. of episodes30
Production
Running time60 minutes (inc. adverts)
Production companySplash Media
Release
Original networkSky Atlantic
Picture format576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original release27 February (2012-02-27) –
6 April 2012 (2012-04-06)

Cleverdicks is a game show that originally aired on Sky Atlantic, hosted by Ann Widdecombe, now shown on Challenge. Four contestants compete each episode for the right to call themselves "cleverdicks" and play for a cash jackpot. As explained by host Widdecombe at the top of the first episode, a cleverdick is a person who is "irritatingly and ostentatiously knowledgeable or intelligent." The question material is therefore primarily academic in nature.

The show deliberately featured Britain's top quiz contestants (people who had won other shows). The very first show had David Stainer, one of the top quizzers in the world and champion of champions on Only Connect. He had a big score in the first round but lost to Rob Hannah (from Eggheads, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and other shows).

In later shows Rob Hannah reached the final several times and beat several other top quiz players including Alan Gibbs (who also was in a team that won Only Connect), Nic Mortimer (the youngest contestant of the series) and Brian Pendreigh (who was in the news after Eggheads a few weeks before - which his team won).

Gameplay

The game is played in four rounds, with one contestant being eliminated after each of the first three.

Round 1

Each contestant plays this round alone and is given two minutes to identify a series of subjects, each with five clues of decreasing difficulty. They may offer one guess after each clue; a correct answer on the first clue earns five points, with the value decreasing by one point for each additional clue. The contestant may move on to the next subject after any clue. If a clue is being read when time runs out, the contestant is not given a chance to guess. After all four contestants have played, the one with the lowest score is eliminated.

Round 2

The three remaining contestants' scores are reset to zero at the start of this round. Up to five clues to a subject are revealed, one at a time, and contestants must buzz-in to answer. A correct response scores points as in Round 1 and gives the contestant the first chance to answer three related questions for one point each. Any missed questions are offered on the buzzer for the opponents. After eight subjects and question sets, the lowest scorer is eliminated.

Round 3

The high scorer from Round 2 decides who will begin this round. The host asks one question at a time to each contestant in turn; a miss or failure to answer adds a triangle to that contestant's side of the board, starting from the bottom and stacking up, while a correct answer removes a triangle as long as the side is not empty. As the round continues, a white line slowly descends from the top of the board. The first contestant whose stack is touched by the line loses the game, while their opponent earns the title of "Cleverdick," the right to return on the next episode, and a chance to play for the jackpot in the final round.

Round 4

Triangles marked with questions in various categories drop onto the board to form a stack, with a new one appearing every six seconds. At any given moment, the contestant may answer only the question on the bottommost triangle. A correct answer drops the triangle out of the stack and shifts all others down by one position. The contestant may move off the current question only by answering it correctly or by using a "drop" to remove it from the stack; the latter option may be used twice during the round.

The stack can hold a maximum of eight triangles before passing a white line at the top of the board. If the contestant can keep the stack under the line for a total of two minutes, they win a cash jackpot that starts at £1,000 and increases by £1,000 for every day it goes unclaimed.

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