It is now made in MediaCity in Salford (although, due to asbestos being found at Granada's Manchester studios, parts of the 2006 series were filmed at Yorkshire Television's Leeds studios). The contestant is then given a set period of time, usually two minutes (one minute and a half in semi-finals, similarly hereinafter), to answer questions on a specialised subject which he or she has chosen (see examples below). There's a slightly more sense of fun on the Australian show, but if you like the British version, you'll like this one too--nothing has been dumbed down. Prizes such as trips to the Super Bowl or ESPY Awards were also given, known as "ESPN Experiences". Mastermind I'd love to see an American version with somebody like Meredith Vieira asking the questions (sorry, ESPN's "Two Minute Drill" doesn't count), but the questions would have to be a lot easier, which would destroy the intent of the show. The last programme of the original series was filmed at St Magnus Cathedral in Orkney.. If time runs out while a question is being read, the questioner will finish it and give the contestant a few seconds to answer. In the late 1970s, Noel Edmonds' radio Sunday lunchtime show used to feature a send-up called "Musty Mind" where a phone-in contestant would be asked ludicrous questions on a parody of a serious subject, such as the "Toad Racing" or, on another occasion, "The Cultural and Social History of Rockall" – Rockall being a bald lump of uninhabited rock in the eastern Atlantic. With Jennifer Byrne, Greg Eccleston. The second occasion was in 1998, when Magnus Magnusson appeared as a guest. View production, box office, & company info. However, he did not win, being beaten by one point after achieving a final score of 32. Contestants faced questions fired at them by a panel of four sports and entertainment celebrities for two minutes; like Mastermind, there were two rounds of questions, but the first round had each panellist's questions representing a different sports category pertaining to their area of expertise, and the second round had no categories and the contestant could not control who asked the questions; they were fired at random. The contestant's score is displayed on screen; beginning with the 2016–17 series, the border around the score gradually turns blue (black in the 2019–20 series) during the final 10 seconds. In 1975 The Goodies featured Mastermind in the episode "Frankenfido" when a dog (Bill Oddie in a suit) appeared on the show and managed to correctly answer questions asked of it as they all had answers that could be represented by growls, such as 'bark' and 'ruff'. The winners advance to the next round, for which they must choose a different specialised subject. By using the red button viewers could play the general knowledge section throughout the series. However, if the contestant passes, the questioner moves straight on to the next question: the answer is not read out until the end of the round. Each of the tied contestants answers the same set of questions individually, with the others exiting the studio so that they cannot hear the results. Buy the app to disable ads. The Channel 4 Prank programme Balls of Steel parodied Mastermind with its sketch The Alex Zane Cleverness Game, in which experts were quizzed on their specialist subjects (included were "The Life of Anne Frank", "Eurovision Song Contest Winners", and "Hercule Poirot"). The result: not much difference. The current record for the lowest score in the specialist subject round is jointly held by Simon Curtis and Steve Ferry, who both only scored 1 point when answering questions on the life & films of Jim Carrey and the Thirty Years' War respectively. Apply now for Mastermind, the legendary and iconic quiz show that is renowned for setting the toughest questions on television. The format was different, however, with Wise, then Morecambe, being asked 10 questions each. Originally, the contestants played in the same order as in the first round; currently, they play in ascending order by first-round score. The specialist subject was The History of the Home Video Recorder, 1972 to 1984. Contestants sit in a black leather chair, lit by a solitary spotlight in an otherwise dark studio. Its current whereabouts are unknown. This convention has led to the programme's catchphrase, "I've started so I'll finish." It was originally broadcast late on a Sunday night and was not expected to receive a huge audience. It was hosted by Peter Snow. With Discovery Channel having commercials, this shortened the amount of time available for the answering of questions and lasted just one series. It came back in 2008 as a 10-part competition this time entitled Sport Mastermind. I've recently gotten hooked on the British version of what is sometimes considered television's toughest quiz, and when I ran across the Australian version on YouTube I decided to compare the two. Like Mastermind, 2 Minute Drill featured a leather chair, dramatic lighting and sound effects. Another spoof was featured in Armando Iannucci's 2004: The Stupid Version, where a contestant's specialist subject was "The television series Thunderbirds and Lady Penelope's Cockney chauffeur". 0 of 0 people found this review helpful. There was another series in 2005 (subjects included Black Holes and the Star Wars trilogy), which was won by Robin Geddes, whose specialist subjects were The Vicar of Dibley and A Series of Unfortunate Events, with a third series airing in 2006, won by Domnhall Ryan, and featuring subjects such as Harry Potter and Chelsea Football Club, and a fourth series in 2007 won by Robert Stutter and a fifth series later that year won by David Verghese. In each, Benny played the role of Magnússon while Jackie Wright played the hapless contestant. The BBC's satirical current affairs quiz show Have I Got News for You has parodied the show several times, by turning the lights down – except for spotlights above select chairs – and playing the theme tune, before subjecting at least one of the panel to some rigorous questioning. The twist was that Archer's puppet, being incapable of answering questions about himself without exaggeration or evasion, ends the round with zero points. The difficulty can be changed. The first occasion happened on the 1995 video special, where only regular captains Ian Hislop and Paul Merton were asked questions; Hislop on "The Life and Lies of Jeffrey Archer", and Merton on "Absurd Newspaper Stories Between 1990 and 1995". Its creator, Bill Wright, drew inspiration from his experiences of being interrogated by the Gestapo during World War II. Berry chose his specialist subject as Alton Towers and only scored 3 points before a blackout, in which he apparently shoots the host after being told to sit down. Members of the public answer questions on a specialist subject and general knowledge in a bid to become Australia's Mastermind. This prank delayed the recording of two programmes. His specialist subject was "The World Chess Championships". She is currently the only ever contestant to score no points in a round. In his early routines Bill Bailey would often parody the Mastermind music, finding it very sinister. He or she walks over to a black chair and sits down. Mastermind Game Show Software Game Show Model v.1.0 This application is a model of a Monty Hall style game show where the player is allowed to pick one of three doors. All four panellists were asked questions on this occasion. No need to waste time endlessly browsing—here's the entire lineup of new movies and TV shows streaming on Netflix this month. features: - one or two players - the current game is saved automatically and can be resumed - select 2 to 8 colors - select 4 to 6 pegs - statistic for single player mode Now for free! The score was equalled in November 2009 by gas fitter Michael Burton; he only scored 2 for his specialist subject, Angels. In one of the parodies the show was called "Masterbrane". In the United States, the game show 2 Minute Drill on sports network ESPN had its roots in Mastermind.  The original black chair was given to Magnus Magnusson as a souvenir when he retired from the show,  and is now owned by his daughter Sally Magnusson who inherited it following her father's death in 2007. Also in 2004, Johnny Vaughan's BBC Three show Live at Johnny's featured a version called Mastermind Rejects—the premise being that the specialist subjects were too ludicrously obscure even for Mastermind. She passes on all but one question, which she answers incorrectly anyway. A special guest would always be invited to present the trophy to the winner, with the exception of the final edition in 1997, in which Magnusson presented it himself. Choose an adventure below and discover your next favorite movie or TV show. In 1974, Morecambe and Wise performed a sketch based on Mastermind, which featured Magnússon and the black chair. Unlike the original version, this version is studio-based. . Title: During Magnus Magnusson's tenure as presenter, the trophy was specially manufactured by Caithness Glass. Ant won. But because the Australian version is on five days a week, the highest scorers on Monday-Thursday return on Friday for the week's championship and the right to move on.