2000 to 1



Michael Parkinson and Katy Hill (1999)

Dale Winton (2001)


Announcer: Alan Dedicoat


BBC One, 4 December 1999 to 16 March 2001 (11 episodes in 2 series, 2001 as 1000 to 1)


On the basis that bigger is better and Fifteen-to-One is great, surely this is going to be 133⅓ times greater, surely? Well actually... not really.

It had a noble cause, though. In order to qualify you had to donate your final hour's pay of the millennium to the Children's Promise, a charity that hopes to make kids lives easier. To make it even better, the eventual winner won double their salary and a whole year off work.

Now in theory that sounds great, and then you realise that the sort of people who would donate the cash probably don't earn that much anyway, and twice very little is still little so you can forget going around the world. So what you've really won is boredom for a whole year. Excellent! It's Ultra Quiz all over again!

Hosted by the thinking woman's Terry Wogan chat-show king Parky and the unthinking man's Carol Vorderman Katy Hill, every week for five whole weeks 400 people would congregate into a studio and would get whittled down to one eventual winner who would go through to the final.

File:2000to1 presenters.jpgWe did NOT apply to be contestants on All Star Cup.

And they'd do this by being split up into several groups. After several multiple choice questions, the groups that did the worst would be eliminated until they reduced 400 to just 25. This was done by dividing the audience up into coloured sectors, the lowest scoring sectors getting knocked out in pairs after every few rounds. This was completely unfair, and they knew it.

From the final 25, it was every man and woman for themselves. The five individuals who did worst (in terms of answer and speed of response) over pairs of questions would be whittled away until there was just five, and then they'd be reduced to two. At this stage, the losers would be bathed in a beam of strong white light so we can't see them anymore. The final pair would do the Millennium Minute - 60 seconds of rapid-fire either/or questions and whoever did best went through to the final on Millennium Eve.

And herein lies our problem. We were all too out of our heads to care who won because we weren't watching. Somebody must have won though. [Actually, it was John Mitchell, who looked like Jesus. Apparently. - Ed]

1000 to 1

File:1000 to 1 set.jpgThe set

The show returned in early 2001, but with half the number of players, entitled 1000 to 1. And half the number of hosts; gone were Parkinson and Hill, to be replaced by then odd job man Dale Winton. The ultimate winner won 1000 prizes for themselves, and 1000 prizes for Comic Relief projects across the UK (it was a Comic Relief tie-in, you see).

File:1000 to 1 audience.jpgThe audience/players

The rounds were interspersed with Red Nose News with Angela Rippon and Harry Hill, the latter wearing a red nose which constantly inflated and deflated.

File:1000 to 1 question.jpgThe multiple choice graphic


Based on an idea by Richard Curtis.

Theme music

Chris Goulstone


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