Cash Cab

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John Moody

Co host

Annabel Raftery (voiceover)


Lion Television for ITV1, 13 June 2005 to 29 June 2006 (26 episodes in 2 series + 14 unaired by original network)

Challenge, 22 to 30 March 2007 (last 14 episodes - see Trivia below)


Unwitting and lucky contestants take a unique taxi ride that pays them if they can answer questions right en route. They start with five questions worth £10 each, then five worth £50 each. After that, seven questions are worth £100 followed by the biiiig money £500 questions. But three wrong answers means they're dropped wherever they are. As the opening montage promises, the contestants can phone whoever they like, and even get the help of random passers-by, which gives a bit of variety to the show, and a slight feeling that anything could happen (within strictly-defined parameters).

With the benefits of a well-judged level of jeopardy, a likeable host (who actually is a genuine certified hackney carriage operator) and the difficulty of the questions pitched just about right, this straightforward quiz proved a surprise summer daytime hit with the tastemaking denizens of the UKGS mailing list and has spawned a horde of international remakes including Denmark, France, Spain, Sweden, Finland, Poland, Germany (where it is called Quiz Taxi, truly our favourite foreign retitling), Norway (where Endemol are making it as a prime time show), Australia, Romania, Serbia and the USA.


"If you lose your third life, I will politely, but firmly, ask you to leave..."

"You're on super super sudden death now!"


Adam Wood, who is also the executive producer

Theme music

Augustin Bousfield


The Cash Cab's registration is Y974 CGP. The support car's is V262 KGT. There appeared to be additional support vehicles in the first programme, but maybe he just got stuck behind the same car all day.

The most won so far in a single trip is £5,800, by an employee and his boss.

Glenn Hugill, former host of The Mole, was one of the producers in series one.

The show bobbled around both schedules and channels throughout the runs of the two series. Originally as part of the line-up strand "ITV Day", the first ten episodes of the first series aired during June 2005 with the first seven in the 3pm slot until it swapped timeslots with the second series of Too Many Cooks on episodes 8-10 to 1.30pm, the last ten episodes of the first series aired during September 2005 where it moved back to the 3pm slot. A second series was commissioned, but unfortunately, ITV seemed to have lost interest in the show soon after, throwing the first four of the second series out over Christmas 2005 in a lunchtime slot of 12.30pm, and then scheduling the rest as sacrificial filler around the 2006 World Cup in June months later, to be dropped from the schedules whenever ITV was showing a match. Only two of the remaining sixteen actually went out; the remaining fourteen made their debut as part of a full repeat run of both series on Challenge in March 2007 as a double bill at 10am.

All 40 episodes were made available to view for free on Pluto TV in the UK.

Web links

Wikipedia entry


image:cashcab1.jpg The not-so-Moody cabby.
image:cashcab2.jpg "Can I Phone a Friend?"
image:cashcab3.jpg Why is the cab stopping? Doesn't the green light mean "Go"?
image:cashcab4.jpg "Not when you've lost all three of your lives in my Cash Cab."
image:cashcab5.jpg "Meh, my office is only up the road, anyway."


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