PokerFace

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PokerFace
Pokerface-logo.jpg
Genre Game show
Created by Ant & Dec
Presented by Ant & Dec
Narrated by Tim Caple
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series2
No. of episodes14
Production
Running time60 minutes (inc. adverts)
Production company Talkback Thames in association with Gallowgate
Distributor Fremantle
Release
Original network ITV
Picture format 16:9
Original release10 July 2006 (2006-07-10) 
3 March 2007 (2007-03-03)

PokerFace (also known as Ant & Dec's PokerFace) is a British game show broadcast on ITV, where one person is guaranteed to win £1 million. The show was created by Ant & Dec, who also host it. As implied by the title, PokerFace, is based on the bluffing aspect of poker games. The contestants do not necessarily need to get the questions right in order to win, and can bluff their way through the game and pressure their opponents into folding in order to win.

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The show was originally going to be called The Con Test, but the name was changed just weeks before the show began. However, the Australian version is called The Con Test . Series 1 of the show was aired nightly for seven consecutive days (the seventh show being the final), whilst series 2 saw the show moved to a Saturday prime-time slot, lasted for seven weeks.

Format

RoundQuestionsValue
PreliminaryFinal
18£500
(£4,000)
£1,000
(£8,000)
25£750
(£3,750)
£1,500
(£7,500)
3£1,000
(£5,000)
£2,000
(£10,000)
4£1,250
(£6,250)
£2,500
(£12,500)
5£1,500
(£7,500)
£3,000
(£15,000)
Maximum total£26,500£53,000

On each of the first six episodes within a series, six contestants compete for a prize of £50,000 and a place in the £1 million final seventh episode.

Each episode begins with "The Grilling," a segment recorded one day earlier, in which the contestants are brought together to introduce and talk about themselves. They may tell the truth or lie as they see fit, with on-screen prompts indicating honesty or deception for the home viewers' benefit, and clips of their reactions to one another's claims (recorded after the Grilling is complete) are interspersed throughout the segment. The contestants then enter the studio and sit in front of separate screens, each of which displays only that person's score.

The first round consists of eight multiple-choice questions with three answer options each. Contestants have three seconds to lock in their responses, starting after the question and choices have been read, and receive £500 per correct answer. On-screen prompts and a leaderboard are used to show the contestants' performance to the viewers, and at the end of the round, Ant & Dec ask each person how they think they did. As in the Grilling, contestants may tell the truth or bluff at their discretion. All six contestants then stand at a line of podiums, each of which holds a red button, and a 10-second countdown, although never really 10 seconds in practice, starts. The first contestant to push their button (if any) leaves the game or "folds" and keeps all of their winnings; however, if no one does so, the contestant with the lowest total is eliminated and forfeits their money. In the event of a tie for last place, the contestant who answered the round's questions in the slower total time is eliminated. In either case, the departing contestant is briefly interviewed and shown the leaderboard in private. This element would later be used on another game show, Awake , albeit with different rules.

Four more rounds are played in this fashion, each with five questions and a value that increases by £250 per round. After the fifth round, the last player still in the game has their winnings increased to £50,000.

The six winners return for the final, but must put their £50,000 prizes at risk. All question values are doubled (£1,000 in the first round, increasing by £500 per round thereafter). Any contestants who fold keep both their £50,000 and any money they have earned in the final, but eliminated last-place contestants forfeit all of their winnings. The last remaining player has their winnings increased to £1 million. During the final of the second series, the fifth-round countdown was extended to 15 seconds.

For contestants who did not win a game, the maximum potential winnings total was £26,500 in the preliminary episodes. For those who won a game but did not win the final, the maximum total was £53,000 in addition to the £50,000 already won in the preliminaries.

International versions

CountryNameHost(s)TV stationDate airedRegular top prizeGrand final top prize
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia The Con Test Andrew G
Brigitte Duclos
Network Ten 7 February 2007 – 11 April 2007 A$50,000none
Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil O Jogador Ana Hickmann
Britto Junior
Rede Record 23 October 2007 – 23 August 2008 R$50,000none
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 王牌碟中谍
Wangpai die zhong die
Shen Tao
Hua Shao
ZJTV 2012–2014 CN¥26,500 CN¥38,250 and
a free trip to Antarctica (2013)
or a car (2014)
Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia El JugadorAndrea Serna
Claudia Bahamón
RCN 2007 CO$200,000,000none
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary PókerArc István Vágó
Balázs Sebestyén
RTL Klub 5 November 2007 – 21 December 20082,000,000 Ft
7,000,000 Ft
20,000,000 Ft
50,000,000 Ft
Flag of India.svg  India PokerFace: Dil Sachcha Chehra Jhootha Sharman Joshi Real TV 2 March 2009 – 8 March 2009none Rs. 10,000,000
Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico Doble Cara Rodrigo Murray Azteca Trece 26 May 2007 – 7 July 2013 MX$100,000none
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway PokerFjes Øyvind Fjeldheim
Cathrine Riis Lilleaas
TV2 2007 KR100,000 KR1,000,000
Flag of Poland.svg  Poland Wielki PokerCezary Kosiński
Paweł Burczyk
TVP2 200750,000 250,000
Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal Jogo Duplo José Carlos Malato
Ana Galvão
RTP1 25 August 2008 – 28 March 2010 10,000 50,000
Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia Veľký hráčPeter Kočiš
Ján Dubnička
TV JOJ 2007
(Pilot rejected)
none 45,000
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden PokerFejs Gry Forssell
Adam Alsing
TV4 2007 KR200,000 KR1,000,000
Flag of Vietnam.svg  Vietnam Đấu trí [1] Nguyễn Tùng Chi
Lại Văn Sâm
VTV3 29 October 2007 – 5 September 200815,000,000 20,000,000 (semi-final)
40,000,000 (final)
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom
Flag of Ireland.svg  Ireland
PokerFace
(original version)
Ant & Dec ITV1
TV3
10 July 2006 – 3 March 2007 £50,000£1,000,000
Flag of the United States.svg  United States PokerFace ABC 2007
(Canceled during development)
N/A $1,000,000

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