One To Win (BBC1, 1991-1992)
Here’s another look in the game show archive, and today it’s an obscure one. In the 1980s, there was the great show Bob’s Full House. One To Win lasted for only one series on Saturday evenings and has similar rules.
The title sequence featured Andrew being ambushed by some numbers, before he then descended some stairs, and each one lit up as he went down them which was very showbiz. After a few jokes it was time to wheel on the three contestants. After they told the usual silly anecdotes, it was time to play the game.
They were all given a card with 15 numbers. In the first round, they had to fill the four corners. If they got a question wrong, they were frozen out of the next one. Whoever was the first to get all four corners would win a prize that was decent for its time.
Then there was the final round, where they had to fill the rest of their card. They could also play a wildcard to freeze out a rival contestant until they got an answer right. This round was very fast paced and Andrew would start to shout things like “Ottavio, you only need one to win!” Whoever got there first would get the chance to play for the star prize of a dream holiday.
They would be shown a 4×4 grid and asked questions against the clock. Get one right, and they could pick a number. If it was a letter, they moved closer to the prize, if it was a cash value, they won that. If they got all eight letters it would spell a clue to their holiday destination. If not, they could take the money, how exciting it was to watch someone win £245.
There was also a viewers phone-in competition, and it must have been one of the earliest game shows to have one. I’ll be reviewing another game show hosted by Andrew O’Connor soon, after he stopped being a TV presenter he went on to become a successful producer and director.
This bingo-style format would later be used for the ITV game shows Lucky Numbers and The Biggest Game In Town, and although Bob’s Full House was the best of them, I thought One To Win was still very enjoyable.