Game Show Memories – Perfection.

Perfection (BBC2, 2011-2012, 2015, BBC1, 2013-2014)

Perfection was a weekday daytime game show hosted by Nick Knowles where contestants could win a cash prize – but the twist was that they would only do so if they got every single question right. The show began with four contestants, and one of them was picked at random to play, but the other three could still have a big influence on how the game would turn out. vlcsnap-00706

The contestant takes part in three rounds. In all of them, they are given four general knowledge statements and they have to determine whether they are true or false in 45 seconds. Once they have, it is revealed how many they got right. If they get all of them right, they move on to the next round, but if not, the other contestants (known as “the suspects”), who didn’t watch this part of the game happen, can then have the chance to correct the answers that they think are wrong. Usually this helps the contestant to get all the answers right, but there is always a risk that they could change a correct answer. This round is then played two more times. vlcsnap-00707

In the final there are a choice of 12 categories. The contestant has to pick six to answer in the final, although the suspects have chances to pick categories for them too. They are all titled with vague categories which should give the contestant a small idea of what they might be about. Again, in the final the contestant will be asked true or false statements but with no time limit, and by this point they have to be confident of their answers. The answers are then revealed, and if they get them all right, they have achieved perfection and win the money on offer. But again there is a twist. vlcsnap-00710

If one of the suspects thinks that one of the answers is wrong, they can help out a contestant by correcting some of the answers to play for a share of the money, although this means that they lose their chance to play the game individually. However, if contestant, or a contestant accompanied by a suspect get even one answer wrong, they lose the game, and the money rolls over into the next game, with another £1,000 added to the jackpot. A new contestant is then added and the whole cycle begins again as two full games are played in every 45 minute show. The biggest ever individual win on the show was £21,000, and it took 57 shows before someone won the money by getting all 18 statements correct first time out without any help from the suspects. vlcsnap-00716

Perfection attracted some surprise publicity when it launched because after almost all of the first series was completed someone noticed that it was possible for the contestants to be able to see a screen that might be showing some of the answers. This would give the suspects an unfair advantage, and all the shows had to be remade. Perfection was a decent daytime show, and for a short while it was promoted to BBC1, but by the end of its run it fell out of favour with viewers, with some of the final editions being shown at the terrible timeslot of 6am on BBC2 which was rather harsh because Perfection contained an challenge that was interesting to watch how it would turn out.


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