|The £100K Drop|
|Also known as|
|Theme music composer||Marc Sylvan|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series|
|No. of episodes|
|Production locations||3 Mills Studios (2010-15)|
dock10 studios (2018-19)
|Running time||60-120 minutes (inc. adverts)|
|Production company||Remarkable Television|
|Distributor||Endemol Shine Group|
|Original network||Channel 4|
|Picture format||576i 16:9 (SDTV)|
|Original release||Original series:|
24 May 2010 - 20 March 2015
7 May 2018 - 23 August 2019
The £100K Drop (formerly known as The Million Pound Drop and The Million Pound Drop Live) is a British game show which was broadcast on Channel 4 in the United Kingdom. The show was first aired on 24 May 2010 and is presented by Davina McCall. The show aired its 13th series after being off air for three years.
The show used social networking sites (such as Facebook and Twitter) to advertise the show as well as to find contestants. David Flynn, managing director of Endemol's Remarkable Television, which produced the show, said: "The plan was to create buzz and an air of mystery around the show by trickling information about auditions via Twitter and Facebook, giving fans a level of exclusivity."
After a three-year hiatus the series returned in a daily afternoon slot in May 2018 but with a reduced prize fund of £100,000 and with a new name, namely The £100K Drop, and McCall reprising her role. The new format presented three series totalling 120 episodes until the finale on 23 August 2019. The show was axed on 30 December 2019.
Contestants, alone or in pairs for the first series, or only in pairs from the second to the ninth series, are given £1,000,000 in £50 notes at the start of the show, banded in 40 bundles of £25,000 each. Contestants are presented with eight multiple-choice questions, mostly either general knowledge, or focused on current or recent events (even events that occur during the airing of the show) with the words of "this week", "today" even "right now", to accentuate the fact that the show is broadcast live. The first four questions each have four answers, the next three have three, and the last one has two.
The contestants choose one of two categories at the beginning of each round. If they take too long to choose, a coin is flipped to decide. Each answer option corresponds to a different trapdoor or "drop"; only one answer is correct. The contestants have 60 seconds to distribute the money among the drops as they see fit, but must always leave at least one drop with no money on it. Any money not placed on a drop when time runs out is forfeited. Contestants who put money on every drop typically face immediate elimination, except on some international versions of the show. The timer may be stopped early by the contestants if they are satisfied with their choice of answers.
After the timer either runs out or is stopped, the drops for the incorrect answers are opened; any money placed on them falls down a chute and is removed from play by security guards beneath the stage. The money placed on the correct answer is carried forward to the next question. If the contestants run out of money at any point, the game ends immediately and they leave with nothing. If they answer the eighth and final question correctly, they win the money placed on its answer.
Episodes usually last between 60 and 90 minutes, although the last episode of the series may end slightly sooner or later depending on the contestants' performance. On 23 June 2012, for the first time in the show's history, the episode was extended to 120 minutes. The following week's episode on 30 June 2012 was 100 minutes.
For the 2010 Christmas specials, any contestants who lost all their money and would otherwise have left empty-handed were presented with multiple doors corresponding to bonus prizes. The contestants would choose which door they wanted and would win what was 'behind' that door. From the 2011 Christmas specials onwards, a new feature was introduced to allow online players to compete against one another. In addition, a counter was added to the display screen for each drop to indicate how much money had been placed on it, eliminating the need for manual counting.
On 2 January 2012, as part of the Channel 4 Mash-up, Davina McCall played the game with Andrew, her father; the show was hosted by Phil Spencer from Location, Location, Location. A second Channel 4 Mash-up happened in 2013, the show this time being hosted by Alan Carr.
Significant changes to the format were made in summer 2013 for the tenth series. Teams of four, rather than just being strictly pairs, can now play the game. At each question, the player(s) can swap positions with their teammates - two backstage watching, the other two answering the questions onstage. Unlike previous series, there are now just seven questions and no question categories (if a team is playing).
Contestants who answer the seventh question correctly are shown two possible answers for a "Final Drop" question, and may choose to attempt it or leave with their winnings. The Final Drop uses a Double or nothing format, with a maximum potential prize of £2,000,000.
Starting from summer 2014, contestants could play as individuals again after four years. Prior to that, only Gemma in the very first UK series (as well as five contestants in the Chinese version) had played the Drop as individuals in their countries. The show's title was rebranded to The Million Pound Drop, as the series was also the first to be pre-recorded due to time constraints.
On 14 July 2017, it was announced that the programme would be returning in the daily afternoon slot of 2018, but with a lower prize fund of £100,000 in £10 notes (40 bundles of £2,500 each), and with the name of the show changing to The £100K Drop. McCall reprised her hosting role. The format is the same from the original (under pairs), and teams faced seven questions, down from eight, with the last four questions timed at 45 seconds instead of 60. The revival ran for three series, the first with 60 episodes, and the two with 30 episodes each, both broadcast in 2019.
As the show is broadcast live, viewers are encouraged to play along on their smartphones via the iOS and Android apps, or on the Channel 4 website. Aggregated statistics of the audience performance appear on screen during the broadcast and being read out by McCall. Online players receive no prize money but are sometimes given the chance to apply to be on the show. Bookmakers also take bets on which stage of the game the contestants will leave and how much money will still be in play at various stage of the game. Often on the show, if there is a question relating to a particular online source, Davina will announce that the website in question has crashed due to a large amount of online players looking up the answers. Later series added the show's application for them to play on their tablets. The interactivity is provided by London second screen company Monterosa.
In 2011, The Million Pound Drop became the first TV show to serve a second screen advert to the online playing audience. It was a 3-minute video featuring rapper Tinie Tempah. The full advert was watched by 20% of the online playing audience according to Dean Donaldson, Global Head of Media Innovation at DG, responsible for the technology.
The last few series of the show were not broadcast live.
Since series two, celebrity contestants regularly appear on the show playing for charity. Celebrity contestants that lose their whole £1,000,000 are given £5,000 for their charities.
On 2 January 2012, a special version of the show aired as part of The Channel 4 Mash-up. The special edition was hosted by Phil Spencer and featured Davina and her father, Andrew, as contestants. This special edition was not broadcast live, as the show usually is, but instead was shown in three pre-recorded 20 minute chunks spread throughout the 'mash-up night' at 18:35, 19:55 and 21:40. Davina and her father made it through to the final question with £50,000, but was not won.
The show returned on 4 January 2013 with Alan Carr as host.
On 19 October 2012, a special version aired live as part of Channel 4's UK telethon, Stand Up to Cancer. For this show, the million pounds was doubled (thus making it The Two Million Pound Drop) and a special 16-player celebrity relay team took on the drop for cancer-related charities. A different pair of celebrities handled each question, with the show airing in two segments -- questions 1 to 4 at 21:00 and questions 5-8 were later in the evening. Each pair was given just 30 seconds, instead of the usual 60 seconds, for their question.
McCall switched back and forth between the live telethon, hosted alongside Alan Carr and Dr Christian Jessen, and the two Drop segments. The celebrity relay banked £200,000 for Stand Up to Cancer, with the final four pairs wagering the entire amount on a single answer on each question. This special was included in the ninth series of the show (as that series was in progress), unlike the Channel 4 'mash-up' which was a separate edition.
The series' highest-rated episode was 4 February 2011, which was seen by 2.79 million viewers and received a 14.4% share. Ratings for series 10 dropped but remained respectable; the first episode (14 June 2013) was seen by 1.57 million viewers and received a 7.6% share.
During an episode on 5 November 2010, contestants Johnny and Dee were faced with the options Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann, Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant. They were then asked "Who played Dr Who for the longest period?". The contestants did not know the answer so decided to split their remaining £650,000 between McCoy and McGann. The answer was then revealed to be Tennant and they lost all their remaining money. Tennant played the Doctor from 2005-10. However, viewers began to query the accuracy of this question, saying it was open to interpretation as McCoy played the Doctor from 1987-89, but also appeared at the beginning of the Doctor Who television film in 1996, making his time playing the character technically nine years uninterrupted. After the producers spoke to BBC that McCoy was apprently the correct answer, Channel 4 announced that Johnny and Dee were allowed to return to the show to continue with the £325,000 that would have remained on an episode aired 12 November 2010; they would went on to win £25,000.
|Series||Start date||End date||Episodes|
|1||24 May 2010||29 May 2010||6|
|2||25 October 2010||13 November 2010||9|
|3||28 January 2011||19 February 2011||8|
|4||22 April 2011||28 May 2011||12|
|5||2 September 2011||8 October 2011||12|
|6||13 January 2012||11 February 2012||10|
|7||24 March 2012||21 April 2012||10|
|8||15 June 2012||14 July 2012||10|
|9||14 September 2012||20 October 2012||12|
|10||14 June 2013||20 July 2013||12|
|11||11 July 2014||26 September 2014||12|
|12||20 February 2015||20 March 2015||4|
|Series||Start date||End date||Episodes|
|1||15 December 2010||18 December 2010||4|
|2||5 December 2011||9 December 2011||5|
|Series||Start date||End date||Episodes|
|1||20 July 2012||11 August 2012||8|
|Series||Start date||End date||Episodes|
|1||7 May 2018||27 July 2018||60|
|2||7 January 2019||15 February 2019||30|
|3||15 July 2019||23 August 2019||30|
Legend:Currently airing No longer airing Future version Non-broadcast pilot
|Country/language||Local title||Host||Channel||Top prize||Date aired/premiered|
Shoma wa million
|Mukhtar Lashkari||1TV||Af.1,000,000||15 February 2014 - 2015|
|100 Milionë||Eno Popi
|Top Channel||10,000,000 lekë (100,000,000 old lekë)||11 January 2011 - 2018|
|Argentina||Salven el millón||Susana Giménez||Telefe||AR$1,000,000||9 June - 22 December 2011|
|Salven los millones||AR$2,000,000||23 May 2013|
|Australia||The Million Dollar Drop||Eddie McGuire||Nine Network||A$1,000,000||21 March 2011 - 28 April 2011|
Shou Sto Millionov
|Georgy Koldun||ONT||100,000,000 Br||13 September 2014 - 2015|
|Belgium (in Dutch)||De val van een miljoen||Evy Gruyaert||VIER||EUR1,000,000||31 August 2013 - 23 November 2013|
|Brazil||Um Milhão na Mesa||Silvio Santos||SBT||R$1,000,000||21 September - 14 December 2011|
Da ti padnat 100 hilyadi
|Cambodia||200 Million Money Drop||Chea Vibol||Hang Meas HDTV
||?200,000,000||12 April 2014 - July 2017|
|Chile||Atrapa los Millones (2012-14)||Don Francisco||Canal 13||CL$400,000,000||25 March 2012|
|Atrapa los Millones - La apuesta de tus sueños (2015-present)||Diana Bolocco||CL$100,000,000||9 March 2015|
|China||? (National version)
|M? K?||Guizhou TV||30 free trips
(50 trips in early episodes)
|24 July 2011 - 25 December 2011|
|? (Season 6, regional version)||Yang Bo||Shandong TV Life Channel||CN¥50,000(Weekday live edition)
|16 June 2014 - 13 February 2015 (Weekday live edition)|
10 January 2015 (Weekend edition)
|Colombia||Millones por montones||María José Barraza||Canal Caracol||CO$1,000,000,000||25 July 2011|
|Croatia||Kolo du miljon||Malna Tariks||HRT 1||2,000,000 Kn||10 November 2014|
|Denmark||Pengene på bordet||Claus Elming||TV2||Kr. 2,000,000||23 March 2013 |
all episodes were recorded in July 2012
Inta wal milyon
|Nagla Badr||Mehwar TV||LE 1,000,000||24 February 2012|
|Estonia||Rahaauk||Alari Kivisaar||TV3||EUR100,000||12 September 2011|
|Finland||Suuret setelit||Heikki Paasonen||MTV3||EUR100,000||7 March 2014|
|France||Money Drop||Laurence Boccolini||TF1||EUR250,000 + Jackpot (unlimited)||July 2010 (Pilot in London)|
1 August 2011 (Regular episodes)
|Germany||Rette die Million!||Jörg Pilawa||ZDF||EUR1,000,000||13 October 2010 - 22 August 2013|
|Keep your Money||Wayne Carpendale||Sat.1||EUR250,000||2015|
|Duta Skhirtladze||Imedi TV||?100,000||10 April 2013|
|Greece||Money Drop||Grigoris Arnaoutoglou||Mega Channel||EUR300,000||16 October 2010 - 2012|
|Vicky Stavropoulou||Star Channel||29 October 2017 - 1 July 2018|
|Hungary||A 40 Milliós Játszma||Ferenc Rákóczi||TV2||40,000,000 Ft||29 November 2010 - 22 March 2013|
|Az 50 Milliós Játszma||Claudia Liptai (2015)
Péter Majoros Majka (2017-)
|50,000,000 Ft||12 October 2015 - present|
|Iceland||Vertu viss||Þórhallur Gunnarsson||RÚV||10,000,000 kr||November 2013|
|India (in Bengali)||? ?
Koti Takar Baji
|Jeet||Star Jalsha||INR10,000,000||15 October 2011 - 14 January 2012|
|India (in Kannada)|| ? - ?
Kayyalli Koti - Haelbittu Hodeeri
|Sai Kumar||Udaya TV||INR10,000,000||17 March 2012|
|India (in Malayalam)|| ?
Kayil Oru Kodi - Are You Ready?
|Mamta Mohandas||Surya TV||26 March 2012|
|India (in Tamil)|| ? - ?
Kaiyil Oru Kodi - Are You Ready?
|Rishi||Sun TV||10 March 2012|
|India (in Telugu)|| ? ? -
Ko Aante Koti - Me Sontham Cheskondi
|Gemini TV||26 March 2012|
|Israel|| ? ?
Al Tapil Et HaMillion
|Erez Tal||Channel 2 (Keshet)||?1,000,000||13 October 2010|
|Italy||The Money Drop||Gerry Scotti||Canale 5||EUR1,000,000||12 December 2011 - 1 June 2013|
¥20,000,000 Quiz! Money Drop
|Yusuke Santamaria||TBS||JP¥20,000,000||31 October 2012 - 2010s|
|Kazakhstan|| ? ?
Q?r?q Mïllïon Teñge ?ow?
|Abdel' Mukhtarov||tv7||40,000,000 ?||22 January 2011|
|Latvia||Pa?em 100 000... ja vari||Edgars Lud?ns||TV3||EUR100,000||1 October 2011|
|Lithuania||100 000 eur? grynais||Marijonas Mikutavi?ius||TV3||EUR100,000||2 September 2011|
|Malaysia (in Malay)||RM 1,000,000 Money Drop||AC Mizal||Astro Ria||RM1,000,000||3 December 2011|
80 sayiin unalt
|D.Enkhbayar||Edutainment TV HD||?50,000,000||January 2013|
80 sayiin unalt
|Unknown||?80,000,000||27 April 2016|
|Myanmar||The Money Drop Myanmar||Kaung Htet Zaw||Channel 7||K25,000,000||2017|
|Netherlands||Show Me The Money||Beau van Erven Dorens||SBS 6||EUR1,000,000||11 - 22 April 2011|
|Niger||N1,000,000 Money drop||Farub Arlane||DL 4||N1,000,000||5 September 2015|
|Nigeria (in English)||The Money Drop||Gideon Okeke||Africa Magic
|US$100,000||13 January 2013 - present|
|Norway||Pengene på bordet||Sturla Berg-Johansen||TV2||2,000,000 kr||2012|
|Peru||Atrapa el Millón||Mónica Zevallos||ATV||S/.1,000,000||14 September 2014|
|Philippines||The Million Peso Money Drop||Vic Sotto||TV5||?1,000,000||14 October 2012 - 17 February 2013|
|Poland||Postaw na milion||?ukasz Nowicki||TVP2 (2011-2019)||1,000,000 z?||5 March 2011 - present|
|Portugal||The Money Drop - Entre a ganhar||Teresa Guilherme||TVI||EUR100,000||30 March 2015 - 15 August 2015|
|Romania||Cu banii jos||Dan Negru||Antena 1||EUR100,000||19 September 2012|
Shou Desyat' Millionov
|Maxim Galkin||Russia 1||?10,000,000||4 September 2010 - 14 June 2014|
|Serbia||Multimilioner||Dragan Nikoli?||RTV Pink||10,000,000 RSD||13 September 2011|
|Singapore (in English)||Million Dollar Money Drop||George Young||MediaCorp TV Channel 5||S$1,000,000||9 August 2011 - 2 November 2011|
|Slovenia||Denar pada||Jonas ?nidar?i?||Planet TV||EUR100,000||3 April 2013|
|South Africa (in English)||Million Rand Money Drop||Busi Lurayi||M-Net
|R1,000,000||10 April 2013|
(1st Season ended)
|Spain||Atrapa un Millón||Carlos Sobera
|Antena 3||EUR1,000,000 (weekly)||4 February 2011 - 18 April 2012|
|Atrapa un Millón Diario||EUR200,000 (daily)||4 April 2011 - 8 September 2014|
|Atrapa dos Millones||EUR2,000,000 (special)||21 October 2011|
|Sweden||Pengarna på bordet||Peter Jihde||TV4||2,000,000kr||3 October 2011|
|Miljonlotteriets pengarna på bordet||Paolo Roberto||1 October 2013|
|Switzerland (in German)||Die Millionen-Falle||René Rindlisbacher||SF1||1,000,000 CHF||4 July 2011|
|Thailand||The Money Drop Thailand||Varavuth Jentanakul||CH 7||?2,000,000 (2 August 2014 - 2 August 2015, 12 March 2017 - 25 February 2018)
?2,000,000 + Car (8 August 2015 - 11 March 2017)
|2 August 2014 - 25 February 2018|
|The Money Drop Thailand ?||Varavuth Jentanakul & Anuwat Fuangthongdang||CH 7||?1,000,000||4 August 2019 - present|
|Turkey||Bir Milyon Canl? Para||Engin Altan Düzyatan||Show TV||?1,000,000||25 October 2010 - 2011|
|Murat Ba?o?lu||Fox||9 September 2012 - 2013|
|Mesut Yar||Kanal D||31 March 2014 - 2015|
|Ukraine|| ( )
Shou Na Dva Milyony (Shou Na Dva Milliona)
|Andrey Domansky||1+1||?2,000,000||12 January - 30 March 2011|
|United States||Million Dollar Money Drop||Kevin Pollak||Fox||US$1,000,000||20 December 2010 - 1 February 2011|
|Uruguay||Salven el Millón||Jorge Piñeyrúa||Channel 10||UY$1,000,000||21 August 2012|
|Vietnam||ng ti?n r?i||Hoàng Trung Ngh?a||VTV||200,000,000?+9,000,000?||16 January 2014 - 30 April 2015|
|Thành Trung||200,000,000?||6 January 2016 - 13 September 2017|