Eggheads (TV series)

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Eggheads
Eggheads titles.jpg
GenreGame show
FormatQuiz show
Presented byDermot Murnaghan (2003–)
Jeremy Vine (2008–) (second half of each series)
StarringKevin Ashman
Daphne Fowler
Chris Hughes
Judith Keppel
Barry Simmons (2008–)
Pat Gibson (2009–)
Dave Rainford (2012–)
CJ de Mooi (2003–12)
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series14
No. of episodes1234 (as of 6 February 2014)
Production
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)12 Yard
BBC Scotland (2010–)
DistributorITV Studios
Broadcast
Original channelBBC One (2003–4)
BBC Two (2005–)
Picture format16:9
Original run10 November 2003 (2003-11-10) – present
Chronology
Related showsAre You an Egghead?
Revenge of the Egghead
 
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Eggheads
Eggheads titles.jpg
GenreGame show
FormatQuiz show
Presented byDermot Murnaghan (2003–)
Jeremy Vine (2008–) (second half of each series)
StarringKevin Ashman
Daphne Fowler
Chris Hughes
Judith Keppel
Barry Simmons (2008–)
Pat Gibson (2009–)
Dave Rainford (2012–)
CJ de Mooi (2003–12)
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series14
No. of episodes1234 (as of 6 February 2014)
Production
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)12 Yard
BBC Scotland (2010–)
DistributorITV Studios
Broadcast
Original channelBBC One (2003–4)
BBC Two (2005–)
Picture format16:9
Original run10 November 2003 (2003-11-10) – present
Chronology
Related showsAre You an Egghead?
Revenge of the Egghead

Eggheads is a BBC quiz show which pits a team of five "Eggheads" (made up from seven highly regarded quiz and game show champions, rotating each episode) against a series of teams of five "challengers" who in each episode attempt to beat the Eggheads through a series of rounds.

The program was first broadcast in 2003, and co-presented by Dermot Murnaghan and Jeremy Vine. For the 2008 series, Jeremy Vine was brought in to present on nights when Murnaghan was hosting the spinoff series Are You an Egghead?. This happened again from October 2009 while Murnaghan presented the second series of the spinoff show.[1] Since the spin-off show finished, Jeremy Vine has continued to host the second half of each series, which broadcasts 52 weeks a year. Episodes generally air weekdays. Since February 2014, Jeremy also presents the other Egghead spinoff series Revenge of the Egghead.

Format[edit]

Rounds[edit]

The show is played in five rounds: the first four are each on a specific category whilst the final round is a general knowledge round. In each of these first four rounds, the Challengers are given a category and must choose a member of their own team to play and an Egghead against whom they wish to compete. The players for that round then leave the studio to go into the "question room" outside (which in 2009, was reported by the Telegraph actually to be a pair of wooden benches behind a curtain). The challenger is given the choice of going first or second, and both players are then asked in turn three questions each, which have multiple choice answers. If after these three questions there is no winner, the round then goes into sudden death with each question now having no possible answers given. The player who wins each round is then eligible to play in the final round whilst the losing players have to sit in their respective "question rooms" and are not allowed to participate in the final general knowledge round. The general knowledge round is then played in exactly the same format as the head-to-head rounds, and now gives the challengers the opportunity to win the prize money. If the Eggheads win the final round, the prize money increases by a "rollover" system with another £1,000 added to the prize each day.

Subjects[edit]

There are nine possible subjects in the head-to-head rounds: Arts & Books, Film & Television, Food & Drink, Geography, History, Music, Politics, Science, and Sport. Music and Film & Television were introduced in Autumn 2008 through a split of the Entertainment category. Subjects can appear in any order.

"Eggheads"[edit]

The quiz champions who compete on the show as the titular "Eggheads" are:

Sixth, seventh and eighth Eggheads[edit]

In May 2008, auditions began for a sixth person to join the Eggheads team.[1][4][5] These auditions were developed into a spin-off show, Are You an Egghead?, presented by Dermot Murnaghan. This began airing on BBC2 on 20 October 2008.[6] On 2 December 2008, Barry Simmons, who had once been a contestant on the regular show, won the Are You an Egghead? final and became the sixth Egghead. He made his first appearance on the team on the regular show the same day. Since the addition of Simmons as an Egghead, the Eggheads team has operated on a rotating basis, still featuring five Eggheads (out of the six or seven) per show.

Pat Gibson won the second series of Are You an Egghead? and became the seventh Egghead to join the team, as of 25 November 2009. His first appearance as an Egghead was on the Celebrity Eggheads show on 7 December 2009.

Dave Rainford made his debut on 27 September 2012, replacing CJ De Mooi. He was previously seen on Are You an Egghead? in both series. In Series 1 he was beaten in the semi-finals by Barry and, in Series 2, he was beaten in the quarter-finals by David Edwards.

Teams who have defeated the Eggheads[edit]

On February 6th 2014, for the 105th time in 1234 episodes, the Eggheads were defeated by Business Belles who won the prize fund of £6,000.[7] The BBC have now paid out a total of £1,234,000 in prize money.

The highest amount any team has won to beat the Eggheads is £75,000 in Series 8, Episode 14 by Beer Today, Gone Tomorrow.[8]

Revenge of the Egghead[edit]

On 24 February 2014, a new spin-off series of Eggheads was launched called Revenge of the Egghead. It is presented by Jeremy Vine and saw the return of CJ De Mooi, who left Eggheads in 2012. CJ alone faced 5 challengers daily in an attempt to win thousands of pounds.

Celebrity Eggheads[edit]

On 15 December 2008, a special edition of Eggheads began, airing 5 shows of Celebrity Eggheads, ending on 19 December 2008 presented by Dermot Murnaghan.

On 7 December 2009, 10 more editions of Celebrity Eggheads began. These were also the first shows to feature Pat Gibson, the seventh Egghead. The first nine episodes aired on consecutive weekdays, with the tenth episode airing later in March 2010.

From 13 December 2010, 10 Celebrity Eggheads episodes were aired for a third series.

Then, from 12 to 23 December 2011, including a show on Sunday 18 December, the format returned for a fourth series.

From 10 to 21 December 2012, a further ten episodes aired.[9]

From 9 December 2013, a further ten episodes were scheduled.

Transmissions[edit]

SeriesStart dateEnd dateEpisodesHostEggheadsLandmark
SeriesCumulative
110 November 200319 December 20033030DermotChris, Daphne, CJ, Kevin and Judith
26 September 200416 November 20043060DermotChris, Daphne, CJ, Kevin and Judith
323 May 20057 November 20053090DermotChris, Daphne, CJ, Kevin and Judith
48 November 200512 December 200525115DermotChris, Daphne, CJ, Kevin and Judith100th episode on 22 November 2005
510 April 20066 June 200640155DermotChris, Daphne, CJ, Kevin and Judith
625 September 20065 March 200725180DermotChris, Daphne, CJ, Kevin and Judith
76 March 200710 September 200780260DermotChris, Daphne, CJ, Kevin and Judith250th episode on 27 August 2007
811 September 200728 February 200880340DermotChris, Daphne, CJ, Kevin and Judith
929 February 200823 March 2009160500Dermot (Episodes 1–80)
Jeremy (Episodes 81–160)
Chris, Daphne, CJ, Kevin, Judith and BarryBarry's debut on 2 December 2008
500th episode on 23 March 2009
1024 March 200926 February 2010155655Dermot (Episodes 1–75)
Jeremy (Episodes 76–155)
Chris, Daphne, CJ, Kevin, Judith and Barry600th episode on 11 November 2009
111 March 20106 April 2011160815Dermot (Episodes 1–80)
Jeremy (Episodes 81–160)
Chris, Daphne, CJ, Kevin, Judith, Barry and PatPat's debut on 1 March 2010
750th episode on 26 October 2010
127 April 201113 April 2012160975Dermot (Episodes 1–80)
Jeremy (Episodes 81–160)
Chris, Daphne, CJ, Kevin, Judith, Barry and Pat
1316 April 201214 March 20131401115Dermot (Episodes 1–60)
Jeremy (Episodes 61–140)
Chris, Daphne, CJ, Kevin, Judith, Barry, Pat and Dave1,000th episode on 18 May 2012
CJ's final episode on 31 August 2012
Dave's debut on 27 September 2012
149 April 20135 May 20141401255Dermot (Episodes 1–60)
Jeremy (Episodes 61–140)
Chris, Daphne, Dave, Kevin, Judith, Barry and Pat1,250th episode on 28 April 2014

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