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The $64,000 Question
Format Game Show
Starring Jerry Desmond
(The 64,000 Question: Original version)
Robin Bailey
(The 64,000 Challenge: Spin-off version)
Bob Monkhouse
(The $64,000 Question: Revived version)
Country of origin  United Kingdom
No. of episodes 80
(The 64,000 Question: Original version)
(The 64,000 Challenge: Spin-off version)
(The $64,000 Question: Revived version)
Producer(s) ATV
(Original and Spin-off versions)
(Revived version)
Running time 30mins (inc. comms)
Original channel ITV
Picture format 4:3
Original run 19 May 1956 - 18 January 1958
(The 64,000 Question: Original version)
15 June 1957 – 31 August 1957
(The 64,000 Challenge: Spin-off version)
1 June 1990 - 4 September 1993
(The $64,000 Question: Revived version)
Related shows The $64,000 Question

The $64,000 Question was a UK game show based on the US format of the same name that originally ran from 19 May 1956 to 18 January 1958 produced by ATV (always keen to pick up successful US formats) and was originally hosted by Jerry Desmond, and called simply The 64,000 Question with the top prize initially being 64,000 sixpences (£1,600), later doubling to 64,000 shillings (£3,200). Robin Bailey hosted the spin-off The 64,000 Challenge from 15 June 1957 to 31 August 1957. £3,200 was actually substantially higher, in real terms (i.e. accounting for inflation), than anything on offer on British TV for most of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, after the Independent Television Authority (later the Independent Broadcasting Authority) imposed prize limits on game shows after the general discrediting of the genre following the quiz show scandals in the US and rumors that the British version of Twenty One was also corrupt. Much later, it was revived from 1 June 1990 to 4 September 1993 entitling The $64,000 Question, and it was hosted by Bob Monkhouse, although the top prize was only £6,400. This was, however, a significant amount of money for a British game show at the time (1990-93) though still probably worth less than £3,200 had been in the 1950s. Shortly after this, prize limits were lifted by the Independent Television Commission, paving the way for the eventual arrival of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? which itself featured a question worth £64,000 until the format of the show changed in August 2007.



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