Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Based on the same-named American TV series which first aired in 1988, the British game show Wipeout was initially hosted by Paul Daniels. The premise: The contestants were shown a high screen containing 16 answers to an equal number of questions; of these, 11 answers were correct, and had considerable monetary value. If the contestant chose the wrong answer, he or she lost all the money won up to that point. After several elimination rounds, the two finalists participated in the "Wipeout Auction," placing bets as to how many correct answers they would be able to provide in a limited space of time. In its later seasons, the British version was emceed by the versatile Bob Monkhouse, who by that time had done everything there was to do on television except pose nude. Wipeout made its BBC bow in 1995.