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Coles $6,000 question
Nine Network (weekly): 6 July 1960 - 1961
Seven Network (weekly): 1961 - 8 March 1972

Coles £3,000/$6,000 Question, later The $7,000 Question, was a quiz show somewhat based on The $64,000 Question from America.


Contestants first chose a subject category. The contestant would then be asked questions only in the chosen category, earning money which doubled as the questions became more difficult. The contestant had to answer three questions to earn £24. He/She then had the option to leave with the money, or return each week for only one question. The next question was worth £200, then £400, £800, then £1,500 and finally £3,000.

Starting with the £200 question, they were placed in the "isolation booth", where they could hear nothing but the host's words. As long as the contestant kept answering correctly, he/she could stay on the show until he/she had won the £3,000. Contestants could quit at any time and retire with the money, but if they got any of the first three questions wrong, they were eliminated with a consolation prize. Missing the £400 question required the player to open one of three canisters. He/She could leave with £50, the £200 prize, or continue to the £800 level. Missing the sixth through eighth questions won a larger prize such as a boat, holiday, or car.

When pounds were converted to dollars on 14 February 1966, accordingly, the top prize changed to $6,000, which increased to $7,000 on 7 July 1971 when Coles no longer sponsored the show.


  • Roland Strong became the show's host on 21 February 1963.
  • At some point after Roland became host but before the programme switched to dollars, the series was parodied on The Mavis Bramston Show as "Moles 30/- Question".



A full episode from the early 1960s
A clip of a $6,000 question from 1966