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Hosts
Bob Sanders (1970)
Graham Webb (1971-1972)
Mal Walden (1973)
Andrew Harwood (1974-1978)
Tony Barber (1993)
Stephen Fry (2024-)
Announcers
Venitia Scott (1993)
Grant Stevens (2024)
Broadcast
Mystery
Seven Network: 1970–1978
Jeopardy! Australia
L Jeoaprdy AUS 1993
Network Ten: 1993
Jeopardy! Australia 2024
Nine Network: 20 April 2024-
Packagers
Jim McKay Productions (1993)
Whisper North Limited (2024)

Jeopardy! (a.k.a. Jeopardy! Australia) is an Australian game show based on the classic American format of the same name created by Merv Griffin.

The original 1970s version aired Saturday evenings at 5:30 PM on the Seven Network, was hosted at first by Bob Sanders and later by Graham Webb, Mal Walden and Andrew Harwood involving students from various Australian schools and colleges as contestants.

The 1993 version aired on Network Ten at 6 PM Monday to Friday (5 PM in certain regional areas), and was hosted by former Sale of the Century host Tony Barber but rated poorly and was cancelled six months after its premiere episode.

A new version is set to air in 2024 on the Nine Network with British comedian Stephen Fry as host and will be filmed in the United Kingdom with Australian expat contestants. The series premiered on April 20.

Gameplay[]

The First Two/Three Rounds[]

Six categories were announced, each with a column of five trivia clues (phrased in answer form), each one incrementally valued more than the previous, ostensibly by difficulty. The subjects ranged from standard topics including history and current events, the sciences, the arts, popular culture, literature and languages, to pun-laden titles (many of which referred to the standard subjects) and wordplay categories.

The host then read the clue, some of which are accompanied by an audio or visual clue after which any of the three contestants would ring in using a hand-held signaling device. The first contestant to ring in successfully, following the host's reading of the clue, then had to respond in the form of a question.

A correct response earned the dollar value of the clue and the opportunity to select the next clue from the board. An incorrect response or a failure to respond within the 5-second time limit deducted the dollar value of the clue from the contestant's score and gave any remaining opponent(s) the opportunity to ring in and respond. If none of the contestants could give a correct response, the host read the correct response and the last contestant to have given a correct answer chose the next clue.

All responses needed to be phrased in the form of a question. For example, a contestant would say "Prime Ministers for $200," and the resulting clue would be "In 1901, this man became the first Australian Prime Minister", to which the contestant would respond "Who was Edmund Barton?".

The 2024 version has two Jeopardy rounds followed by Double Jeopardy.

Money Amounts[]

Money amounts were minimal in the first (two) round(s), while the money amounts were doubled in the Double Jeopardy round.

Here are the amounts for each round from the 1993 version:

  • Jeopardy! - The clue values varied from $100 to $300 in increments of $50. Each category was worth up to $1,000 for a maximum of $6,000 for the entire board.
  • Double Jeopardy! - The clue values were $200, $300, $400, $500, and $1,000. Each category was worth up to $2,400 for a maximum of $14,400 for the entire board.

Here are the amounts for each round from the 2024 version:

  • Jeopardy! - The clue values were $50, $100, $150, $200, and $300 in the first two rounds. Each category was worth up to $800 for a maximum of $4,800 for the entire board.
  • Double Jeopardy! - The clue values were doubled for a maximum of $9,600 for the entire board.

Daily Double[]

At some point in the round(s), the contestant in control could uncover a very special clue hidden somewhere on the Jeopardy! board called the "Daily Double"; this clue could be listed under any value at random. On a Daily Double, the contestant who picked it could wager any or all of their current score (wagering all is classified as a "True Daily Double"), but would need to wager at least $10. If the contestant had a low score, a zero score or negative score, they could choose to risk up to the maximum clue value on that clue. In either case, only the contestant who picked it could give the response. A correct response added the wager, but an incorrect response, an improperly-phrased response (even if correct and regardless of the round) or no response at all deducted the wager. Either way, the contestant then chose another clue afterwards. There was only one Daily Double in the Jeopardy! round(s) and two Daily Doubles in the Double Jeopardy! round.

Final Jeopardy![]

At the end of the Double Jeopardy! round, the three contestants (excluding those who ended the second round with a zero or negative score) played the final round, Final Jeopardy! The round started with one last category for that round revealed, and then during the final commercial break, the contestants wrote down how much they wished to wager based on that category, from $0 to the total money they accumulated in the first two rounds. When the break was over, the Final Jeopardy! clue under that category was revealed, and then the contestants had 30 seconds to write down the correct response, remembering to phrase it in the form of a question. When that time ended, the questions were checked one-by-one, with the contestant stating their answers and the amount they wagered, and a correct response added the wager but an incorrect response or an improperly-phrased response (even if correct) deducted the wager.

Winning the Game/Returning Champions[]

The player with the most money won the game. If the game ended in a tie, the players who were tied won the game. The winning players returned to play the next day while the second and third-placed contestants received consolation prizes, including a weekend holiday for two people and a hi-fi system, respectively in the 1993 version. Champions stayed on the show until they won five games. After a contestant won five games he/she retired as a "Jeopardy! Superchamp" and three new contestants appeared on the next show. The 1993 series ended with the Super Challenge in which the three finalists received prizes based on their finishing position.

In the 2024 version, if there was a tie, a tiebreaker clue was read, and the first player with a correct response won.

Galleries[]

The 1993 Superchallenge Grand Finale[]

Trivia[]

Fry also hosted the UK version as well, in addition, the UK version is also broadcasted on the Nine Network as well.

Video Links[]

Full Episode (05/07/93)
Tony Barber Jeopardy! promo "What is Jeopardy?"
Tony Barber Jeoaprdy! promo "Coming Soon"
Tony Barber Jeopardy! promo "Take the Challenge"

YouTube[]

A promo for Aussie Jeopardy! from 1992
Jeopardy! advertisement (w/ Tony Barber) {1992}
TNQ10 - Jeopardy! Promo
Jeopardy Australia (incomplete) (12th August 1993)
The opening and closing of the show
A playing of Final Jeopardy!
1993 finale clip
Closing Credits

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