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Ronnie Burns
Jane Blatchford
Greg Huggins
Strike it Lucky
Nine Network: 1994
Fremantlemedia International
Kline & Friends Productions

Strike It Lucky was based on the 1986–1996 British format of the same name, for which in turn was originally based on a American format called Strike It Rich. It was hosted by Ronnie Burns for the Nine Network in 1994.


The Main Game[]

Three teams of two competed to win cash & prizes by going across an archway of TV monitors on stage. One member of each team stood at the podiums to answer questions, while the other moved along a path lined with 10 television monitors. On a team's turn, one member of that team was given a category with six possible answers. That player then had to decide how many answers he/she could give (either two, three, or four) for that number of moves on their respective 10 monitored archway. If the player could complete the contract, their partner was allowed to move across their archway, otherwise the next team in line was given the chance to complete the contract.

Each monitor, but the last, hid a prize or a "Hot Spot". There was always between four to eight Hot Spots hidden between all three teams' monitors. Each time the team in control revealed a prize, they won that prize and could decide to either bank the prize(s) and pass control to the next team or reveal another monitor. Deciding to keep playing was a risk, because if at anytime they revealed the Hot Spot, they lost all the prizes earned at that point and control passed to the next team. But, if they could make their required number of moves without hitting the Hot Spot, they automatically banked their prizes.

Along the way, the moving player could uncover some special spaces and here's some of them:

  • Lucky Strike - Striking that screen won $100 is cash which was automatically theirs to keep, win or lose; also that player would get a free move.
  • Free Move - self explanatory

The last monitor of the ten for each team was a question. The team could decide to answer it or bank their prizes. The monitor before the question normally hid a holiday. A wrong answer forfeited the prizes not banked and the game would continue, while a right answer won the game. Should time run out before a winner was decided, the team who was furthest ahead won the game. If the game ended in a tie, the tied players were asked the final question, with the first player to buzz-in with the correct answer winning the game.

The Bonus Game[]

In the bonus game instead of playing the game across the board they now played top, middle or bottom, choosing on of the three monitors in each row to play.

Hidden throughout the 30 monitors were 10 arrows signifying a free move, another 10 were Hot Spots and the final 10 were true or false questions, earning a move on a correct answer or a Hot Spot on an incorrect one. These were randomly allocated through out the board.

On each column of monitors, the winning couple elected to hit the top, middle or bottom one. The aim of the game was for the couple to get from one side to the other without hitting more than three Hot Spots. Winning the bonus game won a prize package.


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Production Companies[]


Originally, the show was based on the short-lived 1986-1987 American version called Strike It Rich hosted by Joe Garagiola. However, its British counterpart hosted by Michael Barrymore (to which the show along with its title was modeled after) had a much more successful long run from 1986-1996 as Strike It Lucky and from 1996-1999 as Michael Barrymore's Strike It Rich.

YouTube Links[]

Channel 9 Australia Strike it Lucky Promo (1994)
Full Episode - 6 October 1994