Great Temptation was an Australian game show, produced by Reg Grundy Productions Pty. Ltd., that aired on the Seven Network from 1970 until 1974. It was hosted by Tony Barber and co-hosted by Barbara Rogers.[1]

Great Temptation
Also known asThe $25,000 Great Temptation
GenreGame Show
Presented by
Narrated byMax Rowley
Country of originAustralia
Original languageEnglish
Production
Production locationsAdelaide, South Australia; Melbourne, Victoria [citation needed]
Running time30 minutes
Production companyGrundy Productions
Original release
NetworkSeven Network
ReleaseJune 1, 1970 (June 1, 1970) –
1974 (1974)
Related
Sale of the Century

In addition to the daytime series known simply as (New World) Temptation, a prime time version titled $25,000 Great Temptation premiered on 5 July 1971. It initially aired once a week, but later expanded to airing twice a week in 1972 and five nights a week in 1973 and 1974.[2]

Reg Grundy was inspired by the original Sale of the Century that first aired in the United States in 1969, but he did not gain full rights to produce his own Australian version of Sale until 1980, which ran for 21 years.[3] The similar format of Great Temptation was a quiz with three contestants who gained a dollar amount for each correct answer. At regular times during the show, the leading contestant was able to "buy" a valuable prize for a small nominal amount that was deducted from his or her score. That prize remained his or hers regardless of his or her success on the show. The winner of each episode was able to return the next day or take a major prize and leave. The major prizes at the end of each show accumulated but were lost if the contestant was beaten on a subsequent show.

According to Barber, a contestant died onstage during the taping of a 1970s episode of Great Temptation. Barber congratulated her on winning the game; she then slumped over and the production staff cleared the studio and called paramedics.[4] That episode was not broadcast.

"No one was very sure at first because she'd actually won the game. I said: 'Congratulations Valerie, you've won!' and she slopped. There was a bit of confusion; we cleared the studio and the doctors were called. I said 'how is she? She seems passed out,' and he said: 'Tony, she's passed on.' It was awful and very upsetting for everyone there."

— Tony Barber

The first jackpot-winning show was photographed by Ron Wormwell. Ron, a semi-professional photographer, was then-husband of Channel 7 Adelaide Publicist, Judy, and often called upon at short notice to capture publicity stills.

References

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  1. ^ Sadlier, Kevin (16 April 1989). "Barber's battle at the top". The Sun-Herald. Retrieved 23 October 2021.
  2. ^ "Australian Game Shows". Archived from the original on 27 October 2009. Retrieved 3 December 2013.
  3. ^ "Tony Barber - king of the quiz biz". The Australian Women's Weekly. Vol. 48, no. 26. 26 November 1980. p. 4. Retrieved 23 October 2021.
  4. ^ Bucklow, Andrew (14 April 2016). "Tony Barber recalls the time a contestant died on 'Great Temptation'". News.com.au. Archived from the original on 18 April 2018. Retrieved 18 April 2018.