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Odd One Out is a British game show based on the American version entitled Knockout. It aired on BBC1 from 16 April 1982 to 19 April 1985 and was hosted by Paul Daniels.

Odd One Out
GenreGame show
Created byMark Maxwell-Smith
Presented byPaul Daniels
Voices ofJohn Junkin
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series4
No. of episodes46
Running time30 minutes
Original networkBBC1
Original release16 April 1982 (1982-04-16) –
19 April 1985 (1985-04-19)
Related showsKnockout (US version)


The object of Odd One Out is to guess which one of four items does not belong & why it doesn't belong. After the player has successfully identified the odd one out, he/she can either guess the explanation or challenge his/her opponents to guess. Choosing the correct item would score two points, and figuring out why it didn't belong by guessing the common bond of the other three or a successful challenge is worth three points more, for a total of five points.

Six contestants appeared each week with 3 contestants playing in the first half and the other 3 playing in the second half of the programme. The leader at the end of each game won a chance to play a bonus game for a nice prize.

Bonus GameEdit

In the bonus game, the winning player is given up to three clues within which to guess the common bond between them. A correct answer wins a prize according to how many clues are used; using all three clues wins a small prize, using two wins a medium prize, and using just the first clue wins a large prize.

After both winners play their bonus round, they face off in the final game.

The Final GameEdit

In the final game, pictures, sounds, and words are played in each question. Scoring remains the same. When time runs out, the player with the most points goes on to play the end game for a grand prize.

The End GameEdit

The End Game is played the same as the bonus games, except for the fact that the winning player only gets one clue. The player can choose to see clue from the top, middle, or bottom; then host Daniels tells the player that the clue is easy, medium, or hard. After that, the player has five seconds to think it over and then guess the common bond. If he/she is correct, the winning player wins the grand prize.

Champion's RuleEdit

Originally, players can stay on the show as long as they can win (ala Jeopardy! today). During the final series, however, champions stay for maximum of three shows.


This show is based on a short-lived American game show produced by Ralph Edwards called Knockout, hosted by Arte Johnson.


Series Start date End date Episodes
1 16 April 1982 18 June 1982 10
2 22 April 1983 8 July 1983 12
3 6 April 1984 29 June 1984 12
4 24 January 1985 19 April 1985 12

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