Tenable is a British game show, presented by Warwick Davis and Sally Lindsay,[2] airing on ITV since 14 November 2016.[3] On each episode, five contestants attempt to win up to £125,000 by filling in lists of 10 items each.[4] A celebrity version, Tenable All Stars, aired sporadically in 2019.

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GenreGame show
Presented byWarwick Davis (2016–)
Sally Lindsay (2021–)
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series6 (regular)
1 (All Stars)
No. of episodes200 (regular)
4 (All Stars)
1 (Special)
Production locationsBBC Elstree Centre (2016)
Pinewood Studios (2017–)
Running time60 minutes (inc. adverts)
Production companyInitial
Original networkITV
Picture format16:9
Original release14 November 2016 (2016-11-14) –


The five contestants, who have a prior relationship, play the game as a team; one is designated as the captain. The goal in each round is to give as many answers as possible out of 10 in a factual list that fits a particular category, such as "The 10 'TAN' countries" (countries whose names in English include the letter sequence TAN) or "The first 10 James Bond films." Money accumulates in each of the first five rounds according to the table below.

Number correct Winnings
1 to 4

Rounds 1 to 4Edit

After hearing the category for a round, the captain designates one teammate to play it. Each teammate may only play one round.

The contestant must give at least five correct ("tenable") answers in order to qualify for the final. At or beyond this point, they may stop after any answer and bank the money; completing the list automatically banks the money and allows the contestant to advance.

For most questions, the host provides a brief explanation of what can and cannot be accepted as a tenable answer. From the 2020 Christmas special onwards, some rounds begin with a list of 10 clues displayed on the board, one for each of the required answers. If a contestant's answer is correct, it is shown in place of its corresponding clue.

Two forms of assistance are available until the fifth correct answer has been given:

  • Nominate: Three times during the game, a contestant may choose one teammate to provide an answer, and may accept or reject it at their discretion. However, they are for the entire team and once all three have been used then no one else can nominate.
  • Overrule: Once per round, the captain may reject an answer they believe to be incorrect and give a different one in its place. The contestant's answer is tested first; if it is correct, they are not credited with that answer or awarded any money.

The contestant is also given one life, which allows them to continue without penalty at any time after giving an incorrect answer or being overruled in favour of one given by the captain. A second such mistake ends the round immediately, eliminates the contestant from the game, and forfeits their accumulated money.

Round 5Edit

The captain plays this round under the same rules as the first four, with the following changes.

  • The overrule option is permanently deactivated from play.
  • After any correct answer that awards money, the captain may choose to reinstate one eliminated teammate in exchange for dropping back one level on the money ladder.
  • Reinstated teammates advance to the final only if the captain completes the list or chooses to stop.
  • Regardless of the outcome, the captain advances to the final.
  • At the end of this round, any teammates who have not been reinstated are permanently eliminated from the game.

The maximum potential prize is £125,000, achieved by banking the full £25,000 in each of Rounds 1 to 5.


The remaining contestants/full team select one of two categories and are given a list pertaining to their choice. They must give one answer at a time, starting with the captain and then proceeding through any others in the order that they played the first four rounds. Nominates and overrules are no longer in play. Any contestant who gives an incorrect answer is immediately defeated and eliminated from the game. If the team completes the list, they win all the money they banked in the first five rounds; if not, they leave with nothing. If a team fails to bank any money in the first five rounds, the team gets a default prize of £500.

In the all-stars version, the celebrities receive £1,000 for their charities if they fail to complete the final list. In the 2019 Christmas special they receive £2,500 for their charities.


Regular seriesEdit

Series Start date End date Episodes Notes
1 14 November 2016 9 December 2016 20 Series 1 had no breaks.
2 30 October 2017 11 May 2018 60 Series 2 took breaks from 27 November 2017 – 3 February 2018 and 5 March–13 April 2018
3 3 September 2018 8 March 2019 60 Series 3 took a break from 13 October 2018 – 25 January 2019
4 14 October 2019 14 February 2020 60 Series 4 took a break from 25 November 2019 – 3 January 2020
5 15 February 2021 21 May 2021 50 Series 5 took breaks from 15–19 March and 29 March–9 April 2021; Sally Lindsay took over presenting duties on 12 April 2021
6 20 September 2022 TBA TBA Series 6 was scheduled to begin on 12 September 2022, but was postponed due to the death of Queen Elizabeth II.[5][6] The series took a break from 24 October – present.


Series Start date End date Episodes
1 5 May 2019 29 December 2019 3


Date Entitle
26 December 2019 All Stars Christmas Special
25 December 2020 Christmas Cracker
1 September 2021 Soccer Aid Special
7 June 2022 Soccer Aid Special


  1. ^ https://www.banijayrights.com/programmes/9730[bare URL]
  2. ^ "Sally Lindsay to become co-host of Tenable". Entertainment Daily. 10 April 2021. Retrieved 10 April 2021.
  3. ^ Holmes, Jonathan (19 October 2016). "Warwick Davis to present new ITV quiz show". Radio Times. Retrieved 11 November 2017.
  4. ^ Watkins, Mike (13 November 2016). "Warwick Davis gets ready to make ITV afternoons Tenable". ATV Today. Retrieved 3 February 2019.
  5. ^ Lally, Kate (13 September 2022). "ITV pulls The Chase, Loose Women and Tipping Point off air". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 13 September 2022.
  6. ^ Smith, Paul T. (14 September 2022). "Loose Women and four other popular ITV shows will not air on Wednesday". Daily Record. Retrieved 14 September 2022.

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