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The £100K Drop (formerly known as The Million Pound Drop and The Million Pound Drop Live) is a British game show which is broadcast on Channel 4 in the United Kingdom. The show was first aired on 24 May 2010 and is presented by Davina McCall. The show is currently on its 13th series after being off air for two years.[1][2]

The £100K Drop
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Also known as
  • The Million Pound Drop (2010–15)
  • The Million Pound Drop Live (2010–12)
GenreGame show
Presented by
Theme music composerMarc Sylvan
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series
  • 13 (Regular)
  • 2 (Christmas)
  • 1 (Celebrity)
No. of episodes
  • 177 (Regular)
  • 9 (Christmas)
  • 8 (Celebrity)
Running time60–120 minutes (inc. adverts)
Production company(s)Remarkable Television
DistributorEndemol Shine UK
Original networkChannel 4
Picture format576i 16:9 (SDTV)
Original releaseOriginal series:
24 May 2010 (2010-05-24) – 20 March 2015 (2015-03-20)
£100K Drop:
7 May 2018 (2018-05-07) –
External links
Production website

The show used social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter to find contestants, and also to promote the show. David Flynn, managing director of Endemol's Remarkable Television, which produced the show, said: "The plan was to create buzz and an air of mystery around the show by trickling information about auditions via Twitter and Facebook, giving fans a level of exclusivity."[3]

After being off air for two years, the series returned in a daily afternoon slot in May 2018 but with a lower prize fund of £100,000 and with a new name, namely The £100K Drop.[4] Davina McCall presented a series of 60 episodes of the show in 2018. Another series began broadcasting on 8 January 2019.



Contestants, alone or in pairs for the first series, or only in pairs from the second through the ninth series, are given one million pounds in £50 notes at the start of the show, banded in 40 bundles of £25,000. They must then answer eight questions in an effort to keep as much of their money as possible. Many questions are heavily focused on current or recent events (even events that occur during the airing of the show) with the words of "this week", "today" even "right now", to push the fact that the show is broadcast live.

At the beginning of each round, the contestants choose one of two offered categories. If the contestants take too long to choose, a coin is flipped to decide. Each question is multiple-choice, with one correct answer; the first four questions have four choices, the next three questions have three, and the final question has two. Each answer choice corresponds to a different trapdoor ("drop") on a shelf behind which the contestants and host are standing. Once the answers are revealed and the question has been asked, the contestants have a fixed time in which to move all the bundles of cash onto the drops. If they are unsure of the correct answer, they may distribute the money across two or more drops as they see fit; however, they must always leave at least one drop unoccupied. Contestants who leave money on every drop typically face immediate disqualification, except on some international versions of the show.

Once time runs out or the contestants are satisfied with their choices, the drops for the incorrect answers are opened. Any money placed on them falls down a chute and is removed from play by security guards beneath the stage. In addition, any money not placed on a drop before time runs out is also forfeited. All money placed on the correct answer remains in play for the next question. The contestants win whatever money they still have after the eighth and final question; if they run out at any point, the game ends immediately and they leave with nothing.

Episodes usually last between 60 and 90 minutes, although the last episode of the series may end slightly sooner or later depending on the contestants' performance. On 23 June 2012, for the first time in the show's history, the episode was extended to 120 minutes. The following week's episode on 30 June 2012 was 100 minutes.

For the 2010 Christmas specials, any contestants who lost all their money and would otherwise have left empty-handed were presented with multiple doors corresponding to bonus prizes. The contestants would choose which door they wanted and would win what was 'behind' that door. From the 2011 Christmas specials onwards, a new feature was introduced to allow online players to compete against one another. In addition, a counter was added to the display screen for each drop to indicate how much money had been placed on it, eliminating the need for manual counting.

On 2 January 2012, as part of the Channel 4 Mash-up, Davina McCall played the game with Andrew, her father; the show was hosted by Phil Spencer from Location, Location, Location. A second Channel 4 Mash-up happened in 2013, the show this time being hosted by Alan Carr.

2013 changesEdit

Significant changes to the format were made in summer 2013 for the tenth series. Teams of four, rather than just being strictly pairs, can now play the game. At each question, the player(s) can swap positions with their teammates – two backstage watching, the other two answering the questions onstage. Unlike previous series, there are now just seven questions and no question categories (if a team is playing).

Contestants who answer the seventh question correctly are shown two possible answers for a "Final Drop" question, and may choose to attempt it or leave with their winnings. If they answer the Final Drop correctly, their total is doubled (for a maximum potential prize of £2,000,000); if they miss it, they leave with nothing.

2014 changesEdit

Starting from summer 2014, contestants could play as individuals again after four years. Prior to that, only Gemma in the very first UK series (as well as five contestants in the Chinese version) had played the Drop as individuals in their countries. This was also the first regular series to be pre-recorded due to time constraints, hence the change in title from The Million Pound Drop Live to The Million Pound Drop.

The £100K DropEdit

On 14 July 2017, it was announced that the programme would be returning in the daily afternoon slot of 2018, but with a lower prize fund of £100,000 and with the name of the show changing to The £100K Drop.[4] McCall presented 60 episodes of the show.[5] The cash is banded in 40 bundles of £2,500 each, and the contestants face a maximum of seven questions. The first three have four answer choices and a 60-second time limit; the next three, three choices and 45 seconds; and the last one, two choices and 45 seconds.


As the show is broadcast live, viewers are encouraged to play along on their smartphones via the iOS and Android apps, or on the Channel 4 website. Aggregated statistics of the audience performance appear on screen during the broadcast and being read out by McCall.[3] Online players receive no prize money but are sometimes given the chance to apply to be on the show. Bookmakers also take bets on which stage of the game the contestants will leave and how much money will still be in play at various stage of the game.[6] Often on the show, if there is a question relating to a particular online source, Davina will announce that the website in question has crashed due to a large amount of online players looking up the answers. Later series added the show's application for them to play on their tablets. The interactivity is provided by London second screen company Monterosa.

In 2011, The Million Pound Drop became the first TV show to serve a second screen advert to the online playing audience. It was a 3 minute video featuring rapper Tinie Tempah. The full advert was watched by 20% of the online playing audience according to Dean Donaldson, Global Head of Media Innovation at DG, responsible for the technology.[7]

The last few series of the show were not broadcast live.

Celebrity contestantsEdit


The Channel 4 Mash-upEdit

On 2 January 2012, a special version of the show aired as part of The Channel 4 Mash-up. The special edition was hosted by Phil Spencer and featured Davina and her father, Andrew, as contestants. This special edition was not broadcast live, as the show usually is, but instead was shown in three pre-recorded 20 minute chunks spread throughout the 'mash-up night' at 18:35, 19:55 and 21:40. Davina and her father made it through to the final question with £50,000 but placed their money on the incorrect answer and lost.

The show returned on 4 January 2013 with Alan Carr as host. The contestants were: Sherrie Hewson, Lisa Maxwell, Jane McDonald, Denise Welch, Alexander Armstrong and Richard Bacon.

Stand Up to CancerEdit

On 19 October 2012, a special version aired live as part of Channel 4's UK telethon, Stand Up to Cancer. For this show, the million pounds was doubled (thus making it The Two Million Pound Drop) and a special 16-player celebrity relay team took on the drop for cancer-related charities. A different pair of celebrities handled each question, with the show airing in two segments — questions 1 to 4 at 21:00 and questions 5–8 were later in the evening. Each pair was given just 30 seconds, instead of the usual 60 seconds, for their question.

McCall switched back and forth between the live telethon, hosted alongside Alan Carr and Dr Christian Jessen, and the two Drop segments. The celebrity relay banked £200,000 for Stand Up to Cancer, with the final four pairs wagering the entire amount on a single answer on each question. This special was included in the ninth series of the show (as that series was in progress), unlike the Channel 4 'mash-up' which was a separate edition.

Critical receptionEdit


The series' highest-rated episode was 4 February 2011, which was seen by 2.79 million viewers and received a 14.4% share.[8] Ratings for series 10 dropped but remained respectable; the first episode (14 June 2013) was seen by 1.57 million viewers and received a 7.6% share.[9]


During an episode on 5 November 2010, contestants Johnny and Dee were faced with the options Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann, Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant. They were then asked "Who played Dr Who for the longest period?". The contestants did not know the answer so decided to split their remaining £650,000 between McCoy and McGann. The answer was then revealed to be Tennant and they lost all their remaining money.[10] Tennant played Doctor Who from 2005-10. However, viewers began to query the accuracy of this question,[11] saying it was open to interpretation as McCoy played the Doctor from 1987–89, but also appeared at the beginning of the Doctor Who television film in 1996, making his time playing Doctor Who technically nine years uninterrupted. After producers spoke to the BBC, it became apparent that McCoy was the correct answer. Channel 4 therefore allowed Johnny and Dee to return and continue with the £325,000 that would have remained.[10] They came back on 12 November 2010, to continue the game. They got all the way to the final question and managed to win £25,000.


A board game was released by Drumond Park in November 2010.[12]


The Million Pound DropEdit

Series Start date End date Episodes
1 24 May 2010 29 May 2010 6
2 25 October 2010 13 November 2010 9
3 28 January 2011 19 February 2011 8
4 22 April 2011 28 May 2011 12
5 2 September 2011 8 October 2011 12
6 13 January 2012 11 February 2012 10
7 24 March 2012 21 April 2012 10
8 15 June 2012 14 July 2012 10
9 14 September 2012 20 October 2012 12
10 14 June 2013 20 July 2013 12
11 11 July 2014 26 September 2014 12
12 20 February 2015 20 March 2015 4

Christmas specialsEdit

Series Start date End date Episodes
1 15 December 2010 18 December 2010 4
2 5 December 2011 9 December 2011 5

Celebrity GamesEdit

Series Start date End date Episodes
1 20 July 2012 11 August 2012 8

The £100K DropEdit

Series Start date End date Episodes
1 7 May 2018 27 July 2018 60
2 7 January 2019 15 February 2019 30


  • On 2 January 2012 and 4 January 2013, two special programmes aired as part of The Channel 4 Mash-up.
  • Celebrity Games was the first time a series had been pre-recorded.
  • The eleventh series onwards was pre-recorded, while it was also the first pre-recorded regular series.


The series' highest-rated episode was 4 February 2011, which was seen by 2.79 million viewers and received a 14.4% share.[8] Ratings for the current series (series 10) dropped but remained respectable; the first episode (14 June 2013) was seen by 1.57 million viewers and received a 7.6% share.[9]

International versionsEdit

Countries with their own version (as of September 2016)

Legend:      Currently airing        No longer airing        Future version      Non-broadcast pilot 

Country/language Local title Host Channel Top prize Date aired/premiered
  Afghanistan[13] شما ومیلیون
Shoma wa million
Mukhtar Lashkari 1TV Af.1,000,000 15 February 2014


100 Milionë Eno Popi Top Channel 10,000,000 lekë (100,000,000 old lekë) 11 January 2011
  Argentina[15] Salven el millón Susana Giménez Telefe AR$1,000,000 9 June – 22 December 2011
Salven los millones AR$2,000,000 23 May 2013
  Australia[16] The Million Dollar Drop Eddie McGuire Nine Network A$1,000,000 21 March 2011 – 28 April 2011
  Belarus[17] Шоу Сто Миллионов
Shou Sto Millionov
Georgy Koldun ONT 100,000,000 Br 13 September 2014
  Belgium ‹See Tfd›(in Dutch)[18] De val van een miljoen Evy Gruyaert VIER 1,000,000 31 August 2013
  Brazil[19][20] Um Milhão na Mesa Silvio Santos SBT R$1,000,000 21 September – 14 December 2011
  Bulgaria[21] Да ти паднат 100 хиляди
Da ti padnat 100 hilyadi
Niki Kunchev Nova 100,000лв 12 March 2012
  Cambodia[22] 200 Million Money Drop Chea Vibol Hang Meas HDTV 200,000,000 12 April 2014
  Chile[23][24] Atrapa los Millones (2012-14) Don Francisco Canal 13 CL$400,000,000 25 March 2012
Atrapa los Millones - La apuesta de tus sueños (2015-present) Diana Bolocco CL$100,000,000 9 March 2015
  China[25] 最强喜事 (National version)
Zuiqiang Xishi
Mǎ Kě Guizhou TV 30 free trips
(50 trips in early episodes)
24 July 2011 – 25 December 2011
让梦想飞 (Season 6, regional version) Yang Bo Shandong TV Life Channel CN¥50,000(Weekday live edition)
CN¥100,000(Weekend edition)
16 June 2014 – 13 February 2015 (Weekday live edition)
10 January 2015 (Weekend edition)
  Colombia[26] Millones por montones María José Barraza Canal Caracol CO$1,000,000,000 25 July 2011
  Croatia Kolo du miljon Malna Tariks HRT 1 2,000,000 Kn 10 November 2014
  Denmark[27] Pengene på bordet Claus Elming TV2 Kr. 2,000,000 23 March 2013
all episodes were recorded in July 2012
  Egypt[28] أنت والمليون
Inta wal milyon
Nagla Badr Mehwar TV LE 1,000,000 24 February 2012
  Estonia[29] Rahaauk Alari Kivisaar TV3 100,000 12 September 2011
  Finland[30] Suuret setelit Heikki Paasonen MTV3 €100,000 7 March 2014
  France[31] Money Drop Laurence Boccolini TF1 €250,000 + Jackpot (unlimited) July 2010 (Pilot in London)
1 August 2011 (Regular episodes)
  Germany[32][33] Rette die Million! Jörg Pilawa ZDF €1,000,000 13 October 2010 – 22 August 2013
Keep your Money Wayne Carpendale Sat. 1 €250,000 2015
  Georgia[34] ფულთან თამაში!
Phultan tamashi
Dimitry Skhirtlazde Imedi TV 100,000 10 April 2013
  Greece[35][36] Money Drop Grigoris Arnaoutoglou Mega Channel €300,000 16 October 2010
Vicky Stavropoulou Star Channel 29 October 2017
  Hungary[37] A 40 Milliós Játszma Ferenc Rákóczi TV2 40,000,000 Ft 29 November 2010 – 22 March 2013
Az 50 Milliós Játszma Claudia Liptai (2015)

Péter Majoros Majka (2017-)

50,000,000 Ft 12 October 2015 – present
  Iceland[38] Vertu viss Þórhallur Gunnarsson RÚV 10,000,000 kr November 2013
  India (in Bengali)[39] কোটি টাকার বাজি
Koti Takar Baji
Jeet Star Jalsha 10,000,000 15 October 2011 – 14 January 2012
  India (in Kannada)[40] ಕಯ್ಯಲ್ಲಿ ಕೋತಿ - ಹೆಲ್ಬಿತ್ತು ಹೋದೀರಿ
Kayyalli Koti - Haelbittu Hodeeri
Sai Kumar Udaya TV 10,000,000 17 March 2012
  India (in Malayalam)[41] കൈയ്യില്‍ ഒരു കോടി
Kayil Oru Kodi
Mamta Mohandas Surya TV 26 March 2012
  India (in Tamil)[42] கையில் ஒரு கோடி - ஆர் யு ரெடி
Kaiyil Oru Kodi - Are You Ready?
Rishi Sun TV 10 March 2012
  India (in Telugu)[43] కో అంటే కోటి - మే సొంతం చేస్కొండి
Ko Aante Koti - Me Sontham Cheskondi
Jagapati Babu
Jhansi Laxmi
Gemini TV 26 March 2012
  Israel[44] אל תפיל את המיליון
Al Tapil Et HaMillion
Erez Tal Channel 2 (Keshet) 1,000,000 13 October 2010
  Italy[45][46] The Money Drop Gerry Scotti Canale 5 €1,000,000 12 December 2011 – 1 June 2013
  Japan[47][48] 2000万円クイズ! マネードロップ
¥20,000,000 Quiz! Money Drop
Yusuke Santamaria TBS JP¥20,000,000 31 October 2012 - 2010s
  Kazakhstan[49][50] Қырық Миллион Теңге Шоуы (Шоу Сорок Миллионов Тенге)
Qırıq Mïllïon Teñge Şowı (Shou Sorok Millionov Tenge)
Abdel' Mukhtarov tv7 40,000,000 22 January 2011
  Latvia[51] Paņem 100 000... ja vari Edgars Ludāns TV3 €100,000 1 October 2011[52]
  Lithuania[53] 100 000 eurų grynais Marijonas Mikutavičius TV3 €100,000 2 September 2011
  Malaysia (in Malay)[54] RM 1,000,000 Money Drop AC Mizal Astro Ria RM1,000,000 3 December 2011
  Mongolia 50 саяын уналт
80 sayiin unalt
D.Enkhbayar Yeah (6/(quasi7])
Year'"'"s ago
besides Fame¡!ʖ
Edutainment TV HD 50,000,000 January 2013
80 саяын уналт
80 sayiin unalt
₮80,000,000 27 April 2016
  Myanmar The Money Drop Myanmar (ငွေတွေဝင်) ကောင်းထက်ဇော် Channel 7 K25,000,000 2017
  Netherlands[55] Show Me The Money Beau van Erven Dorens SBS 6 €1,000,000 11 – 22 April 2011
  Niger N1,000,000 Money drop Farub Arlane DL 4 N1,000,000 5 September 2015
  Nigeria ‹See Tfd›(in English)[56] The Money Drop Gideon Okeke Africa Magic
Omnitrix TV
US$100,000 13 January 2013 - present
  Norway[57] Pengene på bordet Sturla Berg-Johansen TV2 2,000,000 kr 2012
  Peru[58] Atrapa el Millón Mónica Zevallos ATV S/.1,000,000 14 September 2014
  Philippines[59][60] The Million Peso Money Drop Vic Sotto TV5 ₱1,000,000 14 October 2012 – 17 February 2013
  Poland[61] Postaw na milion Łukasz Nowicki TVP2 1,000,000 5 March 2011 - present
  Portugal[62] The Money Drop - Entre a ganhar Teresa Guilherme TVI 100,000 30 March 2015 – 15 August 2015
  Romania[63] Cu banii jos Dan Negru Antena 1 100,000 19 September 2012
  Russia[64] Шоу Десять Миллионов
Shou Desyat' Millionov
Maxim Galkin Russia 1 10,000,000 4 September 2010 – 14 June 2014
  Serbia[65] Multimilioner Dragan Nikolić RTV Pink 10,000,000 RSD 13 September 2011
  Singapore ‹See Tfd›(in English)[66] Million Dollar Money Drop George Young MediaCorp TV Channel 5 S$1,000,000 9 August 2011 – 2 November 2011
  Slovenia[67] Denar pada Jonas Žnidaršič Planet TV 100,000 3 April 2013
  South Africa ‹See Tfd›(in English)[68] Million Rand Money Drop Busi Lurayi M-Net
Omnitrix TV
R1,000,000 10 April 2013
(1st Season ended)
  Spain[69] Atrapa un Millón Carlos Sobera
Arturo Valls(Guest)
Antena 3 €1,000,000 (weekly) 4 February 2011 – 18 April 2012
Atrapa un Millón Diario 200,000 (daily) 4 April 2011 – 8 September 2014
Atrapa dos Millones €2,000,000 (special) 21 October 2011
  Sweden[70][71] Pengarna på bordet Peter Jihde TV4 2,000,000kr 3 October 2011
Miljonlotteriets pengarna på bordet Paolo Roberto 1 October 2013
   Switzerland ‹See Tfd›(in German)[72] Die Millionen-Falle René Rindlisbacher SF1 1,000,000 CHF 4 July 2011
  Thailand[73][74] The Money Drop Thailand Varavuth Jentanakul CH 7 ฿2,000,000 (2 August 2014 – 2 August 2015, 12 March 2017–25 February 2018)
฿2,000,000 + Car (8 August 2015 – 11 March 2017)
2 August 2014 – 25 February 2018
  Turkey[75][76] Bir Milyon Canlı Para Engin Altan Düzyatan Show TV 1,000,000 25 October 2010 – 2011
Murat Başoğlu Fox 9 September 2012 – 2013
Mesut Yar Kanal D 31 March 2014 – 2015
  Ukraine[77] Шоу На Два Мiльйони (Шоу На Два Миллиона)
Shou Na Dva Milyony (Shou Na Dva Milliona)
Andrey Domansky 1+1 2,000,000 12 January – 30 March 2011
  United States[78] Million Dollar Money Drop Kevin Pollak Fox US$1,000,000 20 December 2010 – 1 February 2011
  Uruguay[79] Salven el Millón Jorge Piñeyrúa Channel 10 UY$1,000,000 21 August 2012
  Vietnam[80] Đừng để tiền rơi Hoàng Trung Nghĩa VTV 200,000,000+9,000,000 16 January 2014 – 30 April 2015
Thành Trung 200,000,000 6 January 2016 – 13 September 2017

Notes: 1. The two Chinese versions are produced without Endemol's permission.

2. According to Endemol's official website, the format has recently been sold to Niger, but all the exact information is unknown yet.[81]

3. Arturo Valls hosted an episode as a cross-over between Atrapa un millón and his own game show Ahora caigo, which was hosted by Carlos Sobera that afternoon.

4. The Thai version's top prize is in Thai baht. However, in fact, the cash on the stage is in United States dollars, equal to 2 million baht.

5. Russian, Ukrainian and Kazakhstan version (except Belarusian version) are take shooting in Moscow (Gorky Film Studio), and under production by Weit Media, Although they are using Russian language (including Belarusian version) as their conversation language, however in the Ukrainian and Kazakhstan (only first season by the host) version, the host used their native language for the introduction, greeting and closing caption. The Ukrainian and Kazakhstan (first season only) version are also offered the SMS game during the program. Unlike Russian, Belarusian, Kazakh version which are using Russian language for the question and answer, Ukrainian version is prefer to use Ukrainian Language for the question and answer instead using Russian Language.

Rules variationsEdit


In some versions in the Eurozone, like the German version, if the contestants choose the question that is difficult in their opinion, they can "Pass" and switch to the other category which they did not originally choose. The "Pass" can be only used once during the game.

Quick ChangeEdit

In some versions, as lifelines, there are "Quick Change(s)" (or similar words in local language), which allows a pair of contestants have 30 seconds (in the Brazilian and French versions, 10 seconds instead) to change their answers, only once in all the questions except for the last question. This lifeline is also used automatically if contestants do not leave one trapdoor empty on a question and they still have the lifeline available.

However, in the second series of the Slovenian version, there are two Quick Changes for each pair of the contestants, but they can't use both of them in a single question. In the French version, though the rules are similar to the UK version, if contestants have made their way to question number five, one more Quick Change is given. In the Chilean version, there are 105 seconds for the final all-or-nothing question's betting, with a bonus Quick Change given by the host (prior to that, there are 75 seconds on the clock, if the contestants are confident enough for the answer, they can refuse the bonus).

Starting from autumn 2014, in the Vietnamese version based on the British format, the Quick Change rule was introduced. The rules were still unchanged, however, sometimes the game features three boxes randomly contain 5 million VND, 3 million VND or 1 million VND. After the first question, whatever boxes left on the table will be guaranteed and taken away after the game. Generally speaking, the top prize was slightly increased to 209 million Vietnam dong.

Final FactEdit

This was also introduced in the American version along with Quick Change. In the final all-or-nothing question, there is no time limit for placing the money on the trapdoor. Then the host Kevin Pollak will give an extra fact about the question, often with the following words: "These are not meant to change your mind, just give you one more thing to concern." Then the contestants are given 60 seconds to decide whether switch the answer or not after the extra notice given by host.

The Final Fact was later removed in most of the versions.

First Chinese versionEdit

In the Chinese version, no real money is used. Since the episode aired on October 2011, there are 30 iPads which stand for three different routes to travel - one is to Europe, one is across Asia, and another one is going around China.

There were three questions in a row, and 30 seconds were given to spread the prizes for each question.

If the contestants answer the third all-or-nothing question correctly, the prizes are listed as follows:

Number of iPads Prize
30 (the Jackpot) Free trips around Europe, Asia and China (30 free trips)
20 to 29 Free trips across Asia, China (20 free trips)
10 to 19 Free trips around China (10 trips)
Less than 10 Free trip to one of the 10 places in China
Specials in Chinese versionEdit

In episodes 3, 4, 6 and 9 of the Chinese franchise, the game used special modes.

In episodes 3 and 4, there are three contestants on the stage with pre-existing relationships. One goes down the stage to the separated room beneath the stage watching the game playing on the stage, and the other two play against the Drop. The game uses the American format, and the only "litigant"(the contestant sitting in the special room) choose the correct answer that based on his or her life.

There are no quick changes in the game, and each question's time limit is 60 seconds. After revealing the answers, the hidden contestant would be also revealed on the screen and he or she might be asked about the background to the question.

In episodes 6 and 9, the contestants must answer five questions in a row, and all the questions are about the hidden contestant beneath the stage.

Second Chinese versionEdit

The second Chinese version allows the contestant put money on ALL the trapdoors, but if the remaining cash amount is lower than (or equal to) 5,000 yuan, they can only put the cash on one single "drop", but they can eliminate a random wrong answer before the clock begins. Only 5 questions for each pair of contestants, and they can choose one out of ten sets of questions. They can hand out 5,000 yuan to use a lifeline to ask a relative who is watching the live broadcast show, but it can be used only once in a game. It is broadcast every weekday at 20:00 in Shandong Province only.

Also, "Double or Nothing" introduced in UK series 10 also used in the second Chinese version.

Twists in the Spanish versionEdit

This is introduced on 27 September 2013, in the Spanish version. As the winning of the top prize in the Spanish version, a new rule whereby the contestants can earn more money is introduced.

The first twist is "Double or Triple the Money". In the eighth question, the security team brings up the prize money, which is double their current prize. The final all-or-nothing question contains four choices. Before the 60-second clock begins, the pair can choose to take the question with all four options or not in 20 seconds. If not, one wrong answer is removed, and they can choose to play the question or not within 10 seconds. If not again, another wrong answer is removed, and they must play the original two-option final question. However options left in play, they must choose only one answer. If they choose the correct one, they can walk away with double(with three options in the game) or triple(with four choices), whilst they go home with nothing.

Second twist is "Single play" (Spanish: Solo uno, literally "only one"). The "Single Play" question may be exist in all the question categories except the final two. If the contestants choose "Single Play", one of the pair must leave the stage for several minutes beneath the floor, and the remaining contestant must answer the question by him/her own. If he/she survived the question, they could win an extra €5,000 and put it to the prize pot. In this question, they could not use the "Pass".

So the theoretical top prize in the daily Spanish version is €615,000 if the contestant play excellently and take "Single play" well.

Phone a FriendEdit

This is introduced in the Russian version. Similar to "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?"'s lifeline with the same name, in the Drop's "Phone a Friend", the contestants can make a telephone call to one of their relatives before the clock starts. They can only make one phone call in the game.

If the contestants get stuck on one of the questions, they can use the lifeline and make a telephone call to one of their relatives, friends, or somebody else. After the presenter greet him/her over the phone, the contestants must read out the question and all the answer options. The 1-minute clock begins after the question and answers are read for the first time, while the question and answers on the main screen are disappeared.

Eliminate wrong answer(s)Edit

This lifeline is also introduced in the Russian version, also adapted from "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?"'s lifeline called "Fifty-Fifty", if the contestants are not quite sure about the final answer, they can use this lifeline after the clock runs out.

The lifeline can be only used once before the last question. If this is into play, one or two incorrect answer(s) are randomly delected from the table, only leave one correct and one wrong answer, the money must be on one of the two answers. If they placed the money on the correct answer, they can bring back the money they lost in this question; otherwise, they are eliminated with nothing.

Top prize winnersEdit

This list does not include two French winners who did not win the top prize, but their total prizes were more than €250,000.

Country Winning contestants Date aired Top prize
  Argentina Claudio Patrone & María Inés Martín 3 August 2011 AR$1,000,000
  Germany Horst & Nada Lichter 8 June 2011 €1,000,000
  Spain Pablo & María Fernandis 23 September 2013 €200,000

Notable events outside the UKEdit

  • In the Japanese version, a pair of contestants take their whole JP¥20 million into the final question without using the lifeline "Quick Change" (the show used British settings but American rules), but they lost all the jackpot in the ultimate question 7. This was broadcast on 31 October 2012. When they returned on 10 January 2013, they went out on question 1.
  • Both the youngest and the oldest contestants have appeared on the Chinese version. The oldest contestant was Chen Lan, 82 years old when the show aired on Guizhou TV on 4 December 2011. The youngest one was Tutu (nickname), just 1 year old when she attended the show's filming, and broadcast on 18 December 2011.
  • The Chinese version is also the first to use two presenters in one episode worldwide. This happened on 23 October 2011, when Wang Qiao, a host currently working in Hunan TV, acted as a guest host with his friend, and the show's actual host, Ma Ke.
  • In the Singaporean version, the show's first set of contestants in the premiere episode - Izam and Eugene - lost all the Jackpot - one million Singapore dollars on the very first question. This happened again in the Portuguese version's premiere, broadcast on 30 March 2015: the very first pair of contestants lost all 100,000 on the very first show's very first question. When the first three set of contestants in the premiere episode decided to split the prize cash, they all lost everything.


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