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Run for the Money

Producer: Reg Grundy
Host: Bill Rafferty
Announcer: Bob Hilton
Taping Info: 1987
Made it to Air: No
Availability: Trading circuit

While Griffin/King World was the king of syndication in the 80's, Reg Grundy was at least the duke of daytime, having both Scrabble and Sale of the Century as long time hits and also put Bruce Forsyth's Hot Streak and Time Machine on the air. In 1987, Reg tried to import his British show Going for Gold, which itself was an importation of the French show Questions pour un champion. Bill Rafferty and some staff flew over the pond to film this show in England for the taping.

The first round involved four questions worth either one, two or three points. The cycle of points rotated, so that the first and fourth questions were worth one, second and fifth worth two and so on. The object was to not be the last person to reach nine points. That player is removed from the game.

The second round was played solo by each of the players as they tried to accumulate the longest streak of correct answers to questions in a category with a maximum of four correct in forty seconds. The order of play was the same as how the players got to their nine point limit in the first round. This was important, since ties were broken by this order. The top two players then moved on to the third round.

The third and final round was the most interesting. A long question was asked, with the reading of the question broken down into four, three, two and one point zones. One player could answer only in the even zones, while the other player could only answer in the odd zones. However, if a player rang in and answered incorrectly, the remaining time in that zone transferred to the other player. Control alternated on whether the player had the even or odd zones. Nine points won this round as well.

However, that's it. No bonus game, just $5,000 to the winner. It ran for 10 years on the BBC, and is still on the air in France. It's too bad it didn't hit here, because I've always liked Bill Rafferty as a host and I believe it would have had a decent run.

Live, from England, it's an American Game Show.

And one of your real people, it's Bill Rafferty.

Here's round 1.

Here's round 2 and the possible categories.

Here's round 3. The player on the left has control of the two and four point zones.

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