ITV Recommissions “Red or Black” for a Second Series
The most expensive game show ever made is coming back for a second series. ITV has recommissioned Simon Cowell’s luck-based game show Red or Black for a second run of episodes. The episodes have not been given a debut date yet. Hosts Ant and Dec will return. Instead of a week-long strip, the second series will air weekly. Contestants will use judgement and skill to predict the outcome of several challenges and stunts. By the end of the show one person will remain and will spin the show’s giant roulette wheel. One final decision, red or black, will stand between them and life changing cash.
This series of Red or Black will not feature a nightly £1,000,000 prize. Instead, the jackpot spin will start for £500,000. If it is not won the jackpot will roll over week after week. If no one wins, the jackpot could reach £3,500,000. Four contestants won the £1,000,000 top prize last series. The first series debuted to 8.1 million viewers but quickly sank to an average of 5.3 million. Four of the seven episodes of the first series saw less than five million viewers, and two of those saw less than four million. The show was recommissioned on the basis that the budget would be lowered.
Simon Cowell said: “One of the things I love most about this show is that it’s exciting, unpredictable, scary, and a bit nuts all in one. I’m delighted it’s back and am excited about the possibility of rollover winnings and some even bigger games.”
ITV’s Director of Television, Peter Fincham said: “We have developed Red or Black? and built on what we did with the first series. The scale of the challenges will still be huge but this time around, contestants will have more control over their own destinies as they are able to use their skill and judgement in an attempt to win big money prizes.”
Excited to see it back? It had some major problems so I’m interested to see what they can do. Let’s give them one credit, though. The first night’s spin was incredibly tense and dramatic. It diminished night after night, but that first spin was great.