17Mar2013
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Weekend Replay: “The Common Denominator”

For this week’s Weekend Replay we have a show many of our readers have probably not seen: Channel 4′s new quiz show The Common Denominator.  In the past we’ve joked that it’s, essentially, the poor man’s Only Connect.  You’re given two items (either two words, two pictures, or a picture and a word) and you must find the link.  While it is similar they’ve done enough to differentiate the shows.  It’s definitely a grower of a show.  The more you watch the more you get into it.  The show has a massive slump due to bad pacing in the middle but the end game is typically exciting.  That’s what we’ll see today.

We’re very excited to feature BuzzerBlog reader Daniel Peake this week.  If you remember us discussing it in the past Dan did the entertaining indie game show Accumulate! which you can relive here.  He’s also very close to winning a lot of money on The Common Denominator.  Dan beat the competition and is just six Common Denominators away from £10,000.  He has 45 seconds to do it or he risks leaving with nothing.  Can be become just the second ever to win?  Take a look at the exciting ending.

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We love when BuzzerBlog readers get on shows, and love it even more when they do well, so congratulations to Dan.

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10 responses to "Weekend Replay: “The Common Denominator”"

  • Josh J says:

    Well done, Daniel! That was exciting to watch.
    Coincidentally, the weird thing about the commentary there is… this show is simultaneously the poor man’s Only Connect and the rich man’s Only Connect, because this show pays out.

  • Matt says:

    Congrats on the win. I’d be curious to see a full episode, but that final round is really SLUGGISH when it comes to asking the contestants if they want to stop at 100 or 250 pounds.

  • Dave C says:

    Seems like it could be a good U.S. game as a weekday strip, expanding out the final game a bit. Didn’t see the earlier rounds to determine who gets to this final round, but, I’m sure it is a similar game trying to knockout other players.

    A good final game for a U.S. version, would take up only about 4-5 minutes even with the decision making (they could edit out longer “thinking” time to a few seconds):
    8 questions in 60 seconds.
    Levels:
    1-$500
    2-$1000
    3-$2000… Up to this level, you get to keep your money earned even if you run out of time.
    4-$4000 … This and future levels, you risk going back down to $2,000 if you run out of time.
    5-$8000
    6-$16000
    7-$25000
    8-$50000

    Based on that, you wouldn’t have the “decision” time until deciding to play Round 5 (risking $2,000 to get another $4,000).

  • Bob Porrazzo says:

    This would do well here in the US, maybe under the name Common Bonds….named for a Jeopardy category.

  • Marc says:

    The pacing is rather slow throughout the show. If I were the producer, i’d have had the players solve up to 10 puzzles in 60 seconds rather than just 4 in Round 1, and Round 2 would have been a toss-up round, doubling the points and difficulty halfway through. And for goodness’s sake, I’d at least give the winner something for winning the game.

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