Weekend Replay: “5 Minutes to a Fortune”
This past week Channel 4 debuted their newest afternoon quiz show 5 Minutes to a Fortune. The game, hosted by Davina McCall, sees a team, face five rounds that test their mental and logic skills while facing a 15-foot hourglass containing the team’s bank. One player, the Time Keeper, will allot any amount of time from the time bank to complete the round. If the Game Player cannot successfully answer five questions within the time set, the hourglass will turn and their money will drain. The drain will stop once the final answer is given. After five rounds the roles reverse and the Time Keeper must play one game to fight for whatever is left in the hourglass.
It’s a fun, unique show with an interesting and visually impressive gimmick that works well. It’s got its faults and, personally, I’m getting sick of the keep-ahold-of-your-bank formats which have never worked to a large audience, but this is probably on the top of that list. The point of the Time Keeper becomes completely irrelevant after they used their Lifeline, and the final round has the potential to be incredibly boring if the team has no clue. However, the games are challenging, fun to play along with, and different enough to make it hard not to shout at the screen. Davina McCall, as always, is fantastic. It’s got a few issues, but giving it a solid 7.5 out of 10, with a giant potential to be much higher if they can get a second series and fix the very fixable things. It’s essentially a trivia version of The Cube. Hard to go wrong with that.
Want to see what we’re talking about? Check out the first round of a celebrity episode from last week. Celebrity teams play for £100,000. Every weekday, though, teams play for £50,000.
Video courtesy Channel 4 and Victory Television