About Are You Smarter Than A 10 Year Old
TV legend Noel Edmonds dons his mortarboard and goes back to the classroom for this hotly anticipated quiz show from über-producer Mark Burnett (The Apprentice, Survivor), which was a runaway hit in the US.
The show welcomes adult contestants who are put to the test and must attempt to answer ten questions plus a final bonus question on subjects spanning the National Curriculum that any 10 year old should be able to answer, including History, Maths, Geography and Science. Two questions come from each school year from ages 6 to 10. Each correct answer increases the amount of money the player banks.
The player can answer the questions in any order they like, and each correct answer raises their cumulative amount of winnings to the next level. There is a safe point after five correct answers, guaranteeing the player the value of the fifth question, and after ten questions players may take a jackpot question for the top prize.
Along the way, the player can be assisted by a "classmate", one of five school-age children, in answering the questions. The classmate, chosen for two questions at a time, attempts to answer the question at the same time as the contestant, writing their answer on a virtual blackboard hidden from the contestant's view.
Contestants have three aids they can use during their game. Each of the following cheats can only be used once in any game. (up to, but not including, the final question):
Peek: The player is shown their classmate's answer and may choose whether to go along with it or not. There is no obligation and the player is free to lock in an alternative answer.
Copy: The player uses their classmate's answer, regardless of whether it's right or wrong.
Save: If the player answers incorrectly but their classmate is correct, they are said to have been saved and the game continues. The player can only use this cheat after supplying an answer.
Once all three cheats are used, the children no longer play an active role in the game. There are no cheats available for the final question regardless of how many, if any, are still available by this point in the game.
The rules change slightly for the jackpot question. The player is only shown the subject of the question before deciding if they will continue or drop out. This question will always be for a ten year old regardless of the subject. If the player chooses to see the question, they are no longer eligible to drop out and must answer the question, with no assistance from the classmates. A wrong answer on the question will cause the contestant to drop back down to the prize for five questions.
If the contestant gets any answer wrong and is not saved by the classmate, their game is over, and a contestant doing so in the first five questions loses all their winnings (if they passed the 5th question, they will instead drop down to that amount). For this reason, they may choose to drop out at any point during the game, which entitles them to leave the game with the winnings they have accumulated, if any.
If, at any point during the game, the player chooses to drop out or loses, they must face the camera and state, "I am not smarter than a 10 year old." However, if the final question is answered correctly, the contestant has the opportunity to claim, "I am smarter than a 10 year old."