Cleverdicks is hosted by the formidably intelligent Ann Widdecombe, and is a uniquely witty foray into the hyper-intelligent world of the Cleverdicks.
Laying down the gauntlet to all the nations self-proclaimed Cleverdicks, Ann will weed out the intelligent contestants from the not so intelligent with a series of challenging questions and rounds.
In each episode four contestants will be playing for a money prize but more importantly they will be aiming to be that day's winner with the privilege of calling themselves a 'Cleverdick'. They achieve this by lasting the course of the elimination at the end of every round. The show finishes with a high pressure end game, in which the winning cleverdick is pitched against a cascade of falling questions on the studio's digital wall.
The game is played in three rounds and at the end of each round, the lowest-scoring player is eliminated. The last remaining contestant in the game plays for the money.
Each contestant has two minutes to answer a series of questions, each with five clues of decreasing difficulty. The contestant may offer an answer after each clue, with a correct answer on the first clue being worth 5 points, and decreasing by one point with each additional clue. The contestant may also move on to the next question after any clue. The player with the fewest points in this round is eliminated.
The contestants' scores are reset to zero prior to the start of this round. As in the first round, a question is asked, and up to five clues are given. In this round, the contestants must buzz in for the right to answer. Each contestant may buzz in on each clue; the contestant that gives the correct answer earns the points at that clue level. In addition, the contestant is given the first chance at three related bonus questions for one point each; any questions that the contestant misses is offered on the buzzers to their opponents. After 8 questions, the player with the lowest score is eliminated.
Before the start of the round, the player with the higher score from round 2 is given the choice of going first or second. The contestants are asked questions in turn. With every incorrect answer, or failure to answer, a triangle is added to that contestant's side of the game board. If a contestant has at least one triangle on their side of the game board, a correct answer removes a triangle from their side. As the round progresses, a white line slowly moves down the game board; when it touches either contestant's stack of triangles, that contestant loses. The winner earns the title of "Cleverdick," the right to return on the next show, and moves on to the final round to play for the cash jackpot.
Triangles bearing questions on various subjects drop down onto the game board for the day's winner to answer. As the round progresses, additional questions are added to the contestant's stack every few seconds; the contestant is only allowed to answer the question at the bottom of the stack. When the contestant gives the correct answer, that question is removed from the stack, allowing the remaining questions to drop down. During the round, the contestant is allowed to "drop" two questions from the bottom of the stack. The contestant's stack can contain a maximum of 8 questions without passing the white line at the top of the board; if a ninth question is added to the stack, the game is over.
If the contestant can stay in the round for a total of two minutes, he or she wins a cash jackpot that starts at £1,000 and increases by £1,000 each show until it is won.