Eggheads is a quiz show, that was first broadcast in 2003, and presented by Dermot Murnaghan. The show pits a team of five 'Eggheads' (made up from six highly regarded quiz and game show champions, rotating each episode) against a series of teams of five 'challengers' who in each episode attempt to beat the Eggheads through a series of rounds.
The show is played in five rounds: the first four are each on a specific category whilst the final round is a general knowledge round.
In each of these first four rounds, the Challengers are given a category and must choose a member of their own team to play and an Egghead against whom they wish to compete. The players for that round then leave the studio to go into the 'question room' outside. The challenger is given the choice of going first or second, and both players are then asked in turn three questions each, which have multiple choice answers. If after these three questions there is no winner, the round then goes into sudden death with each question now having no possible answers given.
The player who wins each round is then eligible to play in the final round whilst the losing players have to sit in their respective 'question rooms' and are not allowed to participate in the final general knowledge round.
The general knowledge round is then played in exactly the same format as the head-to-head rounds, and now gives the challengers the opportunity to win the prize money. If the Eggheads win the final round, the prize money increases by a 'rollover' system with another £1,000 added to the prize each day.
There are nine possible subjects in the head-to-head rounds:
- Arts & Books
- Food & Drink
- Film & Television