The 21st Question
Country of origin
No. of series
No. of episodes
60 minutes (inc. adverts)
ITV, STV, UTV
4 August (2014-08-04) – 15 August 2014 (2014-08-15)
Fifteen to One
The 21st Question was a British game show that aired on ITV from 4 to 15 August 2014 and hosted by Gethin Jones. It is the first of two 5:00pm daytime summer pilots in The Chase slot (the second being Gift Wrapped).
1.1 Question 1
1.2 Questions 2-20
1.3 Question 21
3 External links
There are 11 contestants in each game. Each contestant is on the show for a full week, unless they make it to Q21, meaning that if they are out, they have a chance to play again.
Question 1 is about playing for position in Questions 2-20 There is a question with ten potential answers. Five of these are correct. Each contestant taps their answers in. The fastest person to get all five answers gets to choose their position first (out of spots 1-10 or the Power Spot), with the second person choosing second, and so on until the slowest person is left with the last remaining place.
The person in the Power Spot battles each of the other contestants individually (starting with the person on Spot 1 onwards) with multiple-choice questions based on a category chosen by the person on the Power Spot. If both players get the question correct, or if both get it wrong, another question is asked until both have answered three questions with one another. If this happens on the third question in a battle, the person who is not on the Power Spot leaves the game and is out. If the person on the Power Spot gets it wrong but the other gets it right, the other takes the place of the Power Spot player and the person who is on the Power Spot is out. If the Power Spot player is right but the other player is wrong, the other player is out.
Due to there being just 21 questions in the game, often the players in spots 8, 9 and 10 don't participate in a game, meaning that there are regular updates on the probability of them playing - if the probability of one of them reaches 0, they leave the game as there is no chance of them winning.