John Barrowman hosts Pressure Pad, a brand-new quiz for BBC One

I am thrilled to be hosting this new innovative quiz show for BBC One and look forward to seeing whether contestants can take the heat on the Pressure Pad, and join in having fun with me."John Barrowman
Date: 02.10.2013     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 18.05
Category: BBC One
John Barrowman hosts Pressure Pad, a brand new visually iconic general knowledge quiz which starts on BBC One in November.

Pressure Pad is a highly visual and exciting new format and is unlike any previous quiz show. Courageous contestants descend into an illuminated arena, the Pressure Pad, to play the game.

Quizmaster John Barrowman holds court over and directs the game with his characteristic style and flair. A consummate entertainer, John keeps the audience enthralled, and the contestants' nerves in check, as he takes them through the high-tension game.

John says: “I am thrilled to be hosting this new innovative quiz show for BBC One and look forward to seeing whether contestants can take the heat on the Pressure Pad, and join in having fun with me.”

In the programme, two teams of five players are pitted against each other, with the contestants looking down on the giant circular Pressure Pad. As the lights dim, the floor lights up, and the game commences...

One by one, the contestants face their opposite number, and go down onto the Pressure Pad – setting foot in the quizzing arena.

Each daily episode comprises four different individual head-to-head games, and a team final. Win your head-to-head, and you get to stay and play the final. The team with the most players for the final will have put itself in the strongest position. If you lose your head-to-head, you’re out, and can’t help your team. Then it is just four questions and the victor is declared. The winning team receives £2,000 and also the chance to play for an extra rolling prize fund.

Production Information

Executive Producers: Pam Cavannagh for the BBC; Michael Mannes, Zoe Tait, Matt Walton

Production Company: 12 Yard Productions, an ITV Studios-owned indie

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