Mighty Productions Scotland has been commissioned to make a new Channel 4 quiz show fronted by Dara Ó Briain with a £1m jackpot up for grabs.

The series was commissioned from Channel 4’s Global Format Fund, the ringfenced spend designed to stimulate the creation of original new formats from UK-based indies for UK and International audiences.

In the six-episode series, One & Six Zeros, teams of three players start with £1,000,000 and must answer seven general knowledge questions correctly to keep the jackpot intact. Each right answer locks in a digit of the One & Six Zeros.

If the teams answer any of the questions posed by presenter Dara Ó Briain incorrectly, they will lose a zero from the prize fund and it could very quickly go from £1,000,000 to £100!

But there is a lifeline. If the team doesn’t want to risk answering a particular question, they can swap it for a different one. However, swapping questions also comes at a cost to the team…

And after three questions, the team is reduced from three players to two. Then after five questions, just one player is left to tackle the final two questions alone.

Dara Ó Briain said: “I’m delighted to host this new quiz show for Channel 4 and Mighty Productions. It should be funny and tense and you, at home, will definitely think you could have done better than the contestants. Plus, I get to keep any of the money they don’t win! I think that’s the deal, I didn’t read the small print.”

Jo Street, Channel 4’s head of Daytime and Features, said: “Having one million pounds up for grabs in a quiz is thrilling and it also makes me feel a bit sick. One & Six Zeros is a really clever format which the audience will be able to play along with, and Dara is the perfect host to steer the contestants through the nerves, the laughs and the drama of potentially winning a life changing amount of cash.”

Lynn Sutcliffe, executive producer, Mighty Productions, said: “We are delighted to be making this quiz with the amazing team at Channel 4, and so excited to be working with the brilliant Dara. He will bring wit and warmth to this high jeopardy show, which we believe has massive international potential. Luckily, loads of other countries seem to use ones and zeros as well – so the format should travel…”

One & Six Zeros is a 6×60’ series. It was commissioned for Channel 4 by Jo Street, head of Daytime and Features, and Jayne Stanger, commissioning editor, Daytime and Features. It will be made by Mighty Productions Scotland and the executive producers are Lynn Sutcliffe and Hugh Rycroft.


Jon Creamer

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