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Tipping Point (game show)

Tipping Point
Also known as Tipping Point: Lucky Stars (celebrity editions)
Genre Quiz show
Created by Hugh Rycroft
Matthew Boulby
Directed by Ollie Bartlett
Nick Harris
Richard Van't Riet
Presented by Ben Shephard
Composer(s) Marc Sylvan
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 4 (regular)
2 (celebrity)
No. of episodes 199 (regular; 1 unaired)
20 (celebrity)
Executive producer(s) Hugh Rycroft
Peter Usher
Producer(s) Sara Doyle
Location(s) Regular series
The London Studios (2012, 2014)
BBC Television Centre (2013)
Wimbledon Studios (2013)
Twickenham Studios (2015-)
Celebrity series
Wimbledon Studios (2013)
The London Studios (2014)
Twickenham Studios (2015-)
Running time 60 minutes (inc. adverts)
Production company(s) RDF Television
Distributor Zodiak Media
Original channel ITV
Picture format 16:9 (HDTV) 1080i
Original run 2 July 2012 (2012-07-02) – present
Related shows Spin Star
External links
Production website

Tipping Point is a British television game show which began airing on ITV on 2 July 2012 presented by Ben Shephard.

The show sees contestants answering general knowledge questions to win counters which they use on a large coin pusher arcade-style machine which releases the counters worth £50 each; this is doubled to £100 for the Lucky Stars version. In the games featuring contestants from the public, only the winner at the end takes home their accumulated money. The rest go home with nothing, unless they have won one of the special prizes which they get to keep no matter what.


Contestants must answer questions to win counters worth £50 each (£100 each in the "Lucky Stars" version) to drop into the coin pusher machine, dropping them into their choice of four drop zones and hoping to push piles of them off a pair of moving shelves and onto a lower red zone (referred to by Shephard as the "win zone"); the more they collect, the greater the eventual prize fund. The player who has 'won' the least amount of money in each round is eliminated until only one player remains to play for the jackpot of £10,000 (£20,000 in the "Lucky Stars" version). In series 2, a new element was added: three "mystery" counters, coloured black and bearing a question mark (?) logo are present in the machine (two on the upper shelf, one on the lower) at the start of the game. If one of these counters enters the win zone, the player in control of the machine wins the mystery prize. Such prizes have included cases of wine, short holiday breaks, etc. If any counters enter the win zone when not in play (excluding the final round), they are declared null and void and are removed from the machine, they are called an ambient drop.

Round 1

In Round 1, the four players are each given three counters. Questions are then asked and the first to sound their buzzer may answer. If they answer correctly, they must choose either to play one of their own counters if they feel the machine will pay out or, if they feel the machine won't pay out, may instead nominate an opponent, forcing them to use up one of their own counters. In either case, the relevant player chooses which of the four drop zones they want to drop a counter down and then presses their buzzer to release the counter into the machine. In the event of an incorrect answer, one of the player's counters goes into a penalty pot. At the end of the round, all the counters in the penalty pot are put up for grabs on a final question 'on the buzzer'.

Round 2

In Round 2, whoever is in the lead of the three remaining players (or if there is a tie, whoever was first to give a correct answer) decides the order of play. In turn, each player is given 30 seconds of rapid-fire general knowledge questions, with each correct answer earning one counter When the time is up, the players use their accumulated counters to try to win more money in the machine by moving counters over the Tipping Point, at the usual rate of £50 each.

Round 3

In Round 3, the two remaining players are asked six questions alternately, three to each player. A player can opt to answer the question themselves or, if they feel they don't know the answer, can pass it to their opponent. A correct answer gives control of the counter to the player, while a wrong answer hands control to their opponent. Counters are still worth £50 each.

Final round

In the final round, the winning player is given a jackpot counter (a larger gold-coloured counter with a red star), which is dropped into the machine. The aim is to get the counter back out of the machine in order to win £10,000. The player is given 6 categories of questions (for example, Comedians, Films, Food, Politics, Sport and Words). The player can answer the questions in any order and can nominate how many counters they wish to go for (an easy question for one counter, a medium question for two or a hard question for three). A correct answer gives the player the number of counters they nominated, a wrong answer gives no counters. Any counters which drop in the process of trying to get the jackpot counter out are counted, worth £50 a piece. If the player manages to remove the jackpot counter, their winnings are augmented to £10,000. If the player uses all six categories and fails to remove the jackpot counter, they can choose whether to keep the money they have accumulated or gamble on three more counters; in this instance, it would be for £10,000 or nothing, since any regular counters that fall into the win zone are worth nothing.

One contestant in series 3 took the trade and won the £10,000 using only one counter. On 1 April 2014, a new record for the final round was set with only five counters inserted into the machine to retrieve the jackpot counter.

Tipping Point: Lucky Stars

Tipping Point: Lucky Stars title card

A series of twelve episodes of Tipping Point: Lucky Stars aired on ITV, beginning on 9 June 2013 and was shown in the primetime slot, rather than the usual 4:00pm daytime slot for the regular programme.

The celebrity episodes see some changes to the ordinary format:

  1. There are only three contestants rather than four.
  2. Contestants are playing for a nominated charity.
  3. All of the counters (including the Jackpot counter) are worth double their value. Normal and Mystery counters doubled from £50 to £100, and the Jackpot counter doubled from £10,000 to £20,000.
  4. Like celebrity versions of The Chase, there is a live studio audience; the civilian shows just use an applause track.
  5. In the final round, if the contestant takes the trade but loses, they still get £1,000 for their chosen charity.
  6. To compensate for the presence of only three contestants, the person in last place after round 1 continues to play into round 2.
  7. The losing contestant after rounds 2 and 3 still takes home the money they have accumulated for their chosen charity.
  8. Mystery counters now give smaller prizes - or occasionally give a mystery question about the player, giving him or her the chance to drop another counter into the machine.


Regular series

Series Start date End date Episodes Notes
1 2 July 2012 27 July 2012 20[1] Aired as a 5:00pm summer replacement slot for The Chase
2 2 January 2013 25 February 2013 39[2] 40 episodes were commissioned but one was left unaired
3 20 May 2013 20 November 2013 70[3] Series 3 took breaks from 1 July – 6 September, 28 October – 1 November and 11–19 November 2013
4 17 February 2014 29 August 2014 70[4] Series 4 took breaks from 28 April – 6 June and 10 June – 1 August 2014

Lucky Stars series

Series Start date End date Episodes
1 9 June 2013 25 August 2013 12[5]
2 5 July 2014 23 August 2014 8[6]


The official Tipping Point app for iOS was released by Barnstorm Games on 30 March 2014. The Android version was later released on 3 April 2014.[7]


  2. ^ "Tipping Point gets second commission from ITV1".  
  3. ^ "ITV Daytime commissions third series of RDF quiz show Tipping Point".  
  4. ^ "Tipping Point - Series 4". Zodiak Rights. Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "Celebrities to take on TIPPING POINT for ITV primetime".  
  6. ^ "Tipping Point: Lucky Stars Returns to Primetime with some Big Celebrity Names".  
  7. ^ "Tipping Point app". 

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