The Hit List (game show)

The Hit List is a British music game show that puts three pairs of contestants against each other to test their knowledge of music, which began airing on Saturday nights on BBC One on 25 May 2019. The show is hosted by husband and wife Marvin and Rochelle Humes, and it is their first stand alone TV show as a couple. A pilot of the format was made at Dock10 studios in Manchester in 2018 under the name PlayListers, also hosted by the married couple.[1][2]

The Hit List
GenreMusic game show
Created byBBC
Jamie Ormerod
Presented byMarvin Humes
Rochelle Humes
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series2
No. of episodes7
Producer(s)Karen Smith
Jamie Ormerod
Production location(s)BBC Scotland
Running time45 minutes
Production company(s)Tuesday's Child
BBC Entertainment
DistributorBBC Studios
Original networkBBC One
Original release25 May 2019 (2019-05-25) 
Related showsName That Tune

A trailer for the show was released on BBC Trailers' YouTube Channel on 13 May 2019 and Marvin also shared a short behind-the-scenes video on his Facebook profile on 21 May 2019.[3] They also appeared on The One Show and This Morning to promote the show.

The format was created for Tuesday’s Child by television producer Jamie Ormerod.[4]

On 8 August 2019, BBC One announced that a second series had been commissioned.[5]


Filming for the debut series took place at the BBC Scotland studios on 9 and 10 March 2019.[6]


Across three rounds, the contestants attempt to identify huge hits from across the years. The teams must prove their ability to recognise songs from all genres of music for a chance to win £10,000.[7]

  • Round one – The teams are played a selection of clips from hit tracks and must press their buzzer whenever they recognise a song. All the songs in this round are themed, so the contestants might need to identify two songs written by the same songwriter, or recall what song was at number two in the charts when another was at number one. The teams must rely on their music memory to answer quickly enough. The first two teams to give five correct answers progress though to round two.
  • Round two – The two remaining teams must identify a range of song titles and artists by listening to the very beginning of the songs and recognising them before the time runs out. The teams are given visual clues to help them, such as a map showing where the singer is originally from, or an image of a famous person who is mentioned in the song lyrics. Each team must work against the clock to ensure their time doesn’t run out. The first team to run out of time will be eliminated.
  • Round three – The Final Chart Rundown – This round sees the final team attempting to recognise ten songs and artists before the money runs out. The team will start the round with £10,000 available in their pot of money, but after five seconds of each track that is played, the money starts to drop. If the team can correctly name ten song titles and artists before the money disappears, they will go home with whatever is left in the pot.


Series Start date End date Episodes
1 25 May 2019 29 June 2019 6
2 16 November 2019 21 December 2019 6
Special 28 December 2019 1


  1. "BBC – Rochelle and Marvin Humes put music knowledge to the test with new BBC One quiz show – Media Centre". 20 November 2018. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
  2. Methven, Nicola (19 November 2018). "Marvin and Rochelle Humes land their own Saturday night TV series". mirror. Retrieved 20 November 2018.
  3. BBC Trailers (13 May 2019), The Hit List | BBC Trailers, retrieved 23 May 2019
  4. BBC Trailers (13 May 2019), The Hit List | BBC Trailers, retrieved 23 May 2019
  5. "BBC One's 'The Hit List' Renewed For Series 2". Retrieved 8 August 2019.
  6. Mcaspurn 🍀 🍀 🍀, Johann (10 March 2019). "Filming for Rochelle & Marvin Humes show taking place in Scotland on the 9th and 10th March 2019!!". @JohannMcaspurn. Retrieved 30 March 2019.
  7. "BBC – The Hit List – Media Centre". Retrieved 12 May 2019.
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