Who Dares Wins (British game show)

Who Dares Wins is a BBC game show broadcast on BBC One which began on 17 November 2007. The programme is hosted by Nick Knowles. It was a BBC National Lottery game show until 21 January 2017.

Who Dares Wins
GenreGame show
Created byJim Cannon
Andy Culpin
Sam Pollard
David Young
Presented byNick Knowles
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series12
No. of episodes105 (as of 24 August 2019)
Running time50 minutes (2007–17)
40 minutes (2017–)
Production company(s)12 Yard
DistributorITV Studios
Original networkBBC One
Picture format16:9
Original release17 November 2007 (2007-11-17) 
Related showsThe National Lottery Draws


Two teams of strangers are paired up. Both teams sit in soundproof pods. When the pods are blue they can hear what is happening. When the pod is red they cannot hear what is happening.

The list subject is read out and then the host turns one pod red. The other team then make a bid on how many right answers they can give. Their pod turns red and their opponents can either increase the bid or dare them to play. This process continues until one team is dared.

If the bidders make their bid then they win the list. If they make a mistake then their opponents win the list. The first team to win two lists play for the money.

If both teams win a list then a penalty shootout tiebreaker is played. The sound remains on in the pods. The host reads out the subject for the round. The first team gives an answer and if it is on the list then the opponents have to answer correctly or they lose. If the first team give a wrong answer then their opponents will win with a correct response.

Money ladder

The winning team is given another list subject. The money that can be won is as follows:

  • 3 correct answers for £5,000
  • 6 correct answers for £10,000
  • 9 correct answers for £15,000
  • 12 correct answers for £25,000
  • 15 correct answers for £50,000

After each level is reached the contestants can quit with the money won because if they make an error they lose all money won on the list.

If a team quits or wins £50,000 the money won is banked and cannot be lost. This is shared equally between the two team members.

There are no limits on the amount of money a team can win or the number of games a team can win.

3 teams didn't return as champions. The following games had two teams of challengers.


The most games won by a team is 12 by Chrissy from Blackrod and Joe from Canterbury.

Trish McGowan and Seamus Hussein have won the most money (£170,000). They won 8 times.

Chrissy and Joe are second in terms of winnings, with £165,000 in 12 games, while Nat Moitt and Euan Fleming are third in terms of winnings, with £155,000 in 7 games; they also held the record for the most answers given on a single list, with 40 (for Chemical Elements), until series 7 episode 5 where Hayley and Ranjit managed to name a 52 word list (the words in Bohemian Rhapsody).


SeriesStart dateEnd dateEpisodes
117 November 200729 December 20077
213 September 20081 November 20088
36 March 20101 May 20108
423 April 201118 June 20118
57 January 20123 March 20128
623 March 201311 May 20138
74 January 201415 March 20149
823 May 201518 July 20158
922 October 20168 April 201713
1015 April 201716 September 201710
1124 March 201828 July 201810
124 May 20197 September 201910

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