Tony Barber
Venitia Scott
Jeopardy! Australia
L Jeoaprdy AUS 1993
Seven Network: 1993
Jim McKay Productions/Grundy Television

Jeopardy! was a short-lived Australian version based on the classic U.S. format of the same name. It was hosted by former Sale of the Century host Tony Barber in 1993 but rated poorly and was cancelled six months later.


The First Two RoundsEdit

Six categories are announced, each with a column of five trivia clues (phrased in answer form), each one incrementally valued more than the previous, ostensibly by difficulty. The subjects range from standard topics including history and current events, the sciences, the arts, popular culture, literature and languages, to pun-laden titles (many of which refer to the standard subjects) and wordplay categories.

The host then reads the clue after which any of the three contestants may ring in using a hand-held signaling device. The first contestant to ring in successfully, following the host's reading of the clue, must then respond in the form of a question.

A correct response earns the dollar value of the clue and the opportunity to select the next clue from the board. An incorrect response or a failure to respond within a 5-second time limit (shown by the red lights on the contestant's podium) deducts the dollar value of the clue from the contestant's score and gives any remaining opponent(s) the opportunity to ring in and respond. If none of the contestants give a correct response, the host reads the correct response and the contestant who has most recently given a correct response to a previous clue chooses the next clue.

All responses must be phrased in the form of a question. For example, a contestant might select "American Presidents for $200," and the resulting clue might be "The Father of the Country; he didn't really chop down a cherry tree," to which the contestant would respond "Who is George Washington?"

Money AmountsEdit

Money amounts are minimal in the Jeopardy round, while the money amounts are doubled in the Double Jeopardy round.

Here are the amounts for each round:

  • Jeopardy! - The clues are worth anywhere from $100 to $300. Each category is worth up to $1,000 for a maximum for the entire board of $6,000.
  • Double Jeopardy! - The clues are worth anywhere from $200 to $600. Each category is worth up to $2,000 for a maximum for the entire board of $12,000.

Daily DoubleEdit

At some point in the round(s), the contestant in control will uncover a very special clue hidden somewhere on the Jeopardy! board called the "Daily Double" (Commonly in high value clue. But on occurrence happens on the second lowest value clue.) On a Daily Double, the contestant who picked it can wager any or all of his/her current score (wagering all is classified as a "True Daily Double"), but must wager at least $5. If the contestant has a low score, has a zero score or has a negative score, he/she can risk up to the maximum clue value (which usually happens) on that clue. In either case, only the contestant who picked it can give the response. A correct response added the wager, but an incorrect response or an improperly-phrased response (even if correct and regardless of the round) or no-response at all deducted the wager. Either way, the contestant then choose another clue afterwards. There is only one Daily Double in the Jeopardy! round and two Daily Doubles in the Double Jeopardy! round.

Special Daily DoublesEdit

Sometimes a Daily Double clue would appear differently. A Daily Double would have a sound clue after the main clue, this is called an Audio Daily Double. Another Daily Double would show the contestant a picture or a video clip mostly featuring a member of the Clue Crew after the main clue, this is called a Video Daily Double.

Final Jeopardy!Edit

At the end of the Double Jeopardy! round, the three contestants (minus the ones who ended the previous round with zero or a negative score) played the final round, Final Jeopardy! The round started with one last category for that round revealed, and then during the final commercial break, the contestants wrote down how much they wish to wager based on that category, from $0 to the total money they accumulated in the first two rounds. When the break was over, the Final Jeopardy! clue under that category was revealed, and then the contestants had 30 seconds to write down the correct response, remembering to phrase it in the form of a question. When the time is up and the music ends, the questions were checked one-by-one and a correct response added the wager but an incorrect response or an improperly-phrased response (even if correct) deducted the wager.

Unlike the American version, the contestants were asked to state their answers and the amount they wagered.

Winning the Game/Returning ChampionsEdit

The player with the most money won the game. If the game ended in a tie, the players who were tied won the game. The winning players returned to play the next day. Champions stayed on the show until they won five games. After a contestant won five games, three new contestants appeared on the next show.


The 1993 Superchallenge Grand FinaleEdit

YouTube LinksEdit

A promo for Aussie Jeopardy! from 1992
Jeopardy! advertisement (w/ Tony Barber) {1992}
Tony Barber Jeopardy! promo "What is Jeopardy?"
Tony Barber Jeoaprdy! promo "Coming Soon"
Tony Barber Jeopardy! promo "Take the Challenge"
TNQ10 - Jeopardy! Promo
The opening and closing of the show
A playing of Final Jeopardy!
1993 finale clip
Closing Credits

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