The Button: New game show from creators of Taskmater arrives on BBC One

The Button air date and format

New BBC One game show The Button arrives on TV tonight.


The series, from the creators of Taskmaster, will continue this evening on Friday, May 4 at 8:30PM.

The Button (the show’s host, judge and, of course, actual button) will make its debut with the show itself taking place in the houses of five UK families who compete to win challenges in the comfort of their living rooms.

Arriving in all five locations simultaneously, The Button will set the households a series of fiendishly fun challenges requiring skill, determination and intellect, over one anything-can-happen day.

At any time The Button can decide to turn red, meaning all five families must keep a vigilant eye on their talkative new house guest and press it as soon as they can to start – the games are played at precisely the same time in each home so a late push of the button puts a team at a serious disadvantage.

Drawing on the resourcefulness of all members of the house, from whip-smart kids to ever-wise (you’d hope) grandparents, the families compete for big money prizes.

With different amounts of money up for grabs for each challenge, The Button lets the most successful household pocket everything they’ve won during the show. The losing teams get… absolutely nothing, but do return to try again next week.

At the end of each episode, the winning family has a risky choice to make. They must decide whether to keep the cash and exit the series, or accept The Button’s tempting offer of a bonus £10,000 in the belief they can win again next week (although if they don’t, they lose it all).

The Button airs on BBC One from April 20, Friday at 8:30PM.


Kate Phillips, Controller of BBC Entertainment said: “This new show absolutely pushes all the right buttons for us. It’s a funny, frantic, competitive romp and a great snapshot of family life across the UK.”

Jon Thoday, Executive Producer from Avalon added: “I am excited to be working with the BBC and the team behind Taskmaster on this exciting new project”