The Switch: All about ITV’s new game show and how it works


The Switch is ITV’s brand new daytime quiz show – how does it all work?

Sanjeev Bhaskar turns quiz master for the new gameshow, which currently airs weekdays on ITV at 3PM.

ITV describe The Switch as a “fast-paced, incredibly high-question-volume quiz that is full of variety, unexpected twists and a huge amount of play along for viewers.”

Host Sanjeev Bhaskar said: “The Switch is the perfect quiz for viewers who want their general knowledge tested to the limits. I’m delighted to be hosting.”

Contestants are first given a chance to bank as much money as they can individually in the ‘Easy Money’ clue-based round. Each answer could rhyme with a word, start or perhaps end with the same letter. Every correct answer is worth cash (round 1 £100, round 2 £200, round 3 £300) and they each have just 45 seconds to add to their money pots.

The three ‘Easy Money’ rounds alternate with ‘Switch’ rounds. And here’s where the quizzers can get tactical, as they’re given the chance to ‘stick or switch’ question categories. Will they switch out their competitors’ favourite subjects? Or will they focus on sticking their favourites?

Once the categories are locked in the quiz changes to multiple choice questions. But there’s a twist – one of the answers is incorrect. Contestants race to secure a correct answer. Choose the wrong one and you’re ‘switched out’ of the game.

The ‘switched out’ player can only hope that one of the other contestants picks an invalid answer and brings them back into play. On the third and final question, the quizzer ‘switched out’ is eliminated.

By the end of the final ‘Switch’ round, only two contestants are left with questions offering only the one right and one wrong answer. The player ‘switched out’ in the deciding third category question loses out, leaving the victor to progress through to the final round.

In the last round, the one remaining player gets a last chance to ‘switch out’ the final categories.

Once categories are complete, they need to answer one question right in each category to win half their pot. Then they can gamble to run the board again to win their full cash prize. And if they’ve got enough time left – and are feeling extra brave – they can try the board for a third and final time to double their winnings.

ITV tease: “It’s easy to get rich… if you survive The Switch!”

The Switch airs weekdays 3PM on ITV from Monday 25 November 2019 for four weeks.

Episodes are available to watch online via the ITV Hub.

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