|Show||Mins until 1st question||Show duration||%|
The key figure to look at isn’t so much the minutes used, as the % of the show used, since the duration of the shows varies. Where it says minutes as well, the figures after the point are all decimal figures, and not seconds. I think that I should point out, in the interests of fairness, that the edition of Eggheads was a repeat.
So the shows which come off worst on our lists are Pointless, which uses up a massive 18% of the show before the first question, Eggheads , which uses 13% of the show, and UC which uses 11 %.
Now, I fully admit that this was not exactly an exhaustive survey, being as it was based solely on one edition for each show. Also, the three shows at the top of the table are extremely different. Pointless doesn’t set out to be a typical quiz show at all, and it does utilize the relationships and the dynamics between each pair. University Challenge, on the other side of the coin, may take a little while to get going, but it has to be remembered that it’s a 29 minute show, and once it does get started the questions come thick and fast.
On the other side of the coin, I was surprised that the Chase came out so well. What this show does is to spread the ‘let’s get to know the contestants ‘ aspects throughout the show. One suspects that if I extended the survey and assessed what percentage of each show is given over to the asking and answering of questions, then UC and MM would comfortably head the lists.