Gordon Ramsay's New BBC Game Show Accused Of Ripping Off Million Pound Drop

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Gordon Ramsay's New BBC Game Show Accused Of Ripping Off Million Pound Drop

Gordon Ramsay's new BBC game show Bank Balance aired for the first time last night (24 February) and viewers have started comparing it to a familiar Channel 4 show:


The game show follows contestants as they attempt to answer various questions in order to place different sized stacks of gold bars on a balance board.

It's high-pressured stuff and the money involved only adds to that because the people starring on the show could end up walking away with £100,000 ($140,000).


Ramsay is hosting the show which airs from 9pm until 10pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays for three weeks.

After just one episode viewers have been making comparisons to Channel 4's The Million Pound Drop, hosted by Davina McCall, which was rebranded as The £100k Drop from 2018 to 2019.

The premise of that show was for contestants (alone or in pairs) to try and get to the end with as much money as possible. They would be asked a question and had multiple choice answers.


If they were completely sure they knew the answer, they would put more wads of cash on the answer. If they were stuck between two - they would put cash on each answer, knowing they would lose some.

After the timer (60 seconds) either runs out or is stopped, the drops for the incorrect answers are opened; any money placed on them falls down a chute and is removed from play by security guards beneath the stage, while any money placed on the correct answer is carried forward to the next question.

While some people loved the show, others weren't too sure. One asked Twitter: "Isn't Bank Balance basically a copy of The Million Pound Drop? #BankBalance."


While someone else wrote: "@GordonRamsay is my guilty pleasure but I couldn't watch that show. It's like the Million Pound Drop but with a balance board lol and a huge turn off. #sorry Not Sorry #BankBalance."

Another added: "Is this like Million Pound Drop but with the TV licence fee payers funding yet another millionaire celeb? I'd rather watch the test card for free."

Others compared it to the game 'Bamboozled' from Friends, with one person saying: "This new Gordon Ramsey game show is more confusing than Joey's bamboozle... also why is Gordon Ramsay hosting a game show?"


Wicked Wango card, Gordo?

Beyond the Million Pound Drop comparisons, others simply branded the new show a 'disaster'.

One disappointed viewer wrote: "Gordon Ramsay's new prime time BBC1 game show Bank Balance. On balance, a dullsville disaster."

Another quipped: "Don't know which was harder: 12 months of lockdown or 10 minutes of #BankBalance."


Bank Balance continues tonight on BBC One at 9pm.

Featured Image Credit: BBC

Topics: BBC One, Entertainment, TV and Film, Gordon Ramsay

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