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The vault S01E01 11 May 2002
Presented by Davina McCall
At the start of each show, 8 contestants (7 in series one and 9 in series three) tried to guess the four-digit combination to 'The Vault', which contained the jackpot money, starting at £100,000 and increasing by a further £100,000 every week it remained unopened.
The four contestants who guessed the closest to the actual vault combination became players, and the other four became 'brokers', who could offer answers to questions in return for cash that players earned in the question rounds. In the final round, 10 'home brokers' were also on hand to offer their answers for similar cash rewards, which they negotiated with the player.
After the first round, which consisted of the four players being given three minutes to answer 10 general knowledge questions correctly, and the two highest scoring players going through to the semi-final, came the final round, which saw the player with the highest amount of money trying to unlock the vault by answering a further ten questions correctly. If they reached the ninth question and answered that correctly, the clock would be stopped and the player would be given three categories for their last question. If they answered that correctly, then they had 'the knowledge to unlock the Vault' and would win the jackpot contained within it.
If the Vault was not opened by the studio contestant at the end of their final two minute round, then the same Vault jackpot was offered to someone watching at home, selected randomly by the computer from all the people who had registered over the past week. The lucky selected viewer had to answer six questions in 60 seconds, two of which had already been asked in the show. If they succeeded, the viewer would win the jackpot themselves. If they didn't, £100,000 was added to the jackpot for next week's show. In Series Three, the jackpot rolled over for nine weeks consecutively and reached £1 Million.
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