Beat the Star

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For the Australian version, see Beat the Star (Australian game show). Beat the Star_sentence_0

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Beat the StarBeat the Star_header_cell_0_0_0
GenreBeat the Star_header_cell_0_1_0 Game showBeat the Star_cell_0_1_1
StarringBeat the Star_header_cell_0_2_0 Vernon Kay

Phillip Schofield (2 episodes)Beat the Star_cell_0_2_1

Country of originBeat the Star_header_cell_0_3_0 United KingdomBeat the Star_cell_0_3_1
Original languageBeat the Star_header_cell_0_4_0 EnglishBeat the Star_cell_0_4_1
No. of seriesBeat the Star_header_cell_0_5_0 2Beat the Star_cell_0_5_1
No. of episodesBeat the Star_header_cell_0_6_0 15 (inc. unaired pilot) (list of episodes)Beat the Star_cell_0_6_1
ProductionBeat the Star_header_cell_0_7_0
ProducersBeat the Star_header_cell_0_8_0 Gallowgate Productions

Diverse ProductionBeat the Star_cell_0_8_1

Running timeBeat the Star_header_cell_0_9_0 75mins (inc. adverts)Beat the Star_cell_0_9_1
ReleaseBeat the Star_header_cell_0_10_0
Original networkBeat the Star_header_cell_0_11_0 ITV, STV, UTVBeat the Star_cell_0_11_1
Picture formatBeat the Star_header_cell_0_12_0 16:9Beat the Star_cell_0_12_1
Audio formatBeat the Star_header_cell_0_13_0 StereoBeat the Star_cell_0_13_1
Original releaseBeat the Star_header_cell_0_14_0 20 April 2008 (2008-04-20) –

31 May 2009 (2009-05-31)Beat the Star_cell_0_14_1

Beat the Star is a British game show airing on television network ITV. Beat the Star_sentence_1

It is the British version of the Schlag den Raab franchise, based on the German game show Schlag den Raab (Beat the Raab - Raab being Stefan Raab). Beat the Star_sentence_2

A candidate who can beat a celebrity in a number of disciplines wins the jackpot, starting at £50,000. Beat the Star_sentence_3

Premise Beat the Star_section_0

Each episode features one contestant battling against a celebrity in a number of disciplines. Beat the Star_sentence_4

The games include sports contests such as climbing, motorsport and ice hockey, puzzles and various other challenges. Beat the Star_sentence_5

The show notably features several highly unusual challenges, including using a saw to cut a large log, dropping a pea into a bottle from a height of 1 metre, hammering nails into a piece of wood, and chopping a large sausage. Beat the Star_sentence_6

Games carry varying numbers of points for the winner (1 point for game 1, 2 for game 2 etc.), and successful contestants win a prize of £50,000. Beat the Star_sentence_7

If the celebrity wins, the jackpot rolls over (series 1), or is added to a prize fund for the season finale in which host Vernon Kay competes (series 2). Beat the Star_sentence_8

Recording Beat the Star_section_1

The pilot and first series were recorded in Cologne, Germany, using the set and facilities of the original German version of the show (though the German location is never acknowledged in the show itself). Beat the Star_sentence_9

Eight episodes were recorded during April 2008. Beat the Star_sentence_10

Members of the studio audience can win €500 or one of 20 tickets for German Schlag den Raab. Beat the Star_sentence_11

Candidates needed to be at least 18 years of age, have a driving licence and a passport. Beat the Star_sentence_12

In October 2008 ITV announced a second series, having got good ratings with the first. Beat the Star_sentence_13

Series 2 was recorded at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire next to the 007 Set. Beat the Star_sentence_14

Differences between Beat the Star and Schlag den Raab Beat the Star_section_2

Most noticeably, the UK show features a different celebrity player each week, is not broadcast live and lasts 75 minutes with 7 or 8 scheduled games (though remaining games are not played if the result is decided early). Beat the Star_sentence_15

In Germany, Schlag den Raab starts at 20:15 on Saturdays with a variable running time of at least four hours, with up to 15 individual games. Beat the Star_sentence_16

The longest show in the history of "Schlag den Raab" lasted 368 minutes. Beat the Star_sentence_17

The show began on Saturday 20:15 and ended on Sunday morning at 02:23. Beat the Star_sentence_18

The German version starts with the selection of one of five candidates by televoting. Beat the Star_sentence_19

The British remake is pre-recorded. Beat the Star_sentence_20

In the German version, a member of the TV audience can win one or more cars, in the British version a member of the studio audience can win €500, though this is not shown in the broadcast show. Beat the Star_sentence_21

The British version features different celebrities, whereas the German version is centred on television entertainer and late-night show host Stefan Raab. Beat the Star_sentence_22

In the German version there was a jackpot starting with €500,000. Beat the Star_sentence_23

The highest prize was €3.5 million on 15 December 2012. Beat the Star_sentence_24

The games are generally similar, although some games were dropped for series 2 of the UK show, when recording no longer took place in the original's Cologne studio. Beat the Star_sentence_25

In 2009, Beat the Star was brought back to Germany as Schlag den Star. Beat the Star_sentence_26

Seven seasons with four episodes each have been aired since August 2015. Beat the Star_sentence_27

Concerning the differences mentioned above, Schlag den Star is very similar to Beat the Star, but Stefan Raab (not being opponent) was a joker for the contestant in one of the first six games. Beat the Star_sentence_28

Schlag den Raab was aired regularly until December 2015,Schlag den Star is still aired irregularly. Beat the Star_sentence_29

Transmissions Beat the Star_section_3

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SeriesBeat the Star_header_cell_1_0_0 Start dateBeat the Star_header_cell_1_0_1 End dateBeat the Star_header_cell_1_0_2 EpisodesBeat the Star_header_cell_1_0_3
1Beat the Star_cell_1_1_0 20 April 2008Beat the Star_cell_1_1_1 22 June 2008Beat the Star_cell_1_1_2 8Beat the Star_cell_1_1_3
2Beat the Star_cell_1_2_0 19 April 2009Beat the Star_cell_1_2_1 31 May 2009Beat the Star_cell_1_2_2 7Beat the Star_cell_1_2_3

Ratings Beat the Star_section_4

Episode Viewing figures from BARB Beat the Star_sentence_30

Series 1 Beat the Star_section_5

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EpisodeBeat the Star_header_cell_2_0_0 DateBeat the Star_header_cell_2_0_1 Total ViewersBeat the Star_header_cell_2_0_2 ITV Weekly RankingBeat the Star_header_cell_2_0_3
1Beat the Star_cell_2_1_0 20 April 2008Beat the Star_cell_2_1_1 5,250,000Beat the Star_cell_2_1_2 16Beat the Star_cell_2_1_3
2Beat the Star_cell_2_2_0 27 April 2008Beat the Star_cell_2_2_1 5,170,000Beat the Star_cell_2_2_2 18Beat the Star_cell_2_2_3
3Beat the Star_cell_2_3_0 4 May 2008Beat the Star_cell_2_3_1 3,800,000Beat the Star_cell_2_3_2 20Beat the Star_cell_2_3_3
4Beat the Star_cell_2_4_0 11 May 2008Beat the Star_cell_2_4_1 3,930,000Beat the Star_cell_2_4_2 22Beat the Star_cell_2_4_3
5Beat the Star_cell_2_5_0 18 May 2008Beat the Star_cell_2_5_1 3,900,000Beat the Star_cell_2_5_2 20Beat the Star_cell_2_5_3
6Beat the Star_cell_2_6_0 25 May 2008Beat the Star_cell_2_6_1 4,140,000Beat the Star_cell_2_6_2 18Beat the Star_cell_2_6_3
7Beat the Star_cell_2_7_0 1 June 2008Beat the Star_cell_2_7_1 4,930,000Beat the Star_cell_2_7_2 20Beat the Star_cell_2_7_3
8Beat the Star_cell_2_8_0 22 June 2008Beat the Star_cell_2_8_1 5,190,000Beat the Star_cell_2_8_2 12Beat the Star_cell_2_8_3

Series 2 Beat the Star_section_6

Beat the Star_table_general_3

EpisodeBeat the Star_header_cell_3_0_0 DateBeat the Star_header_cell_3_0_1 Total ViewersBeat the Star_header_cell_3_0_2 ITV Weekly RankingBeat the Star_header_cell_3_0_3
1Beat the Star_cell_3_1_0 19 April 2009Beat the Star_cell_3_1_1 5,590,000Beat the Star_cell_3_1_2 15Beat the Star_cell_3_1_3
2Beat the Star_cell_3_2_0 26 April 2009Beat the Star_cell_3_2_1 4,250,000Beat the Star_cell_3_2_2 20Beat the Star_cell_3_2_3
3Beat the Star_cell_3_3_0 3 May 2009Beat the Star_cell_3_3_1 3,600,000Beat the Star_cell_3_3_2 22Beat the Star_cell_3_3_3
4Beat the Star_cell_3_4_0 10 May 2009Beat the Star_cell_3_4_1 4,140,000Beat the Star_cell_3_4_2 24Beat the Star_cell_3_4_3
5Beat the Star_cell_3_5_0 17 May 2009Beat the Star_cell_3_5_1 4,230,000Beat the Star_cell_3_5_2 18Beat the Star_cell_3_5_3
6Beat the Star_cell_3_6_0 24 May 2009Beat the Star_cell_3_6_1 Under 2,760,000Beat the Star_cell_3_6_2 Outside Top 30Beat the Star_cell_3_6_3
7Beat the Star_cell_3_7_0 31 May 2009Beat the Star_cell_3_7_1 3,870,000Beat the Star_cell_3_7_2 29Beat the Star_cell_3_7_3

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