Davina McCall to host game show that will have you “clenching your buttocks from start to finish”

5 Minutes to a Fortune will offer teams the chance to win “life changing amounts of money” in just five minutes on Channel 4


Throw away your Davina Fit workout DVD, you won’t need it anymore because Channel 4 is about to unleash a brand new game show that will have you “clenching (and therefore presumably toning) your buttocks“ with pure excitement. 


Introducing 5 Minutes to a Fortune, a “hugely exciting new format fronted by the best host in the business.”

The daily show, to be broadcast across four weeks will challenge teams of two to battle a giant hourglass and win £50,000 – and on Saturday night the prize will be doubled to a whopping £100k for celebrities to win for charity.

The game is simple, say Channel 4.  We’ll leave you to be the judge of that…

“One member of the team will play five games, the other ‘the Timekeeper’ will control the game.  The Timekeeper decides which categories their partner will play and more importantly how much time they’ll have to play each game. Each couple has five minutes to complete all five games.

“Each game starts with eight categories on the board – each requires a range of skills and will vary every week.  This is where we find out how well the couples know each other – is their partner a music fan, trivia junkie or comedy genius?  Once the category has been decided, predicting how much of the five minutes to use for each challenge is crucial to keeping their fortune.  When things get tough, the Timekeeper has two ‘Time Controls’; The Freeze Time, which stops the game for ten seconds, and the Emergency Stop, which aborts the challenge and replaces it with a new one.

“Once the five games have been completed, the roles switch and the Timekeeper must play one final game to win the cash that is left in the hourglass.  After choosing their category, the Timekeeper is required to name ten items from this area in the time it takes for the hour-glass to turn.  Failing to complete the challenge in this time will again see their winnings drain away.”

Davina McCall said: “5 Minutes to a Fortune is one of those shows that has you clenching your buttocks from start to finish – I cannot wait to get started!”

With an endorsement like that… neither can we, Davina… neither can we…


Expect 5 Minutes to a Fortune soon on Channel 4