Stephen Fry takes the reins as host in a modernised version of Jeopardy!, and is starting the New Year by testing contestants on their general knowledge in order to win life-changing amounts of money.


The classic American audience is getting ready to charm UK audiences again, but how?

While the show will have a similar format to the US series, there have been some additions that'll see the beloved game show reach dizzying new heights.

So, how does Jeopardy! work? Read on for the rules of Jeopardy! fully explained.

Jeopardy! rules explained

Stephen Fry hosting Jeopardy! on ITV
Stephen Fry hosting Jeopardy! on ITV. Whisper North/Rachel Joseph


As per the US gameshow, three contestants compete in each show, in which they all attempt to win money by correctly phrasing answers in the form of a question, with the "Jeopardy!" being that they lose money if they answer incorrectly.

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Each game of Jeopardy! features three contestants competing in three rounds: Jeopardy!, Double Jeopardy! and Final Jeopardy!.

In each of these rounds, the contestants are shown trivia clues phrased as answers, to which they must respond in the form of a question that identifies whatever it is the clue describes.

For example, if a contestants were to select a Literary category for £200, the clue could be: "The mai story line of a literary work, or the spot where you could be buried", to which the correct response is: "What is a plot?".

In the second round, also known as Double Jeopardy, there are few new question categories and the amount of money for each correctly answered question is doubled. The gameplay stays the same as the first round.

In the final round, Final Jeopardy, consists of one question presented to all the contestants. The question category is revealed and the contestants who don't have a negative score have to take a wager.

Once the wagers are placed, the final question is read and the contestants have one minute to write the answer.

After the minute, the answer is revealed and the contestants who wrote the correct answer win their wager, while those who answered wrong lose their wager.

Jeopardy! airs at 5:45pm on ITV1 and ITVX from Monday 1st January 2024.

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