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Thursday, 8 March, 2001, 15:56 GMT
Greed grips Channel 5
Jerry Springer
Greed would be Springer's first quiz
Talk show host Jerry Springer is lined up to offer a 1m prize in a British version of the hit American quiz Greed.

Channel 5 says the presenter is on the verge of signing up to host the team-based quiz.

It features groups of five contestants who have to work together to boost their prize, but also eliminate others who leave empty-handed.

A 1m prize is on offer for each of the 11 hour-long shows when Greed launches in the spring.

A group leader is chosen by the speech and accuracy of their answer to the first question.

Head-to-head

They then become the only person able to take decisions on whether the group takes the money they have won, or whether they should risk everything on the next question.

Later, contestants go head-to-head to win money.

It is the largest prize ever given out by Channel 5. ITV's Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? has offered 1m since launching in 1998, while Chris Evans' TFI Friday gave away the same amount in 1999.

Channel 5's controller of entertainment, Alan Nixon, said: "This is a really exciting show and underlines our commitment to maintaining and strengthening a diverse and innovative entertainment output."

The US version, which went out on Fox, offered a $2m prize, and the show has been sold to 20 countries in the past 12 months.

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