Lose a Million was a game show where contestants were given expensive prizes totaling £1,000,000 and had to get rid of them (thereby losing a million, hence the name of the show).
Three contestants competed each week answering questions. The twist to the game was that they had to get the questions wrong. That way, they would lose the million quickly.
The game itself was played in three rounds. The winner of each round would have a chance to give up one of their prizes. However, while four of them were very expensive, the last one was worth absoluty nothing; this was the prize to be avoided. If the round ended in a tie, the contestant who gave that number of wrong answers in the fastest time would play.
Each contestant was asked a series of questions against the clock. Each wrong answer scored one point. Whoever gave the most wrong answers in the fastest time would pick a prize to eliminate.
Each contestant in turn was asked a series of ten questions, but instead of answering them as they were being asked, they had to answer them after the next question was asked. Whoever gave the most correct answers to the wrong questions would pick a prize to eliminate. In case of a tie, the tied contestants would each eliminate a prize.
The contestants were each asked a series of questions with two possibilites. Choosing the wrong answer meant they would give a prize to one of their opponents. Choosing the right answer meant their opponents would each give away one of their prizes to them. At the end of the round, the contestant with the lowest score won the game and played the endgame.
In this round the contestant was given a new stake of £1,000,000 to give away on a question with six possibilities. Five of the answers were wrong while the last one was right. The goal was to put the £1,000,000 on the wrong answers. If they could do so successfully, they won £5,000.
Honor Blackman is more well known for playing Cathy Gale in the ITV spy series The Avengers, Pussy Galore in the James Bond film Goldfinger, Julia Daggett in the British western Shalako, and Hera in the film version of Jason and the Argonauts. At the time of this show, she was playing Laura West in the ITV sitcom The Upper Hand.