Cash Cab is a game show that aired on ITV in the United Kingdom from 13 June 2005 to 2006. The original programme that launched the worldwide Cash Cab franchise, it was hosted by John Moody. The questions were asked in voice over style by Annabel Raftery.
The show's host initially poses as an ordinary taxi driver and drives around the major cities of the United Kingdom in a cab. The show pays its passengers for correctly answering standard general knowledge questions. Contestants are recruited in advance but are not told that the quiz will be taking place in the cab, so although the "pick-ups" are not as random as they appear on screen, the contestants are genuinely surprised when the taxi turns out to be the Cash Cab. (This differs from some editions, most notably the Canadian and American versions, wherein the contestants are generally chosen at random and are usually asked on camera if they wish to play or not once the rules are explained to them).
The host of Cash Cab, John Moody, is a genuine qualified taxi driver.
John Moody drives around Britain's cities in a Black Cab picking up customers. While this may sound like an interesting idea for a docu-soap type programme, this is not the end of the story.Cash Cab is a gameshow. When the unwitting contestants step into the cab, thinking they're about to fork out a tenner for a trip down the road, they are instead greeted by flashing lights, screaming sirens and quizmaster come taxi driver John Moody. He explains to them the simple concept: He asks them questions, they get money for getting them right. Get three wrong before they reach their destination and they get booted out, win no money; but they don't have to pay the fare, so that's nice. If they get to their destination without losing all their lives they leave the cab with a healthy wad of cash, smiles on their faces, and a 15 minute stint on one of the most original and quirky gameshows in a long time.
Rating: 7.30/10 (avg out of 155 votes)
Cash Cab Airs: Monday
Cash Cab Status: Ended
CASH CAB - General Information
Series Premiere: June 13, 2005 Classification: Game Show Genre: Action | Game-Show Network: ITV Airs: Monday at 12:00 am Runtime: 30 Minutes