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The Krypton Factor

Television, 1987–1991

The Krypton Factor ran on New Zealand television for four years. The quiz show with the memorable Art of Noise theme tune was based on an English format; it first screened downunder in 1987 as a Trans-Tasman competition, becoming a New Zealand-only event in 1988. The show was known as "television’s toughest quiz", and had much-loved newsreader Dougal Stevenson at the helm. Contestants “pushed themselves to the limits” in five tests — mental agility, observation, intelligence, physical ability, and general knowledge — as they vied for the title of 'Superperson' and the Krypton Factor trophy. Just the glory — nothing else!