Quiz pair enter TV den to crack code

Matt Allwright, guardian of the safe for BBC TV quiz show, The Code.  Photographer: Pete Dadds for BBC Pictures.
Matt Allwright, guardian of the safe for BBC TV quiz show, The Code. Photographer: Pete Dadds for BBC Pictures.
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A pair of quiz buffs from Spalding have dared to crack a safe full of cash on daytime TV.

Ben Clarke and Ricki Kendall, both 41, are contestants on BBC TV’s The Code where they stand to win a share of at least £3,000.

We are always keen to have a go at quizzes and competitions so we thought The Code sounded like a fun challenge

Ben Clarke, contestant on The Code

But viewers, including family and friends of the pair at Spalding Baptist Church, will have to catch up with yesterday’s show before finding out how they get on today on BBC 1 at 2.15pm.

Ben, a married dad-of-two who works in local government, said: “Ricki and I appeared on The Code after he spotted a notice on the BBC website that they were seeking contestants.

“We are always keen to have a go at quizzes and competitions so along with our team-mate and mutual friend Jon Tuffs, of Peterborough, we thought The Code sounded like a fun challenge.

“Everyone at the BBC was great and it has maintained our enthusiasm for such things.

“So there is no doubt in our minds that we will be tackling another TV quiz show sometime soon.”

The Code, hosted by TV consumer affairs presenter Matt Allwright, sets a team of contestants in front of a locked safe full of cash.

Ben, Ricki and Jon had to crack the safe’s code by answering questions to open it and win a jackpot starting at £3,000.

But just one wrong answer meant instant elimination, while the jackpot grows by £500.

An added element to The Code is contestants having a choice to either try and unlock the safe on their own or work as a team, with the consequence of having to split the jackpot between them.

Ben said: “It’s a general knowledge show where answering questions correctly means you pick numbers in an attempt to crack the safe’s three-digit combination and win the cash within it.

“We are experienced in competing in such things as Ricki has appeared on Who Wants to be a Millionaire, Mastermind and Eggheads, always doing really well.

“In contrast, I’ve been on Bargain Hunt and Eggheads as well, but always performed rather poorly.

“But we always have a brilliant time and enjoy the atmosphere of such things as did The Code which was a nail-biting, thrilling experience spread over two shows.”