We've kind of gone back 20 years now with recent new shows, even primetime shows, seeming to offer a maximum of around £25,000 whilst just a few years ago ten times that was the standard.
Although there's still that culture here of a quiz as fun or as a challenge rather than as a way of making winning of money. The longest running quiz shows on British TV are all those where there's no monetary prize: Mastermind, University Challenge and Countdown. And there's their more modern peer, Only Connect,as well as 15 to 1 which was successful in its day.
The prizes on Pointless and Eggheads are paltry but it's the prestige of winning and the play along factor that make them successful
It's something very British, the US would never have a game show that you could win a season and walk away with a trophy. The cultural difference is shown by the way that, with a couple of exceptions (Whose Line being the main one) the Americans don't really get panel shows. The TV execs just don't get the point of having a game where there's no scores and no one wins. Their equivalent of HIGNFY or The News Quiz - Wait Wait Don't Tell Me - has a proper quiz element in it
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