Antena 3


Carlos García Hirschfield




Toni Cruz / Josep M. Mainat / Joan Ramón Mainat

La piraña

‘La piraña’ was a daily quiz for the afternoons on Antena 3, the formula managing to unite knowledge and luck by means of a modern and innovative format. With these modern, avant-garde aesthetics, and a set decoration that combined futurist elements with warmer ones, the aim of this new idea was to capture the family audience of ‘Alta tensión’ and incorporate a younger and more dynamic sector.

The avant-garde aesthetics were symbolised by metal, of which a capsule was made and where the contestants were “placed”, the colour being provided by the “piranha-meter”, a type of giant one-armed bandit whose pictures were occupied by friendly characters symbolising the different prizes and obstacles of the game.

The quiz was separated into two differentiating parts: the questions part and the game part (both divided into two phases which alternated with each other), although the aim of the first was to provide turns for the contestants that were able to take part in the game. The peculiarity of the questions on La piraña was that, even though they covered all the topics imaginable (sciences, geography, gossip, cinema, literature, sport, chemistry, history, etc.) they were made from a mathematical point of view: the only possible answer could be a figure, the exact answer not being necessary with the points going to the contestant whose answer was the closest.

The mechanism for the questions section was that the three contestants had 10 seconds to answer and a keyboard to write in the number that came up on their scorer. Having completed the formula, each contestant had a specific number of accumulated “turns” (according to their correct answers) to play in the “piranha-meter”. The turns obtained would be like coins to operate the enormous one-armed bandit. The contestants could stop at the time they decided to pass the “turns” to a colleague since, if the “piranha” square came up, they would lose all the money accumulated (“the piranha” would be a sort of cybernetic “loser’s card”… and in the form of a fish).

It was therefore a quiz in which both the viewer (who could ask questions via a website) and the contestant confronted a whirlwind of unusual questions, all mixed in with the dynamics of a game of chance.


Show Channel Season Share Average share
La Piraña Antena 3 1999 746.000 16,40 %

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