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@muehlfield I think a similar gameshow (not limited to student debts and for smaller amounts) was on USA TV around 1998, it didn't run for very long so can't have been that popular (but maybe the mood in USA was a bit more optimistic?).

In most of Europe, domestic broadcasting regulators and maybe even EBU would strongly discourage such a programme (if domestic regulations don't already prohibit it) but its only comparatively few European countries which charge heavy student fees anyway!