Contestants answer questions while wearing an electronic heart-rate counter device. There are this-or-that general knowledge questions, anagrams, visual and mathematical puzzles, tests of memory and sequencing.
Rather than a traditional clock, players are timed by their own heart. 1000 beats will run down as they play the game – by errors and passes, or simply by being alive.
Adding to the tension, 1000 Heartbeats features a string quartet. They play live in the studio, at a tempo dictated by the player’s heartbeat. A more tense player causes the tempo to rise, and the music speeds up, making the player more tense.
Storm provided the full post production package for this series of 25 episode.