Wants To Be A Millionaire
Wants To Be A Millionaire? (UK Version)
the United Kingdom, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
is a television reality/game show which offers
a maximum cash prize of one million pounds for
correctly answering successive multiple-choice
questions of increasing difficulty. The show was
exported to many other countries, all of which
follow the same general format (see Who Wants
to Be a Millionaire?).
The programme is hosted by Chris Tarrant and produced
by Sony Pictures Television (previously 2waytraffic
and before that Celador) for the ITV network.
It is based on a format devised by David Briggs,
who, along with Steve Knight and Mike Whitehill,
devised a number of the promotional games for
Chris Tarrant's breakfast show on Capital FM radio.
The original working title for the show was Cash
When it first aired on 4 September 1998, it was
a surprising twist on the gameshow genre. Only
one contestant plays at a time (similar to some
radio quizzes), and the emphasis is on suspense
rather than speed. There is no time limit to answer
questions, and contestants are given the question
before they must decide whether to attempt an
Rights to both the format and all UK episodes
of the show were put up for sale by Celador in
March 2006, as the first step toward the sale
of Celador's formats division. These have been
acquired by the Dutch company 2waytraffic, and
in 2008 following 2waytraffic's acquisition, by
Sony Pictures Television.
Starting in 2002, the British version began (and
still continue) to allow contestants from the
Republic of Ireland to enter, because their local
version became defunct, and thus the UK and Irish
versions merged, and the questions are now presented
in a context that blends British and Irish trivia.
Whatever winnings a contestant from Ireland takes
from this show will be converted to euros once
the contestant returns to Ireland. The show is
televised in the Republic of Ireland on the RTE
Notably, before Tarrant hosted this show, he hosted
a show called Lose A Million, a show with an objective
completely opposite of the current show. (Credit: