Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?

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Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? (UK Version)

In 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 Mountain.

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 answer.

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 network.
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: Wikipedia).



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