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Who Wants To Be A Millionaire

About Who Wants To Be A Millionaire

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? is the multi-award winning television show which launched on ITV1 in the UK on September 4th 1998 and is hosted by Chris Tarrant.

Ten contestants face the "Fastest Finger First" round where they must race to rearrange four answers into the correct order. Whoever does so in the quickest time goes through to the Hotseat to play for the incredible top prize of £1 Million!

In the high-pressure Hotseat, the contestant faces a money tree of increasingly difficult general knowledge questions.

The contestant has three Lifelines: Phone-A-Friend, Ask The Audience and 50:50 - and two "safe havens" where money they've earned is protected.

At any point, having viewed a question, the contestant can choose to walk away with any money they've won. But if they decide to play, and tell the host, "That's my final answer", then their answer will either take them through to the next question worth double the previous question, or send them out of the Hotseat with their winnings plummeting by thousands!

There have been 5 million pound winners in the UK: Judith Keppel, David Edwards, Robert Brydges, Pat Gibson and Ingram Wilcox.


In the celebrity specials celebrities play in pairs to win for their chosen charities. Celebrities that have been in the Hotseat include: George Michael, Simon Cowell, Jonathan Ross, Sir Terry Wogan, Piers Morgan, Lord Sugar, Will Young, Carol Vorderman, David Haye, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Vic Reeves, Bob Mortimer, Laurence Llewellyn-Bowen, Dermot O'Leary, Lesley Garrett, Paul O'Grady, Paddy McGuinness and Peter Kay.

In February 2006 Laurence Llewellyn-Bowen and his wife Jackie reached the million pound question. This turned out to be flawed, so they were invited back to play another million pound question, from which they walked away.


  1. Hi Ben, not a great computer user I`m afraid. Yes, it was me in Jan 2000 - can`t believe it was 15 years ago! Now 80 and still watching. Did a long post the other day about one of the repeat shows a couple of weeks ago - I told a good friend I`d be on the Monday, as my first 8 questions were on the last show on the Sunday - but it wasn`t!! She`d got a group of friends in that night - still not talking to me yet!! That was it in short. Cheers Peter

    Peter Lee 20 November 2014

  2. Hi Ben. We are still in the process of getting it,these things take time. If you just keep an eye on the Facebook page we will announce it on there if/when it is a done deal. Thanks

    Challenge 20 November 2014

  3. Hi Again Peter,

    Im glad i was talking to the correct person! there is a way that you can watch it, i have two ways either go on youtube and type in "who wants to be a millionaire uk january 2000" then you should come up as a person on there has all episodes on millionaire aired by challenge tv he's called Dermot Monaghan or there is another fella on there who also does the same thing called fullepisode11 he has got the same amount of eps. Or i can give you the episode (as it originally aired on ITV) as i have been recording and editing millionaire for a few years now and i do have your episode in a format that can be put onto a memory stick if i send it to you via email etc.

    If you are interested i'll put my email down just in case,

    Thanks Peter, any questions don't hesitate to email me.



    Ben crowl 22 November 2014

  4. Many thanks Ben. I actually have sufficient copies etc of the originals plus all the `extras` that came with the win - all on VHS! The info. I needed was for a friend (and others) who ask regularly when Challenge will show the episodes - and of course I can`t answer that, until a few programmes before when I can make a rough guess as to when it`ll appear!
    Notice 2 were on last night - in the audience for the 100th show, and 2nd, answering a phone- a- friend and winning her £32,I think. We still keep in touch! Cheers again for all the info - much appreciated.

    Peter Lee 26 November 2014

  5. Hi Challenge,

    As the 1st series of millionaire has finally been found!!! i just had a quick question which is (is the original intro going to be kept as oppose to the classic intro being used now as i think all us millionaire fans would love to see it)

    All the best, Merry Xmas


    Ben crowl 13 December 2014

  6. Hi Challenge. When will the remaining 2012 celebrity specials be shown? You showed 8 in March-May but they stopped.

    Andrew Jones 18 December 2014

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