Archive of Millionaire

08May2013
Author
Travis Penery
Category
Better Than Us, Foreign, ITV, Millionaire, Shows, UK, Video
Buzzer UK Special: Sir Alex Ferguson on Who Wants to be a Millionaire? Thumbnail

Buzzer UK Special: Sir Alex Ferguson on Who Wants to be a Millionaire?

It was announced earlier today in the football/soccer world that existing manager of Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson has taken the decision to retire from managerial duties from the end of this season. After nearly 27 years at the club, he has managed to win a total of 28 trophies, making him the most successful manager in English football history. With his latest trophy being his 13th Premiership league title (20th for Manchester United overall). When Celebrity Who Wants to be a Millionaire had high profile guests back in the day. Alex Ferguson is the only football manager to have ever faced Chris Tarrant in the hotseat. In Christmas 2004 he appeared with lifelong Manchester United fan and host of Sky News Sunrise, Eamonn Holmes playi

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07May2013
Civilians Play for £1,000,000 on ITV’s “Millionaire: The People Play” Starting May 7th Thumbnail

Civilians Play for £1,000,000 on ITV’s “Millionaire: The People Play” Starting May 7th

Most of the year, whenever Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? returns to ITV, celebrities sit in the Hot Seat.  However, starting tonight, civilians are back facing Chris Tarrant and attempt to win £1,000,000 for themselves.  For three special shows beginning tonight, May 7th, ITV is bringing back Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?: The People Play at 9:00PM UK (4:00PM ET).  Click here to learn more about the specials and to find out how to play along live via tablet or smartphone.

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14Mar2013
ITV Schedules “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?” Best Of Friends Edition for March 17th Thumbnail

ITV Schedules “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?” Best Of Friends Edition for March 17th

Do you trust your best friend enough to help you win a million pounds?  Celebrity teams will put that to the test with a special "Best of Friends" edition of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? on Sunday, March 17th, at 7:00PM UK on ITV.  Best celebrity friends will sit in the Hot Seats for a chance at £1,000,000.  Whatever they win will be split between their charities and a viewer prize pot.  Playing for the million will be sporting legend Lord Sebastian Coe will team up with best friend, athletics commentator and former Olympic silver medallist Steve Cram. Click here to learn more about the special and who else to expect.

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Updates While We Were Away

Apologies for the slow few days.  We've been away and incredibly busy.  Luckily there hasn't been a lot going on.  We do have a few small updates you may be interested in, though.  What you may also be interested in is we'll be on the set of Wheel of Fortune next week so watch out for some cool features then.  Until that time, though, here's what we missed while away. We've got updates on The Price is Right, Robot Combat League, America's Got Talent, CBS's upcoming import of The Great British Bake Off, ITV's Tipping Point, and UK Millionaire. Click here for the full story on each.

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30Jan2013
“Millionaire” Updates: “American Pickers” on US Version February 1st; ITV Schedules New UK Celebrity Shows Thumbnail

“Millionaire” Updates: “American Pickers” on US Version February 1st; ITV Schedules New UK Celebrity Shows

Who Wants to be a Millionaire (or Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? in England for some reason) has some special celebrity shows coming up.  Whether you live in the United States or the United Kingdom you'll see some stars play to win a million for charity.  Here's a rundown of what to expect wherever you are. The US syndicated version, hosted by Meredith Vieira, will welcome History's American Pickers stars Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz to the million dollar table on Friday, February 1st.  They'll be playing for America's Vetdog, an organization that provides assistance dogs and training to disabled veterans and active service members. Then, ITV has announced new episodes of the celebrity edition of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?. The episodes will record on February 11th and 12th at 6:30PM and 5:45PM, respectively. Click here to read about both Millionaire stories and see a clip of the American Pickers special. An iconic piece of Millionaire history returns for the first time in four years.

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08Jan2013
Author
Alex Davis
Category
Millionaire
Greg Rutherford, Dubcan Bannatyne, and More Play Celebrity “Millionaire” Tonight on ITV Thumbnail

Greg Rutherford, Dubcan Bannatyne, and More Play Celebrity “Millionaire” Tonight on ITV

ITV will present its second of two Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? New Year Specials tonight at 8:00PM UK (3:00PM ET).  Three teams of celebrities will take to the Hot Seat opposite Chris Tarrant to win £1,000,000 split between their charities and a viewer prize pot.  Facing the big bad clock tonight is a team consisting of Olympic gold medalist Greg Rutherford (who is playing for SportsAid) and fiery Dragon Duncan Bannatyne, who is supporting Mary’s Meals. Click here to learn more about who's playing tonight and what they have to say about it. 

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28Dec2012
Author
Alex Davis
Category
Millionaire
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ITV’s “Millionaire” Schedules Two New Years Specials

ITV's popular quiz show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, which just did its Christmas special, is back for two all new episodes at the start of 2013.  The Chris Tarrant hosted quiz will return for two "New Years Specials" on January 1st and January 8th.  Each show will see three pairs of celebrity teams trying to win up to £1,000,000.  Half of it will go to charity and half into a Viewer Prize Pool, so hundreds of thousands of pounds are up for grabs.  Last time celebrity team Lee Mack and Des O'Connor won £150,000 so big money is out there.  Click here to see who is playing the game and what they have to say.

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20Dec2012
Author
Alex Davis
Category
Millionaire
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Celebrities Try to Win a Million Pounds for Charity Tonight on Live Christmas “Millionaire”

ITV is bringing back its popular quiz show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? for another live celebrity edition tonight.  With Christmas rapidly approaching Chris Tarrant will welcome three teams of celebrities to take on the Hot Seat and try to win £1,000,000 split between charity and the viewer prize pot.  This live edition of Millionaire will air tonight, December 20th, at 9:00PM UK (4:00PM ET).  Two more New Years Specials will air on January 1st and 8th. Three teams of celebrities will compete for the million. Click here to find out who and to see how you can get in on the winning.

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Buzzer UK: UK Christmas Game Show Preview 2012

Christmas is here once again with the UK major channels drawing up some game show treats for the next few weeks into the new year. Some are returning favourites with some new shows and a special revival of a 1980s classic. Here are the details to what is planned for the festive period. BBC One Given the huge popularity of the London 2012 Olympic Games over the summer. The BBC have decided to bring back 80s sportsfest, Superstars. The original show featured many sport stars taking part in sports that were unfamiliar to them with the finale taking place in the gymnasium for the gruelling gym tests. It was known for having a memorable theme tune, Heavy Action. Which is well known to US viewers as the theme tune to ABC's Monday Night Foot

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28Nov2012
Author
Alex Davis
Category
Millionaire
David Hasselhoff, Tim Vine, and Others Play “Millionaire” Pantomime Special on December 9th Thumbnail

David Hasselhoff, Tim Vine, and Others Play “Millionaire” Pantomime Special on December 9th

ITV's celebrity editions of Who Wants To Be a Millionaire? is back soon with a special Pantomime Edition. You'll get to see your favorite fairy tales and folk legends come to life as teams of celebrities sit in the Hot Seat to win £1,000,000 split between charity and a viewer prize pot.  The special will air Sunday, December 9th, at 6:40PM UK (1:40PM ET). Notable players going for the big money are David Hasselhoff and Tim Vine. Want to know who else is playing? Click here to read more about the special. Who are you looking forward to seeing?

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18Nov2012
Weekend Replay: More Live “Millionaire” Fails Thumbnail

Weekend Replay: More Live “Millionaire” Fails

ITV's Who Wants to be a Millionaire recently came back for another live celebrity special celebrating the newest series of I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here!.  Former occupants of the jungle took to the Hot Seat for a chance to win £1,000,000 split between charity and a viewer prize pot.  Given that it's live we always look for some humorous slip-ups.  If you saw this edition of Millionaire you were in luck...there were plenty. Click here to watch the clip and see all that went on.

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01Nov2012
Author
Alex Davis
Category
Millionaire
ITV’s “Millionaire” Returns with Live “I’m A Celebrity…” Special November 9th Thumbnail

ITV’s “Millionaire” Returns with Live “I’m A Celebrity…” Special November 9th

ITV's iconic quiz show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? is coming back this month with another live celebrity special.  Millionaire is holding a live edition featuring contestants from ITV's I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! on November 9th at 9:00PM UK (4:00PM ET).  Contestants will sit in the infamous Hot Seat trying to win £1,000,000 split between their chosen charity and the home prize pool which can go to one lucky viewer.  Click here to read who is playing and to learn more about the special.

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21Aug2012
Author
Alex Davis
Category
Millionaire
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ITV Announces “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?: School’s Out” Celebrity Special for August 26th

ITV's Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? has announced its second annual "School's Out" celebrity special.  Some of the United Kingdom's favorite celebrities and their children will sit in the Hot Seat in hopes to win £1,000,000 for their charity and a lucky home viewer. The special will be screened on Sunday, August 26th, at 8:00PM UK (3:00PM ET). The last "School's Out" special, seen on July 15th last year, averaged 4,650,000 viewers. Click here to read about all the celebrities, including an Olympic legend, who will be playing for the million pounds.

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News Flashes for August 14, 2012

We haven't done any quick news flashes in a while.  A few smaller stories have been floating around over the past few hours that deserve some mention. We like to think we usually have the best game show stories on the web but sometimes someone else writes something that blows us out of the water.  The winner of the day is Mike Richards. Richards recently wrote a blog post on Price's website that you'll want to see. Next, Anyone remember Dawn Harkins from ITV summer's series Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?: The People Play?  Dawn, a 61 year old teashop owner, won £75,000 in an extremely exciting episode.  The money was going to be used to go to Australia to visit her long lost son Glyn who was given up for adoption 45 years ago.  The Daily Mail caught up with Dawn and got some pictures of her journey.

And finally The Voice, NBC's sole bright spot in its dark looking schedule, is planning some upcoming changes.  The changes are in response to sharp ratings decline after the hook of the show, the spinning chairs of the blind auditions, finishes a few weeks in.  The new features include the "Steal" and a "Knockout" round. Click here for the full story on each of these topics.

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08Aug2012
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“Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” Theme to Be Honored at ASCAP/PRS Awards

Arguably the most recognized game show theme in the world, the theme to Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, will be honored in October.  Matthrew Strachan, the composer of the iconic music, announced that the theme will be recognized at the ASCAP/PRS Awards this coming October.  In addition to this the classic Millionaire theme will be inducted into the ASCAP Hall of Fame during the ceremony.  Strachan composed the Millionaire theme with his father Keith in 1998.  The classic theme was used on the British version until 2007 when it was remade into a techo remix.  The American version used classic Millionaire theme, with updates for its Super Millionaire and clock format, until 2010 when the Super Mix format began. Click here to go back to the old theme and listen to a few highlights from the soundtrack.

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