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WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE?

Year of release
1998
In the United Kingdom, Chris Tarrant questions contestants with a serious face, making an exciting and popular quiz show that has now aired for over five years. The ITV show is the most the popular quiz show in British history.

The ABC version in the USA is hosted by Meredith Vieira. It has hit ratings highs, scoring above popular television series like CSI and Law and Order during 2001. It has since seen a downfall in popularity, but has continued to beat The Weakest Link which has attracted a similar television viewing market.

The legendary and somewhat eccentric AFL football commentator Eddie McGuire is let loose on the Nine Network’s Australian edition of the programme. He is described in promotional descriptions distributed to the media as the tormentor-in-chief, and McGuire lives up to this description, questioning contestants with the suspense and wit.

In a review I have previously I had pointed to the educational values and the surprise offered from the huge economic risks. Both are valid reasons for the shows success, which has screened in over 100 countries.

By Michael Sergel.

Length
Varying
Production companies
Celador Productions
ABC
Buena Vista Television
Valleycrest Productions
Nine Network Australia
Asia Television
Country
UK
USA
Australia
Philippines
Hong Kong
India
Censorship rating
Australia General Audiences
Tagline
None
 
Original Music Keitch Strachan, Matthew Strachan
UK Host Chris Tarrant
USA Hosts Regis Philbin, Meredith Vieira
Australia Host Eddie McGuire
Philippines Host Christopher De Leon
Hong Kong Host Ken Chan
India Host Amitabh Bachchan
UK Directors Jonathon Bullen, Ian Hamilton, Claire Michel, Patricia Mordecai
USA Director Mark Gentile, Matthew Cohen
Australia Directors Gary Newnham, Peter Ots