History Series / WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire

11th May '18 5:56:56 AM cwickham
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* CelebrityEdition: Most (if not all) of the versions of Millionaire have had episodes set aside for celebrities to play the game, usually for charity. In the Australian version, the celebrity splits the cash with a designated home viewer, and they were also [[LiveEpisode done live]]. Towards the end of the UK show's original run it was predominately made up of celebrity editions, with the civilian editions becoming less common.
* ConfettiDrop: A snowstorm of confetti is released when someone wins the top prize or at the end of the last show of a run. In some countries, this is accompanied by fireworks.

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* CelebrityEdition: Most (if not all) of the versions of Millionaire have had episodes set aside for celebrities to play the game, usually for charity. In the Australian version, the celebrity splits the cash with a designated home viewer, and they were also [[LiveEpisode done live]]. Towards the end of the UK show's original run it was predominately predominantly made up of celebrity editions, with the civilian editions becoming less common.
* ConfettiDrop: A snowstorm of confetti is released when someone wins the top prize or at the end of the last show of a run. (On the occasion of the first millionaire in the UK edition, the confetti cannons jammed and it had to be done at the end of the show instead.) In some countries, this is accompanied by fireworks.



** A HintSystem was in place on the lower tier of questions in the first series; Chris Tarrant could see what the correct answer was on his screen and would try to divert the player towards that answer, suggesting things like "B looks good". By the next series, Chris could no longer see the answers and any hapless contestant stuck on the first five questions was left to burn their lifelines.

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** A HintSystem was in place on the lower tier of questions in the first series; Chris Tarrant could see what the correct answer was on his screen and would try to divert the a struggling player towards that answer, suggesting things like "B looks good". By the next series, Chris could no longer see the answers and any hapless contestant stuck on the first five questions was left to burn their lifelines.
8th May '18 9:30:38 AM cwickham
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** A HintSystem was in place on the lower tier of questions in the first series; Chris Tarrant could see what the correct answer was on his screen and would try to divert the player towards that answer, suggesting things like "B looks good". By the next series, Chris could no longer see the answers any hapless contestant stuck on the first five questions was left to burn their lifelines.

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** A HintSystem was in place on the lower tier of questions in the first series; Chris Tarrant could see what the correct answer was on his screen and would try to divert the player towards that answer, suggesting things like "B looks good". By the next series, Chris could no longer see the answers and any hapless contestant stuck on the first five questions was left to burn their lifelines.
8th May '18 9:29:25 AM cwickham
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** A HintSystem was in place on the lower tier of questions in the first series. By the next series, any hapless contestant stuck on the first five question was left to burn their lifelines.

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** A HintSystem was in place on the lower tier of questions in the first series. series; Chris Tarrant could see what the correct answer was on his screen and would try to divert the player towards that answer, suggesting things like "B looks good". By the next series, Chris could no longer see the answers any hapless contestant stuck on the first five question questions was left to burn their lifelines.
8th May '18 9:28:02 AM cwickham
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* RevisitingTheRoots: The 2018 revival of the UK version made civilian editions the norm again, and returned to the 15-question format (as opposed to the 12-question one used in later years).

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* RevisitingTheRoots: The 2018 revival of the UK version made civilian editions the norm again, reinstated the Fastest Finger First round and returned to the 15-question format (as opposed to the 12-question one used in later years).
8th May '18 9:24:24 AM cwickham
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* RevisitingTheRoots: The 2018 revival of the UK version made civilian editions the norm again, and returned to the 15-question format (as opposed to the 12-question one used in later years).
8th May '18 9:22:47 AM cwickham
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* CelebrityEdition: Most (if not all) of the versions of Millionaire have had episodes set aside for celebrities to play the game, usually for charity. In the Australian version, the celebrity splits the cash with a designated home viewer, and they were also [[LiveEpisode done live]].

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* CelebrityEdition: Most (if not all) of the versions of Millionaire have had episodes set aside for celebrities to play the game, usually for charity. In the Australian version, the celebrity splits the cash with a designated home viewer, and they were also [[LiveEpisode done live]]. Towards the end of the UK show's original run it was predominately made up of celebrity editions, with the civilian editions becoming less common.
8th May '18 9:20:35 AM cwickham
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* "'''Ask the Host'''": Introduced in the 2018 revival of the British version, the contestant is given the chance to ask the host what they think the answer is (the answers to all of the questions are not revealed in advance to the host). The host cannot give any more assistance once they have given their own "final answer" and is forced to let the computer reveal the answer once it is locked in by the contestant.

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* "'''Ask the Host'''": Introduced in the 2018 revival of the British version, version,[[note]]It was originally intended to be one of the lifelines when the show first started and was mentioned in promotional material, but was replaced with 50:50 before the show began[[/note]] the contestant is given the chance to ask the host what they think the answer is (the answers to all of the questions are not revealed in advance to the host). The host cannot give any more assistance once they have given their own "final answer" and is forced to let the computer reveal the answer once it is locked in by the contestant.
5th May '18 2:43:24 PM SkaroManiac
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* TechnologyMarchesOn: Bank cheques were famously used during Chris Tarrant's era. However by the time Jeremy Clarkson took over they had become old-fashioned (prompting Clarkson to ask his very first contestant if he remembers them). In its place, Clarkson now has a mouse to activate an electronic bank transfer.
5th May '18 2:42:37 PM SkaroManiac
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* "'''Ask the Host'''": Introduced in the 2018 revival of the British version, the contestant is given the chance to ask the host what they think the answer is (the answer is not revealed in advance to the host until the answer is locked in by the contestant). The host cannot give any more assistance once they have given their own "final answer".

Under the classic rules, the contestant can stop at any time and keep whatever money they've earned up to that point. If they pass the 5- or 10-question mark (2- and 7- mark in the UK version from 2007-14), they are guaranteed to get that amount of money, even if they answer wrong on a later question. If they get an answer wrong, they lose their money, except for whatever was guaranteed. The 2018 British revival added a twist to the second safety net by letting the contestant choose from the sixth question onwards whether they want to set the safety net or proceed (the first still remains at the 5-question mark). See below for the changes in the US Shuffle format. Britain has had four top-prize winners to date. A fifth, Charles Ingram, lost his money after it was proved that a friend gave him the answers by "strategic coughing" in a very famous case. Ironically, the first-ever winner was a middle-aged woman who was already quite wealthy. The first American winner famously [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGs9THQnZec did it without using a single lifeline in the process]], with the exception of Phone-A-Friend [[CrowningMomentofAwesome which he only used to inform his father that he was about to win the Million]]. He also got a little good natured ribbing over the fact that he worked for the [[DesignatedVillain tax bureau]].

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* "'''Ask the Host'''": Introduced in the 2018 revival of the British version, the contestant is given the chance to ask the host what they think the answer is (the answer is answers to all of the questions are not revealed in advance to the host until the answer is locked in by the contestant). host). The host cannot give any more assistance once they have given their own "final answer".

answer" and is forced to let the computer reveal the answer once it is locked in by the contestant.

Under the classic rules, the contestant can stop at any time and keep whatever money they've earned up to that point. If they pass the 5- or 10-question mark (2- and 7- mark in the UK version from 2007-14), they are guaranteed to get that amount of money, even if they answer wrong on a later question. If they get an answer wrong, they lose their money, except for whatever was guaranteed. The 2018 British revival added a twist to the second safety net by letting the contestant choose from the sixth question onwards whether they want to set the safety net at the next question or proceed (the first still remains at the 5-question mark). See below for the changes in the US Shuffle format. Britain has had four top-prize winners to date. A fifth, Charles Ingram, lost his money after it was proved that a friend gave him the answers by "strategic coughing" in a very famous case. Ironically, the first-ever winner was a middle-aged woman who was already quite wealthy. The first American winner famously [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGs9THQnZec did it without using a single lifeline in the process]], with the exception of Phone-A-Friend [[CrowningMomentofAwesome which he only used to inform his father that he was about to win the Million]]. He also got a little good natured ribbing over the fact that he worked for the [[DesignatedVillain tax bureau]].



After Chris Tarrant decided to leave the original UK version in 2013, ITV announced its cancellation and the final show aired in January 2014, although a {{revival}} with new host [[Series/TheGrandTour Jeremy]] [[Series/TopGear Clarkson]] will air in May 2018.

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After Chris Tarrant decided to leave the original UK version in 2013, ITV announced its cancellation and the final show aired in January 2014, although a {{revival}} with new host [[Series/TheGrandTour Jeremy]] [[Series/TopGear Clarkson]] will started to air in May 2018.



* ReplacedTheThemeTune: The British version remixed its own music in 2007, although it did not replace some of the shorter themes (like the "final winnings" tune) or the sound effects. The American version kept the same music through the clock format of 2008-2010, but replaced all music and sound effects with the 2010-2011 season for legal reasons. Just as an example, the intro themes in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEL64z7Vsjs the original soundtrack (albeit with sound effects),]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOZ0kmgU39U the 2007 UK remix]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kl4uA9dpuGA and the 2010 US soundtrack.]]

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* ReplacedTheThemeTune: The British version remixed its own music in 2007, although it did not replace some of the shorter themes (like the "final winnings" tune) or the sound effects. The original music was restored in 2018. The American version kept the same music through the clock format of 2008-2010, but replaced all music and sound effects with the 2010-2011 season for legal reasons. Just as an example, the intro themes in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEL64z7Vsjs the original soundtrack (albeit with sound effects),]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOZ0kmgU39U the 2007 UK remix]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kl4uA9dpuGA and the 2010 US soundtrack.]]



* TechnologyMarchesOn: Bank cheques were famously used during Chris Tarrant's era. However by the time Jeremy Clarkson took over they had become old-fashioned (prompting Clarkson to ask his very first contestant if he remembers them). In its place, Clarkson now has a mouse to activate an electronic bank transfer.



* TimeKeepsOnTicking: Under the US clock and current UK formats, the clock starts ticking down after each question is read, but ''while'' the four choices are read. Most contestants waited until Meredith or Regis was done reading the choices before speaking (see LoopholeAbuse above for an exception), which [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lGKxQurtJqw nearly cost some players]].

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* TimeKeepsOnTicking: Under the US clock and current previous UK formats, the clock starts ticking down after each question is read, but ''while'' the four choices are read. Most contestants waited until Meredith or Regis was done reading the choices before speaking (see LoopholeAbuse above for an exception), which [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lGKxQurtJqw nearly cost some players]].
1st May '18 11:55:29 AM SkaroManiac
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Under the classic rules, the contestant can stop at any time and keep whatever money they've earned up to that point. If they pass the 5- or 10-question mark (2- and 7- mark in the current UK version), they are guaranteed to get that amount of money, even if they answer wrong on a later question. If they get an answer wrong, they lose their money, except for whatever was guaranteed. See below for the changes in the US Shuffle format. Britain has had four top-prize winners to date. A fifth, Charles Ingram, lost his money after it was proved that a friend gave him the answers by "strategic coughing" in a very famous case. Ironically, the first-ever winner was a middle-aged woman who was already quite wealthy. The first American winner famously [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGs9THQnZec did it without using a single lifeline in the process]], with the exception of Phone-A-Friend [[CrowningMomentofAwesome which he only used to inform his father that he was about to win the Million]]. He also got a little good natured ribbing over the fact that he worked for the [[DesignatedVillain tax bureau]].

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\n* "'''Ask the Host'''": Introduced in the 2018 revival of the British version, the contestant is given the chance to ask the host what they think the answer is (the answer is not revealed in advance to the host until the answer is locked in by the contestant). The host cannot give any more assistance once they have given their own "final answer".

Under the classic rules, the contestant can stop at any time and keep whatever money they've earned up to that point. If they pass the 5- or 10-question mark (2- and 7- mark in the current UK version), version from 2007-14), they are guaranteed to get that amount of money, even if they answer wrong on a later question. If they get an answer wrong, they lose their money, except for whatever was guaranteed. The 2018 British revival added a twist to the second safety net by letting the contestant choose from the sixth question onwards whether they want to set the safety net or proceed (the first still remains at the 5-question mark). See below for the changes in the US Shuffle format. Britain has had four top-prize winners to date. A fifth, Charles Ingram, lost his money after it was proved that a friend gave him the answers by "strategic coughing" in a very famous case. Ironically, the first-ever winner was a middle-aged woman who was already quite wealthy. The first American winner famously [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGs9THQnZec did it without using a single lifeline in the process]], with the exception of Phone-A-Friend [[CrowningMomentofAwesome which he only used to inform his father that he was about to win the Million]]. He also got a little good natured ribbing over the fact that he worked for the [[DesignatedVillain tax bureau]].
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