Format changes for Who Wants To Be A Millionaire
ITV’s quiz show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? is under go some of its biggest changes in its 12 year history.
The format of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire is set to change as producers alter the show in order to boost its ratings. The series has been on air for 12 years and has stayed relatively the same in that time – although in 2007 the number of questions dropped from 15 to 12 and the cash prize for each question was altered accordingly. However, the new changes proposed by producers go much further with contestants having to answer questions against a clock or lose the money. Currently the contestants can take as long as they like deciding the answers to the different questions but producers want to add a clock to speed things up and add more excitement – the clock could result in rushed contestants giving the wrong answers and losing fortunes in the process.
Another changed planned by the producers is to include the ‘phone a friend’ on-screen so viewers can see who they are rather than just hear a voice. Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? returns later this year for a new season and has been adapted for countries all over the world. Fronted by Chris Tarrant the series in its heyday had audiences off up to 16 million and was memorably involved in a fraud scandal when it was claimed a contestant on the series had tried to cheat.