Who Wants to Be a Millionaire - Netflix
In Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, 15 questions need to be answered by the contestants to win the 1 million dollar prize.
Type: Game Show
Runtime: 30 minutes
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire - Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? - Netflix
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? (abbreviated WWTBAM and informally known as simply Millionaire) is an international television game show franchise of British origin, created by David Briggs, Mike Whitehill and Steven Knight. In its format, currently owned and licensed by Sony Pictures Television, contestants tackle a series of multiple-choice questions to win large cash prizes, with the format being a twist on the game show genre - only one contestant plays at a time, similar to radio quizzes; contestants are given the question before attempting an answer, and have no time limit to answer questions; and the amount offered increases as they tackle questions that become increasingly difficult. The maximum cash prize offered in most versions of the format is one million of the local currency. The original British version debuted on 4 September 1998, and was aired until its final episode on 11 February 2014; a revived series of seven episodes to commemorate its 20th anniversary in 2018, were aired from 5 to 11 May. Since its debut, international variants of the game show have been aired in around 160 countries worldwide.
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire - Lifelines - Netflix
During a standard play of the game, a contestant is given a series of lifelines to aid them with difficult questions. Per the standard format, a contestant has access to three lifelines - each can be used once, and a contestant may use more than one to help them out. The standard lifelines used in the original format of the game show include: Ask the Audience: When selected, each audience member takes up a voting pad, and votes the answer that they believe is correct for the question. Once the vote is tallied, the contestant is shown what the result of it was, displayed in percentages for each answer. 50:50: When selected, the game's computer selects two wrong answers for the current question and eliminates them, leaving behind the correct answer, and one remaining incorrect answer. Phone a Friend: When selected, a friend of the contestant is rung up, and tasked with providing assistance to them on the question. They are given only 30 seconds to provide input, with the time beginning the moment the contestant begins telling them what the question is, and the four possible answers for it. In the US version, some lifelines used corporate sponsorship. The US version of “Phone-a-Friend” was sponsored by the original AT&T throughout the run of the ABC primetime show and in the first season of the syndicated version, and then by the current AT&T for the 2009 primetime episodes. From 2004 to 2006, the US version of “Ask the Audience” was sponsored by AOL, which allowed users of its Instant Messenger to add the screen name MillionaireIM to their contact list and receive an instant message with the question and the four possible answers, to which the users replied with their choices. In some countries which aired live editions of the programme, anyone nominated to be used for “Phone a Friend” were informed to be prepared for when they are alerted to their friend playing the game, and required to have their phone free and wait for three rings before answering. On 11 January 2010, the US version eliminated the use of “Phone a Friend”, after it was determined that there was an increasing trend of contestants' friends using web search engines and other Internet resources to assist them, which unfairly privileged individuals who had computer access over those who did not, and that it was contrary to the original intent of the lifeline, by which friends were supposed to provide assistance based on what they already knew. In the original British version, in the more recent series, a security guy from the production office would be at the friend's house to make sure that the friend doesn't cheat, and in The People Play specials in 2012 and 2013, the friends are not actually on the phone, they are locked away in a studio backstage instead, and they cannot see or hear what's been going on throughout the show until one of them gets called. When the contestant calls one of their friends, the friend appears onscreen and both the contestant and friend can see and hear each other.
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire - References - Netflix