Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?

Saturday, 20 August 2011, 9:15PM – 10:30PM

Stars from Coronation Street, Emmerdale and Hollyoaks aim for the million. 

Viewers are in for a treat this summer with a double dose of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? featuring their favourite past and present soap stars answering questions live, to raise as much money as possible for their chosen charities. 

The Live Celebrity Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? Soaps Stars Weekend will take place on Saturday 20 at 9.15pm and Sunday 21 August at 9pm on ITV1. 

Coronation Street, Emmerdale and Hollyoaks unite – not only to win money for their chosen charities, but also to raise a wad of cash for one lucky viewer at home. The pot will continue to build over the two shows, potentially creating the biggest ever viewer prize on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? 

Teaming up with Coronation Street’s longest serving resident, Michelle Collins joins William Roache. Plus putting their turbulent relationship to one side, Emmerdale’s mother and son partnership, Danny Miller and Lucy Pargeter, join forces on Saturday 20 August, in an attempt to win big. 

“I’ve grown up watching Chris Tarrant on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? so getting into the hot seat is going to be very daunting!” said Danny. Lucy added “I’ve downloaded the Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? app on my phone but we’ve yet to get past £1,000!” 

On Sunday 21 August Coronation Street and Hollyoaks unite with Rovers Return barmaid, Kym Marsh, joining her fiancé Jamie Lomas – who will be the brains of this Soap Star pairing? Emmerdale’s long serving double act, Mark Charnock and Dominic Brunt, also hit the hot seat, but can slow witted Marlon and bumbling Paddy win the million jackpot? Finally Hollyoaks McQueen sisters Gemma Merna and Jennifer Metcalfe try to shake their ditzy image in an attempt to climb the money tree. 

Commenting about his involvement in the show, Mark Charnock said: “It’s such an iconic show and I’ve always wanted to do it, but I can imagine Dominic and I will be clinging to each other, panicking, going red and sweating!” 

With further Soap Star pairings still to be announced, who will prove to be street wise and who will be a square when playing against the Millionaire ticking clock? 

Overseeing proceedings is quiz master Chris Tarrant and the cash won by the contestants will be shared 50/50 between their charities and a lucky viewer. A special Soap Star Weekend, including a trip to the set of Emmerdale and a stay in a luxury hotel and spa in the Yorkshire countryside, is also up for grabs. 

Produced by Victory Television, part of Sony Pictures Television, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? originally launched in the UK in 1998 and its popularity quickly spread around the world. Thirteen years on, the format has been sold in 120 countries, producing dozens of millionaires around the globe. 

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