Who Wants To Be a Millionaire?

Sunday, 9 December 2012, 6:40PM – 7:40PM

Get set to see your favourite fairy tales and folk legends come to life, as a host of famous faces attempt to win as much money as possible in Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? Pantomime Special on Sunday 9 December at 6.40pm, ITV1.

Playing ‘Hoff the Hook’, TV legend David Hasselhoff will be hoping to win a treasure chest of cash for Pengeulan Primary School in Wales. David said: “One minute I’m terrified, the next I can’t wait to jump in to the seat. I’ve been gearing up and I’m ready to face the million pound question. I’m playing for Pengeulan Primary School in Wales, a school close to my heart, I just hope I can win some big bucks for them.”

The former Baywatch and Knight Rider star will be partnered by Loose Women presenter Denise Welch who will be aiming to climb the money ladder for The Olivia Arnold Trust. Will they walk the plank or live happy ever after?

Taking centre stage is one of Britain’s most popular stand up comedians, Tim Vine, who will be hoping to win the jackpot for The Cure Parkinson’s Trust. After enjoying roles in Sleeping Beauty, Snow White and Aladdin, the quick witted funny man says: “I’m looking forward to appearing on the show very much. My previous best was one thousand pounds so I’d be happy if the show was called ‘who wants to win more than a thousand pounds.”

The comedian will be joined by former Eastenders actress, Cheryl Fergison who will be aiming to sprinkle the magic money dust for hospice at home charity, ChYps. Will this be one wish too far or will the Eastend Fairy Godmother be able to cast a spell to bring them good luck?

Finally taking up the hotseat is soap star John Partridge who will be playing for The Terrence Higgins Trust.

Partnering Prince Charming is television presenter Alison Hammond who is hoping to win the lucrative six figure cheque for Birmingham Children’s Hospital. She commented: “I’m really excited about Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? I’ve downloaded the app on my iPhone but can’t get past £8k. However, when I met John Partridge I felt we were a match made in heaven.”

Quiz wizard, Chris Tarrant, will be overseeing proceedings ensuring that participants are put to the test in order to scale the money tree. They’ve got the magic touch on stage but have they got what it takes to make it to the million milestone? The money won by the contestants will be shared 50/50 between their charities and one lucky viewer at home.

Who Want’s To Be A Millionaire? is produced by Victory Television, a joint venture with Sony Pictures Television, and more information about the show is available at www.itv.com/millionaire.

Friday, 9 November 2012, 9:00PM – 10:00PM

I’m A Celebrity special:

Past ‘I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here’ contestants attempt to win that magical million in this Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? I’m a Celebrity Special.

Not only are they playing for their favourite charities, they are also playing for the viewer at home.

The former jungle campmates taking part in this one-off special include husband and wife Vic Reeves and Nancy Sorrell, who both took part in 2004’s series, and Phil Tufnell and Joe Pasquale, who were crowned King of the Jungle in 2003 and 2004 respectively.

Sunday, 26 August 2012, 8:00PM – 9:00PM

Olympic legend, Sir Steve Redgrave, soap star Kelvin Fletcher and TV favourite Dermot Murnaghan will appear with their teenage kin, in the hope of raising as much money as possible for their chosen charities. Celebrity Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? School’s Out, will be broadcast on ITV1, Sunday 26 August.

Sir Steve will be joined by 14-year-old son Zak, Kelvin (who plays Andy Sugden in Emmerdale) by 15-year-old brother Brayden and Dermot by his 15-year-old daughter Molly. With the help of their famous relatives, the teenagers will be up against the ticking clock in a bid to reach the million pound mark. Will Sir Steve’s son posses gold winning genes, can one of the brothers be crowned head boy and who will be the egg-head in the Murnaghan family.

Steve and Zak are taking part on behalf of Sparks, who fund life-saving research into conditions affecting babies, children and mums-to-be. Commenting on his involvement, the five times Olympic champion said; “I am thrilled to be taking part in the show with my son Zak. I am sure it will be a challenge but I think we will be a strong team and we are looking forward to it. It will be great to help raise money for my chosen charity Sparks.”

Kelvin and Brayden are aiming to reach the magic million for The Cardiomyopathy Association, a charity that provides information and support to families affected by the heart muscle disease cardiomyopathy and DEBRA, who work on behalf of people in the UK with the genetic skin blistering condition Epidermolysis Bullosa. Kelvin said about taking his place in the Hotseat; “I’m really really nervous about going on Millionaire, obviously I want to do the best I can for the charity and at the same time, I don’t want to sound too thick, hopefully we’ll do well.”

Finally, Dermot will be hoping to get a gold star with his daughter, Molly, by raising money for Operation Florian, a charity working to promote the protection of life amongst communities in need, by the provision of equipment and training to improve fire fighting and rescue capabilities. Speaking ahead of the recording, Dermot comments ‘I’m feeling very nervous about doing well for the Operation Florian cause, but I’m also really excited about the show and up for the challenge.’

Quizmaster, Chris Tarrant, will oversee proceedings and viewers will once again have the chance to playalong online from home. But will they be able to beat the brains of the celebs? Additionally, viewers will also have chance to win big money, as the cash won by the contestants will be shared 50/50 between their chosen charity and a lucky viewer.

Produced by Victory Television, part of Sony Pictures Television, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? launched in the UK in 1998 and its popularity quickly spread around the world. Fourteen years on, the format has been sold in 120 countries, producing dozens of millionaires around the globe. Recently members of the public were back in the Hotseat for the first time in two years. The three-day stripped event in July saw the show win its slot average two out of three evenings.

The question is, who’s done their homework and who will be bottom of the class in Celebrity Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? School’s Out, ITV1, Sunday 26 August.

Sunday, 20 May 2012, 7:00PM – 8:00PM

With Paddy and Christine McGuinness, Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford, James Cracknell and Beverley Turner. 

Get ready to see who really wears the trousers, as a host of famous couples attempt to win as much money as possible for their chosen charities in Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? Celebrity Couples Special on Sunday 20 May, 7pm on ITV1. 

Uniting their specialist subjects, newlyweds Paddy and Christine McGuinness are the first celebrity couple facing quiz master Chris Tarrant. Take Me Out host, Paddy McGuinness hopes to raise cash for the British Heart Foundation while his wife, former beauty queen Christine, has chosen to support Breast Cancer Care. Will the loved up pair prove to be the perfect match as they try to win the magic million? 

Presenting favourite Eamonn Holmes who will endeavour to win the jackpot for Clic Sargent’s Northern Ireland ‘Homes from Home’ Appeal commented; “The biggest achievement for us will be just agreeing on an answer. We’re thinking of introducing options A, B, C and D into our everyday dilemmas.” He is accompanied by his on and off screen partner Ruth Langsford, who is taking part on behalf of The Alzeheimers Society. 

The This Morning co-host commented; “It’s a huge thrill getting to appear on a programme you have grown up watching as a viewer, but the bigger thrill is playing for the Alzheimer’s Society. The money we are trying to win could really make a difference. I am playing with Eamonn but playing for my Dad who suffered from the disease for many years.” 

Finally, British rowing champion and Olympic gold medalist James Cracknell and his wife, sports radio and TV presenter Beverley Turner, take centre stage as the athletic duo look to climb the money tree on behalf of Headway, a charity set up to give help and support to people affected by brain injury.

Having raised millions for charity before by cycling, rowing and swimming a whopping 1,400 miles from Britain to Africa, the former Olympic Champion doesn’t settle for second best and together with Bever;ey, James aims to walk away with the seven figure cheque. But will they cross the finish line or will the questions prevent them from taking gold? 

Overseeing proceedings is quiz master Chris Tarrant and the cash won by the contestants will be shared 50/50 between their charities and one lucky viewer at home. 

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? is produced by Victory Television, a joint venture with Sony Pictures Television, and more information about the show is available at www.itv.com/millionaire. 

Sunday, 6 May 2012, 7:15PM – 8:00PM

Britain’s Got Talent Special: 

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire: Britain’s Got Talent Special. 

In the hot seat, winning money for their favourite charities, we have some familiar faces from past series of Britain’s Got Talent – all hoping to get to that magical million.

First to take centre stage will be operatic singing star Paul Potts, winner of BGT in 2007. He’ll be teaming up with pop sensation Shaheen Jafargholi. Paul will be aiming to hit the jackpot for Treat Trust Wales and Shaheen has chosen to support Teenage Cancer Trust. 

Next in the spotlight will be dynamic dance duo Twist and Pulse, aka Ashley Glazebrook and Glen Murphy who will be competing on behalf of Dance Aid. 

Finally, father and son duo Demetrios Demetriou and Lagi Michalakis, otherwise known as Stavros Flatley, play for their chosen charity Walking with Giants.

Tuesday, 3 January 2012, 8:00PM – 9:00PM

Join some of the UK’s most popular celebrities, all hoping to win that magical million, as they pair up to bring in 2012 in a ‘Who Wants 

To Be A Millionaire?’ New Year Special. 

By answering questions based on events over the last year, the celebrities are eager to win big for their chosen charities. While one lucky viewer at home will also get the chance to win their own special prize.

Monday, 19 December 2011, 8:30PM – 10:00PM

In a special festive Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? some of the UK’s best-loved celebrities will pair up and play live in an attempt to win that magical million. Not only are the celebrities playing for their favourite charity, they are also playing for the viewer at home.

Wednesday, 9 November 2011, 8:00PM – 9:00PM

In a Millionaire first, Celebrity Who Wants to be a Millionaire Remembrance Special will see members of the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force couple up with some of the UK’s best loved celebrities to try to win money for each of the Forces Benevolent Funds. 

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. 

Thursday, 23 December 2010, 9:00PM – 10:15PM

Celebrity Live Edition 

This year’s New Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? Christmas Special, is a Christmas special with a difference. For the first time ever on Who Wants to be a Millionaire viewers at home will have a chance to win big money and it will all be happening live. 

Joining Chris Tarrant for a special festive edition of Britain’s most popular game show will be a soon-to-be-unveiled, all-star, line-up of celebrities who will play LIVE against the clock for the first time, in an attempt to win money for their favourite charities. 

And there’s a further surprise in store… not only will the celebrities be playing to win money for charity, they will also be playing for the audience at home. The money the celebrity pair wins will be shared 50/50 between the charity… and a lucky viewer! 

At the start of each celebrity game a phone number and the website for the free route of entry will appear on the TV screen. Viewers will then have a set amount of time to phone in and at the end of the game one viewer will be randomly selected. 

They will be put through to the studio where Chris Tarrant will ask them one more question. They must answer within a set amount of time. Get it right and they win the cash. Get it wrong and the chance passes to the next viewer on the line, until someone answers correctly. 

This year’s New Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? Christmas Special is 75 minutes long, so there will be an opportunity for two home viewer games, giving an extra chance to play and win some money, just in time to brighten up Christmas!

Commenting, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? host, Chris Tarrant, said: 

“This Xmas Special is bound to be lots of fun… and unpredictable! It will be packed with surprise appearances from former winners and revelations from celebrity guests with all the drama created by playing Britain’s best loved game not only against the clock… but on live TV too! The live element will add bags of tension. It’s difficult enough to perform in the Hot Seat without the pressure of knowing that you are also playing for millions of viewers!” 

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

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