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Who Wants To Be A Millionaire Is Back With Jeremy Clarkson

Sunday, 6th May, 2018

Who wants to be a millionaire is back with Jeremy Clarkson

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire is back, and with a new host, Jeremy Clarkson. It made it’s new debut last night, and is on every night for a week. Were you watching?

I did, and I will say that I thought it was good, or at least, Jeremy Clarkson was. I like him as a host in general, on The Grand Tour and Top Gear, it’s more of the same, so if you like him you’ll still like him, and if you don’t, then you probably wont.

The show has been brought back for the 20th anniversary; It seems crazy that this was on back in 1998 with Chris Tarrant, and it used to really grip the nation. There’s a couple of differences, but I think they’re better than the last time it had a slight revamp, when the show went a bit stale; I’m talking about that silly “switch” lifeline and the time limit questions.

Like the original, there’s still 15 questions to get to £1 Million, but now there’s a new lifeline, “Ask the host”, which sounds like it would be the kind of idea Jeremy would have, for a laugh. But yes, that’s one of the new additions. Another is that there’s the usual safety net at £1,000, but the 2nd is movable, the contestant can decide where they want to put it as they’re playing. Lastly there’s only 6 contestants playing faster finger first, rather than 10.

There is a slight problem with the game, the jeopardy and lack of it.

Back in the day the lower end of 5 figures and even high 4 figure sums were a lot of money. However, today in 2018, that just isn’t the case. If you get to £1,000 like most people can do with ease, it takes a while until you reach the real money figures; £1000 is question 5, but £32,000 is question 10, a massive 5 questions away.

You can save your lifelines for the higher amounts and risk losing your money, or use up lifelines and then not have them for the higher sums of money, something you probably don’t want to do.

This was evident in the first show on Saturday night. The first contestant won £8,000 and used up lifelines. The next two contestants both went away with a measly £1,000, they lost their money by getting questions wrong, even though they had lifelines remaining.

Why didn’t they just use up a lifeline? Probably because they were saving them for the larger amounts, as crashing out on £4,000 or £8,000 is no longer such a big deal. I think this could be a problem with the show going forward in the next few nights, we’ll just have to see.

As for the host, as mentioned I like Jeremy Clarkson. Chris Tarrant was brilliant and had the suspense, his own dramatic charisma and of course catchphrases (“We don’t want to give you that!”), and it would be hard and probably stupid to try to mimic that. Clarkson brings what he’s supposed to, a bit of humour, irony and sarcasm, and I think he done well in the first show.

I will try to watch more of this over the coming week, and see how the shows develop.

What did you think of the show?

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