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Johnr333 posts since 6 Apr 2004
I love the more raw feeling they've left in over the series, e.g. the phone a friend going to voicemail and Jeremy saying something was the right answer even though it wasn't...all could be edited out obviously but it was a nice change to leave in to show things sometime don't go to plan!

Ask The Host is also quite fun in the same way that Phone A Friend is when you use it up for Jeremy or a friend not to know the answer, then a few questions later Jeremy goes 'I know this one' / 'I had a perfect Phone A Friend for this question'!
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Stuart6,945 posts since 13 Oct 2003
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I finally managed to upload the awkward moment . . .


I enjoyed the anniversary week, and I think Jezza is a good host. I like some of the barbed comments, such as "you've got nearly enough for the train fare home". Very Happy

I think it would work as a stripped event, perhaps 4 or 5 times a year, rather than as a weekly series of 13 shows.

After about the 4th show, I was already skipping through the questions up to £1,000, as it was unnecessarily drawn out; and (let's face it) they had some fairly unintelligent people who were using up lifelines far too early.
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Steve Williams2,286 posts since 1 Aug 2008
Another notable time they did this was when Judith Keppel became the first person to win a million pounds, and ITV decided to put it up against the last episode of One Foot in the Grave. ISTR Richard Wilson and David Renwick, among others, claiming that Celador and ITV had engineered the win to take viewers away from OFITG.


Though of course, that wasn't proven and they had to apologise for suggesting it - it was mentioned at the time that in fact it was so unexpected most of the senior people on Millionaire were actually off that night. Renwick later said that it was fair enough but he didn't know why ITV announced it in advance becuse that just undermined the whole point of watching the programme.

Anyway, that was another example of Millionaire being wheeled out as a spoiler against anything big on BBC1, it has been up against One Foot for the whole series.
madmusician811 posts since 2 Jun 2006
Anglia (East) Look East
I went along tonight to see the West End play 'Quiz' which details the Major Charles Ingram Millionaire scandal. It was very interesting from a presentational and technical point of view (along with being excellently written, acted and directed - a very good piece of drama indeed).

I wonder how closely aligned this play was to Celador? The music had clearly been newly composed but in the broad style of Millionaire (although the quiz underscore was *very* similar to the genuine article), and the set and lighting was very closely matched. There were several big screens around the stage which showed two live cameras that filmed the 'show' and there were superimposed graphics in the old Millionaire font (but not quite accurate apart from that - the average punter wouldn't have noticed any difference, though). Given that the second half of the play completely deconstructed the prosecution's arguments (and Celador's "accurate" description of events) perhaps Celador did not give their permission for this play to take place?

Much of the first half dealt with the commissioning process for Millionaire (is this the first time that David Liddiment has been depicted on stage, I wonder?!) and it seemed very accurate and well-researched to me. There was a look at the evolution of the game show format, and various formats were 'sent up' as part of this process - very accurately, too!

Both halves started with a 'warm up' man, and there was a rather dark vignette at the start of the second half depicting the tragic side to his ebullient act (he left the stage, and then a pre-recorded video was played on the big screens of him breaking down, taking pills and shouting to himself that he was a "f**king pr**k" before he returned to the stage in his larger-than-life persona)

It was all tremendous fun to a TV geek like me, and the audience around me seemed very impressed. You haven't got long to go and see it, mind - it closes on Saturday!
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Johnr333 posts since 6 Apr 2004
As a bit of a beginner to plays, is it likely to end up in other locations around the UK (e.g. Bradford Alhambra) or is it a case of get to London before Saturday or miss out? If so I might try and find a way to get there to see the 14:30 performance on Saturday somehow!
Whataday8,469 posts since 13 Sep 2001
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I went along tonight to see the West End play 'Quiz' which details the Major Charles Ingram Millionaire scandal. It was very interesting from a presentational and technical point of view (along with being excellently written, acted and directed - a very good piece of drama indeed).

I wonder how closely aligned this play was to Celador?



Celador has nothing to do with Millionaire anymore.
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Si-Co1,792 posts since 2 Oct 2003
Tyne Tees Look North (North East)
As a bit of a beginner to plays, is it likely to end up in other locations around the UK (e.g. Bradford Alhambra) or is it a case of get to London before Saturday or miss out? If so I might try and find a way to get there to see the 14:30 performance on Saturday somehow!


The articles I’ve read state this will be the last chance to see it at the Noel Coward Theatre, but nothing to indicate it won’t return for a run elsewhere. It is getting good reviews, which looks promising for subsequent performances. This is pure speculation, of course.
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