|Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?|
|Created by:||David Briggs|
|Presented by:||Chris Tarrant|
|Running Time:||30-75 minutes|
|No. of Episodes:||591|
|Original Run:||04 September 1998 – ?? February 2014|
|Top Prize Amount||£1,000,000|
|Number of Top Prize Winners||5|
"WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE?" was a British television game show that offered a maximum cash prize of £1,000,000 for correctly answering successive multiple-choice questions of increasing difficulty. The show had been exported to many other countries, all of which followed the same general format.
The program was hosted by Chris Tarrant and produced by Victory Television for the ITV network. It was based on a format devised by David Briggs, who, along with Steven Knight and Mike Whitehill, devised a number of the promotional games for Chris Tarrant's breakfast show on Capital FM radio. The original working title for the show was "CASH MOUNTAIN".
The program aired from 9/4/1998 to 2/??/2014. One contestant played at a time and originally had no time limit to answer questions. Contestants were presented with the question and possible answers before they decided whether to attempt an answer or walk away with what they have already won.
Rights to both the format and all UK episodes of the show were put up for sale by Celador in March 2006, as the first step toward the sale of Celador's formats division. These were acquired by the Dutch company 2waytraffic. 2waytraffic was in turn acquired by Sony Pictures Entertainment in 2008.
On October 22, 2013, it was announced that Tarrant had quit the show after 15 years. Due to this, ITV had decided to axe "WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE?" after the current contract finished. ITV had said there will be no further specials beyond the ones that had already been planned. Tarrant's final live celebrity edition aired on December 19, 2013. On the day before, Tarrant pre-recorded two other celebrity episodes to be shown in February 2014. They aired as the final episodes on February ?? & February ??.