Priceless D'Arcy puts Tarrant in a terrible tangle
Did Ray D'Arcy do it on purpose? On the other end of the phoneline he had Chris Tarrant of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire fame. The game-show host may have had an inkling something was in the air when he overheard some of the preamble before going live. He started by saying, "There's something very depressing about sitting here listening to you talk about how rubbish the English [rugby] team is."
Ray laughed in that oh-so-innocent way. The focus moved to what Tarrant thought of Slumdog Millionaire. "I can't relate to it," he said of the multi-Oscar winning movie. "He's a sleazy host with an earring. The game show is the cornerstone to my life and I just can't relate to the movie."
Was his dislike because some jumped-up Bollywood actor does a once-off impression of a game-show host for a low-budget movie and walks away with all the plaudits? But if Tarrant's ego took a bruising watching the movie, it was about to get another subtle thrashing.
The TV and radio star has been fronting Who Wants To Be A Millionaire since 1998, but he was on D'Arcy to promote his latest show, Colour of Money.
Lovable Ray saw the opening, rubbed his hands and pounced.
"The key to a good format is you can explain it in one or two sentences," D'Arcy said shooting straight from the hip. "Like Who Wants To Be A Millionaire is, in effect, 'you answer 15 questions and you win a million'. That's it. So, with the Colour of Money can you do that?"
The grenade rolled silently down the phone line and landed on Tarrant's lap.
"The Colour of Money. . . " he started unsurely, ". . .there are 20 cash machines, all with different amounts in them ranging up to a total of more than £25,000. You choose 10 colours and they have different amounts in them. If all 10 add up to the total of money you want, then you win. If the money is not enough, then you lose out and there's no in between. It's either £80,000 or £90,000 or whatever, or you go home with el zippo."
"That is a real test of the format," said D'Arcy unable to contain the laughter as Tarrant realised he had failed 'the secret to a good format' test live on air. Doh!
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