Thursday 22 August 2019

Clarkson back in hot seat for new Millionaire series

Jeremy Clarkson
Jeremy Clarkson

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? will return for a new series next year with Jeremy Clarkson in the hosting seat.

The game show was revived for a string of anniversary specials earlier this year, with Clarkson taking over the role previously filled by Chris Tarrant.

The seven-episode special, which aired over a week in May, celebrated the 20th anniversary of the show, which was presented by Tarrant from 1998 to 2014.

The new series of 10 episodes will air on ITV, and contestants will have the opportunity to answer 15 questions to win £1m (€1.1m).

They will be helped along the way with lifelines: Ask The Audience, Phone a Friend, 50:50 and the return of the new lifeline, Ask The Host.

Chris Tarrant
Chris Tarrant

Clarkson's debut as the host of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? was watched by more than five million gameshow fans.


The Grand Tour star said: "I loved hosting the anniversary shows and can't wait to spend a few precious hours away from James May and Richard Hammond, making the new ones."

In one of the earlier episodes of the show's revival, a contestant used the Ask The Host lifeline to consult Clarkson on a driving question.

The former Top Gear star stunned viewers when he admitted he did not know the shape of a stop sign.

During the reunion specials, Clarkson was incorrect about a number of questions and wrongly told a contestant he had correctly answered a question, without checking the answer first.

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