Talk:Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?

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Hot Seat[edit]

The section says that the Norweigan version originally created the Hot Seat format. Is there a certain article or something to sho proof? (talk) 16:33, 9 October 2009 (UTC)

Also, wouldn't Hot Seat count as a spin-off? It's not the same as the regular version and it carries a different format in some countries.

GameGuy95 (talk) 00:23, 24 October 2009 (UTC)

There is a video on YouTube of the 'hot seat' version of Norwegian WWTBAM. Kubek15T CS 19:01, 11 December 2009 (UTC)

Excuse me, does anybody know where a link or video for the Danish version of Hot Seat can be found? To show proof. GameGuy95 (talk) 22:44, 12 March 2010 (UTC) Page 38 shows which countries had Hot Seat at the time Australia adopted it. The video shows Denmark and Italy even though most of the footage is of the Australian version. Robotboy2008 (talk) 06:58, 23 January 2014 (UTC)

Any chance of getting the name of the show right???[edit]

The name of the TV show (for whatever reason) has no question mark. Any chance the title of this article could be corrected so it doesn't appear to be written by people who know nothing about the subject they're writing about?Daqu (talk) 05:26, 9 December 2009 (UTC)

  • That's not true actually, see the website of ITV [1]. The logo is stylised, if you are basing your assumption on that. (talk) 20:38, 15 January 2010 (UTC)

Speculation on Format Changes[edit]

I have removed addition of speculation about changes to the format of the UK show. Wikipedia does not include rumours that are cited from blogs as they are not reliable sources. When, and if, an official announcement is made, or it is reported in a reliable source, it can be added then. --Escape Orbit (Talk) 00:14, 18 February 2010 (UTC)

13 Question Format?[edit]

Someone keeps adding the 13 question format with out adding any citations or even any details. I've never heard any news or even any rumors or discussions in any Millionaire message boards on it or what country will use it. If you want it kept here, how about adding some information instead of just asking for expansion. ProjectSavior (talk) 22:21, 9 October 2010 (UTC)

  • Okay after some research, i found that the Indian version will use the format, but since it is tied with their variation of the Clock format, i'll put it there.ProjectSavior (talk) 22:37, 9 October 2010 (UTC)

Source of distributed money[edit]

Swapnil.talekar (talk) 08:35, 12 February 2011 (UTC)Many people wonder about how the show can manage to give away millions of dollars for free and how does the show itself make money and how does the whole thing work. I am not an expert on that and I'v tried to google about it. So far the only thing I'v learned is the complete chunk of money comes out of the advertisements and yet the show manages to make huge money. Although it may not be possible to provide the exact figures since the show would not reveal the contributions of the sponsors' and for how much have been the commercial slots sold for but it would be good to describe how the whole thing works, if anyone knows enough to write about it.Swapnil.talekar (talk) 08:35, 12 February 2011 (UTC)

Hi, bearing in mind last nights 8 May 2018 episode paid out a total of i think £3000, that was probably one of the cheapest episodes ever made in the current series.

If you notice during the show the is a competition which costs £2 for a phone or web entry which will create a lot of money for the shows budget, plus the entire show is sponsored this time round by Lottoland. also there is the money generated by the adverts themselves which for a one hour show will generate some considerable cash for the show also. Its not very often the shows producers have the pay the £1 million jackpot as the questions get considerably harder as the contestant progress through the show. Hope this helps Ijustwannabeawinner (talk) 09:01, 9 May 2018 (UTC)

This is a real muddle.[edit]

Reading this article is very confusing. It keeps switching between the UK show and things other countries versions of the show have done/implemented. Surely all information about different localised versions of the show should be kept on the specific page for that countries version? This page should only contain information about the original (UK version) and a small section listing the other versions available in other countries and linking to their pages.

Come on guys we need to work this up to a class B at least. (talk) 01:37, 13 March 2011 (UTC)

  • This article is intended to deal with Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? as a general, international franchise—not merely the original UK version. Making the article deal exclusively with the UK Millionaire would prevent the article from representing a worldwide perspective of the show. - Seth Allen (discussion/contributions), Monday, November 12, 2012, 00:47 UTC.

The British version came first[edit]

So why does it auto-link to the American version of the show when you type the name into wikipedia. Surely the original British version should come first as it pioneered the show but it seems here as the American show is being seen as more important. H 09 October 2011 — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:05, 9 October 2011 (UTC)

Proposed Merger of National Variant List to Established Article[edit]

The aritcle List of national variants in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? appears to be crudely created and has been flagged for original research earlier this year, however when I stumbled across it and took a look over, I can't help but wonder if with some attention paid to cleaning up that page, it may serve well merged into the Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? article. I especially consider this due to the lack of a a section here detailing the many national variations of the show. Terkaal (talk) 10:35, 20 February 2012 (UTC)

  • Support: No other global TV format has the international variants outwith the actual article. Unreal7 (talk) 19:59, 8 March 2012 (UTC)

Translation Errors ?[edit]

I do not speak Arabic but I was puzzled by the Arab/Maghreb translation of the "Final Answer?" phrase as "What happened to happened?" so using cut & paste I ran the text (اللي ليها ليها؟) or (Elli leeha leeha?) through Google translate and I think there is an error on this. Google balked at the "Elli" word, translating it as the female name "Elly". However, for the "leeha" word it came back with "guardian" which in the context of "Final Answer" might make more sense (i.e.: some meaning like "Guard your answer?").

After being intrigued by this issue I looked through the rest and found two more similar issues:

  • The (Nthabbet?) answer under Arab World which is translated here as "Fix it?" appears to actually translate as "Show it?" or "Prove it?" (like as in a mathematical proof I assume).
  • The Italian answer (L'accendiamo?) is translated here as "Shall we light it up?" but again a little internet magic reveals this word is related to the English verb "kindle" (to start a fire). It might be more correct to say "Shall we turn it on?". In either case I think the "it" should be replaced with "it [your answer]" for context (I would make that edit myself but the page is semi-locked). Also, on the Italian Wikipedia page this phrase is shown as "La accendiamo?" instead of the contracted form.

Any native speakers who can assist here? (talk) 11:15, 10 December 2013 (UTC)


As I suffer through another episode of Millionaire it has become obvious that the problem with this show is not the format but the "characters" that appear as contestants. Tonight we have a juggler, last week was the spoon player, one clown walked on with a guitar. You have bombarded the public with dancers, singers and all manner of morons and just plain losers. Do yourself a favor: All the public wants is too see how well the contestants do answering the questions. Cut out the rest of the crap and your ratings will stay up much longer. Let's face it you lost your eye candy when Meredith left so whatever is left needs to be done right. A viewer. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:13, 29 January 2014 (UTC)

REMINDER: Talk Pages are for discussing the Wikipedia article, NOT the topic the article is about. (talk) 06:17, 9 February 2014 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 15 March 2014[edit]

Please change "Martin Flood from the Australian version, who was accused of cheating much like Charles Ingram but was later acquitted;"

to "Martin Flood from the Australian version, who was suspected by Channel Nine of cheating in his first episode much like Charles Ingram but was cleared prior to going on to win the million in his second episode;"

because 'acquitted' implies from a criminal charge which in false. I was suspected by the host of cheating during my first episode but after Channel Nine investigated by reviewing videos of my performance they realised they were wrong. I then went on to win the million in my second episode. I didn't find out about the investigation until the day after I won the million when I read it in the newspaper. Thanks (talk) 15:59, 15 March 2014 (UTC)

: Not done: as you have not cited reliable sources to back up your request, without which no information should be added to any article. - Arjayay (talk) 19:30, 15 March 2014 (UTC)

 Done - or rather partly done. I can find no source for the use of "accused" and "acquitted". The editor (who may, or may not, be Martin Flood) is not asking for removal of the incident, only a change of wording to "suspected" and "cleared". Most references cited in the Martin Flood article are "dead-tree", and so difficult to check, however, the Sydney Morning Herald stated "Channel Nine investigated suspicions that Flood had cheated during his first appearance on the show, but the network cleared him.".[1] I have, therefore used the words "investigated" "suspicions" and "cleared", and cited the source. It would have helped if the editor posting the request had cited this source in the first place. - Arjayay (talk) 18:56, 22 March 2014 (UTC)

Top prize in Bulgaria[edit]

In the Bulgarian version top prize is 200 000 leva. Correct, please. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 11:42, 31 May 2014 (UTC)

About the Hungarian show[edit]

Dear Readers! RTL2's Legyen Ön is Milliomos! (WWTBAM) format with Sándor Friderikusz has been suddenly finished at May 2013 when the channel's programming structure has been changed. We don't know when and who with can be it reproduced... — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:30, 23 June 2014 (UTC)

Surely the UK version should have this name...[edit]

So why is it the US version is simply "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" whereas the UK (original version) is "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? (UK game show)"? It seems somewhat demeaning and arrogant on the side of the Yanks. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:47, 28 August 2014 (UTC)

List of countries where is transmited Who want's to be a Millionaire[edit]

All of the mayor franchises game show has a page with the list of the countries where is transmited the game show and I don't understand why this page can't has a page similar like the example of The price is right, Family Feud etc. just for to make an example? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:01, 8 March 2015 (UTC)

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? & ¿Quién quiere ser millonario? article names[edit]

... in Spanish-speaking countries. I leave it here, like an info I've discovered of that redirection, from the one from Spain. --PLA y Grande Covián (talk) 17:02, 12 July 2015 (UTC)

Someone should translate them to english MaxFinkerBerg1945-2018 (talk) 13:22, 5 May 2018 (UTC)


The first one is from the section: Any chance of getting the name of the show right???

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Add un international versions the salvadoran one[edit]

. Mega super editorman (talk) 21:08, 14 February 2019 (UTC)

Adapted or not ?[edit]

There was one quiz - video here, at 1:40 you can see the "money tree" (that country's version was called "Veto" and this particular episode was humanitarian so it's nonstandard that 2 person teams participate, so it's also unclear whether or not that was standard "money tree"; also disregard the fact it's from 2004 as the quiz did not originate in that country) - that had similar structure to WWtBaM? - guaranteed levels (but participants choose which sums will be guaranteed), lifelines/jokers. I couldn't find any information about the quiz in the video. It would be good to know if WWtBaM? is an original format or if it was adapted from the quiz in the video. (talk) 18:27, 12 May 2020 (UTC)