Review: Who wants to be a millionaire

Written by Jawaria

Who in this well connected world is unfamiliar with the famous and outstanding international television game show “Who wants to be a millionaire”, which took its origin in UK and owned plus licensed by Sony Television.

The main aim of this article is not to tell the sequence and pay structures of the game as it is now in knowledge of even a common man but to brighten the core reasons and stratagems of the creators’and planners which lead to the extreme success of “Who wants to be a millionaire”.

How it works:

The creators David Briggs, Mike Whitehill and Steven Knight gave such a bold and catchy caption to the game show which took notice of a massive audience from all the cadres of life. Who will not want to be a millionaire in life. A game composed of  just fifteen questions -with options of fastest finger first, multiple choices and three life lines–easing the contestants and enhancing their morals and quest for reaching a secure stage of taking a certain amount of money back with them, were basic characteristics of the prominence of “ Who Wants to be a Millionaire”.

The show not only creates a sense of knowledge to the spectators but the host keeps the audience a part of the program in 30- 120 minutes by adding chunks of comedy and keeping the environment calm and attractive.

The game show offers a maximum cash prize of 1 million in local currency and an attractive pay structure for the fifteen questions which ensures the contestants of taking an ensured money even after answering first few simple questions and then with every next question the money doubles. This strategy has attracted hundreds of people to be part of this show.

Another clever move from the founders of this reality show is to keep the contestants away from the tension of answering in speed n responding in less time. After contestant qualifies for the show then he has to face no speedy responses rather the emphasis of the show is on suspense. The music and lighting even are set in such a way to add in to the suspense level given to the contestants.

Attraction of the show – Who wants to be a millionaire:

Great emphasis has been given on the set and music theme of “Who wants to be a millionaire”. The designers have chosen a unique design of set with host and contestant screens in the middle of the stage surrounded by the panel of next willing contestants with screens with each person. Rest of the rooms is surrounded by audience with digital remotes for the life line -‘Ask the Audience”- thus keeping the audience with the playing guy and host.

The music composed by Duokeith and Mathew Strachan is dramatic and creates suspense with each upcoming question. The music notes changes and gets more dramatic with next difficult question thus increasing with the increasing heartbeat of the contestant.

The lighting effect for the set is so impressive that even the spectators cannot move their eye from the stage. There are spot lights to brighten the contestant when he is about to answer a difficult question and automatically darkening the rest of the set. This quality took the quiz show to the peak of fame.

The host uses the catchy phrases again and again which remains in the minds of the viewer like “is that your final answer” and “I’d like to phone a friend”. This strategy again kept the key things of the show alive in minds of audience.

In March 2006, the producer Celador took a bold move to sell worldwide the rights of “Who wants to be a millionaire”. By doing this the game show became international and hundreds of variants started their versions in their countries. This milestone in the history of gaming program gave a big boost to the show. Celador laid a set of rules for the international variants and this move also went so fruitful.  The rules were that the host will wear Armani suit like UK host Tarrant used to wear. Second rule was the variants will not change the original music and thirdly the lighting system and the set design should be followed exactly like UK version. The international variants followed all the rules and this strategy kept the audience worldwide aware of the original UK based game show.

The show was made more attractive by modificationslike inviting the movie and TV stars and the money they used to win from show was distributed as charities. Thus giving a good social message to the society n common man.

The game show was a hit in every country and got international awards and honors worldwide. This a great milestone in the history of reality shows and it will never leave minds of many generations.

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