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ITV ends “Millionaire” after 15-year run

UK broadcaster ITV is drawing its long-running game show series Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? to a close, after 15 years on air.
October 23, 2013

UK broadcaster ITV is drawing its long-running game show series Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? to a close, after 15 years on air.

The network made the decision after UK host Chris Tarrant – who has been with the show since its inception – announced his decision to leave.

In a statement, Tarrant said: “It’s been a huge part of my life for 15 years and I’ve loved every minute of it, but it is time for me to move on from Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?

“I am privileged to have been a part of it, but do now feel that it is time for me to call it a day.”

The UK version of the series was produced by Celador from 1998 to 2007, by 2waytraffic from 2007 to 2010, and by Victory Television from 2011 to 2013. Since its launch in 1998, five people have won the British show’s top prize of £1 million (US$1.61 million).

The show has been broadcast in 120 territories around the world and has been made in 83 different languages, while also serving as the inspiration for the Oscar-winning movie Slumdog Millionaire.

ITV has stated that there will be no further specials for the show beyond the ones which have already been planned.

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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