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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
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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