Millionaire

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Led by a Year 6 boy, these children were filmed at a Sheffield school playground in 2010 re-enacting the television game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? The television programme was first aired in the UK in 1998 and is hosted by Chris Tarrant, who is clearly the model for the game’s leader in the playground version. He uses many of Tarrant’s catchphrases and at intervals sings the tension-building music used in the programme. The main players in the game demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the show’s format and rules, including the use of ‘lifelines’, such as ’50-50’, offered to help the contestant when they are unsure of the correct answer. The leader of the game draws on the TV programme’s quiz book for his questions, but the orchestration of the show as a playground game is very much the children’s own.

Transcript

Transcript

Boy:

[Sings Who Wants to be a Millionaire? theme song].

Hello, welcome to Who Wants to be a Millionaire?, the game show that tests your knowledge. Okey-doke, so here we are, the A team player … Joe? We have seven contestants here, all ready for one chance to play for One million pounds. Okey-doke. Okay, fastest finger first, four options, one question. Get them in the right order and the fastest one, you get a chance to play for the magic million. Okey-doke, here’s your first question. Okay, audience, please be quiet in the audience. Let them concentrate.

Okay, here we go. Starting with the largest, put these boxes in order of traditional size. Dun-dun-dun, horsebox, shoebox, telephone box, matchbox. Put your hands up when you’ve done it.

[Humming]

Time is up, time is up. Okey-doke, put your hand up if you managed to get, one, two, we got two, okey-doke. Let’s have a look at the answers for fastest finger first. Okay, the right answer was [inaudible]. Okay, so the right answer was horsebox.

[Children cheering]

[inaudible] and matchbox. Put your hands up if you managed to get that right [more cheering]. Joseph, you put your hand up in the quickest time. Joseph, you are playing Who Wants to be a Millionaire?

[children talking between themselves]

Alright, Joseph, please come over here. We’re about to play Who Wants to be a Millionaire? Okay, Joseph, are you ready?

Joseph:

Yes.

Boy:

11 questions this time. One million pounds. Are you ready? Let’s play Who Wants to be a Millionaire? dun-dun-dun-dun-dun. Okey-doke,
Thailand is a country on which continent; Africa, Europe, North America, Asia?

You can only get them once. Who are you going to go for?

Joseph:

Asia.

Boy:

That’s the last chance you’re going to change you answer. Good job you gave me the right answer. One thousand pounds. dun-dun-dun-dun-der. [cheering] Okey-doke, question number two is worth two thousand pounds. Here we go. Luke Skywalker is a character in which science fiction film; the Matrix, Star Wars, Alien …

Joseph:

Star Wars.

Boy:

The Terminator? Final answer? I can tell you that the answer you gave me was the right one, so you’ve just won. Okay, question number three, question three of a possible 11 is worth £4,000. Which of these countries does not have a coastline … shhh … Which of these countries does not have a coastline; Spain, France, Austria, Portugal? Dun-dun-dun-dun-dun-dun-dun. You have ‘50/50’, ‘phone a friend’ and ‘ask the audience’. It’s worth £4,000. If you give the wrong answer you lose £1,000 of the £2,000 you already have. Dun-dun-dun-dun-dun.

Joseph:

I’m going to go 50/50.

Boy:

Alright, computer take away two answers, leaving just the right answer and one remaining wrong answer. Which of these countries does not have a coastline? Is it Spain or Austria? You have ‘phone a friend’ and you can ‘ask the audience’.

Joseph:

Austria.

Boy:

Final answer?

Joseph:

Yeah.

Boy:

You had £2,000. That correct answer means you’ve doubled your money to £4,000.

[Cheering]

Boy:

Der-der-der-der-der. There we go, he has £4,000. Question four of a possible 11 is worth £8,000. Let’s have a look. In which English city … In which English city was the Crystal Palace built in 1851; Brimingham, Liverpool, London, Bath? Shh. You have two lifelines, ‘ask the audience’ and ‘phone a friend’. What are you going to do? Stop it! What are you going to … no, no, you can’t listen to them unless you ‘phone a friend’ or ‘ask the audience’. You can walk away with £4,000.

[Audience of children shouting]

Joseph:

Enough!

Boy:

What are you going to go for? Do what you think. Stop it!

Girl:

You’re spoiling it!

Boy:

What are you going to go for? Are you taking their advice or are you going for? Final answer?

Joseph:

Yes.

Boy:

You had £4,000. You now have £8,000.

[Audience cheers]

Boy:

Shh. Der-der-der-der. So now he has £8,000. Question number five is worth £16,000. Which of these is a unit of computer memory; megamunch, meganibble, megabyte, megasnack?

Joseph:

Megabyte.

Boy:

Final answer?

Joseph:

Yes.

Boy:

If this is the wrong answer you’ll lose £7,000. Now £16,000. Dun-dun-dun-dun-dun-dun-dun. There you go, £16,000 now. Joseph, you are just one question away from your next guaranteed safety net of £32,000. Here is your question. How many major planets are there in the solar system, five--, ssh, ssh. How many major planets are there in the solar system; 5, 9, 15, 20?

Joseph:

I think I’ve got my answer.

Boy:

What are you going to go for?

Joseph:

Nine.

Boy:

Final answer?

Joseph:

Yeah.

Boy:

If this is the right answer you’ll guarantee yourself £32,000. It is.

[Audience cheering]

Boy:

Dun-dun-dun-dun-dun-dun.

Female:

What’s the book you’ve got there, Joseph? What’s the book?

Joseph:

It’s Millionaire book. He has £32,000.

Title:
Millionaire
Date:
2010
Duration:
9:23
Format:
Video
Copyright:
© British Library
Held by:
British Library

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