Life-Lines Have Gone For 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire'

Once a show to have the family nestled around the TV shouting A, B, C or D, 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire' has had the lights dimmed for a final time. The show that has ran for over a decade will have the plug pulled tonight. 

Chris Tarrant outside the ITV studios
Chris Tarrant "Won't be hugely sad" about the show's ending

The show has slowly become less of an anticipated watch over the years, yet ran a lot longer than expected. The Telegraph interviewed the original host Chris Tarrant OBE on why he believes the show has come to the final stop. Tarrant believed it was due to the economic climate of Britain: 'As a nation we've stopped gambling. People were saying, 'I've got 10 grand, I'm not going to risk that'. I only gave away £80,000 in three nights.'

67-year-old Tarrant has been in the television and radio business for most of his life. Formerly the king of Capital Radio, the host of 'It's Not What You Know' and 'The Colour of Money' has admitted, 'I'll miss it but I won't be hugely sad'. The element of reality TV has definitely stepped into the shoes of game show slots. He has been a well-known face from the shows of the seventies and, recently, his messy divorce from Ingrid Dupre, who scored half of Tarrant's £25,000,000 fortune. However, that time has passed and, although being advised to settle down for retirement, Tarrant says, 'The reality at the moment is that I'm so busy I can't think.'

The show only provided five winners of £1,000,000 pounds (the last being in 2006). It also had a very unique episode in which Charles Ingram tried to exploit the TV show with the help of a fellow contestant and his wife. Coughing and spluttering could be heard from the audience, as the hazy answers were falling from Ingram's mouth; the three ended up serving jail time. 

The last showing of 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire' will be on ITV on 4th February 2014. 

Chris Tarrant at Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards
Chris Tarrant has presented the show from the beginning


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