History of the Game “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” - UK version

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire first aired in the UK on 4 September 1998. This popular UK quiz show is one of the longest-running and most successful game shows of all time. As the first-ever UK game show to offer an ultimate prize of £1 million, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire is one of the most lucrative game shows in history.


Who Wants to Be a Millionaire has been hosted by strong and talented TV personalities. English radio and television broadcaster, Chris Tarrant, quite the show after hosting it for 15 years from its debut in 1998 until its final episode in 2014. In 2018, the organizers revived the programme, dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the show. As a top presenter in the industry, Tarrant hosted children's television show Tiswas for 7 years, as well as the Capital Radio for 20 solid years.

The series were hosted by English broadcaster Jeremy Clarkson and aired between 6 May and 11 May 2018. Clarkson is a seasoned professional and many will recognise him from his 13 years of co-presenting the BBC TV show Top Gear. He is credited with the resurgence of Top Gear as one of the most popular shows on the BBC. Jeremy Clarkson has become a major public figure since the 1990s, regularly presenting his own shows for BBC on British TV and appearing as a guest on other shows.

Top Prize Winners

2000 Garden designer Judith Keppel became the first person and only woman to win £1,000,000 on the UK version of the programme.
2001 Former physics teacher David Edwards became the first man to win the million pounds. In the same year, Charles Ingram made headlines in Britain after cheating to win the one million pounds jackpot. However, he was later convicted of deception and given a suspended sentence. Later in the year, Robert Brydges became to the third person to walk home with the £1 million prize.
2004 Irish quiz player Pat Gibson, who had lived in the UK for many years, became the fourth contestant to win the £1m jackpot.
2006 British quiz enthusiast Ingram Wilcox became the fifth and most recent contestant to win one million pounds on the show.


  • In 2000, the British Film Institute recognized the UK version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire by ranking it number 23 on its "BFI TV 100" list.
  • The show received the 1999 British Academy Television Award for Best Entertainment Programme.
  • Who Wants to Be a Millionaire was honoured with four National Television Awards for Most Popular Quiz Programme from 2002 to 2005.
  • Chris Tarrant, who hosted the show from 1998 to 2014, won the "Special Recognition" award at the 2000 National Television Awards. He was voted number 38 in ITV's TV's 50 Greatest Stars. Tarrant was also the winner of the "Lifetime Achievement" 2006 UK comedy award.
  • In 2007, current presenter, Jeremy Clarkson, won the National Television Awards Special Recognition Award.

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