Returning: Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?

Primetime game show specials on Nine will feature frontline workers, celebrities & sports stars.

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? specials will screen on Nine soon.

Eddie McGuire hosts the primetime specials which will feature celebrities, sports people and frontline workers.

First up is a Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? frontline workers special with emergency service professionals and volunteers, including those who served during bushfires and COVID-19.

Amongst two celebrity specials features actors Rachel Griffiths with Rhys Muldoon, television and radio personalities Red Symons with Wilbur Wilde, actors Stephen Curry with Bernard Curry, radio hosts Will McMahon and Woody Whitelaw, actor Samuel Johnson with novelist Hilde Hinton and music siblings Ella & Jessie Hooper -both Rachel Griffiths & Red Symons originally competed in a celebrity challenge back in 2000.

A sports star special features Andrew Gaze,  Gary Ablett Jr, Tayla Harris,  Billy Slater, Geva Mentor, Mack Horton and Jess Gallagher – expected later this year.

Eddie McGuire said: “We are starting the year with a bang. Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? swept the nation after it premiered in 1999 and is still the greatest quiz show of all time.

“It is a joy to bring the format back to raise money for charities with some of Australia’s best celebrities and sport stars. It is also humbling to be able to give Australia’s incredible frontline workers a chance to take home big money.”

Frontline workers special: Monday, January 25, 7.30pm
Celebrity specials: Monday February 1 and Tuesday February 2, 8.30pm on Nine.

10 Responses

  1. A return of the original format is long overdue. I detest Hot Seat and stopped watching it years ago as Eddie blatantly (and frequently) drops “hints” whenever the contestant has chosen a wrong answer. Too many undeserving contestants have walked away with big bucks as a result. Fair enough that (in the original format) he gently “recommends” a lifeline for the early questions to give the contestants a chance to reconsider and avoid humiliating themselves, but that leniency should not be extended after the first safe level of $1,000.

    Nine tried the original format in the 5.30 slot years ago (mid 2000s?) which failed, but I think the main reason for that is that they didn’t have a timer, and so they had a tendency to waffle on and not get many questions answered in 21 minutes of net screen time. I would consider watching it again if the original format were to return on a…

      1. The UK version often has pairs on celebrity specials, they sit together opposite the host and come up with an answer between them. No doubt Wilbur will be deferring to Red most of the time…

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