• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

"Analyse the techniques used to create tension and viewer enjoyment in 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?'"

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Matthew Foley "Analyse the techniques used to create tension and viewer enjoyment in 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?'" The word 'quiz' has a number of different possible origins. One of these is that it has originated from 'Qui es?', translated to "Who are you?" from Latin. The word 'quiz' was then incorporated within a radio show to begin with and later, television, to become the 'quiz show'. The quiz show itself has been around for over seventy years and has progressed a great deal from the radio show promoting pocket soups to the instantly recognisable dominant question/answer sessions of today, now offering prizes up to a million pounds. During the latter part of the 1990s and the early part of the 2000s, quiz shows began to offer larger amounts of money than before, such as, 'The Vault', 'The Chair', and 'The Weakest Link', although, by far the biggest amount being given out on these quiz shows were on 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?' This essay will focus on 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?', in particular, analysing the techniques used to create tension and viewer enjoyment in this show. This show was first aired on ITV on September 4th 1998, and is hosted by Chris Tarrant. The programme's Unique Selling Point is the fact that it gives out a maximum prize of one million pounds, one of the largest prizes available on any quiz show. ...read more.

Middle

This heightens the tension by revealing how nervous the contestant actually is, and is combined with other elements such as louder background music to intensify the tension as a whole. Another close-up used is of Chris Tarrant. This increases the tension as he can occasionally become nervous, indicating that there is high tension. The main close-up used, by far, is a close-up of the cheque in the host's hand. This is by far the most tension-increasing close-up as it shows us Tarrant's hand, the cheque, the contestant's hand and the immediate surroundings, these being the two computer screens and part of the chairs. This, added with the other close-up of Tarrant, the background music and the loud sound effects create an all-round tense experience. A different type of camera shot that is used occasionally on the show is a medium shot. A medium shot is a camera angle that is not as zoomed-in as a close-up, but is not as zoomed-out as a wide angled shot, resulting in an all round image. The most common medium shot used is one depicting the stage before the contestant comes to the seat, showing the remaining contestants who failed in 'Fastest Finger First', a small section of the audience, the surrounding stage and the host and the contestant walking towards the stage from the 'tunnel'. This heightens the tension as it shows the reaction of the audience during 'Ask The Audience' and reveals whether they know the answer or not. ...read more.

Conclusion

Chris Tarrant stresses that the show may be live regularly, and the confusion that this places into the audiences mind can cause tension. Repetition is used regularly throughout the show, with phrases such as "...but we don't want to give you that..." and "We'll take a break, join us again in a couple of minutes for the next part of tonight's 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?'" being heard throughout the show. This repetition is now well known and many people now know these phrases. These heighten the viewer enjoyment as many people now associate these phrases with this show, and can instantly recognise it purely from these phrases. The main phrase repeated is "Anyone can win", and this is stressed throughout the show, thus adding to the viewer enjoyment. In conclusion, "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" has been so outstandingly popular as it offers such huge prizes, amounting up to a million pounds, one of the biggest prizes of all time, and it is continually stressed that anyone can win this prize money. In my opinion, this show is an established ruler of the 'quiz show' format and can always bring in the ratings, even when it is criticised. There is no reason why a television quiz should not offer such large amounts of money if it is as popular as this, because this show brings in such massive viewers ratings that it should give out such large prizes. Ultimately, 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?' has evolved from an unknown show sinking into depression, into the commanding, profit-gaining, unrivalled tyrant of the 'quiz show' that it is today. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Plays section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Plays essays

  1. In this Essay I am going to watch four different documentaries, all with different ...

    Clues are given to how the events could have happened and possible outcomes are mentioned.

  2. The author Michael Frayn has used many different devices in order to sustain the ...

    The world is seen differently through the eyes of a child and by using this technique it simply gives the audience almost like another persons view. It is an unreliable narrator, he can't quite remember all that has happened, and this illustrates to us he is mystified and disorientated.

  1. DIGITAL SPECIAL EFFECTS

    group had the chance to act as her whilst the rest of us represent what their talking about and their feelings. In the beginning we all sat down to ask, answer and discuss issues concerning our character and what exactly we want to show in the play.

  2. Game Shows and Quiz Shows

    The set will be made with metal so it looks very modern. The audience will be sat around the edge of the arena, so they can participate in the games and there will be a lot of relating with the audience throughout the program.

  1. Evaluating The Silence Of The Lambs.

    realistic characters to build up suspense and tension as much as possible. This helps fit in with the audience expectations about the thriller genre. The framing and editing used in this film is when the camera angles switch alternatively and faster.

  2. Improvisation Techniques

    My Birthday! 30th November 2000 How the day went? -5/10 Well it's 10:58pm and I can't sleep. If I try then I will just cry myself to sleep after today. Yeah diary I know it was my birthday but it was the worst day of my life!

  1. Why is who wants to be a millionaire so popular?

    At this point Chris Tarrant's tone of voice and behaviour does not change although later on in the round, when the contestant reaches the thousand pound mark, his tone of voice and behaviour changes to serious. That is an indication that the contestant should not be making any rash decisions, and because the questions are worth more money.

  2. Drama Coursework: Absurdism Freeze Frames We used freeze frames ...

    And he said he would prefer me to her. This was a big storyline that lasted for all of the play, from the beginning to the end. The theme of jealousy was shown well by Adrian, playing a convincing evil role to split us up. She kept moving from one character to another quickly.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work