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

Why is who wants to be a millionaire so popular?

Extracts from this document...


Why is who wants to be a millionaire so popular? Introduction There are many different types of games shows on the TV. The most popular one is 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire' although there are other varieties, like 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?', 'Shooting Stars', and 'The Weakest Link'. People enjoy game shows and quiz shows because of the chance of winning and prizes if they get on it, also to see if they can answer the questions. The different shows can be categorised into groups. If they cover sport, then it would be a sports quiz show, and if they are funny they would be a comedy quiz show. With serious quiz shows like Who Wants To Be A Millionaire and The Weakest Link, the contestants are usually ordinary people. Only a few times do they have celebrities on the show, and even then the money they win goes to charity. The more light hearted shows, like Shooting Stars, have just celebrities as contestants and they don't win money, but they do some times win miscellaneous items and points. These shows are mainly for entertainment of the viewer rather than that of cash prizes or materialistic value. Who Wants To Be A Millionaire is different from other game shows because the prize money is so great, which adds viewer suspense. By comparison the weakest link, offers up to fifteen thousand pounds prize money, although usually the contestants only win about two and a half thousand pounds. ...read more.


As I have shown below. Question 1 - �100 Question 2 - �200 Question 3 - �300 Question 4 - �500 Question 5 - �1,000 Milestone Question Question 6 - �2,000 Question 7 - �4,000 Question 8 - �8,000 Question 9 - �16,000 Question 10 - �32,000 Milestone Question Question 11 - �64,000 Question 12 - �125,000 Question 13 - �250,000 Question 14 - �500,000 Question 15 - �1,000,000 Milestone Question When the contestant reaches a milestone question, that means that they are guaranteed that money when they answer that question. In the first rounds Chris Tarrant is humorous and jokes with the contestant. As the round progresses, he becomes more serious as the contestants are under more pressure and mistakes could be made. There is only one kind of prize, money. In the earlier rounds, before �1,000, there can sometimes be question which is quite difficult, often known as 'the pig'. The contestants have three lifelines, all of which they can use at any time in the game and this is the question most people use their first lifeline on, usually the lifeline they use first is the fifty, fifty lifeline which takes away two incorrect answers. I think they use that one because they ask the audience and phone a friend one's are more useful for harder questions. Contestants The kind of age group in Who Wants To Be A Millionaire is around 25 to 45, the average social class would be middle class people. ...read more.


and then to a steady rhythmic beat like a heart beat. That gives a little bit of suspense before Chris Tarrant tells them if they have got it right or not. The camera work in the show, in the beginning before any contestants start, the camera shows you the whole set including the audience, but, when it starts the camera is mostly on the contestants and Chris Tarrant. Occasionally, the camera shows the contestants' partner when the get to a milestone question or when the contestant is not one hundred percent sure of his answer. Who wants to be a millionaire's marketing is on many platforms, TV, radio, games and computer games. There are lots of ways for people to play the games and see if it is the same as on the TV. In conclusion, I think people watch Who Wants To Be A Millionaire because of the different aspects and techniques in the show. The cumulative effect of all the different aspects in the show make it interesting and not like other quiz shows. The audience at home have a chance of appearing on the show and have a chance to win a lot of money. The armchair quiz players have the ability to see how much money they would have won, if they had gone on the show. Who Wants To Be A Millionaire appeals to a wide rage of audience, because almost everyone can answer the questions at the beginning of the show, so the whole family can join in. ...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. Game Shows and Quiz Shows

    The prizes need to be good and make people want to play on the game, and the better the prizes, the more people push to get better scores. This makes the game more exciting and challenging. The prizes I have decided to have in my game is money and a holiday.

  2. Champagne or sparkling wine, is it worth the extra £10?

    compared like for like with Champagne, for the reason that they are made using different methods of production. While Champagne is painstakingly produced to exacting standards with some of the fermentation occurring in the very bottle, with cheaper sparkling wines, it is likely that they have been mass produced and

  1. Comparing the two popular television game shows 'Who wants to be a millionaire?', shown ...

    Each time they answer a question, they win more money, and there are certain points at which that amount of money is guaranteed at the end. If they answer any question wrong, they go down to their last 'set' amount of money and the game is over, but they have some things to give them help.

  2. Analyse and comment on the effectiveness of the media devices used to control the ...

    finger 'round the background colour is purple connoting richness, quality and signifying calmness. As the game progresses the questions become harder and the lighting is completely blacked out on all audience. When a question is asked during 'ask the audience' the lights also change, with lights flashing on the audience to create suspense.

  1. Gladiator Trailer

    This is because a heavy drumbeat is a reminiscent of battle. The first actual shot of the trailer is of the words 'THE GENERAL' is then shown in bold whit capital letters. I t stands out upon the black background. The words move back and eventually fade into the background.

  2. "Analyse the techniques used to create tension and viewer enjoyment in 'Who Wants to ...

    The preliminary round of the show is called 'Fastest Finger First'. This title has been ingeniously used in that the alliteration in the title has been used to emphasise the speed needed in this round, as it is very short, approximately 10 seconds in length.

  1. Analyse the quiz shows,

    Her dress is always very black but formal this sets the scene for the show, making it dim all the way through. This is completely different from the Wheel of Fortune's host, Nicky Campbell. He is very friendly and polite with all of the contestants and likes to chat to

  2. Audience - games/ quiz shows

    Moreover the producers of the game/quiz shows were specialists as they knew what they were doing. They were very smart because if the show was unsuccessful at that time then the producers, directors etc knew what to include and present in the future to increase the amount of audience watching the different game/quiz shows.

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