Milionerzy (pronounced mē-lē-ō-ne-zhi) (English translation: Millionaires) is a Polish game show based on the original British format of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?. The show is hosted by Hubert Urbański. The main goal of the game is to win 1 million polish zloty by answering 12 multiple-choice questions correctly. When a contestant gets the second question correct, he will leave with at least 1000 zł. When a contestant gets the seventh question correct, he will leave with at least 40 000 zł.
Players are given three lifelines which include fifty fifty (pół na pół), Ask the Audience (pytanie do publiczności) and Phone-A-Friend (telefon do przyjaciela, in 2017 rules called pytanie do przyjaciela meaning Ask-A-Friend, but host still says it's Phone-A-Friend). From September 2009 to December 2010 Phone-A-Friend was replaced with Ask the Expert (pytanie do eksperta). From March to December 2010, contestants could choose to play in Risk mode, which would give them a fourth lifeline, Switch the Question (zmiana pytania), but 40 000 zł will not be a guaranteed sum.
The first edition (series 1-4) of Milionerzy was produced by Endemol and was broadcast from 3 September 1999 to 26 January 2003. This edition used old-standard 15-question format, with 1000 zł guaranteed after 5th correct answer, and 32 000 zł guaranteed after 10th correct answer. The second edition (series 5-10) was produced by Intergalactic and was broadcast from 19 January 2008 to 19 December 2010. A third edition (series 11 onward) premiered on 9th February 2017 and it was produced by Jake Vision.
From 2008 to 2010, it was shown every Saturday and Sunday at 6 PM (UTC+1) on the Polish commercial television station TVN and from 2017, it's shown from Monday to Thursday at 8:55 PM (UTC+1).
|Series||No. of episodes||Time of broadcast||Length of episode||Format|
|1||1 - 175 (175)||3rd September 1999 - 28th June 2000||~25-45 minutes||Standard|
|2||176 - 379 (204)||28th August 2000 - 1st July 2001||~30 minutes|
|3||380 - 499 (120)||1st September 2001 - 30th June 2002|
|4||500 - 537 (38)||1st September 2002 - 26th January 2003||~25 minutes|
|5||538 - 585 (48)||19th January - 22nd June 2008||~42 minutes||12-question|
|6||586 - 615 (30)||6th September - 14th December 2008|
|7||616 - 641 (26)||7th March - 31st May 2009|
|8||642 - 658 (17)||6th September - 28th December 2009|
|9||659 - 673 (15)||7th March - 27th June 2010||12-question or|
|10||674 - 688 (15)||12th September - 19th December 2010|
|11||689 - 746 (58)||9th February - 18th May 2017||~25 minutes|
|12||747 - 801 (55)||5th September - 7th December 2017|
|13||802 - 859 (58)||13th February - 24th May 2018|
|14||860 - 915 (56)||3rd September - 6th December 2018|
|15||916 - 970 (55)||25th February - 30th May 2019|
|16||971 - 1026 (56)||2nd September - 5th December 2019|
|17||1027 - 1042 (16)||2nd - 26th March 2020|
|18||1043 - ? (?)||September 2020 - ?|
From series 5 (19.01.2008-present) (In series 9 and 10 (07.03-19.12.2010), the contestant could choose the risk mode) of Milionerzy, there are twelve questions which go like this:
|Amount Lost for a|
Value (risk, 2010)
|Amount Lost for a|
Wrong Answer (risk, 2010)
|1||500 zł||0 zł||0 zł||0 zł||0 zł||0 zł|
|2||1000 zł||500 zł||500 zł||500 zł|
|3||2000 zł||1000 zł||1000 zł||0 zł||1000 zł||0 zł|
|4||5000 zł||2000 zł||1000 zł||1000 zł|
|5||10 000 zł||5000 zł||4000 zł||4000 zł|
|6||20 000 zł||10 000 zł||9000 zł||9000 zł|
|7||40 000 zł||20 000 zł||19 000 zł||19 000 zł|
|8||75 000 zł||40 000 zł||40 000 zł||0 zł||39 000 zł|
|9||125 000 zł||75 000 zł||35 000 zł||74 000 zł|
|10||250 000 zł||125 000 zł||85 000 zł||124 000 zł|
|11||500 000 zł||250 000 zł||210 000 zł||249 000 zł|
|12||1 000 000 zł||500 000 zł||460 000 zł||499 000 zł|
In series 1 - 4 (03.09.1999-26.01.2003) of Milionerzy, there were fifteen questions which went like this:
|Amount Lost for a|
|1||100 zł||0 zł||0 zł||0 zł|
|2||200 zł||100 zł||100 zł|
|3||300 zł||200 zł||200 zł|
|4||500 zł||300 zł||300 zł|
|5||1000 zł||500 zł||500 zł|
|6||2000 zł||1000 zł||1000 zł||0 zł|
|7||4000 zł||2000 zł||1000 zł|
|8||8000 zł||4000 zł||3000 zł|
|9||16 000 zł||8000 zł||7000 zł|
|10||32 000 zł||16 000 zł||15 000 zł|
|11||64 000 zł||32 000 zł||32 000 zł||0 zł|
|12||125 000 zł||64 000 zł||32 000 zł|
|13||250 000 zł||125 000 zł||93 000 zł|
|14||500 000 zł||250 000 zł||218 000 zł|
|15||1 000 000 zł||500 000 zł||468 000 zł|
Appearance and changes of appearance
From 1999 until 2003 the Milionerzy set was changed three times. For the revived series in 2008 a fourth design was used, based on the "Rave" set used internationally.
The first logo of Milionerzy from 1999 was very different to the usual model in other editions of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?. It was a violet rhombus on one of vertexes and overlapping rings on background of a horizontal "Milionerzy" caption.  The second one, modelled on the traditional style, is round with green question marks. It was introduced with the changes of credits and scenography in 2000.
The first and second version of the opening credits were similar with people looking and aiming on the Milionerzy logo, based on the original British title sequence. From 2008, the opening credits of the programme were changed to the Rave sequence. Milionerzy never adopted a title sequence based on the 2004 British one.
Except for the opening credits, no big changes were made on graphics and sounds. The new edition has refreshed graphics: the fields with questions and answers are navy-blue and blue (earlier black) and smaller than in first edition of Milionerzy, and the field with won prize is blue (earlier brown and navy-blue). Also some sound effects and music we can hear in the background when player answers a question changed.
The second edition of Milionerzy was recorded in the TVP studio in Kraków, 44, Nowohucka St. The first edition was recorded in the Warsaw-based WFDiF studio, 21, Chełmcka St. from 1999 until 2001 in the TVP studio on 17, Woronicza St until 2003.
Questions for million zlotys
In Milionerzy, sixteen questions for one million zlotys appeared, three times while celebrity couples appreard in special episodes. Fourteen times the player or celebrity couple walked away, and one time (in special edition with participation of children), the player answered the question incorrectly. Only three contestants were able to answer their question correctly and win the top prize.
For all of the questions see: Milionerzy/Final Questions
Top prize and biggest winners in Milionerzy
The list is sorted chronologically and only 250 000 zł prizes and bigger are shown:
|Date of showing||Series||Prize||Player's name|
|5th March 2000||1||250 000 zł||Krzysztof Karwowski|
|5th May 2000||250 000 zł||Jarosław Olejnicki|
|8th October 2000||2||250 000 zł||Marek Janowski|
|21st October 2000||500 000 zł||Władysław Kostrzewski|
|17th February 2001||250 000 zł||Stanisław Pietrasiewicz|
|28th February 2001||250 000 zł||Katarzyna Dobras|
|12th March 2001||250 000 zł||Jerzy Zadrożny|
|21st May 2001||500 000 zł||Zbigniew Chrzanowski|
|24th September 2001||3||250 000 zł||Tomasz Micorek|
|14th October 2001||500 000 zł||Jerzy Mirski|
|16th December 2001||250 000 zł||Artur Wiśniewski|
|25th December 2001||250 000 zł|| Edyta Olszówka and Olaf Lubaszenko|
|9th February 2002||250 000 zł||Szczepan Gardecki|
|23th September 2002||4||250 000 zł|| Gogoł family|
|25th December 2002||250 000 zł|| Aleksandra Woźniak and Rafał Królikowski|
|29th March 2008||5||250 000 zł||Elżbieta Orłowska|
|5th April 2008||500 000 zł||Paulina Kowalczyk|
|27th April 2008||250 000 zł||Dorota Kwiecińska|
|18th May 2008||500 000 zł||Dagna Sieńko|
|7th September 2008||6||250 000 zł||Marek Kraśnicki|
|22nd November 2008||500 000 zł||Rafał Tomański|
|7th December 2008||500 000 zł|| Renata Dancewicz and Piotr Adamczyk|
|19th April 2009||7||250 000 zł||Marcin Bobrowski|
|25th April 2009||500 000 zł||Marzena Rogowska|
|1st November 2009||8||250 000 zł||Tomasz Radko|
|28th December 2009||250 000 zł|| Szymon Hołownia and Marcin Prokop|
|28th March 2010||9||1 000 000 zł||Krzysztof Wójcik|
|2nd May 2010||250 000 zł||Jakub Tomys|
|20th June 2010||250 000 zł||Jędrzej Wiczkowski|
|10th October 2010||10||250 000 zł||Magdalena Lula|
|24th October 2010||500 000 zł||Katarzyna Zaręba|
|19th December 2010||500 000 zł|| Karolina Korwin-Piotrowska and Michał Piróg|
|8th March 2017||11||250 000 zł||Jakub Rudnicki|
|15th March 2017||500 000 zł||Sonia Ciuk|
|29th March 2017||250 000 zł||Katarzyna Kołaczkowska|
|12th April 2017||250 000 zł||Ilona Rasińska|
|15th April 2017||500 000 zł||Kinga Rusin and Piotr Kraśko|
|14th September 2017||12||250 000 zł||Alicja Bańczyk|
|16th October 2017||500 000 zł||Remigiusz Skubisz|
|25th October 2017||250 000 zł||Agnieszka Dachterska|
|8th November 2017||250 000 zł||Maciej Krawiec|
|7th December 2017||500 000 zł||Zbigniew Zamachowski and Borys Szyc|
|21st February 2018||13||250 000 zł||Hanna Czapla|
|21st March 2018||1 000 000 zł||Maria Romanek|
|27th March 2018||250 000 zł||Magdalena Rybicka|
|28th March 2018||250 000 zł||Andrzej Gręziak|
|18th April 2018||250 000 zł||Bartosz Kołecki|
|25th April 2018||250 000 zł||Łukasz Półrolniczak|
|5th September 2018||14||250 000 zł||Tomasz Otręba|
|10th September 2018||500 000 zł||Dominik Komorek|
|3rd December 2018||250 000 zł||Judyta Perczak|
|26th February 2019||15||250 000 zł||Anna Cichosz|
|4th March 2019||500 000 zł||Maksymilian Bilewicz|
|14th March 2019||1 000 000 zł||Katarzyna Kant-Wysocka|
|21st March 2019||250 000 zł||Joanna Liszowska and Tomasz Sapryk|
|25th April 2019||250 000 zł||Bartłomiej Marcjaniak|
|3rd September 2019||16||250 000 zł||Joanna Szczudlik-Kowalczyk|
|4th September 2019||250 000 zł||Ewa Kamarad|
|12th September 2019||250 000 zł||Filip Olszówka|
|26th September 2019||250 000 zł||Dawid Tusiński|
|16th October 2019||250 000 zł||Dorota Rutkowska-Skwara|
|23rd October 2019||250 000 zł||Zbigniew Górski|
|29th October 2019||250 000 zł||Agata Langowska|
|14th November 2019||250 000 zł||Jolanta Glinka-Kalisz|
|4th March 2020||17||250 000 zł||Mikołaj Wieczorek|
|5th March 2020||250 000 zł||Hanna Przydatek|
|11th March 2020||250 000 zł||Magdalena Ziółek|
|16th March 2020||500 000 zł||Marcin Kot|
For all winners see: Milionerzy/List of Winners
- Wojciech Bir was a contestant who won 64 000 zł.
|16 000 zł (9 of 15) - Not Timed|
| Hydrogen cyanide, so called prussic acid, smells like:|
'Phone-A-Friend' lifeline used
|• A: Atropa belladonna||• B: Anise|
|• C: Bitter almonds||• D: Durian|
|Wojciech didn't know, so he called his friend Michał Małecki. At first, he also didn't know, after 15 seconds he guessed A:, but Lucyna Siudym, who was sitting in the same room as Michał, said it's 100% C:.|
'50:50' lifeline was used probably at 32 000 zł question, which was skipped.
|64 000 zł (11 of 15) - Not Timed|
|The Channel Islands are dependencies of:|
|• A: France||• B: United Kingdom|
|• C: Denmark||• D: Belgium|
|125 000 zł (12 of 15) - Not Timed|
| Which famous writer, actor and jazz musician hid under pseudonym Sullivan?|
'Ask The Audience' lifeline used
|• A: Vladimir Vysotsky||• B: Boris Vian|
|• C: Jack Kerouac||• D: Al Weber|
|Ask the Audience Results: A: 10% • B: 16% • C: 6% • D: 68%|
|After using 'Ask The Audience' lifeline, Wojciech said D: was his final answer, but when Hubert Urbański asked for locking answer D:, the contestant said 'No, no.' Episode ends, in the next one Wojciech shows a VHS with his gameplay, at which he said he had an inkling it's B: and decided to walk away. The correct answer was B:.|
Records and faux pas
- In Milionerzy, the record was, when, first time in second series, all contestants answered correctly in the Fastest Finger First round at question "Put the following Australian cities in alphabetical order."
- In Milionerzy, the record for going the farthest without using a lifeline was:
- In the first run (1999-2003), in normal episode it was 250 000 zł (or 500 000 zł). The contestant, Waldemar Myszkiewicz won 32 000 zł after an incorrect answer to the 500 000 zł question (maybe without touching any lifeline).
- In special episodes, it was 500 000 zł. The contestant, Filip Łapiński won 32 000 zł, after an incorrect answer to the million zlotys question.See the Questions for million zlotys articles' parts for more informations
- In the second run (2008-2010), it was 125 000 zł. Two contestants, Paulina Kowalczyk and Rafał Tomański both won 500 000 zł, having 2 lifelines on a final question (50:50 and Audience).See the Questions for million zlotys articles' parts for more informations
- In third run (since 2017), two contestants went up to 125 000 zł without touching lifeline. Łukasz Połrolniczak won 250 000 zł, while Łukasz Sieciński lost on 250 000 zł after an incorrect help of an audience.
- In Milionerzy there were three occasions in which a player lost because of a bad question and were bought back to play again.
- The first player, Janusz Kornecki was asked for 32 000 zł, "Who invented the steam engine exploiting circular motion?". He went for James Watt, but correct answer was Charles Algernon Parsons. After complaining to program's producers, his answer was recognized as correct. The player won a guaranteed 32 000 zł. However, he was asked for 64 000 zł, "Who was the founder of The Police?". He answered Sting, but the correct answer was Stewart Copeland. Again Kornecki complaining to program's producers. This time he thought, that both answers were correct. 
- The second player, Waldemar Jabłoński was asked, "How many cuts are on kaiser rolls?" for 500 zł. He answered "4," but the correct answer was "5," so he won nothing.  After it was recognizing that his answer was correct, he answered the next question incorrectly and left with nothing again.
- The third player was asked a question about author of the picture: "The Luncheon on the Grass" and answered Claude Monet, but correct answer was Édouard Manet. However, Monet also painted a lesser known picture with the same title, so the player was allowed to continue playing.
- In series 11, Ola Bojarska also lost because of a bad question. The question "Which of these men did not appear in a feature-length movie before becoming a president?" got 4 possible answers: Ronald Reagan, Donald Trump, Lech Kaczyński and Vaclav Havel. Discarding Reagan and Trump, contestant selected Kaczyński, losing her money, because the correct answer was assigned to Havel. The contestant got a backlash from people about not knowing Polish cinematography (Lech Kaczyński starred with his twin brother in 1962 movie O dwóch takich, co ukradli księżyc, eng. About those two, who stole a moon, based on Kornel Makuszyński's book), but it was proven later that the alleged correct answer was wrong, because the 1965 Czechoslovakian comedy Každý mladý muž (eng. Every young man) featured one character portrayed by Vaclav Havel. Despite the badly set question, as of 2018, she haven't been brought back for replay.
- In Milionerzy, some players answered their first questions incorrectly.
- In the first version of Milionerzy, one player got the question, "How people in Poland state a person who is calm and shaky?" and he answered "anielska woda" (angelic water) instead of the correct answer, "cicha woda" (still water).
- In the second version, one player was asked, "A penitent is a person acceding to…" and answered "judicial process", but the correct answer was "confession".
- Another player got a question about the breed of Ludwik Dorn's dog. After using all lifelines, he answered French Bulldog, which was incorrect. The correct answer was Giant Schnauzer.
- In 2017 Kuba Gołębiowski was asked to complete the lyrics of polish song call "Góralu czy Ci nie żal...". He was confident that it was "porzucać lasów i hal", but it was the wrong answer. The correct answer was "odchodzić od stron ojczystych".
- There were occasions in which the audience gets a question wrong. Three players decided to trust the audience and ended up answering incorrectly. Two of them each won a guaranteed 1000 zł while one left the studio with nothing. One more player decided to walk away with 8000 zł.