Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? was the Irish version for English-speaking people of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?. Broadcast on RTÉ One from October 17, 2000 to March 29, 2002.

Fastest Finger First

The 10 contestants are given a question and four answers, and must put those answers in the correct order, within 20 seconds. After the time is up, the computer will then give the correct order, check who got it right, and flash the contestant who got it in the fastest time; that contestant advances to the hot seat.

Lifelines

There were 3 lifelines available to all contestants.

  • 50:50: The computer eliminates two incorrect answers, leaving one incorrect answer and the correct answer.
  • Phone-A-Friend: The contestant calls one of up to 3 friends, who provided their phone numbers in advance. The contestant has 30 seconds to read the question and answer choices to the friend, who then has the remaining time to offer input.
  • Ask the Audience: Audience members use touch pads to designate what they believe the correct answer to be. The audience choosing each specific option is displayed to the contestant.

Seasons

  • Season 1 (26 episodes, October 17, 2000 - December 31, 2001)
  • Season 2 (January 2 - March 29, 2002)

Money Trees

October 17, 2000 - December 31, 2001

Question
No.
Correct Answer
Value
Walk Away
Value
Miss Answer
Value
Amount Lost for a
Wrong Answer
1 £100 £0 £0 £0
2 £200 £100 £100
3 £300 £200 £200
4 £500 £300 £300
5 £1,000 £500 £500
6 £2,000 £1,000 £1,000 £0
7 £4,000 £2,000 £1,000
8 £8,000 £4,000 £3,000
9 £16,000 £8,000 £7,000
10 £32,000 £16,000 £15,000
11 £64,000 £32,000 £32,000 £0
12 £125,000 £64,000 £32,000
13 £250,000 £125,000 £93,000
14 £500,000 £250,000 £218,000
15 £1,000,000 £500,000 £468,000

January 2 - March 29, 2002

Question
No.
Correct Answer
Value
Walk Away
Value
Miss Answer
Value
Amount lost for a
Wrong Answer
1 €100 €0 €0 €0
2 €200 €100 €100
3 €300 €200 €200
4 €500 €300 €300
5 €1,000 €500 €500
6 €2,000 €1,000 €1,000 €0
7 €4,000 €2,000 €1,000
8 €8,000 €4,000 €3,000
9 €16,000 €8,000 €7,000
10 €32,000 €16,000 €15,000
11 €64,000 €32,000 €32,000 €0
12 €125,000 €64,000 €32,000
13 €250,000 €125,000 €93,000
14 €500,000 €250,000 €218,000
15 €1,000,000 €500,000 €468,000

Specials

Winners (on Irish Pound)

£250,000 winners

£125,000 winners

£64,000 winners

£32,000 winners

£16,000 winners

£8,000 winners

£4,000 winners

£1,000 winners

£0 winners

£? winners

Winners (on Euro)

€250,000 winners

€125,000 winners

€64,000 winners

€32,000 winners

€1,000 winners

€? winners

Trivia

  • The biggest winning is £250 000, won by Roger Dowds in January 12, 2001 and €250 000 won by Noel O'Connor in March 10, 2002.
  • Over a million viewers watched the first Irish edition of "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" on RTÉ One on Tuesday night. When Gay Byrne put the first questions to contestant Des O'Connor at 7.30pm, he was being watched by 1,220,000 people all over Ireland - or 73.8% of those watching television at that time. The figures were even higher for the second part of the quiz show, with an average 1,277,000 viewers.
  • In 1st season, 70 contestants appeared. Total winnings are £2,350,000.
  • In June 2001, Contestant Shane O'Doherty was asked for his £125,000 question What part of the body is the lunala in? (The actual question is not known), He didn't know what the answer was, so he used the Phone-a-Friend lifeline and called a physician who said the answer was the heart. He guessed and the right answer was the fingernail, therefore he lost £93,000, however the lunala is in both your fingernail and your heart so Shane said that the question was faulty and threatened the producers that he would sue him. He was later allowed back on the show and he walked away with £125,000

Sources

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