Lose A Million
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|Lose A Million|
|Created by||Andrew O'Connor, Toby Freeman, Stephen Leahy|
|Presented by||Chris Tarrant|
|Voices of||Honor Blackman|
|Theme music composer||Simon Etchell|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||1|
|Executive producer(s)||Andrew O'Connor, Stephen Leahy|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Action Time for Carlton Television|
|Original release||22 September– 1 December 1993|
In a twist to the traditional gameshow format, the contestants each started with a million pretend 'pounds' and the object of the game was to get questions wrong, therefore losing money. The contestant with the least money at the end was proclaimed the winner and received the opportunity to play for £5,000.
The champ was asked a question with six possible answers and had to accurately identify all five of the wrong answers (in a similar vein to the American game show Trivia Trap) by placing a fictional £200,000 on each answer. If at any time the contestant chose the correct answer, the game ended, but they got £500 for each wrong answer. If the contestant accurately picked all five wrong answers (and thus, losing a million quid), they won £5,000.
The set of the show resembled an Art Deco cruise ship.
The show is briefly featured in the film Shallow Grave, with Ewan McGregor watching it on television and calling out segments of the host's opening monologue along with the studio audience.
Ironically, five years after this show ended, Tarrant went on to host Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?; the objective is entirely the opposite of Lose a Million.
In Singapore, a similar version called Here's A Million, was screened on MediaWorks TV Works in 2001.
- "Chris Tarrant". Celebirty.co.uk.
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