Milionerzy

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Milionerzy
Logo of Milionerzy.png
Current logo of Milionerzy
Created by 1999 - 2003 (Endemol)
2008 - 2010 (Intergalactic)
2017 - (Jake Vision)
Presented by Hubert Urbański
Country of origin Poland
No. of seasons 10
No. of episodes 688
Production
Running time 30, 45 or 60 minutes (1999 - 2003)
45 minutes (2008 - 2010)
25 minutes (2017)
Release
Original network TVN
Age of 12 or above
Picture format 4:3 (1999–2003); 16:9 (2008 - 2010); HD 16:9 (2010, 2017-)
Original release 3 September 1999
External links
Website
Hubert Urbański, Milionerzy host

Milionerzy (Millionaires) is a Polish game show based on the original British format of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?.[1] The show is hosted by Hubert Urbański. The main goal of the game is to win 1 million polish zloty (240,000) by answering twelve[2] multiple-choice questions correctly. In previous editions, there were three or four lifelines[2] - fifty fifty (pół na pół, 50:50), ask the audience (pytanie do publiczności) and ask the expert (pytanie do eksperta), the experts were: Bartosz Węglarczyk, Michał Ogórek, Szymon Hołownia, Dorota Wellman and Jan Wróbel; in the previous season - Andrzej Fabianowski, Piotr Gąsowski and Kazimiera Szczuka.[3] Earlier there was (and since 2017 there is) phone a friend [telefon do przyjaciela] instead of ask the expert [pytanie do eksperta]. Since March 2010 until February 2017, contestant could choose risk game. If the contestant wanted risk game, a new lifeline called switch the question (zmiana pytania) was added - if the contestant chose to play the version with this lifeline, the second guaranteed sum (40,000 zł) was not guaranteed. The first series of Milionerzy was broadcast from 3 September 1999 to 26 January 2003, and the second version has been broadcast since 19 January 2008. It was shown every Sunday at 6 p.m (CET +1 or CEST +2) on the Polish commercial television station TVN. Now, it is shown on 8:55 p.m from Monday to Thursday (CET +1 or CEST +2) Executive producer of first series was Endemol. Now, the executive producer of programme is Intergalactic. Since 2008, when a contestant gets the second question correct, he or she will leave with 1,000 zł. When a contestant gets the seventh question correct, he or she will leave with 40,000 zł.

The game's prizes[edit]

In the current version of Milionerzy, there are twelve questions:[4]

  • 1. question • 500 zł
  • 2. question1,000 zł (guaranteed sum)
  • 3. question • 2,000 zł
  • 4. question • 5,000 zł
  • 5. question • 10,000 zł
  • 6. question • 20,000 zł
  • 7. question40,000 zł (guaranteed sum) (former, in risk mode it's not a guaranteed sum)
  • 8. question • 75,000 zł
  • 9. question • 125,000 zł
  • 10. question • 250,000 zł
  • 11. question • 500,000 zł
  • 12. question1,000,000 zł

In first version of Milionerzy, there were fifteen questions:[5]

  • 1. question • 100 zł
  • 2. question • 200 zł
  • 3. question • 300 zł
  • 4. question • 500 zł
  • 5. question1,000 zł (guaranteed sum)
  • 6. question • 2,000 zł
  • 7. question • 4,000 zł
  • 8. question • 8,000 zł
  • 9. question • 16,000 zł
  • 10. question32,000 zł (guaranteed sum)
  • 11. question • 64,000 zł
  • 12. question • 125,000 zł
  • 13. question • 250,000 zł
  • 14. question • 500,000 zł
  • 15. question1,000,000 zł

Appearance and changes of appearance[edit]

From 1999 through 2003 we could see three changes of the studio stage design, some differ in stylistics. From 2008, after resumption we could see the fourth stage design and now, in 2010, the fifth one.

The first logo of Milionerzy from 1999 was very different from the standard model used in other editions of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?. It was a violet rhombus on one of vertexes and rings stooding on themselves on background of "Milionerzy" caption.[6] 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. It is used also now, but in another colour scheme (question marks are gold).

The first and second version of the opening credits were similar with people looking and aiming on Milionerzy logo. It was patterned on British credits of this time. From 2008, the opening credits of the programme feature an animation showing in sequence all prizes to one million zlotys - it is patterned on the newest British version.[7]

In 2008 except for the opening credits, no big changes were made on graphics and sounds. The 2008 edition had refreshed graphics: the fields with questions and answers were navy-blue and blue (earlier black) and smaller than in first edition of Milionerzy, and the field with won prize was blue (earlier brown and navy-blue). Also some sound effects and music we could hear in the background when player answers a question, changed.

In 2010 opening credits were changed, fields, where players' names are shown in Fastest Finger First are smaller, question fields and money tree are smaller, also fonts were changed. Also, there are no commercial break intros and outros.

Now (since February 2017), the show is recorded in Farat Film studio in Warsaw, 22, Notecka St. The first edition was recorded in the Warsaw-based WFDiF studio, 21, Chełmska St. from 1999 until 2001 in the TVP studio on 17, Woronicza St until 2003. In 2008 and 2009 Milionerzy was recorded in the TVP studio in Kraków, 44, Nowohucka St.

Light effects during second edition (2008-2010)[edit]

Scenography of the second edition (2008-2010).[8] Studio has these light effects:

Moment of the game Colors of elements of the studio
Floor Entrance and stairs Sitting places for audience Lamps above the studio
  • before the game
  • after giving the correct answer
  • when contestant leaves the studio
gold-yellow yellow blue-pink yellow
  • before Fastest Finger First[9]
red powder blue violet-pink red
  • during Fastest Finger First
red pink violet-pink red
  • after ending Fastest Finger First[10]
violet yellow blue-pink blue
  • when audience is polling
pink pink violet pink
  • in the questions for 500 and 1,000 zł
steel gray cyaneous blue violet-pink
  • in the questions for 2,000 to 40,000 zł
celeste blue blue cyaneous
  • in the question from 75,000 to 250,000 zł
blae blae black glum gold
  • in the questions for 500,000 and 1,000,000 zł
black celeste black glum gold
  • after giving the correct answer at the last question
gold gold black white

Way to become a contestant[edit]

1999–2003

  • Stage I – to become a contestant, you had to phone a special Telemedium number, then choose date of recording of the episode, then answer a question with four variants and tell your personal details. 100 people were drawn from those who answered correctly and told the same recording date and they went to the II stage.
  • Stage II – people, who were drawn, gave their telephone number, and a pollster called them in a 2-days time and asked questions, which didn't have answer variants. 20 people, who gave the most similar answers to the correct ones were going to the III stage.
  • Stage III – before the recording participants had to arrange answer variants in correct order. 12 people, who did it correctly went to the IV stage. They were 10 Fastest Finger First players and two reserves. Pollster phoned them to confirm that they participate.

2008-2010

  • Stage I – to become a contestant, you had to send a SMS with Milion text to a shown number, and then answer two questions with four answer variants sent by a SMS and to give your personal details. The first 100 people who registered, answered those 2 questions and gave their personal details, went to the second stage.
  • Stage II – agent of the producer of the program phoned those 100 people. The call is recorded, about what those people are informed at the beginning of the call. Potential participant has to say about him, his hobby, job etc. Next, he had to answer several general knowledge questions, which don't have variants. People chosen in the phone casting are informed about it in a 7-days time and invited to the studio.

The highest prizes by episodes[edit]

Legend: number of episode • broadcast date; took consideration to prizes of 40,000 zł or more

2008[edit]

1 • 19 I 2 • 20 I 3 • 26 I 4 • 27 I 5 • 2 II 6 • 3 II 7 • 9 II 8 • 10 II 9 • 16 II 10 • 17 II
- 40,000 zł - 125,000 zł[11] - 40,000 zł[12] - 125,000 zł[13] - -
11 • 23 II 12 • 24 II 13 • 1 III 14 • 2 III 15 • 8 III 16 • 9 III 17 • 15 III 18 • 16 III 19 • 22 III 20 • 23 III
- 75,000 zł 40,000 zł - 40,000 zł[14] - 75,000 zł 40,000 zł[15] 75,000 zł[16] - [17]
21 • 24 III 22 • 29 III 23 • 30 III 24 • 5 IV 25 • 6 IV 26 • 12 IV 27 • 13 IV 28 • 19 IV 29 • 20 IV 30 • 26 IV
40,000 zł[18] 250,000 zł[19] - 500,000 zł[20] 40,000 zł[21] - 40,000 zł[22] - - -
31 • 27 IV 32 • 3 V 33 • 4 V 34 • 10 V 35 • 11 V 36 • 17 V 37 • 18 V 38 • 24 V 39 • 25 V 40 • 31 V
250,000 zł[23] 40,000 zł[24]
40,000 zł[25]
- - - 125,000 zł[26] 500,000 zł[27] - - 40,000 zł
41, 42 • 1 VI 43 • 7 VI 44 • 8 VI 45 • 14 VI 46 • 15 VI 47 • 21 VI 48 • 22 VI Holidays 49 • 6 IX 50 • 7 IX
40,000 zł[28]
125,000 zł[29]
125,000 zł[30] - - - 40,000 zł 75,000 zł 125,000 zł 250,000 zł
51 • 13 IX 52 • 14 IX 53 • 20 IX 54 • 21 IX 55 • 27 IX 56 • 28 IX 57 • 4 X 58 • 5 X 59 • 11 X 60 • 12 X
40,000 zł 40,000 zł - - 75,000 zł - - 40,000 zł[31] - 40,000 zł
61 • 18 X 62 • 19 X 63 • 25 X 64 • 26 X 65 • 1 XI 66 • 2 XI 67 • 8 XI 68 • 9 XI 69 • 15 XI 70 • 16 XI
40,000 zł 40,000 zł
40,000 zł
125,000 zł - - 75,000 zł - - - 40,000 zł
71 • 22 XI 72 • 23 XI 73 • 29 XI 74 • 30 XI 75, 76 • 6, 7 XII 77 • 13 XII 78 • 14 XII
500,000 zł - - - 40,000 zł[32]
500,000 zł[33]
- -

2009[edit]

79 • 7 III 80 • 8 III 81 • 14 III 82 • 15 III 83 • 21 III 84 • 22 III 85 • 28 III 86 • 29 III 87 • 4 IV 88 • 5 IV
- 75,000 zł 40,000 zł[34] - 40,000 zł
40,000 zł
- 40,000 zł 125,000 zł - 40,000 zł
89 • 11 IV 90 • 12 IV 91 • 18 IV 92 • 19 IV 93 • 25 IV 94 • 26 IV 95 • 2 V 96 • 3 V 97 • 9 V 98 • 10 V
- - 40,000 zł 250,000 zł 500,000 zł 40,000 zł 40,000 zł
40,000 zł
- - 125,000 zł
99 • 16 V 100 • 17 V 101 • 23 V 102 • 24 V 103 • 30 V 104 • 31 V Holidays 105 • 6 IX 106 • 13 IX 107 • 20 IX
- 40,000 zł - 40,000 zł - 40,000 zł 40,000 zł 40,000 zł 125,000 zł[35]
108 • 27 IX 109 • 4 X 110 • 11 X 111 • 18 X 112 • 25 X 113 • 1 XI 114 • 8 XI 115 • 15 XI 116 • 22 XI 117 • 29 XI
- - - 125,000 zł[36] - 250,000 zł[37] 75,000 zł - - -
118 • 6 XII 119 • 13 XII 120, 121 • 25, 26 XII
40,000 zł 40,000 zł 40,000 zł
250,000 zł

2010[edit]

122 • 7 III 123 • 14 III 124 • 21 III 125 • 28 III 126 • 4 IV 11 IV 18 IV 127 • 25 IV 128 • 2 V 129 • 9 V
75,000 zł 40,000 zł - 75,000 zł
1,000,000 zł
125,000 zł
40,000 zł
Cancelled 125,000 zł 250,000 zł 40,000 zł
130 • 16 V 131 • 23 V 132 • 30 V 133 • 6 VI 134 • 13 VI 135 • 20 VI 136 • 27 VI Holidays 137 • 12 IX 138 • 19 IX
40,000 zł
125,000 zł
40,000 zł 75,000 zł - - 250,000 zł - 40,000 zł 40,000 zł
139 • 26 IX 140 • 3 X 141 • 10 X 142 • 17 X 143 • 24 X 144 • 31 X 145 • 7 XI 146 • 14 XI 147 • 21 XI 148 • 28 XI
40,000 zł 40,000 zł 250,000 zł 40,000 zł 500,000 zł
40,000 zł
40,000 zł
75,000 zł 125,000 zł 75,000 zł
75,000 zł
125,000 zł -
149 • 5 XII 150, 151 • 12, 19 XII
75,000 zł 500,000 zł
40,000 zł

Notable contestants[edit]

Third edition[edit]

500,000 zlotys winners[edit]

  1. Sonia Ciuk - March 15, 2017
  2. Kinga Rusin & Piotr Kraśko - April 15, 2017 (Celebrity Edition, used Phone a Friend lifeline in the final question)

500,000 zlotys question wrong (lost 210,000 zlotys)[edit]

  1. Joanna Stroczkowska - February 22, 2017

250,000 zlotys winners[edit]

  1. Jakub Rudnicki - March 8, 2017
  2. Katarzyna Kołaczkowska - March 29, 2017
  3. Ilona Rasińska - April 12, 2017

125,000 zlotys winners[edit]

  1. Mateusz Buczek - February 21, 2017
  2. Beata Wodejko-Kucharska - March 1, 2017
  3. Michał Kowalczewski - March 22, 2017
  4. Katarzyna Romanek - April 4, 2017
  5. Joanna Flasza - April 6, 2017
  6. Konrad Janik - April 6, 2017

Second edition[edit]

1,000,000 zlotys winners[edit]

  1. Krzysztof Wójcik - March 28, 2010 (only contestant to win 1 million)

500,000 zlotys winners[edit]

  1. Paulina Kowalczyk - April 5, 2008 (used 50:50 and Ask The Audience lifeline in the final question)
  2. Dagna Sieńko - May 18, 2008
  3. Rafał Tomański - November 22, 2008 (used 50:50 and Ask The Audience lifeline in the final question)
  4. Renata Dancewicz & Piotr Adamczyk - December 7, 2008 (Celebrity Edition, used 50:50 lifeline in the final question)
  5. Marzena Rogowska - April 25, 2009
  6. Katarzyna Zaręba - October 24, 2010
  7. Karolina Korwin-Piotrowska & Michał Piróg - December 19, 2010 (Celebrity Edition)

Four players guessed the correct answer after resigning from playing.

500,000 zlotys question wrong (lost 210,000 zlotys)[edit]

  1. Sławomir Kucharczyk - April 6, 2008
  2. Lidia Wołk-Karaczewska - March 14, 2009
  3. Dorota Śliwak - September 19, 2010

250,000 zlotys winners[edit]

  1. Elżbieta Orłowska - March 29, 2008 (used Phone A Friend and Ask the Audience lifelines in 500,000 zlotys question)
  2. Dorota Kwiecińska - April 27, 2008
  3. Marek Kraśnicki - September 7, 2008 (used Phone A Friend lifeline in 500,000 zlotys question)
  4. Marcin Bobrowski - April 19, 2009
  5. Tomasz Radko - November 1, 2009
  6. Szymon Hołownia & Marcin Prokop (Celebrity Edition) - December 26, 2009
  7. Jakub Tomys - May 2, 2010
  8. Jędrzej Wiczkowski - June 20, 2010
  9. Magdalena Lula - October 10, 2010

125,000 zlotys winners[edit]

  1. Elżbieta Sokołowska - January 27, 2008
  2. Paweł Staszyński - February 10, 2008
  3. Joanna Słowińska - May 17, 2008
  4. Ewa Drzyzga & Szymon Majewski - June 1, 2008 (Celebrity Edition)
  5. Małgorzata Czepek - June 7, 2008
  6. Waldemar Kazimierski - September 6, 2008
  7. Wojciech Przybyłowicz - October 25, 2008
  8. Weronika Bielacha - March 29, 2009
  9. Sławomir Chromik - May 10, 2009
  10. Jolanta Falcman - September 20, 2009
  11. Artur Szczęsny - October 18, 2009
  12. Sebastian Rzodkiewicz - April 4, 2010
  13. Łukasz Weber - April 25, 2010
  14. Kajetan Pawełczyk - May 16, 2010
  15. ? - November 7, 2010
  16. ? - November 21, 2010

First edition[edit]

1,000,000 zlotys question wrong (lost 468,000 zlotys)[edit]

  1. Filip Łapiński - June 2, 2002 (special edition with participation of children, used 50:50 lifeline in the final question)

500,000 zlotys winners[edit]

  1. Władysław Kostrzewski - October 21, 2000 (first contestant to walk away with 500,000 zlotys)
  2. Zbigniew Chrzanowski - May 21, 2001
  3. Jerzy Mirski - October 14, 2001

All three player guessed the correct answer after resigning from playing.

500,000 zlotys question wrong (lost 218,000 zlotys)[edit]

  1. ? - December 29, 2000
  2. ? - September 30, 2001
  3. Renata Dancewicz & Paweł Wilczak - December 24, 2001 (Celebrity Edition)
  4. Waldemar Myszkiewicz - January 5, 2002
  5. ? - March 3, 2002
  6. Ziemowit Stefański - June 2, 2002 (special edition with participation of children)

250,000 zlotys winners[edit]

  1. Krzysztof Karwowski- March 5, 2000
  2. Jarosław Olejnicki - May 5, 2000
  3. Marek Janowski - October 8, 2000
  4. Stanisław Pietrasiewicz - February 17, 2001
  5. Katarzyna Dobras - February 28, 2001
  6. Jerzy Zadrożny - March 12, 2001
  7. Tomasz Micorek - September 24, 2001
  8. Artur Wiśniewski - December 16, 2001
  9. Edyta Olszówka & Olaf Lubaszenko - December 25, 2001 (Celebrity Edition)
  10. Ewa Wota - January 6, 2002
  11. Szczepan Gardecki - February 9, 2002
  12. Gogoł family - September 23, 2002 (Family Edition)
  13. Aleksandra Woźniak & Rafał Królikowski - December 25, 2002(Celebrity Edition)

125,000 zlotys winners[edit]

  1. Andrzej Zubala - September 17, 1999
  2. Bogdan Rzepka - September 24, 1999
  3. Barbara Płachta - November 27, 1999
  4. Katarzyna Niziałek - December 31, 1999
  5. Grażyna Tomaszewska - January 3, 2000
  6. Maciej Kondratowicz - March 12, 2000
  7. Paweł Wasilewski - March 18, 2000
  8. Alfred Znamierowski - April 16, 2000
  9. Marzena Bralska - April 29, 2000
  10. Łukasz Kaźmierczak - April 30, 2000
  11. Ryszard Ćwirta - May 14, 2000
  12. Katarzyna Kreczmer - May 29, 2000
  13. Bogdan Wencel - June 21, 2000
  14. Bożena Pieczara June 28, 2000
  15. Grażyna Eysmont - September 2, 2000
  16. Edward Mierzwa - September 2, 2000
  17. Marek Pawlak - September 8, 2000
  18. Tadeusz Biały - September 9, 2000
  19. Piotr Kopczyński - September 30, 2000
  20. Tomasz Guzek - October 4, 2000
  21. Wojciech Chocianowski - November 25, 2000
  22. Marek Duszczyk - December 9, 2000
  23. Mariusz Jaszczuk - December 15, 2000
  24. Jan Mika - January 1, 2001
  25. Mieczysław Kulesza - January 14, 2001
  26. Marcin Grzelak - January 22, 2001
  27. Przemysław Radowicz - February 11, 2001
  28. Barbara ? & Mirosław ? - February 14, 2001
  29. Tadeusz Grabowski - March 11, 2001
  30. Tomasz Lipiński - March 19, 2001
  31. Mariusz Kowalski - April 7, 2001
  32. Arkadiusz Jadacki - April 14, 2001
  33. Marek Fotek - April 23, 2001
  34. Wiesław Czekaj - May 4, 2001
  35. Stojan Nedalkov - May 6, 2001
  36. Zbigniew Męcik - June 17, 2001
  37. Andrzej Łukaszczyk - June 30, 2001
  38. Monika Żuczkowska - October 22, 2001
  39. Jacek Branas - November 19, 2001
  40. Joanna Dymczyk - November 24, 2001
  41. Andrzej Kamiński - December 3, 2001
  42. Henryk Bronner - December 30, 2001
  43. Ewa Wota - January 6, 2002
  44. Maciej Krawczyński - January 13, 2002
  45. Henryk Czarny - February 3, 2002
  46. Piotr Bednarczyk - March 10, 2002
  47. Marek Piłat - March 16, 2002
  48. Katarzyna Skrzynecka & Maciej Kozłowski - April ?, 2002 (Celebrity Edition)
  49. Artur Barciś & Cezary Żak - April ?, 2002 (Celebrity Edition)
  50. Witold Myśliwiec - April 6, 2002
  51. Andrzej Wardyn - April 27, 2002
  52. Mirosław Monczyński - April 29, 2002
  53. Monika Brochacka & Piotr Borucki - June ?, 2002 (Big Brother Edition)
  54. Tomasz Derda - October 20, 2002
  55. Józef Mieluch - November 10, 2002
  56. Jerzy Pasternak - December 2, 2002
  57. Krzysztof Bendkowski - December 16, 2002
  58. Agnieszka Stachurska - January 26, 2003

Statistics[edit]

Winnings after 78 episodes of Milionerzy (19 I 2008 to 14 XII 2008)
Winnings after 104 episodes of Milionerzy (19 I 2008 to 31 V 2008)

Winnings from 3 IX 1999 to 26 I 2003[edit]

Winnings Amount Sum
a0 zł 1 0 zł
b100 zł  ?  ? zł
b200 zł  ?  ? zł
b300 zł  ?  ? zł
b500 zł  ?  ? zł
c1,000 zł 7 7,000 zł
d2,000 zł  ?  ? zł
e4,000 zł  ?  ? zł
f8,000 zł 2 16,000 zł
g16,000 zł 5 80,000 zł
h32,000 zł 10 320,000 zł
i64,000 zł 2 128,000 zł
j125,000 zł 58 7,250,000 zł
k250,000 zł 13 3,250,000 zł
l500,000 zł 3 1,500,000 zł
m1,000,000 zł 0 0 zł
mSum  ?  ? zł

Winnings from 19 I 2008[edit]

Winnings Amount Sum
a0 zł 35 0 zł
b500 zł 0 0 zł
c1,000 zł 187 187,000 zł
d2,000 zł 0 0 zł
e5,000 zł 9 45,000 zł
f10,000 zł 24 240,000 zł
g20,000 zł 44 860,000 zł
h40,000 zł 77 3,120,000 zł
i75,000 zł 18 1,350,000 zł
j125,000 zł 22 2,750,000 zł
k250,000 zł 12 3,000,000 zł
l500,000 zł 9 4,500,000 zł
m1,000,000 zł 1 1,000,000 zł
mSum 432 17,302,000 zł

Last update: April 27, 2017.

Special episodes[edit]

1999–2003

Also in 2002 TVN was broadcasting series of family episodes. Teams of three people were taking part, and all had to be related. Every team had its captain. The rules were the same as in normal episodes, but the captain decided about choosing an answer after consultations with the rest of family members. After winning 32,000 zlotys one person left the team and went to the audience, after winning 125,000 zlotys another person left and only one person had to answer last three questions.[42] Najwyższa wygrana w tych wydaniach to 250 000 złotych.[42]

From 2008

  • In June 1, 2008 (Children's Day) episode celebrities of Polish television were playing for money to build a cancer prevention center. The first players were Piotr Gąsowski and Katarzyna Skrzynecka, who won 40,000 zlotys, and the second players were Szymon Majewski and Ewa Drzyzga, who won 125,000 zlotys. Whole money won was given to the Nie jesteś sam charity.[43]
  • Next episodes were broadcast on December 6 and 7, 2008. In the first episode, Kinga Rusin and Bartosz Węglarczyk won 40,000 zlotys, and in the second, Renata Dancewicz and Piotr Adamczyk won 500,000 zlotys. The winnings were given to Nie jesteś sam charity.
  • Next episodes were broadcast on December 25 and 26, 2009. On the first day, Julia Kamińska and Filip Bobek won 40,000 zlotys. On the second day, Marcin Prokop and Szymon Hołownia won 250,000 zlotys. All of the winnings were given to Nie jesteś sam charity.[44]
  • In 2010, special episodes were broadcast on December 12 and 19. In the first episode, Karolina Korwin-Piotrowska and Michał Piróg won 500,000 zlotys, and on the next episode (broadcast on 19 December) - they didn't answer for the question for 1 million zl. Next contestants were Anita Werner and Grzegorz Kajdanowicz - they won 40,000 zlotys. Winnings were to given to Nie jesteś sam charity.

Broadcasting[edit]

Small season number Time of broadcast Days of the week Hours Length of episode Picture format
1 September 1999–May 2000[45] Monday, Friday 20:30 30 minutes 4:3
Saturday, Sunday 19:30 60 minutes
June 2000 Monday, Thursday, Friday 20:30 30 minutes
Saturday, Sunday 19:30 60 minutes
2 September 2000–February 2001[46] Monday, Wednesday, Friday 20:30 60 minutes
Saturday, Sunday 19:35
February–June 2001[47] Monday, Friday 20:50
Saturday, Sunday 19:35
3 September 2001–May 2002[47] Monday 20:50 45 minutes
Saturday, Sunday 19:35
January–February, June 2002[48] Saturday, Sunday 20:00
4 September–December 2002 Monday 21:20
Sunday 20:00
January 2003 Sunday 20:00
5 January–June 2008[49][50] Saturday, Sunday 18:00 60 minutes 16:9
6 September–December 2008[49]
7 March–June 2009[49]
8 September–December 2009[51] Sunday
9 March–June 2010[51] 16:9 HD[52]
10 September–December 2010[53]
11 February 2017- Monday to Thursday 20:55 30 minutes

Number of viewers[edit]

Average of number of viewers from September 1999 to October 2008

The biggest number of viewers was on 5 March 2000, when a contestant won 250,000 zł as the first person in the show. The number of viewers of this episode was 6,510,000 people.[54][55][56]

Average number of viewers of the January 2008 - April 2008 episode was 3,500,000 viewers.[57] First episode of 2008 series (19 January 2008) was watched by 3,500,000 viewers. The biggest number of viewers in 2008 series was on 5 April 2008, when the 1,000,000 zł question came up the first time in the 2008 series. The episode from 6 April 2008 in which contestant got the 500,000 zł question wrong was watched by 4,200,000 viewers.

Year Number of viewers[56][58]
1999 2,870,000 viewers
2000 3,050,000 viewers
2001 2,900,000 viewers
2002 2,250,000 viewers
2003 2,330,000 viewers
2008 (January–April) 3,450,000 viewers
2008 (April–June) 3,250,000 viewers
2008 (September–December) 2,970,000 viewers
2009 (March–May) 2,800,000 viewers
2009 (September–December) 2,433,000 viewers
2010 (March–June) 2,120,000 viewers[59]
Average number of viewers 2,940,000 viewers

Questions for million zlotys[edit]

Legend:

• V: answer removed by using "fifty fifty"
• X: not chosen correct answer
• Y: chosen incorrect answer
• Z: chosen correct answer

In Milionerzy, thirteen questions for one million zlotys appeared. Eleven times the player resigned, and two times player answered the question. Once, in special edition with participation of children, the player answered the question incorrectly and once player answered and won 1 million zlotys. Here are the questions:

  • Władysław Kostrzewski - 21 October 2000
What country did Conan the Barbarian come from?
• A: from Rivia • B: from Mordor
• C: from Oz • D: from Cimmeria
  • Zbigniew Chrzanowski - 21 May 2001
As in song by Kabaret Starszych Panów, repellent goon will get a double-barreled shotgun, will go out and...:
• A: fast-fast! • B: bang, bang!
• C: from two pipes • D: shoot into bottom
  • Jerzy Mirski - 14 October 2001
Comics "child" of drawer Bob Kane is:
• A: Superman • B: Batman
• C: Spider-Man • D: Captain America
  • Filip Łapiński - 1 June 2002 (special edition with participation of children)
Which of these animals is not a fish:
• A: nase • B: blue bream
• C: rudd • D: European roller
  • Paulina Kowalczyk - 5 April 2008
Who is the master of the same arms that Artemis specialises?
• A: Zorro • B: Legolas
• C: Don Quixote • D: Longinus Podbipięta
  • Dagna Sieńko - 18 May 2008
Who of these actors was born in the same year in which Lumiere brothers patented cinematograph?
• A: Rudolph Valentino • B: Humphrey Bogart
• C: Charlie Chaplin • D: Fred Astaire
  • Rafał Tomański - 22 November 2008
Pro Archia Poeta turned into history as one of the brightest orations by:
• A: Isocrates • B: Cicero
• C: Demosthenes • D: Quintilian
Who was the painter in the court of King Philip IV of Spain?
• A: Marcello Bacciarelli • B: Jan van Eyck
• C: Diego Velasquez • D: Jacques-Louis David
  • Marzena Rogowska - 25 April 2009
Maraschino liqueur is made of Marasca, which is type of what?
• A: Cherry • B: Apple
• C: Fig • D: Pear
  • Krzysztof Wójcik - 28 March 2010
Czesław Mozil is famous for playing on what instrument?
• A: Cornet • B: Accordion
• C: Djembe • D: Xylophone
  • Katarzyna Zaręba - 24 October 2010
Which of these Juliusz Słowacki's poems are written in prose?
• A: "Godzina Myśli" • B: "W Szwajcarii"
• C: "Anhelii" • D: "Arab"
Doesn't have dorsal fin...
• A: Basking shark • B: Common thresher
• C: Killer whale • D: Bowhead whale
  • Sonia Ciuk - 15 March 2017
"Wątróbka z cebulką (...) jest zakąską doskonałą. Aby ją przyrządzić, należy kupić samochód i pędzić nim póty, aż się kogoś przejedzie". This is Lem and...
• A: "Solaris" • B: "Tales of Pirx the Pilot"
• C: "Dyktanda, czyli…" • D: "Hospital of the Transfiguration"

Records and faux pas[edit]

  • During the Fastest Finger portion in the second season, all contestants correctly answered the question, which was "Put these Australian towns in the alphabetical order". It is rare to see all contestants get the correct order.
  • There has been an occasion similar to the American version where the audience unanimously voted on a single answer when asked for help via the Ask the Audience lifeline. The question, worth 40,000 złoty, was: "A small, golden gramophone is given away at what awards ceremony?" The correct answer was "Grammy."
  • The furthest a player has ever gone without using a lifeline was 125,000 złoty. The player went on to win 500,000 złoty.See the Questions for million zlotys and The highest prizes by episodes for more information
  • In Milionerzy there was three times a situation, when a player lost because of laxily said question and then he was restored to play. The first player made a mistake in the question for 32,000 zł: "Who invented the steam engine?". He answered "James Watt", but the correct answer was Charles Algernon Parsons. After a complaint to programme's producer, his answer was recognized as correct. The player won a guaranteed 32,000 zł, but he answered incorrectly in the next question for 64,000 zł. The second player made a mistake in the question for 500 zł: "How many cuts are on kaiser rolls?" He answered: "4" (the correct answer was "5") and he won nothing. After recognizing his answer, he answered incorrectly in the question for 1000 zł and he left the studio without nothing for the second time. Third on the question about the author of the picture "The Luncheon on the Grass" answered Claude Monet, but the correct answer was Édouard Manet. But Monet also painted a less known picture with the same title, so the player was allowed to continue playing.

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  10. ^ This effect wasn't used in the first episodes of second series.
  11. ^ Winning question: One of the official languages of the United Nations is: A. German; B. Arabic; C. Latin; D. Polish. Correct answer: "B". Question for 250,000 zł was: Zbigniew Zamachowski plays on a comb melody of the song "To ostatnia niedziela" (This last Sunday) in the film: A. "Zmruż oczy" (Squint your eyes); B. "Pułkownik Kwiatkowski" (Colonel Kwiatkowski); C. "Trzy kolory. Biały" (Three colours. White; D. "Cześć Tereska" (Hi Theresa) and the correct answer was answer "C".
  12. ^ A player who had 75,000 zł decided to answer the next question and chose answer "B" for this 125,000 zł question: Which of these famous connoisseurs had to say: "Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar"? A. Mark Twain; B. Winston Churchill, C. Sigmund Freud, D. Alfred Hitchcock. Correct answer was "C".
  13. ^ Question for 125,000 zł was: In which voivodeship known from Polish jokes is the town Wąchock? A. in Lower Silesian; B. in Podlachian; C. in Świętokrzyskie; D. in Pomeranian. The correct answer was "C". The player refused to play for 250,000 zł, which question was: How many cats are on Édouard Manet's painting "Olimpia"? A. zero; B. one; C. two; D. three. Correct answer was "B".
  14. ^ A player answered 9 question for 125,000 zł, having one lifeline fifty fifty (pół na pół) left. After using it on the 250,000 zł question, she risked and said gave a wrong answer to a question about place of red gape on palm cockatoo. After using the lifeline, two answers remained: C. on mirror near the wing and D. on the bottom of the beak.
  15. ^ Question for 75,000 zł: Veduta is a painting showing: A) still life B) view of town C) family portrait D) war scene. Player chose D. answer, but correct answer was B.
  16. ^ Player resigned playing in the question for 125,000 zł, what was:: Who of these persons from cosmetics field was born in Łódź? A. Estée Lauder; B. Helena Rubinstein; C. Max Factor; D. Irena Eris. He intuitally bet on "B" answer, but "C" was correct answer.
  17. ^ 5 players played in this episode. Three of them won 1000 zł, one player left the studio with nothing, and one won fastest fingers round, but the programme ended before he heard the first question.
  18. ^ Player had 75,000 zł and he decided to answer question for 125,000 zł: What violet color on vestment of ecclesiastic in Roman Catholic Church symbolize? A. atonement; B. happiness; C. royal dignity; D. innocence. After using lifeline 50:50 "A" and "B" answers stayed. Player chosen "B" answer, which was incorrect. Correct answer was "A".
  19. ^ Player who had 250,000 zł said that she want to play for 500,000 zł. Question for 500,000 zł: Which of these words isn't anagram of word "skrzynka"? A. zarys; B. krzak; C. kryzys; D. kryza, after using lifelines ask the audience and phone a friend, she resigned from answering. She bet on "A" answer, but "C" was correct answer. Winning question for 250,000 zł was: If young couple stay under chuppah, what religion do they profess?? A. buddhism; B. judaism; C. islam; D. hinduism. Correct answer was "B".
  20. ^ Player while having 500,000 zł had a question for million zlotys: Who is the master of the same arms that Artemis specialises? A. Zorro B. Legolas C. Don Quixote D. Longinus Podbipięta, and after using ask the audience (46% of votes for correct answer) and fifty fifty ("A" and "B" answers stayed) lifelines, she resigned from answering the question. She intuitively bet on "B", which was correct answer. If she would use fifty fifty, and then ask the audience (where probably would be about 65% of votes for correct answer), she would probably answer correct answer, "B". Many people say, that this player was corrupted player. Winning question for 500,000 zł: Which of these words are also in singular form? A. name-day (imieniny) B. doors (drzwi) C. thicket (chaszcze) D. shaft (drzewce) Correct answer was "D".
  21. ^ Player while having 250,000 zł decided to play for 500,000 zł and he chose answer "C" at question for 500,000 zł: In which of these countries English language isn't an official language? A. in Canada B. in USA C. in RSA D. in Ireland. Correct answer was "B". Winning question for 250,000 zł:
  22. ^ Player while having 40,000 zł answered intiuitially "B" at question for 75,000 zł: Which of these chemical elements was called "kwasoród" (acid-borner) in the past? A. oxygen; B. hydrogen; C. carbon; D. nitrogen, but correct answer was "C". Winning question for 40,000 zł was: Flowers of cucumber are in what colour? A. red; B. blue; C. yellow; D. violet. Correct answer was "C".
  23. ^ Question for 500,000 zł was: On flag of which country hoe crosses with machine gun? A: Mozambique; B: Uganda; C: Erytrea; D: Congo. Correct answer was "Mozambique", but player resigned from playing. Winning question for 250,000 zł was: Which island was main bid of First Punic War? A: Majorca B: Sicily C: Sardinia D: Corsica.
  24. ^ Question for 75,000 zł: What is in Polish buttonhole beside hole of button in jacket's flop. Correct answer was: little flacon, but player said it is fancy handkerchief and ended his game. Other possible answers were: decoration of whell and miniature of order.
  25. ^ Player while having 40,000 zł decided to answer "A" in question for 75,000 zł: How editors in Poland call one-letter words which can be found at the end of the verse in newspaper or book? A. karzełek (dwarf); B. bękart (bastard); C. podrzutek (oaf); D. pustelnik (anchoret) but correct answer was "B".
  26. ^ Question for 250,000 zł was: Who of these prime ministers of Israel was born in Poland? A. Shimon Peres; B. Ariel Sharon; C. Benjamin Netanyahu; D. Ehud Olmert. Player resigned from playing, but the player bet on correct answer. Correct answer was "A". Question for 125,000 zł was: Snowflake is usually a star with how many sides? A. eight; B. seven; C. six; D. five. Correct answer was "C".
  27. ^ Question for million can be found in "Questions for million zlotys" article's part
  28. ^ Result of Piotr Gąsowski's and Katarzyna Skrzynecka's game for charity from first part of programme was prize of guaranteed 40,000 zł. They answered incorrectly at question for 125,000 zł.
  29. ^ Result of game for charity in second part of programme by Szymon Majewski and Ewa Drzyzga. Question for 250,000 zł was: Vests of people who fill up the fuel in aircraft carriers are in what colour? A: yellow; B: violet; C: blue; D: white. Players resigned from playing. Ewa Drzyzga bet on wrong answer, instead of Szymon Majewski, who bet on correct answer, which was "B". Question for 125,000 zł: Whose exertion for role summed up with this text: "Isn't able to play, isn't able to sing. Becomes bald. Dances a little". A: Frank Sinatra's; B:Fred Astaire's; C: John Travolta's; D: Bruce Willis's. After using two lifelines, chose "B", which was correct answer.
  30. ^ Question for 125,000 zł: Countries, which ratified the Kyoto Protocol, decided to reduce what? A. use of conventional weapon; B. use of nuclear weapon; C. emission of greenhouse gases; D. output of petroleum. Player chose the correct answer, which was "C".
  31. ^ Player incorrectly answered on question for 75,000 zł: "On Oscar statuette, knight is standing on what? A: on roll of film tape; B: on sword; C: on clapperboard; D: on earth. Player chose "D" answer, but correct answer was "A".
  32. ^ Special celebrity edition on Santa Claus Day
  33. ^ Special celebrity edition
  34. ^ Player has lost on 500,000 zł question.
  35. ^ Question for 250,000 zł was 'Where's the Wharton's jelly?". Player resigned from playing. The winning 125,000 zł question was: "In which Commodore 64 and ZX Spectrum game a player could become buster of street gang? A: 1942; B: Target: Renegade; C: Saboteur; D: Commando" After 50:50 B and D stayed. B was correct.
  36. ^ Player answered correctly on 125,000 zł question "Which of these politicians was a senator of Poland? A: Donald Tusk; B: Waldemar Pawlak; C: Aleksander Kwaśniewski; D: Wojciech Olejniczak". Correct answer was A. The question, on which player resigned from playing, was "Which of these poets worked in Institute of Rudolf Weigl as foster of sucking louses? A: Leopold Staff; B: Jan Brzechwa; C: Czesław Miłosz; D: Zbigniew Herbert". Correct answer was D.
  37. ^ Question for 500,000 zł, on which player resigned from playing, was: "Gala, wife and muse of Salvador Dali was: A: Russian immigrant; B: Spanish dancer; C: French marchioness; D: Greek journalist. Correct answer was A. Player used "ask the expert" lifeline on this question, but he didn't get the answer. Winning question for 250,000 zł was: Which of these writers took part in French invasion of Russia? A: Adam Mickiewicz; B: Julian Niemcewicz; C: Aleksander Fredro; D: Jakub Jasiński. Correct answer was C.
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