It's been twenty years since the first Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, well it will be officially on the 4th September. This week ITV have decided to run a seven day special anniversary edition of the programme with new host Jeremy Clarkson. Yes Jezza has taken over the reigns from Chris Tarrant who presented the show from it's beginning until 11th February 2014.
He did an ok job really, I am one of those people who doesn't mind Mr Clarkson but there will be a lot people that will moan about him being selected. There are loads of people who could do the job and not sure why Chris didn't comeback to it, maybe they wanted a fresh look.
There are a couple of new rules, the first being an extra lifeline 'Ask the Host'. Yes the poor contestant can ask Jeremy what he thinks the answer is. I suppose if it's anything about cars you can trust him but I'm sure he knows more than he lets on. He did help the very first contestant out with a question on cricket and got it right so there is hope. The other rule is that the contestant can choose their own safety net amount in which, if they decide to go home with the cash they take the amount they agreed on their safety net.
I think it went well and I quite enjoyed watching it, almost like watching it for the first time again. I completely forgot how they selected the contestants so was glad to be reminded of 'fastest finger first' and also I didn't realise the 'phone a friend' was kept an eye on by an adjudicator at their home. Apparently they are there to make sure the 'friend' doesn't use Google but I thought you could.....I mean there isn't that much time but I did think they could just look it up.
I would have been a rubbish phone a friend and totally cheated but I never would have coughed in the audience.....remember that controversy? Knowing my luck I'd be in the audience with the worst chest infection and get carted off for rigging the answers with my genuine bad cough. I liked Jeremy Clarkson at the helm as I think he puts the right amount of sarcasm in there which I don't think anyone else can do so thumbs up from me and I will watch again tonight.
Another fabulous watch this week was Home From Home starring Johnny Vegas and Emilia Fox. This is a 'class divide' comedy where Neil played by Johnny and his family have a slightly run down holiday lodge and Penny Dillon and her hubby have a very posh upgraded lodge across from them complete with hot tub. Penny is so snobby and clashes with Neil in a big way, the rivalry is just so amusing and they are brilliant acting opposite each other. My favourite characters though have to be Thistlewaite (Pearce Quigley) and Lorraine Sykes (Susan Calman), they are so funny and had me in stitches. Thistlewaite is the park manager and winds Neil up big time but he has such a funny personality, someone did a lot of holidaying on a good many sites to research him when writing this. Lorraine is conspiracy mad, she is that one neighbour who 'busy bodies' around but always turns the conversation to some bizarre combinations of conspiracy theories.
It is worth watching. It airs on BBC Friday at 9.30 but catch up on the iplayer, it really is hilarious.
Well we say goodbye to The Durrells tonight but we say hello to a new series of The Bridge on Friday. BBC 2 9pm. Now if you have not watched this before you do need your reading glasses on as it is subtitled. Its is a Scandinavian crime drama series and it is really good. This will be the last series but you can binge watch all of the other seasons on the BBC iplayer. What we do without that iplayer eh? I use it a lot, I very rarely watch programmes 'live' anymore. Great invention.
Enjoy your week, I hope you are having a very nice Bank Holiday weekend. If you fancy reading more posts by me then pop back for Music Monday tomorrow but for now........
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