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Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? was Australian version of game show, based off on British version Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?. Aired from 1999 to 2006 in Nine Network. Hosted by Eddie McGuire.

11-question and 15-question and 16-question formats Edit

From 1999 to 2000 beginning with an eleven question format starting at $1,000, this was later changed to 15 and offered a top prize of $1 million. However, in the 2007 revision of the show, the new maximum prize money on offer is $5 million, however in the 2009 revision the top prize reverted to $1 million.

2007 format Edit

The series ran for its scheduled 6 episodes from October, 22 to November 26 ,2007. The most notable change to the format is the addition of a bonus 16th question, which is worth $5,000,000. After answering question 15 correctly, they have the option of going for the bonus question. If the contestant gives the correct answer, he or she will win $5 million (the largest top prize in the history of Australian TV game shows). However, if an incorrect answer is given, then his or her winnings will plummet down to only $32,000; a devastating $968,000 loss.

2010 format Edit

On 27 February 2010, a prime time special called Whizz Kids: Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? was broadcast in which teams of students tried to win up to $1,000,000 for their school. Another episode was broadcast on 6 March 2010.

Money Trees Edit

Question Prize (1999-2000) Prize (2000-2006) Prize (2007)
16 - - $5,000,000
15 - $1,000,000 $1,000,000
14 - $500,000 $500,000
13 - $250,000 $250,000
12 - $125,000 $125,000
11 $1,000,000 $64,000 $64,000
10 $500,000 $32,000 $32,000
9 $250,000 $16,000 $16,000
8 $125,000 $8,000 $8,000
7 $64,000 $4,000 $4,000
6 $32,000 $2,000 $2,000
5 $16,000 $1,000 $1,000
4 $8,000 $500 $500
3 $4,000 $300 $300
2 $2,000 $200 $200
1 $1,000 $100 $100


Comedies Edit

Russell Gilbert Live Edit

In the comedy show "Russell Gilbert Live" were a few of comedies:

  • With Russell Gilbert as a contestant and Eddie McGuire as the host.
A$32,000 (10 of 15) - Not timed
Are you fidgeting in your chair at that moment because...
• A: You’re nervous • B: You have worms
• C: You need to go to the toilet • D: Your undies are riding up on you
  • With Paul Coolidge as a contestant and Eddie McGuire as the host.
A$1,000,000 (15 of 15) - Not timed
In chemical terms what does PVC stand for?
• A: Polyvinyl chlorine • B: Polyvinyl cellulose
• C: Polyvinyl chloride • D: Polyvinyl carbonate
Paul was the third contestant to look at the $1,000,000 question. Russell in the audience doubts that he going to win a million dollars because he blows everything. When it comes to this question, Paul thought it was Polyvinyl chloride, but when Russell yells out “It’s B, Paul!”, it made Paul sure that he knew the answer, so he goes with that. Unfortunately, that was the wrong answer, the correct answer is C. Polyvinyl chloride. Russell reveals that he tricked him about that.
  • With Russell Gilbert as a contestant and Eddie McGuire as the host.
A$32,000 (10 of 15) - Not timed
How far is the moon from the Earth?
• A: 565,000 kms • B: 240,000 kms
• C: 385,000 kms • D: 212,000 kms
Russell said that he liked to buy a vowel. Eddie tells him that is not part of his show. Also, with $16,000, he would like to buying something from the gift shop. Eddie tells him he does not have a gift shop. Also, he said he would take the home viewer, which Eddie also does not have. Eddie then reads the question and answers. When Russell says 240,000, Eddie says higher, which messed him up.
  • With Russell Gilbert as a contestant and Eddie McGuire as the host.
A$32,000 (10 of 15) - Not timed
Which London street has been associated with the press?
"Phone a Friend" lifeline used
• A: Harley Street • B: The Strand
• C: Savile Row • D: Fleet Street
Russel takes to phone a friend who turns out to be Lolita. Russell knew that he would get the question wrong, so he thought he would get a phone call for free.
  • With Russell Gilbert as a contestant and Eddie McGuire as the host.
A$500,000 (14 of 15) - Not timed
According to the recent survey, which word do people use when they haven’t heard something properly? Is it......
• A: What • B: Ay
• C: Huh • D: Pardon
  • With Russell Gilbert as a contestant and Eddie McGuire as the host.
A$?,000 (? of 15) - Not timed
Who is the current king of Spain?
"Phone a Friend" lifeline used
• A: King Hussein • B: King Carlos III
• C: Juan Carlos the First • D: Jose Ramos Horta
Russell decides to use his last lifeline, which is "Phone a Friend" and call Glenn Ridge from "Sale of the Century", who a bit busy with his show. Russell asks him "Who is the king of Spain?", Glenn ask the contestants the question, Brett buzzed in and said Juan Carlos the First, Glenn tells Russell the answer is Juan Carlos the First.
  • With Russell Gilbert as a contestant and Eddie McGuire as the host.
A$?,000 (? of 15) - Not timed
What is the only disease eliminated from this century?
"Phone a Friend" lifeline used
• A: Tuberculosis • B: Bubonic Plaque
• C: Smallpox • D: Polio
Russell decides to phone one of his friends and wants to be the one to answer the phone. But, instead, he rings Eddie.
  • With Russell Gilbert as a contestant and Eddie McGuire as the host.
A$?,000 (? of 15) - Not timed
What is Elton John’s real name?
"Phone a Friend" lifeline used
• A: Ronald Devlin • B: Tristram Prosonby
• C: Clark Grisward • D: Reginald Dwight
Russell decides the ring his girlfriend, Rochelle, who didn’t seem in the mood to help him.

The Late Shift Edit

In the comedy show "Comedy Inc. The Late Shift" were a few of comedies:

  • With Trevor and Lenny as the contestants and fake Eddie McGuire as the host.
A$100 (1 of 15) - Not timed
The eucalypt is a type of...
• A: Tree • B: Fern
• C: Bush • D: Weed
A$200 (2 of 15) - Not timed
In which country would you find the Taj Mahal?
• A: Pakistan • B: Thailand
• C: Burma • D: India
A$125,000 (12 of 15) - Not timed
The trigeminal nerve supplies sensory fibers to the...
"Phone a Friend" lifeline used
• A: Face • B: Hands
• C: Feet • D: Chest
  • With Henry Killock as the contestant and fake Eddie McGuire as the host.
A$100 (1 of 15) - Not timed
To give someone the go-ahead is to give them...
• A: The white light • B: The green light
• C: The red light • D: The night light
Henry wants to take $100 because he's satisfied with that and the music is a bit scary to him.
  • With Greg Ashley and Tim as the contestants and fake Eddie McGuire as the host.
A$100 (1 of 15) - Not timed
Which of these men sang for the rock band Queen?
• A: Freddie Mercury • B: Peter Allen
• C: Liberace • D: Elton John
They thought that this is a liberty gay question, so they wanted a another question.
  • With Peter Gardner and Tim as the contestants and fake Eddie McGuire as the host.
  • With Barry as the contestant and fake Eddie McGuire as the host.
A$1,000,000 (15 of 15) - Not timed
What is the first letter in the English alphabet?
• A: C • B: D
• C: A • D: B

Top Prize Winners Edit

$500 000 Winners Edit

$250 000 Winners Edit

$125 000 Winners Edit

$64 000 Winners Edit

$32 000 Winners Edit

$16 000 Winners Edit

$1 000 Winners Edit

$0 Winners Edit

$? Winners Edit

TriviaEdit

Hot Seat Edit

  • Millionaire now runs as a Millionaire Hot Seat format in Australia. See that page for more information.

ReferencesEdit

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