It’s back for a week of specials for the 20th anniversary (i.e. it’s a sly pilot) and it’s got a new host in the divisive Jeremy Clarkson. But Millionaire is back, whether anyone really gives a damn or not.
Also back: the 15 question money tree and by the sounds of it the original Strachan music score. The set looks very pretty (I was worried the video floor was a bit too eye-popping but it feels much better in that context). There’s a new Ask the Host lifeline, and contestants will set their own second safety net which may or may not lead to some interesting decisions. I hope it makes the show a bit less predictable.
Whether this show lives or dies beyond this week depends on, I suspect, a willingness to give the impression it’s OK with giving serious cash away, If they’ve made the questions so hard everyone stops at eight- or sixteen-thousand everyone’s going to get bored very quickly, excitement over the hosting choice or not.