It’s The Rani

By | January 21, 2022

The ABSOLUTE POWER of the UKGameshows.com/Bother’s Bar Poll of the Year, fresh from topping the table as host of The Answer Trap, Anita Rani has been announced as host of Millionaire Spin-off Fastest Finger First.

Fastest Finger First, according to Variety, features five contestants facing off in FFF questions to earn the opportunity to climb the question ladder, the winners get fast tracked to the Hot Seat on Millionaire itself.

It’s kind of a neat idea, like how the Spanish aired a daily version of The Money Drop whose winners got to play for the big money in primetime. My only potential issue is that already having been vetted in a lengthy quiz, is Millionaire all of a sudden just going to be full of professionals winning £64,000 and walking away? Are we going to lose the unpredictability and variety of outcome, which Clarkson Millionaire was (initially at least) quite good at? We’ll find out in due course.

4 thoughts on “It’s The Rani

  1. Brekkie

    Lets be honest – Millionaire is already full of professionals walking away without breaking a sweat with often more than £64,000. It’s one thing that is making it pretty boring at the moment.

    Not a fan of a place on Millionaire being the prize at all – the spin-off needs to exist in it’s own right and spinning out a 30 second qualifier question to an hour long game show doesn’t sit right with me and risks alienating Millionaire viewers who don’t watch the spin off.

    Anita though is an inspired choice. Makes me wonder if it is worth adding a host category to the poll of the year, or are you waiting for Bradley to retire?

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    1. Brig Bother Post author

      I don’t think that matters too much to be honest, nobody’s watching Millionaire for the hot seat qualifier, whether that be audition, trad. FFF or New FFF. It’s a nice bit of continuity for those who want it, hopefully a compelling quiz show in its own right, but I don’t think anyone who misses it will care all that much.

      My other main concern is the duel at the end – we’re surely not going to get five minutes of people just punching in buttons silently surely. SURELY?

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  2. Brekkie

    Yes, was going to say watching people answering questions by just pushing buttons makes for boring TV but of course The Chase have managed to make that process very watchable.

    A show like this though needs to be pacey – probably won’t be the 100 questions in half an hour of 100% but it needs to move along quickly rather than over analyse every question.

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  3. Oliver R

    I appreciate the Doctor Who reference in the title of this post.

    The choice of host might just have turned Fastest Finger First into must-see TV…

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