It’s been 14 years since a contestant last scooped the top prize on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?
And Jeremy Clarkson has hinted that fans may finally get to see another hopeful receive that coveted £1 million cheque, when the new series begins on Sunday.
The presenter, 60, also claimed that despite its ambiguous portrayal of the Charles Ingram cheating scandal in the ITV miniseries Quiz, he’s convinced the Army Major was ‘guilty as sin.’
Will it happen? Jeremy Clarkson has hinted that Who Wants To Be A Millionaire fans may finally get to see another hopeful scoop the top prize, when the new series begins on Sunday
Jeremy told The Sun that this series’ contestants seemed far better equipped to answer all 15 questions and reach the top prize, but remained tightlipped on whether anyone actually reached the final question and answered it correctly.
However the Top Gear host did say one moment during filming nearly moved him to tears.
He said: ‘There are occasionally moments that you go, ”Christ, I remember that”. And there is one coming up in this series — a truly brilliant, brilliant bit of television.
‘I mean, I was just bowled over. The old tear ducts were welling up. I won’t say any more than that but it is very good television.’
Shocking: The presenter also claimed that the infamous contestant Charles Ingram was ‘guilty as sin,’ after he was found guilty of cheating to win the show in 2001 (pictured)
The last Millionaire contestant to scoop the top prize was in 2006, when Ingram Wilcox was awarded that iconic seven-figure cheque.
Other winners were Pat Gibson in 2004, Robert Brydges and David Edwards in 2001, and Judith Keppel in 2000.
The last Millionaire contestant to come close to the million was teacher John Robinson, who walked away with £500,000 last year.
Exciting: Jeremy hinted that one moment during the new series nearly moved him to tears, but remained tight-lipped on whether anyone reached the £1 million prize
Jeremy took over as the host of Millionaire in 2018 when the show returned to screens to celebrate its 20th Anniversary.
The presenter went onto offer his views on the infamous contestant Charles Ingram, who was famously stripped of the million pound prize after being accused of cheating.
Last month many fans admitted they were unsure whether Ingram was actually guilty of deception, after ITV’s Quiz ended the scandal on an ambiguous note.
Drama: The presenter did claim that Charles and his wife Diana (pictured) are ‘guilty as sin’ of cheating on the show
Charles and his wife Diana was convicted of deception in 2003 after being accused of using the coughs of fellow contestant Tecwen Whittock to answer questions correctly.
Jeremy remains adamant the former Army Major cheated, saying: ‘That was the clever thing about Quiz, I thought. They are guilty as sin, I’m really convinced, but others are absolutely convinced of their innocence.’
Despite the show’s success stories, Jeremy did admit he hopes that only ‘intelligent’ viewers will make it into the hot seat, urging less knowledgeable viewers not apply.
Steer clear! Despite the show’s success stories, Jeremy did admit he hopes that only ‘intelligent’ viewers will make it into the hot seat, urging less knowledgeable viewers not apply
He told The Mirror: ‘Don’t waste my time! If you think you might be a bit stupid, just don’t bother making the phone call.
‘Don’t waste my time, don’t waste the viewers time and don’t waste our time.’
Referencing the show’s safety net, which contestants can set so they have a guaranteed sum of money if they answer a question incorrectly, he added: ‘You’re there to win a lot of money, that’s the whole point of the show.
‘A lot of contestants set it at £32,000, I think the fact it was there historically plays a part in people’s thinking.’
Who Wants To Be A Millionaire returns on Sunday at 7:15pm on ITV.
WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE – THE BIG WINNERS
Amazing: Judith Keppel is to date UK Millionaire’s only female winner
Judith Keppel – November 2000
Judith is to date UK Millionaire’s only female winner, and made history when she was the first contestant to scoop the top prize.
She went onto return to the show in 2003 for a winners special and with the help of David Seaman won £32,000 for charity.
Iconic: Physics teacher David Edwards stunned viewers in April 2001
David Edwards – April 2001
Former physics teacher David Edwards stunned viewers when he reached the coveted final question.
He also appeared on a winners special with Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, winning £32,000 for charity.
Shocking: Robert Brydges appeared on Millionaire in September 2001
Robert Brydges – September 2001
Robert – a former banker – appeared on Millionaire just 11 days after Charles Ingram’s infamous stint, and had even been sat in Winners Row while the show was being filmed.
He reached the final question with relative ease, and with the help of a 50:50 received the famous seven-figure cheque.
Pat Gibson – April 2004
Winner: Pat Gibson scooped the top prize in April 2004
Pat proved to be one of Millionaire’s best-equipped contestants by the time he reached the £1 million question, as he still had two lifelines to use.
With the help of a 50:50 and Phone-A-Friend, he was crowned winner, and is now a regular in the world of professional quizzing and on BBC’s Eggheads
Huge: Ingram was the last contestant to win the top prize on Millionaire in 2006
Ingram Wilcox – September 2006
Ingram was the most recent contestant to win Millionaire, and shared his winnings among his five children.
The retired civil servant from Bath moved into a new home in France a year after appearing on the show.
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