Charities asked to put forward celebrities for final 'Millionaire' shows

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? is to have three final fundraising specials before the Chris Tarrant-hosted show ceases production after 15 years

Chris Tarrant: wants a break
Chris Tarrant: wants a break

The makers of the TV show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? have asked charities to put forward celebrity supporters to star in three final fundraising specials.

The quiz show’s presenter, Chris Tarrant, signalled the end of the programme when he announced yesterday that he was to step down as host of the ITV game show after 15 years, saying it was "time to take a break".

The show now focuses on celebrity fundraising specials in which famous faces attempt to win money for their chosen causes, rather than on ordinary members of the public playing for the £1m prize.

There are three episodes left to film in December, and they will be the last opportunities to take part in the show, a spokeswoman for ITV said.

Filming will take place on 18 December for two recorded shows, due to be broadcast early in the new year, and a live evening show on 19 December, she said.

Celebrities have so far won a total of more than £7.5m for their chosen charities on the show. 

Recent shows have seen Greg Rutherford, the Olympic long jump gold medallist, and Duncan Bannatyne, of Dragon’s Den fame, win £150,000, which was split between Mary’s Meals, Sports Aid and the audience prize pot.

Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, the designer and TV presenter, and his wife Jackie, hold the record for the most raised for charity after winning £500,000 for Shooting Star Chase Children's Hospice.

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? has been shown in 120 countries and brought phrases such as "phone a friend" and "ask the audience" into common use.

To suggest a celebrity supporter as a possible star in the final shows, email: laurencehill@me.com.

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