11 September 2020 14:34
A Who Wants To Be A Millionaire winner on tonight's series finale is set to break a record in the programme's history. Viewers have been waiting with bated breath ever since ITV teased the news that a contestant had won the £1million prize money. As tonight is the final episode in the latest series, it is expected that the winner, believed to be male, will be seen scooping the jackpot in the hour-long show. And it is believed that he managed the impressive achievement in record time, becoming just the sixth UK jackpot winner – the first since 2006. To win the game, the contestant will have answered the 15 questions correctly - perhaps with the help of lifelines Ask the Audience, 50/50 and Phone a Friend.
(Image: ITV) He will then likely be presented with the show's famous cheque for £1million - this will be the first time it will be signed by host Jeremy Clarkson, who took over from Chris Tarrant in 2018. ITV bosses are remaining secretive about the identity of the contestant ahead of tonight's programme, but it is believed that his performance will blow viewers away. Speaking ahead of the episode, Clarkson said having his first millionaire winner filmed during lockdown in a studio with no audience had been "emotional". Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will start in 8 Cancel Play now Clarkson, 60, added: "I'm thrilled and delighted we've found someone who seems to know just about everything. I can't wait for the viewers to see it and I want to watch it back too.
"I was just in awe of this contestant and think they are probably the best the show has ever had in its 22-year history. It was a joy to sit and watch it unfold." ITV recorded the episode in July with strict social distancing measures in place. Revealing how quickly the contestant got through the rounds without faltering, Clarkson added: "It felt like we whizzed through the 15 questions and all of a sudden confetti was falling from the ceiling and I was saying 'You've just won one million pounds'. "I wasn't sure I'd ever get to utter those immortal six words and I'm not embarrassed to say it was a little emotional but boy did it feel good." The other jackpot winners include Judith Keppel in 2000, David Edwards in 2001, Robert Brydges a few months later, Pat Gibson in 2004, and Ingram Wilcox in 2006. Major Charles Ingram also won the prize but it was discounted after he was accused of cheating amid the coughing scandal. The final episode Who Wants To Be A Millionaire starts at 8.30pm Friday on ITV. Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? is back on our screens on ITV with Jeremy Clarkson still at the helm as quizmaster. This year, we're looking forward to seeing the first £1,000,000 jackpot winner in 14 years of the show. As usual, Clarkson is his joking self, although maybe slightly close to the line as you may have seen yesterday when he brought up his Top Gear Argentinian controversy. But this time, he aimed his jokes at fellow The Grand Tour presenter, James May. The contestant, a 27-year-old names Saul, looked promising as he looked forward to taking on the long list of questions, but on introducing the contestant, Clarkson was keen to add a swipe at James May. "Okay, 27 years old, you are Saul Sylvester from Hammersmith," Jeremy said. Saul nodded at Clarkson before the presenter continued: "That's where James May lives," he added with a disgusted look on his face. Saul laughs and agrees with him. "Yeah, I know, I've seen him." The quiz began and Saul started confidently, although the questions soon began to get progressively harder and quickly he was using up his lifelines. At £16,000, he had to use Phone A Friend and a 50/50, eventually making it to £32,000 where he placed a safety net. Fortunately, he got this question right, but sadly went home with the money without progressing further.