Can't fault this guy for his honesty - via The Local (German News In English) website.
Punk's €64,000 TV quiz prize will go to tax man
A punk rocker who won tens of thousands of euros on a German television quiz show won't be spending it on new boots and shiny nose pins - he says most of the money will have to go to the tax man.
Robert Korn, who sports a multi-coloured Mohican hair cut and wore a black punk T-shirt when he appeared on the "Who wants to be a Millionaire" show on Monday, won €64,000 before backing out when he was unsure of a final answer.
"I've never in my life had as much money as I won yesterday," he told the Tagesspiegel newspaper. And he said he had listened to the advice of his girlfriend when deciding not to risk it on an answer of which he was not sure.
"I promised my girlfriend not to gamble everything," said the Berlin-based singer in amateur punk band No Exit.
And even though Korn walked away from the show with bags of money, he said he would probably only be left with a few euros to buy a couple of presents for his kids - most of the money will be eaten up by debts.
"I opened a punk shop five or six years ago... but three quarters of a year ago I had to close. I'm a good salesman but not a good businessman," he said.
"My tax adviser went bust and I failed to keep an overview of it all... now the lion's share of the money will have to go the tax office and the employment office."
He said the shop had sold punk supplies such as home-printed T-shirts, music CDs, badges, boots and 49 different colours of hair dye.
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via the intriguing The Independent website.
In 1998, Capital FM breakfast programme presenter Chris Tarrant was asked to host a new game show on ITV. "Cash Mountain" had the largest cash prize in British television history, but might never have also become the world's most successful quiz, if it hadn't been retitled. Who wants to be a Millionaire? Pretty much everyone.
At its peak, the Saturday night stalwart was watched by one in three of the British population, but Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? has gradually wound down operations to the occasional celebrity specials, and last year ITV announced that it would end for good following Tarrant's retirement. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Chris's Final Answer, was the last one and a chance to reflect on the phenomenon it once was.
You can keep your million quid, I'd rather get my hands on Tarrant's magical elixir of youth. The man hasn't aged a day in 15 years. Then again, the dim lighting in the Millionaire studio is rather flattering. This clip show saw Tarrant sat in his usual seat, introducing extracts with his usual delivery style, and so, sadly, it was too stiffly showbiz to offer any candid behind-the-scenes insight. Maybe in another 15 years?
It would have been fascinating, for instance, to hear what our host really made of Major Charles Ingram, the eccentric 2001 contestant whose cough-cough conspiracy led the way to a million pound win – swiftly followed by a conviction for deception. Or whether he personally found it less satisfying to watch the already-loaded banker Robert Brydges walk away with the jackpot. We did get to see some entertaining footage of Tarrant's equivalents in WWTBAM's various international versions. The Japanese host, Chris's favourite, speaks entirely in Japanese, save for barking a sharp "final ansah!" at apparently random intervals.
So that's it, then. No more chances for ordinary Britons to escape everyday drudgery by becoming instant millionaires.
This time via The Irish Independent website.
JOHN BOLAND – 08 FEBRUARY 2014
You know there's something amiss with television programming when the week's most diverting half-hour was provided by a 1982 edition of Blankety Blank.
This rerun of the endearingly daft game show was to be found on the Challenge channel and it evoked a vanished era when Terry Wogan's resplendent mane and nonchalant eejitry ruled the airwaves, Spike Milligan was content to slum it as a panellist and politically incorrect innuendoes hadn't yet been outlawed.
Also from another era was Who Wants to be a Millionaire (ITV), which finally came to an end this week – its demise hastened by host Chris Tarrant's wish to rid himself of the damn thing.
In truth, though, it had long outlived its original appeal, borne out by plummeting audience figures and an over-reliance on celebrity contestants competing for nominated charities.
There were eight of these in this last show, none of them – including actorJames Nesbitt and X Factor winner Alexandra Burke – performing knowledgeably, and it was a very far cry from the initial season 15 years ago when a captive viewership willed a succession of unknown contestants to make it all the way and succeed in answering that final, potentially life-changing question.
Indeed, the show had seemed nail-bitingly good back then. Not in recent years, though, and I doubt if anybody will mourn its passing.
I'm sad it has gone but sadder that it didn't try to reinvent itself into one of its international versions to keep it fresh and up to date - such as the USA with its randomness of categories and money upto four questions to go until it goes to "Classic Millionaire". I do like Cedric The Entertainer. Was he the chap who setup those toy shops? The Australian version was WWTBAM on x4 Sky Plus setting - a line up of contestants and half hour to get everything finished.
I would have liked to seen a new host - I always had the impression from Chris Tarrant that the programme had lost its originality. Compare to his performances and competitiveness when he was Team Captain in Show Me The Telly and seemed to have genuine enthusiasm in the show (hope this gets a second series!!).
Here is another closing piece from the popular Herald Scotland website which mentions the eagerly awaited Ejector Seat and The 21st Question.
It's been a good week for … quiz show fans
Gameshow enthusiasts can look forward to some new brain fodder this year after ITV announced two new programmes. Ejector Seat - to be presented by Andi Peters, below - will see contestants thrust out of their seats if they fail to correctly answer a series of questions. The 21st Question involves participants in a winner-stays-on format as they work their way through 21 difficult general knowledge challenges. Question number one is: which popular TV gameshow has just been axed?
It's been a bad week for … would-be millionaires
In 15 years it has spawned five millionaires, inspired an Oscar-winning film, been involved in a high-profile court case and generated a catchphrase that has become part of the lexicon. So you might want to phone a friend for therapy now that Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? is going to the big television studio in the sky.
Presented by Chris Tarrant, the show - which became a global success - captivated millions of viewers and fed a nation mesmerised by aspiration. Why has it died? In the age of austerity, have we binned the dream of winning big? Or is £1 million just not big enough anymore?
"People used to say 'I'm going to go for it - it's the only chance I'll ever have to win a million quid," recalls Tarrant. "But in the last series people were happy to be out of here after 10 minutes with £20,000. And who am I to blame them? It's the recession. That 20K could get them out of debt, let them take the kids on holiday for the first time in years. People daren't risk it in the way they used to."
Actually, I reckon it's not so much to do with the money, just fickle viewers hankering after a new concept.
Countdown, Pointless, Eggheads … they all chunter along nicely with a loyal fanbase more interested in exercising their brains than watching people win loads of dosh. As for the participants, they're just striving for a cheesy trophy to adorn the mantelpiece and 15 minutes of fame to prove that their general knowledge passes muster.
Of course, no-one has any general knowledge any more. We just use Google instead. But Tarrant's show might well prove popular with daytime viewers over a cup of tea. So could "Who Wants Some Millionaire's Shortbread?" be a winner? We'll maybe find out after the break …
Mr Quiz Worthing