Who Wants To Be A Millionaire spin-off announced as Anita Rani hosts new ITV quiz show

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Who Wants To Be A Millionaire fans were thrilled when the hit ITV quiz show returned with Jeremy Clarkson at the helm and now a spin-off has been confirmed. The new show titled Fastest Finger First will be hosted by Countryfile’s Anita Rani and is based on the iconic first round of the classic quiz show.

The quiz show will see contestants having to put their answers to a multiple-choice question in a particular order, in a similar fashion to the first round Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. 

During each instalment, five quizzers will play against each other to take it, in turn, to work their way up the question ladder. 

The final round will involve the two players with the biggest score going head-to-head for the chance to take the hot seat with Jeremy. 

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire fans will know contestants get the opportunity to play if they answer the first question correctly in the quickest time. 

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However, this new quiz show will see the winner of Fastest Finger First bypassing Who Wants To Be A Millionaire’s first round and heading straight to the hot seat. 

The ITV series will be presented by broadcaster Anita who is one of the hosts on Countryfile and BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour. 

She commented: “I’ve always loved Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? and was thrilled to be invited to host this spin-off. 

“I’m a huge fan of quiz shows, and there is no doubt that Jeremy is a formidable host. 

“I’m just relieved that in Fastest Finger First, there isn’t a round for contestants to ask for my answers to the questions.”

The new quiz show is being created by Sony Pictures Television owned independent production company Stellify Media. 

Managing directors Matthew Worthy and Kieran Doherty revealed they wanted to create the spin-off in order to give a chance for someone to guarantee themselves a place in the hot seat.

Matthew said: “We were delighted when back in 2018, ITV entrusted us with the re-boot of Millionaire with new host Jeremy Clarkson at the helm. 

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“Over the past four years, it has proved such a hit with audiences across the country and we are thrilled to create this new spin-off for such an iconic game show.”

Kieran added: “The premise of Fastest Finger First might be simple, but in no way is it easy to do. 

“As with Millionaire, Fastest Finger First holds the same excitement and tension – knowing when to use your question’s safety net and when to risk it all to push on, creates really compelling viewing.”

Ahead of the announcement, a TV source reflected on the success of the Who Wants To Be A Millionaire reboot. 

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They said: “This is a reflection of just how much of a triumph the reboot has been because even the original Millionaire didn’t spawn a spin-off show.

“And that was a phenomenon which was on our screens for a staggering 16 years under its former host, Chris Tarrant, before it was eventually axed in 2014.”

“So this shows how much ITV believe the contest has captured the imagination of a whole new generation of viewers,” a source told The Sun.

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire airs on ITV. 

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