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Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? reveals million pound winner in new series

One lucky contestant hit the jackpot

Francesca Shillcock

ITV have announced that the new series of popular gameshow Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? will see one lucky contestant take the jackpot prize home.

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The new series, due to start next month, will show audiences at home a player take to the hot seat and correctly answer all 15 questions before being crowned the winner – the sixth in the ITV show's history. Host Jeremy Clarkson admitted that he felt emotional when he announced to the winner that they had won.

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Host Jeremy Clarkson admitted he was emotional when the contestant won

In the statement released by ITV, the former Top Gear presenter said: "Well, I'm absolutely thrilled and delighted that 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." He went on: "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."

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The new series will return next month

The 60-year-old went on: "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."

ITV also announced that while the new series, consisting of five hour-long episodes, will return to screens next month – the show has had to take precautions and changes to filming in line with coronavirus restrictions. The statement read: "As previously announced, this series was filmed without a studio audience due to COVID-19 and strict government guidelines around social distancing. This series viewers will see each contestant still have their four lifelines, however, they will be 50:50, Ask The Host and two opportunities to Phone A Friend."

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