Reviving Millionaire

With the announcement that Who Wants To Be A Millionaire is coming back for a week of twentieth anniversary specials, I was compelled to get in on this and throw a revival of my own. Almost two years ago now, I had a go at making a 3D model of the Millionaire set. I hoped I could do better this time!

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I’ve gone for a more 1998 look, or at least the early days in general. It’s always been a fairly intimate arena, but here we have a wider range of colours besides just blue, and with those wonderfully bulky screens and a big case of wonga making the centrepiece.

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The 2016 attempt now looks pretty terrible, so I’m guessing that’s a marked improvement! With what I’d like to think was a more informed approach, creating the model and animation was a much happier experience this time around. No friends needed to be phoned… though, I should give credit to my friend Christopher Jamin; shots of his own Millionaire models helped me no end with the make-up of more intricate elements.

I’m always curious with revivals; it seems there is a very fine line to tread when bringing back an established show. Some are spoilt with unnecessary ‘tweaks’ (Crystal Maze, Krypton Factor) while others just can’t seem to escape the shadow of previous presenters (Blockbusters, Robot Wars, Crystal Maze again). Indeed, it will be strange having Millionaire mark its twentieth anniversary without Chris Tarrant. Jeremy Clarkson probably wouldn’t have been my first choice to succeed him, but he will undoubtedly attract others, and there’s nothing to suggest he won’t do a decent job.

The £64,000 question will of course be whether viewers want Millionaire back just four years after it limped into retirement virtually unnoticed. Should things go down well, I’m sure we’ll be seeing more. If it’s used sparingly and goes back to the basics that made it gripping in the first place, I think Millionaire could well flourish again, twenty years later. We’ll have to ask the audience and see…

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Oh, and ITV: it’s the thirtieth anniversary of Interceptor next year. Celebratory revival please.

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32 comments
    • Jacob said:

      Ah thanks so much, Chris (I was then e-mailing you when you hit like!) High praise indeed from the Millionaire master 😉

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  1. Well I hadn’t even heard it was coming back, and what a coincidence it being Jeremy Clarkson. I remember him regaling a story about taking the board game to his friend’s house on a family evening and when asking if they wanted to play they declined, in real life they are multimillionaires which isn’t all that difficult to become if you’re in that kind of life.

    Pah! A million? Throw in some Jaffa cakes and I’ll consider it 😉

    This 3D model is really very good indeed, I don’t know the first thing about this stuff but I’m very impressed.

    I remember the first row of the audience always wore black, which after I noticed was then more of a distraction.

    Incidentally, I didn’t win big, but I did win £250,000 on the show* Google “Steve Kidd Millionaire” – enough for a decent night out.

    *actually, it wasn’t me, but it was someone using my name, that’s as close as I’ll ever get 😁

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    • Jacob said:

      Oh, Steve – I got all excited for you at the end there! Maybe you should apply for this new series? 😉 Thanks though, I’m glad you like the model.

      Yep, the audience were indeed asked to wear black. In the early episodes this wasn’t actually the case, and you get lots of glowing garments when they put the lights down. You can see why they introduced it!

      Jaffa cakes? You’re on! As a nation of biscuit lovers, Biscuit Millionaire would surely be just as popular, and tense. Fastest Finger First and Double Dip would take on whole new meanings.

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    • Jacob said:

      Ha, it’s a good word, at least when it’s not describing certain payday loan companies… Cheers, Michael. This was fun!

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  2. itsmyhusbandandme said:

    They should have you designing the set!
    JP

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  3. Wowser!! This is stunning… impressively done. The colors, the scaffolding under the glass… eeek, so cool! Really nice!! 😍

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks, Charlie – if you approve of the glass and metal I must have done well! 😉

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  4. Michael said:

    Hello! I really like your 3D studio models. I would like to ask if I could get from your email photos of your studio lighting during questions 1-5, 6-10, 11-13, 14, 15? I would be very happy. Regards!

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    • Jacob said:

      Hello Michael. I have put some extra screenshots in based on your requests.

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  5. Morgan said:

    Great work there! I am really impressed with the level of thought and detail to this. Is it possible to see the Millionaire logo used on the monitors

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks for your nice comments, Morgan! The logo used was a custom one, made several years ago actually:

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      • Morgan said:

        That is beautiful

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    • Jacob said:

      Thank you, I appreciate your nice comments and curiosity! I don’t freelance, and actually haven’t worked in industry for a few years. Would always be interested in an opportunity, though, if someone thought I could help them out.

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  6. Masculine Perspectives said:

    Awesome 3D models! Simply awesome!

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  7. stuffedbutter said:

    This is so awesome, I envy people like you who can create photo realistic stuff like this! Would you be planning on releasing a .OBJ of this please? I make animations in my spare time, and this would be pretty fun to mess around with. (I’ve been trying to extract the set used in the PS2 game, but I’ve only been able to extract the sound files thus far…) I obviously understand if you don’t want to release it 🙂

    -Joe

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      • stuffedbutter said:

        Thanks! I can’t seem to find the download link on that page though. It’s either I’m being dumb, or my eyesight is slowly going haha.

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      • Jacob said:

        Haha, don’t worry, there isn’t one! I’ll send a link to the e-mail you’re using here. 🙂

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