Saturday, 18 August 2007

Not Like This I Don't

I just watched the first episode of the new revised Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? on ITV1. Christ, it was dismal. I shall now list the things that are wrong about it:
  1. The theme music has had an infuriating dance beat pasted over it. Like almost all of the new changes, this has clearly been done only because they thought this aspect of the show needed changing somehow since they were changing things anyway, and this was the only way they could think of to change it. It is much worse.
  2. The title sequence is dismal. It's got all the new amounts of money in it. At the end the big circular logo jumps about so you can read the 'Who Wants To Be A' bit at the top. You know, in case you were a simpleton who didn't know what the programme was called.
  3. The graphics have been uglified. They look like you would expect the graphics to look on a sketch show that was doing a Millionaire bit and didn't have the rights to use the proper graphics so had to knock some up in a day to use instead.
  4. The new prize amounts are boring and are all just stolen from Deal Or No Deal (anyone who says you can't steal a number is lying). And they're all round numbers so there's no good subtraction going on anymore ("You've just lost two hundred and eighteen thousand pounds").
  5. The Knorr sponsorship ads were broken and kept going all fuzzy and screechy.
  6. Despite having got rid of the easy questions, they don't seem to get through any more of the difficult ones in the hour.
  7. It's on after The X Factor. This isn't strictly new, but is worth mentioning anyway.
For comparison, here is a list of things which were better:

  1. They didn't do the text game.

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