Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? is an international television game show franchise of British origin, created by David Briggs, Mike Whitehill and Steven Knight. In its format owned and licensed by Sony Pictures Television, contestants tackle a series of multiple-choice questions to win large cash prizes, with the format being a twist on the game show genre – only one contestant plays at a time, similar to radio quizzes; the maximum cash prize offered in most versions of the format is one million of the local currency. The original British version debuted on 4 September 1998 on the ITV network and was aired until its final episode on 11 February 2014; the revival received positive reviews from critics and fans, as well as high viewing figures, leading ITV to renew the show for another series. Since its debut, international variants of the game show have been aired in around 160 countries worldwide; the format of the show was created by David Briggs, Mike Whitehill and Steven Knight, who had earlier created a number of the promotional games for Tarrant's morning show on Capital FM radio, such as the bong game.
Tentatively known as Cash Mountain, the show took its finalised title from a song written by Cole Porter for the 1956 film High Society, starring by Frank Sinatra and Celeste Holm. Since the original version launched, several individuals have claimed that they originated the format and that Celador had breached their copyright and took the production company to court, but each claim was settled out-of-court on an agreement/settlement. In March 2006, original producer Celador announced that it was seeking to sell the worldwide rights to Millionaire, together with the rest of its British programme library, as the first phase of a sell-off of the company's format and production divisions; the idea to transform the UK programme into a global franchise was conceived by British television producer Paul Smith. He laid out a series of rules that the international variants in the franchise were to follow: for example, all hosts were required to appear on-screen wearing Armani suits, as Tarrant did in the UK.
However, some of Smith's rules have been relaxed over the years as the franchise's history has progressed. Millionaire and all of Celador's other programmes were acquired by Dutch company 2waytraffic. Two years Sony Pictures Entertainment purchased 2waytraffic for £137.5 million. The format of the show is owned and licensed by Sony Pictures Television. S. version is distributed not by Sony but by the Walt Disney Company's in-home sales and content distribution firm, Disney–ABC Domestic Television. A group of contestants on each episode play a preliminary round called "Fastest Finger First". All are given a question by the host and four answers which must be placed within a particular order. If any contestants are visually impaired, the host reads the question and four choices all at once repeats the choices after the music for this round begins; the contestant who not only answers but in the fastest time, goes on to play the main game. In the event that no one gets the question right, another question is given.
This round is only used when a new contestant is being chosen to play the main round, can be played more than once in an episode amongst those remaining within the group seeking to play the main game. In celebrity editions, the round is not used. Once a contestant enters the main game, they are asked difficult general knowledge questions by the host; each features four possible answers. Doing so wins them a certain amount of money, with tackling much tougher questions increasing their prize fund. During their game, the player has a set of lifelines that they may use only once to help them with a question, as well as two "safety nets" – if a contestant gets a question wrong, but had reached a designated cash value during their game, they will leave with that amount as their prize. While the first few questions are easy, subsequent ones after them will prompt the host to ask if the answer they gave is their "final answer" – if it is it is locked in and cannot be changed. If a contestant feels unsure about an answer, does not wish to play on, they can walk away with the money they have won, to which the host will ask them to confirm this as their final decision.
During the British original, between 1998 and 2007, the show's format focused on fifteen questions. The safety nets in this format were set to £1,000 and £32,000 with the payout structure being as follows: For the first group of five questions: £100 -> £200 -> £300 -> £500 -> £1,000 For the second group of five questions: £2,000 -> £4,000 ->
True Heroes (TV series)
True Heroes revolves around the daily lives of three police officers in a Neighbourhood Police Centre in Singapore. It stars Christopher Lee, Phyllis Quek, Allan Wu, Yvonne Lim & Jeanette Aw as the casts of the series; the show was endorsed by the Singapore Police Force, which opened up facilities such as the Old Police Academy and the Ang Mo Kio Police Division facilities, loaned real police vehicles and equipment for filming purposes. Christopher Lee as SGT Chen Junhao Phyllis Quek as SGT Cai Kexin Allan Wu as SSGT Wang Feng Yvonne Lim as Irene Jeanette Aw as Chen Huimin Moses Lim as Chen Rongyao Zen Chong as Wang Wei Cavin Soh as Wu Zhiguang Huang Wenyong as Wang Jiancheng Lin Meijiao as Zhong Xiaolan Alan Tern as CPL Jiang Yijie Li Wenhai as ASP Ge Ming Jin Yinji as Chen Meizhen Chen Guohua as SGT Liu Zhenyang Shaun Chen as Zhang Hanliang Ye Shipin as Hui-ge Joey Ng as Esther Gary Yap as Mike Li Yinzhu as Irene's grandmother Zhang Yaodong as Peter Real crimes such as the spider robber, VCD piracy, juvenile delinquency and cybercrime have been woven into this 25-episode action story.
The police officers in the story stay alert daily to provide security to the civilians, making them the "True Heroes". Chen Junhao is a righteous and courageous cop, born into a family of police officers. Junhao graduated with top honours from the police academy and harbours the ambition to follow his father's footsteps into the elite Criminal Investigation Department, he is sorely disappointed. At the NPC, Junhao and his colleague Wang Feng do not see eye to eye and their relationship further deteriorates when Junhao accidentally mistakes Wang Feng's father for a robber and "arrests" him. During a big fire, Junhao saves the life of an old lady, earning the adoration of the old lady's granddaughter, the neighbourhood "ah lian". Much to Junhao's annoyance, Irene tries to come between him and his colleague-cum-love-interest, Kexin. Wang Feng falls for Junhao's sister Huimin, who attempts to patch up his relationship with his younger brother Wang Wei, he changes his mind about Junhao when the latter saves him during a mission.
Junhao accepts Wang Feng after uncovering his troubled and complex family life. Junhao's best friend uses his identity to commit multiple sex crimes and Junhao ends up taking the rap and is jailed. Kexin's younger sister has been kidnapped as revenge against her. Wang Feng witnesses the stabbing of his own younger brother, who dies in his arms; each officer is tested. At the end, Huimin joins the Police Force as a Sergeant, whereas Kexin gets promoted to Staff Sergeant List of programmes broadcast by MediaCorp TV Channel 8 "True Heroes". Archived from the original on 10 October 2012. True Heroes
The Little Nyonya
The Little Nyonya is a 2008 drama serial on Singapore's free-to-air MediaCorp TV Channel 8. It stars Qi Yuwu, Pierre Png, Joanne Peh and Xiang Yun as the casts of the series; the storyline, which circles around the biographical flashback of an extended Peranakan family in Malacca, is set in the 1930s and spans to over 70 years and several generations of three families. It debuted on November 25, 2008 and concluded its run on January 5, 2009, it was shown on weekdays at 9pm. The series was sponsored by the Media Development Authority of Singapore. Produced by MediaCorp in commemoration of the channel's 45-year anniversary, the series has been acclaimed by viewers and critics, raked the highest viewership in the country in 14 years; the success of The Little Nyonya has led to the show being broadcast internationally. The series became the first Singaporean Chinese drama to be dubbed in Malay and aired on Malay-language channel Suria; the story spans from the 1930s till the present day. Huang Juxiang is born into a large Peranakan family.
She is beautiful and a fantastic cook. Due to a serious illness when she was 9 years old, Juxiang becomes a deaf-mute; because of her handicap, she is ostracized by people. Right before the Japanese Occupation in Singapore, she is forced to marry Charlie Zhang, a rich Peranakan, become his concubine. Juxiang runs away from home, she meets Yamamoto Yousuke, a young Japanese photographer. After overcoming many obstacles, they get married and Juxiang gives birth to a daughter Yueniang. During the World War, Juxiang is injured and she and her husband die, leaving behind their 8-year-old daughter; the orphaned Yueniang walks to her grandfather's house on her own. Her grandmother rejoices for her presence. Under the supervision of her grandmother, she learns to cook Peranakan dishes and sewing, she grows up looking like her mother and is exceptionally beautiful. After the war, her maternal relatives who sought refuge in England return home. Yueniang ends up leading the life of her mother – always discriminated against, beaten up, blamed and tortured.
She puts up with this mistreatment to protect her grandmother. Yueniang's beauty incurs jealousy from her cousin and attracts the attention of many rich Peranakans. However, she only has eyes for the penniless driver Niuzai, who claims that he has 10 younger brothers and sisters to look after. Chen Xi comes from an educated and wealthy family. Yueniang's kindness and persistence move Chen Xi and he falls in love with her, he hides his identity to be with Yueniang. Their relationship is filled with many obstacles and difficulties. Under pressure from his family, Chen Xi is forced to marry Yueniang's cousin, instead, but Chen Xi was forced to marry Zhenzhu after Yuzhu had been raped by Robert. Yueniang is married to a butcher, Liu Yidao. Many things happen after this and it is revealed that the Huangs use misunderstandings and mistakes for granted and resort to off-board measures. Yueniang is unwilling to accept the fact that she is always manipulated by others and decides to end her life, her strong personality impresses Liu Yidao and they become sworn siblings instead.
Yueniang decides to choose her own path in life. She begins learning how to run a business and, in the process, she is framed and ousted from her business. Despite the odds, she manages save her declining family business. Soon, she marries Paul, she has two miscarriages. So, she adopts names him Zuye. Zuye has a daughter; the daughter's name is Angela, in the present time. She sells cosmetics from overseas. However, Yueniang soon succumbs to intestinal cancer, dies; the Little Nyonya took a year of four months to film. More than 150 staff members were involved in production of the series and the cast was required to travel from Singapore to Penang and Ipoh during filming; the Little Nyonya was notable for having the highest production budget in the history of MediaCorp due to the elaborate period costumes. A pair of beaded shoes traversed over a cost of SGD$1200, while a dining table acquired for the set cost $15000. Rumours indicate that the role of Xiufeng was offered to May Phua, who turned the offer down due to her pregnancy at the time of filming.
Huang Biren was said to be a prime candidate for the role of Tian Lan, although the actress' decision not to renew her contract with MediaCorp resulted in Xiang Yun obtaining the part. It was rumoured that Zoe Tay had expressed interest in portraying a role in the series, although there were no suitable roles for her. Andrew Seow was first choice to play Robert Zhang but he declined due to scheduling conflicts and the role went to Zzen Zhang; the series received a 30-episode order, although over-runs in filming led the series to be extended to 34 episodes instead. As a result, two episodes were aired on Mondays from December 15, 2008 till the conclusion of the series. Promotion for The Little Nyonya lasted throughout the initial broadcast of the series as well after the series ended. Twelve members of the cast participated in "The Little Nyonya Public Event" 小娘惹户外影迷会 at Compass Point on December 27, 2008, which included an autograph session. An estimated 5000 people were present during the event.
100 posters were given out to members of the audience. The unprecedented number of appearances resulted in damage of the flooring at Compass Point. Certain tiles on the floor cracked under the pressure exerted by the crowd. Due to the overwhelming response of the initial public event, a "Thank You Roadshow"
The Star Awards is an annual ceremony held in Singapore where the media organisation Mediacorp recognises entertainers under their employment for outstanding performances of the year. Mediacorp first presented in 1994 took place at the Caldecott Broadcast Centre, MediaCorp TV Theatre hosted by Chen Shucheng and Yvette Tsui; the 25th Star Awards ceremony, honoring best Television of 2018 will be held on April 14, 2019, at the Mediacorp Campus, MES Theatre @ Mediacorp. The ceremony will be broadcast live on Toggle, Mediacorp Channel 8 and Mediacorp Channel U; the Nominees were announced on February 2019, Friday. The 1st Star Awards presentation was held on 26 February 1994, took place at the Caldecott Broadcast Centre, MediaCorp TV Theatre with an audience of about 500 people. There have no other pre-show and post-awards ceremony held in that year. Winners were announced during the presentation of the ceremony, the ceremony presented a popularity contest, with Li Nanxing, Chew Chor Meng and Zoe Tay winning the Most Popular Actor and Actress award, respectively.
At the Inaugural Star Awards ceremony in 1994. The nominees and winners are determined and selected by a majority vote from the public via telephone and SMS text voting. Between 1994–1996, only the top five male artistes were given the award; the Unbeatables received the award and it is given in honour of a Mediacorp drama serial which has delivered an outstanding overall performance. The nominees are determined by a team of judges employed by Mediacorp. Since 1994, the ceremony used a sealed envelope to reveal the name of the winners, as in tradition of most award ceremonies; the first Best Actress awarded was Fann Wong, in her performances in Chronicle of Life as Fang Ling 方玲 in the drama. Fann Wong is the first leading actress who have won this award since the awards was introduced in the 1995 ceremony. At the same ceremony. Zhu Xiufeng received the award for her supporting role in Chronicle of Life and it is given in honour of a Mediacorp actress who has delivered an outstanding performance in a supporting role in the 2nd year of the Star Awards ceremony.
Between 1995 to 2003, the Special Achievement Award is given to one artiste who have made significant contributions in the performance of his/her respective field of profession over the past few years. The award was discontinued in 2004 until it revived again in 2018 with Marcus Chin receiving the award; each ceremony ends with the Best Actor and Actress award, but recent ceremonies' last award would be Top 10 Most Popular Male or Female Artistes award, a popularity contest open for all nominated Mediacorp Artistes. Beginning in the 1998 ceremony, the variety categories were introduced in the awards, variety programmes, as well as the artistes playing a role in these programmes were now made eligible. For the first time in the awards' history, Technical Categories were presented, but they were taped outside the ceremony on a separate date, presented on a clip montage due to time constraints; the 2000 ceremony further added awards in recognition to News and Current Affairs team and the Top Rated Drama Serial and Variety Programme.
Beginning in the 2004 ceremony, the All-Time Favourite Artiste Award was introduced in the place of Special Achievement Award. Chew Chor Meng, Li Nanxing and Zoe Tay received the award after winning the Top 10 Most Popular Male or Female Artistes award from 1994–2003, it is given in honour of an artiste who has won the Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes or Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes for ten times. Artistes who receive the award will no longer be eligible for the running of the respective Top 10 Most Popular Male or Female Artistes awards from that particular year onwards, allowing younger MediaCorp artistes have a chance to win the popularity awards as well. 21 artistes had won the All-Time Favourite Artiste award since its award inception, it have been awarded in every year except 2007, 2013 and 2018. The ceremonies were held annually in April to honour television talents from works from the previous year. In the 2010 ceremony, held in 2010, introduced the six awards, Favourite Male Character,Favourite Female Character, Most Unforgettable TV Villain, Male Media Darling, Female Media Darling and Rocket Award.
The first three awards were decided by online voting with the results being announced during the first ceremony. The Rocket Award was introduced, which focuses on the artiste who contributed the most improvement throughout the past year. In 2014, the 20th Star Awards ceremony was held; the title of the Star Awards short-formed to Star Awards 20 as a remarkable awards night. The first ceremony was held at the MediaCorp TV Theatre with the veteran ar
Jeff Wang is a Taiwanese actor and television host. He was contracted to MediaCorp and was based in Singapore for over a decade, he was a prominently a full-time Mediacorp artiste from 1990 to 2010. Wang was overall male champion on Star Search Singapore 1999 and was awarded a contract with MediaCorp, he began acting minor roles in various dramas and is best known for his role as the villain Ying Tiancheng in Holland V, voted the Top 10 Most Memorable Villains at the Star Awards 2007 anniversary special celebrating 25 years of Chinese drama. His big break in hosting came when he replaced Kym Ng and Bryan Wong as host of City Beat and was nominated for the Best Variety Show Host award twice, he has since hosted many programmes and events including the Chingay Parade, award-winning talk show Say It If You Dare and Project SuperStar. Wang has diversified into singing, he wrote and sang the theme songs of several MediaCorp drama series which were nominated for the Best Theme Song several times. In 2009 he released his debut album Dream.
Route. As he decided to pursue a career in singing, he left MediaCorp in 2010 and returned to his native Taiwan, his last drama was Devil Blues Wang secretly married his long-time girlfriend, a Singaporean, in 2008 and they have a son. He only revealed his marriage to the press in early 2011. In 2008, Wang and some friends set up Xiao Bar Wang, a chain of shops selling Taiwanese street snacks, it has expanded into Malaysia and is co-managed by fellow MediaCorp artistes Apple Hong and Ong Ai Leng. Wang received the SME One Asia Award in 2011. Profile on xin.msn.com