MEET THE CAST OF DAN SEFTON’S ‘TRUST ME’ 138

New psychological thriller Trust Me, penned by Dan Sefton (Good Karma Hospital, Delicious) and starring Jodie Whittaker (Broadchurch), premieres this August on BBC One.

Cath Hardacre is a good nurse. Caring and hard-working, she does her best for everyone in the cardiology ward she works on. However, when she raises her concerns about the standards slipping at the hospital her world takes a turn for the worse.

After being sacked for whistle-blowing, Cath turns to her best friend Dr. Ally Sutton, who is leaving her life as an A&E doctor and emigrating to New Zealand with her new husband. At a drunken party Cath finds Ally’s discarded paperwork and makes the desperate decision to take a second chance at life – by stealing her best friend’s identity.

Cath, now calling herself Ally, accepts a job at a failing emergency department in Edinburgh and embarks upon a new life with her young daughter Molly. However, with her good-for-nothing ex-partner Karl trying to spend time with them and a journalist chasing her about the issues at her former hospital, how will Ally cope with leading a double life?

Cath Hardacre/Dr Ally Sutton is played by Jodie Whittaker, Dr Andy Bennett by Emun Elliott, Dr Brigitte McAdams by Sharon Small and Karl is played by Blake Harrison.

Character biographies

source site Cath Hardacre/Dr. Ally Sutton (Jodie Whittaker)

Everything about Cath says that she is honest, hardworking and uncompromising. In a well intentioned meeting with the hospital board Cath loses her job – and with that the means to provide for her daughter. In a moment of desperation, Cath steals her best friend’s identity and applies for a job in Edinburgh, adopting the persona Dr. Ally Sutton. As Ally, she becomes a trusted member of the emergency department and against her better judgement falls for her colleague, Dr Andy Brenner.

Dr. Andy Brenner (Emun Elliott)

Andy is a consultant in the emergency department, a doctor whose professional and charming manner puts even the most nervous patient at ease. Tired of playing second fiddle to his career, Andy’s ex-wife ended their marriage, taking their children with her. To his surprise, Andy soon finds himself falling for Ally, who is his intellectual counterpart. She represents the light at the end of the tunnel after his painful separation and he finally feels he’s getting his life back on track after the acrimonious split from his ex-wife. But Andy doesn’t know Ally as well as he thinks he does…

online dating edinburgh scotland Dr. Brigitte Rayne (Sharon Small)

If anyone is going to survive the sinking ship of the emergency department, it is Brigitte. She is the clinical lead in the department but she considers it a poisoned chalice of endless paperwork. Openly admitting that she is only in the profession to keep her daughters in private school, Brigitte has fallen out of love with treating patients and lacks confidence when she must take care of a serious medical case. Brigitte’s slightly bonkers approach towards medicine means that her team rally around her when they sense that she is losing her nerve.

http://nottsbushido.co.uk/hotstore/Hotsale-20150822-113744.html Karl (Blake Harrison)

Karl was on the path to making something of his life, but it all came crashing down after he lost his job. With his contract severed and his debt increasing, Karl found himself in the throes of alcohol addiction. His relationship with Cath suffered as a result and they separated shortly afterwards. Since then, Karl has been in a constant cycle in and out of alcohol rehabilitation. When Cath moves to Edinburgh, it gives him the push to change his life for the better. Karl realises how much he misses his daughter Molly being present in his life and vows to do all that he can to be closer to her. But will Karl’s good behaviour be rewarded with the family reunion he longs for?


INTERVIEW WITH WRITER & CREATOR DAN SEFTON

viagra gels uk/page/3/page/21/ What inspired you to write Trust Me?

I’d always been fascinated by imposters and what motivates them. Most are men, doing it for status and ego. Women tend to have different reasons. I was also interested in what would happen to someone who did a bad thing for the ‘right’ reasons. Would it slowly change them as lie followed lie? Also, what happens when you’ve managed to fool everyone and then you meet the love of your life when you are living those lies? Is it really possibly to have a ‘life’ as an imposter or are you doomed to be alone? Be careful what you wish for…

here How much of your own experiences fed into the story or the characters?

As a doctor I’ve encountered imposters in real life – there was actually one in the department where I worked. Often they are well liked and competent! I’ve also met qualified doctors who are frankly dangerous. For me there’s a delicious irony in the idea that the imposter doctor is better than the real thing, both clinically and with patients.

What are some of the challenges that you faced during the writing process?

Medically the action scenes are chosen to be the things that scare or disturb me as a doctor. So they may not be the most obvious choices but they are real. I’ve experienced many disturbing moments in the last 20 years and wanted to expose the characters and audience to scenes that show them what it’s really like. It’s a very hard and difficult job for both doctors and nurses and the cost is high. Hopefully by putting that on screen, the general public will have a more nuanced understanding of what their ‘heroes’ go through and also how they act when things go wrong.

The writing has been easy as the support from both Red and the BBC – not to pull any punches – has always been there. Throughout the process we have all found the confidence to be even bolder, with both the morally ambiguous characters and the subject matter. I think it has paid off. Certainly everything I hoped for has been realised on screen, thanks also to brilliant acting, direction and design.

Tell us about the medical training given to the cast

We spent a day or two running the kind of training that real doctors get. It was important to get them used to handling the equipment so it looked totally natural. Little things, like how to wear a stethoscope around your neck like a ‘real’ doctor – and how possessive doctors are of their ’tubes’. I’m a life support instructor so I could use the real life training equipment. Everyone seemed to get into it – especially Jodie. On set, the patient transfers, equipment etc were real and the entire cast got really good at doing it all – so much so that they could probably now pass for real doctors and nurses! If you meet a doctor who looks like Jodie Whittaker then check her GMC certificate!

follow url How realistic is this drama?

I feel it’s as realistic as it’s possible to get. Nothing in the story is fudged or faked. This is how it feels. The details are all there. The set was built from the ground up and it’s indistinguishable from a real ED (emergency department). Scenes in the medical conference in episode two are part of medical life that is rarely seen. So this is a show that really gets under the skin of doctors, how they really think, act and talk.

http://flywind.com.br/bakester/4825 How different is this to Good Karma Hospital?

Very different. Almost deliberately another side of medicine. Also this is a psychological thriller in the Hitchcock tradition set in the NHS, not a ‘medical show’.

http://www.mabnapouyesh.com/dfdf/396 What are you hoping audiences will take away from the series?

Many things. The series pushes the audience to identify with an anti-heroine. For me this is a modern US TV drama idea that British TV has been slower to adopt. I think it’s a challenging premise and told in a way that makes you think about exactly what you need from a doctor: are you really better off with a drug-using Oxbridge graduate, or an imposter who is compassionate, smart and hardworking? Maybe we should look again at who we select for these jobs… medicine is not an intellectual subject and often the wrong people go into it for the wrong reasons.

I’d also like people to see just how tough it is for doctors, nurses, paramedics and other professions like the police and fire service to have to deal with the aftermath of accidents, illness, violence and death. It’s a tough job and it takes a heavy toll on the people who do it. Watching a child die at 2am on a Saturday night is a reality for these people, when most of us are tucked up in bed. Yet many members of the public are vindictive when it comes to punishing honest mistakes made in the heat of the moment.

Although it’s not political, people may also see why the NHS is struggling to retain staff, so much so that a bad but punctual doctor or a good imposter is never asked too many questions. It is in this kind of environment, where temporary staff make up the majority of a shift, where safety can be compromised, no matter how many positive appraisals they may have received.Above all I hope it’s an entertaining, disturbing drama series that ends in a satisfying and unexpected way___


INTERVIEW WITH JODIE WHITTAKER (CATH)

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I was sent the script for the first episode and it fascinated me because it went in a completely different direction to how I thought it was going to. Particularly at the beginning when she’s suspended for whistleblowing and loses her job. It could have gone so many ways, and the fact that she takes on this new identity isn’t the way that I thought it would go. I love the fact that her choices are quite morally dubious – they certainly aren’t black and white. She makes decisions that are quite challenging to justify, even though we know her reasons. I’ve never acted in anything medical before, so it felt completely new.

How does Cath’s lie come about?

Cath starts off by having a conversation with her best friend, Ally, who is a middle grade doctor in A&E and is giving it all up to emigrate to New Zealand. Ally is packing up the life that Cath would have loved to have had, leaving it all behind to go and do something completely different. Suddenly there is an opportunity for her to take on the identity of her friend and in that panic, not necessarily the clearest thinking moment in her life, she does it. Once you set off on a path of lies it’s very difficult to undo it without bringing everything crashing down.

Did you receive any training on medical procedures?

Yes! The writer, Dan, who is also medical consultant and a doctor outside of TV production, showed us a load of stuff that he used when he was training people. He brought in the CPR dummy and showed us how to do a cannula and he, very bravely, let me put a cannula in his vein. I did it right, thank God! Also, YouTube is amazing. The genius of the internet is that you can basically sit at home and Google medical procedures, and TV shows such as 24 hours in A&E, which I watched hours of.

How else did you prepare for the role?

With regards to the technical stuff, we had an on-set consultant so that there was always someone to help when we had to do the procedures. The best thing for me was that my character was also out of her depth and didn’t always know what she was doing, so it kind of covered my own personal fumbles. I’m not someone who likes to over prepare for dialogue scenes, because I think that makes me not listen to what the other person is saying as I’ve already decided how I’m going to do it. It immediately makes it interesting and new and you can’t plan for that, which is great. You can’t ‘wing’ the medical stuff so I had to do my research for that. One of my friends is a Sister in A&E and I sent her a lot of messages asking ‘how do you pronounce this?’ and ‘what does that mean?’, so basically she was my personal medical coach even though she works full time!

Is it challenging playing someone who leads a double life?

Yes, but no more challenging that playing someone who has had something happen to them that I haven’t personally experienced. What’s hard is trying to gauge how good a liar she is, or how in a panic she is. You’ve got to be careful, because you can’t make the other actors seem stupid. These are intelligent, fully formed characters that you’re working with, so it was a fine line of being able to deceive and it not being something that comes easily to her. However, it can’t be that it makes everyone around her feel a bit like an idiot for not working it out. That was tricky, but the director is there to help guide you through it.

Did the uniform help to get you into character?

Yes. It feels odd when you put it on. I did five weeks of studio filming, back to back – all the medical stuff was contained so everything started to become a bit like second nature. The first few times I had to put on an apron, the ‘take’ ended up being about 15 minutes long. Then I worked out that you shouldn’t put the gloves on before the apron! There was lots of daft stuff like that, but you then get into a rhythm. It’s good because it makes you immediately feel like you look the part and then all I had to do was make sure that I knew the lines!

What were some of the challenges that you faced during filming?

I’m not very good with learning dialogue when there are lots of medical terms! I enjoy the adrenaline of being on set because I’m quite good at choreography, I respond well to being taught something physically. That’s why I was terrible at school, because they talk you through things rather than physically show you. I enjoyed doing the different types of surgery as it was fascinating, it’s nerve-wracking but you realise that you can do it. Also, the team who created the props put in so much hard work to make sure we didn’t mess up our bits. I struggled with having massive speeches that involved these medical words. I don’t have a brain for that!

Did you enjoy working in Scotland?

I absolutely loved Glasgow! The crew were phenomenal and the city is wonderful. I could move my family up there and we had a great time as there were loads of brilliant restaurants and everyone was lovely. It was brilliant and I would snap up another job there very quickly, although it does get very dark and cold over winter!


INTERVIEW WITH EMUN ELLIOTT (DR ANDY BRENNER)

What appealed to you about this project?

I love the premise. This idea of somebody taking on someone else’s identity and trying to get away with it felt like a really dramatic idea to set a story around. I had never read anything like it. I also wanted to grab the opportunity to work with Jodie as I’ve been a fan of her work for a while now.

How would you describe your character?

He’s a consultant who’s been working in this particular hospital for the last seven years. He’s calm, experienced and knows exactly what to do in most situations, so is the opposite direction of Cath in that way. He’s recently divorced and has two young children.

In what way is your character challenging to play?

He’s a doctor, so one of the challenges was trying to make some of the medical procedures look convincing. Andy is so well trained in his field and so accustomed to working on the hospital floor, so it was important that whatever he was doing looked like second nature. Doctors are famously unflappable and controlled in some critical, life-or-death situations, so channelling that air of calm and expertise was important to me.

What drives him?

He’s driven by a genuine passion for his occupation and for humanity. He knows how important his job is and is someone who takes that responsibility seriously. People’s lives are literally in his hands everyday, so the stakes are through the roof. On another level, he’s recently divorced, so working long hours and preoccupying himself with other people’s problems takes his mind off his personal life.

Did you receive any training on medical procedure?

We did. We were lucky enough to be invited into St John’s Hospital in Livingstone where we were given a backstage tour of each department. Dan Sefton, the writer, also took us through various procedures that were in the story. Using a dummy of course!

How else did you prepare for the role?

Aside from the training and expertise advice we were given before shooting, I just tried to immerse myself in a medical environment as much as possible. I spent time in hospitals, watched a few documentaries that focused on the NHS and doctors in particular and tried to get my mouth around as much medical terminology as possible.

Do you like working in Scotland?

Of course! I was born and brought up in Edinburgh and went to drama school in Glasgow so I feel a real connection every time I come home. It was nice to see my family and friends in-between shooting days. We even shot a scene on Portobello beach in Edinburgh which is literally where I grew up!

What makes Edinburgh a good backdrop for a drama?

Edinburgh is a beautiful city that’s steeped in history. It’s about time it got some more screen time. There’s a volcano in the heart of the city, a castle, ancient architecture and rolling hills, so it really is a city that deserves to be seen on screen more.

Have you ever worked with any of the cast before?

I had worked with some of the crew before as I’ve worked in Scotland quite a bit over the years. My good friends Brian Ferguson and Ally Craig came in to do a few scenes with us which was a joy, as I hadn’t really spent time with them since we did Black Watch together ten years ago.

What are the biggest challenges that you have faced so far during filming?

It’s usually time. You could spend weeks, sometimes months as an actor preparing for a scene or a specific moment in the story then when it finally comes around to shooting it you have maybe two or three takes to get it right and put all of those ideas into the scene. It can often lead to a sense of frustration afterwards, but you just have to learn to trust in your preparation and let it go.


INTERVIEW WITH SHARON SMALL (DR BRIGITTE RAYNE)

What attracted you to this project?

I liked the character and the premise of the piece – I don’t think we’ve seen this before. And everyone is like an armchair detective, everyone is an armchair actor or doctor, so I thought that people would get off on that and think, gosh what would I do in that circumstance? The audience are the people who are privy to the truth and not us. With my character, Brigitte, I like her neediness, her sassiness – she’s fun and quick-fire talking – and quite honestly I rather fancied myself as a doctor [laughs].

How would you describe your character?

Brigitte is a good person; she’s sassy and is a really good doctor. She has got some issues, but she is trying her best to run this ward and with great intentions, which I think a lot of NHS doctors are.

How did you prepare for the role?

I grew my hair so that I could tie it up – normally I have short hair. We had a fantastic medical training day with Dan and got to do airways and cannulas and stitching and things like that, I loved that. The most important thing for me was to go around the actual A&E department (or ED department as I now know it’s called) in Edinburgh. We met this fantastic doctor – just watching him and really getting to observe what goes on in a ward, the dynamic, what people do and noticing that people are always looking at folders, everyone’s always collaborating and talking to each other. Everyone is always moving around, a lot more than you think and not that quickly. It’s less dramatic than you think.

Is your character challenging to play?

She was. Similarly in something that Jodie mentioned, I had quite a lot of medical jargon to say quite quickly, but I had less of the procedural stuff to do in terms of operational things. As the character is more and more revealed I had to make sure that I took care of how that happened, and that it was subtly done.

What makes a hospital a good arena for a drama?

It’s an ever-changing landscape, a hospital. Every new sort of event that you’re presented with means that you’re having to make life-saving decisions. People’s lives really are at stake, and honestly, my little taste of pretending that I was an ED doctor made me feel quite powerful. If I could fix people so that they survived, that would be an amazing ability.

What are the biggest challenges that you have faced so far during filming?

Saying the medical words Metronidazole – Met-ron-ida-zole, Metron-i-dazole – and trying to make scrubs look even remotely interesting, I don’t rock scrubs like Jodie does, I’m way too curvy for that!

What do you hope audiences will take away from this drama?

I hope that they’ll find themselves in that dilemma of wanting Cath/Ally to succeed, because she’s a good person and she ironically is brilliant at the job. I’m hoping that they’ll see the dilemma that she has, and as you want her to keep succeeding, it means she’s going to keep compromising people as she goes, as well as herself.


INTERVIEW WITH BLAKE HARRISON (KARL)

What appealed to you about this project?

The script hooked me immediately. The fact that it’s written by someone who has years of experience working for the NHS and is still practicing was a big plus. It gives the writing an authenticity that I think the audience will respond to.

How would you describe your character?

Karl has been dependent on alcohol for a long time. It’s destroyed his marriage and was eroding his relationship with his daughter, Molly. Thankfully we meet Karl after he’s turned a corner. He’s six months sober but still struggling to financially support Molly. His struggles still have a negative impact on the ones he loves, but he is desperate to show that he can be the father his daughter deserves. And possibly the husband that Cath deserves.

What sort of man is Karl?

Karl is a man in transition. He was selfish. He let his own desires get in the way of his ability to be a good father and husband; now he’s exorcised those demons and is trying to make amends. He has a new lease of life and is driven by the desire to be a good father. When it looks like Cath will take his daughter to Scotland he worries that he’ll lose his main motivation for staying sober.

How would you describe his relationship with Cath?

It’s very strained. There is still some love there, but after letting her down constantly, Cath is understandably sceptical of his recent transformation and frustrated by his inability to contribute financially to their daughter’s upbringing.

How else did you prepare for the role?

I did some research into sobriety. I found some heartwarming accounts of people who have battled through addiction and are now much happier. They’re better fathers, husbands, more productive. I applied what I could from those accounts. I also exercised a lot more. One thing I found was that people can overhaul themselves physically once they are sober. They feel healthier than ever before and, in some cases, things like running become a new addiction to them.

What are the biggest challenges that you have faced so far during filming?

My biggest challenge on the job was being away from my pregnant wife. I was constantly worried about getting a phone call saying she’d gone into labour and I’d have a mad rush to fly home in time to be with her. Thankfully my son was born the day after I wrapped. Impeccable timing.


INTERVIEW WITH PRODUCER EMILY FELLER

What is Trust Me about?

Trust Me is a four-part BBC one drama, which is about a nurse who is struck off for whistle-blowing. She reinvents herself in Scotland as an imposter doctor. It examines all of the many facets and layers of telling lies – not telling people who you really are and finally falling in love with the person that she was always meant to be with. But it can’t ever happen because she’s not who she says she is.

Tell us about the hospital set.

We found the old Scottish Water Board Call Centre, which has a massive floor plan, and set about building a hospital A&E ward. It was no mean feat! Our designer Monica Black did an amazing job. We were clear that we didn’t want it to be a brand new hospital, it shouldn’t look white and glass and sparkly at all, it shouldn’t be modern, it needed layers and needed aging and to look like a failing A&E ward that could potentially be shut down. It was a big empty room when we first went in and they’d created this incredible, late 80s hospital set. It was a wonderful team to work with.

Why will audiences enjoy Trust Me?

It is an incredibly grounded story based on something very real; our writer is a doctor and he is still working in A&E wards – the truth that he brings to the setting is incredibly raw and I think audiences will relate to that. Jodie Whittaker is fantastic and is bringing a real honesty to the part and the audience will understand that, and even though she’s made a terrible, terrible decision which is very ambiguous, you will go on that journey with her and engage with her.

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JAMES CORDEN TO BRING LATE LATE SHOW TO LONDON NEXT MONTH 48

The Emmy® award-winning The Late Late Show with James Corden will return to London to broadcast four special episodes from the historic Central Hall Westminster, from Tuesday 19 June to Friday 22 June 2018, to air exclusively on Sky One and TV streaming service NOW TV in the UK.

Corden will host a star-studded lineup for the show’s second UK adventure, including Cher, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Niall Horan and Foo Fighters, with additional guests to be announced.

The episodes, produced by CBS Productions and Fulwell 73, will air in the US on the CBS Television Network and share highlights of James’s time in the UK. The Late Late Show’s signature musical and comedy segments, such as Crosswalk: The Musical and Take a Break, will be given a British twist.

Ben Winston, executive producer of The Late Late Show with James Corden, said: “Broadcasting The Late Late Show from James’s hometown of London last year was such a thrill. Thanks to CBS and our partners at Sky One, we are back for a second year. We are looking forward to a fun week in London, putting a UK spin on our nightly show.”

Philip Edgar-Jones, head of entertainment at Sky, said: “James Corden is one of Sky One’s brightest stars and we are delighted to welcome him home for his London recordings of The Late Late Show. And with such a stellar lineup of guests, it’s going to make British summer time even hotter.”

Sky One will broadcast the homegrown episodes from 19-22 June at 10.00pm, and they will also be available on TV streaming service NOW TV.

James has been a firm favourite on Sky One and NOW TV for a number of years, presenting A League of Their Own and appearing in two successful series of A League of Their Own: US Road Trip.

The Late Late Show with James Cordon is available daily via Sky’s on demand service and NOW TV. The show regularly features a mix of celebrity guests, musical acts, games and sketches. The show holds the YouTube record for the most-watched late-night clip with Adele Carpool Karaoke, which has more than 180 million views. The Late Late Show with James Corden airs weeknights on CBS. Ben Winston and Rob Crabbe are the executive producers.

ITV TO AIR WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE 20TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIALS NEXT WEEK 73

To mark the 20th anniversary of the global hit game show, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, the iconic programme will return to ITV for a week of celebratory episodes, starting this Saturday. Airing as a stripped event across the week, the 7×60 minute episodes will play out every night and will be hosted by brand new presenter, Jeremy Clarkson.

The show will offer members of the public the chance to win £1,000,000. Each contestant will have the opportunity to answer 15 questions on their way to hopefully winning this life changing prize.

The contestants will be helped along the way by familiar lifelines of ‘Ask The Audience’, ‘Phone a Friend’ and ’50:50’, plus a brand new fourth lifeline; ‘Ask The Host’.

This brand new, additional lifeline allows the contestant to ‘Ask The Host’ if he [Jeremy Clarkson] knows the answer or if he has an opinion on what it might be. Jeremy never sees the questions ahead of the contestants so there is no guarantee he will know the answer. Will Jeremy be able to help someone along the way to winning one million pounds or will it cost them everything?

In another twist, contestants will be able to set their own second safety net amount. There is a fixed safety net at £1,000, meaning once a contestant has successfully answered Question 5 and won £1,000, that’s the minimum they will take home.

Traditionally, the second safety net was automatically set at £32,000. However, in these seven celebratory episodes, this new twist will allow the second safety net to be set by each contestant. Once they have banked £1,000, they will be given the opportunity to set their safety net ahead of the next question being asked. They can set their safety net only once and anywhere from £2,000 to £500,000. Will contestants be brave enough to risk losing big money in the hope to go all the way?

Jeremy Clarkson said “If the contestant chooses that lifeline [Ask The Host], they get to ask me if I know the answer. God help them. Anyone who doesn’t win £1,000,000 is bound, at some point, to ask me if I know the answer. And if it’s 1970’s prog rock music, I probably will. If it’s anything other than that, I probably won’t.”

On talking about the safety net changes, Jeremy Clarkson added “They can choose where it goes. So they choose how much they are going to lose at any given moment, which is a very clever idea. That requires balls of steel. To go beyond, say £32,000, when you’re going to drop back to £1,000 if you get it wrong. To say, ‘no I’ll set it at £64,000 and risk losing £63,000 if I get it wrong’, balls of steel.”

The series will be produced by Stellify Media with filming taking place in Manchester. Commissioned for ITV by Siobhan Greene, Head of Entertainment, with Ben Kelly Commissioning Editor, it will be executive produced by Fiona Clark and Stellify’s joint managing directors Kieran Doherty and Matthew Worthy, with Julia Knowles as Director. Who Wants To Be A Millionaire is a Sony Pictures Television format.

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? starts Saturday 5th May at 9.15pm on ITV and continues nightly thorough-out the week at 9pm

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In each episode, six different contestants will play ‘fastest finger first’ for the chance to win a place in the coveted chair and play the game. If a game concludes with one contestant, the remaining contestants will play ‘fastest finger first’ again for another opportunity to play for one million pounds.

Each contestant can see the question, answers, use their lifelines and still choose not to play the question and walk away with any money they have banked. The host is never shown the answer in advance of the contestant deciding to play the question and locking in their answer by saying ‘Final Answer’. The host does not have an earpiece or have any way to find out the answer.

Fastest finger first
The host will read out a question and four answers. Contestants will need to put the answers in the correct order. Fastest finger first questions are timed and the contestant who answers correctly in the fastest time, wins a place in the chair to play for one million pounds.

The contestants will face 15 questions for the chance to win one million pounds. Money will increase in the following increments:

Question 1 – £100
Question 2 – £200
Question 3 – £300
Question 4 – £500
Question 5 – £1,000
Question 6 – £2,000
Question 7 – £4,000
Question 8 – £8,000
Question 9 – £16,000
Question 10 – £32,000
Question 11 – £64,000
Question 12 – £125,000
Question 13 – £250,000
Question 14 – £500,000
Question 15 – £1,000,000

Safety Nets
There is a fixed safety net at £1,000. This means that once a contestant has answered the £1,000 question correctly, this is the minimum they will take home. Traditionally, the second safety net was automatically set at £32,000.

However, in these seven celebratory episodes, a new twist will allow the second safety net to be set by each contestant in play. Once they have successfully answered Question 5 and won £1,000, they will be given the opportunity to set their safety net ahead of the next question being asked. They can set their safety net anywhere from £2,000 to £500,000. The can only set this once during their game and until they set their second safety net, they will be asked ahead of seeing the next question. If they choose to set their safety net at the next question, they must correctly answer that question for it to be set and be in play. For example; A contestant has successfully answered Question 10 and won £32,000, they could then be asked if they want to set their safety net at £64,000. If they say yes, they will then see the question, four possible answers and can decide if they want to play. If they play and correctly answer the question, the minimum they will go home with is £64,000. They can continue the game and their safety net will remain at £64,000. This cannot be moved or reset. If they answer the question incorrectly, they will lose £31,000 and leave with £1,000.

Four lifelines are available to all contestants to use once at any point in their game, one more than was traditionally available.

The four lifelines available to each contestant in the chair are:

50/50
Contestants can choose to use this lifeline to remove two random wrong answers, leaving one correct answer and one random wrong answer. Even after they have used this lifeline, the contestant can still choose to not answer the question and take the money that they have currently banked.

Ask The Audience
If a contestant decides to use this lifeline, the host will read the question and all possible answers. The host will ask the audience to vote for the answer they think is correct via an electronic keypad within an allotted time. The audience will not have access to any device where they could find out the answer from a third party or Internet. The contestant does not need to take the advice given nor continue playing the game. The contestant can still choose to take the money they have currently banked.

Phone A Friend
If the contestant wants to contact a friend, the host will lead the call and explain to the chosen friend that the contestant needs assistance on a question. Once the host hands the call over, the contestant will have 30 seconds to read the question, possible answers and have any discussions. The ‘friend’ will not see the countdown clock. The contestant does not need to take the advice given nor continue playing the game. They can still choose to take the money they have currently banked.

Prior to arriving to set, each contestant will be asked to select two ‘phone a friends’ and give their details. On the day that each contestant is set to play the game (six contestants per episode), Production will send an independent security team to all phone a friend residents in that episode. Once a contestant plays fastest finger first and wins a place in the chair, the security team will enter both of the ‘phone a friends’ residents. This is to ensure that if and when phoned, the friend does not source outside help to answer the question. Once the contestant has finished their game or used their lifeline, security will leave.

Ask The Host
This is a brand new, additional lifeline available once to all contestants. This lifeline allows the contestant to ‘Ask The Host’ if he [Jeremy Clarkson] knows the answer or if he has an opinion on what it might be. The host can give his opinion, answer or share his thoughts but there is no guarantee he will know the answer. Once he has shared his thoughts / given as much as he can, he will say ‘That’s my final answer’ which signifies the end of his assistance and the contestant can not ask the host any more questions. The host is never shown the answers in advance of the contestant saying this is my ‘Final Answer’. The contestant does not need to take the advice given nor continue playing the game and can still choose to take any money they have currently banked. If the contestant does decide to play, the contestant will select the answer and say ‘final answer’. Once the answer is locked in, the contestant and host will have the answer revealed at the same time.