ITV to employ web guards for Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? – Daily TV round-up

ITV is reportedly set to employ guards to make sure 'phone-a-friends' on 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?' aren't cheating by using the internet.

Cheat proof: Millionaire chiefs employing guards for quiz special (Credit: ITV)

They will be used for a forthcoming 'I'm A Celebrity' special, which will see the show taken over by former contestants of the jungle game show.

A memo sent to potential guests on the show read: “As we are live, to be compliant and to ensure that we can prove Phone a Friends are not watching at home and searching for answers whilst the players decide on which lifeline to use... we will send a security guard to their house.

“The guards only need sight of them whilst the game is being played to ensure they are not watching ITV live, they don’t need sight of them at any other time.... the lengths we have to go to to ensure the show is fair and compliant.”

Among the contestants for the show are Joe Pasquale, Phil Tufnell, Vic Reeves and Nancy Sorrell, David Gest and Jennie Bond.

The ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?’ special will be broadcast on 9 November. [Daily Mirror]

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