Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville “dreading” Remembrance special of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire

by Lynn Connolly

Hugh Bonneville, who of course plays the role of toff Lord Grantham in Downton Abbey, says he’s “absolutely dreading” appearing on a Remembrance special of hit quiz show, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.

Hugh will be partnered by Royal Navy engineer Lieutenant Gary Beels for the show, which airs on Wednesday, November 9th at 8pm on ITV1.

Joining them to raise money for the Forces Benevolent Fund will be TV presenter Melanie Sykes, and comedian John Thomson.

Melanie will be partnered by Army medic Major Nicola McCullough, while John will be joined by RAF hero Sgt Derek ‘Dutch’ Holland.

TV Choice magazine quote Hugh as saying, “I am absolutely dreading my encounter with the Smiling Tormentor, otherwise known as Chris Tarrant…

“However, I have every confidence that Lt Beels is a genius. I only hope that when he realises I am as thick as two short planks, he doesn’t make me walk one of them.”

Melanie is similarly dreading getting questions wrong, while John said it was “a great honour” to have been asked to take part in the special show.

However, despite the fact that it’s for a very good cause, Chris Tarrant recently said that he felt there were just too many celebrity editions of the show. You can read what he had to say about that here.

And just a little bit of trivia for you; Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen and his wife Jackie are the only celebrities to have ever got as far as answering the £1,000,000 question….

However, during their appearance in 2006, they got the million-pound answer wrong (sort of) and therefore lost £468,000. But, it turned out that the question they’d been asked was “flawed”, so the couple were invited back to try again.

They ended up passing on the £1,000,000 question and walked away £500,000 for their charity, which was the Shooting Star Children’s Hospice.

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.