Viewers of ITV1’s Red or Black? saw Ian Murphy lose out on a million after picking the wrong colour when playing the Red or Black win.
After the nail biting wheel spin, a disappointed Ian Murphy a 40 year old data security consultant from Wiltshire said, “I’m ok. Taking it as it comes, its just chance.
During the show viewers saw footballing stars Barcelona’s Cesc Fàbregas, playing for Black and Arsenal’s Robin Van Persie playing for Red go head to head in the ultimate penalty shoot out. The pair took it in turns to hit triangular shaped targets which were attached to the ‘Wheel of Death’, Van Persie hit the most targets, winning the challenge.
Two of Formula One’s biggest stars were hoping to take pole position live in the studio. Racing legends Jenson Button, playing for black and David Coulthard, playing for red, traded their F1 sports cars for go-karts. The pair had to push a series of tyres, with their karts to score zones. Each zone was worth different points. With three tyres each, Jenson scored nine points but David pipped him at the post and won the game. Nichola Leach, Sheree Lees, Darren Gillard and Ian Murphy went through to the next round.
Next, the chart topping operatic group IL Divo performed their new single ‘Melanconia’. During the performance one angel had six roses, three had red stems and three had black. With the stems hidden IL Divo’s Carlos picked a rose and the bottom of the stem was red, making this the winning colour.
The penultimate game of the show Duel saw the remaining two contestants Ian and Sheree choosing different colours for the very first time. Sheree played for red and Ian for black. Split into eight equal sections, four of which were randomly programmed to light up red and the remaining four are black. The contestants took it in turns to select a section in the hope it lit up their colour. When it didn’t it gave a point to the opponent. The first contestant to unveil all four of their coloured sections was Ian who then went through to the final and the Red or Black? wheel spin.
The eight contestants who competed tonight were, Sheree Lees a 55 year old sales woman, Nichola Leach a 52 year old part time teacher, Lucy Rogerson a 26 year old civil servant, Ian Murphy a 40 year old data security consultant, Hayley Midgley a 36 year old part time sales assistant, Darren Gillard a 30 year old computer programmer, Clive Salter a 51 year old decorator and Bridget Astle a 32 year old teaching assistant.
Each night, for one finalist it will all come down to the spin of the Red or Black? wheel. We have followed them as just a face in the crowd at Wembley Arena, from their nerve wracking decisions on locations, to the choices they have had to make live in the studio. As the lights dim and they walk towards the wheel, the question is asked for the final time, Red or Black?…but do they feel lucky?
Wednesday night’s guests include Mobo and Brit Award winners JLS who will be take part in one of the live Red or Black? games and help one of the lucky contestants move closer towards that million pound prize.