Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?is set to return to Australia's Nine Network next month after 18 months off air.
Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?is set to return to Australia's Nine Network next month after 18 months off air.

Under a new deal struck by Dutch distributor 2waytraffic International, which acquired the hit gameshow last year, the show will air for a six-week run in a 7pm slot.

The show will have a new 30-minute format.

As well as refreshed graphics and music, Millionairewill feature a new fourth lifeline. This will allow contestants to pass on a specific question and receive a new one.

Eddie McGuire (pictured), who stepped down after a short lived stint as Nine's chief executive in June, will reprise his role as quizmaster.

Originally launched in Australia in 1999, Millionairehas performed consistently well for Nine. It achieved average shares of up to 28.4%, peaking at 33.6%.

'This initial run of 30 episodes stripped daily for the final six weeks of the ratings year is a programming stunt designed to excite viewers and attract them to a refreshed 7pm timeslot,' said Andrew Backwell, Nine's director of production and development.

The new series will launch with a 60-minute special before assuming a regular 7pm slot from Monday to Friday.