Andrew Lavelle from Wrexham won £16,000 on March 16 1999, the last episode of series 3. He was stripped of his prize money when it was revealed he had a number of criminal offences and was wanted by the police. Two other contestants, Neil Muir and Sheridan Booth - who took part in the show just a week before Andrew himself, also lost their prizes for having criminal records. Lavelle's offences included driving while disqualified, obstructing the police, breaching a community service order and not having a TV licence.

This final episode of Series 3 was yet again, another controversial edition, because, the contestant before him which was Keith Burgess was stripped from his £64,000 winnings because he was the scammer for Phone a Friends in UK and USA. He helped his awaiting phone-a-friends to use a search engine to help him win £125,000

His prize was frozen by Celador whilst they looked into the allegations, and he was stripped of his winnings in July.


Fastest Finger First Question Edit

Fastest Finger First
Starting with the smallest, put these four units of area in order.
• A: Hectare • B: Square Kilometre
• C: Square Centimetre • D: Square Metre
Out of the 8 contestants, only Andrew (with 9.25 seconds) was the one to get that sequence correct. Correct order: C-D-A-B

Andrew's Run to the Million Edit

£100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
Complete the title of the Charles Dickens' novel, 'Oliver ...'
• A: Waltz • B: Jive
• C: Twist • D: Lambada

£200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
What type of animals are exhibited annually at Crufts?
• A: Cats • B: Dogs
• C: Hamsters • D: Kangaroos

£300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
Which French term describes a road closed off at one end?
• A: Mal de mer • B: Cul de sac
• C: Je ne sais quoi • D: Joie de vivre

£500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
Before standing for the presidency, Bill Clinton served five terms as governor of which state?
• A: New York • B: Texas
• C: California • D: Arkansas

£1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
What type of insect is a Red Admiral?
• A: Butterfly • B: Ladybird
• C: Dragonfly • D: Wasp

£2,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
If you 'took silk' you would be a member of which profession?
'50:50' lifeline used
• A: Medical • B: Tailoring
• C: Legal • D: Banking

£4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
Manfred Mann's song '5-4-3-2-1' was the theme to which television pop series?
'Phone-A-Friend' lifeline used
• A: Ready Steady Go • B: Thank Your Lucky Stars
• C: Juke Box Jury • D: Top of the Pops
He decided to call his mother Kath for help who thought it's A: Ready Steady Go. He went with his mum, and won £4,000.

£8,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed
In 1900, who captained the ship 'Discovery' on its journey to the Antarctic?
• A: Ernest Shackleton • B: Roald Amundsen
• C: Robert Falcon Scott • D: William Bligh

£16,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed
What should a clergyman do with a biretta?
'Ask The Audience' lifeline used
• A: Wear it • B: Kneel on it
• C: Read it • D: Sit on it
Ask the Audience Results: A: 63% • B: 29% • C: 3% • D: 5%

£32,000 (10 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these musical terms means 'at ease' or 'at a slow pace'?
• A: Allegro • B: Arioso
• C: Arpeggio • D: Adagio
He wasn't sure thinking it might be B: Arioso, but decided to take home £16,000 as he had no lifelines left. The correct answer was D: Adagio.

External linksEdit

BBC News - Entertainment - Quiz contestants denied winnings

Preceded by
Keith Burgess
UK contestant (Series 3)
Andrew Lavelle
Succeeded by
Geoff Aquatias (Series 4)

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