Bill Copland, a student from Corby, Northamptonshire, was a contestant on series 15 of the UK version of the show on 3 April, 2004. He's only the seventh person in the UK version to walk away with nothing after incorrectly answering his £1,000 question.


Fastest Finger FirstEdit

Fastest Finger First Question
Put these national parks in order from north to south.
• A: Brecon Beacons • B: Northumberland
• C: North York Moors • D: Snowdonia

From the 9 remaining contestants, 4 got it right, but Bill (with a time of 4.05 seconds) was the fastest to correctly answer B-C-D-A, making it into the Hot Seat.

Bill's Run to the MillionEdit

£100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these phrases is used to describe a tenacious person?
• A: Hard biscuit • B: Robust wafer
• C: Firm snap • D: Tough cookie

£200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these means to dislike intensely?
• A: Deter • B: Detest
• C: Detain • D: Delete

£300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
In which building might you expect to see a safety curtain?
'Ask the Audience' lifeline used
• A: Hospital • B: Church
• C: Theatre • D: Supermarket
Ask the Audience Results: A: 5% • B: 1% • C: 90% • D: 4%
Bill didn't know, so he Asked the Audience with the vast majority saying it's C. He went with the audience and won £300.

£500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
Complete the phrase that means to unexpectedly come up with the right solution: 'Turn up...' what?
• A: Trumps • B: Aces
• C: Kings • D: Jokers

£1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
Which veteran comedian has the catchphrase: "It's the way I tell 'em"?
'50:50' lifeline used
• A: Stan Boardman • B: Frank Carson
• C: Bernard Manning • D: Ken Dodd
Bill jokingly asked whether to use the Ask the Audience lifeline for the second time since he had no clue in which Chris denied his request replying "You cannot ask the audience twice". He used his 50:50 lifeline leaving answers B and C. Bill didn't think it's Frank Carson, went with Bernard Manning. He was wrong and Bill becomes only the 7th zero-pound winner in the UK version of Millionaire as the correct answer was B: Frank Carson.

Trivia Edit

  • Bill also appeared on the Australian version of the show on June 10, 2002 where he won $250,000.
  • Bill was a contestant before Pat Gibson would enter the hot seat and eventually becoming the 4th person to win the top prize.


Preceded by
Chris Payne
UK Contestant (Series 15)
Bill Copland
Succeeded by
Pat Gibson

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