Briony Poole was a freelancer picture dealer from Hampshire. She appeared on the UK version of the show over 2 episodes in 2001. She returned on her second show after winning £2,000 when the klaxon sounded. She had all three of her lifelines. She ended up leaving the show with £250,000.

Briony's run to the Million Edit

Fastest Finger First question
Starting with the first, put these characters in the order they were first seen on TV.
• A: James T. Kirk • B: Arnold Rimmer
• C: Professor Quatermass • D: Doctor Who
From the 9 remaining contestants, 5 got it right, but Briony (with a time of 7.04 seconds) was the fastest to correctly answer C-D-A-B, making it into the Hot Seat.

£100 (Question 1 of 15) - Not Timed
Complete the title of the popular song: 'Tulips from…'?
• A: Rotterdam • B: Amsterdam
• C: Aswan Dam • D: Dontgiveadam

£200 (Question 2 of 15) - Not Timed
What name is given to our coins of low value?
• A: Irons • B: Zincs
• C: Tins • D: Coopers

£300 (Question 3 of 15) - Not Timed
What is a secure underground room, used to store valuables?
• A: Horse • B: Vault
• C: Beam • D: Bar

£500 (Question 4 of 15) - Not Timed
Which surname is shared by TV astrologer Russell and English actor Hugh?
• A: Crowe • B: Grant
• C: Harty • D: Watson

£1,000 (Question 5 of 15) - Not Timed
What name did philosopher Nietzsche give to the ideal superior man of the future?
• A: Spiderman • B: Batman
• C: Aquaman • D: Superman

£2,000 (Question 6 of 15) - Not Timed
The University of Strathclyde is based in which city?
• A: Belfast • B: Leeds
• C: Glasgow • D: Swansea

£4,000 (Question 7 of 15) - Not Timed
Who played Miss Jones in the 1970s TV comedy "Rising Damp"?
• A: Sheila Hancock • B: Una Stubbs
• C: Joan Greenwood • D: Frances de la Tour
Before the question was asked, she asked Chris for the question to not "be a horrible one", and that the show "looks different here [in the studio] than it does on television."

£8,000 (Question 8 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these is an ancient road linking Rome to Brindisi?
• A: Watling Street • B: Appian Way
• C: Ermine Street • D: Fosse Way


Briony is unsure of her Final Answer to question 9.

£16,000 (Question 9 of 15) - Not Timed
With which sport is Shaquille O'Neal most associated?
"50:50" Lifeline used
• A: Boxing • B: Basketball
• C: Athletics • D: Motor Racing
After going 50:50 on the question, Briony said she did not want to use more than one lifeline on the same question, and that she did not think it was Athletics, so she had an educated guess and, luckily, gave the correct answer.

£32,000 (Question 10 of 15) - Not Timed
'Innervisions' is the title of an album by which of these singers?
"Ask the Audience" Lifeline used
• A: Marvin Gaye - 15% • B: Stevie Wonder - 68%
• C: Smokey Robinson - 12% • D: Al Green - 5%
Briony said she did not have a clue, so she asked the audience. She said 68% was enough for her, so she went with the majority, and that won her £32,000.

(It appears an advert break was taken at this point.)

£64,000 (Question 11 of 15) - Not Timed
Who starred with Mae West in the 1940 film 'My Little Chickadee'?
• A: WC Fields • B: Jack Benny
• C: Charlie Chaplin • D: Bob Hope
Briony thought about using her last lifeline, but decided against it.

After the lights came down for Question 12, Chris and Briony joked about how the Phone-A-Friend she was going to call on the previous question, she had never met, and was the brother of someone she had known "for years and years and years".

£125,000 (Question 12 of 15) - Not Timed
The T.H. White series of books entitled 'The Once and Future King' tells the story of which monarch?
• A: King Arthur • B: Henry VIII
• C: William the Conqueror • D: Charles I

Before Question 13 was asked, Briony said she would not risk the £125,000, which she of course did risk. Chris reminded her of how the game worked, in very simple terms. She also appeared to have forgotten about her third lifeline until Chris jokingly said: 'If you no like, you Phone Friend'.

£250,000 (Question 13 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the Great Lakes is entirely within the United States?
• A: Superior • B: Ontario
• C: Erie • D: Michigan
She said she was not 100% sure, but that she would have to go with Michigan, and that if she was wrong, she was wrong, and she had £32,000 whatever happened.


Total Prize Money

£500,000 (Question 14 of 15) - Not Timed
What is the specific name for the stems and foliage of a potato plant?
"Phone-A-Friend" Lifeline used
• A: Head • B: Haulm
• C: Hand • D: Haft
Briony phoned Roger, someone who she had never met. She said he had said he was good at culinary questions. Roger said she would say A: Head, but was unsure, and that none of the answers rang any bells for him. After the call had ended, Briony said Head was the obvious answer, but she did not think the obvious answer would be correct in this situation. She said she thought the answer was D. She decided to walk away with her £250,000. Briony would have answered the question B, which was the correct answer.

Sources Edit

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