David Owen, a lecturer from Nantwich, Cheshire, was a contestant on series 18 of the UK version of the show on 5 November, 2005. He walked away with £64,000.


Fastest Finger FirstEdit

Fastest Finger First Question
Put these medical milestones in chronological order.
• A: Introduction of NHS • B: First smallpox vaccination
• C: First test-tube baby born • D: Discovery of penicillin

From the 9 remaining contestants, 6 got it right, but David (with a time of 4.40 seconds) was the fastest to correctly answer B-D-A-C, making it into the Hot Seat.

David's Run to the MillionEdit

£100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
What kind of entertainer would be most likely to use a wand?
• A: Impressionist • B: Tightrope walker
• C: Ventriloquist • D: Magician

£200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
In what kind of book would someone make a record of appointments?
• A: Brochure • B: Anthology
• C: Ledger • D: Diary

£300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
'Des res' is an abbreviation for which phrase?
• A: Despotic resistance • B: Desirable residence
• C: Designated rescuer • D: Desperate researcher

£500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
A magistrate is also known as a ... what?
• A: EP • B: BP
• C: JP • D: KP

£1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
Rémy Martin is most associated with the production of which alcoholic drink?
• A: Cider • B: Beer
• C: Cognac • D: Sherry

£2,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
'Only the Lonely' was a UK number one hit single for which singer in 1960?
• A: Elvis Presley • B: Jerry Lee Lewis
• C: Buddy Holly • D: Roy Orbison

£4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these is an establishment that hallmarks articles made from precious metals?
• A: Tax office • B: Employment office
• C: Council office • D: Assay office

£8,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed
As what are Galton and Simpson best known?
• A: Fashion designers • B: Architects
• C: Writers • D: Singers

£16,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed
Which leading rugby union team plays home matches at a ground called 'The Stoop'?
• A: Bath • B: Gloucester
• C: Wasps • D: Harlequins

£32,000 (10 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these countries is on the opposite side of the Baltic Sea from the others?
• A: Latvia • B: Sweden
• C: Estonia • D: Lithuania

£64,000 (11 of 15) - Not Timed
Who played the villain in the James Bond film 'Die Another Day'?
'Ask the Audience' and 'Phone a Friend' lifelines used
• A: Sam West • B: Toby Stephens
• C: Paul McGann • D: Greg Wise
Ask the Audience Results: A: 17% • B: 34% • C: 34% • D: 15%
David had not seen the film (only the trailers), so he decided to Ask the Audience, who returned a vote of 17-34-34-15. Considering their help not great of a deal, he decided to call his brother Gareth, who was absolutely sure it was Toby Stephens. He decided to go with him and won £64,000.

£125,000 (12 of 15) - Not Timed
Who compiled his 'Dictionary of Modern English Usage', first published in 1926?
'50:50' lifeline used
• A: John Gower • B: Thomas Bowdler
• C: Henry Fowler • D: Ebenezer Brewer
David thought it was Bowdler, but decided to use his 50:50, eliminating A and D. He really wanted to play, but was scared of losing £32,000 and was not certain; so he ultimately decided to walk away with £64,000. The correct answer was C: Henry Fowler.


Preceded by
Gordon Symonds
UK Contestant (Series 18)
David Owen
Succeeded by
Doug Jeffery