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David Rainford, from Manchester, England, was a contestant on the show on April 9, 2005. He walked away with £250,000.

He is now an Egghead on the BBC series Eggheads along with past Million Pound Winners Judith Keppel and Pat Gibson, and the £64,000 winner Barry Simmons.


Fastest Finger First Edit

Fastest Finger First Question
Starting with the most northerly, put these nicknames of premiership football teams in geographical order.
• A: Saints • B: Red Devils
• C: Gunners • D: Magpies

From the 10 contestants, 6 got it right, but David (with a time of 3.05 seconds) was the fastest to correctly answer D-B-C-A, making it into the Hot Seat.

David's Run to the Million Edit

£100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these is a flowerless plant?
• A: Des • B: Mel
• C: Phillip • D: Fern

£200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
In the UK, where should a postage stamp normally be placed on an envelope?
• A: Top left • B: Top right
• C: Bottom left • D: Bottom right

£300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these oranges is also the name of a duck?
• A: Mandarin • B: Satsuma
• C: Clementine • D: Tangerine

£500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
A VIP visiting a ship is traditionally... what?
'Ask the Audience' lifeline used
• A: Hooted Aboard • B: Screeched Aboard
• C: Piped Aboard • D: Honked Aboard
Ask the Audience Results: A: 4% • B: 0% • C: 88% • D: 8%

£1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
Which actress sang a duet with Robbie Williams on the 2001 chart topper 'Something Stupid'?
• A: Kim Basinger • B: Nicole Kidman
• C: Kate Winslet • D: Penelope Cruz

£2,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these men never served as US president?
• A: Douglas MacArthur • B: Thomas Jefferson
• C: Woodrow Wilson • D: Theodore Roosevelt

£4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these professions is not a standard character on the board game Cluedo?
• A: Reverend • B: Admiral
• C: Colonel • D: Professor

£8,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed
Who plays the role of Doctor Who's assistant Rose Tyler in the new TV series?
• A: Anna Friel • B: Billie Piper
• C: Racher Stirling • D: Hannah Waterman

£16,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed
In which century did Nell Gwyn live?
• A: Sixteenth • B: Seventeenth
• C: Eighteenth • D: Nineteenth

£32,000 (10 of 15) - Not Timed
Willy Loman is the central character of which play?
• A: Blithe Spirit • B: The Caretaker
• C: Death of a Salesman • D: An Inspector Calls

£64,000 (11 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these US states shares a border with Texas?
'50:50' lifeline used
• A: Montana • B: Florida
• C: Minnesota • D: Oklahoma

£125,000 (12 of 15) - Not Timed
What was the first name of the French composer Gounod, famous for his opera 'Faust'?
• A: Charles • B: Pierre
• C: Hector • D: Igor

£250,000 (13 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these people was not born in 1899?
'Phone a Friend' lifeline used
• A: Duke Ellington • B: Charlie Chaplin
• C: Humphery Bogart • D: Ernest Hemmingway
Unsure, David decided to phone his friend Mike, who was 60% sure it was B: Charlie Chaplin. David went with him and got it right.

£500,000 (14 of 15) - Not Timed
As what was the 18th century-born explorer Mungo Park qualified?
• A: Priest • B: Lawyer
• C: Surgeon • D: Engineer
David's instinct was surgeon but he wasn't prepared to risk it, so he decided to walk away with £250,000. The correct answer was indeed C: Surgeon

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