Duncan Bickley, a pilot from Brentwood, Essex, was a contestant on the show on October 21, 2000, and achieved the unfortunate distinction of becoming the first person in the UK to miss the 14th question, thus losing £218,000. Rob Mitchell from Leicestershire repeated this feat on November 1, 2003. Duncan also appeared on BBC gameshow Wipeout in 2001 and Sky One show Dirty Money in 2002.


Fastest Finger First Edit

Fastest Finger First Question
Starting with the earliest, put these explorers in the order they were born.
• A: Captain Scott • B: Christopher Columbus
• C: David Livingstone • D: Marco Polo

5 from the 10 contestants got correctly D-B-C-A, but Duncan did it the fastest (5.08 seconds), making it into the Hot Seat.

Duncan's Run to the Million Edit

£100 (1 to 15) - Not Timed
What is a popular name for a fictional murder mystery?
• A: Whatsit • B: Whodunnit
• C: Whodoeswhat • D: Whatchamacallit

£200 (2 to 15) - Not Timed
Bungle, Zippy and George were in which TV series?
• A: Songs Of Praise • B: Blind Date
• C: Rainbow • D: Newsnight

£300 (3 to 15) - Not Timed
Which of these is a musical term?
• A: Risotto • B: Stiletto
• C: Staccato • D: Blotto

£500 (4 to 15) - Not Timed
Pitta, Focaccia and Naan are all varieties of which food?
• A: Cheese • B: Sausage
• C: Seafood • D: Bread

£1,000 (5 to 15) - Not Timed
T.E Lawrence was known as Lawrence of where?
• A: Africa • B: Arabia
• C: Algeria • D: Abyssinia

£2,000 (6 to 15) - Not Timed
In which European country does over half the population live on reclaimed land?
• A: Belgium • B: The Netherlands
• C: Luxembourg • D: Liechtenstein

£4,000 (7 to 15) - Not Timed
What does an anthropologist study?
• A: Coal • B: Poetry
• C: Dyes • D: Human Beings

£8,000 (8 to 15) - Not Timed
Which nuts are used to decorate a Dundee cake?
• A: Walnuts • B: Hazelnuts
• C: Brazil nuts • D: Almonds

£16,000 (9 to 15) - Not Timed
Which author used the pen name Boz?
'Phone a Friend' lifeline used
• A: Shakespeare • B: Rudyard Kipling
• C: Thomas Hardy • D: Charles Dickens
Duncan used his Phone A Friend lifeline and called Tim who knew immediately it was D: Charles Dickens

£32,000 (10 to 15) - Not Timed
Who directed 'The Maltese Falcon' and 'The African Queen'?
'Ask the Audience' lifeline used
• A: John Houston - 63% • B: Alfred Hitchock - 20%
• C: Howard Hawks - 17% • D: George Roy Hill - 0%

£64,000 (11 to 15) - Not Timed
What colour is 'cochineal'?
• A: Blue • B: Green
• C: Yellow • D: Red

£125,000 (12 to 15) - Not Timed
In the Bible, which prophetic book of the New Testament details the Apocalypse?
• A: Revelation • B: St John's Gospel
• C: Acts • D: Jude

£250,000 (13 to 15) - Not Timed
What type of growth is a potato?
• A: Bulb • B: Taproot
• C: Corm • D: Tuber

£500,000 (14 to 15) - Not Timed
What was the name of Amy Johnson's plane in which she flew solo to Australia in 1930?
'50:50' lifeline used
• A: Achilles • B: Pegasus
• C: Hercules • D: Jason
Duncan didn't know, so he used his final lifeline, he said that the answer had to be Pegasus as Pegasus was a winged horse and Jason had nothing to do with flying. Right before his big loss, he told Chris Tarrant in his own words "It's only money, innit?". He then went with his instinct, but this was incorrect and he lost £218,000.

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