Fiona Wheeler, a housewife from Essex, was a contestant on series 2 of the UK version of the show on 7-8 January, 1999. She walked away with £32,000 after incorrectly answering her £64,000 question.

Wheeler soon became one of the show's best known contestants, and a fan favourite for years to come. She famously exclaimed "I think I've wet meself!" after winning Fastest Finger First. She also claimed that she wanted to take a bath in a tub full of melted chocolate if she won big, which a chocolate company in England helped arrange as a promotional stunt.

Wheeler would also gain another kind of fame many years after her appearance when an image of her on the UK version of the show was used as the basis of an infamous urban legend of the show. In the legend (taken from the website Snopes) Wheeler's face was used to portray a contestant named Kathy Evans from Idaho who appeared on the Syndicatied US version hosted by Meredith Vieira. She is allegedly asked the following $100 question:

$100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following is the largest?
"50:50", "Phone a Friend" and "Ask the Audience" lifelines used
• A: A Peanut • B: An Elephant
• C: The Moon • D: A Tennis Ball
Ask the Audience Results: A: - • B: 2% • C: 98% • D: -

Despite using all three lifelines, she still picks "An Elephant" and leaves with $0. This hoax, an exaggeration of numerous real life incidents of contestants winning nothing on the U.S. version of the show, may have also been inspired by an infamous incident on Qui veut gagner des millions?, the French version of the show, in which a contestant was asked a question for €3,000 in which he had to identify whether it is the Moon, the Sun, Mars, or Venus that orbits the Earth; he Asked the Audience, and the majority of the audience said that the Sun orbits the Earth, although the correct answer is the Moon, and the contestant wound up leaving with only €1,500 as a result. Ironically, the image used to show "Kathy" losing on the $100 question was actually an image of Wheeler winning her prize of £32,000. In real life, there were two $0 winners on the U.S. version, named Cathy Donley and Kathy Hempel, who both lost on the $1,000 question.


Fastest Finger FirstEdit

Fastest Finger First Question
Starting with the earliest, put these four historical events in order.
• A: French Revolution • B: Gunpowder Plot
• C: First World War • D: American Civil War
From the 9 remaining contestants, 4 got it right, but Fiona (with a time of 5.45 seconds) was the fastest to correctly answer B-A-D-C, making it into the Hot Seat.

Fiona's Run to the MillionEdit

£100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
In what field were the Wright brothers famous pioneers?
• A: Flying • B: Television
• C: Fizzy drinks • D: Cars
£200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
What did 'England Expect Every Man' to do, according to Nelson's famous signal?
• A: His Best • B: Nothing
• C: Battle • D: His Duty
£300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
Which word connects a horse used for breeding and a plain earring?
• A: Stallion • B: Gelding
• C: Stud • D: Mare
£500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
What name is given to the nomadic Arabs of North Africa and the Middle East?
• A: Bedouins • B: Boers
• C: Ashantis • D: Assyrians
£1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
In Peter Pan, which animal makes a meal of Captain Hook?
• A: Crocodile • B: Shark
• C: Whale • D: Tiger
The klaxon called time and Fiona would return on £1000 with all 3 lifelines still available.
£2,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
In which country was the Oscar winning film 'The Piano' predominantly set?
'Ask The Audience' and '50:50' lifelines used
• A: Canada • B: Australia
• C: New Zealand • D: Scotland
Ask the Audience Results: A: 16% • B: 33% • C: 42% • D: 9%
£4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
Which stitches are used to temporarily hold pieces of fabric together during making-up?
• A: Couching • B: Shirring
• C: Blanket • D: Tacking
£8,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed
When Germans cry 'Prost!' and Spanish call 'Salud!', what are they doing?
• A: Playing cards • B: Skiing
• C: Drinking • D: Dancing
£16,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed
Which Western character was played on screen by Jay Silverheels?
'Phone-A-Friend' lifeline used
• A: The Cisco Kid • B: Ben Cartwright
• C: Tonto • D: The Lone Ranger
Fiona thought she knew it, but decided to call her friend Dave, who was definitely, honestly, really sure it was Tonto. She decided to go with him and won £16,000.
£32,000 (10 of 15) - Not Timed
What is the everyday name for the 'trachea'?
• A: Breastbone • B: Windpipe
• C: Kneecap • D: Heelbone
£64,000 (11 of 15) - Not Timed
Which country has a Test cricket ground called Kensington Oval?
• A: England • B: Australia
• C: Jamaica • D: Barbados


Preceded by
Pat Linehan
UK Contestant (Series 2)
Fiona Wheeler
Succeeded by
Martin Skillings