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Hugh Swainston, a retail manager from Worcester won £250,000 on January 18th, 2003.


Fastest Finger First Edit

Fastest Finger First Question
Put these American singers in the order they were born.
• A: Bob Dylan • B: Frank Sinatra
• C: Michael Jackson • D: Al Jolson
All of the 9 remaining contestants got it right, but Hugh, with a time of 2.75 seconds, was the fastest to answer correctly D-B-A-C, making it into the Hot Seat.

Hugh's Run to the Million Edit

£100 (1 to 15) - Not Timed
What kind of animal is most likely to be called a 'thoroughbred'?
• A: Horse • B: Hippopotamus
• C: Hamster • D: Hare

£200 (2 to 15) - Not Timed
Which group of people are know colloquially as 'boys in blue'?
• A: Scouts • B: Estate agents
• C: Traffic wardens • D: Police

£300 (3 to 15) - Not Timed
Someone in a helpless situation is said to be 'over a...' what?
• A: Bowl • B: Basin
• C: Bath • D: Barrel

£500 (4 to 15) - Not Timed
In the past, a sundial was used to measure what?
• A: Temperature • B: Time
• C: Rainfall • D: Strength

£1,000 (5 to 15) - Not Timed
Which of these is a sailing vessel with three hulls?
• A: Tribble • B: Trimaran
• C: Trilobite • D: Trimeter

£2,000 (6 to 15) - Not Timed
Complete the title of the historical novel by Alexandre Dumas: 'The Count of...'?
• A: Monte Cervino • B: Monte Cassino
• C: Monte Carlo • D: Monte Cristo

£4,000 (7 to 15) - Not Timed
Which of these towns is furthest north?
'Ask the Audience' lifeline used
• A: Stevenage • B: Stansted
• C: Stafford • D: Stratford-upon-Avon
Ask the Audience Results: A: 5% • B: 2% • C: 69% • D: 24%

£8,000 (8 to 15) - Not Timed
Which French singer sang 'Thank Heavens for Little Girls' in the 1958 film musical 'Gigi'?
• A: Charles Trenet • B: Maurice Chevalier
• C: Charles Aznavour • D: Serge Gainsbourg

£16,000 (9 to 15) - Not Timed
Babylon was an ancient city in which region?
• A: Carthage • B: Gaul
• C: Mesopotamia • D: Abyssinia

£32,000 (10 to 15) - Not Timed
Which musical instrument is most associated with the astronomer Patrick Moore?
• A: Xylophone • B: Violin
• C: Clarinet • D: Trombone

£64,000 (11 to 15) - Not Timed
Which tennis player was known as the 'Rockhampton Rocket'?
• A: Ken Rosewall • B: Rod Laver
• C: Lew Hoad • D: Roy Emerson

£125,000 (12 to 15) - Not Timed
Which character aids and abets Juliet's marriage to Romeo in the Shakespeare play?
'Phone a Friend' lifeline used
• A: Shepherdess • B: Waiting maid
• C: Gentlewoman • D: Nurse
Hugh didn't know, so he phoned his friend Simon, who said he was 100% sure it was D: Nurse. Hugh went with this answer and won £125,000.

£250,000 (13 to 15) - Not Timed
In the Bible, who was the youngest of the twelve sons of Jacob?
'50:50' lifeline used
• A: Reuben • B: Gad
• C: Simeon • D: Benjamin

£500,000 (14 to 15) - Not Timed
Beatrice, Queen Victoria's youngest child, was the great-grandmother of which current European monarch?
• A: Harald V of Norway • B: Juan Carlos of Spain
• C: Albert of Belgium • D: Carl Gustav of Sweden
Hugh didn't know, so he walked away with £250,000. He said he would have guessed B: Juan Carlos of Spain had he played the question. The correct answer was indeed B: Juan Carlos of Spain.

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