James Plaskett (born Dhekelia, Cyprus, 18 March 1960), a Chess Grandmaster who had made 4 unsuccessful appearances before in 1999, 2000, 2004 and 2005, got in to the hot seat in 2006 and won £250,000. Since 2004 he has been writing in vigorous defense of Charles Ingram being innocent which led to a collaboration book with Bob Woffinden called 'Bad Show'. He became the sixth person on the show after Martin Skillings, Ben Bartle, Gerry Lennon, Diane Hallagan, and Rob Mitchell to get up to £125,000 and have all 3 lifelines, and (as of 2007) was the last one to do so.


Fastest Finger First Question Edit

Fastest Finger First
Put these authors in the order they were born.
• A: Charles Dickens • B: J.R.R. Tolkien
• C: Aesop • D: William Shakespeare
James was the fastest to correctly answer C-D-A-B, making it into the Hot Seat.

James' Run to the Million Edit

£100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
Which phrase refers to items which are tightly squeezed together?
• A: Treacle-stacked • B: Honey-crammed
• C: Jam-packed • D: Marmalade-stuffed

£200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
In newspaper advertisements, what does the abbreviation ‘o.n.o’ stand for?
• A: One night only • B: One naughty owner
• C: Often needs oiling • D: Or nearest offer

£300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these biscuits is traditionally given to babies?
• A: Viennese finger • B: Ginger nut
• C: Rich tea • D: Rusk

£500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these is not a shot in tennis?
• A: Drop shot • B: Lob
• C: Off drive • D: Smash

£1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these items is said to kill a werewolf?
• A: Silver jubilee • B: Silver bullet
• C: Silver spoon • D: Silver lining

£2,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
What would usually be kept in a jardiniere?
• A: Cigars • B: Jewellery
• C: Plants • D: Wine

£4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
Which actress gave birth to twins called Hazel and Phinnaeus in 2004?
• A: Catherine Zeta-Jones • B: Liv Tyler
• C: Julia Roberts • D: Angelina Jolie

£8,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed
The ancient stone circle at Avebury is in which county?
• A: Northumberland • B: Wiltshire
• C: Derbyshire • D: Somerset
After this question the klaxon called time and James would return the next saturday on £8,000 with all 3 lifelines.

£16,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed
'Hob' and 'Gill' are the male and female of which animal?
• A: Fox • B: Squirrel
• C: Rabbit • D: Ferret

£32,000 (10 of 15) - Not Timed
The 2004 film 'De-Lovely' is a biopic of which American composer?
• A: George Gershwin • B: Cole Porter
• C: Jerome Kern • D: Irving Berlin

£64,000 (11 of 15) - Not Timed
To whom did Agatha Christie dedicate her novel 'The Mirror Crack'd From Side to Side?
• A: David Suchet • B: Joan Hickson
• C: Margaret Rutherford • D: Peter Ustinov

£125,000 (12 of 15) - Not Timed
Who was the mother of Charles II and James II?
• A: Anne Boleyn • B: Eleanor of Aquitaine
• C: Henrietta Maria • D: Anne of Denmark

£250,000 (13 of 15) - Not Timed
Crispin is the patron saint of which Craftsmen?
'Phone a Friend', '50:50' and 'Ask the Audience' lifelines used
• A: Thatchers • B: Shoemakers
• C: Coopers • D: Clockmakers
Ask the Audience Results: A: 0% • B: 62% • C: 0% • D: 38%
James really didn't know this so he used the first lifeline and phoned his wife, Fiona Pitt Kethley, who gave the answer of Shoemakers but said he should use other lifelines. James went 50:50 which left Shoemakers and Clockmakers, still unsure he asked the audience. 62% said Shoemakers, 38% said Clockmakers. James went for it but before revealing if he was right or wrong Chris took a cliffhanger break. When he came back, it was revealed Shoemakers was correct and he won £250,000. But he had used up all 3 lifelines.

£500,000 (14 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these astronauts has never set foot on the moon?
• A: Jim Lovell • B: Edgar Mitchell
• C: James Irwin • D: Charles Duke
James declined to answer because he didn't know and he had no lifelines left so he walked away with £250,000 saying his guess would be Charles Duke but if he did he would have lost £218,000. The correct answer was A: Jim Lovell.

Gallery Edit

James Plaskett in 1999
James Plaskett in 2000