Jim Titmuss, a computer consultant from Middlesex, was the first contestant to have the unfortunate distinction to be the very first person to get the 13th question wrong and drop £93,000 on the 5th April 2000. He first got in on the 4th April 2000.


Fastest Finger First Edit

Fastest Finger First question
Starting with the earliest, put these political parties in the order they were formed.
• A: Whig • B: SDP
• C: Labour • D: Natural Law
From the 7 remaining contestants, 4 got it right, but Jim answered A-C-B-D in the fastest time (5.66 seconds), making it into the Hot Seat.

Jim's Run to the Million Edit

£100 (1 to 15) - Not Timed
Which of these is a thick yellowish fog?
• A: Pea-souper • B: Tomato-souper
• C: Oxtail-super • D: Mushroom-super

£200 (2 to 15) - Not Timed
Which nickname is often applied to the actor Jean-Claude Van Damme?
• A: Brute from Beirut • B: Gnome from Rome
• C: Muscles from Brussels • D: Twerp from Antwerp

£300 (3 to 15) - Not Timed
Which dessert consists of cake and ice cream cooked in meringue?
• A: Frozen Alabama • B: Arizona Pudding
• C: Baked Alaska • D: Arkansas Fool

£500 (4 to 15) - Not Timed
What is the name of a traditional string game played on the fingers?
• A: Budgie's Perch • B: Horse's Hammock
• C: Cat's Cradle • D: Croc's Crib

£1,000 (5 to 15) - Not Timed
Which word is normally used to mean a list of options on a computer screen?
• A: Tariff • B: Agenda
• C: Menu • D: Index
The klaxon called time on £1,000 and Jim would return the next day with all 3 lifelines still intact.

£2,000 (6 to 15) - Not Timed
Which comedian is known by the nickname 'Big Yin'?
• A: Dave Allen • B: Jasper Carrott
• C: Billy Connolly • D: Max Boyce

£4,000 (7 to 15) - Not Timed
Who wrote the play 'The Importance of Being Earnest'?
• A: George Bernard Shaw • B: J.M. Barrie
• C: Anton Chekov • D: Oscar Wilde

£8,000 (8 to 15) - Not Timed
Noddy Holder was the vocalist in which top group of the 1970s?
• A: Slade • B: Mud
• C: Suite • D: T-Rex

£16,000 (9 to 15) - Not Timed
In Spain, what would you be most likely to buy in a 'bodega'?
'Ask The Audience' lifeline used
• A: Books • B: Fish
• C: Clothes • D: Wine
Ask the Audience Results: A: 12% • B: 12% • C: 15% • D: 61%

£32,000 (10 to 15) - Not Timed
What is the art of training and clipping hedges into ornamental shapes?
• A: Vespiary • B: Topiary
• C: Apiary • D: Taxonamy

£64,000 (11 to 15) - Not Timed
What is the title of Luxemborg's head of state?
• A: Crown Prince • B: King
• C: Grand Duke • D: Emperor

£125,000 (12 to 15) - Not Timed
Which English cathedral was designed by Basil Spence?
'Phone A Friend' lifeline used
• A: Coventry • B: Rochester
• C: Truro • D: Norwich
Jim decided to Phone a Friend and called Brendan, who was pretty sure it was A: Coventry

£250,000 (13 to 15) - Not Timed
Where was the highwayman Dick Turpin hanged in 1739?
'50:50' lifeline used
• A: Glasgow • B: Carlisle
• C: Norwich • D: York
Jim didn't know, so he used his 50:50 lifeline. He then immediately thought it was Carlisle and went with it, however this was incorrect and he lost £93,000 as the right answer was D: York.

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