John McKeown, a labourer from Glasgow, was a contestant on series 1 of the UK version of the show on 8-9 September, 1998. He walked away with £64,000.


Fastest Finger FirstEdit

Fastest Finger First Question
• A: Computer languages • B: Medicines
• C: Chemical elements • D: Cars
From the 10 contestants, 6 got it right, but John (with a time of 1.50 seconds) was the fastest to correctly answer A: Computer languages, making it into the Hot Seat.

John's Run to the MillionEdit

£100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
What sort of entertainment takes place in a 'big top'?
• A: Ballet • B: Circus
• C: Opera • D: Tiddlywinks

£200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
Who had his head fixed with 'vinegar and brown paper' in a nursery rhyme?
• A: Jack • B: Humpty Dumpty
• C: The Knave of Hearts • D: Georgy Porgy

£300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
Which chemical element shares its name with Superman's home planet?
• A: Krypton • B: Neon
• C: Argon • D: Xenon

£500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
If you suffered from 'arachnophobia', which creepy-crawlies would you fear?
• A: Ants • B: Wasps
• C: Spiders • D: Caterpillars

£1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
What is the Japanese craft of 'Origami'?
• A: Flower arranging • B: Painting
• C: Quilting • D: Paper folding

£2,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
Who wrote 'The Virgin Soldiers'?
• A: Alistair MacLean • B: Frederick Forsyth
• C: Len Deighton • D: Leslie Thomas

£4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
How frequently is golf's Ryder Cup held?
'50:50' lifeline used
• A: Annually • B: Every two years
• C: Every three years • D: Every four years

£8,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed
What is the capital of the U.S. state of California?
'Ask The Audience' lifeline used
• A: Sacramento • B: Los Angeles
• C: San Francisco • D: Pasadena
Ask the Audience Results: A: 38% • B: 36% • C: 19% • D: 7%

£16,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed
Complete the title of this famous portrait; 'The Laughing ....'
• A: Hyena • B: Peasant
• C: Fool • D: Cavalier

£32,000 (10 of 15) - Not Timed
What is 'Genevieve' in the film of that name?
• A: A car • B: A gypsy woman
• C: A boat • D: A goat

£64,000 (11 of 15) - Not Timed
The most poisonous animal in the world is a species of which creature?
• A: Snake • B: Scorpion
• C: Frog • D: Spider
The klaxon called time and John would return on £64,000 with only 1 lifeline still available.

£125,000 (12 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these artistes has never had a UK No. 1 hit single?
'Phone A Friend' lifeline used
• A: Genesis • B: Fleetwood Mac
• C: UB 40 • D: Marvin Gaye
John decided to call his friend John, who did not know the answer. Therefore, he decided to walk away with £64,000. The correct answer was A: Genesis.


  • John McKeown succeded another contestant called John, who also came from Glasgow. Both contestants also phoned a person called John during their games.


Preceded by
John Stewart
UK Contestant (Series 1)
John McKeown
Succeeded by
Craig Logue

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