John Randall, a horse racing statistician from Beckenham, Kent, was a contestant on series 8 of the UK version of the show on 25 & 27 November 2000. He walked away with £500,000.


Fastest Finger First Edit

Fastest Finger First Question
Starting with the lowest, put these properties from a standard UK Monopoly board in order of value.
• A: Park Lane • B: Pentonville Road
• C: Piccadilly • D: Pall Mall

From the 8 remaining contestants, 3 got it right, but John (with a time of 5.34 seconds) correctly answered B-D-C-A, making it into the Hot Seat.

John's Run to the Million Edit

£100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these is the name of a famous film company?
• A: 17th Century Rabbit • B: 18th Century Chicken
• C: 19th Century Wolf • D: 20th Century Fox

£200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
Somebody who has been completely deceived is said to have 'swallowed it...' how?
• A: Hook, line and sinker • B: Bell, book and candle
• C: Lock, stock and barrel • D: Blood, sweat and tears

£300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
What are generally listed against numbers to help solve crossword puzzles?
• A: Hints • B: Clues
• C: Facts • D: Red Herrings

£500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these is a type of butterfly?
• A: Green Captain • B: Orange Commander
• C: Red Admiral • D: Blue Lieutenant

£1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
What's the first name of the female singer whose surname is Morrisette?
• A: Mariah • B: Cheryl
• C: Alanis • D: Tori

£2,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
In North America, which term is applied to women's thin nylon tights?
• A: Pantaloons • B: Pantyhouse
• C: Pantalets • D: Pantsuit

£4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
From 1945 to 1969, Matt Busby managed which football club?
• A: Manchester United • B: Blackburn Rovers
• C: Manchester City • D: Bolton Wanderers

£8,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed
Which island in the British Isles has a parliament called the Tynwald?
• A: Jersey • B: Holy Island
• C: St. Michael's Mount • D: Isle of Man

£16,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed
Bysshe was the middle name of which famous poet?
• A: Byron • B: Keats
• C: Wordsworth • D: Shelley

£32,000 (10 of 15) - Not Timed
Which Hollywood film was remade as the musical High Society?
• A: It's a Wonderful Life • B: Bringing Up Baby
• C: The Philadelphia Story • D: Casablanca
The klaxon called time and John would return home with £32,000 with all 3 lifelines available.

£64,000 (11 of 15) - Not Timed
Who was British Prime Minister at the end of World War I?
• A: Herbert Asquith • B: David Lloyd George
• C: Andrew Bonar Law • D: Stanley Bladwin

£125,000 (12 of 15) - Not Timed
The wine Tokay originated in which country?
'Ask the Audience' lifeline used
• A: Germany • B: Hungary
• C: Japan • D: Bulgaria
Ask the Audience Results: A: 5% • B: 34% • C: 32% • D: 29%

£250,000 (13 of 15) - Not Timed
Which American state has a Union Jack on its state flag?
• A: Virginia • B: Georgia
• C: Maryland • D: Hawaii

£500,000 (14 of 15) - Not Timed
What does a spelunker do as a hobby?
'50:50' lifeline used
• A: Watches Birds • B: Explores Caves
• C: Collects Autographs • D: Makes Pottery

£1 Million (15 of 15) - Not Timed
Oberon is the satellite of which planet?
'Phone a Friend' lifeline used
• A: Mercury • B: Neptune
• C: Uranus • D: Mars
John did not know, so he decided to call his brother-in-law Richard, who ruled out Mercury and Mars, but did not know which of the other two was. Therefore, John decided to walk away with £500,000. The correct answer was C: Uranus.


Preceded by
Martine Knight
UK Contestant (Series 8)
John Randall
Succeeded by
Elsa Oliver

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