John Stewart, an upholstery cleaning engineer from Glasgow, was a contestant on series 1 of the UK version of the show on 7-8 September, 1998. He walked away with £16,000. In 2005 he claimed that he was the first person to cheat on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire cheating on the Fastest Finger First round by pressing all 4 buttons at the same time which guaranteed him to win in the fastest time and he also passed this on to fellow Scot John McKeown who got in the chair immediately after him and won £64,000. Celador rubbished these claims that it was because of this incident that the Fastest Finger First was changed.


Fastest Finger FirstEdit

Fastest Finger First Question
Complete the title of this Oasis song. 'Cigarettes and ..........'
• A: Anger • B: Matches
• C: Alcohol • D: Dreams
From the 10 contestants, 3 got it right, but John (with a time of 1.62 seconds) was the fastest to correctly answer C: Alcohol, making it into the Hot Seat.

John's Run to the MillionEdit

£100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
What do we call a year with 366 days?
• A: Jump year • B: Leap year
• C: Hurdle year • D: Vault year

£200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
Which Irish town gives its name to a 5-line humorous verse?
• A: Cork • B: Tralee
• C: Limerick • D: Galway

£300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
Which abbreviation means 'and so on'?
• A: e.g. • B: etc.
• C: viz. • D: i.e.

£500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
Which Army bugle call is played to wake up the men?
'Ask the Audience' lifeline used
• A: Taps • B: Charge
• C: The Last Post • D: Reveille
Ask the Audience Results: A: 7% • B: 3% • C: 15% • D: 75%

£1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
Who played Forrest Gump in the 1994 film of that name?
• A: Tom Hanks • B: Robin Williams
• C: Nicholas Cage • D: Daniel Day Lewis

£2,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
Which sport features a playing surface measuring nine feet by five feet?
'50:50' and 'Phone a Friend' lifelines used
• A: Table Tennis • B: Fencing
• C: Wrestling • D: Tug of War
John was struggling, so he decided to use his 50:50, eliminating C and D. Still unsure, he decided to call his boss John, who said Table Tennis. He decided to go with his namesake and won £2,000. Then, the klaxon called time and John would return on £2,000 with no lifelines available.

£4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
Where did King John sign the Magna Carta?
• A: Runnymede • B: Tower of London
• C: Hastings • D: Windsor Castle

£8,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed
What is the largest castle in Britain?
• A: Edinburgh • B: Warwick
• C: Balmoral • D: Windsor

£16,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed
Which famous comedy team starred in 'Duck Soup'?
• A: The Three Stooges • B: The Marx Brothers
• C: Laurel and Hardy • D: Abbott and Costello

£32,000 (10 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these was built in 1961?
• A: Post Office Tower • B: Berlin Wall
• C: Sears Tower • D: Pompidou Centre
After gambling most of his way after running out of lifelines, John decided to walk away with £16,000. The correct answer was B: Berlin Wall.


Preceded by
Samantha Thomas
UK Contestant (Series 1)
John Stewart
Succeeded by
John McKeown