Keith Burgess, a fire protection engineer from Helsby, Cheshire, was a contestant on series 3 of the UK version of the show on 16 March 1999. He walked away with £64,000. Later he appeared on irish version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and won €32.000.


Fastest Finger FirstEdit

Fastest Finger First Question
Starting with the earliest, put these words in order of their first appearance in the Peter Piper tongue twister.
• A: Pickled • B: Peck
• C: Pepper • D: Picked

From the 9 remaining contestants, 5 got it right, but Keith (with a time of 5.74 seconds) was the fastest to correctly answer D-B-A-C, making it into the Hot Seat.

Keith's Run to the MillionEdit

£100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
In which thoroughfare did the Great Fire of London start?
• A: Sponge Street • B: Pudding Lane
• C: Dessert Road • D: Trifle Avenue

£200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
How is the disease, usually abbreviated to BSE, known colloquially?
• A: Mad cow disease • B: Chicken flu
• C: Swine fever • D: Foot and mouth disease

£300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
In the early 1900s, what type of transport were Zeppelins?
• A: Steam trains • B: Bicycles
• C: Airships • D: Paddle-steamers

£500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
Which creature is traditionally associated with Robert the Bruce?
• A: Fish • B: Snake
• C: Spider • D: Goat

£1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
Which breed of dog is also known as German shepherd?
• A: Collie • B: Alsatian
• C: Rottweiler • D: Dachshund

£2,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
In May 1954, who became the first man to run a mile in under four minutes?
• A: Roger Bannister • B: Chris Brasher
• C: John Landy • D: Christopher Chataway

£4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
What is the name of the famous statue in Copenhagen harbour?
• A: The Little Angel • B: The Little Princess
• C: The Little Nymph • D: The Little Mermaid

£8,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed
According to tradition, if it rains on St Swithin's Day it will rain for how many more days?
• A: Seven • B: Twenty eight
• C: Thirty one • D: Forty

£16,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed
Which acid is normally used in a car battery?
• A: Acetic • B: Hydrochloric
• C: Lactic • D: Sulphuric

£32,000 (10 of 15) - Not Timed
The song 'Rhythm of Life' features in which of these musicals?
'Ask the Audience', 'Phone a Friend' and '50:50' lifelines used
• A: Godspell • B: Sweet Charity
• C: Hair • D: A Chorus Line
Ask the Audience Results: A: 33% • B: 33% • C: 20% • D: 14%
Keith did not know the answer, so he decided to Ask the Audience, who voted 33-33-20-14, not very useful for him. Still having no clue, he then decided to call his friend Rob, who had no idea either and told him to walk away. Having nothing to lose, he decided to use his 50:50, eliminating A and D. After stating that he would take the money, he retracted himself, but then decided to walk away, but once again retracted himself for the final time and locked in Sweet Charity (the most popular answer alongside Godspell), and won £32,000.

£64,000 (11 of 15) - Not Timed
Which locomotive set the world speed record for a steam railway engine of 125 mph on July 3rd 1938?
• A: Flying Scotsman • B: Rocket
• C: Evening Star • D: Mallard

£125,000 (12 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these was once MP for Lewisham North?
• A: Christopher Chataway • B: Sebastian Coe
• C: Steve Ovett • D: Jeffrey Archer
Keith had it narrowed it down to A or D. He decided to go with Jeffrey Archer, but then retracted himself for real and walked away with £64,000, later stating that he thought it was Christopher Chataway. The correct answer was indeed A: Christopher Chataway.


  • After stating that he would walk away from his £32,000 question for the second time, the lights went up, which is usually only done when time runs out, a contestant misses or walks away from a question, or gets one of the milestone or top-tier questions right. This was probably an accident, as the lights operator had probably believed that Keith was actually going to walk away.


Preceded by
Andrew Stewart
UK Contestant (Series 3)
Keith Burgess
Succeeded by
Andrew Lavelle

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