JL Million Pound Question 1

The Bowen's first (and bad) million pound question

JL Million Pound Question 2

The Bowen's second million pound question

Laurence and Jackie Llewellyn Bowen once played in February 11, 2006 on the UK version of the show for a Celebrity Valentine's Day special. They were originally ruled to have given a wrong answer to their £1,000,000 question, but the question turned out to be a bad question, so they were asked to return and try for another £1,000,000, but this time, they decided to walk with their £500,000.

Jackie and Lawrence's Run to the Million (Partial) Edit

£1,000 (5 of 15) - Not timed
After which of these sporting events do the participants have to be weighed?
• A: Horse race • B: Cricket match
• C: Swimming race • D: Tennis match
£2,000 (6 of 15) - Not timed
Yaks are native to which continent?
• A: South America • B: Asia
• C: Australia • D: Africa
£4,000 (7 of 15) - Not timed
Which 1970s pop star created the stage role of Che Guevara in the musical "Evita"?
• A: Leo Sayer • B: David Essex
• C: Alvin Stardust • D: Noddy Holder
£8,000 (8 of 15) - Not timed
Cosmo Kramer and George Costanza are characters from which US TV sitcom?
"50:50" lifeline used.
• A: Seinfeld • B: Frasier
• C: Ellen • D: Roseanne
Laurence and Jackie thought it was A: Seinfeld, but they were not sure enough, so they decided to use their 50:50, which eliminated B and D, still leaving A.
£16,000 (9 of 15) - Not timed
The Scottish dish "Atholl brose" contains which spirit mixed with honey?
"Phone-A-Friend" lifeline used.
• A: Rum • B: Brandy
• C: Gin • D: Whisky
Jackie thought it was Whisky, but Laurence could not agree with them, so they called their friend David. Jackie was the one who spoke with him, who also thought it was Whisky. In the end, the couple went for D: Whisky, which was correct.
£32,000 (10 of 15) - Not timed
Which of these films did not star a married couple?
"Ask the Audience" lifeline used.
• A: Shanghai Surprise • B: Eyes Wide Shut
• C: Key Largo • D: Bringing Up Baby
Ask the Audience Results: A: 4% • B: 3% • C: 31% • D: 62%
This was another question they did not know, so they asked the audience. The majority went for D: Bringing Up Baby, so they went for it, and they were right, but it was not revealed until after a commercial break.
£64,000 (11 of 15) - Not timed
York's National Railway Museum is associated with which London museum?
• A: Museum of London • B: Design Museum
• C: British Museum • D: Science Museum
£125,000 (12 of 15) - Not timed
Kal-El was the original name of which superhero?
• A: Batman • B: Spiderman
• C: Superman • D: Iron Man
£250,000 (13 of 15) - Not timed
The archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans was most associated with the excavation of which ancient site?
• A: Thebes • B: Knossos
• C: Troy • D: Babylon
£500,000 (14 of 15) - Not timed
Which king of England is often credited with the invention of the handkerchief?
• A: William I • B: Richard II
• C: Edward IV • D: Henry V

After 14 questions, they reached the £1,000,000 question which was:

£1,000,000 (15 of 15) - Not timed
Translated from the Latin, what is the motto of the United States?
• A: In God we trust • B: One out of many
• C: All as one • D: Striving together
The couple thought it was A: In God we trust, so they went for it, but they were ruled to have gotten it wrong. The correct answer was B: One out of many and they lost £468,000, or so they thought...

It was later found out that the question was flawed. "One out of many" was the original motto of the United States, and it did have Latin origins, but since 1956, they have also been using "In God we trust," as a national motto, but it did not have Latin origins, so the question was ruled out as a bad question, and Laurence and Jackie were invited back for another £1,000,000 question, which was:

£1,000,000 (15 of 15) - Not timed
Who was the first man to travel into space twice?
• A: Vladimir Titov • B: Michael Collins
• C: Gus Grissom • D: Yuri Gagarin
This time, the couple was not sure, so they decided to take the £500,000 and not risking £468,000 again. The question was then asked for the text game for the viewers at home. They would have 30 seconds to come up with the answer, and the winner would win £1,000. At the end of the 30 seconds, Jackie guessed for Laurence D: Yuri Gagarin, but if they went for it, they would have lost £468,000 again, and this time, it would have been a legitimate loss. The correct answer was C: Gus Grissom.


  • They are the first and only celebrity pair in the UK to reach the final question, even though the question turned out to be bad.
  • They are the last contestants to have ever won £500,000 on the British version of Millionaire.
  • Their run was not repeated on Challenge, likely due to the bad question turning out to be a bit controversial to show after the original airing.
  • They were the first ever contestants in the UK version to answer the £1,000,000 question incorrectly. However, Chris announced that they were given another chance of winning the million; they then walked away with £500,000 after they chose not to answer their second million pound question.
  • No other contestant on the UK version of Millionaire had ever lost £468,000; the most money ever officially lost was £218,000, which occurred only twice: Duncan Bickley in October 2000, and Rob Mitchell in October 2003, when they answered their £500,000 questions incorrectly and fell from £250,000 down to £32,000.
  • They are the only UK contestants to appear on a bad question that is not worth £64,000, the second ones and pair to appear on a bad Top Prize question in the world, after Ling Wing Kuen and Ling Shuk Ling (in Hong Kong), and only the second UK celebrity contestants to appear on a UK bad question.


  • When the Llewellyn Bowens were revealed to have lost £468,000, the £500,000 lose cue was played instead of the £1,000,000 one.