Mark Townsend, a sales representative from Pelsall, West Midlands, was a contestant on series 8 of the UK version of the show on 9 September 2000. He walked away with £250,000.


Fastest Finger FirstEdit

Fastest Finger First
Starting with the nearest, put these European capitals in order according to their distance from London
• A: Athens • B: Berlin
• C: Rome • D: Brussels

From the 10 starting contestants, 7 got it right, but Mark (with a time of 6.34 seconds) was the fastest to correctly answer D-B-C-A, making it into the Hot Seat.

Mark's Run to the MillionEdit

£100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
What is the North American name for a man who chops down trees for a living?
• A: Timberjim • B: Lumberjack
• C: Feller-Phil • D: Wooden Ed

£200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
A person who is very cold is said to be 'chilled to the...' what?
• A: Marrow • B: Cauliflower
• C: Turnip • D: Pea

£300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these is the title of a famous musical?
• A: Fiddler Get Your Gun • B: Fiddler on the Roof
• C: Fiddler in the Dark • D: Fiddler of the Opera

£500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
Complete the title of the 1999 James Bond film: 'The World is Not...'?
• A: Complete • B: Enough
• C: Divine • D: Flat

£1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
Which company is responsible for managing the British railway infrastructure?
• A: Railcard • B: Railroad
• C: Railhead • D: Railtrack

£2,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
Pearl Harbor is in which American state?
• A: Alaska • B: California
• C: Florida • D: Hawaii

£4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
Which part of the body is made up of a series of vertebrae?
• A: Foot • B: Backbone
• C: Kneecap • D: Shoulder blade

£8,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed
Which physicist wrote the worldwide bestseller 'A Brief History of Time'?
• A: Patrick Moore • B: Stephen Hawking
• C: Fred Hoyle • D: Heather Couper

£16,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed
A pugilist participates in which sport?
• A: Hockey • B: Boxing
• C: Rowing • D: Fencing

£32,000 (10 of 15) - Not Timed
In medicine, which suffix is used at the end of a word to denote 'inflammation'?
• A: -ectomy • B: -itis
• C: -ology • D: -opsy

£64,000 (11 of 15) - Not Timed
Who is portrayed on the bank of a current Bank of England £5 note?
'Ask the Audience' lifeline used
• A: Charles Dickens - 12% • B: Michael Faraday - 5%
• C: George Stephenson - 77% • D: Florence Nightingale - 6%

£125,000 (12 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these TV detectives lived in a static caravan?
• A: Rockford • B: Columbo
• C: Kojak • D: McCloud

£250,000 (13 of 15) - Not Timed
Joseph Smith and Brigham Young were leaders of which religious movement?
'Phone a Friend' lifeline used
• A: Christian Scientists • B: Mormons
• C: Jehovah's Witnesses • D: Quakers
Mark had absoultely no idea, so he decided to call his friend Jeff, who was certain it was the Mormons. As he believed he had every reason to believe him, he decided to go with him and won £250,000.

£500,000 (14 of 15) - Not Timed
Who was the mother of Queen Elizabeth I?
'50:50' lifeline used
• A: Catherine of Aragon • B: Anne Boleyn
• C: Jane Seymour • D: Catherine Parr
Mark had a suspicion, but he decided to use his 50:50 anyways. The answer he thought of, Anne Boleyn, was still up there. However, he decided he did not feel brave enough to risk £218,000, so he walked away with £250,000. The correct answer was indeed B: Anne Boleyn.


Preceded by
Clive Thornley
UK Contestant (Series 8)
Mark Townsend
Succeeded by
Mark Swift

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