Martin Skillings, a quantity surveyor from Brancaster, Norfolk, was a contestant on series 2 of the UK version of the show on 8 and 9 January, 1999. He walked away with £125,000, becoming the first contestant to win this amount. Coincidentally, the contestant who played after him, Ian Horswell, also won £125,000.
Martin had no idea and was never going to play this anyway unless convinced, so he phoned a friend called Tony who didn't give any answer in 30 seconds. Martin used his 50:50 which left Peace and Economics, then asked the audience with 74% saying Economics and 26% saying Peace. Martin did not risk it and walked away as the biggest winner thus far. The correct answer was C: Economics.
Martin became the first contestant in the UK to use Ask theAudience on the top tier of questions.
As well as being the first £125,000 winner, Martin was one of the first seven contestants in the UK on the show to reach that sum amount of money without using a lifeline before Ben Bartle, Gerry Lennon, Diane Hallagan, Dougie Wilson, Rob Mitchell and James Plaskett.