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.


Fastest Finger First Edit

Fastest Finger First
Starting nearest to the top, put these four parts of a horse in descending order.
• A: Withers • B: Mane
• C: Ears • D: Fetlock
Out of the 10 contestants, 3 got it right, but Martin was the fastest to correctly answer C-B-A-D (in a time of 6.20 seconds), thus making it into the Hot Seat.

Martin's Run to the Million Edit

£100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
Which musical family featured Donny, Marie and little Jimmy?
• A: The Jacksons • B: The Partridge Family
• C: The Osmonds • D: The Carpenters
£200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
Which animals have trotters?
• A: Cows • B: Horses
• C: Pigs • D: Deer
£300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these words means a 'beginner'?
• A: Rookie • B: Bookie
• C: Cookie • D: Hookie
£500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
On what day of the week does the queen give away 'Maundy Money'?
• A: Tuesday • B: Wednesday
• C: Thursday • D: Friday
£1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
Which capital city indicates 'L' in the phonetic alphabet?
• A: London • B: Lisbon
• C: La Paz • D: Lima
£2,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
In which city will the 2000 Summer Olympics be held?
• A: Cape Town • B: Stockholm
• C: Athens • D: Sydney
The klaxon sounded at this point. Martin would return on £2,000 with all three lifelines remaining.
£4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
Which surname links 3 presenters of TV's Points Of View?
• A: Took • B: Ford
• C: Smith • D: Robinson
£8,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed
What is the capital of The Falkland Islands?
• A: Port Elizabeth • B: Port Moresby
• C: Port Stanley • D: Port Said
£16,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed
In which of these countries do motorists drive on the left?
• A: France • B: Spain
• C: USA • D: Ireland
£32,000 (10 of 15) - Not Timed
Of which story is Richard Hannay the hero?
• A: The Thirty Nine Steps • B: The Third Man
• C: 1984 • D: Of Mice & Men
£64,000 (11 of 15) - Not Timed
What form of transport was the R101?
• A: Train • B: Airship
• C: Jet Aircraft • D: Submarine
£125,000 (12 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these animals is a different gender from the others?
• A: Vixen • B: Pen
• C: Hart • D: Jill
£250,000 (13 of 15) - Not Timed
Sir John Hicks was the first British winner of which Nobel Prize?
'Phone a Friend', '50:50' and 'Ask the Audience' lifelines used
• A: Peace • B: Chemistry
• C: Economics • D: Physics
Ask the Audience Results: A: 26% • B: - • C: 74% • D: -
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 the Audience 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.


Preceded by
Fiona Wheeler
UK Contestant (Series 2)
Martin Skillings
Succeeded by
Ian Horswell