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Martin Skillings, a quantity surveyor from Brancaster, Norfolk, was a contestant on series 2 of the UK version of the show on 8-9 January, 1999. He walked away with £125,000, the first person on the history of the show to do so.

WWTBAM Run Edit

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
From the 10 contestants, 3 got it right, but Martin (with a time of 6.20 seconds) was the fastest to correctly answer C-B-A-D, 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 called time and Martin would return on £2,000 with all 3 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 left as the biggest winner so far. The correct answer was C: Economics.

TriviaEdit

  • Skillings was the first contestant to win £125,000, and the first one to see a £250,000 question.
    • Furthermore, he even reached the £250,000 question without using any lifelines.

SourcesEdit

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

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