Neil Read, from Braintree, Essex, was a contestant on series 4 of the UK version of the show on 5 & 6 September, 1999. He walked away with £64,000.


Fastest Finger FirstEdit

Fastest Finger First Question
Starting with the earliest, put these four landmarks in chronological order of their construction.
• A: Westminster Abbey • B: Millenium Dome
• C: Royal Albert Hall • D: Stonehenge

From the 8 remaining contestants, 6 got it right, but Neil (with a time of 5.67 seconds) was the fastest to correctly answer D-A-C-B, making it into the Hot Seat.

Neil's Run to the MillionEdit

£100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
Who are Dipsy, Tinky Winky, Laa Laa and Po?
• A: Members of 'Steps' • B: Teletubbies
• C: Brazilian footballers • D: The Queen's corgis

£200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these is the name of Agatha Christie's spinster detective?
• A: Miss Marble • B: Miss Purple
• C: Miss Myrtle • D: Miss Marple
The klaxon called time and Neil would return on L200 with all 3 lifelines still available.

£300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these countries has never won the football World Cup?
• A: USA • B: England
• C: Italy • D: Brazil

£500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
The Volvo company was founded in which country?
• A: Germany • B: Netherlands
• C: Sweden • D: Finland

£1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
Which Italian phrase refers to pasta which is still firm to the bite?
• A: Al dente • B: Al fresco
• C: Al berto • D: Al bino

£2,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
What was the first language of Prince Albert, who married Queen Victoria in 1840?
• A: English • B: French
• C: German • D: Greek

£4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
Which regiment of the British Army has the motto 'Who Dares Wins'?
• A: Royal Marines • B: Parachute Regiment
• C: Special Air Service • D: Fleet Air Arm

£8,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed
In which of these fields is a Nobel prize not awarded?
• A: Physics • B: Peace
• C: Literature • D: History

£16,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed
Which singer made a guest appearance on the Dire Straits single 'Money For Nothing'?
• A: Phil Collins • B: Paul McCartney
• C: Sting • D: Paul Young

£32,000 (10 of 15) - Not Timed
Which Christian festival falls on January 6th?
'Ask the Audience' and 'Phone-A-Friend' lifelines used
• A: Epiphany - 72% • B: Transfiguration - 14%
• C: All Souls - 13% • D: Holy Innocents - 1%
He decided to Ask the Audience witht he majority saying it's Epiphany. Chris reminded Neil the previous situations that happened in shows 1 & 2 of series 4. Neil decided to call his mum, Pat for help who also said it's A. Neil goes with his mum along with the audience and wins £32,000.

£64,000 (11 of 15) - Not Timed
In the TV sitcom 'Are You Being Served?', what was Captain Peacock's first name?
• A: Trevor • B: Arthur
• C: Stephen • D: David

£125,000 (12 of 15) - Not Timed
Which country was the first to give women the vote?
'50:50' lifeline used
• A: Russia • B: Iceland
• C: Finland • D: New Zealand
Neil thinks it's Finland, but he decides to use the 50:50. However his instinct is found to be wrong as Finland along with Russia are out. That clearly didn't help Neil out, and chooses to walk away with the £64,000. His (second) guess would've been Iceland, but this also would've cost him a lot of money as the correct answer is New Zealand.


Preceded by
John Evans
UK Contestant (Series 4)
Neil Read
Succeeded by
Peter Turner

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