Paul Beverley, a carpet estimator from Petersfield, Hampshire, was a contestant on series 2 of the UK version of the show on 2 & 3 January, 1999. He became the first contestant on the British version of the show to achieve the unfortunate distinction of missing the 12th question, plunging £32,000, as well as the first British contestant to leave with £32,000.


Fastest Finger FirstEdit

Fastest Finger First Question
Starting with the lowest, put these four police ranks in order of superiority.
• A: Constable • B: Superintendent
• C: Chief Constable • D: Sergeant

From the 8 remaining contestants, 6 got it right, but Paul (with a time of 4.23 seconds) was the fastest to correctly answer A-D-B-C, making it into the Hot Seat.

Paul's Run to the MillionEdit

£100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
'SOS' stands for 'Save Our .....' what?
• A: Sandwiches • B: Sanity
• C: Stamps • D: Souls

£200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
According to the nursery rhyme, which city did Dr Foster visit?
• A: Leicester • B: Worcester
• C: Gloucester • D: Chester

£300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
Which road is also known as the 'London Orbital Motorway'?
• A: M1 • B: M4
• C: M62 • D: M25

£500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
Which English town can also be a horse race or a football match between local rivals?
• A: Leicester • B: Derby
• C: Coventry • D: Oxford

£1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
What is an actor's stand in called?
• A: Deputy • B: Substitute
• C: Understudy • D: Number Two

£2,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
In what type of shop could you choose between a 'January King' or 'Savoy'?
• A: Motorbike • B: Butchers
• C: Greengrocers • D: Furniture

£4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
Which river separates Liverpool and Birkenhead?
• A: Avon • B: Mersey
• C: Tyne • D: Severn
£8,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed
Which one of these men has never been married to Elizabeth Taylor?
'Ask the Audience' lifeline used
• A: George Hamilton - 67% • B: Michael Wilding - 17%
• C: Richard Burton - 4% • D: Mike Todd - 12%
Paul wasn't sure on that one, so he asked the audience with the majority (67%) saying it's George Hamilton. He went with the audience and won £8,000.

£16,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed
What is the usual shape of a balalaika?
'50:50' lifeline used
• A: Circular • B: Square
• C: Pear-shaped • D: Triangular
Paul this time didn't know the answer, he went 50:50 with C and D still remaining. After much thought on this one, he guessed D and won £16,000.

£32,000 (10 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following is not a definition of 'mortar'?
'Phone-A-Friend' lifeline used
• A: Bowl • B: Grinding stick
• C: Cement and water • D: Weapon
Paul's initial gut feeling was a Bowl but after he heard the screams from the audience (insisting that he might be wrong on this one,) he decided to phone John for help. John sounded sure and said its a Grinding stick. Paul went with his phone-a-friend and against his own gut instinct and won £32,000. Then, the klaxon called time and Paul would return on that sum of money with no lifelines available.

£64,000 (11 of 15) - Not Timed
What are you watching if you see the characters Yum Yum and Nanki Poo?
• A: Madame Butterfly • B: Miss Saigon
• C: Starlight Express • D: The Mikado

£125,000 (12 of 15) - Not Timed
At which railway station did Paul Simon write 'Homeward Bound'?
• A: Crewe • B: Widnes
• C: Halifax • D: Wigan
Paul thought it was Crewe and decided to lock it in, however this was incorrect and he lost £32,000 as the right answer was B: Widnes.


Preceded by
Victoria Kaye
UK Contestant (Series 2)
Paul Beverley
Succeeded by
Sarah Woodier