Paul Ricketts, a former disc jockey from Reading, was the first contestant on series 3 of the UK version of the show on 5 March, 1999. He walked away with £2,000.


Fastest Finger FirstEdit

Fastest Finger First Question
Starting with the most recent, put these four drivers in order by when they were World Champion.
• A: Graham Hill • B: Mika Hakkinen
• C: James Hunt • D: Nigel Mansell

From the 10 contestants, 4 got it right, but Paul (with a time of 6.85 seconds) was the fastest to correctly answer B-D-C-A, making it into the Hot Seat.

Paul's Run to the MillionEdit

£100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
According to the song 'The Twelve Days of Christmas', what bird is in a pear tree?
• A: Ostrich • B: Sparrow
• C: Budgie • D: Partridge

£200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
What Irish object should you kiss to acquire the gift of 'charming' speech?
• A: Leprechaun's shilling • B: Blarney Stone
• C: MacGillycuddies Reeks • D: Shillelagh

£300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
Mick Hucknall is the lead singer with which colourful pop group?
• A: Deacon Blue • B: Green Day
• C: Simply Red • D: Yello

£500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
Which famous person was married to Eva Braun?
• A: Walt Disney • B: Sigmund Freud
• C: Adolf Hitler • D: Alfred Hitchcock

£1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
Which coin is also a metallic element?
• A: Tanner • B: Dime
• C: Florin • D: Nickel

£2,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
What was the name of Nelson's flagship?
'Ask the Audience' lifeline used
• A: The Pelican • B: The Beagle
• C: The Endeavour • D: The Victory
Ask the Audience Results: A: 3% • B: 2% • C: 18% • D: 77%

£4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
How many of Henry VIII's wives lost their heads?
'50:50' and 'Phone a Friend' lifelines used
• A: One • B: Two
• C: Three • D: Six
Paul did not know, so he decided to use his 50:50, eliminating A and D. Still unsure, he decided to call his friend Ken, who said he would guess Three. Finally, although leaning towards Two, Paul decided to walk away with £2,000. The correct answer was indeed B: Two.


Preceded by
Matthew Norways
(Series 2)
UK Contestant (Series 3)
Paul Ricketts
Succeeded by
Dave Snaith