Phil Hitchen, a foot carton factory machine operator from Middleton, Leeds, was a contestant on series 21 of the UK version of the show on June 9th, 2007. He walked away with £8,000.


Fastest Finger FirstEdit

Fastest Finger First Question
Put these words in order to give the beginning of a famous tongue-twister.
• A: By the • B: Sea shells
• C: Sea shore • D: She sells

From the 9 remaining contestants, 6 got it right, but Phil (with a time of 3.23 seconds) was the fastest to correctly answer D-B-A-C, making it into the Hot Seat.

Phil's Run to the MillionEdit

£100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these words means 'crooked'?
• A: Skew-stink • B: Skew-pogn
• C: Skew-whiff • D: Skew-reek

£200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these birds is most likely to make a cooing sound?
• A: Sparrow • B: Pigeon
• C: Robin • D: Woodpecker

£300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
What is another term for a gemstone?
• A: Beloved stone • B: Cherished stone
• C: Dear stone • D: Precious stone

£500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
What sort of reference book is the OED?
• A: Encyclopedia • B: Almanack
• C: Atlas • D: Dictionary

£1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these phrases means 'naked'?
• A: Au fait • B: Au naturel
• C: Au contraire • D: Au pair

£2,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
In which musical is the lead charater called a "flibbertigibbet, a will-o'-the-wisp, a clown"?
• A: Kiss Me Kate • B: The Sound of Music
• C: Westside Story • D: Oklahoma

£4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
The phrase 'Richard of York gave battle in vain' is known as a what?
• A: Simile • B: Oxymoron
• C: Mnemonic • D: Pangram

£8,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed
The first winner of the Miss World contest represented which country?
'Ask the Audience', '50:50' and 'Phone-A-Friend' lifelines used
• A: Sweden - 62% • B: Canada - 15%
• C: Switzerland - 14% • D: Australia - 9%
Phil has no idea. He has three lifelines, so he's Asking the Audience. Phil still isnt confident enough, so also goes 50:50. Despite a large majority from the audience, he wants to phone his friend Steve, using all three lifelines on one question. Steve would guess at Sweden, but isn't sure of the answer. Phil goes with the audience and Steve, and wins £8,000.

£16,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these actors has not played Blofeld in the James Bond films?
• A: Patrick Macnee • B: Charles Gray
• C: Donald Pleasence • D: Telly Savalas
Phil immediately rules out C and D, and is tempted to say A, despite his uncertainty. However, his doubt prevails, he's out of here with his eight grand. Phil would have said A, and would have won £16,000, had he have gone for it.


Preceded by
Michael Steer
UK Contestant (Series 21)
Phil Hitchen
Succeeded by
Peter Franks