Rob Mitchell, a database administrator from Lutterworth, Leicestershire, was a UK contestant on the show in Series 14 on 25th October & 1st November 2003. He walked away with £32,000 after incorrectly answering his £500,000 question and became the sixth person on the show after Martin Skillings, Ben Bartle, Gerry Lennon, Diane Hallagan and Dougie Wilson and before James Plaskett to get up to £125,000 and have all 3 lifelines.

He became the second and last contestant in the UK, after Duncan Bickley, to lose £218,000 - which was the highest amount of money ever lost on the British version of the show.

He, along with Alan Lofts, originally appeared on Fastest Finger First on 18th January 2003, but didn’t get into the Hot Seat.[1]


Fastest Finger First Edit

Fastest Finger First Question
Starting in America and working east, put these items in order of the country with which they are most associated.
• A: Gondola • B: Stetson
• C: Boomerang • D: Shamrock

3 from the 9 contestants correctly answered B-D-A-C, but Rob did it the fastest (5.09 seconds), making it into the Hot Seat. He also appeared in a FFF Round in January 2003, but failed to make it into the Hot Seat.

Rob's Run to the Million Edit

£100 (1 to 15) - Not Timed
Which of these is a Native American ceremony for feasting and dancing?
• A: Kowtow • B: Powwow
• C: Hownow • D: Browncow

£200 (2 to 15) - Not Timed
Which word describes a schoolchild who spends a lot of time studying?
• A: Swot • B: Slot
• C: Scot • D: Shot

£300 (3 to 15) - Not Timed
At what type of bus stop will the vehicle only stop if signalled to do so?
• A: Beg stop • B: Plead stop
• C: Appeal stop • D: Request stop

£500 (4 to 15) - Not Timed
A 'tremor' is a small... what?
• A: Avalanche • B: Tornado
• C: Tidal wave • D: Earthquake

£1,000 (5 to 15) - Not Timed
Where in the body are the muscles known as 'abs'?
• A: Thigh • B: Back
• C: Stomach • D: Legs

£2,000 (6 to 15) - Not Timed
Which TV character is associated with the phrase “Who loves ya, baby?”?
• A: Lovejoy • B: Bergerac
• C: Kojak • D: Seinfeld

£4,000 (7 to 15) - Not Timed
With which athletics event is Ashia Hansen most associated?
• A: Triple jump • B: 400 metres
• C: Javelin • D: 800 metres

£8,000 (8 to 15) - Not Timed
A 'tournedos Rossini' is a steak topped with which of these ingredients?
• A: Spinach • B: Smoked salmon
• C: Carrot • D: Foie gras

£16,000 (9 to 15) - Not Timed
Freddie Eynsford-Hill is a character in which musical?
• A: West Side Story • B: My Fair Lady
• C: The Sound of Music • D: Kiss Me Kate

£32,000 (10 to 15) - Not Timed
In which British city was Cary Grant born?
• A: Leeds • B: Manchester
• C: Birmingham • D: Bristol

£64,000 (11 to 15) - Not Timed
The reign of which ruler features in Tennyson's book of verse 'The Idylls of the King'?
• A: Henry VIII • B: William the Conqueror
• C: Arthur • D: Richard the Lionheart

£125,000 (12 to 15) - Not Timed
The Ogaden is a desert region on which continent?
• A: North America • B: Africa
• C: Australia • D: South America
The klaxon called time, and Rob would return on £125,000 with all 3 lifelines still available.

£250,000 (13 to 15) - Not Timed
Which of these comics celebrated its 65th anniversary in 2003?
'50:50' and 'Ask the Audience' lifelines used
• A: Beano • B: Eagle
• C: Marvel • D: Hotspur
Ask the Audience Results: A: 68% • B: - • C: 32% • D: -

£500,000 (14 to 15) - Not Timed
How many inches tall is an Oscar statuette?
'Phone-A-Friend' lifeline used
• A: Eight and a half • B: Eleven
• C: Thirteen and a half • D: Sixteen
Rob didn't know, so he phoned his sister-in-law Moira, who didn't know either. Rob decided to play the question anyway and go for B: Eleven, but this was incorrect and he lost £218,000.


  • Just before revealing that Rob had lost £218,000, Chris said that Rob's sister up in the audience had said C: Thirteen and a half used her keypad and she was right.



Preceded by
Paul Walker
UK Contestant (Series 14)
Rob Mitchell
Succeeded by
Gavin Freeguard