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Sheila McHale, an IT consultant from Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset was a contestant on the show on the 8th February 2001. She became the first woman to get the £250,000 question wrong and lose £93,000, which is the highest amount of money ever lost by a female contestant on the UK version of the show. Only two male contestants, Duncan Bickley and Rob Mitchell, have fared worse by incorrectly answering the £500,000 question, thus losing £218,000.

WWTBAM Run Edit

Fastest Finger First question Edit

Fastest Finger First question
Starting with the earliest, put these films in order they won the Best Picture Oscar.
• A: Braveheart • B: Out of Africa
• C: The Godfather • D: Tom Jones
From the 9 contestants, only Sheila (with a time of 9.37 seconds) was the one to correctly answer D-C-B-A, making it into the Hot Seat.

Sheila's Run to the Million Edit

£100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these is a type of underwear?
• A: Wrestler tights • B: Footballer stockings
• C: Boxer shorts • D: Angler trousers


£200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
Which colour goes before 'setter' and 'squirrel' to make the names of animals?
• A: Red • B: Green
• C: Blue • D: Yellow


£300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these creatures does not have a backbone?
• A: Woodpecker • B: Wildebeest
• C: Wombat • D: Worm


£500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
In cookery, what are croutons made from?
• A: Rice • B: Cheese
• C: Ham • D: Bread


£1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
Who wrote the TV sitcom 'Absolutely Fabulous'?
• A: Victoria Wood • B: Jennifer Saunders
• C: Tracey Ullman • D: Kathy Burke


£2,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these countries is not the on Asian mainland?
• A: China • B: Mongolia
• C: India • D: Philippines


£4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
During which of these activities might one use a 'crampon'?
• A: Horse racing • B: Rock climbing
• C: Bell-ringing • D: Waterskiing


£8,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these was not a member of rock group The Who?
'Ask The Audience' lifeline used
• A: Roger Daltrey • B: Keith Moon
• C: Charlie Watts • D: Pete Townshend
Ask the Audience Results: A: 9% • B: 15% • C: 73% • D: 3%


£16,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed
As what is Mike Leigh best known?
• A: Fashion designer • B: Football commentator
• C: Film director • D: TV weatherman


£32,000 (10 of 15) - Not Timed
The word 'riparian' means situated or taking place along or near what?
'Phone A Friend' lifeline used
• A: Railway • B: Glacier
• C: Riverbank • D: Motorway
Sheila used her Phone A Friend named Neil who said Riverbank, which was correct.


£64,000 (11 of 15) - Not Timed
Who was the first person to fly across the English Channel?
• A: Louis Blériot • B: Wilbur Wright
• C: Amy Johnson • D: Charles Lindbergh


£125,000 (12 of 15) - Not Timed
By what name is Samuel Langhorne Clemens better known?
• A: Mark Twain • B: Groucho Marx
• C: W.C Fields • D: George Bernard Shaw


£250,000 (13 of 15) - Not Timed
Which is the most abundant metal in the Earth's crust?
'50:50' lifeline used
• A: Silicon • B: Iron
• C: Aluminium • D: Potassium
Sheila didn't know, so she used her 50:50 lifeline, with B: Iron and C: Aluminium remaining. Sheila then decided to play the question and went for B: Iron, but this was incorrect and she lost £93,000.


Preceded by
David Crossley
UK Contestant (Series 9)
Sheila McHale
Succeeded by
Malcom Knight

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