Sheridan Booth, a labourer from Hassocks, West Sussex, was a contestant on series 3 of the UK version of the show on 8-9 March, 1999. He walked away with £500, becoming only the second person ever, after Cheryl Turner on the 1998 Christmas special, to walk away on the first tier of questions. However, after the show's broadcast, he was discovered to be a criminal, having commited multiple crimes; thus rendering him ineligible to participate in the show. Therefore, his prize money, albeit small, was discarded.
Sheridan was not sure, so he used his Ask The Audience lifeline, with a 10-13-39-38 percent vote, Due to the tight result between C and D, he uses his 50-50 lifeline, which removes A and B, he then went with the audience, and won £500.
The klaxon then called time and Sheridan would return on £500 with no lifelines available.
£1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
Which ex-Formula One driver presents 'Great Escapes' on ITV?
• A: Mark Blundell
• B: Nigel Mansell
• C: Tony Jordan
• D: Martin Brundle
Sheridan did not know the answer, and being out of lifelines, he decided to walk away with £500. The correct answer was D: Martin Brundle.
After the show's broadcast, he was discovered to be a criminal, committing hundreds of crimes; including drugs, theft, burglary, and even brutally killing his Golden Labrador puppy by kicking it down the stairs after it made a mess in his bedroom.
As a result Booth was stripped of his £500 and his name was disgraced, as he joined fellow criminals Neil Muir and Andrew Lavelle who both cheated their way in into their respective shows, for not having disclosed past criminal records.