Tony Kennedy, a warehouseman from Blackburn, Lancashire, was a contestant on series 3 of the UK version of the show on 7, 8 March, 1999. He walked away with £125,000.

However, just a day after the show's transmission, it was discovered that the answer that Tony gave to his £64,000 question was incorrect. Despite this, which caused a ripple of furore in the papers, he was allowed to keep his winnings of £125,000.


Tony's Run to the Million (Partial)Edit

£4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
Who is Snoopy's owner?
• A: Woodstock • B: Linus
• C: Charlie Brown • D: Lucy

£8,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed
In mountaineering, which word describes a controlled descent down a rock face using a rope?
• A: Bungee jumping • B: Belaying
• C: Abseiling • D: Prusiking

£16,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed
What is the name of the computer in the film '2001: A Space Odyssey'?
'50:50' lifeline used
• A: CAL • B: SAL
• C: PAL • D: HAL

£32,000 (10 of 15) - Not Timed
Which explorer introduced potatoes to this country?
'Ask the Audience' lifeline used
• A: Sir Francis Drake - 14% • B: Sir Walter Raleigh - 82%
• C: Sebastian Cabot - 3% • D: Captain Cook - 1%

£64,000 (11 of 15) - Not Timed
Theoretically, what is the minimum number of strokes with which a tennis player can win a set?
• A: Twelve • B: Twenty Four
• C: Thirty six • D: Fourty eight

This was the question that caused controversy after the transmission date of the show.

£125,000 (12 of 15) - Not Timed
What is 'Spode'?
'Phone a Friend' lifeline used
• A: China • B: Furniture
• C: A garden tool • D: Vegetarian food
Tony decided to call his friend David, who was definitely sure it was China. He decided to go with him and won £125,000.

£250,000 (13 of 15) - Not Timed
The 'matelot' is a sailor's dance from which country?
• A: France • B: Spain
• C: England • D: Holland
Tony had a clue, but instead "demanded" Chris his £125,000 cheque, and walked away with it. The correct answer was D: Holland.

Bad questionEdit

UK Tony Kennedy BQ

Tony Kennedy's faulty £64,000 question

  • For £64,000, Tony was asked "Theoretically, what is the minimum number of strokes with which a tennis player can win a set?", with 12, 24, 36, and 48 as choices, which he answered as 24 (four shots to win a game, with six games in a set). However, the Daily Mirror, one day after his episode was broadcast, reported that 12 was the correct answer (as a server, acing four times, the minimum required to win a game; as a receiver, the opponent double-faulting on each serve). The show acknowledged with a statement, but despite this, Tony was allowed to keep his prize money, £125,000, as the mistake was made by the Question Team, and not by Tony himself.[1]


Preceded by
Bernie Waspe
UK Contestant (Series 3)
Tony Kennedy
Succeeded by
Sheridan Booth