metro: John Robinson, an English teacher, flew through the questions during Monday night’s episode, using up all four of his lifelines. After setting his safety net at £64,000 he pressed on until he passed the half a million pound mark. Then host Jeremy Clarkson got to read out the final question for the first time since he began hosting the show in 2018.
It read: ‘Which of these UK prime ministers never served as foreign secretary?’ The options were Winston Churchill, Alec Douglas-Home, Anthony Eden and Harold Macmillian. The correct answer was Churchill.
John, who was already guaranteed £500,000 decided not to risk it and go home with his winnings. A pleased Jeremy said: ‘That was incredible, what a player. ‘There is a lot you can do with [the money], it really does set you up which is tremendous.’
The host asked John which option he would have picked if he’d decided to take a gamble, and he replied, incorrectly, with Anthony Eden. Lucky he decided to throw in the towel when he did.
The last time the £1m question was reached was in 2006. John, who hails from Birmingham, had a bit of a shaky start when he used up one of his lifelines to make it to the £2000 mark.
Since the first episode of Who Wants to Be A Millionaire? in 1998, there have been five official winners of the prize pot. Michael Gilbey, who took the hot seat after John, managed to walk away with £16,000. And while it’s not half a mil, it’s not to be sniffed at. Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? airs tomorrow at 9pm on ITV