A COMPETITOR in the forthcoming series of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? will go all the way to become the show’s first winner in 14 years.
The unnamed general knowledge champion will become the ITV show’s sixth champion by answering all 15 questions correctly.
The series, which returns next month, was filmed without a studio audience due to the pandemic, so contestants now have two chances to phone a friend, as well as the usual 50:50 and Ask The Host lifelines.
Host Jeremy Clarkson said: ‘Well, I’m absolutely thrilled and delighted that we’ve found someone who seems to know just about everything.
‘I can’t wait for the viewers to see it and I want to watch it back too. I was just in awe of this contestant and think they are probably the best the show has ever had in its 22-year history. It was a joy to sit and watch it unfold.
The Grand Tour host said the contestant ‘whizzed through the 15 questions and all of a sudden, confetti was falling from the ceiling and I was saying, “You’ve just won £1 million”.
‘I wasn’t sure I’d ever get to utter those immortal six words and I’m not embarrassed to say it was a little emotional but boy did it feel good.’
In May, retired doctor Andrew Townsley, from Glasgow, came close to claiming the top prize but chose not to answer the final question.
The first winner in November 2000 was Judith Keppel, while Ingram Wilcox was the most recent in 2006.
The show’s most famous contestant was Major Charles Ingram, who ‘won’ the grand prize in 2001 but it was never paid out after he was accused of cheating in an infamous coughing scam.
ITV drama Quiz brought the scandal back into the public eye last year.