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A contestant on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? has made it to the final question, and could become the show's first jackpot winner in 14 years.

Andrew Townsley, a retired doctor from Glasgow, is set to reach the million-pound question on tonight's episode of the ITV quiz show, and if he manages to answer correctly it will make him the sixth winner of the £1m.

Will Andrew become the sixth millionaire on the show? Credit: Stellify Media
Will Andrew become the sixth millionaire on the show? Credit: Stellify Media

We will then get to see what his question is, and of course, most importantly, if he gets it right. No pressure, Andrew...

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The most recent winner was retired civil servant Ingram Wilcox, who won the £1m biggest prize in 2006.

Before him, other contestants to win the prize include Pat Gibson in 2004, David Edwards and Robert Brydges in 2001 and Judith Keppel back in 2000.

Jeremy Clarkson is the current host of Who Wants To Be a Millionaire? Credit: ITV
Jeremy Clarkson is the current host of Who Wants To Be a Millionaire? Credit: ITV

Of course, the most well-known contestant - especially since ITV drama Quiz - was ex British Army major Charles Ingram who won the £1 million in 2001, but was accused of cheating.

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Starring Michael Sheen as Chris Tarrant, Quiz aired on ITV last month.

The drama cast doubt over Ingram's guilt, but it seems Chris Tarrant, who hosted the quiz show at the time of the now-infamous coughing fiasco, has already made his mind up about the Ingrams, saying he thinks there is 'no question' they were guilty.

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Back in 2001, Ingram, his wife Diana and an accomplice called Tecwen Whittock - who was sitting with the waiting contestants - were accused of cheating their way to a million pounds on what was then the most popular game show on Earth.

The trio stood trial and were convicted for procuring the execution of a valuable security by deception. Ultimately, it was found they had used the subtle method of coughing during the recording to signify the correct answers to the questions posed to Charles by Tarrant.

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Following the series' broadcast, Ingram took to social media to congratulate the 'gutsy' ITV for taking the risk and making it.

The Ingrams on their way to trial. Credit: PA
The Ingrams on their way to trial. Credit: PA
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Writing on Twitter, he said: "WOW. The cast, the story, the scenes, simply brilliant. Terrifyingly accurate and oh yes, horribly cringeworthy. Floored by the pure talent on show tonight.

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"Well done too to @ITV. Gutsy."

The Ingrams' lawyer believes there are now grounds to take it to a re-trial based on technical evidence that wasn't available at the time.

Tune in to ITV tonight at 9pm to see if Andrew bags that top prize and becomes the show's sixth millionaire.

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