Who Wants To Be A Millionaire Contestant Passes On £1 Million Question
A contestant on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? has bailed on the million-pound question after coming agonisingly close to taking the jackpot.
The achievement would have made Andrew Townsley only the sixth person to bag the £1 million top prize on the ITV quiz show, which has been hosted by Jeremy Clarkson since its return to UK screens in 2018.
The retired doctor from Glasgow was asked: "In the history of motor sport, which of these iconic races was held first?"
The options were Le Mans 24 Hours, Monaco Grand Prix, Indy 500 and Isle Of Man TT.
Andrew phoned his friend Elsa, and decided not tell her the amount that was at stake - but she didn't know the answer.
Eventually Andrew decided to settle for the very respectable sum of £500,000, rather than taking the risk.
However, Clarkson asked him what he would have chosen, had Andrew opted to gamble - and then revealed that his answer of Isle Of Man TT would have been correct. GUTTED.
Hard luck, mate. Still, £500,000 is not to be sniffed at.
The win would have meant that Andrew had become the first to hit the jackpot in 14 years. Fans of the show watched in anticipation as Andrew breezed through his first questions without needing to use any of his lifelines.
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He opted to use his 50/50 for the £125,000 question before going on to use his 'Ask The Host' and 'Ask The Audience' lives.
When Andrew reached the 15th and final question, Clarkson told him: "This is it, the £1 million question. You'd be the sixth person ever to do it in all the years this show has been on."
He added: "There can't be that many, I don't know how many, who even got to half a million."
Andrew, who has progressive multiple sclerosis and uses a wheelchair, spoke to GlasgowLive ahead of the show being broadcast.
He said: "It felt great to be there, if a bit surreal to be honest. As I was progressing in the hot seat, all I could think about was this is all going very quickly.
"When you apply to be on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? you always dream that you'd have the opportunity to answer that million pound question. I knew winning a large sum of money would make my life a lot more comfortable."
The most recent winner was retired civil servant Ingram Wilcox, who won the £1m prize in 2006.
Before him, other contestants to win the prize include Pat Gibson in 2004, David Edwards and Robert Brydges in 2001 and the first contestant to ever win it was Judith Keppel back in 2000. Judith went on to feature on BBC Two's quiz show Eggheads since 2003.
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 and found guilty of cheating.
Congratulations to Andrew. A remarkable effort.
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