Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? fans erupt as Brummie teacher ‘bottles’ £1 million question


VIEWERS were left screaming at the screen during Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? tonight – after a teacher “bottled” the £1 million question.

John Robinson, 36, was asked: “Which of these UK prime ministers never served as foreign secretary?” but didn’t know that the answer was Winston Churchill.

John Robinson struggled with the £1 million question
Brummie teacher John was delighted with his £500,000

However, ITV viewers were delighted by his success, tweeting: “He bottled it!! What a shame, but can’t say I blame him. £500,000 is still brilliant!”

Another wrote: “That was bloody awesome.”

A third praised the Brummie, writing: “What a nice fella! He deserves his 500k.”

One other was less kind, posting only: “CHICKEN!”

John's path to the £1 million question

£125,000: Which of these is an official currency of the Cook Islands?
Answer: New Zealand dollar

£250,000: The diplomat Ferdinand de Lesseps was a key figure in the construction of what?
Answer: Suez Canal

£500,000: Which of these geological periods occured most recently?

Answer: Cretaceous

£1 million: Which of these UK prime ministers never served as foreign secretary?

Answer: Winston Churchill

John almost got derailed by Ferdinand de Lesseps

John impressed host Jeremy Clarkson by breezing through questions about curry, biblical characters and – with the help of his phone-a-friend – the Suez Canal.

However, he was entirely stumped by the biggest question – meaning he went home with a cheque for £500,000.

John told Jeremy: “There’s a slight bit of disappointment, which I know sounds ridiculous given it’s more money than I’ve ever seen in my life.

“When I used a lifeline early on I thought: ‘Oh God, I might not even make it to £64,000’. I am not sure I could have faced speaking to Chloe afterwards. I don’t think she would have forgiven me.

Jeremy started him off with some easy questions
The host was astonished by the teacher’s incredible knowledge

“Having never seen that amount of money in my life, I wasn’t going to risk it. It’s not a feeling I would’ve liked to experience.”

The last person to win the show’s top prize was Ingram Wilcox in 2006, with Judith Keppel the first in 2000.

Major Charles Ingram won in 2001 — but cheated and was convicted of fraud.


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