Highest amount anyone has won so far this week is £32,000. Jeremy Clarkson has had to pay out not a lot so far...
When Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? returned this week, everyone was looking forward to Jeremy Clarkson congratulating a millionaire winner.
But the contestants have been generally hopeless and so far ITV has had to pay out a pathetically paltry total of just £96,000!
The contestants have shown a remarkable ability to throw away money, with loads of them blowing a potential big win – most memorably in the case of Lynn who blew £31,000 with a bad guess – to win just a grand! The highest amount anyone has won so far is £32,000 (two people).
Here’s what the contestants have won and the questions that stumped them….
Episode 1 – Jeremy writes out total cheque for just £10,000
Contestant 1: Ricky Holmes won £8,000 – took money.
Question that stumped Ricky: Which term means a dry wind blowing from North Africa, that picks up moisture crossing the Mediterranean?
A: Mistral B: Sargasso C: Pampero D: Sirocco
Correct answer: D: Sirocco
Jeremy quipped: “You haven’t done terribly well [little did Jeremy know what was to come], but you have won enough, let’s be honest, in Yorkshire, to buy a house!”
Contestant 2: Heather Wride won £1,000 – Got £2,000 question, below, wrong!
Q: Vitamin B9 is also known by which of these names?
A: Riboflavin B: Folic acid C: Biotin D: Thiamin
Heather said Riboflavin but the correct answer was Folic acid. D’oh!
Contestant 3 David Fraser won £1,000 – messed up £2,000 question, below…
In Greek mythology, who is the Goddess of Victory?
A: Umbro B: Reebok C: Adidas D: Nike
David guessed Umbro but the correct answer was Nike!
Episode 2 – Jeremy pays out total on second night of £48,000
Contestant 4: David Reis won £32,000! Took the money after realising he didn’t know the following question…
In the Bible, which land is said to be ‘east of Eden’?
A: Nineveh B: Nod C: Nazareth D: Nimrud
Correct answer: Nod
Contestant 5: Louise Gourley won £16,000 – stumped by the following…
The jazz musician Dave Brubeck was best known for playing which instrument?
A: Piano B: Double bass C: Trumpet D: Drums
Louise guessed Trumpet, but the answer was Piano.
Episode three – Jeremy pays out £33,000
Contestant 6: Tom Holmes – won £32,000! Sensibly took the money because he didn’t know…
Margaret Thatcher’s university tutor Dorothy Hodgkin won a Nobel Prize in which field?
A: Physics B Chemistry C: Economic Sciences D: Peace
Correct answer: Chemistry
Contestant: 7: Sarah Wilkinson only won £1,000 – dropped £7,000 after getting this wrong…
In Rene Magritte’s portrait The Son of Man, the subject wears what type of hat?
A: Bobble B: Beret C: Bowler D: Boater
Sarah guessed beret but the answer was bowler!
Episode Four – Jeremy pays out only £3,000!!
Contestant 8: Chris Best (started previous night) won £1,000. Got £4,000 question wrong…
Who is the Roman Catholic patron saint of hopeless causes?
A: St Jude B: St Julian C: St Jerome D St Jeremy
Chris made the horrendous guess that the answer was St Jeremy (why?) when it was St Jude.
Contestant 9: Lynn Buckingham won just £1,000 after spectacularly ignoring her husband’s advice, thus dropping £31,000 as she got this wrong….
In 2016, whom did Boris Johnson succeed as Foreign Secretary?
A: Liam Fox B Philip Hammond C: Kenneth Clarke D: William Hague
Lynn guessed Hague, correct answer was Hammond!
Contestant 9: Amy Bordas won just £1,000. Got £2,000 question wrong…
The Balearic Islands form a province of which country?
A: Spain B: Italy C: France D: Greece
Amy used her 50/50 and still got the wrong answer! Correct answer was: Spain
Episode 5 – Jeremy pays out just £2,000
Contestant 10: Mustafa Ahmed won just £1,000, dropping £7,000, after getting the £16,000 question wrong…
In the 1960s TV series Thunderbirds, which vehicle was used for underwater missions?
A: Thunderbird 1 B: Thunderbird 3 C: Thunderbird 4 D: Thunderbird 5
Mustafa went for Thunderbird 5, correct answer was Thunderbird 4!
Contestant 11: Emma Graham won a £1,000, dropping £7,000 after getting this wrong….
Which of these elements is metallic?
A: Neon B Cobalt C: Phosphorus D: Chlorine
Emma gambled and went for Phosphorus… but answer was Cobalt!!!
GRAND TOTAL WON JUST £96,000!