Arlene Harper, from Aberdeenshire, was the third contestant of series 1 of the UK version of the show on 5 September, 1998. She walked away with £1,000 after incorrectly answering her £8,000 question, in the process becoming the first contestant in the show's history to miss a question.


Fastest Finger First

Fastest Finger First Question
Which of these words describes a woven fibre and an ancient people?
• A: Pict • B: Jute
• C: Persian • D: Celt
From the 10 contestants, 3 got it right, but Arlene (with a time of 1.59 seconds) was the fastest to correctly answer B: Jute, making it into the Hot Seat.

Arlene's Run to the Million

£100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
What collective name is given to the structure of bones in the body?
• A: Nervous system • B: Skeleton
• C: Glands • D: Lungs
£200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
What colour is normally associated with ecological groups?
• A: Black • B: Blue
• C: Red • D: Green
£300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
What is the hardest substance known to man?
• A: Amber • B: Limestone
• C: Lead • D: Diamond
£500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
Which people are associated with the 'Jolly Roger' flag?
• A: Merchant Navy • B: Boy Scouts
• C: Racing Drivers • D: Pirates
£1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
What is the term used in golf to indicate the stroke rating for each hole?
• A: Handicap • B: Bogey
• C: Par • D: Birdie
£2,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
Which group entered the UK charts in 1995 with 'Lifted'?
• A: Lightning Seeds • B: Take That
• C: Lighthouse Family • D: Skin
£4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
What kind of animal is a 'hind'?
• A: Horse • B: Dog
• C: Sheep • D: Deer
£8,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed
Ethanol is the most common form of which substance?
'Phone-A-Friend' and '50:50' lifelines used
• A: Oil • B: Plastic
• C: Gas • D: Alcohol
After initially saying Gas, she decided to call her sister Moira, who would go for Plastic. She decided to use her 50:50, eliminating A and C. She then decided to go with her sister, and got it wrong, as the correct answer was D: Alcohol.



Preceded by
Rachel da Costa
UK Contestant (Series 1)
Arlene Harper
Succeeded by
Ross Jackson