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Ben Bartle was a contestant on the show on November 7, 1999. He walked away with £125,000. He also became the second person on the show after Martin Skillings and to get up to £125,000 and have all 3 lifelines and also coincidentally the contestant who played after him was Gerry Lennon also reached £125,000 without using any lifelines. He also became the second and last person after the first ever contestant, Graham Elwell, to walk away without using the Ask the Audience lifeline.

WWTBAM Run

Fastest Finger First

Fastest Finger First Question
Starting with the lowest, put these French numbers in numerical order.
• A: Deux • B: Quatre
• C: Un • D: Trois

From the 10 contestants, 4 got it right, but Ben (with a time of 5.07 seconds) was the fastest to correctly answer C-A-D-B, making it into the Hot Seat.

Ben's Run to the Million

£100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these names is not in the title of a Shakespeare play?
• A: Hamlet • B: Romeo
• C: Macbeth • D: Darren


£200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
Which English county is closest to France?
• A: Devon • B: Kent
• C: Chesire • D: Norfolk



£300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
In which country was the poet Robert Burns born?
• A: England • B: Scotland
• C: Ireland • D: Wales



£500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these sauces is traditionally served with beef?
• A: Apple • B: Cranberry
• C: Horseradish • D: Orange



£1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
Which leader was known as 'Il Duce'?
• A: Napoleon • B: Wellington
• C: Mussolini • D: Peter the Great



£2,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
By what name is the lead singer of rock group U2 popularly known?
• A: Lemmy • B: Bono
• C: Fish • D: Ozzy



£4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
In which country was media magnate Rupert Murdoch born?
• A: USA • B: South Africa
• C: Australia • D: Singapore



£8,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed
Who became manager of Newcastle United FC in 1999?
• A: Kevin Keegan • B: Kenny Dalglish
• C: Bobby Robson • D: Bryan Robson



£16,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed
What type of organism is 'mildew', the disease that attacks plants, paper, wood and fabric?
• A: Fungus • B: Alga
• C: Moss • D: Lichen



£32,000 (10 of 15) - Not Timed
In which city is the European Commission based?
• A: Brussels • B: Strasbourg
• C: The Hague • D: Luxembourg



£64,000 (11 of 15) - Not Timed
In Judaism, which festival is known as Yom Kippur?
• A: New Year • B: Day of Atonement
• C: Feast of Dedication • D: Passover



£125,000 (12 of 15) - Not Timed
For what type of 18th century antique is George Hepplewhite famous?
• A: Jewellery • B: Glassware
• C: Pottery • D: Furniture



£250,000 (13 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these peninsulas is the largest?
'50:50' and 'Phone a Friend' lifelines used
• A: Iberian • B: Alaskan
• C: Scandinavian • D: Arabian
Ben didn't know, so he used his 50:50, which left B and D. Still unsure, he decided to phone Barbara, who said B: Alaskan, but wasn't sure of it; so Ben decided to walk away with £125,000. The correct answer was D: Arabian

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