Graham Elwell, a drama student from London, was the first ever contestant to appear on the the UK version of the show on 4 September, 1998 as well as the first contestant to appear on any version of the show. He walked away with £64,000, which was a good result for the first ever episode. He was also the first ever UK contestant to reach the third tier of questions. 


Fastest Finger First

Fastest Finger First Question
What is the smallest unit in a computer's memory?
• A: Byte • B: Dot
• C: Chip • D: Bit

From the 10 contestants, 4 got it right, but Graham (with a time of 0.69 seconds) was the fastest to correctly answer D: Bit, making it into the Hot Seat.

Graham's Run to the Million

£100 (1 to 15) - Not Timed
Which part of its body does a woodpecker use for pecking?
• A: Beak • B: Tail
• C: Wing • D: Foot
This was the first ever question asked on the Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? franchise.

£200 (2 to 15) - Not Timed
Which word beginning with 'T' can go before 'table', 'coat' and 'stile'?
• A: Top • B: Turn
• C: Tea • D: Times

£300 (3 to 15) - Not Timed
Which duke gave his name to a type of protective boots?
• A: York • B: Ellington
• C: Marlbrough • D: Wellington

£500 (4 to 15) - Not Timed
In which game might you 'check out' with a 'double top'?
• A: Cricket • B: Golf
• C: Snooker • D: Darts

£1,000 (5 to 15) - Not Timed
Who won the Best Actor Oscar in 1992 for his role in 'Scent of a Woman'?
• A: Al Pacino • B: Jeremy Irons
• C: Michael Douglas • D: Gene Hackman

£2,000 (6 to 15) - Not Timed
What is the more common name for a 'lexicon'?
• A: Travel guide • B: Psalm book
• C: Dictionary • D: Autobiography

£4,000 (7 to 15) - Not Timed
The 'Biathlon' combines cross-country skiing with which other sport?
• A: Rifle shooting • B: Ice skating
• C: Archery • D: Canoeing

£8,000 (8 to 15) - Not Timed
Which car manufacturer produces a model called the 'Polo'?
• A: Renault • B: Subaru
• C: Volkswagen • D: Honda

£16,000 (9 to 15) - Not Timed
For what form of entertainment was Harry Houdini famous?
• A: Ventriloquism • B: Tightrope walking
• C: Conjuring • D: Escapology

£32,000 (10 to 15) - Not Timed
In the film 'Witness', Harrison Ford hides out among which religious group?
• A: Jehovah's Witnesses • B: The Amish
• C: Mennonites • D: Quakers

£64,000 (11 to 15) - Not Timed
Which was the first stately home to open its doors to the public?
'50:50' lifeline used
• A: Beaulieu • B: Longleat
• C: Wilton House • D: Blenheim Palace
This was the first time ever that a lifeline was used.

£125,000 (12 to 15) - Not Timed
Which country is sandwiched between Ghana and Benin?
'Phone a Friend' lifeline used
• A: Togo • B: Equitorial Guinea
• C: Cote d'Ivoire • D: Gabon
Graham wasn't sure, so he phoned his grandfather John, who didn't give an answer within the alloted time, so he walked away even without using his Ask the Audience lifeline. The correct answer was A: Togo.



Preceded by
U.K. Contestant (Season 1)
Graham Elwell
Succeeded by
Rachel da Costa