John Davidson, a dog handler from Amble, Northumberland, was a contestant on series 2 of the UK version of the show on 10 January, 1999. He left with £0 after incorrectly answering his £1,000 question, thus becoming the first contestant on any version of Millionaire in the world to win nothing at all.


Fastest Finger First

Fastest Finger First
Starting with the furthest north, put these four British islands in order from north to south.
• A: Isle of Wight • B: Shetland Isles
• C: Isle of Man • D: Anglesey

Out of the 9 remaining contestants, 3 were right, but John was the fastest to correctly answer B-C-D-A (in a time of 6.82 seconds), thus making it into the Hot Seat.

John's Run to the Million

£100 (1 to 15) - Not Timed
What do we call a person from Denmark?
• A: A Dennis • B: A Mark
• C: A Dean • D: A Dane

£200 (2 to 15) - Not Timed
Someone who travels 'incognito' would be which of these?
• A: In a hurry • B: In disguise
• C: In a car • D: In debt

£300 (3 to 15) - Not Timed
Which singer was backed by The Shadows?
• A: Rod Stewart • B: Cliff Richard
• C: Gary Glitter • D: Van Morrison

£500 (4 to 15) - Not Timed
Which of these countries is washed by the Gulf of Mexico?
• A: Chile • B: Canada
• C: Peru • D: The USA

£1,000 (5 to 15) - Not Timed
Which of these girls' names is the title of a Jane Austen novel?
• A: Emily • B: Jane
• C: Emma • D: Sophie
John confidently answered Jane; his confidence turned to horror when Chris Tarrant told him it was the wrong answer - the right answer was Emma.



Preceded by
Tristan Burt
UK Contestant (Series 2)
John Davidson
Succeeded by
Karen Ozdemir