Kate Heusser, a writer from West Sussex, was a contestant on series 8 of the UK version of the show on 30 October and 2 November 2000. She walked away with £500,000, becoming the second contestant to walk away with that sum of money and the first and only female to do so.


Fastest Finger First

Fastest Finger First Question
Put these names in order to form the full name of a well-known singer
• A: Louise • B: Ciccone
• C: Madonna • D: Veronica

From the 8 remaining contestants, only Kate (with a time of 9.94 seconds) correctly answered C-A-D-B, making it into the Hot Seat.

Kate's Run to the Million

£100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these is a type of vegetable?
• A: Jumper bean • B: Runner bean
• C: Hurdler bean • D: Leaper bean

£200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these was a hugely successful Disney film of the 1990s?
• A: The Hamster Queen • B: The Frog Prince
• C: The Lion King • D: The Giraffe Princess

£300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
By what nickname is the cook Jamie Oliver known?
• A: The Raw Restauranteur • B: The Uncovered Cook
• C: The Bare Baker • D: The Naked Chef

£500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these is an independent country?
• A: Costa Brava • B: Costa Blanca
• C: Costa Rica • D: Costa del Sol

£1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
Which word follows 'fret' and 'jig' to make the names of tools?
• A: Nail • B: Hammer
• C: Chisel • D: Saw

£2,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
What is a 'homily'?
• A: Potato cake • B: Woollen hat
• C: Sermon • D: Species of ape

£4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these abbreviations does not refer to a day of the week?
The klaxon called time and Kate would return on £4,000 with all 3 lifelines still available.

£8,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed
Which name is associated with the annual publication of books about Fighting Ships and Military Aircraft?
• A: June • B: Joan
• C: Jane • D: Jean

£16,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed
Who wrote the play 'Pygmalion'?
• A: Noel Coward • B: George Bernard Shaw
• C: J.B. Priestley • D: Oscar Wilde

£32,000 (10 of 15) - Not Timed
Calvados is a type of brandy made with which of these fruits?
• A: Plums • B: Cherries
• C: Oranges • D: Apples

£64,000 (11 of 15) - Not Timed
What is a cassowary?
'Phone a Friend' lifeline used
• A: Fruit • B: Bird
• C: Mouse • D: Fish
Since she didn't have a clue, she phoned her friend Ian Lawes, who knew the answer immediately as B: Bird.

£125,000 (12 of 15) - Not Timed
Who is the First Lord of the Treasury?
• A: Prince of Wales • B: Prime Minister
• C: Chancellor of the Exchequer • D: Lord Chancellor

£250,000 (13 of 15) - Not Timed
In mythology, who was the twin of Castor?
• A: Endymion • B: Achilles
• C: Leander • D: Pollux
This question featured in the WWTBAM straight-to-DVD documentary, Magic Moments and More, where Kate knew the answer was Pollux immediately before the answers appeared on the screen.

£500,000 (14 of 15) - Not Timed
New Sarum is the former name of which city?
'50:50' and 'Ask the Audience' lifelines used
• A: Salisbury • B: Stoke-on-Trent
• C: Shrewsbury • D: Sheffield
Ask the Audience Results: A: 70% • B: 0% • C: 30% • D: 0%

£1,000,000 (15 of 15) - Not Timed
Which monarch was known as "the wisest fool in Christendom"?
• A: James I • B: Charles I
• C: Edward I • D: Henry I
Kate didn't know, so she immediately decided to walk away because she didn't have any more lifelines available. The correct answer was A: James I.



  • Host Chris Tarrant noted that this was the first time that any contestant had ever used the Ask the Audience lifeline on the £500,000 question. He did not remember that the Ask the Audience lifeline was previously used on a £500,000 question one prior time, in Jonathan Green's run. The difference between Green's case and Heusser's case is that Green did not also have his 50:50 lifeline available to narrow down the answer options, and that although the correct answer did get the most votes, it did not get the majority of votes, so he walked away with £250,000, whereas in Heusser's case, she had her 50:50 lifeline available to her, so she used it first, in order to narrow down the answer choices, and then asked the audience, and in her case, the correct answer did get the majority of the votes, so she went for it, and won £500,000.
  • This occasion also turned out to be one of the rare occurrences in which the audience was actually right within the last 5 questions; in the majority of cases, when a contestant asks the audience within the last 5 questions, the audience is usually wrong, or the results would've been spread out.


  • Kate Heusser's £500,000 win was just 18 days away from Judith Keppel's record £1 MILLION win, and was also just 11 days away from John Randall's £500,000 win in the same month (November).
Preceded by
Richard Phillips
UK Contestant (Series 8)
Kate Heusser
Succeeded by
Peter Pycock