Peter Spyrides, from Brentwood, Essex, was a contestant in Series 10 of the UK version of the show on 16 October, 2001. He became the sixth UK contestant to walk away with £500,000. He became fourth contestant to walk away a lifeline still intact, and also the second contestant to do so without using the 50:50 lifeline.


Fastest Finger First

Fastest Finger First Question
Starting with the earliest, put these famous Australians in the order they were born.
• A: Donald Bradman • B: Ned Kelly
• C: Paul Hogan • D: Kylie Minogue

Out of the 9 contestants, 7 got it right, but Peter Spyrides (with a time of 4.91 seconds) was the quickest one to correctly answer B-A-C-D, making it into the Hot Seat.

Peter's Run to the Million

£100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
When something is quartered, it is divided into how many pieces?
• A: Three • B: Four
• C: Twelve • D: Fifteen

£200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
What name is given to the day before Christmas Day?
• A: Christmas Eve • B: New Year's Day
• C: Boxing Day • D: New Year's Eve

£300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
A 'bookworm' is someone who enjoys what?
• A: Reading • B: Writing
• C: Singing • D: Dancing


£500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these phrases refers to something which reaches an acceptable standard?
• A: Slash the salt • B: Cut the mustard
• C: Break the vinegar • D: Chop the pepper

£1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
The brothers Barry, Maurice and Robin comprise which pop group?
• A: Oasis • B: Simply Red
• C: Beach Boys • D: Bee Gees

£2,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
Which English actor played Captain Jean-Luc Picard in 'Star Trek: The Next Generation'?
• A: Patrick Stewart • B: Colin Firth
• C: Patrick Malahide • D: Paul McGann

£4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
The offence of wilfully telling an untruth in a court after having taken an oath is known as what?
• A: Treason • B: Perjury
• C: Conspiracy • D: Arson

£8,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed
Who wrote the fairy tale 'The Emperor's New Clothes'?
'Ask the Audience' lifeline used
• A: Hans Christian Andersen • B: Brothers Grimm
• C: Arthur Ransome • D: C. S. Lewis
Ask the Audience Results: A: 66% • B: 15% • C: 5% • D: 14%

£16,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these is made up of polyps?
'Phone a Friend' lifeline used
• A: Honeycomb • B: Cloud
• C: Peat bog • D: Coral reef
Peter decided to call his friend Bruce, who said he would go with Coral reef, but was not 100% sure. He decided to go with him and won £16,000.

£32,000 (10 of 15) - Not Timed
Conservative MP William Hague represents which constituency in Yorkshire?
• A: Harrogate • B: Illkley
• C: Selby • D: Richmond

£64,000 (11 of 15) - Not Timed
What was the first name of Kojak, the police detective played by Telly Savalas?
• A: Dino • B: Josh
• C: Theo • D: Loll

£125,000 (12 of 15) - Not Timed
For which county cricket team did Garfield Sobers hit six sixes in one over in 1968?
• A: Glamorgan • B: Warwickshire
• C: Surrey • D: Nottinghamshire

£250,000 (13 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these biblical characters shares his name with an Australian word for 'shark'?
• A: Noah • B: Joseph
• C: Jacob • D: Esau

£500,000 (14 of 15) - Not Timed
Which monarch was the only child of Henry VIII and Jane Seymour?
• A: Edward V • B: Edward VI
• C: Mary I • D: Elizabeth I

£1,000,000 (15 of 15) - Not Timed
What was the occupation of the composer Borodin?
• A: Naval captain • B: Chemist
• C: Lawyer • D: Chef
Peter had no idea, and believed that, even if he were to use his 50:50, he would still have no idea. Therefore, he decided to walk away with £500,000. The correct answer was B: Chemist.


  • Before his appearance, Peter appeared on 1 October, 2001 on another Celador quiz show called The People Versus, winning £3,150.
  • After he won £500,000 on Millionaire, he would appear on a 2003 episode of Fifteen to One, only to be eliminated in Round 2.


Preceded by
Nick Lovell
UK Contestant (Series 10)
Peter Spyrides
Succeeded by
Trevor Sumerling