Phil Fiddler, a pipefitter from Barry, Glamorgan, was a contestant in Series 3 of the UK version of the show on 12th March, 1999. He walked away with £16,000. He also became the second contestant to walk away without using all of his lifelines and the first to do so without using the 50:50 lifeline.


Fastest Finger First

Fastest Finger First Question
Starting with the earliest, put these four songs in order by when they first reached Number One in Britain.
• A: Those Were The Days • B: Living Doll
• C: 2 Become 1 • D: Come On Eileen

From the 9 remaining contestants, 2 got it right, but Phil (with a time of 9.05 seconds) was the fastest to correctly answer B-A-D-C, making it into the Hot Seat.

Phil's Run to the Million

£100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
Before going solo which Gary was a singer with band Take That ?
• A: Gary Numan • B: Gary Glitter
• C: Gary Barlow • D: Gary Lineker

£200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
Which measure is often abbreviated to 'oz.'?
• A: Centimetre • B: Hogshead
• C: Ounce • D: Kilohertz

£300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
According to legend, Cleopatra was fatally bitten by which creature?
• A: A tarantula • B: An asp
• C: A lion • D: Mark Anthony

£500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
What word can precede 'Face' and 'Girl' to give two film titles ?
• A: Funny • B: Ugly
• C: Lovely • D: Lucky

£1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
Which is Australia's only island state ?
• A: South Australia • B: Tasmania
• C: Queensland • D: Victoria

£2,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
By what name was German aviator Manfred von Richthofen better known?
• A: The Red Devil • B: The Red King
• C: The Red Admiral • D: The Red Baron

£4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
Which form of fastening was invented by George de Mestral, supposedly after seeing his dog's ears covered in burrs?
'Ask the Audience' lifeline used
• A: Hook and Eye • B: Zip Fastener
• C: Velcro • D: Sellotape
Ask the Audience Results: A: 8% • B: 4% • C: 83% • D: 5%

£8,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed
Who composed the symphony, 'From The New World'?
'Phone a Friend' lifeline used
• A: Beethoven • B: Brahms
• C: Dvorak • D: Haydn
Phil had no idea, so he decided to call his friend Laurie, who said Dvorak (and even told Phil how to pronounce it correctly). He decided to go with him, and won £8,000.

£16,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed
What is the function of the 'scuppers' on a ship?
• A: Propulsion • B: Steering
• C: Shelter • D: Drainage

£32,000 (10 of 15) - Not Timed
What was George Stubbs particularly famous for painting?
• A: Horses • B: Landscapes
• C: Portraits • D: Religious scenes
Phil had no idea, and even told Chris that using his 50:50 would be useless, so he decided to go away with £16,000. The correct answer was A: Horses.


Preceded by
Mark Mills
UK Contestant (Series 3)
Phil Fiddler
Succeeded by
Roger Bannock