Simon Curtis, an admin officer from Castleford, West Yorkshire, was a contestant on series 17 of the UK version of the show on 15 & 22 January 2005. He walked away with £250,000.

Later, he was in the audience when his friend Peter Askins played on March 12, 2005.


Fastest Finger First

Fastest Finger First Question
Put these English places in order from north to south.
• A: Worksop • B: Winchester
• C: Weymouth • D: Walsall

From the 9 remaining contestants, 4 got it right, but Simon (with a time of 3.08 seconds) was the fastest to correctly answer A-D-B-C, making it into the Hot Seat.

Simon's Run to the Million

£100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
Complete the title of the famous French novel: 'The Three ...'?
• A: Orienteers • B: Musketeers
• C: Gondliers • D: Cauliflower Ears
Simon jokingly attempted to take the money and walk away. Chris retorted by saying "you haven't got any [money] yet". Disappointed with his response, Simon went with Musketeers and won £100.

£200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these words means a wealthy, powerful person in business or industry?
• A: Tyrant • B: Typhoon
• C: Tyke • D: Tycoon

£300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
What would a grid reference help you to read?
• A: A horoscope • B: A map
• C: Tea leaves • D: A text message

£500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
Which phrase describes clothing whose colour does not fade when washed?
• A: Colour firm • B: Colour fast
• C: Colour filtered • D: Colour flat

£1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these is a cane carried by an army officer?
• A: Brag stick • B: Swagger stick
• C: Boast stick • D: Strut stick

£2,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
The redback spider is native to which continent?
'Phone-A-Friend' lifeline used
• A: Asia • B: South America
• C: Australia • D: Africa
Simon did not know it, so he decided to call his friend Darren, who was 100% sure it was Australia. He decided to go with him and won £2,000.

£4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
What nationality is the cyclist Lance Armstrong?
• A: American • B: Australian
• C: Irish • D: Welsh

£8,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed
Which former 'Neighbours' star had a UK number one hit in 1991 with 'Any Dream Will Do'?
• A: Jason Donovan • B: Holly Valance
• C: Natalie Imbruglia • D: Kylie Minogue

£16,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed
The adjective 'argentine' refers to which metal?
• A: Copper • B: Gold
• C: Silver • D: Tin

£32,000 (10 of 15) - Not Timed
Frank Nugent and Bob Cherry are schoolmates of which fictional character?
'50:50' and 'Ask the Audience' lifelines used
• A: Harry Potter • B: Billy Bunter
• C: Jennings • D: William Brown
Ask the Audience Results: A: 4% • B: 96% • C: - • D: -

£64,000 (11 of 15) - Not Timed
What colour are the crystals of the chemical compound copper sulphate?
• A: Blue • B: Pink
• C: Black • D: Yellow

£125,000 (12 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these European countries experienced a 'Velvet Revolution' in 1989?
• A: Germany • B: Hungary
• C: Poland • D: Czechoslovakia
The klaxon called time and Simon would return on £125,000 with no lifelines available.

£250,000 (13 of 15) - Not Timed
Which Oscar-winning film was based on a novel by Winston Groom?
• A: Forrest Gump • B: Rain Man
• C: Driving Miss Daisy • D: Out of Africa
Simon thought it was Forrest Gump before the answers came up. Even though he said he had spent the whole week between shows saying that he would not go for it unless he was 500% sure, he decided to go with Forrest Gump, and won £250,000.

£500,000 (14 of 15) - Not Timed
In ancient Greece, Lysippus was a famous ... what?
• A: Sculptor • B: Actor
• C: Musician • D: Scientist
Simon had no idea and did not want to lose £218,000, so he decided to walk away with £250,000. After playing the text game, the correct answer was revealed to be A: Sculptor.


Preceded by
Keith Pottage
UK Contestant (Series 17)
Simon Curtis
Succeeded by
Brene Hully