Iconic British TV show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire show returned to our screens in 2018, with new host Jeremy Clarkson following four years off air. Created and formerly produced by David Briggs for ITV, the show had previously been on air since September 1998.
Thirty-five series and 680 episodes of the show have been aired, with several controversies alongside it. The most infamous one is the case of Charles Ingram, also known as Coughing Major, after he cheated his way through the show to the million-dollar cheque with the help of his wife, who would cough at the correct answer.
So, how many people have – cough cough – officially won Who Wants To Be A Millionaire UK?
How many people have won Who Wants To Be A Millionaire UK?
Over the course of the initial run of the show (1998 to 2014), five contestants won the ultimate prize of one million pounds – Charles Ingram’s cheating scandal would have made it six. Now, including the relaunch with Jeremy Clarkson, it has been reported that a sixth winner will be announced during the 2020 series.
- Judith Keppel – the garden designer was the first person to win the jackpot of 1 million in 2000, two years after the show first went to air. She is now part of the brainiacs behind BBC’s Eggheads.
- David Edwards – a physics teacher by trade, David the second winner in the show’s history, just a few months after Judith Keppel in April 2001.
- Robert Brydges – the Oxford-educated banker from Holland Park was the third winner of the 1 million pounds prize in September 2001. Fun fact: he won a few days after the Ingram cheating scandal.
- Pat Gibson – the Irish-born professional quizzer was the first to have two lifelines when he reached the final question – making him the fourth winner of the million pounds jackpot in April 2004. He is a multiple quiz champion and is regarded as one of the best quizzers in the world.
- Ingram Wilcox – the fifth person to win the million dollars was the 74-year-old ex-civil servant and father of five. He has since then retired and moved to the South of France with his wife.
A sixth winner?
Series 35 of the show does not have an official airing date yet. Nonetheless, the new series has promised viewers with a sixth winner of the show – the first in 14 years!