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Who Wants To Be A Millionaire guest reaches final question – but did he answer?

Andrew Townsley, a retired GP, was called a ‘truly fabulous contender’ by host Jeremy Clarkson.

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Andrew Townsley got to the final question on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire (Stellify Media/ITV/PA)

Andrew Townsley got to the final question on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire (Stellify Media/ITV/PA)

Andrew Townsley got to the final question on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire (Stellify Media/ITV/PA)

A retired doctor got to the final question on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire – but walked away with £500,000.

Andrew Townsley, from Glasgow, could have been the sixth contestant to scoop the maximum prize on the ITV quiz show after correctly answering the first 14 questions.

However, faced with a question on motorsport, he decided to play it safe and walk away with half a million pounds.

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The crucial final question asked: “Which of these iconic races was held first?”

The options were A. Le Mans 24 Hours B. Monaco Grand Prix C. Indy 500 or D. Isle Of Man TT.

Mr Townsley, who said he will use the money for a trip to Niagara Falls, used his final lifeline, phone a friend, but his chosen helper did not know the answer either.

Explaining his decision to walk away, he said: “I don’t know the answer and it’s just too much money to lose.

“Having got so far and to go on a whim I think would be foolish and Niagara Falls is looking very nice at this time.”

Agonisingly, Mr Townsley said he would have said Isle Of Man TT, which was the correct answer.

Host Jeremy Clarkson congratulated him on being a “truly fabulous contender”.

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This image is strictly embargoed from publication until 00.01 Tuesday 5th May 2020From Stellify MediaWho Wants To Be A Millionaire? on ITVPictured: Andrew Townsley and Jeremy Clarkson.This photograph is (C) Stellify Media and can only be reproduced for editorial purposes directly in connection with the programme or event mentioned above, or ITV plc. Once made available by ITV plc Picture Desk, this photograph can be reproduced once only up until the transmission [TX] date and no reproduction fee will be charged. Any subsequent usage may incur a fee. This photograph must not be manipulated [excluding basic cropping] in a manner which alters the visual appearance of the person photographed deemed detrimental or inappropriate by ITV plc Picture Desk. This photograph must not be syndicated to any other company, publication or website, or permanently archived, without the express written permission of ITV Picture Desk. Full Terms and conditions are available on the website www.itv.com/presscentre/itvpictures/termsFor further information please contact:iwona.karbowska@itv.com / 0207 157 3043

This image is strictly embargoed from publication until 00.01 Tuesday 5th May 2020From Stellify MediaWho Wants To Be A Millionaire? on ITVPictured: Andrew Townsley and Jeremy Clarkson.This photograph is (C) Stellify Media and can only be reproduced for editorial purposes directly in connection with the programme or event mentioned above, or ITV plc. Once made available by ITV plc Picture Desk, this photograph can be reproduced once only up until the transmission [TX] date and no reproduction fee will be charged. Any subsequent usage may incur a fee. This photograph must not be manipulated [excluding basic cropping] in a manner which alters the visual appearance of the person photographed deemed detrimental or inappropriate by ITV plc Picture Desk. This photograph must not be syndicated to any other company, publication or website, or permanently archived, without the express written permission of ITV Picture Desk. Full Terms and conditions are available on the website www.itv.com/presscentre/itvpictures/termsFor further information please contact:iwona.karbowska@itv.com / 0207 157 3043

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The £500,000 question asked who Beethoven’s 1804 Eroica Symphony was  originally dedicated to.

Mr Townsley, who appeared on the show in a wheelchair and has progressive MS, asked the audience before correctly answering Napoleon Bonaparte.

He also answered the £250,000 question, correctly identifying The Twelve Apostles peaks as being connected to Table Mountain.

Ingram Wilcox was the most recent winner of the million pounds, going all the way in 2006.

In all, five contestants have won the one million prize on the UK version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.

The first was Judith Keppel in November 2000.

For her final question, then host Chris Tarrant asked: “Which king was married to Eleanor of Aquitaine?”

Ms Keppel corrected answered Henry II.

Perhaps the most famous contestant in Who Wants To Be A Millionaire history, Major Charles Ingram, has been back in the news thanks to ITV drama Quiz.

Ingram “won” the grand prize but it was never paid out after he was accused of cheating in an infamous coughing scam.

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire airs on ITV.

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