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Brother i'm a millionaire! The history teacher becomes the first winner in 14 years


His brother fell at the final hurdle in the same competition – even though the £ 500,000 he won along the way was well ahead.

But last night Donald Fear, 57, went the full distance and became the first jackpot winner on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? in 14 years.

As a history teacher at Jeremy Corbyn's former school, he whizzed through the questions in what was believed to be the record time for the show.

He said he could answer the £ 1 million question, "Which pirate died in the battle off the coast of what is now North Carolina in 1718?" – before he really saw it.

At this point on the show – the final question – on September 1 last year, his retired geography teacher brother Davyth, 60, tripped and decided to walk away with his half a million.

Shropshire's 57-year-old Donald Fear won the £ 1 million prize during a sensational run on last night's show where he used only one of his lifelines and knew the answer within a microsecond.

He said he was "happy" in the house he shares with Deb, his 33-year-old wife. The couple are parents to Kat, 31, Ali, 30, Izzy, 26 and 22-year-old Chris

He said he was "happy" in the house he shares with Deb, his 33-year-old wife. The couple are parents to Kat, 31, Ali, 30, Izzy, 26 and 22-year-old Chris

Donald's brother Davyth (pictured above) moved away from a "simple" question of £ 1 million on a previous millionaire appearance

Donald Fear was first seen in public when he returned home from work, where he works as a geography teacher. Donald's brother won 500,000 on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire last year and 12 months later Donald is the first person to win the million in 14 years. Hours before the show there is air! His mother and father posed with him and his youngest daughter as they settled down to watch the episode on Friday night

Donald Fear was first seen in public when he returned home from work, where he works as a geography teacher. Donald's brother won 500,000 on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire last year and 12 months later Donald is the first person to win the million in 14 years. Hours before the show there is air! His mother and father posed with him and his youngest daughter as they settled down to watch the episode on Friday night

But as a history buff, Donald from Shropshire immediately knew the answer to his question.

"The first thing I discovered was that there was a date there … and a microsecond later I saw it was 1718," he said. Then the synapses went: "That must be black beard." That was the only thing it could be. I am a date man. & # 39;

The day after his win on the taped show, Mr Fear resigned from his position as head of history at Haberdashers' Adams High School in Shropshire, attended by the former Labor leader.

He will see the school year and then retire two years earlier than planned.

Mr Fear, who is currently the history director at Haberdashers Adams High School in Shropshire, filed his resignation the day after his victory but will see the school year

He described himself as "happy" and said he hadn't known any question about "This Morning" that appeared in the previous episode

He described himself as "happy" and said he hadn't known any question about "This Morning" that appeared in the previous episode

Mr Fear, who has been a teacher for more than three decades, said he was inundated with support from his students who heard he was on the show but did not reveal his huge win

He intends to give 70 percent of his profits to family members and charities and get just enough for a "comfortable retirement".

The father of four and grandfather only hesitated about two questions and used his 50/50 lifeline on one of them.

"I was so lucky," he said. "Of the 15 questions, I probably knew 13 right before the options appeared." He added, "A quiz is very easy when you know the answers and I know the answers."

He said he was "happy" in the house he shares with Deb, his 33-year-old wife. The couple are parents to Kat, 31, Ali, 30, Izzy, 26 and 22-year-old Chris.

The last £ 1 million winner on the show was retired civil servant Ingram Wilcox in 2006.

Mr Fear, who has been a teacher for more than three decades, said he was inundated with support from his students who heard he was on the show but did not reveal his huge win

Mr Fear, who has been a teacher for more than three decades, said he was inundated with support from his students who heard he was on the show but did not reveal his huge win

Mr Fear said he plans to give 70 percent of his profits to family members and charities, and get just enough for a "comfortable retirement."

Mr Fear said he plans to give 70 percent of his profits to family members and charities, and get just enough for a "comfortable retirement."

When Mr Fear spoke to host Jeremy Clarkson after hitting the £ 1,000 milestone, he spoke of his brother Davyth's time on the program.

"When I applied for the show, I didn't know how much he won," said Fear.

“I said my goal is to get one step further than my brother. When I found out where he was going, I thought, ah, maybe not. & # 39;

Speaking of when they would be playing from home, he added, "He has three years to myself. I'd say Dave would win 90 percent of the time."

During Mr. Fear's 20 minutes on the program – which is seen as a possible new record – Mr. Clarkson said it was like sitting next to the internet in a pink shirt.

The candidate, who still had three lifelines, said when winning: "That was absolutely unbelievable, how easy it was!"

The candidate, who still had three lifelines, said when winning: "That was absolutely unbelievable, how easy it was!"

Just before answering his last question, Mr. Fear said, “I taught piracy in a special unit for a year.

I remember Blackbeard dying off the coast of North Carolina in 1718. Blackbeard, final answer. & # 39;

Mr Clarkson then announced, "Donald fear you have just won a million pounds!"

The candidate, who still had three lifelines, replied: "That was absolutely incredible, how easy it was!"

When asked how he knew the answer, Mr. Fear said, "Well, I've taught!"

Mr. Clarkson said, "You hit your brother – how does that feel?"

Mr. Fear said, "He'll be very happy for me, that's the kind of person he is."

So can you answer the 15 questions that made him a fortune?

1 (£ 100) Q: In the UK, NHS stands for National & # 39; what & # 39; Service?

Humanity / health / honor / household

2 (£ 200) Q: Which Disney character leaves a glass slipper at a royal ball?

Pocahontas / Sleeping Beauty / Cinderella / Elsa

3 (£ 300) Q: What is the name of the rotating belt machines at an airport that deliver checked baggage from the aircraft to the baggage claim?

Hangar / Terminal / Hall / Carousel

4 (£ 500) Q: Which of these brands were primarily associated with household lock manufacturing?

Phillips / Flymo / Chubb / Ronseal

5 (£ 1K) Q: The hammer and sickle are one of the most famous symbols for which political ideology?

Republicanism / Communism / Conservatism / Liberalism

6 (£ 2K) Q: What toys were marketed using the “Robots in Disguise” phrase?

Bratz dolls / Sylvanian families / Hatchimals / Transformers

Donald Fear is pictured with host Jeremy Clarkson in Who Wants to be a Millionaire

Donald Fear is pictured with host Jeremy Clarkson in Who Wants to be a Millionaire

7 (£ 4K) Q: What does the word "talkative" mean?

Angry / talkative / beautiful / shy

8 (£ 8K) Q: Obstetrics is a branch of medicine that specifically deals with what?

Birth / broken bones / heart problems / old age

9 (£ 16K) Q: What did the fourth Doctor look like in "Doctor Who", as portrayed by Tom Baker?

Bow tie, suspenders & tweed jacket / hat with wide brim & extra long scarf / pinstripe suit & trainers / cape, velvet jacket & ruffled shirt

10 (£ 32K) Q: Which of these religious observations lasts for the shortest period during the calendar year?

Ramadan / Diwali / Lent / Hanukkah

11 (£ 64K) Q: Which group of islands is the closest point just 50 miles southeast of the Florida coast?

Bahamas / US Virgin Islands / Turks and Caicos Islands / Bermuda

12 (£ 125K) Q: Was construction of one of these famous landmarks completed first?

Empire State Building / Royal Albert Hall / Eiffel Tower / & # 39; Big Ben & # 39; Bell tower

13 (£ 250K) Q: Which of these whales is classified as a "toothed whale"?

Gray whale / minke whale / sperm whale / humpback whale

14 (£ 500K) Q: Who is the only British politician to have held all four Great Offices of State at any point in their career?

David Lloyd George / Harold Wilson / James Callaghan / John Major

15 (£ 1M) Q: Which pirate died in the battle off the coast of what is now North Carolina in 1718?

Calico Jack / Blackbeard / Bartholomew Roberts / Captain Kidd

REPLY

1: B, health

2: C, Cinderella

3: D, carousel

4: C, Chubb

5: B, communism

6: D, transformers

7: B, talkative

8: A, birth

9: B, hat with wide brim and extra long scarf

10: B, Diwali

11: A, Bahamas

12: D, & # 39; Ben & # 39; Bell tower

13: C, sperm whale

14: C, James Callaghan

15: B, black beard

Who wants to be a billionaire – the big winners

Chris Tarrant asks Judith Keppel the million pound question

Chris Tarrant asks Judith Keppel the million pound question

Judith Keppel – November 2000

Judith remains the UK Millionaire's only female winner to date, and made history when she became the first female contestant to win the Grand Prize.

She returned to the show in 2003 for a winners special and raised £ 32,000 for charity with help from David Seaman.

David Edwards – April 2001

Former physics teacher David Edwards stunned the audience when he reached the coveted final question.

He also appeared on a winners special with Tara Palmer-Tomkinson and won £ 32,000 for charity.

Robert Brydges – September 2001

Robert – a former banker – appeared just eleven days after Charles Ingram's infamous stint with Millionaire and even sat on Winners Row while filming.

He reached the last question with relative ease and received the famous seven-digit check with the help of a 50:50.

Pat Gibson – April 2004

Pat Gibson won the grand prize in April 2004

Pat turned out to be one of the millionaire's best-armed candidates when he hit the £ 1 million question as he still had two lifelines left.

With the help of a 50:50 and a phone-a-friend, he was crowned a winner and is now a regular in the world of professional quizzes and on BBC's Eggheads

Ingram Wilcox – September 2006

Ingram was the youngest candidate to win the millionaire and shared his winnings among his five children.

The retired Bath civil servant moved to a new home in France a year after his performance.

The current brother's winner had previously raised £ 500,000 for Who Wants to be a Millionaire

Last year Davyth Fear, 60, from Caernarfon, Wales, who flew through the questions and secured an impressive £ 500,000 with his friends and friends lifeline still available, reached the finals on a question labeled "easy" became at a loss. from fans of the quiz show.

The retired geography teacher, the episode of which first aired in September 2019, decided to walk away with half a million pounds – and said it was "best" to help his family with his profits.

Davyth said to FEMAIL exclusively to FEMAIL: “I have helped my family. I have a brother, two sisters, nephews and nieces and have helped them. I gave them a sum of money. & # 39;

"One of them spent it on new windows for his new house, I have one at university and they keep it just in case while my sister likes to go diving, so they spent it on an RV."

He continued, “I'm not interested in big cars or fancy watches. I bought a nice camera. The money relieves.

“We'd already bought a house and so on, so I didn't have to prove anything by buying this, that, or the other. It's just about being able to enjoy life and not necessarily spend stupidly and enjoy what we have. & # 39;

"My life isn't all that different from any other I would think since we were all at curfew."

“I enjoy being at home and walking the dog in the morning without meeting anyone. We had glorious sunshine for three months, so I spent time in the garden.

Davyth, who has always loved to travel, went on a dream trip to Uganda even though he didn't put his money into materialistic items.

"My wife needed a new hip and two new knees," he explained. “She had her hips done but is still waiting for both of her knees, so I went on vacation to Uganda to see the chimpanzees.

"I went alone to see the gorillas and so on, because you're in the mountains, she wouldn't have been mobile enough to make it."

"Which of these people was born the same year as Queen Elizabeth II?" Host Jeremy Clarkson (pictured) asked, "Audrey Hepburn, Judy Garland, Julie Andrews and Marilyn Monroe," before introducing Davyth the options.

Retired geography teacher Davyth Fear of Caernarfon, Wales went through the questions and secured an impressive £ 500,000 while his phone friend lifeline was still available. But by the time he reached the finals, he was at a loss over a question that fans called "easy" (above).

Retired geography teacher Davyth Fear of Caernarfon, Wales went through the questions and secured an impressive £ 500,000 while his phone friend lifeline was still available. But by the time he reached the finals, he was at a loss over a question that fans called "easy" (above).

For the future, he added: “I have always enjoyed traveling. It's not on the agenda for the next year or so because my wife still needs two knee surgeries, but she's always wanted to go to Antarctica so we'd like to go on the cruise to see the penguins. & # 39;

"My wife also wants to go to Canada to see polar bears. It might happen in the next few years."

Davyth went on to explain that he retired full-time as a teacher about four years ago and was henceforth a care teacher.

"I thought about giving up the care teacher last year anyway, but after winning all this money I didn't have to make that decision, did I?" he said.

After the episode aired last night, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire viewers were made to "scream on TV" after Davyth stepped away from a "simple" question of £ 1 million.

Commenting on the audience reaction, Davyth said, “It's easy when you know. I guessed the question about £ 2,000 and £ 4,000.

“I didn't know the question about goosebumps and that was probably the most difficult question for me. I didn't want to risk a lifeline and didn't know the answer. It was an educated guess. & # 39;

Jeremy Clarkson read the question, "Which of these people was born the same year as Queen Elizabeth II?" before introducing Davyth the options: "Audrey Hepburn, Judy Garland, Julie Andrews and Marilyn Monroe."

Davyth won the £ 500,000 after using his penultimate lifeline and asking the audience for help on the penultimate question (see above).

Davyth won the £ 500,000 after using his penultimate lifeline and asking the audience for help on the penultimate question (see above).

After Davyth mistook the correct answer for Audrey Hepburn before calling a friend who said it was Judy Garland, he decided not to risk her and walked away with half a million.

Queen Elizabeth II was born on April 21, 1926, the same year as Marilyn Monroe.

Judy Garland was born four years earlier in 1922, while Audrey Hepburn was with her in 1929. This made Julie Andrews the youngest, born October 1, 1935.

Viewers who watched the episode yesterday were impressed by the £ 1 million straightforward question.

One person wrote, "Simple question for the £ 1 million" while another said, "Scream at the TV! For a million pounds!"

A third boasted, "If you get a million pound question before the answers are revealed!" Added a fourth viewer, "I knew the answer to the million pound question before the options came up."

Davyth was a nominee in episode 4 of series 33 of the UK version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? and the 10th candidate to win £ 500,000.

He was praised by the audience at home for his intelligence after working through the first few questions without help.

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