BBC NEWS Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific Arabic Spanish Russian Chinese Welsh
BBCi CATEGORIES   TV   RADIO   COMMUNICATE   WHERE I LIVE   INDEX    SEARCH 

BBC NEWS
 You are in: Entertainment: TV and Radio
Front Page 
World 
UK 
UK Politics 
Business 
Sci/Tech 
Health 
Education 
Entertainment 
Showbiz 
Music 
Film 
Arts 
TV and Radio 
New Media 
Reviews 
Talking Point 
In Depth 
AudioVideo 


Commonwealth Games 2002

BBC Sport

BBC Weather

SERVICES 
Wednesday, 9 January, 2002, 17:57 GMT
Teacher wins Mastermind title
Clive Anderson has hosted the show since November
Clive Anderson has hosted the show since November
A primary school teacher has become the first Mastermind champion since 1995.

Michael Penrice, from Wigton, Cumbria was crowned the winner after battling through six rounds on cable TV station the Discovery Channel.

The 43-year-old clinched the title by just one point, choosing the history of England from 1603 to 1714 as his specialist subject.

Former host Magnus Magnusson sprung a surprise on the finalists by handing over the trophy to a delighted Mr Penrice.

Former host Magnus Magnusson handed out the trophy
Former host Magnus Magnusson handed out the trophy
The winner said: "I'm elated now but my initial feeling was one of relief, because the last few seconds were agonising.

"It feels amazing to have won, I've achieved a lifetime ambition."

Ninety-six contestants had taken part during the latest series.

The show originally ran on the BBC for 25 years until 1995, when the axe fell.

Mastermind was famed for its eerie theme tune and the spotlit black leather chair in which contestants sat while being asked a barrage of questions.

Digital

The BBC show was also memorable for its catchphrase "I've started so I'll finish", which was frequently used by Magnusson when the buzzer went at the end of a round.

Fast-talking chat show host Clive Anderson took over the reigns as quizmaster when the show was revived on Discovery last year.

The new version, which began in November, kept the old format but also lets digital viewers take part through their remote controls.

Four contestants take turns in answering questions on their specialist subject and general knowledge.

The final will be broadcast on the Discovery Channel on Wednesday 16 January at 2000 GMT.

See also:

17 Aug 01 | TV and Radio
Anderson to revive Mastermind
18 Sep 00 | Entertainment
Mastermind goes interactive
18 Jan 00 | Entertainment
US TV dusts off Mastermind
Internet links:


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Links to more TV and Radio stories are at the foot of the page.


E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more TV and Radio stories