'Mastermind' and 'Millionaire' winner takes on Europe

Pat Gibson, a computer programmer from Wigan, Greater Manchester, was locked in competition with some of the continent's finest trivia brains yesterday - the day after his triumph in one of the tightest contests in the history of the BBC quiz show was screened.

Mr Gibson, having taken the top prize on ITV's Millionaire in April last year, won the crystal bowl Mastermind trophy after scoring 31 points on general knowledge and his specialist subject, the television comedy series Father Ted. He beat a lecturer, a writer, an accountant, a translator and a sterile services technician to win by three points.

Mr Gibson, a member of the North-west quiz league and his employer's quiz team, progressed to the Mastermind finals with specialist subjects on Quentin Tarantino films and the novels of Iain M Banks.

He is only the second person to win both titles, although the first, David Edwards, a retired teacher from Staffordshire, started with Mastermind and did not win Millionaire until 10 years later.

Mr Gibson said: "There is the honour and prestige that goes with winning Mastermind, but they are quite different programmes. There is loads of time pressure in Mastermind, and loads of financial pressure in Millionaire. I certainly feel as proud as last time. They present different challenges, but it is very satisfying to have won both of them." Prevented by the rules from taking part on either show again, Mr Gibson appears reluctant to bid for a hat-trick by facing Anne Robinson in The Weakest Link.

Mr Gibson, originally from Ireland, moved to England to work for Totesport, the government-owned betting company, and settled in Wigan with his wife and two children. Since winning Millionaire he has gone part time but has changed his lifestyle little. "There are no horses, boats or mistresses," he said.

He became the fourth person to win the top prize in Millionaire after correctly identifying the Arlington Million as a race that is not part of the American Triple Crown. He used the "phone a friend" option to check the answer with Mark Kerr. Six weeks earlier Mr Gibson had helped Mr Kerr win £250,000 on the show as his phone-a-friend option.

Paul Petrie, spokesman for Totesport, said that since winning Mastermind, which was recorded in July, Mr Gibson would be handicapped for the company quiz. "We'll have to start him off at minus 20 points so as not to put everyone else off."

Mr Gibson's wife, Shelagh, said: "He's soaked in general knowledge, and remembers the quirky things. He reads the papers every day and has atlases and pokes around the internet."

Asked whether it has taken over their marriage she said: "He is a member of three quiz leagues which means I lose him three nights a week. But it's his way of relaxing after work."

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
New Articles
tvDownton Abbey Christmas special
Arts and Entertainment
Wolf (Nathan McMullen), Ian (Dan Starky), The Doctor (Peter Capaldi), Clara (Jenna Coleman), Santa Claus (Nick Frost) in the Doctor Who Christmas Special (BBC/Photographer: David Venni)
tvOur review of the Doctor Who Christmas Special
News
peopleIt seems you can't silence Katie Hopkins, even on Christmas Day...
News
news
PROMOTED VIDEO
ebooks
ebooksA year of political gossip, levity and intrigue from the sharpest pen in Westminster
News
i100
Arts and Entertainment
Left to right: Stanley Tucci, Sophie Grabol and Christopher Eccleston in ‘Fortitude’
tvSo Sky Atlantic arrived in Iceland to film their new and supposedly snow-bound series 'Fortitude'...
Arts and Entertainment
Jenna Coleman as Clara Oswald in the Doctor Who Christmas special
tvForget the rumours that Clara Oswald would be quitting the Tardis
Arts and Entertainment
Japanese artist Megumi Igarashi showing a small mascot shaped like a vagina
art
News
The Queen delivers her Christmas message
newsTwitter reacts to Her Majesty's Christmas Message
Arts and Entertainment
tv
Life and Style
fashion
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: Account Manager

£20000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This full service social media ...

Recruitment Genius: Data Analyst - Online Marketing

£24000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: We are 'Changemakers in retail'...

Austen Lloyd: Senior Residential Conveyancer

Very Competitive: Austen Lloyd: Senior Conveyancer - South West We are see...

Austen Lloyd: Residential / Commercial Property Solicitor

Excellent Salary: Austen Lloyd: DORSET MARKET TOWN - SENIOR PROPERTY SOLICITOR...

Day In a Page

A Christmas without hope: Fears grow in Gaza that the conflict with Israel will soon reignite

Christmas without hope

Gaza fears grow that conflict with Israel will soon reignite
After 150 years, you can finally visit the grisliest museum in the country

The 'Black Museum'

After 150 years, you can finally visit Britain's grisliest museum
No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

Doctor Who Christmas Special TV review
Chilly Christmas: Swimmers take festive dip for charity

Chilly Christmas

Swimmers dive into freezing British waters for charity
Veterans' hostel 'overwhelmed by kindness' for festive dinner

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all