Who Wants To Be A Millionaire: Teacher beats brother to win jackpot

History and politics teacher Donald Fear won a million pounds on the game show hosted by Jeremy Clarkson. You Tube  ITV

After his brother's success past year, Fear was inspired to give Who Wants to Be a Millionaire a go himself, but says it is only "luck" that led him to go one better.

And speaking on the winning moment, host Jeremy Clarkson teased that it wouldn't disappoint, describing the individual as the "best contestant ever" and promising they "whizzed through" all the toughest questions easily to reach the 15th, million pound answer.

Donald Fear, 57, used just one 50/50 lifeline to become the first £1m victor in 14 years.

It was at this point in the show - the final question - on September 1 a year ago that his retired geography teacher brother stumbled and chose to walk off with his half million. Sounds like brains certainly run in that family!

Donald described his brother as his "hero and best friend", to which Clarkson replied, "Other way around now", when he won the jackpot.

Donald was able to answer the £1million question - 'In 1718, which pirate died in battle off the coast of what is now North Carolina?' - before he'd seen it properly, because he'd taught piracy one year as a special unit and was very good with dates.

"I'm a dates man", Mr Fear said.

He said he was "thrilled" for Donald.

Donald Fear's final question referenced a subject he had taught a class eight years previously. You Tube  ITV
Donald Fear's final question referenced a subject he had taught a class eight years previously. You Tube ITV

Alongside the video, the fan added: 'Fair play to #DonaldFear and all that, but I would have definitely rang my brother and mug him right off and then just have a casual chat with Jezza, take a leaf from this guy'. It was a simple question and most history teachers worth their salt would know the answer even though it is not part of the curriculum.

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

And that retirement is due to begin soon - since winning the jackpot, he has resigned from Haberdashers' Adams Grammar school in Newport, Shropshire. "A quiz is very easy if you know the answers, and I did".

Following his win, Mr Fear and his wife embarked on a caravan trip along the Northumberland coast.

"Well, I do own a large number of "Now That's What I Call Music" CDs", he said.

The father-of-four appeared on This Morning today, where he confessed that while he doesn't know "how you spend that much" money, his tastes are "fairly reasonable" and he'll focus on his retirement and the needs of his family.

"I will probably see another year or two out to see my last A-level class through but I think it's about time me and my wife start looking around the world".

He said: "We went away on holiday the next day".

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