A married couple have walked away with £200,000 after becoming the biggest winners ever on Channel 4 game show The Million Pound Drop. Sophie and Rick Dickens were awarded the six figure sum after correctly answering eight questions on Friday night's show. At the start of the live TV show the couple were presented with £1 million in cash held in bundles of £25,000. The game then requires contestants to gamble the money by splitting it on what they believe to be the correct answers to a series of questions. If the money is placed on a wrong answer, it falls down a chute and out of their clutches. After answering the first three questions correctly and holding on to the £1 million cash prize, the couple opted to split the money on the fourth question - which was "which of these celebrity children is male?" Unable to decide between Sage Stallone and Destry Spielberg, the couple put £500,000 on each of the answers - securing the half million. They eventually nabbed the £200,000 on a tense final question about which od the title characters speaks first in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, putting all of their money on the correct answer which was Romeo. When they discovered they had gambled correctly the couple screamed with delight and hugged each other.
Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix.
An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.
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