Party plans af­ter £50k win on TV game show

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Children’s Favourites -

A dad and his three sons scooped £50,000 in The Mil­lion Pound Drop, the Chan­nel 4 show hosted by Dav­ina McCall.

Frazer Thomp­son and his sons Pa­trick, 25 and twins Will and Ge­orge, 23, are cel­e­brat­ing their tri­umph in the En­de­mol­pro­duced show.

The show in­volves plac­ing wads of money on what con­tes­tants think are the right an­swers to a se­ries of ques­tions. Putting the money on the wrong an­swers can cost the lot. The Thomp­sons had al­ready missed out on £900,000 the pre­vi­ous week when Frazer got a Take That lyric ques­tion wrong.

But they came back for a sec­ond week, gave the right an­swers to sev­eral ques­tions, and took home £50,000. It could have been dou­ble if they had known which land­mark was nearer to Lon­don – Vic­to­ria Falls or Ni­a­gara Falls. But they de­cided to stick and guar­an­tee the £50,000.

Frazer, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of English Wines Plc which runs Ten­ter­den Vine­yard at Small­hythe, was an­i­mated through­out the con­test, with broad smiles, clenched fists and high fives, em­brac­ing his sons with each right an­swer.

Pa­trick had ap­plied on be­half of the fam­ily. When Frazer re­ceived a phone call from En­de­mol, he thought it was a spoof. But con­vinced it was au­then­tic, he and Pa­trick went for an in­ter­view and screen test. When En­de­mol heard that Frazer had twin sons, pro­duc­ers asked for them to be in­volved too.

“What a fan­tas­tic thing for them to do at their age,” said Frazer, who as­tutely changed team se­lec­tion ac­cord­ing to who was most likely to know the an­swer.

He said: “It was fan­tas­tic. Prob­a­bly more stress­ful than most things I have been through in busi­ness life but much more fun. You’ve got to be ex­cited about free money. Af­ter los­ing the pre­vi­ous week, we were 100% re­laxed. We just thought we might as well go for it.”

Now prepa­ra­tions are be­ing made for a cel­e­bra­tion. Mum Su­san, who runs a bed and break­fast at the fam­ily’s home in Siss­inghurst, is be­ing treated to a hol­i­day. Frazer said: “We’ve now got to think about the party. We’ve got to make sure we look af­ter mum be­cause she does work hard. The prize will en­able us to get staff in for a week­end or so and en­able us to go on a nice hol­i­day with mum.”

The money would also help with univer­sity debt and his sons’ hous­ing costs.

Ge­orge and Frazer Thomp­son on The Mil­lion Pound Drop

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