A FORMER Glasgow GP who became the first person in a decade to reach the final question on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire hopes to use his winnings to see the world

Andrew Townsley, who worked at Newhills Medical Practice in Easterhouse, won £500,000 on the ITV show last night after leaving Jeremy Clarkson's winning question about the history of motor sport unanswered.

The Glasgow Uni graduate whizzed through 14 questions with correct answers and had viewers across the country on the edge of their seats. 

Speaking on ITV's This Morning earlier today, a delighted Mr Townsley told hosts Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby he hoped to use the money to travel when the coronavirus pandemic is over. 

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The 53-year-old, who has progressive MS and is currently housebound, said: "Once the world recovers, I can have some thoughts about. But, with the MS, I am restricted and stuck in the house until this time next year at the earliest.

Glasgow Times: Andrew (bottom) spoke to Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield on This Morning today Andrew (bottom) spoke to Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield on This Morning today

"It's difficult to tell (when asked if his illness had progressed since the episode's filming in December of last year). Some people with MS have relapses where they get much worse. I have progressive MS so they are small deteriorations over time. I have been living with this for over 20 years and gone from a rugby player to someone who is quite restricted.

"As I said to Jeremy, we'd love to visit Niagara Falls. It's also another chance to see some relatives in Australia and take in some cricket when we are there." 

The crucial final question asked: “Which of these iconic races was held first?”

The options were A. Le Mans 24 Hours B. Monaco Grand Prix C. Indy 500 or D. Isle Of Man TT.

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Mr Townsley used his final lifeline, phone a friend, but his chosen helper did not know the answer either.

Host Clarkson congratulated him on being a “truly fabulous contender”.

Crucially, Mr Townsley didn't tell his pal he was on the final question and he revealed why to Phil and Holly. 

"I think if I had been the person on the end of the telephone knowing it was a million pound questions it would have made me more anxious," he said. 

"It is much better to come at the question without the money attached to it. 

"Hindsight is a lovely thing but in my own mind I had a choice between two. Fate as it usually happens to me is I choose one and the other is the answer.

"The Isle of Man TT is well established for being an old race but I just felt the security this win gives me means I couldn't take a £400,000 bet. 

"Sitting in the hot seat, you question questions you are very certain of the answer. On such a big question, the doubts were quite large in my mind."

The £500,000 question asked who Beethoven’s 1804 Eroica Symphony was originally dedicated to.

Mr Townsley, who appeared on the show in a wheelchair, asked the audience before correctly answering Napoleon Bonaparte.