Bristol man swears on Millionaire as Jeremy Clarkson ‘heartbroken’

bristol man swears on millionaire as jeremy clarkson heartbroken - Bristol man swears on Millionaire as Jeremy Clarkson 'heartbroken'

A Bristol man swore in frustration after losing £15,000 on Who Wants to be a Millionaire.

Justin Beattie appeared on the ITV game show this evening (January 24), answering the £32,000 question wrong while he still had all four lifelines left.

The contestant, who spent 25 years as a submarine safety engineer, had reached £16,000 with little difficulty and appeared confident when faced with his last question of the night.

Presenter Jeremy Clarkson asked him to identify a sportsman who had retired at 26 before making an unsuccessful return eight years later.

Justin felt the answer was “definitely” athlete Carl Lewis – but it was tennis player Björn Borg.

A visibly stricken Clarkson told him: “You’ve just lost £15,000. I’m heartbroken. Well, not as much as you are.”

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There was a long silence as the contestant put his hands to his mouth, before uttering a string of words bleeped by ITV.

Chuckling, the former Top Gear host told Justin: “That’s a first. Nobody’s ever said that.”

The Bristolian had earlier revealed he was hoping to win at least £32,000 so he could start a micropub.

He said: “They tend to serve local real ale from within a 20 or 30 mile radius.

“They’re really stripped down and basic, with casks and kegs of real ale and local cider. And I really fancy that.”

Justin had entertained the presenter by describing how a submarine sometimes “rolls like a Coke can” and branding Mel Gibson’s Braveheart “historically inaccurate”.

Clarkson tweeted during the broadcast: “Felt bad that poor submarine man went out.”

Justin walked away with just £1,000, but we hope his early exit won’t mean Bristol losing out on a new micropub.

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