The only thing between him and the £1,000,000 was a mathematics question – what was the name given to 1 followed by a million zeros? And sadly, it wasn’t something that Ingram had knowledge of. It simply came down to guesswork. Here we saw a familiar situation. Out of the four options, Ingram’s initial answer was “nanomole.” But in all truth, Major Ingram hadn’t the faintest idea. He simply confessed that “he wasn’t sure.”
It was then that we heard Tarrant’s snide comment – “Charles, you haven’t been sure since the question for £2000.” Perhaps, there was more to this comment. Perhaps, the “Millionaire” presenter was showing his true side, and that he knew there was something off – or not completely right.
Berlin or Paris?
The penultimate question and for a staggering £500,000 was related to architecture and city planning. It asked which city Baron Haussmann was the planner of. Using the planner’s name as a clue, Ingram believed that the answer was “Berlin” as Haussmann sounded of German origin. While Napoleon would be horrified to hear this – and probably the Baron himself – Ingram was bent on Berlin.
But, then, somewhere in the shadows, the cough made another reappearance. And this time, it was accompanied by a very subtle “no.” However, when Ingram went through his other options, notably, “Paris,” the disembodied cough came back for another round of haunting. We can say the cough had done its job – Ingram changed his mind, answered “Paris,” and landed himself a check for £500,000.
The Final Question
Not only had Major Ingram landed himself £500,000, but also an opportunity to win £1,000,000. Even Tarrant mentioned that it was a rare occasion for a contestant, as well as the whole of the United Kingdom, to see the £1,000,000 question. Of course, if Ingram answered the question correctly, he’d be £1,000,000 richer.
However, if he failed to, he would lose a tearful £468,000. To say that it was a tense moment would be like pointing out the obvious, but nonetheless, Ingram collected himself and braced himself for the next question. If only fate would take pity on him and a question came up that he knew the answer for.
The Major Almost Gave Up
What is interesting is that Ingram had seemed on the brink of defeat, stating outright “I don’t think I can do this one.” The major appeared to be majorly perplexed. It seemed like the major was genuinely stumped and was going to have to take his winnings home. It wouldn’t have been all that bad as he would have gone home with a happy £500,000.
Yet, once again, a familiar situation occurred. Major Ingram went through his options. One by one, he named them. First, he said, “I think it’s a ‘nanomole.’" Next, he offered, “It could be a ‘gigabit.’ Then again, “I don’t think it’s a ‘megatron.’” And finally, “I haven’t heard of a ‘googol.’”
Either the producers must have jacked up the air-con too ultracold to make the studio a freezing zone or “googol” had made Whittock cough again. And like on previous occasions, the coughing came only when the Major mentioned answer A: googol.
Interestingly, after hearing the cough or alternatively ‘by a process of elimination,’ Ingram had suddenly seemed more convinced about the answer being “googol.” Why Ingram was so sure of it being “googol” is simply downright crazy as he himself confessed that he had no idea was a “googol” was. He offered no explanation only that it sounded like a good guess.