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Andrew tells of Mastermind hat-trick thrill
3:00pm Saturday 26th October 2013 in News
A LEDBURY man has achieved the enviable hattrick of making it through to the semi-finals of BBC TV’s Mastermind on three separate occasions, and he admits that the experience of the daunting black chair is something of a thrill.
Dr Andrew Warmington, who lives on the New Mills estate, recently achieved his best performance on the show, scoring 14 points and no passes with his chosen subject, the French Revolution, and enjoying an equally impressive general knowledge round.
This led to a heat-winning and personal best score of 28.
He said of the Mastermind experience: “It is terrifying, with the potential of complete and utter humiliation, caused by a black chair moment when the mind goes blank – it can happen.
“Being on Mastermind is the equivalent of banging your head against a wall.
“It’s nice when it stops; but you could say it is a thrill – the sense of achievement, having done it.”
Dr Warmington, who is married with two children, travelled to Salford for his heat in May. But the show revealing his masterly grasp of history was only screened on Friday, October 11.
He is currently featured on BBC iPlayer for his Round of the Week on Mastermind.
For Dr Warmington, who works as a trade magazine editor, all this is past history.
He actually travelled back to Salford in September for the Mastermind semi-finals, with a dream of making the finals.
But the BBC has sworn him to secrecy as to the outcome, because the show is still months away from being screened.
In previous Masterminds, Dr Warmington has tended to focus on history for his specialist subjects, such as Ancient Greece and the English Civil War, and this should come as no surprise.
His took his first degree at York University and his PhD at Oxford – both in history.
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