David Elias



Countdown (series winner)

Sale of the Century (winner)

Question setter or adjudicator for around 50 shows, including:


Jet Set

The Krypton Factor

Square One

University Challenge

The Weakest Link


Former quiz show contestant who turned into a question setter and checker from his Nottingham base. While working as a university lecturer, he decided to enter Sale of the Century (on which he won the car) and came third in the series final of The Krypton Factor.

He was a "Phone-a-friend" four times on Who Wants to be a Millionaire?, including answering a £250,000 question. He was somewhat famous for never missing an episode of Countdown for 12 years after his series win, even when he went into hospital after a heart attack. He died in 2005.


He was the oldest ever contestant on Blockbusters.

He loved playing Mr. Driller on the Gameboy.

Web links

IMDb entry

Interview with David Elias


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