Mastermind Club
   Mastermind Club 









The Winners of the coveted Caithness Glass Bowl and the title MASTERMIND Champions

The second 10

1982 to 1992


Due to a change in broadcast schedules, Mastermind has no 1982 champion. A Champion of Champions tourney was held between the first 10 champions. Sir David Hunt was the winner of the title


Chris Hughes

Chris worked as a train driver and railway worker. He was the winner of the International Mastermind trophy in 1983 and Brain of Britain in 2005. He is one of only five people ever to have won both Mastermind and Brain of Britain.

Chris is now a regular team member on the BBC quiz show Eggheads.

His 1983 Specialists subjects were

British Steam Locomotives 1900-1963

The Flashman Novels

then British Steam Locomotives 1900-1963 Again


Margaret Harris


 A deputy head teacher from Southmpton, Margaret was another repechage champion. Her final score of 38 was the highest until 1986.

Her 1984 Specialised subjects were

Cecil Rhodes  The Postal history of South Africa  then

Cecil Rhodes again


Ian Meadows

Ian Meadows was dubbed 'a drop out' when he became Mastermind Champion. even though working as a hospital driver in his native Leicester,  he had taken a degree in History at Cambridge. He was the first champion to kiss the Caithness glass bowl, an action critisised by some, but they did not know how much winning Mastermind meant to him.

His 1985 Specialist subjects were

The English Civil War 1642-47  

The History of Astronomy/ Cosmology upto 1700

then The English Civil War 1642-47   again


Jennifer Keaveney

A graduate the University of  Hull, Jennifer's was a part  of the universities team  in the 1978 series of University Challenge..

In the 1986 final, she broke the record record score, of 39 she had set in the previous round  with 40.

 Winning Mastermind did not change Jennifer's life, although she says

"it made it interesting for a while"

Her 1986 Specialised subjects were:

The Life and Works of Elizabeth Gaskell

The Novels of Edith Nesbit

Then The Life and Works of Elizabeth Gaskell again



Dr. Jeremy Bradbrooke

A GP from Trowbridge in Wiltshire, Jeremy was persuaded to apply for Mastermind by one of his daughters. Always keen on history, he chose three 'warlike' subjects, revising between house calls.

His 1987 Specialised subjects were:

The Franco-Prussian War 1870-71

The Anglo-American War 1812-1814

The Crimean War


David Beamish

A graduate of St.John's College Cambridge, David was a clerk in the House of Lords when he appeared on Mastermind, which incidently, was his first quiz.

His mother encouraged him to apply for Mastermind and after an unsuccessful in his 1986 audition, and was not going to apply again, but a call from the production team to try a new set of audition questions, led to his participation in the 1987 series,

He stormed through the heats, and won the final by one point, on the last question. In his 6 visits to the "Black Chair" he did not pass  on any question.

He went on to win Masterbrain, then retired from Quizzing

His 1988 Specialised subjects were

The Life and Times of Nancy Astor 1879-1964

The British Royal Family 1714-1910

Then The Life and Times of Nancy Astor 1879-1964 Again


Mary Elizabeth Raw

A vet from Weston-Super-Mare, Mary-Elizabeth was confined to a wheelchair because of severe multiple scleirosis. She was the first contender not to  sit in the Black Chair. First seeing Mastermind in 1974 she made three unsucessful applications, until finally being accepted in 1989. In her first round, she equalled the record score of 40 points

Her 1989 Specialised subjects were

The Life and Reign of  Kng Charles I

The Life of Albert, the Prnce Consort

Then The Life and Reign of  Kng Charles I again



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