Martin Lewis left horrified after unearthing his ‘petrifying’ Celebrity Mastermind episode

Martin Lewis appears on Celebrity Mastermind in classic episode

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Financial guru Martin Lewis, 48, appeared on Celebrity Mastermind back in 2013, where he appeared alongside BBC Breakfast’s Dan Walker, Radio 5 Live DJ Nihal Arthanayake and Olympic cyclist Sarah Storey. Martin’s speciality subject were the Superman films and after watching the clip back, he recalled just how petrified he was to appear on the long-running BBC quiz show.

It’s petrifying to watch a freaky robot version of me

Martin Lewis

Taking to Twitter, the money saving expert was stunned at his appearance and remembered how it felt to sit in the infamous big black chair.

“Just found a petrifying old celeb mastermind clip of me,” he penned on the social media site.

“1, I’m petrifyingly young, 2, It was petrifying to do, 3, It’s petrifying to watch a freaky robot version of me.”

He also revealed his game strategy at the time: “U can’t interrupt questions so my aim was to answer in min time to get max questions.”(sic)

It wasn’t the first time Martin and been asked to appear on the show.

Back in 2006, the money saving expert detailed how he’d been asked to be a reserve if someone dropped out last minute, but he turned it down after only being given two days notice before the quiz of his life.

Understanding the amount of preparation that goes into studying for such a game show, Martin wrote about how he was flattered by the invitation but couldn’t accept at that time.

“While the idea appealed and is very flattering, after all it’s good profile-raising stuff in a serious light that wouldn’t hurt my serious reputation, there was one big problem,” he wrote on his website’s blog.

“It was to be on Thursday! Only two preparation days away and I’d lots of other work on (including getting the weekly email sent out, never a small job).

“Plus this is the first I’d ever heard about it, and frankly I have no clue what my specialist subject would be (possibly the Christopher Reeve Superman films, but I’m not sure something so specific would be allowed – they may have wanted Superman in general which is well beyond me as I’m not a comic book reader).”

He added: “After all, I doubt they’d allow MoneySaving as a speciality!”

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Martin also admitted he was worried he would look stupid compared to the other contestants who would probably have had months to prepare for the show.

“The problem was the programme’s viewers wouldn’t know that I’d only found out two days earlier while other contestants had probably been preparing for months,” he continued.

“Plus, this isn’t the Weakest Link or Millionaire, where the questions aren’t very tough, it’s Mastermind.”

He suspected his score would have been in high single digits at best and “embarrassingly, record-breakingly low at worst”.

“And that doesn’t exactly do me much good,” he giggled.

“So all in all I’ve decided to opt out and ask to be considered for the next series, with some decent adequate warning I hope!”

But when the time eventually did come, petrified or not, Martin walked away a Celebrity Mastermind champion, winning £150,000 which was donated to Citizens Advice.

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