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Judith Keppel broadcasts retirement from Channel 5’s Eggheads

Judith Keppel is retiring from Channel 5 quiz present Eggheads, it has been introduced.

he in style present returns on Monday for a twenty fourth collection, and the present’s third outing on Channel 5, however won’t see Keppel return to the quiz panel.

Keppel, 80, is likely one of the authentic Eggheads having joined the programme in 2003 after being catapulted to fame as the primary UK winner of Who Desires To Be A Millionaire? in 2000.


Who Desires to Be A Millionaire winner? Judith Keppel received the whole prize in 2000 (Peter Jordan/PA

She informed the PA information company of retiring from Eggheads: “I really like doing it, however I’ve accomplished it for 19 years and my reminiscence is unquestionably not what it was.”

Eggheads sees groups of contestants attempt to beat a panel of specialist quizzers in a take a look at of their common information.

The programme started in 2003, airing on the BBC initially and shifting to Channel 5 in 2021, with present host Jeremy Vine becoming a member of the programme in 2008.

Keppel stated it was a “tough” resolution to make however added: “I’ve accomplished it for 19 years and I’m fairly previous. I had a type of horrible decade birthday the opposite day (she turned 80 in August) and I’ve observed that I can’t be taught in addition to I did.

“So I simply thought it was time to go.”

The TV quiz star, who’s a distant relative of the Queen Consort, stated doing Eggheads had been “nice enjoyable”.

She stated: “As a result of it’s a sport, all of us get on very effectively. I really like all of the behind-the-scenes stuff, and make-up and wardrobe and all that. I imply, it’s simply nice enjoyable, the entire thing, it’s been nice enjoyable.”

Requested what she is going to miss most about Eggheads, she stated: “I believe what I’ll funnily sufficient miss is having to pay attention.

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Judith was nice enjoyable as a staff mate, with an actual sense of the ridiculousChris Hughes on Judith Keppel

“As a result of it was superb for me in that I began studying the papers, concentrating exhausting. Now, in fact, I solid away any sports activities pages there are, don’t have to try this, don’t should examine pop music or something like that.

“So I’m going to get very out of contact with type of in style stuff, I believe.

“And I in all probability received’t focus like I used to.”

For her closing query on Millionaire, then-host Chris Tarrant requested: “Which king was married to Eleanor of Aquitaine?”

Ms Keppel appropriately answered Henry II.

Reflecting on her £1 million win from 2000, she recounted how the profitable query was one thing that had crossed her path within the months main as much as showing on the TV present.

She stated: “I simply assume I used to be extremely fortunate, as a result of I believe there’s an enormous quantity of luck concerned in all quizzes as a result of no one can reply each single query put to them ever.

“I used to be simply very fortunate with the questions. I didn’t have sport and I didn’t have pop music, and I didn’t have science both for that matter, which had been all my weak factors.

“I used to be simply very, very fortunate with the questions and significantly the final one, as a result of I had simply visited – the query was who was Eleanor of Aquitaine married to – and I had simply actually two months earlier than pushed residence by France, and been into this huge, empty church, and within the church had been 4 tombs, and considered one of them was Eleanor, considered one of them was her husband, Henry II, and her son, Richard I and his spouse.

“I imply, that was actually extraordinary. As a result of I’d not have recognized it if I hadn’t gone into this church.”


Contributors (L-R) Olav, Steve, Lisa, Barry, Presenter Jeremy Vine, Beth, Pat, Kevin and Chris

Her fellow Eggheads panellist Kevin Ashman, who has been a fixture on the present since 2003, stated: “We’ll miss Judith terribly.

“She introduced an actual contact of sophistication to proceedings… I keep in mind one staff coming to set and so they had a spreadsheet of our strengths and weaknesses.

“Judith that they had recognized nearly as good at historical past, arts, books, as you’d count on, however they’d additionally put her down for ‘posh stuff’ no matter that class covers.”

One other of the Eggheads, Chris Hughes, stated: “Judith was nice enjoyable as a teammate, with an actual sense of the ridiculous.

“If she discovered one thing humorous she would simply begin guffawing.

“I requested her out for afternoon tea as soon as, and after our third pot of tea she rigorously wrapped up her smoked salmon sandwich and chocolate brownie and stashed them away in her purse.”

The present’s host, Vine, stated: “I believe for all of us it’s unhappy, she was my nice buddy within the studio, as a result of she used to all the time sit subsequent to me and we might spend more often than not laughing.”

He added: “Judith is genuinely TV quiz royalty. As a result of she’s, in Britain, the one lady ever to have received Millionaire, and the primary individual ever to have received the million.

“So she’s acquired these two issues, that’s how all of us found her, the entire nation found Judith Keppel on the similar instantaneous which is a really highly effective factor and really she’s such an attention-grabbing individual, you realize, through the years I’ve acquired to know her… we’re genuinely pals.”

Eggheads returns to Channel 5 on October 10 at 6.30pm.



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