'Mastermind' crowns Glasgow student as youngest ever champion

Amy Johnson
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John Humphrys with Mastermind champion Jonathan Gibson. (BBC/PA)
John Humphrys with Mastermind champion Jonathan Gibson. (BBC/PA)

Jonathan Gibson has become the youngest person to ever win Mastermind

The 24-year-old student from Glasgow won by four points in the Grand Final of the BBC quiz show having scored a perfect 11/1 in his specialist subject; comedy song writing partnership Flanders and Swann. 

Gibson, who's studying a PhD in Modern History at the University of St Andrews, had also chosen Agatha Christie‚Äôs Poirot as a specialist subject as well as William Pitt the Younger in previous heats. 

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He managed perfect scores across the board on his specialist subjects and a perfect general knowledge score in his semi-final round. 

John Humphrys is hosting his final series of Mastermind. (BBC/Hindsight/Hat Trick Productions Ltd/Kelvin Boyes)
John Humphrys is hosting his final series of Mastermind. (BBC/Hindsight/Hat Trick Productions Ltd/Kelvin Boyes)

The record was previously held by Gavin Fuller, who was also 24 years old when he won in 1993 but Gibson is younger by 90 days. 

The final also marked the last appearance of John Humphrys as host after 18 years. 

He'll be replaced by BBC new journalist Clive Myrie in the next series which is due to start filming in July before airing later in the year.

BBC News presenter Clive Myrie is taking over as Mastermind host. (Photo by Ken Jack/Getty Images)
BBC News presenter Clive Myrie is taking over as Mastermind host. (Getty Images)

Back when the news was announced in March, Myrie said: "What a privilege it is to take on this new role.

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"Mastermind with Magnus Magnusson formed the backdrop to my youth, and now to be at the helm is a dream come true. I'm excited and can't wait to get stuck in."

BBC entertainment director Kate Phillips said: "Clive will be a superb host, witty, wise and with a wicked sense of humour, he's a consummate interrogator who also understands the fear involved when facing a barrage of questions in the spotlight."

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