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London Met alumnus wins BBC Mastermind

From 'Prospective'

A London Met alumnus, Shaun Wallace, has won the acclaimed title of Mastermind champion for 2004 following a nail-biting final on the BBC Two quiz show on Sunday 5 December.

A graduate from the North London Polytechnic, Shaun is the twenty-seventh winner of Mastermind and the first black winner.

After both the specialist subject round and the general knowledge round, the result was decided on the number of passes with Shaun coming out on top with a score of 24 points and no passes.

John Humphrys hosted the grand final and BBC Chairman, Michael Grade, was on hand to present Shaun with the Mastermind commemorative glass bowl.

John Humphrys congratulated Shaun on his win: "Another worthy champion. How can they know (and remember) so much? It is truly daunting."

Shaun, who has worked as a barrister for over 20 years, lives within a stone’s throw of Wembley Stadium which provided the inspiration for his specialist subject. His knowledge of his specialist subjects was outstanding as he went into the final with a fantastic record of having answered every question on his specialist subjects correctly. But the pressure of the final took its toll. This time Shaun’s chosen specialist subject was FA Cup Finals since 1970, he scored a total of 12 points putting him in second place at the half-way stage.

Shaun fought back with a fantastic general knowledge round scoring another 12 points and crucially no passes giving him a total of 24 points. Shaun was delighted to become Mastermind champion 2004, "I’m living a dream that I never thought I would fulfil. But it is real and I’m really enjoying it. It’s been one of the happiest days of my life!"

Shaun's achievement follows those of London Met's University Challenge team who were narrowly defeated by Jesus College Cambridge, to become the highest-achieving
post-92 University in the history of the BBC2 programme.

Image: courtesy of the BBC