RETIRED Mid-Cheshire College lecturer Geoff Thomas is gunning for TV glory after claiming the coveted title of Brain of Britain.
The Davenham pensioner was presented with an engraved silver salver after winning the Radio 4 competition last Monday, and it now sits proudly alongside the crystal Mastermind decanter he won in 2006.
Wily Geoff, who represents the Freemasons Arms at Castle in the Northwich Quiz League, now fancies a crack at TV’s Eggheads – a team of quiz buffs who take on all-comers for cash.
Geoff was a beaten Brain of Britain finalist in 1997, and is delighted to have finally won the award.
He told The Chronicle: “It’s less high profile than Mastermind because it’s on radio rather than TV – but it’s definitely of equal value to me.
“The questions are harder on Brain of Britain and it’s a genuine test of general knowledge. I’m very happy to have won.”
Geoff stunned Mastermind host Magnus Magnusson when he stormed to victory just over two years ago, racking up 15 points for his specialist subject, Gone With The Wind, and winning with 36 points.
He also came first on popular radio quiz Counterpoint in 1995, and the following year with fellow Northwich quiz pro Ian Pickering stormed to glory on BBC Two’s Today’s The Day.
Brain of Britain producer Paul Bajoria said: “Geoff’s a formidable contestant.”