Viewers of ITV1s Red or Black? saw pig farmer Darren Thompson become the show’s third millionaire.
Father of two Darren, 37, from Bedale in North Yorkshire took his two year old daughter Olivias advice and picked black for the spin and won the million pounds. Darren said, If I won the million I would buy a little plot of land, get a couple of pigs and name them Ant & Dec. The pig farmer also revealed that he would finally marry fiancée Hayley, 24 after being engaged for nearly seven years.
After the show Darren said, I cant really explain, your mind is full of everything, yet it is blank. It really hasnt sunk in yet. Im feeling extremely excited and nervous. To be honest I dont know what I am supposed to be feeling. When the wheel started I pushed the buzzer but didnt look at the wheel. I looked at the ceiling and the floor and focused on the sound of the crowd, then when I looked up it was on black. I did tell my boss that if I win the million dont expect me in on Saturday but I will go back in on Sunday i wont be giving up work! Tonight Im going to go back to the hotel and have a couple of drinks and then off to bed as Im exhausted!
Darren correctly guessed the right outcome in 10 different rounds throughout the show – starting in Wembley with thousands of other hopefuls and ending by choosing red in the nail biting wheel spin.
During the show viewers saw stuntmen, Christian Hoptrough and Gary Knight perform an extraordinary hurdling challenge conducted on the roof of moving cars.
Cricket legends Andrew Flintoff and Michael Vaughan went head to head in the ultimate cricket challenge. Flintoff was playing for red and Vaughan for black. In front of the pair were 10 red targets and 10 black targets, if successfully struck the targets changed colour. The cricketer to change the most targets in 90 seconds won. Flintoff won the challenge making red the winning colour. Carly, Amy, Hannah and Darren went through to the next round.
Next up were dance troupe Diversity who unveiled an exclusive performance prepared especially for Red or Black? On the stage was one giant cube wall which contained 16 removable blocks, half was red and half was black. At the end of the performance Perry picked a box and revealed black, making this the winning colour.
The penultimate game of the show Duel saw the remaining two contestants Hannah and Darren choosing different colours for the very first time. Hannah played for red and Darren for black. Split into eight equal sections, four of which were randomly programmed to light up red and the remaining four are black. The contestants took it in turns to select a section in the hope it lit up their colour. When it didnt, it gave a point to the opponent. The first contestant to unveil all four of their coloured sections was Darren who then went through to the final and the Red or Black? wheel spin.
The contestants who competed tonight were, Amy Houston a 22 year old loans advisor from Glasgow, Carly Dowling a 25 year old civil servant from Tyne & Wear, Chris Campbell a 26 year old youth worker from Glasgow, Claire Smith a 34 stall manager from Nottingham, Darren Thompson a 37 year old pig farmer from Bedale in North Yorkshire, Hannah Stead and 22 year old operating theatre student from York and Neil Owen a 32 year old bakery sales manager from Inverness.
Each night, for one finalist it will all come down to the spin of the Red or Black? wheel. We have followed them as just a face in the crowd at Wembley Arena, from their nerve wracking decisions on locations, to the choices they have had to make live in the studio. As the lights dim and they walk towards the wheel, the question is asked for the final time, Red or Black?…but do they feel lucky?
Friday nights guests include, chart topper Jessie J who will be performing her latest single Whos Laughing Now and taking part in one of the live Red or Black? games to help some of the lucky contestants move closer towards that million pound prize.