Published: 22:00, 03 May 2021
| Updated: 16:06, 04 May 2021
A Kent woman has beaten ITV's Chasers to win £50,000.
Retired civil servant Sue Brooks from Thanet triumphed on tonight's episode of TV quiz show Beat the Chasers, which aired at 9pm.
She became the first contestant in the current series of the show to take on all five Chasers and win, but explained the feat had not been part of her original plan.
"In a previous century I did a couple of TV quizzes with small success and I wanted to see if I could still do it," she said.
"I did have a strategy - I was always going to only face a maximum of three Chasers for £10,000 but I don’t know what happened to me on the day. I must have had a rush of blood to the brain as I found myself saying I’ll go against all five Chasers for £50,000.
"I wanted to play against Anne as she is a bit of a role model for us larger ladies. At the same time she was the one I didn’t want to face because she is so good."
Sue opted for the Chasers to have 46 seconds on the Chaser clock, while she had 60 seconds, and won with three seconds left on her clock.
"The questions are all a bit of a blur," she added. "I just focused on being quick. I made a point of not looking at the clock for either of us so as not to increase the pressure on myself.
"In fact when the music played to end the round I thought it was my clock that had expired and was astonished when the gold ticker tape fell and realised that I had won.
"I was completely stunned and kept saying I can’t believe it. I was more nervous after than before and my hands were shaking so much I couldn’t take the mike off. Stunned and delighted is how I felt."
And she said she is not planning on holding onto her winnings for too long.
"I am going to be a Viv Nicholls and spend, spend, spend," said Sue.
"I am giving some to my family, some to charity, treating myself to a pair of opal earrings and booking loads of holidays (pending restrictions lifting). I have booked three holidays in the West Indies for later this year, if we're able to travel, and early next year and for Christmas 2022 I have booked us a month long cruise to the Bahamas and this will end with a few days in New York staying near Times Square to see the new year celebrations.....The rest I’ll just fritter away."
Speaking before the speaking before tonight's episode aired, Sue said the victory still felt unreal and she was looking forward to watching it: "I am sure when I actually see it on TV I will believe it."
"We are having the max number allowed under Covid, fish and chips in the garden with the telly in the doorway and wine flowing."