Glasgow student becomes youngest Mastermind champion

Conor Riordan, PA Scotland
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A student from Glasgow has become the youngest person to win the BBC’s Mastermind.

Jonathan Gibson, 24, won by four points in the Grand Final – scoring a perfect 11/11 in his specialist subject on comedy song writing duo Flanders and Swann.

The final marks John Humphrys’ last episode as host of Mastermind, having presented 735 episodes of the series and asking more than 80,000 questions during that time.

The new series with newly-announced presenter Clive Myrie, a BBC news journalist and a regular presenter of the BBC News at Six and Ten, will be filmed in Belfast in summer and will return to screens later this year.

John Humphrys
Broadcaster John Humphrys presented 735 episodes of Mastermind (Yui Mok/PA)

Mr Gibson is studying a PhD in Modern History at the University of St Andrews.

His other specialist subjects throughout the competition were Agatha Christie’s Poirot in the heat and William Pitt the Younger in the semi-final.

He scored perfect scores on all three specialist subjects, as well as a perfect general knowledge score in his semi-final round.

It saw him become the competition’s youngest-ever champion since the show began in 1972, a record previously held by Gavin Fuller in 1993.