Brain of Britain title awarded to Brechiner

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An Angus man has been crowned the ‘Brain of Britain’, after winning the final of the BBC Radio 4 quiz show.

Michael Clark, originally from Brechin but now lives in Montrose, competed against other listeners in a series of general knowledge questions.

Speaking about the experience, he said: “I had been planning to apply for a long time and actually failed a phone audition a few years ago - I couldn’t hear properly, that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it!”

Michael, who is a driver for Voluntary Action Angus, didn’t expect to do as well as he did. He explained: “I Can’t say I expected to get to the final or even win. The format seemed to suit me down to the ground and I’m not fazed by a live audience, having sung as Curly in Oklahoma with Brechin Amateur Operatic Society.

“I’m still amazed by the fact that I was never behind at any point.

“The answer that clinched it for me was a music question (Jazzband) and as no-one else seemed to guess it, I thought I would take a punt on Duke Ellington and was right.”

However, while he takes the title of Brain of Britain, he added: “It doesn’t make me the Best quizzer in Britain - I wish!”

Michael’s appearance in the final aired on Monday (May 2). It can still be listened to on demand at BBC Radio 4 online.