Sandy Cowell said on 30/Mar/23
There was a question on Millionaire tonight asking which planet Gustav Holst didn’t compose music for in The Planets suite. The answer was Pluto, which wasn’t yet discovered when his musical masterpiece was written - in 1916. It was discovered in 1930.
I tried to find out Holst’s height and the reply was:- NONE!
I wanted to write about him on the Historical Heights page. Fat chance of that if he didn’t measure anything! I won’t give up though….
Sandy Cowell said on 20/Mar/23
On tonight’s Classic Millionaire, the Fastest Finger First question was: ‘Put these actors in height order. They were a) Tom Cruise, b) Danny DeVito, c) Brad Pitt and d) Clint Eastward.’
Chris reckoned that it was fairly straightforward, and I think any visitors to Celebheights would be in full agreement. Of course the right order was b), a), c) and lastly the tallest was d) Clint Eastward. There’s a marked height difference between all four actors.
Chris gets 6ft2. He’d be between Brad and Clint, and rarely do you see a contestant taller than Chris.
Sandy Cowell said on 26/Jan/23
Oh come on, Chris - that was a bit naughty of you! 😆
A lady named Kate, was asked who the brother of Castor was and she smiled, and Chris knew that she knew from her grinning face. He asked her, “What do you want to see come up?” The lady replied, “Pollux!” 🤭
Of course, everybody laughed, but that was the whole point, wasn’t it, Chris? 😂👌🏼
⭐️ Castor and Pollux had different fathers.
Kate waltzed off with half a million pounds. Had she known that the wisest fool in Christendom was James the First, she’d have been the first contestant to win a million.
Sandy Cowell said on 26/Jan/23
Would YOU trust a phone-a-friend who makes a grammatical mistake? Pah! He got the question wrong anyway, thinking that America’s first ever president was Thomas Jefferson.
It was, of course, George Washington. (Feb 1732 - Dec 1799)
6ft2, as usual. 😁
Sandy Cowell said on 12/Jan/23
I’ve just watched a fellow called John on Classic ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?’ and he was up to £64K. Then he got stuck on a question about one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, which went read thus:
What was the Pharos of Alexandria?
a) A Statue, b) A Temple, c) A Lighthouse or c) A Tomb, and though I’m not sure if they were in that exact order, I think they were.
John decided to phone his Uncle Len, who was his wife’s biological uncle, as he was well travelled. On picking up the phone, and learning that John had £64K, he came out with, “You’re JOKING!” 😂😂😂
Chris and the audience laughed, as did I, but had Uncle Len been so doubtful about my capacity for answering questions correctly, I’d be striking him off my Christmas card list for starters! 🎅❌ Lenny didn’t know the answer either, and I only knew because I’d come across it before and thought how odd it was to have a lighthouse sticking out of the sea in the ancient world.
The answer was c) A lighthouse. John decided to leave with the £64K. As Al Pacino would have said in ‘Donnie Brasco’, he’s a Wise Guy!
I can’t see Chris any lower than a strong 6ft2, having seen that the average would suggest he’s a weak one. Rarely have I seen a contestant who’s taller or even of equal height to Chris.
Sandy Cowell said on 3/Jan/23
This morning I knew the answer to the quarter million pound question……
BECAUSE OF AN EPISODE OF SOUTH PARK! 😂😂😂
Yes, as soon as I Joseph Smith, I knew that the religious movement had to be the Mormons. The contestant phoned the correct friend. (The other guy was Brigham Young, and I’d never heard of him)).
The half million pound question was easy. The mother of Elizabeth I was Anne Boleyn but the contestant didn’t risk it, even after doing a 50/50. The other choice he was left with was Jane Seymour, who famously bore Henry VIII his only son, Edward VI, who reigned from 1547 until 1553. He was a frail child, dying at 16.
Chris gets 6ft2.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 17/Jun/22
There’s a contestant on an old Millionaire this morning who wants enough money to buy her horse a horse box so that she can take her pet to different locations for rides. Chris asked the lady, named Sheila, “How does he travel around at the moment? The roof rack?”
Now that would be a mighty strange sight to see on a motorway!
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 6/Jan/22
There was question on an old edition of Millionaire tonight as to where Mary Queen of Scots was born. Now that was easy, as there was only one Scottish town: Linlithgow. No WAY was she born anywhere in Europe, which is where the other options hailed from, all beginning with the letter 'L'.
Mary was brought up in France and stood approximately 180cm tall, a fact which all the historical films I've ever seen have overlooked.
The TV host/DJ gets 6ft2. He's taller than the vast majority of his contestants and his replacement, Jeremy Clarkson, is even taller than Chris.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 24/Nov/21
There was a question on tonight's repeated Millionaire (on the channel 'Great TV', in case you're interested) which went as follows:-
Which profession is Nicky Clarke famous for?
The guy, Kieron, didn't know that it was hairdressing. I'm not surprised; he didn't have a single hair on his head! However, by asking the audience, Kieron sailed through to the next question as the vast majority of them sported fine heads of carefully cared-for hair!
Chris can have 6ft2. 😄👌
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 14/Oct/21
Oh dear! I missed Chris's three-quarter century birthday, which was four days ago, on the Sunday the 10th of this month.
🎂🎁 Happy 7️⃣5️⃣th Birthday 🎁🎂 to you, Chris, albeit four days late, and here's to a healthy and prosperous new year ahead. 🍻
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 14/Oct/21
Time for a rant: 😤
The other night on Millionaire, there was a question which went along these lines: "Which is the only occasion when alcohol is allowed in the House of Commons?"
I knew straight away that it was on Budget Day, having made enough jokes about it, but the bloke who'd won the fastest finger first, hence making it into the much-coveted chair didn't have a clue, so he asked for 50/50. The two remaining answers were:
1) At a State Opening and
2) On Budget Day.
He STILL didn't know 😣, so he decided to ask the audience. Now this really was crazy because EIGHTY ONE PER CENT went for the wrong one! It was so cringe-worthy that I went outside to feed my foxes a trifle early, and the first song that I decided to play was Jethro Tull's 'Thick As A Brick'!
Chris gets 6ft2. It's a rare occasion indeed that a contestant is taller than Chris, and if one is, he always comments on his stature, and I must emphasize that I've never seen a woman contestant whose even nearing Chris's height, though I do believe they exist! 😉
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 17/Jun/21
There was a question on Chris's Millionaire-lovers' quiz tonight which was, and I quote, "In Greek Mythology, what was the name of the gods who were children of Uranus* and Gaea?"
"Pardonnez-moi?" I thought. "I didn't know you could have children like that!" 😱
In case you're interested, the answer was Titans.
* The planet beginning with a 'U' was pronounced the way it was when I was growing up, and the way they say it in the movie 'ET - The Extra Terrestrial'. 👽
Chris gets 6ft2.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 5/May/21
I love watching Chris get all excited when his contestants win more and more money. He genuinely cares for them, but likes winding them up from time to time too!
Tonight, he had great pleasure in telling a contestant that he still had £32,000 - but then he added that he had ANOTHER £32,000 to go with it! The guy's face was a picture....
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 21/Apr/21
On an old 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?' tonight, it was a Nurses Special. When I turned over from a stupid horror film, there was a young male student nurse playing the quiz game. When he marched off with his winnings, there was another Fastest Finger First and a nurse called Sandra O'Boyle won. Chris said '...and your a girl!" followed by "You're a woman!" etc. Yes, Chris, that was evident from the fact that she was below his shoulders in height, had girlie flaxen hair and spoke in a shrill voice.
Chris looked his usual 6ft2; Nurse Sandra looked completely dwarfed! 🙄
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 7/Mar/21
On a Fastest Finger First in an edition of 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire?' just now, there was a contestant called Patrick BOOZER! How incredibly embarrassing it would be if you're picked up for being drunk and disorderly and asked for your name when you're called THAT! 😂
Chris gets 6ft2.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 6/Sep/20
There's a lady contestant on an old 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?' and she was asked the question, worth £250,000, "Who was the brother of the Greek God Biblical character, Castor?"
Before the answers even came up, the lady (Kay or Kate) said "Pollux!" Of course, everyone laughed. She won her quarter million and then won HALF A MILLION. I didn't know these two answers, but I did know the answer to the Million pound question, which was, "Which King was dubbed The Wisest Fool in Christiandom?"
It was King James I! 🤪🤴😕
Chris gets 6ft2. 😄👍
Nik Ashton said on 3/Jul/20
I have seen his son Toby listed as 5’9” on an internet site!
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 7/Jun/20
What the eff is going on here? There was a question just now on Millionaire as to which monarch preceded Henry VIII. The answer options were Mary I, Edward VI, Elizabeth I or James I - who was a bleedin' Stuart, all the others being the offspring of the second Tudor King, Henry VIII. Wasn't it obviously Edward VI, for crying out loud?
Fair enough to have that as a question, I suppose, but the reward was £64,000 - MADNESS! 😣
Chris gets 6ft2.
Nik said on 5/May/20
@ Rodney - Wow!
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 3/May/20
@ OriginalAnon - I certainly wouldn't! Once I was following a healthy diet plan which insisted that you have liver once a week. It was, in fact, the Weight Watcher's plan, and it was published in a newspaper. That's one rule that I simply couldn't adhere to!
These days, I get my iron from shakes, be they the powder form or the ready- made variety.
Cheers OriginalAnon 😁👍
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 3/May/20
Ah! There's a blonde-ponytailed lady on Millionaire right now and her husband, who is in the audience, doesn't reckon she will do very well for some reason. She's very jolly and funny and has a phobia of baked beans. Has she seen 'Tommy'? 😀😂😆
Well, she's just won £1,000, which isn't bad for a few minutes work. It's a shame that she didn't walk away with the £10,000 she'd accrued.
Kind-hearted Chris presented her with a HUGE can of baked beans at the end!
Chris can have 6ft2. Rarely is there an occasion you see a contestant who is taller than Chris. 😁👍
OriginalAnon said on 18/Apr/20
Sandy, why would anyone want to absorb heme iron, in the first place? Animal products are absolutely awful for human health.
6'2'' for Tarrant, in his prime. 6'1.75" today.
Nik Ashton said on 23/Mar/20
@ Daz - I-N-T-E-R-E-S-T-I-N-G!
It’s unlikely that he is 6’3” but he is probably taller than at least 96% of adults!
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 23/Mar/20
There was a question just now on 'Millionaire' about which vegetable is high in iron. The answer was, unsurprisingly, spinach, but it's a little known fact that the body has great difficulty absorbing the iron from vegetables. Baked beans (pulses) are different though. Spinach is choc-a- block full of vitamin C, which actually helps with the absorption of iron, so don't be put off; some of it DOES get into the bloodstream, and it's always one of your 5-a-day, a rule which I swear by.
It's easier to derive one's iron from meat sources, particularly liver. 😒 Even with the average iron tablet, much of the iron passes through, so it's best to get them from your doctor.
Chris gets 6ft2. 🍇🍐🍑🥦🍊
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 17/Dec/19
Well, it would seem that I'm a blithering idiot as well!
When it came to a Fastest Finger First question, I knew the answers, but I put them in the reverse order, and that's not the first time I've done that either! That wouldn't get me very far on the show, would it? 😂😂😂
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 17/Dec/19
There's a blithering idiot on Chris's 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?' right now! He had to use three lifelines in succession for the simplest of questions. I think he'd better run with the money he has won so far...
He's taken heed and leaves with £8K!
Chris gets 6ft2.
Nik Ashton said on 1/Dec/19
@ Sandy Cowell - Absolutely, giving to charity is the most worthwhile thing a person can do with their lives.
The average guess is 6’2.04” (14 votes!) and there are 54 comments on this page!
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 26/Nov/19
There is a guy on Chris's 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?' who works with special needs children. People like that are admirable and I hope he does very well.
Yes, I know that this was recorded nearly two decades ago, but this is the sort of fellow whose winnings will still be doing good to this day. 😁👍
6ft2 for Chris.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 10/Oct/19
🎂🎉🎁🕯️ Happy Birthday Chris! 🕯️🎁🎉🎂
No doubt I'll be watching Chris tonight at 10 O'clock on Challenge TV! One thing is always guaranteed and that's that Chris will always afford us a good laugh!
I believe he turns 73 today, and he looks smashing for it.
Happy Birthday Chris! XXX
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 23/Sep/19
I've just watched with delight as a lady, named Alli Hamilton, laughed her way to winning 64 Big Ones!
She was the only one to get these four Dustin Hoffman films in the correct order of their release: they were, in order, The Graduate, Kramer Vs Kramer, Tootsie and Rain Man. I have them all barring Kramer Vs Kramer, which my Mum saw at the flicks with my brother.
Alli used all her lifelines and was over the moon to get £32,000. She guessed at the £64,000 question - correctly! 😁👍
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 17/Sep/19
Tonight on 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?' the fastest finger first question was "Put these Queens in order of when they were on the throne."
Of course, they were (Bloody) Mary I, Elizabeth I, Queen Anne and finally Queen Victoria. Only ONE person got it right! 😭
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 16/Sep/19
Oh dear! How embarrassed would I have felt not knowing the answer to the £300 question on tonight's Millionaire? I'd have had to ask the audience!
Later on, however, I knew the £64,000 question, which was 'Which Day falls a week after Whit Sunday?' the answer being Trinity Sunday. Aren't brains funny things? They seem to weed out the things that are of interest to them and give the middle finger to the rest!
I've noticed that Chris is SO USED to being taller than the vast majority of the contestants that when someone is actually taller than he is, he just can't help but say something! Therefore, I will be giving him 6ft2 again. 😄
So there! 😉
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 29/Jul/19
Surely not? Christopher has just asked a duplicate of contestants what 'vermicile' is.
Doesn't everyone know that 'VERM' means worm?
My friend Chris can have the full 6ft2. XX.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 15/Jun/19
It's Saturday night and I can't stop watching 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?'
The only time you see Chris standing up is when he's welcoming on a new contestant, and so far none have been taller than him or even near to his height. He's aptly the Big Leader, the Big Cheese 🧀 in the Millionaire studios!
I was just SCREAMING at the telly because someone didn't know which Pope the calendar is named after. He was given the choices of Popes Innocent, Leo, Gregory and Clement and he had to phone a friend! Hasn't he heard of the Gregorian calendar? Eek! 🐀
Chris gets six foot two.
Sandy Cowell said on 30/Jan/19
It's a shame I missed out on Tiswas! Some people I knew of 8-12 years my senior, who became parents early, would take it in turns to ship the kids off to one house, so that the rest of them could watch it in peace (minus, of course, the selected weekly 'victim parents'!)
Yes... seems I really missed something hilarious!
Sandy Cowell said on 28/Jan/19
Tonight on 'Millionaire', a guy by the surname Stankiervitch won the 'Fastest Finger First', going on to amass £32K! How Chris LOVED saying Stankiervitch! If I'd known how many times he'd go on to say it, I would have sat there ticking away with my pen and paper!
Mr Stankiervitch was about 2-and-a-half inches shorter than Chris, but a whole lot wealthier than he was to start with come the end of his innings. I would have put up with a bit of leg-pulling for that money! 😉👍
Sandy Cowell said on 16/Jan/19
Last night, I was watching an old 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?', when there was an incident of absolutely NOBODY getting a 'fastest finger first' question right! Chris literally Laughed Out Loud, especially as the question had involved the sequence of how traffic lights work, adding "If anyone doesn't know this, make sure they don't take you home tonight!"
It's humourous touches like this that make a quiz either watchable or not. Then the other day, a woman was overjoyed with winning £1,000, having just lost either £7,000 or £15,000. Chris gave her a kiss and said, "Ah, bless you!"
⭐️ The 'fastest finger first' flop almost certainly occurred in the same episode as the one in which Judith Keppel won her £1,000,000 with the question "Who was married to Eleanore* of Aquitaine?" which was, of course, Henry II.
Chris has always been very open about his height, and why ever not? He's a princely 6ft2!
* This is probably spelt incorrectly. There are many, many variations of spelling the name, and my Mum's was just one!
Nik said on 20/Sep/18
@ Rob - Thanks (autocorrect tried to change it to a Thanks!) for this interesting information!
said on 16/Sep/18
@ Rob - How tall is his former wife Ingrid?
There was a claim from Ingrid once "I'm 5ft 7in tall, a dress size ten and weigh about nine stone".
said on 21/Dec/17
Rob, could he have dropped under this by now?
Probably 186-187cm today
it would be likely he has lost something, though a full inch may be unlikely, a half inch maybe more likely.
Dave C said on 19/Dec/17
I met Chris last year while we were both out fishing, was talking to him for ages, what a lovely down to earth man. I would say he's 6ft2. I'm exactly 6ft and he seemed to be a couple of inches taller than me.
Sandy Cowell said on 30/Jul/17
Sometimes in the early hours of the morning, I catch a wildlife programme called 'Wildlife SOS' on Channel 5. It is narrated by Simon Cowell, whose enthusiasm for animal welfare (other than for dogs!) I learnt of through this very programme.
So far, I have never caught sight of Simon taking part other than by reading about the creatures, who are, as the name of the programme suggests, often in upsetting and worrying situations. This morning, however, I caught a glimpse of a very familiar - not to mention way above average height, blond-haired, male celebrity! It took a mere few seconds to realise who it was, and it was infinitely clearer to see his height than on his Millionaire-lovers quiz show!
I think the programme must have first been shown near the turn of the century; Chris's face was unlined and his posture was as bolt-upright as I have yet to witness, ever since he has been 'gracing' our screens!
This is by far the best evidence I have seen of Chris being 6ft2, and a strong one at that! I can imagine he wakes up at over the 6ft2 mark. Obviously, all this information will be applicable at the time that the programme was made, and now when Chris tumbles into his bed after a hard day's work, he will be of an age where he'll have shrunk a bit!
I still reckon he wakes up at 6ft2, and I'm hardly going to jeopardise the man of half an inch because he has the decency to give his time to a wildlife rescue programme, which I catch nearly 2 decades after it first went out! No way would I do that (if anything, it would work the other way, but I am not going to introduce my silly little foibles into my height estimates - that would be plain daft - and I am incredibly sensible! 😌
I shall stick with 6ft2 for Chris. 😋
It might be worth mentioning that after that one guest appearance, Chris continued to actively support helping wild animals in peril. Now that IS worth bringing up as a nice little souvenir of his venture!
🐴🐺🐏 🐹🐐🐄 🐖🐸🐟 😙😎🌉
Sean5 said on 11/Mar/17
My guess is 6'2 final answer ... You have just won 1 million pounds!!
Sandy Cowell said on 5/Feb/17
Chris looked 6ft2 on 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire' and I'm sure I've heard him say this about his height.
I never saw his earlier programmes, where he could well have been taller, but hardly by much! Now though, years after 'Millionaire', he probably is at least an inch below his peak - at least!
As there is only one box for Chris, I shall fill in with a guess of 6ft2! I still watch him on the 'Challenge' channel regularly, so to me that's what he is!
James B said on 12/Mar/15
Under this today
Daz said on 9/Dec/14
Chris is 6ft3.
Aiken Drum said on 19/Oct/14
Walked past him in town the other day...5'11 to 6 feet spot on.
Paul said on 2/Jun/14
Peak height 189cm, current height 187cm.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 25/Dec/13
188-189cm peak, 186-187cm today
Happy Xmas Rob
JonDaMon said on 15/Nov/13
He was always a tall man. 6'2 at his peak.
teej said on 21/May/13
He was 6ft1 187cm peak, so just under 6ft2, hes a weak 6foot now, ive met him at a charity ball and im 6ft1 186cm and i was slightly taller than him
Arch Stanton said on 15/Jan/13
Well I thought he always looked a genuine 6'2" guy on Who Wants to be a Millionaire. I thought he could look 189cm a lot in his younger days.
Shaun said on 25/Aug/12
Was he shorter than Richard Madeley? Because I remember a few years back he was stood next to a contestant who said he was 6 ft 5 and he looked about 3 inches shorter.
GUK said on 6/Jan/12
At least an inch shorter then Richard Madeley on Who wants to be a millionaire
Shaun said on 13/Aug/11
I think he would have been 6'3" out of bed peak yes. James Martin is listed at 6'3", more 6'2".
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 22/Jun/11
Maybe a little over 6ft2 in his youth, Rob?
James said on 11/Jun/11
Shaun says on 22/Apr/11
He certainly looked 190cm range in his prime.
Josh b said on 7/May/11
Looks similar in height to James Martin on Saturday kitchen.
Shaun said on 22/Apr/11
He certainly looked 190cm range in his prime.
iknowtheanswers said on 2/Apr/11
nope barely shortwer than David Walliams. I saw them both on Millionaire mothers day special
riddler said on 4/Jan/11
he is taller than boxer david haye, haye is not 6'3
Doug said on 8/Apr/09
He was a little taller at peak - 189-190cm.
George said on 15/Mar/09
Even nowadys he towers most guests on millionare and that other game show he's doing. I would say strong 6'2 at peak, and a legit 6'2 today.
kevy said on 20/Feb/09
I have met him he is tall above 6ft 2 more like 6ft 3 or 6ft 3.5 and stocky slim build.
Hugh said on 5/Dec/08
Maybe I'm wrong. Perhaps he is 6ft2-3.
Hugh said on 20/Oct/08
Maybe it's his posture. Standing up straight he is definately 6ft2.
Sam said on 12/Oct/08
I'm a strong 6ft3 (191 cm) When I met him, he was about an inch shorter.
Hugh said on 29/Aug/08
Never met him but does come across as being a tall person. His posture isn't great. So at times he can look more 6ft-6ft1
said on 5/Mar/08
seems to be struggling big time with 6'2 standing next to 6'3 lenny henry here at the very end of this clip circa 1981 Click Here
any idea on sally james' height rob??
does tarrant just have socks on in that clip. The girl compared to barefoot daltrey...hmm
said on 27/Sep/07
Funny - he looks about the same height as Michael Palin in this YouTube clip:
harry said on 19/Aug/07
just met chris tarrant working in heathrow, he looks north of 6 '3'
Big-T said on 19/Aug/07
my friend's uncle went on who is 6'1" and when we watched the show together they seemed to be seeing eye to eye...?
Ted said on 4/Aug/07
He seems pretty tall in who wants to be a millionaire. He towers most people.
I would give him 6'2 - 6'3.
Mikex said on 23/Aug/06
I read an interview with Tarrant in which he said that being 6'2'' came in handy during his days teaching in a tough comprehensive. The kids tended not to mess him around too much. Theakston is a genunine 6'4'' but I dind't see that show so can't compare.
Dave Williams. said on 18/Aug/06
I'd have said around 6'-2" to 6'-3" as my son is at least 6'-3" & my son-in-law is about the same height so I am used to being around tall people. And I've worked with tall people in last 2 jobs. I'm 5'-9" as is my daughter.
Rodney said on 8/Jul/06
On who wants to be a millionaire, celebrity edition, he was standing next to 6'4 Jamie Theakston and looked the same height.. i'd agree with dave he's more like 6'4
dave said on 2/Jun/06
I'm 6ft 1/2 and saw Chris in person about a year ago and he had a good 3 inches on me so I say he's closer to the 6'4 mark than 6'2.
Mikex said on 18/Apr/06
Might have shrunk slightly I suspect.