On the naughty step - Conduct that deserves a ticking off

14th September 2012 at 01:00

This week: Anthony Seldon

Last week the naughty step welcomed Sir Michael Wilshaw, Ofsted's chief inspector, who made an unlikely TV appearance on a re-run of Homes Under the Hammer. This week the incumbent is Wellington College headmaster Anthony Seldon, who made a less successful TV appearance on a celebrity special of Who Wants to be a Millionaire?

The perennial game show featured five-time Olympic gold medallist Sir Steve Redgrave and his 14-year-old son Zak. The rower and his Wellington College-educated son were successfully ploughing through the questions in the name of charity when, with the chance of winning #163;50,000, the pair became stuck.

The question stopping them in their tracks was: "Which country has the oldest monarchy still in existence?" Having whittled the possible answers down to two, Japan or Denmark, and still without a clue, they turned to their "phone a friend": Dr Seldon. But when Sir Steve put the puzzler to Dr Seldon his response was less than confident. "Well, Steve," the headmaster said. "The answer is ... I don't know."

After he helpfully pointed out that the answer could be either, Dr Seldon was unceremoniously cut off, but not before he left the audience with a prolonged and rather gurgling "errrrrrrrrrm" as he groped helplessly for an answer (it's Japan, by the way).

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar, Buyagift.com, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today