HAMISH Cameron is hoping to go further than he has ever gone before in the famous black chair tonight (Friday).
The retired IT manager from Elgin will be making his eighth appearance on BBC’s ‘Mastermind’.
Hamish has been a semi-finalist on four occasions, but never made it to the final of the long-running show.
He made his debut on the programme in 1990, when it was filmed in St Andrews and hosted by the late Magnus Magnusson, who died in 2007 at the age of 77.
He has been an avid fan and competitor ever since, covering such specialist topics as Scottish monarchs from 843 to 1371 and 17th century Scottish Covenanters.
His special subject tonight, in an edition screened at 8pm on BBC2, will be Ramsay MacDonald, a native of Lossiemouth and the first Labour Prime Minister.
“I have spoken to his grand-daughter, Iona Keilhorn, who has his old house in Lossiemouth, and he also has a room devoted to him at the museum in Lossiemouth. It was quite hard to find books about him,” said Hamish.
IT manager for Johnstons of Elgin for 26 years, Mr Cameron is also well-known on the local athletics scene, and has been a senior figure in Forres Harriers for many years.
He auditioned for ‘Mastermind’ in Manchester earlier this year before making it through to the televised stages.
He could not reveal how he fares in tonight’s show, so tune in to see if Hamish can finish what he started 23 years ago.