When Northumberland farm vet and mother-of-two Jo Bates felt “bored” one evening, she put her name forward to appear on a TV quiz show.
Little did the farmer’s wife from Langley know, she would be facing the cameras in front of millions of viewers on the BBC’s Who Dares Wins on Saturday night.
The National Lottery quiz, hosted by Nick Knowles, involves two teams of strangers playing against each other to complete a series of lists and win large amounts of money.
Jo and her quiz partner Brendan secured £15,000 on Saturday and will be back on the show when it is aired again next month.
The 37-year-old, who works three days-a-week at Hexham-based vets Scott Mitchell and Associates, has saved countless animals’ lives during her career.
But she says being on stage has proved one of her most daunting tasks to date.
“You meet a stranger on stage and then you have to answer questions even though you’ve only known your partner for mere seconds,” she said.
“That was the most difficult thing about it, trusting someone you’ve never met before. You don’t get any time to know them.
“It was really hard being on stage in front of TV cameras. It does make your mind go blank. It’s far easier shouting out the answers in the comfort of your living room!”
Despite her new-found fame on the hit TV quiz show, Jo says she feels more at home on the farm with her two sons, aged five and four.
“I feel most comfortable at home,” she said. “I don’t think I’ll be making a career out of being on TV!
“In fact, I don’t think I’ll be doing it again. I had no idea how intimidating it would be when I applied, but I’m glad I did it because it’s an experience I’ll always remember.”
Her veterinary duties have also been affected by her new-found fame, for although Jo tried to keep a lid on her TV appearance while on-call, local farmers still managed to spot her on the show.
She said: “All the farmers around here know about it because they saw me on TV. I tried to tell as few people as possible but it seems news travels fast!
“I’ve received lots of Facebook messages which have all been very positive and encouraging in time for my next appearance on the show.”
The money won on Who Dares Wins is shared equally between the two team members.
There are no limits on the amount of money a team can win or the number of games a team can win.
Trish McGowan and Seamus Hussein have won the most money after appearing on the show, netting £170,000 between them.
The show is taking a break for a few weeks due to the live screening of talent programme The Voice