Harry Potter was banned on Mastermind in 2018 – along with three other topics

Brainy Jonathan Gibson has become the youngest winner of BBC's Mastermind at the age of 24.

The Glaswegian student triumphed in the final with a perfect score in his specialist subject, 1950s and '60s duo Flanders and Swann.

His win breaks a record set by Gavin Fuller, also 24, in 1993. It was also the last episode hosted by John Humphrys after 18 years.

To mark the occasion, Daily Star presents 10 things you may not know about the show, famed for catchphrase: "I've started, so I'll finish".

1. Mastermind launched in 1972 and was the brainchild of ­producer Bill Wright, a former RAF gunner who drew on his experience as a wartime POW in Germany to come up with the name, rank and number style of introduction used for contestants.

2. The first episode was filmed at the University of Liverpool and was hosted by the late Magnus Magnusson, who was billed as the show’s “interrogator”. However, it was initially aired in a late slot.

3. It was known for its imposing black chair, which was given to Magnusson at the end of the show’s initial run in 1997. The ­episode was fittingly recorded at St Magnus Cathedral in Orkney.

4. Over the years there have been four hosts – Magnusson, Peter Snow, Clive Anderson and Humphrys. BBC News journalist Clive Myrie is set to be the fifth quizmaster when Mastermind ­returns to screens later this year.

5. Unlike many other quiz shows, there’s no cash prizes to be won on Mastermind. Instead, contenders compete for a unique Caithness glass bowl by artist Denis Mann, who has made the trophies since the show’s inception.

6. Mastermind has made celebrities out of its contestants, most famously former London cabbie Fred Housego who won in 1980 and went on to have a radio and TV career. There’s a club for past contenders, founded in 1978 by contestant Charles Key.

7. Some of the specific specialist subjects that people have been quizzed on over the years included the life cycle and habits of the honey bee, angels, burial grounds of London and Augustus Caesar’s wife Empress Livia.

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8. In 2018, it was revealed that Harry Potter was banned as a subject after 262 people applied to answer questions about it in a year. Other prohibited topics include Fawlty Towers, Blackadder and Roald Dahl books.

9. Some of the more specific specialist subjects over the years that have been rejected have included the development of the self-service petrol station, 1963-68.

10. Mastermind was spoofed in a 1980 The Two Ronnies sketch, where Ronnie Barker played Magnusson and Ronnie Corbett starred as a contestant named Charlie Smithers, whose specialist subject was answering the ­question before last. It has also been the subject of send-ups by comedians Morecambe and Wise, French and Saunders and Benny Hill.

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