A Beat the Chasers contestant scooped a whopping £100k after outwitting all five Chasers in last night's nerve-racking final of the hit ITV quiz.

In tense scenes, Nigel Painter from Poole in Dorset, managed to bag the quiz show cash with seconds to spare.

With only an eight-second head start over the Chasers on the clock, his chances of walking away with the top prize had looked slim.

But a rare ‘wrong person answer’ slip up from the Chasers when Shaun Wallace buzzed in to answer instead of Jenny Ryan, meant the Chasers lost valuable time, leaving Nigel with five seconds left to scoop the top prize.

Before his victory, Nigel revealed he hoped to win enough cash to take his wife Christina on a cruise, although it seems she might need some convincing.

Nigel Painter from Poole walked away £100k richer after literally beating the Chasers
Nigel Painter from Poole walked away £100k richer after literally beating the Chasers

He told The Sun : "My wife is coming around to the idea of it. She’s not a big fan of boats."

After a previous appearance on BBC1 quiz The Weakest Link, Nigel said he applied for the show after encouragement from his kids - although he kept his TV appearance a secret.

And during the particularly tense moments, he revealed he managed to keep his nerve by “looking at a spot about 6ft in front of me all the way through.”

Nigel Painter from Poole walked away £100k richer after winning Beat The Chasers
He took on all five Chasers and won
Beat The Chasers
None of the brainboxes were a match for plucky Nigel

His performance impressed host Bradley Walsh, who called him "sensational" while viewers were on the edge of their seats.

One tweeted: “Yes Nigel! What an effort!” Another added: “Nigel you’re amazing. I was on the edge of my seat cheering you on,” while a third chimed in: “Nigel!! INCREDIBLE!!! £100,000 is yours!”

Meanwhile, ITV has revealed that the show will be back in the autumn with Paul Sinha returning to join fellow Chasers Shaun, Jenny, Mark Labbett, Anne Hegerty, and Darragh Ennis.