QUIZ whiz Alan Smith has proved he is king of the jungle after being crowned the winner of BBC quiz show The Weakest Link.
Alan, 50, who is the face behind Accrington Stanley's mascot Stan the Monkey, beat the opposition to take home the top prize of £3,580.
Alan, of Carter Street, Accrington, had originally hoped to spend his winnings on a holiday in Thailand at Christmas, but changed his mind and decided to buy a new car - a BMW - instead.
He said: "I had been saying that I wanted to go away over Christmas, but I decided instead to take a holiday after the football season.
"I am glad that I didn't go to Thailand in the circumstances. "
Alan made his TV appearance on the Weakest Link on 29 December but he actually filmed the show in June.
He said: "I watched it on TV and I couldn't believe some of the answers I got wrong, but you don't have time to think - you have to keep an eye on how much money you have and look at the camera and listen to Anne.
"It's funny watching yourself on TV; you are really critical because you are not used to seeing yourself like that, but the whole thing was very enjoyable.
"Anne Robinson was great; she was really nice and she kept calling me Accrington Alan."
Alan said the final round of the quiz, when he went head-to-head against another contestant, was really close.
He added: "I didn't know for sure I had won until the music came on and Anne said 'you are the strongest link', because you can't see how you are getting on."
Alan enjoyed the experience so much he has applied for a number of other TV quiz shows. He already has an audition lined up for Channel 5's Brainteaser and has sent off a form to appear on BBC 2's Beg, Borrow and Steal, hosted by Jamie Theakston.