Janet McRae was the runner-up of Series 12 in 1987.
She was a housewife from Goffs Oak, Hertfordshire. After winning 2 heats, she returned for the final rounds as #7 seed, beating Cathy Morgan via a very easy sudden death conundrum (RMADILLOA) in the quarter-final which gave her an opportunity for revenge against Matthew Francis in the semi-final. Francis had ended her run in the heats by pipping her on the conundrum, and history looked to be repeating itself in the semi-final when, with McRae again leading, he buzzed in after 1 second on the conundrum LEGALTIES. However, to McRae's relief, he offered LEGALITIES which was wrong, and she ran out the winner. In the final against Stephen Balment, a mistake in the final numbers game cost her a chance at a crucial conundrum, and she lost 81 – 66.
|#||Date||Type||Contestant 1||Score||Contestant 2||Guest||Lex||Max|
|571||19/05/1987||P||Janet McRae||64 – 39||Geoffrey Reynolds||Lance Percival||Freda Thornton||83|
|572||20/05/1987||P||Janet McRae||34 – 25||Tony Donovan||Lance Percival||Freda Thornton||78|
|573||21/05/1987||P||Janet McRae||51 – 57||Matthew Francis||Humphrey Lyttelton||Freda Thornton||74|
|589||12/06/1987||QF||Cathy Morgan||57 – 67*||Janet McRae||Steve Jones||Julia Swannell||??|
|593||18/06/1987||SF||Matthew Francis||47 – 55||Janet McRae||Patrick Mower||Julia Swannell||85|
|594||19/06/1987||GF||Stephen Balment||81 – 66||Janet McRae||Diane Solomon,|
|M38||18/12/89–22/12/89||Masters 1||Janet McRae||84 – 61||Robert Violett||N/A||Freda Thornton||???|
|1889||26/11/1996||fQF||Janet McRae||38 – 62||Damian Eadie||Tom O'Connor||Catherine Stokes||72|