Roger Wales was the runner-up of Series 16.
He was a company director from Skipton, North Yorkshire. His run began with a remarkable comeback win over 7-time sitting champion Jenny Haldane.
Wales had attended the same school as the then host Richard Whiteley, and after his defeat in the final, Whiteley jokingly urged Wales to donate some of his winnings to the school. The episode did not go down well with viewers, some of whom wrote in complaining that they felt Whiteley had been too pushy over the issue and expressing their support for Wales. However, Channel 4 responded that Wales had taken the joke in good part.
|#||Date||Type||Contestant 1||Score||Contestant 2||Guest||Lex||Max|
|799||16/08/1988||P||Roger Wales||46 – 35||Jenny Haldane||Nigel Rees||Freda Thornton||71|
|800||17/08/1988||P||Roger Wales||63 – 43||Peter Barlow||Nigel Rees||Freda Thornton||69|
|801||18/08/1988||P||Roger Wales||55 – 32||Vicky Tomlinson||Nigel Rees||Freda Thornton||73|
|802||19/08/1988||P||Roger Wales||36 – 51||Andrew Loheide||Nigel Rees||Freda Thornton||74|
|809||30/08/1988||QF||Roger Wales||33 – 24||Andrew Loheide||Bill Tidy||Della Thompson||73|
|810||31/08/1988||SF||Steve Williams||52 – 55||Roger Wales||Carol Thatcher||Della Thompson||74|
|812||2/09/1988||GF||Roger Wales||69 – 100||Tony Vick||Bill Tidy, Carol Thatcher||Della Thompson||116|
|M40||1/01/1990-5/01/1990||M||Roger Wales||78 – 101||David Whiting||none||Freda Thornton||???|
|M78||24/09/1990-28/09/1990||M||Roger Wales||48 – 86||Mike Percik||none||Mark Nyman||130|