CAPTAIN Tom Moore charmed the audience during an appearance with Terry Wogan on game show Blankety Blank back in the 80s.
The war veteran, who is marking his 100th birthday today, walked away with the famous cheque book and pen after taking part in the Christmas special of the game show in 1983.
BBC Breakfast shared clips from the unearthed episode, which show Captain Tom, then 63, chatting to the host.
The national treasure – who has raised an amazing £30million for NHS Charities Together in recent weeks by walking laps of his garden – made Terry and the audience laugh when he said that he was from Tipps End – insisting that it was “a good place”.
He also told Terry that his “girls”, Lucy and Hannah, would be watching from home, aged just 16 and 14 at the time.
As he left the programme with his disappointing prize, Terry joked: “You’ll be able to show it to your grandchildren for many-a-year!”
The popular comedy game show saw two members of the public compete to match the answers of the six celebrity panellists as they filled in blanks on a selection of statements or phrases.
Those who failed to walk away with one of the show’s “fabulous” prizes were allowed to take home the chequebook and pen as a consolation.
And Captain Tom was reunited with the cheque book during an appearance on today’s BBC Breakfast, with actress and singer Ruth Madoc wishing him a happy birthday via video message as she revealed she was the celebrity guest on the show that day, alongside Freddie Starr and Sir Patrick Moore.
She said: “We met on Blankety Blank many years go. Well, haven’t you done well. It’s wonderful what you’ve done.
“Many congratulations to you on your 100th birthday!
“No wonder you saved the notepad and pen from it because it was very special.”
Ruth is just one of the people to wish Tom a Happy Birthday, with celebrities – including the Beckhams and Peter Andre – taking to social media to mark the milestone.
Captain Tom was particularly thrilled to receive a message from Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who thanked him for being a “point of light” for the nation.
Acknowledging Boris’ newborn son, Captain Tom said: “To get a message from the Prime Minister is really outstanding. He’s been doing so well. Look what he’s produced, or what Carrie has produced, another boy into the country.
“Well done Prime Minister and thank you for your message.”
He also wrote a powerful letter to the nation to mark his big day, explaining: “Reaching 100 is quite something. Reaching 100 with such interest in me and huge generosity from the public is very overwhelming.
“People keep saying what I have done is remarkable, however it’s actually what you have done for me which is remarkable.
“I felt a little frustrated and disappointed after I broke my hip and it knocked my confidence. However, the past three weeks have put a spring back in my step. I have renewed purpose and have thoroughly enjoyed every second of this exciting adventure, but I can’t keep walking forever.
“The donations page will close at midnight this evening. NHS Charities Together still have their urgent appeal, so people can donate to them that way.
“I am going to spend my birthday with my family, both here in person and with my daughter remotely, and then I am going to have a few days’ rest. My legs may be tired, but my mind is racing and I’m hoping to be back very soon with other ways in which I can help people, help others.
“Please always remember, Tomorrow Will Be A Good Day.”