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Thank you very much indeed.
Hello, I'm Alexander Armstrong and welcome to Pointless,
the game where we aim for the obscure and we ignore the obvious.
Let's meet today's players.
And couple number one.
I'm Jamie, this is my stepdad, David, and we're from London.
-Couple number two.
-Hi, I'm Mark from Retford,
and this is my friend Paula from Liverpool.
Couple number three.
Hi, I'm Leila, and this is my husband, Simon,
and we're from Chepstow.
And finally couple number four.
Hi, I'm Sunil, this is Katy, and we are a couple from Nottingham.
And these are today's contestants.
Thank you very much, all of you, welcome to the show.
We'll get to chat to each of you
throughout the show as it goes along,
so that just leaves one more person for me to introduce.
As huge as a Russian billionaire's London mansion, but never as vacant,
it's my Pointless friend, it's Richard.
Hiya. Hey, everybody. Good afternoon.
-Now, this jackpot is boiling up nicely, I would say.
-Simmering away, isn't it?
Eight people here, all of whom would like to get their hands on it.
Two pairs have been on before, Sunil and Katy, they're on podium four,
got knocked out in Round One.
Now, David and Jamie,
how unlucky were David and Jamie in the last round?
Got through to the head-to-head, 1-1, and then in the final thing,
just one word wrong with an answer, we had to give it to the other pair,
but very, very unlucky.
But the good news is you're back again and the jackpot's even higher,
so who lost, really?
-Plan all along.
-Well, thank you very much indeed.
As you've gathered, Jackie and Sarah didn't win the jackpot last time,
so we add another £1,000 to that,
so today's jackpot starts off at...
Right, if everyone's ready, let's play Pointless.
So, you know the rule,
the pair with the highest score at the end of each round will be
eliminated, so keep your scores low,
no conferring until the head-to-head round.
Other than that, best of luck to all four pairs.
Our first category today is...
Words. Can you all decide in your pairs who's going to go first,
who's going to go second? Whoever's going first,
please step up to the podium.
OK, let's find out what the question is, here it comes.
We gave 100 people 100 seconds to name as many words ending in
W-A-Y as they could.
looking for any word which has its own entry in the British
and World English section of oxforddictionaries.com,
please, that ends W-A-Y.
As always, no proper nouns,
no hyphenated words, anything like that.
Very, very best of luck.
Very interesting indeed.
I might try and predict you. I've been quite bad predicting yours.
The last couple of times I got it wrong.
-I've been bad at choosing the ones that you've selected for me.
But I'll have a little think. It's tricky, this one.
It is tricky. Thank you.
Now, David, welcome back.
-Great to have you here.
Remind us, what do you do again?
At the moment, I'm just getting over
a motorbike accident and convalescing,
but about to head over to South America.
South America, for a few years?
Yeah, that's the plan.
Do you know what you'll be doing there, or is the idea just to relax?
I'm going to be doing some travelling
and I'm qualified as a teacher,
so perhaps a bit of teaching of English as we travel.
-Sort of TEFL-type teaching?
Do you know where you'll be staying, where you'll live?
Starting in Rio, we've got a one-way ticket to Rio,
and we'll take it from there.
That's incredibly exciting.
You may not come back, who knows?
I mean, sorry, because you've chosen to stay, not because...
I mean, you understand what I'm saying? Because...
HE LAUGHS AWKWARDLY
Anyway, quickly moving on. David, what would you like to go for?
I'm sort of tempted to go for a bit of a punt,
just cos I'm not sure if it's hyphenated or not,
but I'm going to go for it anyway, hell.
-Superhighway, says David.
Superhighway. Little buzz from the audience there.
Let's see if it's right.
Let's see how many of our 100 people said it if it is.
It is right, David.
And it's a pointless answer!
Very, very well done indeed, David.
That adds £250 to today's jackpot,
takes the total up to £7,500,
scores you nothing,
and is generally marvellous.
-There you are.
-That's terrific stuff.
What a start to the show, and well done on having the guts
for going for it as well. Yeah, superhighway.
We think of it often in the term information superhighway, of course.
Thank you very much indeed.
Mark, welcome to Pointless, great to have you here.
-What do you do, Mark?
-I work for the Sports Ground Safety Authority.
OK. Are you based at any particular ground, or do you tour around?
-We're a government organisation...
..that's an expert on sports safety and
spectator safety, and we look after the whole of Great Britain.
Very good. Are you a football fan anyway?
-No, I'm not, personally.
-But a sports fan at all?
No, not really!
That's a wasted opportunity!
Big, big fan of safety.
-Big fan of safety.
-Oh, he's a fan of safety.
See, that, of all the things...
Do you know what, that is the right thing.
If you're a fan of sport, your back would be towards...
-I'd be distracted.
So, no, you are in the right job there.
What are your hobbies, Mark?
I've got a dog called Milo, border terrier, enjoy taking him on walks,
took him to the Lake District this year a couple of times,
then down to Bournemouth and into Wales as well.
Very good. How far does he walk?
He'll do ten, 15 miles.
Terriers, you can never really tire them out.
Now, Mark, what would you like to go for?
-I'll go for castaway.
-Castaway, says Mark.
OK, let's see how many of our 100 people said that, castaway.
6 for castaway, very good indeed.
Person who's been shipwrecked or stranded, castaway.
Thank you very much indeed. Now, Leila, welcome to Pointless.
Great to have you here. From Wales?
What do you do, Leila?
-I'm a teacher.
-What do you teach?
-I teach maths and English.
-To what level do you teach?
I was hoping words didn't come up, actually,
because it's a bit of pressure!
-To do it right.
And it's not just pressure of what you should know,
it's the pressure of all those people watching you who you teach.
-Now, Leila, let's just distract you for a moment or two from that.
What are your interests, outside the classroom?
I like ballroom dancing.
Where do you do that?
Just a local ballroom dancing club with my daughter, Seren.
Excellent. Hi, Seren.
I like Wales football, and I watch that with my son, Jacob.
Very good indeed. Now, Leila, we come to the word.
We've had some good words so far.
Sorry, I'm adding to the pressure, sorry, that's no help at all.
I think I'm going to gamble on Segway.
OK, Segway. There's a buzz again.
Is it a good buzz or a bad buzz?
-I don't know.
Well, we shall find out. Segway, is it right, and, if it is,
how many people said Segway?
Oh, Leila, I'm sorry,
I'm afraid that's an incorrect
answer and it scores you 100 points.
Yeah, it's a trademark, I'm afraid, Segway machines.
There you go. OK, now, Katy.
Katy, that takes some pressure off, I think?
Now, remind us what you do, Katy.
I'm a writer and blogger.
You are a writer and blogger.
You were saying it is a beauty blog?
-Does that mean you test products out and report on them?
Yes, so I either buy or get sent beauty products,
and I review them and put them on the website.
Was your background in beauty as well?
-No, my background's in English and creative writing.
And when I started uni, I realised that I love beauty, I love writing,
-it makes sense to put them together.
-It just does, it absolutely does.
Now, Katy, what would you like to go for?
I'm going to go for flyaway.
Flyaway, as in hair?
Yeah, flyaway hairs.
There we are, which you probably write about often in your blog.
-There we are, flyaway,
let us find out how many of our 100 people said flyaway.
It is right.
Well, 100 is the highest score, which you passed a while ago.
6 is the next score...
Ho-ho! Now, what about that? Very well done. Down to 1.
Very good work indeed,
1 for flyaway.
Yeah, terrific answer. Yeah, the fine and difficult to control hair.
Look, mine, honestly, it just...
A breeze and it's
-all over the place.
-Just flown away.
There's a man with flyaway hair, isn't it?
Do you think that's flyaway?
-Maybe flown away.
Anyway, we're halfway through the round,
let's take a look at those scores.
Zero is our best score, very well done.
I think you'll be in Round Two.
As I think will Katy and Sunil with their 1,
as I think will Mark and Paula with their 6.
Leila and Simon, let's see what happens in the next part.
Simon, maybe find a pointless answer,
just as a little gesture.
-I'll see what I can rustle up.
-Little parting gesture.
Anyway, we're going to come back down the line now,
can the second players please step up to the podium?
There we are, OK. Now, Sunil, remember we are looking
for words ending W-A-Y.
Sunil, remind us what you do.
Yes, I work for an optical company, mainly in the dispatch department.
That's right, sending out lenses and glasses frames.
What are your interests, out of the world of sight?
Mainly music and film, I try to watch a film a day.
-Yeah, I've been keeping
a list since I was about six years old.
Oh, no, that's impressive.
So you have an enormous film reference library in your head?
-And if you write them down,
that helps you remember stuff?
Are you good at remembering plots and actors' names?
Yeah, I try to, I try to group them together a little bit as well into
themes and directors, things like that.
Do you blog that as well?
Little bit, not as much as this one.
Very interesting. Well, there you are, perfect training for Pointless.
You're on 1. If you can possibly score 98 or less, you are definitely
into the next round. What would you like to go for?
Brilliant, I'm going to go with the word underway.
Underway, says Sunil.
Here is your red line.
Get below that, you're through to the next round.
How many people said underway?
9, taking your total up to 10.
Very strong answer, that was Speedy Gonzales' catchphrase.
Thank you very much, Richard.
Simon, welcome to pointless.
-What do you do, Simon?
-I work for the Council.
Can I ask you which department, or is that just prying too far?
No, it's not top secret.
It's on the ground maintenance side, cutting grass, taking down trees,
-Oh, that's nice.
What do you do in high winter, or low winter, I should say?
Are you still out in all weathers?
Get cold, you know, get cold, at the mercy of the elements,
so just gloves and a hat.
Could you say, if it's really freezing, if it's an horrific day,
can you say, "Today is a day for planning,
"I've got seed charts to do."
On very rare occasions, we might sit in the van...
..if it gets particularly cold.
Oh, there's a van!
-Oh, he's got it easy!
-This guy's got a van!
-And sometimes you can have a bonfire, presumably?
It gets better! Very nice.
Simon, what are your interests outside work?
I love basketball.
-Do you play?
-Not as much as I'd like to,
because it coincides with one of my son's...
one of his hobbies, but five-a-side in the week. Yeah.
Very nice. Now, Simon, you know what you have to do here.
I'm afraid poor Leila had a shocker on that first pass there.
Let's see if you can find a nice low score.
I'm not sure how cast-iron this one is, because it might be two words,
but I'm going to go for Milky Way.
Milky Way, says Simon.
Well, no red line for you as you are the highest scorers.
Let's see if Milky Way is right.
Bad luck, Simon.
It scores 100 points. That's nice, you're equal there.
He did that to make me feel better.
Well, 200 is your total.
It's normally the answer you can give in between rounds
without ruining your score, isn't it, Milky Way? But not this.
The most delicious answer we've had yet.
Definitely that. Thank you very much.
Welcome to Pointless.
Here from Liverpool. What keeps you busy in Liverpool, Paula?
Well, I don't actually work in Liverpool, I work in Manchester,
which isn't too good, but I work for a construction company.
-So do you commute?
-I commute every morning.
-There's a good train, isn't there?
Oh, Lordy, that's early. Early start.
What are your interests, Paula?
Well, I play football for a ladies' football team
and I like spending time with my grandkids,
and also going to watch Liverpool FC.
Lovely. How many grandkids have you got?
I've got two, Eva and Roman.
Eva and Roman.
Now, Paula, you are through to the next round, which is good news,
but, I mean, let's have a nice low score from you,
see if you can get better than Mark.
I think I'm just going to say hallway.
Hallway. Hallway, let's see how many of our 100 people said hallway.
There's now no red line, I'm afraid,
cos we have our highest scorers there,
and even if you score 100, you won't overtake them.
Look at that, very well done indeed.
Very well done, 3,
taking your total up to 9.
Lovely low score there.
Well played, Paula, yeah, just another word for hall, hallway.
-There we are.
-It is. I don't know what else to say, it is.
-It is that, yes.
-Posher or less posh?
What's posher? One of them's posher.
Maybe hallway is sort of a hall that's also a bit of a passage.
Yeah, I agree. But hall also suggests maybe something grander,
-where hallway is like...
-I think you're right.
Don't pass each other in the hallway,
whereas in the hall, loads of room.
-Like ships in the night.
-You can swing snooker cues in the hall.
I mean, obviously you'd hit each other, but...
-Now, then, Jamie, remind us what you do?
I'm an analyst at a sustainability company.
That's right, and what are your interests?
Football's a big interest, I watch a lot of football, I play football,
so that kind of dominates most of the week,
but outside of that, I've just moved,
so I like to get out and see the new local bars, restaurants,
-that kind of thing.
-Always exciting just having moved.
-It is, yeah.
Are you sharing a house with friends?
Sharing a house with friends from school.
Excellent. Now, there you are on nothing.
Doesn't matter what you score, but quite nice to have double pointless,
I think. I'll try.
A few things I'm thinking of, I'm just going to go with throwaway.
Throwaway, says Jamie.
Throwaway. Well, let's see if that's right,
let's see how many people said it. No red line for you, obviously,
because you're already through.
2 for throwaway.
Very well done indeed.
They mean business again on podium one, don't they?
Another terrific answer. Now, have you got one for me?
I have, yeah. It's a very ugly word.
It's a word that you only ever see... The councils use it.
I've never, it's not a word anyone tends to use,
I'm hoping people have forgotten it.
Footway, people say footway.
-Instead of pavement.
-..would have scored you 2 points.
Oh, that is disappointing.
-Do you know what I thought you were going to say?
-What did you think?
I thought you were going to say bridleway.
See, that's much better.
But also cos I assumed you live near bridleways.
-Bridleway would have scored 5 points,
-so you came up with a much better answer.
-Well, there we are.
So, well done. There's some nice pointless answers here.
Let's take a look at a few of them. Colourway, crossway,
which is roads that cross each other,
entranceway is a pointless answer.
Greenway, which is sort of part of a green belt, laneway, multiway,
ridgeway, routeway, superhighway, look at that.
Loads of others, some really fun ones, actually.
Cutaway, that's a TV term for things you use in an edit, entryway,
same as entranceway.
Expressway, you could have had.
Any Geordie out there, howay is in the dictionary,
that would have been a pointless answer as well.
Very well done if you said that. Let's take a look at the top three,
the ones that most of our 100 people said.
Obviously, you're not allowed to say "way" itself.
Thank you very much indeed, Richard.
So, at the end of our first round,
I'm sorry to say it's Simon and Leila.
We have to say goodbye to you with your high score of 200,
but you will be back next time and I'm sure will go much further then.
In the meantime, thank you very much for playing, Simon and Leila.
But, for the remaining three pairs, it's now time for Round Two.
And there we are, three pairs remain.
At the end of this round, we will have to say goodbye to another pair.
But I couldn't say which pair that is going to be.
You've all been brilliant, lovely low scores there.
All single-figure scores.
David and Jamie, special mention to you, I guess,
with your pointless answer there, but very well done to everyone.
Very best of luck to all three pairs.
Our category for Round Two today is...
EU member states.
Can you all decide in your pairs who's going to go first,
who's going to go second,
and whoever's going first please, step up to the podium.
OK, and the question concerns...
European currency, Richard.
Yeah, each of the countries that are members of the euro are allowed to
put their own symbols on the backs of euro coins.
We're going to, on each board,
tell you six of the things that are on the backs of euro coins,
you just need to tell us the country in which you'd find that coin.
There's going to be 12 in all to have a go at, at home.
There are... Obviously, what the symbols are
are kind of clues to the country anyway.
Thank you very much indeed.
So, we are looking for the countries
in which you would find these symbols on their euros.
And we have got...
I'll read those all again.
David. This, I'm going to say, it could be easier, couldn't it?
Could be easier, definitely.
-There's a couple of sort of obvious ones there.
There's another one which I sort of have an inkling for,
but I'm not sure if I can risk it, really.
I'm going to have to play safe on this and go...
..Brandenburg Gate, Germany.
Brandenburg Gate, Germany.
Well, I mean, tactically you might be taking one off the board
that others know, so not a bad thing to do.
Let's see if Germany's right,
let's see how many of our 100 people said it.
It is right.
61, not as bad as it might have been.
61 for the Brandenburg Gate being Germany.
Yeah, one of the most visited sites in Berlin, the Brandenburg Gate.
Thank you very much, Richard.
I don't know any of them at all, so it's just a total guess.
I'm going to go King Willem-Alexander
and I'm going to say the Netherlands.
The Netherlands, exactly what I'd have said for that.
Let's see if it's right, let's see
how many of our 100 people said the Netherlands.
It is right. Good answer, Paula.
Look at that, down it goes.
Very well done indeed, Paula.
9 for the Netherlands.
Well played, Paula, good instincts there.
Yeah, he became king in 2013.
Thanks very much indeed, Richard.
Now then, Sunil, this board is all yours.
I know how much you are itching to take us through it.
Why don't you have a go?
I wish that was the case. I was thinking for the top one,
Marcus Aurelius sounds Roman,
but then they took over a lot of places,
so it probably isn't going to be near that area, not too sure.
Cloudberry flowers, I have no idea.
The poet France Preseren, although it's got the word France in it,
I don't think it's going to be France.
King Philippe, I'm thinking, is the most French,
so I think I'm going to go France for King Philippe.
King Philippe, France.
OK, well, let's see if that's right,
let's see how many of our 100 people said France.
I'm afraid not France.
I'm afraid that scores you 100 points.
Yeah, it's a republic.
It's Belgium, that would've scored you 5 points.
Well done if you said that. The top one...
-Italy, of course.
That would have scored you 36.
Now, the other two are tough.
Cloudberry flowers is Finland, very well done if you said that at home,
2 points. And the bottom one is a pointless answer -
-he is the finest poet of Slovenia.
-Oh, isn't he, though?!
Slovenia, pointless answer. He's the guy who wrote,
"There once was a girl from Slovenia...
"who dated a guy from Armenia..."
That one. "When crossing the border, he was bang out of order..."
I haven't got a final line to that one, but that's...
-I think that was one of his.
-Thank you very much indeed.
We're halfway through the round, let's take a look at those scores.
9, well done, Paula, best score of that pass.
Paula and Mark, I think you'll be in the head-to-head.
David and Jamie, 61, quite a costly answer, that one,
but I think you might make it through.
Sunil and Katy, 100.
Now, Katy, use the new board when you get it,
make sure you go for something that's going to be a low score.
Best of luck with that, we're going to come back down the line now.
Can the second players please step up to the podium?
OK, we're going to put six more clues up on the board,
and here they come. We have got...
I'm going to read those all again.
There we are.
I'm going to go for Bratislava Castle and Austria.
Austria, says Katie, for Bratislava Castle.
Let's see how many of our 100 people said it, no red line for you,
you are the high-scorers.
Bad luck, Katy, I'm afraid that's an incorrect answer,
it scores you 100 points, your total is now 200.
Yeah. Sorry, Katy, not Austria, I'm afraid.
It would be a brave Austrian politician who decided
to put Bratislava Castle on the back of their euros.
Thank you. Now, Mark, a little bit of pressure off you there.
You can enjoy this round now, you are through.
Doesn't matter what you score.
I don't think I know any of them.
I'll have a guess, the Cathedral of Santiago,
I'll go for Spain.
Spain for Santiago de Compostela, let's see if that's right.
No red line, you're already through.
How many people said it?
54 is your total.
Yeah, Santiago de Compostela,
a beautiful World Heritage Site as well.
-And a great pilgrimage site as well, isn't it?
Thank you very much indeed.
Now, Jamie, again,
you are through to the head-to-head for the second time running.
Now, do you feel like talking us through that board?
Even if you don't supply answers, you can do some thinking aloud,
-if you like.
-Sure, I'll try.
Castles and Coats of Arms, worryingly I was thinking England,
then I was like, of course, we don't have euros!
I'd say probably France for that one?
Portrait of the pacifist Bertha von Suttner, no,
I'm not even going to guess.
Prince Albert, maybe Monaco?
Shields surrounded by olive and palm branches, Cyprus?
And Bratislava Castle is the one I'll pick, I'll go for Slovakia.
Slovakia, says Jamie, for Bratislava Castle.
No red line for you either, you're already through.
How many people said Slovakia?
Well, David scored 61, you passed that very comfortably.
Down you go to 9.
Joining Paula as our joint low-scorers of the round.
Very well done, 70 is your total.
Great answer, Jamie.
Yeah, there's been a settlement where that castle stands
since the stone ages.
It's been a long time that there have been things there.
Now, let's see what we've got here.
Castles and Coats of Arms is Portugal, very, very tough.
How you'd get that I don't know,
unless you actually know the currency. 1 point for that.
Portrait of the pacifist Bertha von Suttner...
-That is Austria, yep, and that would've scored 4 points.
You're quite right, Jamie, about Prince Albert, that's Monaco.
Would have scored you 30.
And you weren't a million miles out with Cyprus, actually,
-for this last one - it's Malta.
-Oh, is it?
Very well done if you said that, it's a pointless answer.
Thank you very much indeed.
-Yeah, very tough round.
But fun, I feel like we've been travelling.
So, at the end of our second round,
the pair who are heading home with a high score of 200, Katy and Sunil,
I'm afraid it's you.
It was Round Two, I think, last time, wasn't it?
-Round One last time.
-Oh, it was Round One last time.
Well, you've done twice as well,
which is good, this is an improvement.
Sorry to be saying goodbye to you, but thanks for playing.
Katy and Sunil.
But, for the remaining two pairs, it's now time for our head-to-head.
Congratulations, Paula and Mark, David and Jamie, you are now
one step closer to the final and a chance to play for our jackpot,
which currently stands at...
Well, here we are at the head-to-head,
which means you are now allowed to confer before you give your answers.
First pair to win two questions will be playing for that jackpot.
David and Jamie, you've been here before.
Not just been here before,
you've been standing in that very position before.
You're up against Paula and Mark,
we've had brilliant low scores from them.
Straight through to being our low scorers
here in the head-to-head - very, very well done, Paula and Mark.
David and Jamie, you know what you have to do.
Paula and Mark, you know what you have to do.
Very, very best of luck to both pairs. Let's play the head-to-head.
Here is your first question, and it concerns...
-Famous Kings, Richard.
we'll show you five pictures now of people who share the surname King.
Can you identify the most obscure of these?
Thanks very much indeed.
Let's reveal our five Kings, and here they are.
We have got...
There we go, five Kings.
Paula and Mark, you've been our low scorers so far,
so you will go first.
We're going to say go for A, and that's Ledley King.
OK, Ledley King, say Paula and Mark.
Now then, David and Jamie,
do you want to talk us through the other Kings?
B is Martin Luther King, obviously, or Dr Martin Luther King, I suppose.
C is Billie Jean King, the tennis player.
D I just recognise, I can't...
can't pluck the name.
And E, I've absolutely...
-..no idea whatsoever.
So of those two, it's got to be C, Billie Jean King.
Billie Jean King say David and Jamie. So we have Ledley King,
Billie Jean King. Paula and Mark have gone for Ledley King,
let's see if that's right for A, and, if it is,
let's see how many people said it.
Very well done indeed, Paula and Mark.
I suspect probably more Paula than Mark there,
but a fabulous low score.
David and Jamie, meanwhile, have gone for Billie Jean King for C,
let's see how many of our 100 people agree with them.
Very well done, Paula and Mark. After one question, you are up 1-0.
Yeah, very well played, that's a terrific answer, Ledley King.
There is one answer of there that would beat it, which is E,
but will get onto that.
B is Martin Luther King.
Big scorer, 86 points for that.
D is Larry King, the American talk-show host.
22 points for that.
And E is the American actor from Heart Of Dixie, Jaime King.
Very well done if you said Jaime King.
A pointless answer. It's funny, isn't it,
because often your surname is what your family used to do,
so if you are a Cooper or someone like that.
-King is quite a...
-That's a big claim.
But it is... I mean, are they genuinely...? How does that work?
I don't know, I don't know.
So, your great, great, great, great,
great-ancestors used to be arm-wrestling champions?
And very good at it!
Thank you very much indeed. So, here comes your second question.
Now, David and Jamie, you get to answer it first,
but you have to win it to stay in the game, so good luck.
It concerns, this second question...
Kings to boys.
Yeah, we're going to give you five clues now which all sort of allude
to the word "boy" in one way or another,
can you give us the most obscure answer?
Thank you very much indeed.
So, let's reveal our five clues, and here they are.
I'll read those again.
There we go. David and Jamie will go first.
-I think we're struggling on this board.
But... Do you want to go for it?
Yeah, I think we're just going to take, again, a flyer, really,
on the one we're not 100% certain on,
just cos the other two would be just too big, I think.
So, the Backstreet Boys one, we're going to go for Boyz II Men.
Boyz II Men, say David and Jamie.
Now then, Paula and Mark, that board is yours.
Do you want to talk us through it?
Um, we don't really know the first one,
but the second one is World War II, we think.
Garcon is French,
and the British band is Duran Duran.
We'll go for that one, shall we? Duran Duran.
I think we'll go for Duran Duran.
Going for Duran Duran. So, we have Boyz II Men, we have Duran Duran.
David and Jamie went for Boyz II Men,
let's see if that's right
for the Backstreet Boys supergroup.
Let's see how many people said it if it is.
Not Boyz II Men, I'm afraid.
Paula and Mark have gone for Duran Duran for the Wild Boys,
let's see if that's right and let's see how many of our 100 people said
Duran Duran. Just has to be right for you to win the point,
to go through to the final.
It is right.
Very well done.
50 is what it scores, but crucially, it is right, and that means,
Paula and Mark, after only two questions,
you're straight through to the final, 2-0.
Yeah, very well played. Duran Duran, a great answer,
also the best one of the three you knew as well.
Because John Boyne's novel, it is the Second World War,
but it's a very big scorer, would have scored you 75 points.
And garcon, of course, it's in French.
Another very big scorer, 84.
-Do you remember when we were at school...
I remember being taught that garcon also meant waiter.
-We were taught...
-And it doesn't?
Well, no, it doesn't, but if you ever called a waiter "garcon",
you probably shouldn't eat whatever they bring to you!
Is that right? But that's what all British people call waiters.
We were taught, our generation was taught to go, "Garcon, garcon!"
Well, at my school, we weren't taught to do that,
but we were certainly taught garcon was waiter.
We were taught garcon, yeah.
-And it's not?
But we still do that, don't we?
A heinously insulting thing to say.
No wonder they don't like us, the French!
I know! I've never thought of that before.
Imagine what I've eaten over the years, goodness me!
Now, this Backstreet Boys one,
worth a go with Boyz II Men,
-it's New Kids On The Block.
-Oh, there we are.
Would have scored you 9 points.
And the US singer and actress is Jennifer Lopez.
And she would have scored you 19.
So, New Kids On The Block, the best answer on that board,
-well done if you said that.
-Thanks very much indeed.
So, the pair leaving us at the end of the head-to-head round,
I'm afraid... We've had a run of people who've had two consecutive
head-to-heads without going through to the final,
and I'm afraid you're just the latest in that thing,
but it's been great having you on both shows.
We've seen plenty of you, you've done really well,
but I'm sorry you never got a sniff at the trophy.
-But thanks very much for playing. David and Jamie.
But for Paula and Mark, it's now time for our Pointless final.
Well, congratulations, Paula and Mark,
you've fought off all the competition and you have won
our coveted Pointless trophy.
Ooh! That's what we came for.
Well, what about this? You now get the chance to win our Pointless
jackpot, and at the end of today's show,
the jackpot is standing at...
I mean, it's been a while since we've had a jackpot
as exciting as that.
Anything you'd particularly like to see come up?
Yeah? Well, we had Ledley King, who came riding to your rescue there...
-..in the first question of the head-to-head.
Mark, anything you badly want to see come up?
-Um, pop music.
-Pop music? What's your favourite era?
-Do you have a...?
-Um, '80s, '90s.
OK, anything you'd hate to see come up?
-And history, not very good at history.
-Art and history.
Football and pop music would be great. You know what happens -
we put four things up, you pick the one that scares you the least.
Let's hope there's something there you like the look of.
Today's selection is this.
-Well, my son was born in 1987.
Um, I don't know anything about zombie films, really.
No, don't know. Latin American...
Jennifer Lopez, obviously.
-Shall we go for that?
-We'll go for 1987.
Best of luck. Richard?
Yeah, good luck, three very different questions here,
so I'm hoping at least one of these will suit you.
We are looking for anybody who made the men's or women's quarterfinals
at Wimbledon in 1987, the singles.
We are looking for any members of Margaret Thatcher's post-general
election cabinet, of June 1987.
Or we are looking for any acts that had a UK number one single or album
in 1987, according to officialcharts.com.
So, Wimbledon quarterfinalists, the post-general election cabinet,
or acts that had a UK number one, all in 1987.
Very, very best of luck.
Thank you very much indeed.
Now, you've got one minute to come up with three answers.
All you need to win that jackpot is for just one of your answers
to be pointless. Are you ready?
-OK. Let's put 60 seconds up on the clock, there they are.
Your time starts now.
OK, so I think we are going to concentrate on the UK number ones,
-Yeah, the number ones.
-What do you think, Bananarama?
-Bananarama is one, so...
-Duran Duran would probably be one as well.
-They were early '87, early '80s.
Who else was there?
-Yeah, but is she an act, or is she a...?
Yeah, yeah. She's classed as an act.
What else was in 1987? Um...
I'd say I was pregnant and giving birth, so...
Come on, some other music...
Um... I can't think of anything.
I can think of Jason Donovan, what else, '80s acts?
-Oh, yeah, Bros.
-Was that '87, yeah?
-They might have been.
-Go for Bros?
Ten seconds left.
-Oh, I can't think of anything.
Boy George, they were early '80s, they were. Later '80s?
-OK, that is your time up, I now need your three answers.
Go for Bananarama...
-If you say which category.
We're going to go for the acts that had...
Just in case I thought Bananarama qualified for Wimbledon that year!
It could happen! Sorry, say again?
-I can't remember...
And Kylie Minogue.
OK, of those three, which do you think is your best shot
-at a pointless answer?
-I think Bros.
-OK, Bros goes last.
Least likely to be pointless?
-Kylie Minogue goes first.
OK, well, let's put those answers up on the board in that order, then,
and here they are. We've got...
Well, very, very best of luck. Three good answers up there.
And a brilliant jackpot up for grabs, 7,500 quid.
What would you do with that if you won that?
-Paula, you first.
-If I won it,
I'd be taking my two grandchildren to Disneyland
on the holiday of a lifetime for them.
It's my 40th birthday soon, so I'd have a good celebration with that.
Wonderful, OK. Well, very, very best of luck.
Three answers on the board, let's see how we do.
Your first answer, in fact, all three answers,
we were looking for 1987 UK number one in either the singles
or the albums chart. Your first answer was Kylie Minogue.
It has to be pointless for you to win that jackpot, so for £7,500,
let's see how many of our 100 people said Kylie Minogue, is it pointless?
-Bad luck. Not Kylie Minogue in 1987.
-Never liked her anyway!
Only two more chances to win today's jackpot.
Your next answer was Bananarama.
Let's find out, it has to be pointless, though,
for you to win that jackpot. For £7,500,
let's see how many people said Bananarama.
Right, OK, so, two incorrect answers,
everything is now riding on your third and final answer,
which was Bros. This was the one you thought was probably most likely
to be pointless, but it has to be right first.
Let's find out, for £7,500,
how many people said Bros? Is it pointless?
So hard to pin down that year.
I'm afraid, though, you didn't manage to find
that all-important pointless answer,
which means you don't win today's jackpot of £7,500 -
that will roll over the next show -
but what a performance right across the show, very, very well done.
And you get to take home a Pointless trophy, so there you are, well done,
-very well done.
-Paula and Mark.
Yeah, and actually, you know what, three wrong answers,
but they are actually all rather good answers.
When it's those specific years, it's very difficult,
and Bros and Kylie both had number ones in 1988, so, you know, really,
really good answers, so, very,
very unlucky and certainly not reflected in the score that you got.
Let's take a look at the different pointless answers in the different
categories now. Lots of people at home will have gone for
different ones here. Start with Wimbledon, those quarterfinalists.
You also could have had Anders Jarryd,
Claudia Kohde-Kilsch and Diane Balestrat.
So, very well done if you said any of those at home.
Martina Navratilova and Jimmy Connors
were the biggest scorers there.
Now, this post general election cabinet,
every single person in it apart from Margaret Thatcher was a male,
and an awful lot of them are pointless answers.
Here are some of them.
David Young, John MacGregor, John Moore,
John Wakeham, Nicholas Ridley,
Paul Shannon, Peter Walker and Tom King,
all of those were pointless answers,
very well done if you said any of those.
Now, let's have a look at these number one hits -
lots of names you'll know on the list, unfortunately,
but it's so tough with those specific years.
Curiosity Killed The Cat,
who would have thought they would ever win you £7,500?
Number one albums from Kate Bush and Paul Simon.
Lots of other answers here.
Aretha Franklin and George Michael was a pointless answer.
Ben E King, Def Leppard,
Hot Chocolate, Los Lobos, who did La Bamba,
that was number one in 1987.
MARRS, Pump Up The Volume,
that was number one. Mel and Kim, Respectable.
Steve "Silk" Hurley, Jack Your Body, that was a number one in 1987.
Swing Out Sister had a number one album.
And Terence Trent D'Arby also had a number one album in 1987.
The biggest scorers there were Madonna,
the Pet Shop Boys and Rick Astley.
Very, very well done if you got any of those pointless answers at home,
and really, really unlucky in the studio -
three very good attempts there.
Thanks very much indeed, Richard. And thank you, Paula and Mark,
fantastic performance across the show.
I'm really sorry you didn't win the jackpot today.
That will roll over to the next show,
when we will be playing for £8,500.
Join us then to see if someone can win it.
-Meanwhile, it's goodbye from Richard...
..and it's goodbye from me. Goodbye.
Quiz in which contestants try to score as few points as possible by plumbing the depths of their general knowledge to come up with the answers no-one else can think of. Presented by Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman.