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These people are amongst the greatest quiz players in Britain.
Together they make up the Eggheads, arguably the most formidable quiz team in the country.
The question is, can they be beaten?
Welcome to a special celebrity edition of Eggheads,
the show where a team of five quiz challengers pit their wits
against possibly the greatest quiz team in Britain.
You might recognise them as they've won some of the country's toughest quiz shows. They are the Eggheads.
Challenging our quiz Goliaths today
are Marigolds And Mortar. This team of experts
from the world of homes and gardens should be a perfect match for the Eggheads,
not just in the quizzing sense.
Perhaps Toby could help Daphne in her new garden.
Craig might be able to help CJ work out.
James could help Barry start an allotment
and Chris could help Pat win that Blue Peter badge.
That just leaves Chris and Aggie. Aggie, have you brought your rubber gloves?
-Oh, indeed. I never go anywhere without them.
-Let's meet the team.
My name is Toby Buckland and I present BBC-2's Gardeners' World.
I'm Chris Collins, the Blue Peter gardener.
I'm Aggie MacKenzie, co-presenter of How Clean Is Your House.
I'm Craig Phillips, the DIY expert on various makeover programmes.
I'm James Alexander-Sinclair, a garden presenter, designer and writer.
Welcome, Marigolds And Mortar. First of all, what a great team name! Who's responsible for that?
-No-one will admit responsibility now.
-Right, a joint effort there.
Presumably, you've seen the Eggheads. You're all experts in your particular field.
We know they're experts. Do any of you do a bit of quizzing?
I do like a quiz. I'm very competitive.
I might be out of my depth today, but I'll give it the best shot.
Shall we play the first round? We'll chat throughout the show.
Every day, there's £1,000 up for grabs for our challengers' charity.
If they fail to defeat the Eggheads, the prize money rolls over.
The Eggheads have won the last four games
which means £5,000 says you can't beat the Eggheads.
Our first head-to-head battle today on this special celebrity edition is Science.
Any one of you can play.
Try and knock an Egghead out.
-We've had a discussion.
-A sort of discussion.
-I'm taking one for the team on this one. Science, it is.
I know Daphne is going to be very clement with me, so I'm going to challenge you.
Maybe you can give me some tips on my new garden. I've never had a proper one before.
Let's play the round. It's Toby and Daphne. Go into the question room to make sure you can't confer.
Toby, you want victory in this round. You want to knock Daphne out.
-This might have a bearing on it. Do you want to go first or second?
-I shall go first.
Best of luck. Science, it is, and the first question is this.
The main function of haemoglobin, an iron-containing protein in red blood cells,
is to transport what around the body?
If my team could do a mind-meld with me now, if you know the answer...
I am going to say oxygen.
Oxygen is the right answer. Well done, Toby. Good start.
First question, Daphne.
The body of an insect is divided into three sections - the head, the thorax and which other?
I think it's the head, the thorax and the abdomen.
It is abdomen. That's the right answer.
Back to you then, Toby.
How many toes does a hippopotamus have on each foot?
It's not easy if you haven't been stepped on by a hippopotamus
to remember this sort of thing.
I'm going to say two toes.
It's not. Eggheads?
-It might be three.
-It might be four.
-CJ, as soon as I reacted to that... Yeah, it's four.
It has four toes on each foot.
Well, it means a chance for Daphne there.
And second question for Daphne.
The Hubble Constant is a mathematical expression relating to the rate of what process?
Well, Hubble is the chap after whom the telescope is named.
He had this wonderful theory about the expansion of the universe.
And I didn't know that a hippopotamus had four toes either!
Oh! It shows what a difficult question it was.
Expansion of the universe, probably about the same rate
as the expansion of your brains. It's the right answer.
We need you to get this, Toby.
In which year was the English theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking born?
Is this a Science or a History question? I can't work this out.
-I guess cos he's a physicist...
I'd say...he was born in '47.
'47 for Stephen Hawking. They're good at dates, the Eggheads. '47?
There may be some comfort in that.
The Eggheads have been baffled by your last two questions as well.
If it had been on astrophysics, I'd have got that. That's obvious(!)
Your questions caught the Eggheads out. You won't be in the final.
-Maybe you still will give Daphne some gardening tips or maybe he's going to withdraw goodwill.
Would you both please come back and join your teams?
One brain gone from Marigolds And Mortar. A lot more rounds to play, though.
Let's move on to our next one. This is Geography. Who'd like to play this?
Not you, Aggie, I can see!
Anyone else for Geography?
-I'll take Geography.
-Stepping up, James.
-Somebody has to.
Choose an Egghead. It can't be Daphne. Any of the other four.
-CJ. The man says CJ. I'm going with CJ.
All right, let's have James and CJ into the question room, please.
-You get to choose, James. Do you want to go first or second?
-I'll go second.
Wanting to see how CJ does.
CJ, what term is used in urban planning to denote an area
where development can take place unhindered by previous building?
I've never heard the terms "pasture zone" or "woodland foundation".
I've heard the term "greenfield site"
and if it refers to something that's green as in unused,
I'll try "greenfield site".
Yes, it's the right answer, CJ - greenfield site.
And James, your first question.
The River Liffey flows into an area within which body of water?
I was in Dublin last week and I was walking alongside the River Liffey.
Unless my geography is completely back to front,
it goes into the Irish Sea.
It certainly does. It's the right answer. A good start from James.
The Indian Ocean island of Reunion is part of which country?
I believe Reunion is part of France.
It is. "Ray-oonyon", as it would be said in French.
CJ identified it as part of France. Back to James.
In which island group is the city of Las Palmas situated?
I think the Azores are a bit further away.
It's the Balearics or the Canaries.
I'm going to wildly guess and say the Canaries.
Phew! Right answer, yes. Not to be confused with Palma in Majorca.
Yes, Las Palmas. CJ...
Where in the United Kingdom are the River Glass and the River Neb?
-No idea. Oh, hold on, Glass...
Isn't that one of the ones that makes up the Douglas in the Isle of Man?
There are two rivers there that come together to form the Douglas.
I don't know the Neb,
but there is a dual river system that forms the Douglas
that goes through the capital of the Isle of Man.
Let's assume that's the Glass in question - Isle of Man.
Eggheadery in action! A scrap of knowledge, right answer.
Oh, dear. Yes, something there...
It means you've got to get this then, James.
Scoresby Sund, said to be the largest fjord system in the world, is part of the coastline of where?
Fjords, you think of Norway. Norway's not on the list.
I'm going to go for Greenland.
Good man. It's the right answer.
Well, you matched CJ there.
A couple of guesses from CJ. It means we go to sudden death.
We take away all the options, so it's an awful lot harder if you do have to guess.
I just hope you know the answer outright. Let's see CJ in action.
CJ, the name of which West African country
comes from a Portuguese phrase meaning "lion mountains"?
Obviously, I have no idea what the Portuguese for "lion mountains" is, unfortunately.
I've got nothing to go on here. I will guess at Senegal.
OK, Senegal is incorrect.
You may have to swivel your knees around and kick yourself when you hear the answer. Do you know, James?
-I do, actually. It's Sierra Leone.
-Listen to that.
-You can hear it. "Lion mountains", Sierra and Leone in there.
If only you got the round for that!
But we don't pass questions over.
You have to get your own one correct, but still every chance to get through here.
The upper middle section of the valley of which German river
became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2002?
The largest and most famous German river is the Rhine, I suppose.
Let's go with the Rhine.
Go with the Rhine, go with the biggest. You never know. But it means...
We end the round here because it's correct.
Well done, James. You answered all yours correctly and one of CJ's.
If only I could give you an extra point for that!
It means you're in the final round. What an addition you will be to Marigolds And Mortar!
No place for CJ. Would you both come back and join your teams?
CJ getting a good slap around the chops there.
Both teams missing one brain from the final round.
Our next subject is Sport. Who'd like to play this?
Chris, Aggie or Craig?
-I'll take it on, Dermot.
-Who would you like to play from the Eggheads?
CJ and Daphne have played. Chris, Barry or Pat?
I think I will go for a quick, sudden death instead of the torture. I'll maybe take Pat.
-You mean a quick, sudden death for him?
Craig and Pat into the question room, please.
Craig, I've got to ask you initially, I suppose, about Big Brother,
winning the original series and now it's been put to death.
Had it come to the end of the road? Did you watch subsequent series?
Yes, I watched all the series. All good things have to end somewhere and now is probably the right time.
For you, it was a great unknown. Did you know what you were getting into? I guess you had no idea.
No. I think I was the last person in Britain to know about it!
But it was a great experience for me.
-Do you want the first or second set of questions?
-The first one, please.
Craig, first question. A boxer who is susceptible to being knocked down is often said to have a what?
I would say a boxer being knocked down quite regular,
I'd say probably a glass jaw.
Yeah, it is, of course. Good start.
Pat, first question.
In cricket, what does a batsman do to ascertain where he is in relation to the stumps?
It's not "raise guard". It's either "stand guard" or "take guard".
I think he takes guard.
Takes guard - it's the right answer, yes.
Which former England footballer was nicknamed Sick Note due to his frequent absences through injury?
Sick Note, hmm... I wouldn't have thought it was Paul Gascoigne.
I don't know for sure, but I'm kind of swaying towards Darren Anderton.
-Anderton, it's the right answer. Well done, Craig.
-That was a guess.
Well, a very good guess.
Let's see how you do with this, Pat.
In British horse-racing, what name is given to the unmarked spot 240 yards from the winning post?
I don't know this,
but as the biggest winning margin they ever declare is a distance,
that could reflect the fact
that the remaining horses are only approaching that point
as the winner skates across the line. I'll go for the distance.
Right answer, Pat. Well worked out.
So it is all square again.
Craig, in which Welsh town is rugby's famous Gnoll ground?
I don't know many places in Wales although I live in Liverpool
and it's not too far away.
I'm swaying towards Bangor. Or Neath.
Maybe Bangor. I think, Dermot, I'll go for Bangor.
-No, it's not. It's down in south Wales and it is Neath.
-The Gnoll ground.
So Pat has a chance
to win the round.
Which golfer was the first to captain the US Ryder Cup team?
Em, I think Ben Hogan was at his greatest in the '50s.
And that's probably a little late. Sam Snead, '40s and '50s.
Hagen, '30s and '40s. I think I'll assume it's been going for quite a long time
and if that's the case then the very colourful Walter Hagen is the man for the job.
First captain of the US team was Walter Hagen. It's the right answer.
Worked that out, comprehensively so.
You will be in the final round. Bad luck, Craig. You won't be.
Both please come back and join your teams. ..A close one,
but Craig put out. So two members of Marigolds and Mortar will miss out and one Egghead has gone.
Our last head-to-head coming up now and it's Film and Television.
-I might regret it, but I'll go for it.
-OK, Chris. Who would you like?
-Barry or Chris?
-I'll go for my namesake and play Chris.
-All right, mate. Anything for a laugh.
-Two Chrisses. Interesting.
Let's have you both into the question room, please.
-Chris, do you want to go first or second?
-I'll go first, please.
First question for you, Chris from Marigolds and Mortar.
The TV series Rosemary and Thyme featured Pam Ferris as Laura Thyme and who as Rosemary Boxer?
I think it is... She's more famous for being in The Good Life. It's Felicity Kendal.
Yes, it is. Well done. Solid start. Egghead Chris,
the people called the Na'vi featured in which 2009 film?
This is the extended allegory from the destruction of the Native Americans. It's Avatar.
-Yes, it is. Been to see it?
That's definitive. OK, all square after those.
Second question for you, Marigold Chris.
-You don't mind that?
-I'll never live it down, but don't worry!
Which military establishment featured in the children's TV series Camberwick Green?
It's been a few years since I've seen this programme.
Fort leans towards military, so I'd guess at Pippin Fort.
Pippin Fort. Yes, it's the right answer. Well done.
Mr Egghead Chris,
which US actor played Fredo Corleone in The Godfather and Godfather II?
I've never seen any of the Godfather films. Straight down the middle, when in doubt - John Cazale.
John Cazale is correct. So it's staying all square.
Over to Chris Number One. Which British artist
directed the 2009 biopic Nowhere Boy about the early life of John Lennon?
I think it was a first-time director, so I'll go with the one I haven't heard of - Sam Taylor-Wood.
You deserved a lucky one and you got it. Sam Taylor-Wood. Well done.
-Have you seen it, Craig, not to be stereotypical about it?
-I went to the premiere and met the director.
-There we are!
So you would have known. Sam Taylor-Wood and Nowhere Boy.
Chris, then, you need to get this. What is the name of the character
in the TV drama Spooks, played by Hermione Norris?
Oh. Never watched that either.
Hermione Norris plays... Ros Myers.
-He is correct. Ros Myers.
Well, it's all square. That means, Chris from Marigolds and Mortar,
we go to sudden death. Which US child actor turned director
played the part of Opie Taylor in the popular 1960s sitcom The Andy Griffith Show?
I'm afraid, Dermot, I don't have a clue about that at all.
Without the three choices, I wouldn't have a clue. It might be the bloke that was in Happy Days,
-but his name escapes me, so...
-Are you passing?
-I can tell you,
-it is the bloke in Happy Days. Anyone else know?
-You were halfway there. That was the right track.
Again, as you said,
if you'd had a list, you'd have picked him out. But it may not be over.
Egghead Chris has to get this. The TV series Ally McBeal revolved around a fictitious law firm
based in which American city?
That was set in Boston, Massachusetts.
It is the correct answer!
Chris from Eggheads, you're through.
Really bad luck, Chris.
You were just caught out - only just - by Ron Howard. No place for you in the final round.
Both please come back and join your teams.
This is what we've been playing towards. Time for the final round, which is general knowledge.
But those of you who lost can't take part,
so Toby, Chris and Craig, and CJ from the Eggheads, would you all leave the studio, please?
So, Aggie and James, you're playing to win £5,000 for your chosen charity.
Daphne, Chris, Barry and Pat are playing for something money can't buy - the Eggheads' reputation.
I'll ask each team three questions in turn on general knowledge and you're allowed to confer.
So, Aggie and James, the question is are your two brains better than the Eggheads' four?
-Would you like to go first or second?
-Get it over with! First.
Going first. Best of luck with it.
CDG and ORY are the International Air Transport Association airport codes
for airports serving which European city?
-Charles de Gaulle.
-And Orly. So it would be...
In French, "Paree". Paris is right.
Well done. CDG, as you identified, is Charles de Gaulle.
OK, Eggheads, your first question now.
When the San Marino Grand Prix was a fixture on the Formula 1 circuit, in which Italian town was it held?
And the Italian is Monza.
San Marino is in Imola and the Italian is in Monza.
Don't go off list!
Imola is correct.
Well done, Eggheads. One each.
Back to you, Aggie and James. Which UK government agency is tasked
with carrying out the census every 10 years?
-I don't think it's the Crown Estate.
-No, that's for the Queen's stuff.
-A census is a national statistic.
-So shall we go for that?
Office for National Statistics.
And the census led you to the right answer.
Well done. Two to you. Eggheads,
which Star Wars film was directed by the Welshman Richard Marquand?
This one's over to you. What's the sequence?
Return of the Jedi is the third.
Phantom Menace is fourth or fifth.
And Revenge of the Sith is... the sixth.
My gut feeling is it's one of the first three.
Lawrence Kasdan did one, I believe.
But I could imagine a name like that being part of the first three.
In which case it would be The Phantom Menace, but that's just a hunch.
Sorry...I want the first three. It's Return of the Jedi.
All right. We'll go with that. We're all at sea here,
so Pat has a feel for the Return of the Jedi. That's all we have.
So we're going for it.
-Return of the Jedi. A feel for that. It IS Return of the Jedi.
Very nearly said Phantom Menace!
The Force was with us.
Putting the pressure on them. Put it back on them with a correct answer here.
Whitehall 1212 was the original telephone number of which institution?
-OK, I think we can cross off Buck House.
-It's probably Whitehall 1.
That's right. I don't think we'd know the number of 10 Downing Street, would we?
I have a sort of vague recollection of black and white films
-of them ringing it.
-You're a lot older than I am.
-Thanks so much(!)
-So shall we go for...
-I think New Scotland Yard.
New Scotland Yard for Whitehall 1212. It's the correct answer.
James is right, isn't he?
Old films. "Whitehall 1212."
There we are, Eggheads. You've got your work cut out. You wobbled on the last one.
If you topple on this one, the money has gone. In ancient buildings, what was a hypogeum?
Hypo course is hot underneath. It was the Greek for "under".
A rooftop garden for hypo just doesn't make any sense.
I think it's underground chamber.
We're all agreed that the answer is underground chamber.
It is the right answer! You got it.
You managed to get it.
But you're setting the pace here. You're just slotting in the correct answers. No problems so far.
Now we go to sudden death. You saw what happened to Chris.
Your question is this. The people of which capital city are known as Varsovians?
I have...no idea.
-I'm the same, but hold on. Let's do that CJ thing.
-Let's do the CJ thing.
-I could think of many things!
-Capital cities that begin with V...
-Think airports. V.
Sounds a bit Eastern European.
Sounds a bit Star Trek as well.
-Well, let's do Valletta. Valletta.
-Your answer is Valletta. Capital of Malta.
Sorry. We'll just check with your... After these head-to-heads.
Anyone in the question room know from Marigolds and Mortar?
-It is Warsaw.
-They knew it. Warsaw.
-As soon as you heard it.
Eggheads have to get this right. These are the rules in Eggheads.
That doesn't put you out.
The leap year was first instituted by which Roman statesman?
I think it was Julius Caesar.
The calendar was reformed by Sosigenes and he added it.
-Are we all agreed?
The Roman calendar was reformed by an astronomer called Sosigenes.
He was working at the behest of Julius Caesar. We think he added it.
-Sosigenes? I'm afraid...
-The answer is Julius Caesar.
-Nearly got them on that!
-I nearly got them.
Julius Caesar is the right answer. You've won.
Well...nearly tricked Barry into Sosigenes,
but that would not have been fair.
Thank you so much for coming in and sparing your valuable time.
Not just to you two, but to Toby, Chris and Craig. Thanks, gentlemen.
Really appreciate you playing today.
The Eggheads have done what comes naturally. They still reign supreme.
I'm afraid you won't go home with £5,000 for your charity. It rolls over to the next show.
Eggheads, congratulations. Who will beat you?
Join us next time to see if a team from Dr Who defeat the Eggheads.
£6,000 says they don't. Until then, goodbye.
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Dermot Murnaghan hosts a celebrity special of the show where every day a new team of challengers take on probably the greatest quiz team in Britain. The Eggheads are made up of some of the country's top quiz champions, including Mastermind Champion of Champions Pat Gibson, Are You An Egghead? winner Barry Simmons, Millionaire winner Judith Keppel, International Mastermind winner Chris Hughes and four times World Quiz champion Kevin Ashman.
Can a team of house and garden experts featuring Toby Buckland, Aggie MacKenzie, James Alexander Sinclair, Chris Collins and Craig Phillips triumph over the general knowledge Goliaths and win the cash prize for their charity or will it go to this year's Children In Need appeal?