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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.
They are the Eggheads! Are you feeling fit and well, Eggs?
-Oh, yes, yes.
That's important cos taking on the might of our quiz goliaths today
are Doctors' Mess.
This team of medically minded marvels
are regulars on our TV screens,
dealing with all manner of the nation's pains and problems.
Let's meet them.
Hello, I'm Dr David Bull.
I'm a physician and accident and emergency doctor by trade
but I've spent the last 20 years broadcasting.
Particular highlights include Newsround, Watchdog Healthcheck,
Tomorrow's World and The Wright Stuff.
And so really my whole thing is making science and medicine sexy.
I'm Dr Ellie Cannon.
I'm a NHS GP and you'll find me on TV and radio commenting
on health and the NHS, most often in the mornings on Sky News.
I'm Dr Javid Abdelmoneim, I'm an A&E doctor in London,
but also with Medecins Sans Frontieres around the world.
You would have seen me in the BBC Panorama special about Ebola.
Hi, I'm Dr Linda Papadopoulos, I'm a psychologist.
The first time that I spoke about psychology on TV was during
the first Big Brother series,
where I was the resident psychologist there.
Since then I've fronted several shows on places like Discovery
and TLC and I'm a regular on Sky Sunrise.
Hi, I'm Dr Ranj Singh, I am a paediatric doctor.
I'm also one of the resident doctors on ITV's This Morning.
And you might have seen me singing and dancing on CBeebies' Get Well Soon.
-So, David and team, hello.
-Great to see you all.
And what about this, David? Normally it's medicine and all that,
-and now it's quizzing.
-Yes, and I have to say, as you can see,
we've assembled an eclectic group of doctors.
And this is really to show that we are, you know, passionate,
personable, this is the new face of medicine. So we're here to help.
And I assume that you are... You're knowledgeable because you're clever
but I guess you're...
You are very brainy at one thing but does it go wider than that?
Well, I think it depends on specialties.
You know, if you become a true specialist you tend to know an awful lot about a little.
Whereas someone like myself is more of a generalist,
so I know a little about a lot.
But, you know, the concern is
we get asked medical questions and we won't know the answers!
-That's the real worry!
-That's always the scariest thing,
is being asked about your own subject, yeah.
Here we go. This is fun. Thank you so much for coming in.
I'm really excited. My first celeb show here.
Every day there is £1,000 worth of cash up for grabs for our Challengers' chosen charity.
However, if they fail to defeat the Eggheads the prize money rolls over to the next show.
So, Doctors' Mess, as this is the first of our celebrity specials here
on Eggheads, there's £1,000 to play for. £1,000 says
you can't beat the Eggheads.
-Would you like to try?
-OK, here we go.
Stethoscopes out, and the first head-to-head battle is on the subject of Music.
Oh, look at that.
Who wants this?
You can choose between, by the way, Beth, Kevin, Chris, Dave and Lisa.
Go on, then, I'll risk it, in case it's pop music. I'll try.
You're looking at me as if to say, "What are the questions?"
I don't know. I haven't seen them.
All right. So it's Dr Ellie from Doctors' Mess against which Egghead?
Any one of the five. What a selection.
-I think Chris.
-I think Chris, too.
-I think Chris. It's like picking the weakest one, isn't it?
-I think we're going to choose Chris.
-You're choosing Chris.
How about that, Chris?
Well, you know my parameters - no rap, no Sugababes,
no Pussycat Dolls. Other than that, I'm OK.
It is Dr Ellie from Doctors' Mess versus Chris from the Eggheads.
The subject is Music. How exciting is this?
To ensure there's no conferring, please go to our famous Question Room.
So Dr Ellie, on Music, here we go.
We've got the quiz under way, and would you like to go first or second?
I think I'll go first.
OK. Good luck. You're a Radio 2 voice - I'm rooting for you here.
In which year, Ellie, was the singer Bing Crosby born?
Well, if he...
If he was born...
It's definitely not 1953.
If he was born in 1933 he'd be about 80-ish by now,
and I know that he's no longer with us,
I'm going to guess
Do you like that, doctors? Yes, they think that's right.
1903 is the right answer, Ellie, well done.
Well done, first point to our doctors.
Chris, here's your question.
Who was the frontman of the boyband Westlife?
That was... Hang on, was it?
Yes, it was. Ronan Keating.
-Well done, Chris, you got it wrong.
Shane Filan is the answer I wanted there.
You knew that, Ellie, didn't you?
All right. Ellie, hold focus now.
Which of these Beatles albums was released first?
Well, my son Jude is a huge Beatles fan,
so I'm going to have to get this right for him.
Well, Sgt Pepper was late so it's not Sgt Pepper.
I'm going to go with...
..A Hard Day's Night.
A Hard Day's Night is quite right, well done. Ellie, good stuff,
two out of two.
You need to get this right or you're out.
You've been anaesthetised!
In which Christmas carol is "O tidings of comfort and joy" a repeated line?
# ..tidings of comfort and joy... #
-God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.
-Well done, Chris, you're right.
It is God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.
Let us see if Ellie can put you to rest
with her third answer.
Get this right, Ellie, you're in the final.
Forever Young, Tears and So Good
are UK hit singles by which singer?
It is Louisa Johnson and if I got that wrong I don't think my daughter
would speak to me when I went home.
Louisa Johnson is quite right. Well done -
you're in the final round.
What about that?
The doctors have struck early here.
Chris, you didn't even know what happened there, did you?
I was stitched up by modern so-called "music"!
Yeah, that's about the size of it.
Good choice to pick Chris. Chris is out, Ellie is in the final.
Please return to us and we'll play on.
Well, what a great start for our doctors here.
They have not lost any brains from the final round,
the Eggheads have lost Chris because George Formby didn't come up.
The next subject for you is Sport.
CHALLENGERS GROAN Oh, dear.
Yes, this is our weakness.
-Is this you, Ranj?
-No, no, this is...
-This is not me at all.
-None of us.
-I think it's going to have to be... I think it's going to have to be...
Well, if I did it it would be hopeless.
-Yeah, I'll go.
-Are you sure?
-I'm going to do badly.
Before you go you can choose any Egghead - obviously not Chris.
-Choose one of them.
I think, I don't know.
OK, we've decided Lisa, I think.
Good stuff. Javid from Doctors' Mess versus Lisa from the Eggheads.
To ensure that there's no conferring, please go to the Question Room.
OK, we're going to play Sport, Javid.
Do you want to go first or second against the great Lisa?
I'll go second.
Here we go, Lisa in first.
Which of these sports is typically played on a pitch or court
with the largest area, Lisa?
Please tell me that's football.
It would just be silly if it wasn't football, wouldn't it?
Yeah, of course it's football. It's football.
Football is correct.
Your question, Javid.
How many Olympic gold medals has Usain Bolt won?
Right, so I think I actually know this because he...
He runs the 100, the 200 and one of the relays and he's done it
in three Olympics in a row.
So three times three is nine.
I think Linda knows this. Linda?
-Is he right?
-Definitely. Triple triple.
Triple triple, you're right.
Nine is the answer.
Lisa, the darts player Michael van Gerwen was born in which
country in 1989?
He is generally known as the Flying Dutchman. Goes very, very fast.
He was born in the Netherlands.
Netherlands is the right answer.
Javid, your second question.
The boxer Rocky Marciano was a celebrated world champion
at which weight?
Gosh. Well, this is going to be a big guess.
And I'm going to choose between middle and heavy.
So I'm going to choose middle.
-Middleweight is your answer.
-Dave knows all about boxing. Dave?
-He was a heavyweight.
Yeah. Anything more you can tell us, Dave?
Yeah, he was undefeated, 49 fights,
Heavyweight is the answer, Javid, sorry.
So heavyweight is the answer there.
Lisa has a chance to take the round with this question.
Which South African cricketer was fined for ball tampering
in November 2016?
Now, this is the sort of thing where I glance at the headline
and hope it's enough to get me through
and I have an idea it's du Plessis, but...
..it's only a very, very vague idea.
It's not like the rest are going to pop up and...
Or is it Graeme Smith?
Oh, here we go, here we go.
I don't think you're going to base it on anything more than
a one-in-three guess.
So let's try
The answer is Faf du Plessis.
Oh, never swerve away from your first instinct.
Yeah, when you said that, I thought, "There she goes."
-OK. That's handy, Javid,
-a slight let-off but you need to get this one right to stay in.
Elliot Daly was sent off while representing England in which
sport in November 2016?
Right, I mean, this is, this is, you know, revealing
my total ignorance of sport.
I haven't got a clue.
Again, a one-in-three chance.
I will go for football.
-Football. Your team said, "No."
What was it, team?
-You think hockey. Lisa, do you know?
I think he's a rugby player.
Rugby union is the answer Javid, I'm sorry.
-You've been knocked out by Lisa,
who goes through to our final round.
Please rejoin your team-mates.
So, as it stands, Doctors' Mess have lost a brain from the final round -
Dr Javid has gone and Lisa triumphed on Sport.
The Eggheads have lost a brain as well, though.
Very level so far.
You're going to like this, doctors - the next subject is Science.
-Who'd like that one?
-The stakes are high.
-Can I take it?
-Would you like that?
-Yeah, I can take it.
-Either one of us can take it.
Take your pick, team captain.
-Either of us.
-You had other ones.
I've got other ones, so you take that, yeah, yeah.
-I'll take this. Good idea.
Ranj, our paediatric doctor, against which Egghead?
Can't be Chris or Lisa.
I'm going to go for David.
-I like it - the Sunday name!
-A little bit formal, yeah.
-Yes, thank you, Doctor.
Tremendous Knowledge Dave, as he's known.
So it's Ranj from Doctors' Mess
versus Dave from the Eggheads on Science.
Bear in mind we've got doctors here.
This could be lively. Please go to the Question Room now.
So you got Science.
I'm thinking that's either very high stakes, Ranj,
or actually the best subject for you.
Because obviously you're all kind of scientific on your team.
Let us see. You against Dave.
Would you like to go first or second, Ranj?
I think I'm going to go first.
Here we go. In the human body,
calcium is essential for the formation of what?
If I get this wrong I'd be in a lot of trouble, wouldn't I?
Um, I'm going to go for bones.
Bones is correct. You would have had to leave by the back door.
Although, mind you, a million hits on YouTube, you know.
Dave, which of these is a chemical element on the periodic table?
It's not silk and it's not plastic, it's iron.
Iron is correct.
It may get harder.
Ranj, back to you.
Of these planets...
..which is closest to the Earth?
it's the order from the Sun.
I'm really going back to GCSE now.
It's Mercury, Venus, Earth, Neptune...
Uranus and then Pluto.
I know Uranus and Saturn are big, big planets and Mars is the tiny one
that we can actually see sometimes.
I'm going to go for Mars.
-OK, team, what do you think of that?
-You like it.
So Mars is closest. Well done.
OK. Dave, your question.
What name is given to a camel that has two humps?
Ha-ha, I always get these mixed up.
So it's not guanaco.
I always thought a dromedary had one and a bactrian two,
so I'm going to go bactrian but I could be very, very wrong.
They confirm you're right, bactrian is the right answer.
It's one of those questions!
Classic quiz questions. Now, most people go dromedary.
Yes, the one you know.
Ranj, your question. Get this right, put the pressure on Dave.
What is the literal meaning of the name of the Stegosaurus dinosaur
when translated from the Greek?
See, Linda, you'd be perfect for this.
I'm so sorry.
I'm probably going to get this hideously wrong.
Because Stegosaurus is the one with the big tooth-like things on it,
so I'm going to go for heavy tooth.
Heavy tooth is your answer. Linda does know this. Linda, help us.
It's roof lizard, literally translated.
"Stegi" means "roof".
All right, this is going to be painful, Ranj.
-It's roof lizard.
But you're not out.
It's two each.
What is the technical term for sneezing?
Dave, is it...
I thought horripilation was goose bumps.
I like sternutation, to be perfectly honest.
So, yes, sternutation, please.
Sternutation. This is a classic doctor's question. Is he right?
-We think so.
-We think so, yes.
Sternutation is the correct answer.
Well, I gave it my best shot.
You did, you did.
Beaten by our Egghead, out of the final round.
Please return to us and we'll play one more round.
OK, hearts beating a little bit faster here.
Doctors' Mess have lost two brains now from the final round.
The Eggheads quite cool and collected - they've just lost Chris.
Let's see if you can get your own back.
The next subject is Arts & Books.
Now, it's going to be either David or Linda.
-What do you think?
-It's not my main topic.
-I'm happy to do it if you don't...
-I'm happy to do it, it's not mine.
Does one of you feel super-strong?
Rock, paper, scissors. Rock, paper, scissors.
-Rock, paper, scissors.
Paper beats rock.
What does that mean? Does that mean you do it or you don't do it?
-You should do it.
-That means you do it.
-That means you do it.
Off I go, I apologise in advance.
-So before you go, choose an Egghead.
And you've only got Kevin and Beth left.
Beth's been smiling at me, so lovely,
I'm lulled into a false sense of...
I'll go with lovely Beth.
OK. Dr Linda from Doctors' Mess plays Beth from the Eggheads
on Arts & Books.
To ensure there's no conferring, for the last time, go to our Question Room.
All right. Well, you're up against Beth on Arts & Books
and, Linda, you can choose whether you go first or second.
Just as well get the pain over with, so first, please.
Here we go with your first question, Linda. Good luck.
Which of these fictional characters appeared in print first?
Well, I-I... It's definitely not Katniss Everdeen.
I doubt that it's James Bond.
I'll go with Frankenstein's monster.
Frankenstein's monster is the right answer.
Beth, your question.
Women In Love is a 20th-century novel by which author?
That's a novel by DH Lawrence.
DH Lawrence is quite right.
Dr Linda, back to you.
Who is the central character in the Charles Dickens novel
Ah, I don't know. I've never read Great Expectations.
I'm guessing because you've got two answers with Ps in them
it's one with a P,
and Pickwick seems slightly more familiar so I'm going with Pickwick.
-Does anyone here know?
-Yeah, it's Pip.
-It's Pip Pirrip.
The other one is Pickwick Papers.
And Mr Micawber, Eggheads, is?
All right, Beth, to take the lead.
Monarch Of The Glen is a famous 1851 painting of a stag
by which artist? Beth, is it...?
Stubbs does primarily horses but I think this is Landseer.
-Edwin Landseer's right.
So Beth takes the lead.
And, Doctor, you need to get this one right.
Which of these is an influential painting by the artist Claude Monet?
He was an Impressionist and I don't know if Impression: Sunrise
is put in there to confuse.
I'm in between Sunrise and Earthly Delights.
I'm going to go Sunrise.
I'm so glad you did - you're right.
-Well done. I know what you mean, you're thinking, hang on,
has some cruel person put the word "impression" in to throw you
off the scent? No, is the answer. It was the right answer. Well done.
OK. So, level.
But Beth has a chance now to take the round.
How did the poet Shelley die in 1822?
Lots of people died of consumption or TB, I suppose, around that time.
One of those poets drowned but I don't know which one,
one of those romantic poets around the same time drowned.
I'm not sure about heart attack.
Now, in my head, I thought Byron had drowned.
I'm going to go with consumption.
I don't know how Byron died but Shelley did drown.
Oh, he was the one that drowned.
Very sadly, Shelley drowned.
So we go to Sudden Death.
It gets a bit harder. I don't give you alternative answers.
Here is your question, Linda.
In 2016, which actress received a record eighth Olivier award
for her performance as Paulina in The Winter's Tale?
I really don't know this.
Dame Judi Dench?
Judi Dench is the right answer.
I'm so excited! I didn't know!
All right, doctors.
Let us see.
Which Englishman was awarded the 2005 Nobel Prize in Literature,
Beth, and was described by the judges as someone who, in his plays,
uncovers the precipice under everyday prattle and forces entry
into oppression's closed rooms?
One's come to mind but I don't know whether he's English.
But as it's... I think it's the best I've got.
-Eggheads, do you know this?
-Harold Pinter is the answer.
-Oh, of course, of course.
Well done, Linda - you're through to the final round.
Well done. A bit of a slip and a trip from our Egghead and you have
emerged triumphant, so you will be in the final.
If you return to us, we will play the final round.
So, this is what we have been playing towards -
it is time for the final round which,
as always, is General Knowledge.
But I'm afraid those of you who lost your head-to-heads won't be allowed
to take part in this round.
So it's Javid and Ranj from Doctors' Mess and also Chris and Beth
from the Eggheads. Would you please now leave the studio?
David, Ellie and Linda, you are playing to win Doctors' Mess £1,000.
Well done for getting this far. Lisa, Dave, and Kevin,
you're playing for something that money can't buy,
which is the Eggheads' precious reputation.
As usual, I'll ask each team three questions in turn.
They're all General Knowledge. You can confer.
So, Doctors' Mess, the question is,
can your three celeb brains take down these three Eggy ones
over here? And, David, Ellie, Linda,
would you like to go first or second?
We'd like to go first, please, Jeremy.
OK. David and team, good luck.
What type of animal is a capercaillie?
I can spell it if you like.
-Can you spell it?
-It's all one word.
Caillie - is that French for something?
-If it was French, then it would be caillou,
which is a song. So then it could be something... It could be a bird.
Or a monkey, maybe.
Why did you...?
-Oh, no, that isn't. That isn't French for a song, is it?
-Is that French for...?
-I originally thought monkey.
-I thought monkey.
I don't know why.
I think, like, if monkey feels instinctual, we can't...
-So a capercaillie monkey?
-I think we...
-Well, since we don't know...
So we think it...is a monkey.
I saw you rootling around the world looking for little derivations.
I'm going to just ask the Eggs whether you know.
It's a bird.
It's... It's a Gaelic word.
A Scottish Gaelic word.
It's just, um...
It's a member of the grouse family.
The largest member of the grouse family.
-Capercaillie is a bird.
Eggheads, your first question.
What is the name of the virus that is commonly known as chickenpox?
There are some well sulky doctors over there, right now.
Happy with varicella?
Varicella, yeah. Definitely.
Parotitis is mumps, rubella is German measles.
Parotitis - mumps,
rubella is German measles,
so it's varicella.
Varicella is your answer.
Doctors, can I check with you?
The right answer is varicella.
You should have got the monkey question, and then they should
-have got that.
Hang on in there, doctors. Don't let the heads drop, OK?
We can do it.
Rooting for you here.
Which British actress played the role of Jyn Erso
in the 2016 film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story?
-I don't think it's Gemma Arterton.
Because I saw a lot of publicity about Rogue One.
Have you seen it?
My son has seen it but I haven't seen it.
I think it's Hayley Atwell, or Felicity Jones.
If we're stabbing in the dark,
which we pretty much are, I'm pretty sure I saw...
Felicity Jones feels a bit more familiar to me.
-I think that name rings a bell more for me than Hayley Atwell
but that's all I can contribute. I don't know if I've read headlines...
And mine would be a guess, a complete guess.
So let's go for it, then.
The ladies say Felicity Jones.
Oh, no, it's Gemma Arterton.
-You're absolutely right.
Well done. Very good quizzing by Ellie especially there.
-Yeah, very good.
-Very good quizzing.
OK, you hung on in there.
But we move on and the Eggheads have a chance to take the lead.
Who was appointed the UK's Health Secretary in 2012?
Er, Jeremy Hunt. He's been there for a few years now.
Yes, yes, Jeremy Hunt.
It's quite a long-running member of the Cabinet in the one position,
it's Jeremy Hunt.
Maybe it's good I didn't ask you this one.
Jeremy Hunt is the right answer.
Because I know there are strong views, sometimes.
Say no more. OK, they take the lead.
You have to get this one right.
The new Winston Churchill £5 note caused controversy in 2016
after its issue,
due to the fact that it included which animal-derived substance?
-Are you sure it's tallow?
-For sure it's tallow.
But I thought the whole point was that it was because vegetarians
-Yes, and tallow is from animal fat.
-But isn't rennet?
-They're all from animals.
Lanolin is from sheep, rennet goes into cheese,
tallow, you make candles with...
I remember tallow because I didn't know what tallow was
-and I had to look it up at the time.
So that was the controversy.
Basically it was a polymer but then it transpired that the vegetarians
were unhappy because there was an animal derivative in it.
Therefore, and Linda remembers it, so it's tallow.
Well, OK, you've said tallow.
And if it is wrong, the contest is over
but it's right. Well done.
Tallow's right. Listen, you've done well,
you've got two out of three. We just have to hope that the Eggheads
slip up now. OK, Eggheads. This, for the contest.
In a 2016 episode of the TV series "Who Do You Think You Are?",
it was revealed that which actor was a direct descendant
of King Edward III of England?
-It's Danny Dyer.
-It's Danny Dyer.
He turned out to be descended from royalty, yes.
There was quite a bit of publicity about this, because
you wouldn't necessarily think of him as the most obviously descended
from royalty person, with the best will in the world,
but we think it's Danny Dyer.
The answer is indeed Danny Dyer.
We say congratulations, Eggheads, you have won!
Doctors, you were brilliant. I hope you enjoyed it.
Yeah, great fun, thank you.
I felt especially, Linda, with the pressure... My goodness,
I could see it.
Commiserations overall. The Eggheads have got a habit of doing this,
I'm afraid, reigning supreme over quiz land.
It does mean that you haven't won the princely £1,000,
so the money rolls over to our next celebrity show.
Eggheads, well done. No mercy from you ever, is there?
Sorry, no, it just goes against the grain.
I'm sure Linda could write a paper about it.
Wasn't it great to see them, though?
-It was, it was fantastic.
-Fantastic team, thank you.
Join us next time to see if a new team of Challengers have the brains to defeat the Eggheads.
There'll be £2,000 for our celebrities to play for.
Till then, goodbye.
Jeremy Vine hosts a special celebrity edition of the show where every day a new team of challengers take on arguably the greatest quiz team in Britain - the Eggheads.
Can a team of TV doctors, featuring Dr David Bull, Dr Ellie Cannon, Dr Linda Papadopoulos, Dr Ranj Singh and Dr Javid Abdelmoneim triumph over the general knowledge goliaths and win the cash prize for their charity?