Jeremy Vine hosts. Can a team of sports commentators featuring Iwan Thomas, Martine Wright, Tania Nadarajah, Sean Rose and Steve Brown win a cash prize for charity?
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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.
Here they are, the Eggheads.
Hoping for victory against our quiz geniuses today are...
Now, the majority of this team are former
and current ParalympicsGB and Team GB athletes,
who can regularly be found sharing their expertise as sports reporters
and presenters. To complete the quintet,
they've been joined by a current member
of ParalympicsGB's archery squad, who competed in Rio 2016.
Let's meet them.
I'm Iwan Thomas, television presenter, former athlete.
In fact, still hold the British record over 400 metres
for 20 years, which makes me feel very old, and I've no doubt
by the time I leave here today I'll also feel very stupid.
I'm Tania Nadarajah. I competed at the 2016 Paralympic Games
as an archer, and I can normally be found sitting in a field somewhere
shooting arrows at a target 70 metres away.
Hi, I'm Sean Rose, winter Paralympian
and World Cup downhill gold-medal skier.
Nowadays I'm a reporter and adventurer,
but I think it's going to be all downhill today!
Hi, my name's Martine Wright, and I'm a TV presenter and reporter.
But most of the time, you will find me rolling about on the floor,
as I'm captain of the Great Britain sitting volleyball team.
Hi, my name's Steve Brown. I'm a TV reporter,
and I was captain at London 2012 for the wheelchair rugby team.
Hoping the wheels don't fall off today!
So, Iwan and team, hello.
-Great to see you all.
Iwan, we've of course met before.
-We had a little dance-floor moment.
-A little rendezvous.
-Yeah, we did.
-Mine didn't last as long as yours, though.
Well, you know, I remember the first time we all met...
We'd meet in a secret room for Strictly,
and we were both thinking, "Oh, dear!"
I'm feeling the same today!
Of course, you've taken part in Celebrity Eggheads before.
So, is there a subject that you would love to be quizzed on, Iwan?
I'm going to say Sport, because there's a bit of revenge in the air for me, Judith over there.
I lost before on Sport, so if it comes up,
I'd love to take that title back from you.
You won it fair and square!
We do mention Judith's great historical successes -
to beat a rocket scientist on Science,
to beat a politician, which was Edwina, on Politics,
and then a sportsman on Sport.
-But I think it might be undone today.
Not quite a gold medal!
Good luck, Challengers.
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,
that prize money rolls on to the next show.
So, thus far we have not seen a celebrity team win, Gift Of The Gab,
which means the Eggheads have won the last three,
so there's £4,000 for you to play for today.
-Would you like to start?
I thought so - these competitive people we've got here.
So, the first head-to-head battle is on the subject of Film & TV
and you can choose between Judith, Chris, Pat,
-Steve and Lisa.
-Right. Who wants to take it?
-You do that?
-Well, Sport may come up, but it may not come up.
If I don't take Sport, you guys are good at Sport...
No, we need you for Sport.
-I'll take the Film & TV.
-I'm pretty good at Film & TV.
Do I want it? Yes, yes, yes. Go on, then!
-Go on. All right.
-So, Martine from Gift Of The Gab
is going to play... Now, which Egghead?
-They're all good, aren't they?
-You're not going to go,
-"That one's an easy one."
-Yeah, like someone that's not an Egghead!
-Chris. We'll say Chris.
-That's not a bad one, actually,
cos the last film Chris saw was Blazing Saddles!
It's the last film I REMEMBER seeing in a cinema, yeah.
Yeah, exactly. So, Martine from...
Everyone thinks it's a joke when I say that - it's actually true!
-It's not far off the truth, no.
-Yeah, I know!
Martine from Gift Of The Gab versus Chris from the Eggheads.
To ensure there's no conferring, please take your positions in our legendary Question Room.
So, Martine, we're on Film & TV -
would you like to go first or second?
I will go first, Jeremy, if that's OK.
So, here we go, Martine. Good luck.
Who announced in September 2015 that he would be stepping down
as presenter of the TV show BBC Breakfast after nearly 15 years?
Ben Shephard is on ITV,
so he's nothing to do with the BBC News.
Dan Walker is one of the presenters,
and the new presenter, I think, on the BBC News.
So I think it might be the lovely Bill Turnbull.
I'm going to check with Iwan, who's been on that show a lot. Iwan?
-100% correct. Well done, Martine.
First one to you. Chris, your question.
The 1992 film White Men Can't Jump centres on which sport?
That is basketball, Jeremy.
Basketball is the right answer. Well done.
"The sound of hoof beats cross the glade
"Good folk, lock up your son and daughter
"Beware the deadly flashing blade,
"Unless you want to end up shorter..."
were the first lines to the closing theme tune of which comedy series?
Martine, was this...
I'm guessing, but I don't think it's Monty Python.
Red Dwarf is coming out at me, but...
I know the theme tune to Blackadder, so...
# Blackadder, Blackadder... #
Oh, I'm so glad you said that! Yes, it is. Cos you...
-horrified your team by saying you'd got Red Dwarf...
-Are they all... Sorry, guys!
-They were thinking, "Hang on,
-"she's going for the wrong one!"
-False sense of security there.
I like the way you just played them like that.
OK, it is Blackadder, yeah, cos the blade,
-I guess, the sword...
-That's the only one with a sword in.
You probably like Blackadder, Chris, do you?
-The original Black Adder, that that's the theme tune from, yeah,
where he was a snivelling incompetent,
rather than what he became in Blackadder II, III and Goes Forth.
So, Martine was saying she knows the theme tune and it's not that,
-but this is right at the first series, Chris?
# The sound of hoof beats through the glade
# Good folk, lock up your sons and daughters
# Beware the deadly flashing blade
# Unless you want to end up shorter. #
-Very good, very good!
-Very good, Chris!
Here's your question, Chris.
In 2016, who replaced Stephen Fry
as the host of the long-running TV programme QI?
Well, they're all regulars on it,
but Stephen Fry was replaced as host by Sandi Toksvig.
Sandi Toksvig is the right answer, Chris. Well done.
They are playing rather well at the moment, the Eggheads,
over the last few games, Martine. So, obviously,
-I apologise for that.
Just keep plugging away, here.
The 2015 film Carol, starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara,
is based on a novel by which writer?
Erm...I haven't seen the film...
and I definitely haven't read the book.
Annie...is jumping out at me, for some reason.
I'm going to go for Annie, Annie Proulx.
Annie Proulx. Is Annie Proulx the answer, Eggheads?
-No? Who is it, Lisa?
-Patricia Highsmith is the answer, Martine.
Chris has the chance to take the round now.
Who plays the role of Walter Sobchak
in the Coen Brothers film The Big Lebowski?
Ah, The Big Lebow...
Now, he's the overweight chap, isn't he?
So it's John Goodman.
If you're right, you've taken the round.
The correct answer is John Goodman. Well done, Chris.
You've got it right. Sorry Martine, one little slip there and,
-you know, they get in.
-So, Chris will be in the final.
You've been knocked out, but it's early days for our Challengers.
Return to us and we'll play round two.
So, Gift Of The Gab have lost one brain from the final round -
they've lost Martine. The Eggheads have not lost any so far.
Underline "so" and "far".
The next subject for you is Science.
-who wants this?
-It's got to be you, Stevie!
-We discussed it.
-The lesser of the evils.
-We discussed it earlier.
-OK, this is in the plan?
Yeah, after discussions, but I'm hoping it goes more
science and nature than science and astrology.
So, who would you like to take on?
I was going to say we're reserving Judith for Iwan, but we don't know that Sport's coming up, remember.
No, but just in case Sport does come up, Iwan,
I think I'll leave Judith there for you.
I'll take Steve with me, I think, please.
OK, one of our newer Eggheads.
This is going to be fun - two Steves,
one from Gift Of The Gab and one from the Eggheads.
Please take your positions, gentlemen.
Steve, wheelchair rugby is your sport.
Yeah, it's a full-contact sport,
where we go round knocking each other out of wheelchairs.
Now, don't try that at home, you know.
But when you're playing wheelchair rugby, it's fine.
And I came quite bad with an injury to the chest,
where I broke my sternum and some ribs,
and I spent quite a lot of time in hospital with that.
But fully recovered now.
Great stuff, Steve. You're playing the Egghead Steve on Science. Would you like to go first or second?
Jeremy, I'll go first, please.
Here we go. Which of these is a group of muscles
located at the back of the human knee?
Well, from what I understand,
deltoids are much further up through your body
and the pectorals are all at the front of your body.
Hamstrings run down through the back of your legs,
so I'm hoping I'm right with hamstring.
Hamstring is absolutely the right answer.
Well done. First point to you.
Egghead Steve, your question...
In 1976, Richard Dawkins published his first book, The Selfish...
That's Gene, Jeremy.
The Selfish Gene is quite right.
Back to you, Challenger Steve.
COBOL, FORTRAN and ALGOL are all examples of what?
They're all capitalised.
and then F-O-R-T-R-A-N,
and then A-L-G-O-L. OK?
Well, I'm looking at the answers and I'd be expecting things like HTML
to come out if we were talking about computer languages.
I don't think there're going to be Asian rodents.
I don't think they'd have many letters in them
to have an acronym like that. So I'm hoping that it's going to be
weather systems. But my knowledge of weather systems
-is very, very slight.
-OK. Weather systems.
Now, we do actually have a computer engineer here on the Eggheads team.
Pat, can you help us here? Cos you love your IT.
I do. I've never written in ALGOL,
but I've written lots of code in COBOL and FORTRAN.
Yeah, Pat has written code in COBOL and FORTRAN.
It is computer languages, Steve.
There we go. Pat knows his computers back to front.
He takes them apart, puts them back together, don't you?
-It's easier to take apart than put back together,
I can assure you.
OK, Steve, the Egghead. Your question to take the lead.
Which country granted Albert Einstein citizenship in 1940?
Well, seeing as he was working there at the time,
I would imagine it's the USA, Jeremy.
Indeed, the USA.
All right, Steve Challenger.
Now, he's got two, Steve, you've got one,
so you need to get this one right to stay in.
The Hainan gibbon, thought to be the world's rarest ape,
is native to which country?
OK. If the question was phrased slightly differently
and you asked me what was one of the rarest gibbons,
I'd have told you it was a Hainan.
But where they're from...
I don't think that it's Japan.
I'm hoping it's not Japan,
Gibbons... Let's have a look.
I think I'm going to go with Indonesia.
-China is the answer, Steve.
You'd heard of the Hainan Gibbon, which most people haven't.
So I'm sorry - that was very, very tight.
And unlucky there but it means that the other Steve, the Egghead Steve,
is through to the final round.
So, come back to us, return to your teams, and we'll play round three.
So, Gift Of The Gab have lost two brains now from the final round.
The Eggheads have not lost any.
I know how competitive you are.
I know you will be wanting revenge.
Now is the moment. The subject is Music.
Music. Who wants this?
I think... You were good at music...
You were a classical...
-You've studied classical music.
-We know who's doing music.
-Looks like it's me, then.
-It's got to be done.
-Tania, against which Egghead?
Obviously can't be Steve or Chris.
Pat's good at everything. Pat's good at everything.
Pat's crib sheet was like that - he's won everything.
Yeah, OK. That's a good point.
I'm going to go for Lisa, I think.
My crib sheet's a lot shorter, isn't it?
OK, Tania from Gift Of The Gab versus Lisa from the Eggheads.
To ensure there's no conferring,
please take your positions in our Question Room.
So, Tania, it's archery and it was archery in 2016 at Rio.
It was indeed, yes.
Fantastic. What's the thrill of archery?
Anyone can do it, no matter what your ability,
disability, so it's just a really great and fun sport to be involved with.
Yeah, I did it at school. Not very well.
Lisa, have you ever arched?
No, no. I'm very worried about this, to be honest.
I feel like antagonising a woman who is a crack shot with a bow
is not really very sensible.
All right, well, arrows on target here, I hope.
Music, Tania. Do you want to go first or second?
I think I will go first, please.
OK. Here we go, Tania, with your first question.
Good luck. The English rapper known as Professor Green
was born in which city?
Erm... well, I've heard him speak
And I don't think he's Northern,
so I'm going to go with London.
You're absolutely right. London it is. Well done.
Lisa, Riff and Bernardo
are leaders of rival gangs in which popular stage musical?
That's West Side Story.
West Side Story is quite right.
Back to you, Tania. What was the name of
the Irish group that found fame in the 1990s,
consisting of siblings Sharon, Andrea, Caroline and Jim?
Now, this name popped into my head when you asked the question and just
before I saw the answers,
so I'm going to go with my instinct and say The Corrs.
Indeed, The Corrs.
Your colleagues liked that.
Lisa, over to you.
"You know that it would be untrue You know that I would be a liar..."
are the opening lyrics to which Doors song?
You know that it would be untrue, you know that I would be a liar...
-..if I was to say to you either of the other two answers,
because it's Light My Fire.
Light My Fire is correct, Lisa.
OK, so, we're two each.
This can be crucial.
Tania, your colleagues have come unstuck here.
Let's get this one right.
Which of these James Bond theme tunes was a duet?
So, Die Another Day...
..I think...was Madonna.
Tomorrow Never Dies...
I'm going to take a guess on this one
and I'm going to say Another Way To Die.
-OK. Let's ask the Eggheads here. Eggs?
Another Way To Die is the right answer. OK.
-Who sang it, Lisa, do you know?
-Jack White and Alicia Keys.
Let's see if you stay in now.
Third question to you, Lisa.
Which of these jazz musicians is best known for his expertise
on the saxophone?
See, we haven't got a question wrong in, like, six head to heads.
Now it's going to happen.
OK. Er... Oh, this is terrible.
I really ought to know this.
I didn't think Thelonious Monk was an instrumentalist.
Erm... I don't know anything about Sonny Rollins.
I don't know whether that makes him
more or less likely to be the answer.
Let's try Charles Mingus. I don't know.
The answer is Sonny Rollins.
You've been knocked out, Lisa.
-That's all right.
-Well done, Tania.
-Lisa's right - that's the first question
the Eggheads have got wrong, I feel,
in quite a number of games, actually.
Tania, well done. You're right through to the final round.
That's good news for our Challengers here.
Bad news for the Eggheads, but it was coming.
Come back to us and we've got one more round to play.
So, as it stands, Gift Of The Gab have lost two brains
from the final round but they've struck back,
as we were anticipating, and they've taken out an Egghead.
So, this could be a really important round, and it is Sport.
I think we know what's going to happen here.
-I best take it.
-OK. I think maybe there's a little bit
of score-settling here that needs to happen.
Iwan from Gift Of The Gab, and who would you like to take on?
-I think you know, Jeremy.
-Well, you'd better say.
-She'll be so cross with me.
-Judith, it'd be a pleasure to go against you again.
-Bring it on!
Bring it on! THEY CHUCKLE
My worry is, I know you've been revising a lot.
-Are you ready?
OK. Iwan from Gift Of The Gab...
-You're so competitive!
-Of course - that's what they do.
-I know - exactly. It's coming out.
-They want to win.
So, Iwan from Gift Of The Gab is playing Judith from the Eggheads
for the second time on Sport.
See if it works out better this time for Iwan.
To ensure there's no conferring, please go to our Question Room.
Iwan, your proudest sporting moment?
Not sitting here last time.
No, I think the 1998 season where I became European champion,
Commonwealth champion and I won the World Cup, so...
if I could have one moment, it was that one month of September in 1998.
Wow! And how will it compare if you beat Judith now?
I'm more nervous now than lining up for an Olympic final,
and I truly mean that, because I have to win.
If I lose two out of two on Sport, I'm going straight home.
We'll never hear the end of it.
Honestly, it'll be one of those things, Judith,
that we will never hear the end of.
It would be a complete triumph.
-Particularly cos it's Sport.
-I'd be more proud of that
than anything else I've ever done in my life, if I won.
-Even more than the £1 million you won?
-Well, perhaps not.
-OK, Iwan. First or second on Sport?
-I'll go first, please, Jeremy.
Good luck, my friend.
Here we go. The Olympic Games were originally
a sporting festival where?
They were in Greece.
Yes, Greece it is.
Judith, on to you.
-Can see how serious he is now, Judith, can't you?
He's got the gimlet-eyed stare now. Here we go.
What was the commonly used epithet of the boxer Naseem Hamed?
For some reason, I think it's Prince Hamed.
You're right, Judith. It is Prince Naseem Hamed.
You're competitive now, as well.
-You're telling me!
-Look at this!
-I am definitely competitive.
OK, Iwan. Which of these
sporting events traditionally takes place earliest in the calendar year?
FA Cup final's towards the end of the season.
I'm going to go... I should know.
I'm going to go Grand National.
Grand National's quite right.
Two out of two for you, Iwan.
Back to you, Judith.
In which country of the UK was the golfer Lee Westwood born in 1973?
It could be any of those.
I think I'm just going to say England.
-What do you think, Iwan?
-Yeah, she's right.
She's right again. She's dogged, isn't she?
England is right, Judith.
-Two out of two for you, too.
All right, Iwan, your third question...
I can feel the tension, and I'm not even in the room.
Usman Khawaja has played Test-match cricket for which country?
Could you spell the surname, please?
Yeah, it's K-H-A-W-A-J-A.
OK, so my gut is saying that's South African, but I've not heard of him.
Er...doesn't sound Australian or a Kiwi to me.
This is a guess, and I apologise to all cricket fans,
but I will say South Africa.
-The answer is Australia.
Oh, dear. Oh, dear!
-This is so exciting!
-I'm worried now!
Oh, goodness me. OK.
All right. OK. Breathe.
-Right. Here we go.
Judith, for the round...
The German goalkeeper Loris Karius
joined which Premier League football club in 2016?
I really don't know.
I think... I don't think it's Manchester United, actually.
I'm going to say Liverpool.
-I'm going home!
And it was a guess!
JEREMY HOOTS WITH LAUGHTER
Oh, God, I feel embarrassed.
Oh, dear! Oh, dear!
-Oh, dear! How funny!
Liverpool is the right answer, Judith.
And, Iwan, it's so funny that Sport
is absolutely Judith's bete noire.
So it's something about just raising her game, there.
Judith, well done. You're in the final round.
You've done... And you can now tell this story for ever.
-Iwan, do come back.
-It's the best win for ever.
It is maybe one of your best-ever wins.
And that's a great compliment to Iwan.
-It is one of your best.
-Cos it's the best win I've ever had.
-And totally unexpected.
We're going to get people to fan you now, give you bath salts and stuff.
Please come back and we'll play the final round.
What a contest! This is what we have been playing towards.
It's 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. That's Iwan, Martine and Steve from Gift Of The Gab,
and also Lisa from the Eggheads.
Would you please now leave the studio?
Sean, how does this compare to very-high-speed skiing?
I'm definitely more nervous now than I was at the top of Vancouver,
about to do an 80mph downhill run in the Paralympics.
But, as I'm ex-Air Force and I'm not riding solo today...
-I have my wing lady with me and I'm feeling confident.
-No mercy here, OK?
-..against these Eggheads.
You're playing to win Gift Of The Gab £4,000.
And the Eggheads - Steve, Pat, Chris, Judith - you're playing to just shore up the defences
and maintain your reputation. I know, Judith, you feel you've done
all the work you need to do today.
-For several days.
-Never seen you in such a good mood.
As usual, I will ask each team three questions in turn.
This time, the questions are all General Knowledge. You may confer.
So, Tania and Sean, the question is,
are your two brains ready to take down these four?
Would you like to go first or second?
We're going to put the pressure on the Eggheads first,
and we're going to buck the trend and go second.
OK, good luck, Challengers. First question to the Eggheads.
Nadiya Hussain gained fame on which BBC TV show in 2015?
That was the Great British Bake Off.
The Great British Bake Off is the right answer.
Tania and Sean, your question.
Berkeley Castle in Gloucestershire is said to be haunted by the ghost
of which English king, since his alleged murder there in 1327?
-How's your history?
Doesn't go back as far as 1300-something.
-History is definitely not my subject.
William, for some reason, I'm just being drawn to it.
In that case, let's go with the instinct.
I'm hoping it's William II.
I'm afraid you're wrong. Edward II is the answer.
You have a chance to go two points clear.
The birthplace of Donald Trump's wife, Melania, is in which country?
-She's a Slovenian.
We'll go with that, will we?
We think that's Slovenia.
Slovenia is the right answer.
-They've gone two clear,
so you've got to get this one right to stay in.
In the Martin Amis novel London Fields,
the character Keith Talent is particularly adept at which sport?
-London Fields... Do you think this is going to be...?
Fields, tenpin bowling. I just don't think it's ten-pin bowling.
I feel like I want to say darts, but I don't know why.
I was heading towards darts.
If you're thinking darts and I'm thinking darts,
-shall we just go for it?
-I think, er,
-we have to.
-Is it likely... No.
-I don't think anything else is drawing me to...
-Throwing a spanner in the works now.
-Snooker, with the green of the...
Are we going to go for snooker?
I think, let's go snooker.
We're going to take...
I'm looking over there for a sign.
-They may not know.
-No, they're not giving me one.
I'm going to pick snooker.
Let's see. Eggheads, do you know?
I thought it was darts, but I'm not sure.
The answer is darts.
-We said that to start with!
I know, you were about to go for darts,
-then there was a snooker field moment.
Don't worry - it does happen.
But I'm sorry - there's no way back,
so we have to say congratulations, Eggheads, you have won.
You were just within an inch of saying "darts"
and then you went, "Hey, hang on, wait a second."
Oh, commiserations, Gift Of The Gab.
-We tried, did our best.
-I think one of the liveliest games we've ever had.
-Yes, lovely game.
-Tania did well.
-But Iwan didn't.
He'll be back.
We want you back, Iwan, for a third one.
I think I'm going to retire.
Judith is saying she might retire before that happens.
So, commiserations to the brilliant celeb team Gift Of The Gab.
What fun meeting them all.
The Eggheads have done what comes naturally to them.
You still reign supreme over quiz land.
It does mean that the Challengers have not won the £4,000,
so the money rolls over to our next show.
Eggheads, well done again.
Only Lisa out this time.
Who will beat you? Join us for our next celeb game to see if a new team
have the brains to take them down.
£5,000 is here to play for.
Till we quiz again, 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 sports commentators featuring Iwan Thomas, Martine Wright, Tania Nadarajah, Sean Rose and Steve Brown triumph over the general knowledge goliaths and win the cash prize for their charity?