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Four celebrities, who hope they know everything there is to know
about their specialist subject,
but can they cut it on television's toughest quiz?
They've agreed to put themselves in the hotseat for their chosen charity...
..but only one person can be the winner.
Who will be crowned tonight's Celebrity Mastermind?
The first celebrity in the spotlight tonight
is the Countdown number cruncher Rachel Riley.
She takes questions on Manchester United since 1999.
The designer Wayne Hemingway answers questions
on the disco music of the '70s.
The comedian Miles Jupp on former England cricket captain
and Radio 4's chief political correspondent
Gary O'Donoghue on Winston Churchill.
Hello, I'm John Humphrys, and welcome to Celebrity Mastermind.
Tonight four more contenders will answer a minute
and a half of questions on their specialist subject
and another two minutes on general knowledge.
They are competing for the title of Celebrity Mastermind,
the honour of it, as well as this fine piece of glassware,
so, let's get on with it and ask our first contender to join us, please.
-And your name is?
-Your chosen charity?
Is the Angus Lawson Memorial Trust and the Celia Hammond Animal Trust.
-And your chosen subject?
-Manchester United since 1999.
Man U in a minute and a half, starting now.
The 2010-2011 Premiership title was Manchester United's 19th top
division league title, breaking the previous record set by which club?
-The defender Nemanja Vidic,
signed by United in 2006 from Spartak Moscow, played international
football for which country until his retirement in October 2011?
-Who was the only United penalty-taker who failed to
score in the 2008 Champions' League final shoot-out against Chelsea?
-In the 2005 FA Cup final, United were beaten by which team,
becoming the first side to lose an FA Cup final on penalties?
-Who scored United's third goal in the second
leg of the club's 1999 Champions' League semi-final against Juventus?
-Who was the long-serving coach who took
over as Sir Alex Ferguson's assistant in 2001 immediately
following the departure of Steve McLaren?
With which shirt number was Cristiano Ronaldo mostly
associated during his time as a United player?
-From which Dutch club did United sign the South Korean midfield
player Park Ji-Sung in 2005?
-To show their disapproval of the ownership of
Manchester United by the Glazer family, supporters took to wearing
scarves of which two colours from the club's
-early days as Newton Heath?
-Green and gold.
Against which Premiership team did Wayne Rooney score
a hat trick in October 2006 and again in September 2011?
Which United player won the 2009 PFA Player of the Year award?
-Yes, Ryan Giggs is correct. No passes. Rachel, you have nine points.
And our next contender, please.
-And your name is?
-Your chosen charity?
-And your chosen subject?
-Disco music of the 1970s.
'70s disco in a minute and half.
The former Buddah Records executive Neil Bogart set up which
influential disco label in 1973?
-Which disco singer's early career was managed by Pete Bellotte
and Giorgio Moroder?
Her debut hit, Love To Love You Baby, reached the Top Five on both
sides of the Atlantic.
-What is the real name of Kool, founder member of
Kool And The Gang, who had disco hits such as Ladies Night and Celebration?
-Which 1977 John Travolta film, featuring a disco-based
soundtrack that sold 30 million copies worldwide, is set in Brooklyn?
-Saturday Night Fever.
-Which band's song, The Bump,
from their 1974 debut album Machine Gun, created a dance craze?
-Who was Harry Wayne Casey's co-writer on hits for George McCrae
and KC And The Sunshine Band?
-No. Richard Finch.
In 1976, which Double Exposure song, edited into a 12-inch
version by the DJ Walter Gibbons, became a massive disco hit?
-Which influential New York disco and nightclub was
opened by Ian Schrager and the former Wall Street trader
Steve Rubell in a disused theatre building in 1977?
-Who was the lead vocalist with the band
Rufus before embarking on a solo career?
-A Cameroonian jazz performer recorded Soul Makossa, often
credited as being one of the first disco records. Who was he?
-The soundtrack album of which film made stars out of the
Los Angeles disco band Rose Royce and their lead singer Gwen Dickie?
-Who had two hit singles in '78 with his falsetto vocals on
You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) and Dance (Disco Heat)?
-The one hit wonder, Anita Ward,
had a UK Number One with which disco favourite in '79?
Ring My Bell.
And we are out of time. One pass.
The real name of Kool,
the founder member of Kool And Gang was Robert Bell.
Wayne, you have 11 points.
And our next contender, please.
-And your name is?
-Your chosen charity?
-The Lord's Taverners.
-And your chosen subject?
-The career of the cricketer Michael Atherton.
starting now. In what style did Michael Atherton bowl?
He took over 100 first class wickets in his career.
-Who was the captain of Lancashire
when Atherton made his first class debut for the county in 1987?
-Against which country did he score his first Test century,
with a total of 151 runs at Trent Bridge in 1990?
-When Graham Gooch resigned as the England captain following a
heavy defeat by Australia in 1993, Atherton was chosen to replace him.
At which ground did he captain a Test side for the first time?
-Which Australian bowler dismissed him 19 times in 17 Test matches?
-Before playing for Cambridge University, Lancashire
and England, Atherton attended which secondary school?
-Manchester Grammar School.
-Atherton never scored a Test century at Lord's.
His highest score was the 99 against Australia in '93.
How was he dismissed in that innings?
-He was run out.
-Which former Australian Test batsman was the match referee
when Atherton was accused of ball tampering in the Lord's Test
against South Africa in '94?
-In which year was he awarded a benefit season by Lancashire
that raised over £300,000?
-In the '98 Trent Bridge Test against South Africa, Atherton
survived a fierce spell from a fast bowler, during which
he was given not out after gloving a delivery to the wicketkeeper.
What was the name of the bowler?
-Atherton returned to the England captaincy
for two Test matches during
the 2001 Ashes series after which player was injured at Edgbaston?
-In 1996, he gave evidence in a libel case brought by Ian Botham
and Allan Lamb against which former Pakistani cricketer?
-When Atherton batted for almost two days and made 185 not out...
-I've started so I'll finish,
to save the 1995 Johannesburg Test, who batted alongside him for most
of the fifth day, making 29 not out in over four and a half hours?
Therefore, no passes and a perfect round. 13 points.
And our final contender, please.
-This is where I'm going to make a getaway for it.
-Ha-ha. No chance.
You're here now. Can't get away.
-And your name is?
-Your chosen charity?
-Is the ClearVision Project.
-And your chosen subject?
It's the life and career of Sir Winston Churchill.
Winston Churchill in 90 seconds.
In which country house was Churchill born on the 30th of November 1874?
-In 1900, he was elected to Parliament for the first time,
at the age of 25, as MP for which Lancashire constituency?
-Churchill made a famous speech in Missouri on the 5th of March
1946 in which he said an Iron Curtain had
descended across the continent from Stettin to which other city?
-Who is quoted saying to Churchill,
"If I were your wife I would put poison in your coffee," to which he replied,
"And if I were your husband I would drink it"?
-In a speech to the House of Commons on the 4th of June 1940,
following the evacuation of Dunkirk,
what four words did he say after, "We shall fight in the hills"?
-"We will fight on the beaches."
-It's "We shall never surrender."
After resigning from political office in November 1915,
he joined the Grenadier Guards.
Which regiment did he then join in January 1916,
serving on the Western Front?
-Yes, Royal Scots Fusiliers.
In 1953, Churchill won which prestigious international
award for both his writings
and his "brilliant oratory in defending exalted human values"?
The Nobel Prize For Literature.
Churchill suffered from periodic bouts of acute depression.
By what well-known name did he refer to them?
In November 1899, during the Second Boer War, Churchill was taken
prisoner while he was a war correspondent to a national newspaper. Which one?
-The Morning Post.
did Churchill allegedly describe as "a sheep in sheep's clothing"?
In January 1911, Churchill was controversially present at which
police action where armed thieves were holed up in a London house?
-What is the title of his only novel,
subtitled A Tale Of The Revolution In Laurania and published in 1900?
-Is correct. No passes, Gary, you have ten points.
A really close first round. Let's have a look at the scores.
In fourth place, with nine points,
Rachel Riley. Third place, ten points, Gary O'Donoghue.
Second place, 11 points, Wayne Hemingway.
In the lead with 13 points, Miles Jupp.
It's the general knowledge round, now,
and if there is a tie at the end of it than the number of passes gets
taken into account and the person with the fewer passes is the winner.
So, let's get on with it and ask Rachel to join us again,
if she would, please.
It's all right, you're through the nasty bit, now. Now, look.
I want to talk about numbers, because you love numbers
and, to many people who don't understand numbers, that's baffling.
I mean, how can numbers be fascinating and lovely?
A number's and number.
Um, well, I think there's two types of mathematicians.
There's the pure mathematicians that do love numbers and the beauty
of an equation, and I was the type of mathematician that liked applied
maths, so all the sciency stuff, so, the equations, and the puzzles,
and it's really the puzzle solving
and getting to use your brain that I really liked.
Why do you think that is?
I mean, why is it that some of us just can't hack it with numbers?
Um, I think, it's possibly teaching.
It's all about the basis you get. It's all building blocks.
So, if you never get it when you're at school,
and a lot of teachers put kids off,
it's the same when they go to adulthood.
They just have that
inherent fear of maths.
You don't think it's something in the brain, something you're born with?
Yeah, I mean, well, to be honest
I did a Masters degree in maths at Oxford
and we didn't use numbers for the four years,
it was all algebra.
What? You did a Masters degree in maths
and didn't use numbers?
I showed someone my worksheet, and said,
"Guess what subject I'm studying?"
And they couldn't work it out, because it's very different.
It's not about numbers and times tables, it's about a logical
way of thinking, and the thought process, and puzzling through things.
Right, Rachel, you got nine points. Here we go, general knowledge, now.
-Yeah. Two minutes, starting now.
What part of the frog is considered a delicacy by many?
-The plot of which Jane Austen novel centres around the courtship
of Elizabeth Bennet by Fitzwilliam Darcy?
-Pride And Prejudice.
-In Greek mythology, what sort of winged animal was Pegasus?
-What name is usually given to a spiritualist or clairvoyant
with supposed psychic powers who claims to be able to
communicate with the dead, especially during a seance?
In which television quiz do unsuccessful contestants take
the walk of shame after being bid a curt "Goodbye" by Anne Robinson?
-The Weakest Link.
-In the popular saying, what are said to be burning
if someone is talking about you?
-Natalie Portman won the Best Actress Oscar at the 2011 Awards Ceremony
for her portrayal of the ballerina Nina Sayers in which film?
-What name can be applied to a cat with a mottled,
generally black and gingery coat and also to a common butterfly?
Which rock star, from the band The Doors,
is buried in the Pere Lachaise cemetery in Paris?
His grave has a Greek inscription that can be translated as
"True to his own spirit".
-Who completed a 140-mile swim along the River Thames
for Sport Relief in September 2011?
-Which country has a northern border with the United States
and southern borders with Guatemala and Belize?
-What cocktail is made by pouring tequila and orange juice over ice,
then gently adding grenadine syrup so that it sinks to the bottom?
French scientist discovered the elements polonium
and radium with her husband Pierre?
-In Bram Stoker's Dracula,
which plant is an effective deterrent against vampires?
-What French expression for "false step"
is commonly used in English to mean a social blunder?
-Which Roman leader was assassinated in the Senate House by a group
of conspirators on the Ides of March, 44 BC?
-Yes. Julius Caesar.
Which American film icon gave her name to a style of handbag,
based on a saddlebag, after she was pictured with one in 1956?
In golf, what name is given to a score of one over par for a hole?
One of the world's largest spiders is a tarantula
with a leg span of around one foot.
After which biblical giant is it named?
-Yes. That was a reasonable guess, wasn't it?
One pass, the Rockstar from The Doors is Jim Morrison.
You have, though, Rachel, 24 points.
And now Gary again, please.
Now, Gary, I don't know if you remember this,
but we worked together for a long time on The Today Programme,
and you came into work one morning, looking not smart and well
groomed as you are at the moment but rather dishevelled and rather late.
-That may have been the time I fell off the platform, was it?
And what made us all gasp a bit was that you are
so entirely matter-of-fact about it.
The editor of The Times came over in the evening and said,
and I said to him "I've had a bit of a bad day."
He said, "Oh, yeah, really? When's your piece going to be ready?"
And one of the other reporters went and told him what had happened,
he came over and said, "I didn't realise it had been that bad a day."
But, look, you've had an extraordinary career,
you've been brilliantly successful, and you have a disability.
What have you got to do to get over a disability like that to
achieve what you have achieved?
Well, you never, you must never take "no" for an answer, and "no"
is said quite often, and has been said quite often to me in my career.
And you must never take that as an answer.
You must also realise, and I try and realise this about my disability,
is that, at bottom, it is little more than an inconvenience.
It creates a few extra problems of getting around,
it creates a few extra problems of reading material.
Most of the real problems are created by other people, to a large extent,
but, the choice is this, you either sit at home and you do nothing,
or you try and get out there and do something,
and that seems to me not much of a choice, really.
-Right, you have ten points.
I know this is the bit, now.
And 24 is already the score to beat. That's a tough one.
Let's see if you can do it.
Two minutes of general knowledge starting now.
On the 20th of July 1969 who became the first person to set foot on the Moon?
-Which breed of dog, developed in Germany, is believed to
get its English name from the way it uses its front paws when fighting?
-Boxer. Which musical,
based on a novel by Victor Hugo, opened in Paris in 1980?
It includes the songs Who Am I?, I Dreamed a Dream
and Empty Chairs at Empty Tables.
What name is given to the day in November on which Americans
celebrate the gathering of the first harvest by the Pilgrim Fathers?
-Which English entrepreneur, and his co-pilot Per Lindstrom, were
the first to cross the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans in a hot-air balloon?
-In which sport is Phil Taylor one of the world's leading players?
-What maiden name is shared by Jacqueline Kennedy and Marge Simpson?
-According to a popular legend,
a tornado struck Kansas on the 22nd of June 1969.
Which actress and singer, whose most famous film was set there,
died on that date?
-In which Middle Eastern town
are Manger Square and the Church of the Nativity,
the scene of devotional processions at Christmas time?
-Who took the title Lord Protector of England, Scotland
and Ireland in 1653?
-In George Orwell's Animal Farm,
what sort of animal is Napoleon?
-Which composer wrote the music for the English patriotic song
Land Of Hope And Glory?
-Morello and Montmorency are varieties of which fruit?
What name is given to the inlet between south Wales
and south-west England that merges with the Severn
estuary at its eastern end?
-Which disastrous event of 1666 is said to have
raged from Pudding Lane to Pie Corner?
-Fire of London.
-Who succeeded Sue Lawley as presenter of Radio 4's
Desert Island Discs in 2006?
-Ed Miliband entered Parliament in 2005 as MP for one
of the constituencies in which town?
-What surname is shared by the famous singers whose first
names are Loretta, Tami and Vera?
-Lynn. Which fictional knight, obsessed with books of chivalry,
sets out with his squire, Sancho Panza, in search of adventure?
-Originally a Jewish term for the year in which all debts were
cancelled, what word means a special anniversary,
especially the 25th or 50th year of a reign?
-Yes. Two passes.
The maiden name we were looking for, Jacqueline Kennedy Bouvier, and Marge Simpson.
And Branson. Richard Branson did that hot air balloon crossing.
You have, Gary, 24 points.
And, Wayne Hemingway, again now, please.
Now, this is intriguing because you're a fashion designer
and you started the Red or Dead label, and you are now wearing,
at least I assume cos I have to confess to not being an expert
in all this, wearing what you would describe as antique clothes?
Well, we started with my wife, we started on Camden market
selling second-hand clothes when we were still teenagers.
So I had my old second-hand clothes, then Geraldine
had the clothes she'd made and put them in two laundry bags that we bought on Wembley High Road,
got on the tube down to Camden and that's how
we started our business, so, we're self-taught fashion designers,
we do all sorts of design now, and we've just taught ourselves.
For a designer, it's about ideas, and anybody, you know,
anybody can have ideas.
Yeah, but the point of fashion is, surely,
is, by the essence of it, it's got to be new.
Next year's fashion, next week's fashion.
Well, not necessarily, cos you can still make money.
For example, you know, these shoes are second-hand shoes.
I found them in, not a charity shop, a second-hand shop,
a few months ago in Lyme Regis.
-We were just on holiday there.
And they're exactly the right size, and they're handmade, 1949,
they've got New York in them.
-And they were 40-odd quid.
Now, but there's still money being made in that,
because that shop exists selling it, they've bought it somewhere,
they might have paid a tenner for it, they made a margin,
they're employing people, so it's still the same economy,
it's just done in a different way.
They're nice, as well, aren't they?
-They're lovely, yeah.
-They've probably got the original soles on.
I was going to say.
And this is probably an early '50s suit.
It's in really good condition, I had to get it repaired a bit, get it tailored.
Would you forgive me for saying it looks a little bit old-fashioned,
the wide lapels and stuff.
-That's not old-fashioned!
-They're back a bit, wide lapels are back.
-Yes! I am cutting edge.
What can I say?
Right, you've got 11 points. 24 still the score to beat.
See if you can do it, and break this deadlock at the moment. Here we go.
What name is given to the stick used by a
conductor to direct an orchestra.
-Which political doctrine,
mentioned in the title of Karl Marx's 1848 manifesto, seeks to replace
private property and a profit-based economy with public ownership?
Which 1997 comedy film tells the story of a group of unemployed men in
Sheffield who form a male striptease act to raise money?
Oh, how come I can't remember that? Pass.
On which mountain were the Ten Commandments handed down to
Moses by God?
-Tom Thumb is a small, fast-growing variety of which salad vegetable?
-Who wrote the best-selling book A Brief History Of Time
about the Universe and its origins?
-The French fashion designer
Jean-Paul Gaultier created the costumes,
including the conical bra outfit,
for which singer's 1990 Blonde Ambition tour?
-Which is the largest of the great apes,
from Equatorial forests of Africa?
By what name is Ivan the Fourth, the first Tsar of Russia, usually
known because of the brutality of many of his actions during his reign?
-Ivan the Terrible.
-Which much-loved sitcom ended
with the wedding of Audrey fforbes-Hamilton and Richard DeVere?
-Haven't a clue.
-Which French artist, born in 1864 in Albi, is
famous for his paintings of Parisian night-life and the Moulin Rouge?
-In the children's song
what is the name of the elephant
who "packed her trunk and said goodbye to the circus"?
-Which National Park in northwest Wales became Britain's third
National Park when it was created in 1951?
-Which British duo were coached to Winter Olympic
success in 1984 by Betty Callaway?
-Torvill and Dean.
-In the novels by Leslie Charteris, Simon Templar,
The Robin Hood Of Modern Crime, is better known by what other name?
-The name of which room in a house,
originally one in a monastery or convent where conversations
could take place, comes from the French for "to speak"?
-What common term is used for irrational
behaviour by drivers who react angrily to what
they regard as bad driving by other people?
-Which city, the capital of South Australia,
is named after the wife of King William the Fourth?
-Adelaide. What name is given to the bony skeleton of the human head
that protects the brain and includes the upper jaw and the cranium?
-The angry young man Jimmy Porter, features as the anti-hero
in which play by John Osborne, first performed in 1956?
-I could tell you, cos your time is up.
Look Back In Anger, is the answer. The other passes. The Saint.
Simon Templar, in those novels, was The Saint.
To The Manor Born was the much-loved sitcom.
Stephen Hawking wrote A Brief History Of Time.
Moses received the Ten Commandments from God on Mount Sinai,
-and The Full Monty.
-The film. Oh, dear.
But, you know, you got 22 points.
And, finally, Miles Jupp again, please.
And is it true that you...
Looking for the polite word, sort of conned your way onto a test
tour of India, pretending to be a journalist, affiliated journalist.
-Yeah, that's right, yeah.
One, I wanted to go on it and see what it would be like, and, also, I thought
I could become a cricket journalist by pretending to be one.
I did get some promises of work but they fell, the Western Mail.
-My old newspaper.
-Your old newspaper, indeed.
They wanted me
to write articles about one cricketer in particular who was injured
while I was flying to India, so that opportunity to work disappeared,
so I just wandered round for a month, really, pretending to be busy.
And nobody bothered, I mean,
they didn't say, "You're an impostor, Sir?"
No, there was a bit of that.
People keep asking, "Who do you work for?" and you go,
"Ah, you know, lots of people, really."
Christopher Martin Jenkins asked me,
every day of the tour, who I worked for.
And I just mumbled at him so effectively, actually,
that by the end of the tour he still believed that I was Scottish.
No, I got found out by a few people,
I used to be in a children's programme and people recognised me from that,
and they thought, "How can you do that and now do this?"
So it became a complete nightmare, really.
I paid for it myself, I didn't steal money that could have been spent on.
-I was going to ask about that.
I didn't spend money that could have been spent on grass roots cricket development.
So it wasn't a financial con, it was just, sort of, an access con.
And I suppose some people would say, some very cruel people would say,
if you lied successfully then, obviously,
you'd make a very good journalist.
But I wouldn't say that, because I am one.
Right, Miles. You've got 13 points. 24 still the score to beat.
Let's see if you can do it. Here we go, two minutes.
What completes the opening
line of the soliloquy that begins, "To be or not to be"?
"That is the question."
Which Manchester indie band, fronted by Ian Brown,
announced their reunion in October 2011?
-The Stone Roses.
-Who became the first player to win four major golf
tournaments consecutively, with his victory at the 2001 Masters?
-In Indian cookery, what name is given to deep-fried pastries,
containing spiced vegetables or meat, that are usually triangular in shape?
-Samosa. Snuff, published in October 2011,
is the 39th book in the fantasy series Discworld. Who is the author?
-The Chinese-American artist
IM Pei designed the controversial metal
and glass pyramid for which Paris museum?
-Which 2011 film comedy stars Jason Bateman
and Charlie Day as workers who despise their intolerable employers?
-Horrible Bosses, yeah.
What is the seed of the oak tree commonly called?
-I beg your pardon.
-What is the seed of the oak tree commonly called?
-Which garden suburb south of Birmingham was founded after
the Cadbury brothers moved their chocolate factory there in 1879?
-In which Oscar Wilde play is the central character mislaid
as a baby, in a handbag at Victoria Station, by the governess Miss Prism?
The Importance Of Being Earnest.
The term intestate is used to describe someone who has died
without doing what?
-Writing a will.
-Which '90s sitcom about two lads sharing a flat,
stars Martin Clunes as Gary and Neil Morrissey as Tony?
-Men Behaving Badly.
-Which iconic American film actor,
who died young in 1955, is mentioned
in songs by Daniel Bedingfield, Lou Reed and Don McLean among others?
-What is the name of the Skye terrier, commemorated by a statue
in Edinburgh, who spent 14 years watching over his master's grave?
-Sacha Baron Cohen's character Borat comes from which country?
Which bird was popularly believed to bury its head in the sand
when being chased, thinking it couldn't be seen
because it couldn't see anything itself?
-The first recorded use of what term for big showy jewellery is
said to have been made by the rapper Baby Gangsta in his 1999 album
Chopper City In The Ghetto?
-No, you'll have to help me with that one.
-No, I can't,
cos you're out of time.
I'll tell you. Shall I give it to you?
-It's not costume jewellery. It's bling.
-Right. Oh, bling.
But it didn't matter that you didn't know it,
because, Miles, you have a total of 27 points.
Well, he romped away with it in the end.
Let's have a look at the scores. In fourth place with 22 points, Wayne Hemingway.
Joint second place,
24 points apiece,
Rachel Riley and Gary O'Donoghue.
In first place with 27 points,
Miles, come and join us.
-Thank you very much.
-Obviously the high point of your career so far.
-Very much so, yes. Thank you.
Thank you for this, this is incredible.
You'd have to say that, wouldn't you?
-Well, reasonably well brought up, yep.
Thank you for watching. Do join us again for more Masterminds.
You don't have to be a celebrity to appear on the show,
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Countdown's Rachel Riley, designer Wayne Hemingway, comedian Miles Jupp and political correspondent Gary O'Donoghue take their places in the infamous chair to answer questions on Manchester United, 1970s disco music, former England cricket captain Michael Atherton, and Winston Churchill.