Gold medal-winning cyclist Jo Rowsell-Shand, Wolfblood actor Louis Payne, rugby commentator Eddie Butler and Top Gear presenter George Lewis face the black chair.
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First in the spotlight tonight
is the Olympic gold-medal winning cyclist Jo Rowsell-Shand.
Her specialist subject, the Harry Potter books.
Next, the Wolfblood actor, Louis Payne.
He'll be answering questions on Arsenal Football Club.
The rugby commentator Eddie Butler
takes as his subject the Spanish Civil War.
And the Top Gear presenter George Lewis, on Oasis.
Hello, and welcome to Celebrity Mastermind, with me,
John Humphrys, and four contenders who are no strangers to pressure
but who've never sat in the black chair before.
And that can do strange things to people.
If they can overcome the fear, the reward is the honour
of becoming a Celebrity Mastermind, at least for one of them.
The usual rules apply, a minute and a half on their specialist subject
and two minutes on general knowledge.
So, let's ask our first contender to join us, please.
And your name is?
Your chosen charity?
And your chosen subject?
The Harry Potter books, here we go, 90 seconds.
Harry's Aunt Petunia, Uncle Vernon and cousin Dudley
live at Number Four, Privet Drive in Little Whinging, Surrey.
-What's their surname?
What's the name of the jet black balls in the game of Quidditch
that "rocket around trying to knock players off their brooms"?
A boggart assumes the shape of whatever it thinks will frighten someone most.
Who does it appear as to scare Neville Longbottom?
Students at Hogwarts often collect and trade picture cards
of famous wizards and witches.
What items of confectionery are the cards included with?
In Harry's first Transfiguration lesson, Professor McGonagall
changes her desk into an animal, and back again. What animal?
What is the name of the woodland where the giant spider Aragog
has lived since he was blamed for the death of Moaning Myrtle
and Hagrid was expelled from Hogwarts?
The Forbidden Forest.
The Hogwarts student Marietta Edgecombe breaks out in purple spots
when she betrays Dumbledore's Army in The Order of the Phoenix.
What word do they spell?
When Harry first travels by Floo powder, he accidently arrives
in Borgin and Burke's shop, in a passageway close to Diagon Alley.
The sisters Narcissa Malfoy and Bellatrix Lestrange visit
Professor Snape at his home in The Half-Blood Prince.
What is the name of the street where he lives?
Which potion that contains lacewing flies, leeches, fluxweed and knotgrass
gives the drinker the appearance of another person?
A Polyjuice potion.
What type of creature is Firenze, who replaces Sybill Trelawney
after she is sacked as Professor of Divination
by Dolores Umbridge?
-Centaur is correct.
And you had just one pass.
The name of the street where Professor Snape lives
is Spinner's End.
However, you have scored, Jo, 10 points.
And our next contender, please.
And your name is?
Your chosen charity?
And your chosen subject?
In 90 seconds, starting now.
Arsene Wenger joined Arsenal having previously managed Nancy
and AS Monaco and which Japanese club?
Which midfielder was nicknamed "the Romford Pele"
and holds the record for the most Premier League appearances for the club?
Who did Arsenal defeat in the 1998 FA Cup Final
to complete their first League and Cup double under Wenger?
The club celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2011
by unveiling three bronze statues depicting Thierry Henry,
Tony Adams and which former manager?
Who scored a hat trick when Arsenal came back from a 4-0 deficit
to win a League Cup tie 7-5
against Reading in October 2012?
-Robin van Persie.
Who was shown a red card for his challenge on Samuel Eto'o
in Arsenal's Champions League final versus Barcelona in 2006?
The goalkeeper David Seaman played his last game for the club
in the 2003 FA Cup final against which team?
Who became the youngest Arsenal player to appear in the Premier League
when he made his debut at Blackburn Rovers in September 2008?
When Arsenal played their first Premier League game under Arsene Wenger,
in October 1996, only one member
of the starting line-up was a non-British player.
Who was he?
In the 2003-04 season, the so-called Invincibles
became only the second team to play a full season
in England's top tier undefeated.
They eventually lost a game the following season
after how many consecutive league games without a loss?
-49 is correct. You had two passes.
Patrick Vieira was the non-British player, yes.
And Grampus Eight!
It was on the tip of my tongue, it really was!
-It's always worth just taking a guess.
-Anyway, there we are.
A good score, you've got seven points.
And our next contender, please.
And your name is?
Your chosen charity?
And your chosen subject?
Spanish Civil War, 90 seconds.
In which North African country did a revolt begin
on the 17th of July 1936 that marked the outbreak of the War?
Who was appointed Commander in Chief of the Nationalists
at a meeting in Salamanca on the 21st of September 1936?
What Spanish term, originally used to describe
the expulsion of the Moors from Spain,
was adopted to promote the Nationalist rebellion
as a form of crusade to liberate the country?
To which city was the Republican seat of government moved in November 1936
when it was feared that Madrid would fall to the Nationalists?
Who was the leader of the French government
who proposed the policy of non-intervention in the War?
What name was given to the military groups formed from foreign volunteers
who fought for the Republican side?
At what Battle of March 1937 did the Republican forces
rout a Nationalist army of mainly Italian troops?
It was the only major defensive Republican victory of the War.
On the 26th of April 1937, Germany, in support of the Nationalists,
sparked international condemnation when they heavily bombed
which Basque town?
Which German pocket battleship was attacked
by Republican bombers in May 1937?
More than 20 sailors died.
Who recounted his experiences as volunteer
fighting on the Republican side in his book Homage to Catalonia?
The final major battle began with a Republican crossing
of a river on the 25th of July 1938,
and ended in November in a Nationalist victory.
Which Colonel attempted a coup against the Communists
in the Republican government in March 1939?
He hoped then to negotiate peace terms with the Nationalists?
-It was indeed.
Eddie, no passes. You've got 10 points.
And our final contender, please?
And your name is?
Your chosen charity?
And your chosen subject?
Oasis in 90 seconds, here we go.
What was the name of the head of Creation Records,
who signed Oasis to the label in 1993
after seeing them at a gig in Glasgow?
Oasis' rivalry with another band peaked in the summer of '95
when their respective singles Roll With It and Country House
were released on the same day. Which band?
The 2002 album Heathen Chemistry
featured a track written by Liam Gallagher.
What was its title?
Erm, Little James.
Which album of B-sides was released in November '98
and reached number two in the UK chart?
It was the band's last album on Creation record label.
Which duo kept Wonderwall off the top
of the UK Singles Chart in November '95?
Robson & Jerome.
What is the name of the record label set up by the band in 2000?
Its first release was their single Go Let It Out.
Which former guitarist from the group Ride
joined Oasis as the band's bass player before the tour
for the Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants album?
What was the title of Oasis' first UK number one single?
It reached the top of the chart in May '95.
Some Might Say.
What is the name of the television presenter who interviewed the band
before they performed Whatever and Live Forever on MTV Most Wanted in '94?
-No, Davina McCall.
In 2008, Noel said, "I'm not having hip-hop at Glastonbury, it's wrong"
when he found out that a rapper had been booked
to headline the festival. Which rapper?
Noel announced that he was leaving Oasis in August 2009
after reportedly being involved in an "altercation" with his brother Liam
just before the band were due to appear on stage
at a festival in which country?
Paris, er, France!
France is correct, yes.
-No passes, George. Nine points.
Well, a very close contest so far.
Let's have a look at all the scores.
In fourth place, seven points...
So, it is the general knowledge round now,
and if there is a tie at the end of it, then the number of passes
is taken into account and the person with the fewer passes is the winner.
Let us get on with it, and ask Louis to join us again, please.
And you of course, famous for your Wolfblood CBBC series.
-Are you the scary one?
No, you're the nice one, really, aren't you?
Yeah, but I think we're all nice, actually.
-But there's something there to scare the kids, isn't there?
We transition into wolves and there's that sort of
-in-between stage, where it's a bit...
-Ah, so you become a wolf?
That's right, yes.
But they're not meant to scare the children?
Erm, no, not per se.
I can imagine, I suppose, they are a little bit scary.
But they're sort of done in a way that kids are meant to
-want to be Wolfbloods themselves.
-Oh, are they?
So, it's done in a way where it's sort of advertising.
Well, that's setting them up for a fall, really.
They're probably not going to be, are they?
They'll be frustrated for the rest of their lives.
"I wanted to be a Wolfblood, Mummy!"
-I wanted to be a footballer, so...
Right, now that you've got seven points, plenty of time
to catch up because you have two minutes of general knowledge.
So, here we go.
Which single unified currency for the EU was agreed
under the Maastricht Treaty?
What name for a large mass of snow, ice and rocks
falling rapidly down a mountainside
comes from a French dialect word for "to descend"?
What fruit juice or puree is added to champagne or Prosecco
to make a Bellini cocktail?
Which broadcaster known for his interviews with politicians
is also television quiz show host
and published a memoir called A Life In Questions in 2016?
Connie Fisher won the 2006 BBC television contest
to find someone to play a character
in a West End production of The Sound of Music.
Ain't got a clue, pass!
Which American state was the scene of a Gold Rush that started in 1849
after gold deposits had been discovered there the previous year?
What bird was popularly believed to bury its head in the sand,
supposedly because it thought it couldn't be seen
if it couldn't see anything itself?
In December 2000, which group consisting of Beyonce Knowles,
Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams,
topped the UK Singles Charts with Independent Women - Part 1?
Who won the 5,000 metres at a Diamond League meeting
in Zurich in August 2017 in his final track race?
In which language is the Koran, the sacred text of Muslims, written?
What instrument does the leader of a symphony orchestra play?
What is the traditional English name for a dish of leftover boiled potatoes,
mixed with cabbage and then fried?
It's believed to come from the noise the food makes in the pan while it's cooking.
-Bubble and squeak.
Who stars as the smuggler Danny Archer
in the 2006 film Blood Diamond?
-Yeah, Leonardo DiCaprio!
Which radio programme did the veteran cricket commentator
Henry Blofeld retire from in September 2017 after 45 years?
Which pantomime, usually set in China,
is taken from a story in the Arabian Nights?
-Withnail And I.
What word, supposedly used by North American Indians for strong liquor,
is a direct translation of the Ojibwa word for "whisky"?
-I don't know!
-Well, I'm not surprised, to be honest.
-Anyway, it's firewater, I can tell you.
We'll take that as one of your passes.
That radio programme that Henry Blofeld was on, Test Match Special.
-Nah, not my sport.
Very sensible, Maria von Trapp was the West End production
of The Sound Of Music.
And I'm not surprised you didn't know this one,
he'd been around a little bit, I think,
the broadcaster who did a bit of political interviews and things.
Jeremy Paxman or something, his name.
But I... I've no idea what he's doing now. Anyway...
Some other television show, I gather.
-You got a total, Louis, of 14 points.
-14? That's not bad!
And now, George again, please.
-And Top Gear, that's what you do, George.
Erm, except that, you don't actually get to drive the cars?
I've driven one car in the whole time I've worked on it.
-And what happened?
-I almost drove straight into a tree.
So, erm, this is a deeply personal question,
but if you are a rotten driver...
-Why are you doing Top Gear?
-Why give me the job? Shut up, John!
-We could pass over that, if you prefer.
I thought myself, why did they give me the job?
And it's only recently, someone said to me,
-"Well, you play the geeky idiot one, don't you?"
I didn't... I wasn't aware of that!
But I think I'm there to ask the questions
that the normal person at home might be wondering.
Now, you have nine points,
you now get your general knowledge questions.
Two minutes, starting now.
Which sport is played in the US Masters
at the Augusta National course?
Yes, what dish consists of a beaten eggs cooked in a frying pan
and served plain or with fillings such as cheese or ham?
The Catcher In The Rye, first published in 1951
is the most successful work by a reclusive American author
usually known by his initials JD. Which author?
What is the name of the tree-lined royal road that runs from Buckingham Palace
through Admiralty Arch to Trafalgar Square?
Which actor won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 2004 for Mystic River?
He'd previously been nominated as the director of Dead Man Walking.
Draculin, a substance that inhibits the coagulation of blood,
is found in the saliva of what species of bat?
Which island is the largest of the Inner Hebrides?
It's famous for its dramatic scenery.
The Bolshoi and Maryinsky ballet companies come from which country?
What word for a devotional song or hymn,
especially as found in the Bible,
comes from the Greek for "music of a harp or stringed instrument"?
Who won a record eighth Wimbledon Men's Singles title
when he beat Marin Cilic in the final in July 2017?
In which television medical drama series does Jodie Whittaker play a nurse
who has assumed the identity of a friend to pose as a doctor?
What term in journalism is used for an exclusive news story
reported by one newspaper before all the others?
In which Bavarian city did the Nazi Party stage a series
of spectacular rallies that were an annual event from 1933 to 1938?
What colour is regarded as particularly lucky in the Far East?
In China, it forms the principal colour of a bride's wedding dress.
Which low-lying country, on the northeast of the Indian subcontinent,
has a capital city called Dhaka?
Which pop duo, whose re-recording of their debut single West End Girls
became a number one hit in 1986,
consists of the vocalist Neil Tennant and keyboard player Chris Lowe?
In meteorology, what name is given to an elongated region
of high atmospheric pressure, the opposite of a trough of low pressure?
Might be, might be but it's not! It's...
-It's a ridge.
I know, a ridge of high pressure.
Three passes, the Pet Shop Boys, that was what pop duo became.
Dhaka is the capital city of Bangladesh.
And that island, the largest of the inner Hebrides is Skye.
So, those three passes, George,
you have scored a total now of 18 points.
And now Jo, again, please.
And... You, I would say you're a cyclist.
I mean, you're a brilliant, amazing cyclist.
Gold-medal winning cyclist. But...
What you do is you go round and round and round the circuit,
-The velodrome, yes.
-Yes, doesn't it get boring?
Not on race day, because on race day, you've got 16 laps,
full gas, you've got the crowd going wild...
-Full what? Full gas?
-Full gas, you're hard as you can.
Yes, it's so intense, you're thinking about so much,
your whole body is in pain.
Boring isn't anything that comes into it.
In terms of training, it can get a bit repetitive sometimes.
But we do lots of different sessions.
You must get to know it very well indeed.
Yes, you get to know your home tracks, so the Manchester velodrome,
I know all the little bits of geometry of that.
But then you go to a different velodrome to race, although it
looks exactly the same to everyone else, they are all subtly different.
Right, you have 10 points, which is very high.
So, let's see how you do with your general knowledge round
What domesticated animal has breeds called Burmese, Siamese and Persian?
What flaky, buttery roll takes its name from the French for "crescent"?
Which footballer proved true to his words "once a Blue, always a Blue"
when he returned to his boyhood club in July 2017?
He admitted to wearing Everton pyjamas every night
throughout his stay with Manchester United.
What word is used for a published announcement of a death,
often accompanied by a short biography of the deceased?
Which country sandwiched between Norway, Sweden and Russia
is a land covered in forests and around 188,000 lakes?
Who took over from Stephen Fry
as the presenter of the television panel game show QI in 2016?
What spicy meat dish, said to have originated in Texas,
is often known there as "a bowl of red"?
Chilli con carne.
In which novel by John Fowles is Sarah Woodruff the heroine?
She's played by Meryl Streep in the 1981 film adaptation.
What is the name of Milan's world-famous opera house,
-built in the 1770s?
In which 2017 television drama does Laura Fraser play
Detective Sergeant Annie Redford, who is investigating
a series of murders in a quiet Scottish community?
What illness, caused by the bite of an infected animal such as a dog,
is also known as hydrophobia
because a sufferer is unable to drink and is afraid of water?
Which cathedral city in Hampshire
is home to one of Britain's most prestigious public schools?
Jarvis Cocker was the lead singer of a Britpop group
that had its first Top 40 hit over 15 years
after it was formed in Sheffield.
Which stage musical that charts the journey of a young female
singing trio from Chicago, opened in the West End in 2016?
What is the name of the Jane Austen novel that centres on the courtship
of Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet?
Pride And Prejudice.
In which 2016 film does Natalie Portman
play the title role of a former First Lady?
-Think of a name, any name? No?
-Don't know, pass.
-All right, Jackie.
As in Jackie Kennedy.
Yes, the other passes, Jarvis Cocker was the lead singer of Pulp.
-That illness caused if you're bitten by an infected dog, rabies.
La Scala is the opera house in Milan.
The French Lieutenant's Woman was the novel by John Fowles.
Sandi Toksvig took over from Stephen Fry, and Wayne Rooney,
I'm not sure we want to know this, really, wore blue pyjamas to bed.
I don't know why that seems odd, but there you go. Anyway, he did.
You now, Jo, have a total of 18 points.
And finally, Eddie again, please.
And... Eddie. Rugby.
-You said with a sigh, John.
-You said it with a sigh.
Said it with... Well, we're Welsh, aren't we?
However, putting that aside, when you were not but a lad, if you were
a brilliant rugby player, you could be very small and very successful.
Now...you've got to be big.
You do, you have to be...well muscled, I think, John.
-It's no longer a game for all shapes and sizes.
-That's a shame, isn't it?
Er... It is because it was one of the founding principles of the game.
And it still does apply.
It's just that even your utmost burley barrel-chested prop
has to be athletic now, which has to be good, actually.
What about you, because you were a great player in your day as well.
Well, I wasn't quick, that's for sure. Yeah. But...
No, I was a forward. So, I didn't mind a slow game.
Anyway, you have 10 points in the bag.
18 is the score to beat, here we go.
Let's see if you can do it in two minutes.
What is the principal non-alcoholic ingredient of a Bloody Mary cocktail?
Who won his 50th fight and kept his unbeaten record when he defeated
the UFC Champion Conor McGregor in Las Vegas in August 2017?
Which cobra, also known as the hamadryad,
is the world's longest venomous snake?
A former lifeguard, Gregory J Bonann,
was the co-creator of a television drama series
about the Los Angeles County lifeguards. Which series?
In August 1941, a German spy named Josef Jakobs
became the last person to be executed at what place in London?
The hippie anti-war movement was the theme of a musical
that opened on Broadway in 1968. Which musical?
Which ballroom dance became especially popular in Austria
throughout the 19th century, with the Strauss family
composing many famous examples?
Who returned to the role of Queen Victoria in the 2017
Stephen Frears film Victoria and Abdul,
about the monarch's unlikely friendship with a young Indian clerk?
What is the second-most abundant gas
in the Earth's atmosphere after nitrogen?
Antwerp, Ghent and Liege are among the principal cities of which country?
Sir Hugh Munro, John Rooke Corbett,
Fiona Graham and Percy Donald
have all published eponymous lists of features of Scotland's landscape.
What literary post has been held successively by
Cecil Day-Lewis, Sir John Betjeman,
Ted Hughes and Andrew Motion?
Which American group headlined the 2017 Glastonbury Festival?
They had to pull out two years earlier
after their lead singer Dave Grohl broke his leg.
-Kings Of Leon.
Which 1988 film that starred Tom Cruise as the New York bartender Brian Flanagan,
had the tag line, "When he pours, he reigns"?
Lonicera is the botanical name for which
species of sweet-smelling climbing shrubs?
In Shakespeare's time, it was called "woodbine".
Many Welsh place names begin with four letters
that evolved to mean "a church and its environs".
-What four letters?
In the Scottish independence referendum,
which city recorded the highest percentage Yes vote?
Along with Glasgow, West Dunbartonshire and North Lanarkshire,
it was one of the four council areas to vote for independence.
And that's important,
and I'll tell you why in just a second.
Cos you had four passes. That 1988 film was Cocktail.
The Tower Of London was where Jakobs was executed in 1941.
Baywatch was the television drama series,
and Floyd Mayweather won that fight.
Eddie, you have scored... 18 points.
So, let's have a look at those scores.
In fourth place, 14 points, Louis.
Third place with 18 points and eight passes, Jo.
Second place, 18 points and four passes, Eddie.
First place with 18 points and three passes, George!
Come and join us.
-They won't let you drive the car, but you've got...that!
-This is my day.
-That is your day. So, what?
I mean, compared with driving a Formula 1 car at 200mph,
how does that rate?
-This beats it.
-Nanna will be proud of this one.
Well done, George. Now, you don't have to be a celebrity
to take part in the regular Mastermind programme.
If you'd like to appear in the next series on BBC Two,
then visit us online...
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Either way, do join us again next time for more Masterminds.
Thanks for watching, goodbye.
John Humphrys presents as four more celebrities put their reputations on the line as they brave the famous black chair. The contenders are gold medal-winning cyclist Jo Rowsell-Shand, Wolfblood actor Louis Payne, rugby commentator Eddie Butler and Top Gear presenter George Lewis.