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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 Eggheads, where five quiz challengers pit their wits
against possibly the greatest quiz team in Britain. They've won some of the toughest quiz shows.
They are the Eggheads.
Challenging our champions today are the Bookends.
They all worked at the same bookshop in Leeds until its closure in 2009.
Hello. I'm Gary, I'm 39 and I'm a supervisor in a bookstore.
Hi. My name's Mike, I'm 42 and I work as a deputy manager in a charity shop.
Hello. My name's Gordon, I'm 37 and I'm a university administrator.
Hello, I'm David, I'm 35 and I'm a primary school teacher.
I'm Robb, I'm 38 and a bookstore manager.
-So, Bookends, the bookshop closed. Is this the team title here - "book ends"?
-There's two reasons
for the name. The end of the bookshop and also we bookend the store's life.
-Some of us were here at the beginning and some at the end.
-So one category would be Arts and Books.
-You'd think so, wouldn't you?
-No one wants to play it!
-We're not sure yet.
We get a lot of people who are specialists in a subject
and you can only expose your deficiencies!
-Music is also big in your lives. You take part in a music quiz?
-Every Thursday night in Leeds.
-We've had a 70% pass rate as winners.
-Music, Arts and Books... Let's find out what's first.
Every day there's £1,000 up for grabs, but if our challengers fail to defeat the Eggheads,
the prize money rolls over. The challengers won the last game, proving it can be done.
That means £1,000 says you can't beat the Eggheads.
And our first head to head battle is on Food and Drink.
Food and Drink to open this game.
- I think Gordon or Rob. - How do you feel about it?
Not great. You did well the other day.
OK, I'll have a go.
Right, Gordon will take it on.
-And which Egghead do you want to take with you?
-I think that's the one.
Oh, right. Of course, yes. Barry, the Leeds connection.
Let's have Gordon and Barry into the question room, please.
Let's try to knock one of them out, please, Gordon. First or second?
I'd like to go first, please.
OK. Good luck, Gordon. Your first question is this.
Which dish consists of sausages cooked in Yorkshire pudding batter?
Em, that one is Toad in the Hole.
Yes, it is. Of course. A bit of Yorkshire pudding for you.
Which term used as an expression of approval means thoroughly cooked when referring to meat?
I hope this won't refer to me at the end of this round, but well done!
Liking it, Barry. It's the right answer.
Gordon, the Moon and Stars, so named for its dark green rind spotted with bright yellow markings,
is a variety of which fruit with the scientific name citrullus lanatus?
Right. I don't really know this one.
I think a star fruit is very like a kiwi fruit.
-So I think I'll go for kiwi fruit.
The Moon and Stars. Going for kiwi.
Dark green rind and yellow markings are on a watermelon.
So a chance for Barry.
The Italian term affogato, literally meaning "drowned", normally refers to a dish with which two elements?
What a lovely word to describe a dish. Drowned. The only one of those
that I think can be drowned is tiramisu, often drowned in brandy. So that's my guess, my answer.
-No, it's a guess, cos it's wrong!
-It was my answer as well!
Your guessing answer. It's espresso and ice cream.
That's affogato. OK, well, no damage done, Gordon.
Your third question. The properties of La Tache
and Romanee-Conti produce some of the most expensive examples of which French wine?
Right. I haven't got a clue.
-I will guess Burgundy.
-Good guess! It's the right answer. Well done.
OK, you're in the lead.
Barry needs this. Stamp and Go is the name given to a dish of fish fritters native to where?
Stamp and Go? I don't think it's Singapore.
Stamp and Go...
Sounds a sort of laidback thing the way they'd label a dish in the Caribbean, so Jamaica.
Fish fritters from...Jamaica. It's the right answer, yes.
Well, Gordon, it's Sudden Death.
We remove those options. There won't be three choices appearing for the remainder of this round.
It's Sudden Death. Thompson Seedless and Black Hamburg are varieties of which fruit?
Thompson Seedless and Black Hamburg are varieties of which fruit?
Seedless would imply grapes.
Yeah, I will guess grapes.
Good guess. Right answer. Well done.
Thompson Seedless and Black Hamburg are grapes. Right, Barry,
alaria esculenta, known by names such as badderlocks and honeyware, is an edible form of what?
I don't know, but esculenta somehow is saying snail to me.
But badderware and honeylocks. It could be. That's the only thing that's come to mind, so snails.
OK, snails. Badderlocks and honeyware, not badderware and honeylocks.
It's not the right answer. Other Eggheads, do you know?
-Seaweed is correct.
You're in the final round, Gordon! Well done!
Would you both please come back and join your teams?
Great start for the Bookends. Gordon into the final round
and the Eggheads have lost one brain in the form of Barry. Our next subject is Music. Who'd like this?
It should be you, shouldn't it?
-That'll be me.
-All right, Gary. And who would you like to play?
It can't be Barry. You can't play twice in the Head to Heads.
-He doesn't like modern stuff. ..I'll go for Chris.
OK, Gary and Chris on Music. Could I ask you both, please, to go to the Question Room?
-Gary, first or second?
-I'd like to go first, please.
OK, best of luck. The singer Katherine Jenkins is best known for which musical genre?
Er, she is classical crossover.
Yes, indeed. Classical crossover, Katherine Jenkins.
One on the board.
Chris, New Order were the group behind which World Cup song for the England team in 1990?
It's not Vindaloo. That was Fat Les.
And I don't think it was Back Home. It's got to be World In Motion.
World In Motion is right. Well done.
Mike Love was a founder member of which group?
I think I know. I'll just take a second. I don't want to rush in.
-I'm pretty sure it's the Beach Boys.
-Getting the right answer.
Yes, the Beach Boys. Mike Love.
Chris, which pop star calls her fans Little Monsters,
a name tattooed on her arm?
I don't think Beyonce's got any tattoos anywhere that are visible.
Don't think it would be Mariah Carey. So I'll say Lady Gaga.
And you've got that tattooed on you.
I haven't got any tattoos at all!
-Not even of any steam trains?
-Maybe you just haven't looked close enough.
I might have been born with a works plate in the small of my back!
Little Monsters are tattooed on the arm of Lady Gaga. Well done.
Two all. Who wrote the song Just Like A Woman, a UK Top Ten single in 1966 for Manfred Mann?
Again, I'm quite... Well, I know Bob Dylan sang it.
I don't know if Joan Baez wrote it.
Em, but I'll go with my first instinct and say Bob Dylan.
OK, Bob Dylan. He sang it, but did he write it? Yes, he did. It's the right answer.
which composer became a Gentleman of the Chapel Royal under Elizabeth I
but had to flee the country under James I, due to scandal and a charge of adultery?
Thomas Arne wrote Rule Britannia. He was later.
I don't think it was John Bull. I think it was John Blow. No joke involved.
John Blow. Composer under Elizabeth I firstly,
but run off under James I...
-It's John Bull!
It is John Bull, which means another Bookend in the final round.
Faultless performance from Gary, following Gordon.
Would you both please come back and join your teams?
Well, Bookends, doing ever so well. It's like a bookshelf has fallen on the Eggheads.
Two brains missing. So far, all the Bookends are there.
And our next subject... Arts and Books!
-Only Mike, David or Robb can play.
-Who shall I take?
-Robb's going to play.
-OK, Robb. Barry and Chris have played, so it's Pat, Judith or Daphne?
-Shall we go Pat?
-I think possibly Pat.
He'll attempt to take on Pat.
OK, it's Robb and Pat taking on Arts and Books.
Would you both please go to the Question Room?
OK, Robb, we know about the books side of this category. What about art?
Em, I did a Fine Arts MA and Fine Arts in BA.
I'm also a musician. My weakest subject is going to be opera, so if there's an opera question
-I might not do very well.
-Probably covered by Music, I would suspect.
-I hope so!
-Anyway, let's find out. Would you like to go first or second?
Good luck then, Robb.
Here's your first question. What term is used for the technique of applying paint by spraying
and to describe the process of retouching photographs?
I'm pretty sure it's not windpainting. That sounds very strange.
Breezecolouring also is not a term I've heard of in terms of art.
-I believe it's airbrushing.
-Yes, it is. Airbrushing.
For your first point.
Pat, in July 2010, which art collector announced he'd donate his Chelsea gallery to the nation?
I think he's got lots of Emins and Hirsts
and all that sort of young British artist material. Nigella Lawson's husband, Charles Saatchi.
Charles Saatchi is correct. One each. Robb,
which comedian and author wrote a series of war memoirs
that included the 1971 book Adolf Hitler, My Part In His Downfall?
Whilst I'm a big fan of Harry Secombe and Willie Rushton,
my dad used to read to me from this person's books. I believe it's Spike Milligan.
Spike Milligan is absolutely right, yes.
And, Pat, the medal awarded by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals
for Outstanding Illustration in Children's Books is named after whom?
Of those three options, there certainly is a Greenaway Prize for children's literature.
The Carnegie Prize, the Greenaway Prize. People like Quentin Blake have won it. I think Kate Greenaway.
It's the right answer. Well done. Two-all.
Robb, third question.
The 1875 painting entitled The Gross Clinic depicting surgery on a leg
is one of the most notable works of which American painter?
I'm not that up with American painting.
I'm going to go for Thomas Eakins.
That's the right answer - Thomas Eakins. You have three.
Is another Egghead going to go?
Pat, you must get this. The narrative poem Piers Plowman,
attributed to William Langland, was written in which century?
I always have to convert century numbers into 100s,
so 1300s, 1500s,
I think I'll dismiss the 18th. I think it's much earlier than that.
So it's the 14th versus the 16th.
I don't know. I'm going to go down the middle and say the 16th.
16th century for Piers Plowman...
It was written in the...
You're mowing down the Eggheads! Another one bites the dust.
You're in the final round, Robb. Would you both please come back and join your teams?
Well, Eggheads, three brains gone from the final round.
Can you pull it back from here? It's looking good for The Bookends at this point, all of them still there.
Our last subject before the final round is Sport.
Mike or David can play this.
It's got to be...
-It should be me?
I think we should, yeah.
-I'll take Sport, Dermot.
-OK, Mike, and who would you like to play? Daphne or Judith?
-I think Judith on balance, yeah.
-It's going to be Mik and Judith contesting this last head-to-head. Let's see how it goes.
Into the question room, please, both of you.
Mike may be three questions away from making this a clean sweep for The Bookends.
-Would you like to go first or second?
-First has worked for us, so I'll stick with that.
Best of luck, Mike. Here you go.
Who was England's goalkeeper against the USA in their first match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa?
Sadly, I know this because I'm a Norwich City fan.
And when he conceded the goal, my son texted me to say,
"USA goal made in Norwich." It is Robert Green.
Was that his first club?
-That was his first club.
-Robert Green is correct.
A bit of a mistake by Rob Green,
but no mistake there by Mike in identifying him.
Judith, first question. Which British athlete won gold medals in the 110 metres hurdles
at the 1993 and 1999 World Championships?
I think that's Colin Jackson.
That's the correct answer.
Mike, in which year
did the golfer Corey Pavin win the US Open, his first major title?
I'm not sure how many Corey Pavin won. Not many.
He's also playing on the Seniors Tour now,
so I'll discount 2005.
OK, my initial thought was '95.
I had a feeling it might be a bit earlier than that,
but I'll stick with my initial thought and say '95.
OK, going with that first inkling,
that first instinct. It's the right answer as well.
Corey Pavin won the US Open in 1995.
Judith, in the 2010 Formula One calendar,
the European Grand Prix was staged in which Spanish city?
I think that's Valencia.
It's the right answer. Yes, well done, Judith.
Mike, Frank and Andy Schleck from Luxembourg became famous as leading competitors in which sport?
As far as I know, they're cyclists, so cycling would be the answer.
Yeah, cycling is correct, Andy Schleck finishing second
in the 2010 Tour de France by a matter of seconds.
39 seconds, I think.
39 seconds, yeah. It means you've got to get this, Judith,
or Daphne is going to be a very lonely Egghead.
Which England cricketer achieved a record 26 Test victories as captain before his retirement?
Oh, dearie me!
I don't think it was Nasser Hussain
because I have a feeling England wasn't very good during that time.
Michael Vaughan was fairly recent.
Were we any good then?
Was Ian Botham captain? I didn't know he was ever captain.
So it's a guess, I'm afraid.
Ian Botham is such a hero. Maybe it was Ian Botham.
-Is that your answer?
-I'm afraid so.
Ian Botham... So is Daphne because it's the wrong answer.
Who is it, Daphne?
I don't know. Michael Vaughan?
Michael Vaughan, of course, the Ashes victory in 2005...
I'm sorry, Daphne.
It means it is a clean sweep. Mike, you're in the final round.
You're not, Judith. Would you both please come back and join your teams?
This is what we've been playing towards - the final round, which is General Knowledge.
But I'm afraid those of you
who lost your head-to-heads cannot take part in this round,
so Chris, Barry, Pat, Judith, four Eggheads, would you all leave the studio now, please?
Bookends, I think this is only the seventh time that this has happened
where we've got all the challengers playing one Egghead
and one of those times it was you there on your own, Daphne.
-You did manage to shore things up, so watch out.
-Yes, dangerous when on her own.
Dangerous when solo. So, Gary, Mike, Gordon, David and Robb, you're playing to win The Bookends £1,000.
Daphne, you're playing for something which money can't buy - the Eggheads' reputation.
I'll ask each team three questions on General Knowledge. You are allowed to confer.
You can talk to yourself, Daphne. No change there then.
Bookends, are your five brains better than the Eggheads' one? Would you like to go first or second?
We'd like to go first, please.
All right, off we go. See where this journey takes us. First question to The Bookends.
Which French term refers to the basic position or stance in fencing?
-"A propos" is literary, isn't it?
-They always say "en garde".
-It's "en garde".
Yeah, I think so.
We think the answer is "en garde".
Plenty of discussion there.
Yes, "en garde" is the basic position in fencing. Daphne then...
Which organisation's symbol, created by Gerald Holtom,
was originally meant to represent an individual in despair with palms outstretched outwards and downwards?
I think that... Amnesty has a candle with the barbed wire round it.
I think it's CND.
-So, going for CND?
-It's the right answer, yes.
Bookends, in which year did Rosemarie Frankland become the first UK entrant to win Miss World?
I take it no-one knows this?
I don't think I was there.
I'm not a fan.
OK, well, '71 seems a little late.
How long has it been going?
It was still going in the '70s. Definitely.
I kind of think that if it had been in the '60s,
it would be something you'd hear.
It'd be something else that Britain in the '60s... You know what I mean?
-I mean, for what it's worth in trying to guess.
I don't know, so I mean...
It's a difficult one to judge.
-For some reason, I don't think it's '71.
-You don't think so?
-I think I'd err towards '71.
-Yeah, I mean, you know...
But that's one against four.
No, no, because, you know, I just haven't got...
I haven't got a clue personally.
OK, shall we go for '71 then?
-All right then, yes.
Rosemarie Frankland becoming the first UK entrant to win Miss World.
It's not the right answer.
-It's 1961. Rosemarie Frankland, have you ever heard of her, Daphne?
-You knew that?
-I would've guessed '61.
Daphne, a chance for the lead.
The international airport at Tirana in Albania is named after which famous person?
Well, it wouldn't be Kemal Ataturk because he's Turkish.
And, of course, Mother Teresa was born in Albania.
I've not heard this.
I'm going to guess at Enver Hoxha.
OK, Enver Hoxha
-who, of course, was President for many, many years.
-It's Mother Teresa.
-Not Enver Hoxha.
So a let-off for The Bookends. It stays all-square.
Everything to play for then. Can they beat the Eggheads?
The fashion designer known as Valentino was born with which surname?
Again I don't think...
We're good on fashion, aren't we(?)
The first thing I thought... Well, the one that jumps out is Sartori.
-Yeah, cos of sartorial.
-Yeah, sartorial elegance.
-When was he?
Do you know? What era? Cos I'm not sure.
I've no idea.
Valentino would suggest...
He may have been named after Rudolph Valentino.
-It might have been the '40s when potentially...
-You're saying "sartorial" came into...?
-Into sort of common usage.
If it's not Sartori, who would you b more inclined to...?
-It's got a flavour to it.
I would guess Sartori.
-It's a complete guess.
-So what are we going for?
-OK, we are going to go for Sartori.
OK, Sartori, Valentino Sartori...
The answer is...
-The other one you were considering. That's happened twice now.
Daphne, a chance
to salvage this sorry game that the Eggheads have played so far.
Here you go.
The Pearl Islands, including the resort island of Contadora, belong to which country?
Right, here goes. Panama.
-That's your answer?
-That's my answer.
-No thinking, no discussion?
Under a lot of pressure there, Daphne.
All these Eggheads take their reputation very seriously.
The Pearl Islands belong to...
..Panama. It's the right answer. You've won, Daphne.
-You've done it again.
-I knew that one.
-You knew that one?
I thought of Panama before you asked me.
OK. That's always a sure way of locking it in.
Well, a fantastic performance in the final round by Daphne on her own,
but she's got bragging rights with the other sorry four up there.
You gave them a good old quiz kicking, Bookends.
I mean, you won those head-to-heads 4-0.
You answered far more questions correctly in the game than the Eggheads,
but just in that final round where it all counts, Daphne to the rescue.
Thank you for playing one of the most exciting games of Eggheads ever and best of luck with the future.
The Eggheads have done what comes naturally to them and they reign supreme over quizland once again.
You won't be going home with £1,000 which rolls over to the next show.
Daphne, congratulations. Who will beat the Eggheads?
Join us next time to see if a new team of challengers have the brains to defeat the Eggheads.
£2,000 says they don't. Until then, goodbye.
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Dermot Murnaghan hosts the show where every time a new team of challengers take on probably the greatest quiz team in Britain - The Eggheads - made up of some of the country's top quiz champions, including the winner of Are You An Egghead?, Mastermind and Millionaire Pat Gibson; the previous winner of Are You An Egghead? Barry Simmons; Millionaire winner Judith Keppel; Mastermind winner Chris Hughes; four times World Quiz champion Kevin Ashman; Weakest Link winner CJ de Mooi; and 15-1 winner Daphne Fowler.
Can the challengers triumph over the general knowledge Goliaths and walk off with the cash prize, or will it roll over to the next show?