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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,
the show where a team of five quiz challengers
attempt to beat possibly the greatest quiz team in Britain.
Their quiz pedigree is well known,
as they've won some of the country's toughest quiz shows.
They are the Eggheads. Challenging our quiz champions today
are Loose Connection.
This team of colleagues
work for the same careers advice company in Gloucestershire. Let's meet them.
Hi, I'm Kevin. I'm 51 and I'm a careers advisor.
Hello, I'm Karen. I'm 46 and I'm a careers advisor.
Hi, I'm Jim. I'm 39 and I'm a careers advisor.
Hello, I'm Kim. I'm 52 and I'm a careers advisor.
Hello, I'm Gary. I'm 48 and I'm also a careers advisor.
Kevin and team, welcome.
So, you are busy helping people decide what jobs to do?
Well, mainly working with 13 to 19 year olds,
trying to help with employment, education and training.
Right, and looking at this lot over here,
could you recommend any gainful employment?
Ooh, I don't... Yeah.
They've got a lot of knowledge.
They've found their career now.
I think it's probably true, actually.
Our only possible career.
Yes, if you weren't doing quizzing, what would there be, actually?
Well, every day there's £1,000 cash up for grabs for our challengers.
However, if they fail to defeat the Eggheads, the prize money rolls over to the next show.
So, Loose Connection, the challengers won the last game,
proving it can be done, at least.
It means that £1,000 says you can't beat the Eggheads now.
Are you ready to try?
First head-to-head battle is on the subject of Film & TV.
Who wants this?
-Is that going to be Kev?
-You're the one who's revised that topic.
-And who should we choose?
-Who did we think, before?
What's your mum's dossier say?
Film & TV, I'm not sure. My mum's dossier, it's very thick.
-Your mum's dossier?
-Jim's mum's a keen fan.
-And you haven't read it?
You're going to be in trouble.
There's only four volumes of it.
She was going to give us a dossier on who to choose for what subject.
-OK, so who's playing this one?
-I'll take the Film & TV.
I think I'll take on Barry, shall I?
So, Kevin from Loose Connection against Barry of the Eggheads.
And to ensure there's no conferring,
please take your positions in the Question Room now.
OK, so let's see how you both do on Film & TV.
Three multiple-choice questions. Kevin, you can choose first or second.
I think I'll go first, please, Jeremy.
Good luck. Which comedian partnered Steve Coogan
on a tour of restaurants
in the north of England in the 2010 comedy series The Trip? Was it...?
I'm pretty sure it was his close friend,
also someone well-known for his impersonations,
I think it was Rob Brydon.
Rob Brydon is the right answer. Well done.
Barry, your question.
In which film did Tom Cruise play a character called Ron Kovic?
Ah, this was a stunning performance by Tom Cruise in this film,
and it was Born On The Forth Of July.
It was indeed Born On The Forth Of July.
1-1. Back to you, Kevin.
Which Blue Peter presenter went on to be a regular presenter
on the TV show Saturday Superstore with Mike Read? Was it...?
I'm pretty sure it wasn't Anthea Turner or Katy Hill.
I'm pretty sure I remember seeing Sarah Greene
on Saturday children's programmes.
So Sarah Greene.
Sarah Greene is your answer, and it's correct.
In 2006, Calista Flockhart took on the role of Kitty Walker
in which US TV drama series?
I don't think it was Six Feet Under.
Doesn't sound like her sort of thing at all.
I can't recall seeing her in Grey's Anatomy,
so I shall go for Brothers And Sisters.
Brothers And Sisters is correct.
Both doing well. OK, Kevin, back to you.
Kate Winslet won her first Best Actress Oscar
for playing a character with which name?
I'm not sure on this one. Em...
The names... I would probably have to guess at...
-Was April Wheeler in a movie?
They're all characters.
In a film which came out at pretty much the same time as the other one.
The other one being The Reader. It was Hanna Schmitz.
Revolutionary Road was April Wheeler.
Oh, OK. Barry, your question. If you get this right, you've taken the round.
Who directed the 1962 film The Manchurian Candidate
starring Frank Sinatra? Was it...?
This was the original film, and so much better than the remake.
I don't think it was George Roy Hill.
He did Butch Cassidy.
Was it William Wyler or John Frankenheimer?
Something is telling me it was John Frankenheimer.
John Frankenheimer is correct, Barry.
Three out of three, you've booked your place in the final.
Sorry, Kevin. You got knocked out, there, but you did well.
Please come back and rejoin your team-mates.
So, as it stands, the challengers have lost one brain
from the final round, whilst the Eggheads have lost no brains.
Our next subject is Arts & Books. Which of you would like this?
So, Arts & Books?
I will fall on my sword for this one.
OK. Who would you like?
Obviously you can't have the person we've just had, Barry.
Don't look so worried. Kim from Loose Connection versus Chris from the Eggheads.
Would you please make your way to the Question Room?
OK, Kim, good luck in your performance against Chris.
Three questions, multiple choice, on Arts & Books.
Kim, you can say whether you want the first or second set.
I'd like the first set, please.
Here we go. Terry Pratchett's novels Diggers and Wings were sequels
to which 1989 fantasy about gnomes who inhabit a department store?
I really don't know. Em...
A department store. Gnomes.
I'll just have to go down the middle and say Spinners.
It's not Spinners, actually. Eggheads?
-You had to be a Pratchett-ophile to know that.
-Or an Egghead.
Or an Egghead. Yes, good point.
Chris, your question.
The badger Trufflehunter is a character
in a book by which writer?
Well, there's a badger in Wind In The Willows by Kenneth Grahame.
There's no badger in Winnie The Pooh by AA Milne,
but CS Lewis wrote the Narnia books, so I presume Mr Trufflehunter
is a badger character in one of the Narnia books by CS Lewis.
CS Lewis is the right answer. Back to you, Kim.
In 2010, which artist made headlines when she installed
two fighter jets in the Duveen Galleries at Tate Britain?
Again, not my favourite subject, Art & Books,
but I shall do my best.
I'm going to go Jenny Saville.
Do you know this one, Chris?
I'd have gone with Jenny Saville.
No, it's Fiona Banner.
Chris, on to you.
What was the title of Jonathan Safran Foer's debut novel
published in 2002?
Not a clue, Jeremy.
Don't think it'd be Chasing The Dime,
and Bag Of Bones is a bit hackneyed.
Perhaps we're looking at a conspiracy involving
the Illuminati, and it's called Everything Is Illuminated.
So that's what I'll go with. Everything Is Illuminated.
You are right. It's the right answer.
Chris, that means you've taken that round.
Kim, sorry. Chris will be in the final, not you.
Please come back and rejoin your team-mates.
Bad luck, Kim.
It was... Well. It was tough.
I've done it. I came to do it, and I've done it.
It is tough sometimes.
In the Question Room, the stakes are different, I know.
As it stands, the challengers have lost two brains from the final round.
The Eggheads have lost no brains. Our next subject is Sport.
Is that a good one?
-That would be me.
-Definitely you, Jim.
-That is part of the dossier. It's got to be.
Yes, that's the first volume.
-Who does your mum say you should take on?
OK, Daphne. Doing her "I don't know anything about sport" routine.
Jim from Loose Connection versus Daphne from the Eggheads. Please take your positions.
So, Jim, we've got to hear a bit more about this dossier your mum prepared.
Yes, it's very important, it's helped us in our planning.
It's up to the fifth volume, now.
Each Egghead. This sort of size.
Any key points?
They always say Kevin's no good on Food & Drink,
although he always seems to win.
I think he wins a lot more than people think.
And Daphne's a lot better on sport than we think, as well. They're all very strong.
Chris on sport would've been good, but then he'd been done already.
So, yeah, we'll see how it goes.
Well, here we are, you're playing Daphne on sport, and this is all to plan
as far as your mum's dossier's concerned. You can choose the first or second.
Should you choose the first or second set of questions?
She told me first.
OK. Jim's mum, hope you're watching.
Which footballer was given his first ever red card
during his debut league appearance for Liverpool in August 2010?
I thought football would be a good subject for me,
but I'm not quite sure of this one.
Can't imagine... Wait a minute... Joe Cole.
I think it was his debut from Chelsea.
I think it might've been Joe Cole, thinking about it.
He's a forward, so it'd more likely to be a defender.
But I'm going to go for... I'll go for Joe Cole, please.
Well done, Joe Cole is right.
Daphne, your question. the Duckworth-Lewis method
is a system used to devise scores for which sport?
-Cricket is correct.
Jim. In 2002, Adams Park became the home ground for which rugby union team?
Again, it's not my strongest, rugby union. Let's think.
If it's Wycombe, it's quite close to London.
I can't imagine Leicester would have to share, they're quite a big side.
Exeter, I'm sure they play in Exeter.
I suppose a rational guess
would be London Wasps.
Please. London Wasps.
You're playing well, it is London Wasps. Two points.
Your mum is pleased.
And you knew it was in Wycombe?
I've been to watch a football match there,
but I didn't know there was rugby, to be honest. Was a bit of a guess.
Daphne's a good guesser, too. Let's try you out.
In 1982, who became the youngest ever winner
of the men's singles title at the French Open?
Gosh. I thought Michael Chang was going to come up, and, er...
Er, I don't know.
Em. Mats Wilander.
Mats Wilander is correct.
So when was Michael Chang?
Michael Chang was 1989.
-CJ says Michael Chang is 1989.
-Oh, right. OK.
OK, your question, Jim.
The Portsmouth Yardstick or the Portsmouth handicap
is a system of handicapping used in which sport?
I haven't got a clue. I've got...
I'm thinking, Portsmouth, linked to the sea.
Yardstick is something to do with a boat, maybe.
I don't think there's any handicap in lawn bowls. Or archery.
I'm going to have to say yachting.
Yachting is correct.
Three out of three. How's that?
Victory for the dossier.
Daphne, if you get this wrong, you're knocked out.
The two golf courses at Gleneagles designed by James Braid,
who won the Open Championship five times between 1901 and 1910,
are known by what names?
I do not know.
just going to take a sheer punt at the King's and the Queen's.
Is the right answer.
You see what I mean, Jim? She pulls them out of thin air.
OK, we go to sudden death, which means it's a bit harder.
I don't give you the multiple choice options. Are you ready, Jim?
-In which decade of the 20th century
did Pete Sampras win his first men's singles title at Wimbledon?
It's either going to be '80s or '90s.
I think he started to come in at the early '90s.
'89 it was still probably people like Becker, maybe.
I'm going to say '90s.
'90s is correct.
CJ loves his tennis.
You can give us the year?
OK. Daphne. Your question to stay in it.
With which team did the footballers Alan Shearer and Tim Sherwood
win a Premier League title?
I know nothing about football.
No, you're wrong.
-Blackburn Rovers is the answer.
So, Daphne, you've been knocked out,
and it's a bit of a nudge forward
for our brilliant Loose Connection.
Well done, Jim, you will be in the final. Both of you please come back and rejoin your team-mates here.
You've turned the corner, Loose Connection. See what happens now.
The challengers lost two brains. Eggheads lost one brain.
Our next round is Music. Last round before the final.
Who wants to do this?
-What do you reckon, guys?
-Shall I go for it?
Because you don't think you know a lot about music.
-I know nothing about music.
-Shall I go for it then?
-Dossier's out the window now.
-Who shall I challenge?
-It's CJ or Kevin, isn't it?
-CJ or Kevin.
I think CJ sometimes says he doesn't listen to music.
He says he doesn't, because he knows a lot really, doesn't he?
-He doesn't listen to music, does he?
I'll challenge CJ, please.
Gary of Loose Connection, challenging CJ on Music.
-You do listen to music, don't you?
-Not in the slightest, no.
Another victory for the dossier. Please go to the Question Room now.
OK, I'll ask each of you three questions on music, in turn,
and Gary, you can choose the first or second set.
I'll go first, please, Jeremy.
Everybody's going first at the moment.
Golde is the wife, and Tzeitel, the eldest daughter,
of the main character in which musical?
It's definitely not West Side Story.
I don't know Guys And Dolls very well,
but those names are not familiar to me from that at all.
Pretty sure they sound Russian or Polish sort of names,
so I'll go for Fiddler On The Roof.
Fiddler On The Roof is the right answer.
Famously played by Topol, or was that the character's name?
-Tevye is the character.
-Tevye's the character? Right.
-Topol played him.
CJ, a version of All I Ask Of You from The Phantom Of The Opera became
a UK number three single in 1986 for Sarah Brightman and which singer?
Ah, I obviously had the wrong song in my head.
I was waiting for Peter Gabriel to come up.
Oh, that's Don't Give Up, isn't it? Oh, dear!
Do not remember this at all.
Was Sting doing much solo stuff that early? '86?
The Police were still going then.
Erm, I can imagine Sarah Brightman and Cliff Richard doing it.
It's the sort of style of song that Cliff Richard could do.
I can't imagine Rod Stewart doing it, but he could've done.
Erm, I don't know.
I know they've worked together in the past. I'll try cliff Richard.
Cliff Richard is the right answer.
OK. Over to you, Gary.
Life For Rent is a best-selling 2003 album by which singer?
Eh, I think I know this one. I know it's not one of Kylie Minogue's.
Erm, I've actually got the album
and I think it's the second album by Dido.
Dido is right.
Jordan Knight became famous as a member of which group?
I think you may want to pronounce that N-SYNC.
That's how groovy I am!
OK, I'll do it again.
A Knight with a K?
I think he's the one who had the younger brother who went on
to have a career of his own.
I think it's Backstreet Boys. Oh, hold on. It's not NSYNC.
No, he isn't, is he?
He's the dark haired one in New Kids.
I'm not sure, but if I've got the right guy,
I'm going to go for New Kids On The Block.
You've gone the right way.
New Kids On The Block is the right answer.
OK, over to you, Gary.
Which composer was appointed Master of the King's Music in 1924?
Erm... I think Holst is 20th century.
And although his name is German, I think he was born in Cheltenham.
So he could well have had that role.
Elgar was writing around the early 20th century.
I've not heard of a connection with Britain for Delius.
So, that seems less likely to me. I think it's between Elgar or Holst.
And as a guess really, I'll go for Elgar.
Good guess. You're right.
Edward Elgar is correct.
You got three points out of three.
Nice work. The pressure's on CJ.
In the Saint-Saens work, Carnival Of The Animals,
which piece of music is slowed down to represent the tortoises?
I have heard Carnival Of The Animals,
but I didn't take much notice of it.
Well, Nessun Dorma is quite slow, anyway.
And I don't know much about the Offenbach piece.
Nope, don't know this one at all.
I mean, I suppose if you slow down Bolero it sounds very plodding,
as if something's going forward slowly.
I'm going to rule out Nessun Dorma, cos that's slow anyway.
And I don't know the Offenbach piece. I don't know the music to it.
Erm, all right, we'll try, simply cos it sounds plodding,
I'll try Bolero.
OK. We've got some heads-in-hands here. Go on, tell us why, Daphne.
It's the can-can. Offenbach.
-Ah, the Galop Infernal is...
-The hackneyed can-can tune that everybody knows.
Dun-dun-dun-dun-dun. That one? OK. And it slows down?
-So they have... Those tortoises have an infernal galop.
CJ, you're wrong.
You got the wrong answer, and Gary, that's very good news for your team.
You really are coming on strong now. Well done.
CJ will not be in the final.
Do, please, both of you, come back to us here.
Here we go with our final round,
which as always is General Knowledge.
I'm afraid those who lost their head-to-heads can't take part
in this round.
So, Kevin and Kim from Loose Connection,
and CJ and Daphne from the Eggheads, would you please leave the studio?
So, Karen, are you ready? We haven't heard from you yet.
You've saved yourself.
I'm just very relieved there are three of us in the final.
So, Karen, Jim, and Gary, you are playing to win £1,000.
Kevin, Chris, and Barry,
you're playing for something that money can't buy.
The Eggheads' reputation.
As usual, I will ask each team three questions in turn.
This time the questions are all general knowledge
and you can confer.
So, Karen, Jim, and Gary, the question is,
are your three brains better than the Eggheads' three?
Loose Connection, would you like to go first or second?
Going first has been quite successful so far,
so we'll go first, please.
Here is your first question and very good luck to you.
Which nursery rhyme features the lines,
"You owe me five farthings", and "When will you pay me?"
Oranges and lemons, say the bells of St Clement's.
"When will you pay me?" said the bells of Old Bailey.
-It's Oranges And Lemons, isn't it?
-I don't know this one.
-Yeah, I'm sure it's that.
-We're pretty sure it's Oranges And Lemons.
Oranges And Lemons is correct.
Eggheads, your question.
Mold is an administrative centre in an area of which part of the UK?
-It's North Wales, isn't it?
Er, Mold is in North Wales.
Mold is indeed in North Wales.
So, one each. They may get harder.
Can Queen Victoria Eat Cold Apple Pie
is a mnemonic for remembering what?
Seven words in that and there was seven hills in Rome.
And Q is Quirinal, isn't it? That's one of them.
I presume there were more than seven pharaohs of Egypt.
-How many labours of Heracles were there?
-I don't know.
Was it the Five Labours of Hercules? Five Labours...
Is it the Seven Hills of Rome?
There's definitely seven hills in Rome.
I lived in Rome for eight months.
-Yeah, you lived in Rome!
There's the Apennine Way. Which was one of the A's.
The Quirinal is where the parliament is, I think.
-Do you think there's seven hills of Rome?
There were seven hills... but there's Seven Labours of Hercules.
I think there was. Well, what were Hercules' labours?
What could be a hill beginning with a Q?
I think it's Quirinal or something.
-Is there a part of Rome beginning with a Q?
I'm sure it's where the parliament is.
I'm a bit worried about the labours.
I think it could be the Seven Labours, so it could be
either one of the Hills of Rome or the Labours of Hercules. But...
Shall we go for a consensus then? What would you like?
-I think it... Yeah. It's easier to make into a...
We think we'll go for the Hills of Rome
and hope that there were seven of them.
Let's ask the Eggheads.
-It was the right answer, well done.
Can you name the seven? You can? Go on.
Erm, well, doing the mnemonic.
Well, you know, there are two C's, anyway.
It's Capitoline, Quirinal, Viminal, Esquiline, Caelian,
or "Sea-lian", Aventine, and Palatine.
Would that come in handy for any other career?
-That's an idea!
-Tour guide! Yeah.
Brilliant. OK, here's your question, Eggheads.
What are the main ingredients of the French dish aligot?
-Could you spell that, please?
I've heard of it, but that doesn't necessarily help a great deal.
Would the French be likely to name a cheese and...
as simple as mashed potato and cheese?
I have really no idea at all on this one.
Well, they tend to go in for rich stews and things.
I think we should make it braised beef and mushrooms.
That would be my... I suppose my gut feel, just on what they would name.
I can't imagine they would name a mashed potato and cheese dish.
Pommes de terre a la fromage or whatever.
I think any pudding would tend to have a fancier name.
Sounds like a good solid stew to me.
-Yeah, so I would tend to go for that on that basis as well.
Shall we, I think...
Well, we're not going to get anywhere, are we?
-No. I'm happy with that.
-Don't know it.
No, not sure on this.
Could go all round the houses on this, but I think on balance
we'll go for the stew idea, and go for braised beef and mushrooms.
Braised beef and mushrooms is your answer.
I mean, you've never had this dish? You haven't come across it?
Heard the name, but...
-Mashed potato and cheese is the answer.
-This is interesting.
They lost the last game
and that's why you're on £1,000 here.
And if you get this question right you will win that money,
and you'll be officially cleverer than the Eggheads.
Here we go for £1,000.
What type of creature is the kunekune from New Zealand?
Do you know?
I don't think it's a snake. It doesn't ring any bells at all.
As far as I know, I don't think New Zealand has snakes.
Well, that's true, yeah.
What's kunekune, is that like a...?
-I think it's a pig.
-I think it could be.
I recall seeing at a farm park or something, somewhere, seeing it.
Is that from a native language then?
From Maori, I suppose. Isn't it?
-But I don't think it's a duck.
It does definitely ring a bell as a pig, a kunekune pig, to me.
-I think I've seen one.
-You think you've seen one?
-I think so.
Probably turn out to be a duck now and I won't have seen it!
-Erm, a pig.
-You think it's a pig?
Well, pig came to mind as well. I don't think it's a snake.
We'll guess with pig.
-Are you happy with that?
-You happy with that?
-Can we guess with pig, please?
Your answer is pig.
-Well, you're right, it's not snake.
-It's not duck either, it's pig, you're right.
Well done! £1,000...
-..goes to Loose Connection.
It started in a difficult way, didn't it?
-You had two people knocked out.
-Having three's good, isn't it?
-Your mum will be so pleased with that dossier.
-She'll be proud.
-We can burn the dossiers.
So, Jim's mum, well done. Great plan. Congratulations.
The team have just won £1,000.
You are officially cleverer than the Eggheads.
You've proved they can be beaten. Join us next time on Eggheads to see
if a new team of challengers will be just as successful. Till then, goodbye.
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Jeremy Vine 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 winner, 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?