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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 were a team of five quiz challengers
pit their wits against possibly the greatest quiz team in Britain.
They are the Eggheads.
I don't know why I'm saying possibly, definitely, Eggs.
-Yes. Of course.
-That's what we're here for.
-Look at them, so modest.
Challenging our resident quiz champions today
are T'Villidge Fowk from North Yorkshire.
Now, three of this team
work together at York Sport Village,
and to complete the quintet,
team captain Ashley has called upon the services
of a couple of his quizziest friends.
Let's meet them.
Hello, my name's Ashley, I'm a senior operations manager.
Hi, my name is Richard, and I'm a business manager.
My name's Tasha, I'm a marketing coordinator.
Hello, my name is Alex and I'm a PhD student.
Hello, my name is John, I'm a design and development engineer.
So, Ashley and team, welcome.
-Good to see you.
Did I pronounce the team name correctly there?
-You did, yes.
Fowk or folk? YORKSHIRE ACCENT: Folk?
Because you are working for the York Sport Village?
-That's correct, yes.
-Which is a leisure place?
It's a sport and leisure complex, yes.
Wonderful. So, are you looking forward to this?
-Very much so. Yes.
-And have you done any practising?
We were doing the app on the way up, so yeah...
Oh, I've done that, yeah.
-Is that quite good?
When you get beat, they do look very smug.
Yes, well, that took days of filming.
Every day, there is £1,000 worth of 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, T'Villidge Fowk,
the Eggheads have won the last five games,
so they're just getting some steam up here
and you've got to stop them.
And if you do, you'll win £6,000.
The first head-to-head battle
is on Geography, and you can choose from
Judith, Steve, Kevin, Pat or Dave.
Yeah? Yeah. That's John.
John. Against whom?
-Who looks lost?
-Judith, do you reckon?
-We'll take Judith, please.
I'm definitely lost.
So John from T'Villidge Fowk...
I'm never going to get used to saying that.
Keep me right on it. I've got to give it total conviction.
..versus Judith, who says she's lost.
To ensure there's no conferring,
would you please take your positions in our famous Question Room?
Judith, how would you pronounce the team name?
I don't know.
You pronounce it, you do it.
It's definitely a long O.
-What about "T'"?
The "T'" is... T'Villidge Fowk.
-Knife and spoon and fork.
-So it's like fork.
-One more time, Judith. You've got it now.
Well, I was going to talk about your skydiving, John,
but I think Judith has upstaged us.
How many skydives have you done?
-Some of us just wouldn't dream of doing it.
It seems like unnecessary risk, but for others, it's vital.
It's a great way of seeing the landing gear
while the plane is in the air.
Brilliant. Well, you've jumped out the plane now here on Eggheads.
You're playing Geography against Judith
and would you like to go first or second?
And here is your first question, John. Good luck.
In which county is the town of Cheltenham?
OK, so I'm not certain on this.
But I have heard of an organisation called Cheltenham and Gloucester.
So I think I'm going to go for Gloucestershire, please.
Gloucestershire is the right answer. Well done.
Which dance shares its name
with the capital of the US State of West Virginia?
Well, I think that might be Charleston.
-It is Charleston.
-Did you do the Charleston?
I did do the Charleston on Strictly, yeah,
and it was the one that I realised that needed the most practice,
so I was doing it for weeks and weeks in the bathroom, in lifts...
-..down the high street - very odd behaviour by me.
Some very odd movement by the feet. OK, John.
Mount Wellington, or Kunanyi, overlooks which Australian city?
OK, so...again, I don't know. Um...
I'm just going to have to go for a pure guess on this.
I'm going to say...Perth.
Let's see, who's our key Australian here.
Go on, Eggheads.
-I think it's Hobart.
-Hobart is the answer, John. Sorry.
Judith, to take the lead.
France's Seine river
is approximately how many miles long?
Oh, that's a terrible question.
At least it's not kilometres.
It can't be 1,200 miles long.
That's more than London to John O'Groats.
I should think it's probably 800 miles long.
It's not, actually. It's 500.
Oh, damn it!
It's a little bit of a let-off there, John.
You're still level. Get this one right,
see if you can just push Judith out of the hatch.
The flag of the Maldives is a red background
with a green rectangle bearing a white what?
I'm not doing too well on these Geography questions.
Again, I'm not certain.
Um...I'm going to take another guess
and go for...crescent.
-Crescent is right.
To stay in.
Eau Claire and Crescent Heights
are neighbourhoods in which Canadian city.
And Eau Claire is E-A-U then C-L-A-I-R-E.
I was hoping it would say Quebec, because Eau Claire sounds French.
Well, I think I'll go for what I think is the biggest city
because why on earth should one know about the others?
I've really no idea. So I'm going to Ottawa.
-You're going Ottawa.
It's Calgary, Judith.
Why should one know that?
One should know that because one is a quizzer.
That's not a good enough answer.
-So, John, well done.
-Thank you very much.
You took on an Egghead.
We've gone from Eau Claire to "Oh, Judith".
You've been knocked out, Judith. Sorry.
John, you're in the final round. Well done, Challengers. Great start.
Please come back, rejoin your teams and we'll see what happens next.
Well, thanks to Calgary, T'Villidge Fowk have not lost a brain yet.
The Eggheads have lost Judith.
You're still looking cross about it.
I'm furious. Why should I know the A to Z to Calgary?
-Why are we here?
The next subject is Politics.
Now, is this good for you, team?
We do have a politics student in our midst.
Brilliant. That's what you need.
-Will it be me?
Because often Politics is the one that draws the gasps.
So that's brilliant. Alex against which Egghead?
-It can't be Judith.
-Who do you reckon?
-Do you want to try Steve?
-Yeah, go on, then.
-OK, good stuff.
So Alex from T'Villidge Fowk versus Steve from the Eggheads.
This team name is killing me!
Please go to the Question Room now.
So, Alex, Politics.
First or second against Steve?
I think I'll go first.
And here is your first question.
In May 2016, who was elected to lead
the Ukip group in the Welsh Assembly?
Well, I don't think it was George Galloway.
I'll go for...
Neil Hamilton, but I'm not sure.
Yeah, it is Neil Hamilton, is the answer.
Steve, in the 1950s
and '60s, the Aldermaston marches were demonstrations against what?
It's a bit before my time,
but I'm pretty sure it's nuclear weapons, Jeremy.
Nuclear weapons it was.
Well done. OK, back to you, Alex.
What name is given to the directly elected lower branch
of the Parliament of the Isle of Man?
I guess, as they're directly elected,
representatives would make sense.
I don't think it's the other two,
so I'm going to go for House of Representatives.
Steve, do you know this?
-House of Keys.
-House of Keys.
Got a special name.
So, Steve has the chance to take the lead.
Who was appointed Secretary of State
for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in July 2016?
I think that was
Theresa May's opponent in the Conservative leadership clash.
It's Andrea Leadsom.
Yes, she had a bit of a nightmare, didn't she,
when she was standing against Theresa May,
but then she was given a job. Andrea Leadsom is correct.
So you're in the lead, Steve.
Alex, you need this one. Which 18th-century political figure
was nicknamed The Great Commoner
because of his popularity with the British public?
I think that was William Pitt, the Elder.
-You went straight there.
Was that by elimination or just...?
-Just I knew that one.
-You knew it, great.
That's a very good reason.
William Pitt, the Elder is right.
Well done. So you're level, but Steve can take it with this.
The US President John F Kennedy was born in which US state?
Hm. Well, I know he represented Massachusetts in...
As a senator, so that will have to be my answer, I'm afraid.
Unless it's a complete red herring, but I'll say Massachusetts.
It is indeed Massachusetts, Steve. Well done. Sorry,
that one wrong answer was a bit costly on the Isle of Man, Alex.
-You've been knocked out.
-Things are level.
Come back to us and we will see what happens in the next round.
Getting exciting, isn't it?
T'Villidge Fowk have lost one brain from the final round.
The Eggheads have also lost a brain, so it's level.
Try and take the advantage now with Sport.
Do you have a Sport person?
We do indeed and it's this guy
-to the left of me.
-OK. Business manager against which Egghead?
Got to be one of the three on the left.
Could I try and take on Kevin, please?
You certainly can.
Take on the linchpin.
So Richard from T'Villidge Fowk versus Kevin from the Eggheads.
Please go to our Question Room now.
Would you like to go first or second?
I'd like to go first, please.
OK, Sport up against the great Kevin.
Here is your first question.
All the athletes from which country were banned from competing
in the 2016 Paralympic Games?
I'm pretty sure that's Russia,
so I'll go for Russia with that one, please.
Russia is the right answer.
Well done. Kevin, a player in which
of these rugby union positions takes part in a scrum?
Well, a full back does the running and the fly half ditto,
so it's second row.
Second row is quite right.
OK. Back to you, Richard.
Which of these footballers has played over 100 times for England?
That has to be Wayne Rooney.
It is indeed Wayne Rooney.
Well done. So, two out of two. Back to Kevin.
In 2016, it was confirmed that which of these sports would feature
at the 2020 Olympic Games?
Well, the 2020 games in Tokyo, but the one there
that I think has been included is surfing.
Surfing is the correct answer, Kevin.
OK, Richard, your question. Get this right,
put Kevin under some pressure.
At which Minnesota golf club was the 2016 Ryder Cup held?
Medinah was a few years ago, which was the miracle of Medinah.
I think Valhalla was even longer ago,
so I'm going to have a go at Hazeltine, please.
Yeah, you're a good quizzer, Richard.
You got it right. Well done. Hazeltine it is.
Three out of three. Playing well. Kevin.
The cricketer Rangana Herath
has taken over 300 Test match wickets for which team?
Right, well, I don't think I'll divert on this one.
I thought of one of those before the choices came up,
so I will say Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka is correct. Well done. So three out of three for you both.
We go to Sudden Death now, Richard.
It gets a bit harder because these questions are not multiple-choice.
Serena Williams and which other tennis player
won their third Olympic women's doubles title in 2012?
I think that...
has got to be probably her sister, Venus Williams.
You are absolutely right. You are tempted to sort of think of all
the tennis players in the world and actually it was her sister.
Close to home.
So, Kevin, you have to get this right.
Which Premier League football team did Paul Pogba join in 2016
for a record fee of nearly £90 million?
I've gone astray here because he was at one time with Man United.
But who has he gone to now?
Gone a bit blank, unfortunately.
I have realised that I don't actually know.
I should know and I don't.
I think I'll have to say your lot, Jeremy, Chelsea.
But I'm not...
-"Your lot, Chelsea."
-I'm not sure. Yeah, sorry about that.
-Bit of circuitry come undone...
-Yeah, it has.
-..in your huge brain.
I think I've got to let Dave tell you the answer here.
Manchester United let him go in an argument over wages and then he went
to Juventus, was quite successful there,
and then United bought him again.
That means the round is yours, Richard.
Well done. Well done. You've knocked out Kevin.
On Sport and on Manchester United, which will be painful for Dave,
so maybe you've caused all kinds of trouble in the Eggheads' team.
Come back to us and we'll play the last round before the final.
Well, things have taken a turn for T'Villidge Fowk.
I'm giving it everything here!
-That was perfect.
-They've lost one brain while T'Eggheads have...
..lost two. And just press the advantage here,
keep the focus, guys.
The next subject is Film & TV.
-Who wants this?
-It'll be me.
Brilliant. And you gave a little pat on the desk, Tasha, as if to say,
this is what we wanted.
Excellent. And you can have either Dave or Pat.
I'm going to go for Pat.
Brilliant. Tasha from T'Villidge Fowk versus Pat from the Eggheads
on Film & TV. You fancy this, Pat?
I'm happy to answer on Film & TV, yeah.
OK. There we are.
To me, he sounds rattled.
It's taken me years to work out how to read Pat.
Please go to the Question Room now.
OK, Tasha. Film & TV, would you like to go first or second?
I'd like to go second, please.
So here we go. Pat gets the first question.
In the film version of the Wizard Of Oz, what type of dog is Toto?
I think he's a...
a terrier of some sort, maybe a West Highland.
He's not the spaniel, he's definitely not a poodle.
He's a terrier.
He is a terrier.
Well done. Toto the terrier.
Over to you now, Tasha.
Which TV series is based on a series of books by George RR Martin?
Well, I'm a big fan and I know for a fact that it's Game Of Thrones.
It is Game Of Thrones. Well done.
Pat, the '90s TV series The Darling Buds Of May
was adapted from a series of books by which writer?
I think people like David Jason and Catherine Zeta Jones
featured in this,
and I think it was based on works by HE Bates.
HE Bates is correct. And Chesterton was Father Brown, was he?
Yes, Father Brown. And JD Salinger is Catcher In The Rye
and Franny And Zoe and those sort of things.
That's right. OK. Thank you.
So Pat got it right.
Get this one right to stay abreast of him.
Who directed the 1994 film Muriel's Wedding, starring Toni Collette?
I can't say I've seen this film.
It came out the year I was born, so a little bit young.
For some reason, I don't think it's PJ Hogan.
I think I'm probably going to go for Mike Figgis.
But that's really just a vague gut feeling.
OK, let's check with the Eggs here.
-Eggheads, do you know?
Hogan is the answer. PJ Hogan.
So, Pat has the chance to take the round here.
Third question. In the 2016 film Finding Dory,
which British actor provides the voice for a sea lion called Rudder?
This for the round, Pat. Is it...?
I think I have a memory of reading
that The Wire stars Idris Elba and Dominic West,
that their first getting back together
may have been in Finding Dory as sea lions.
I think I've got to go on that and go for Dominic West.
I love the way your brains work.
You remember an article which said that Idris Elba and Dominic West
met again after The Wire as sea lions.
-Dominic West is the right answer.
Sorry, Tasha. He's good, actually.
So, well done, Pat, you're in the final round.
Tasha, you've been knocked out.
It's now level and we're going to play that final round next.
So this is what we have been playing towards.
It is time for the final round.
As always, it is General Knowledge.
But I'm afraid those of you who lost your head-to-heads won't be allowed
to take part in this round. So that's Tasha and Alex
from T'Villidge Fowk and Kevin and Judith from the Eggheads.
Would you please now leave the studio?
Ashley, Richard and John,
you're playing to win T'Villidge Fowk £6,000.
Dave, Pat and Steve, you're playing for something
that money can't really buy - the Eggheads' reputation,
and to continue what is now, I think, officially a roll.
As usual, I will ask each team three questions in turn.
This time, they're all general knowledge. You can confer, gents.
So the question is, can you with your three brains
defeat these three famous ones over here?
-I'm sure it can be done. And I wish you luck.
So, Ashley, Richard and John, would you like to go first or second?
We'll go first.
OK, General Knowledge. Your first question.
Which of these refers to the sport that involves being secured
inside a large transparent ball,
which is then rolled along the ground
or down hills?
-I'm pretty sure that's zorbing.
-That's what I was thinking as well.
-Yeah, we all agree zorbing.
Zorbing is right. I haven't ever done this.
Have you done...? John, you've probably done this.
I've seen it done, but it unfortunately clashed
with a different adrenaline-filled activity I was doing.
The saying "gertlush", meaning very good,
is most associated with people from which British city?
Don't trust my accent.
It's spelt G-E-R-T-L-U-S-H.
I always thought Newcastle. It's a Geordie Shore thing.
-I can't see any reason for a Bristol or Hull.
People from Bristol or Hull, they're not really renowned for
-I think we've got to go Newcastle.
I thought lush was sort of a Welsh thing, wasn't it?
Lush. But I don't know.
-..happy with Newcastle.
-What about you, Steve?
-It's favourite out of the three for me.
Newcastle. We're not entirely sure, Jeremy,
but based on the possibility that Geordie Shore
has been more prominent,
we'll go Newcastle, please.
Newcastle is your answer.
Gertlush. You're in York, so you can help.
Have you heard this one?
I assumed lush was Welsh, so I would have probably chosen Bristol.
-I'd have gone with that.
-Yeah, and the one fact, really,
that these guys had over here as they snatched at their answer
was that lush is Welsh, because that came from Pat,
but somehow Pat was ignored.
Bristol is the answer.
It could be a very, very expensive mistake by the Eggheads
on the first question. My goodness.
Next question is for T'Villidge Fowk.
What type of creature is the ibis?
-It's 100% a bird. Absolutely certain.
-If you're sure of that, then I'm happy with that.
-It's definitely not
-any of the others. No, it's definitely a bird.
I wouldn't disagree with John on that one. It's a bird.
-Bird is the right answer. Well done.
All you have to do is get your next question right
and you've won £6,000.
If you do that, there is nothing they can do about it.
All right, Eggheads. See if you can get off the blocks here.
If you get this wrong, it's over.
What nickname is given to a form of computer malware that can be
downloaded to a user's device
without warning simply by the user visiting a compromised website?
-Drain-train doesn't sound right.
has the echo of a drive-by shooting, so it's just extreme bad luck
that you've stumbled across misfortune just by circumstance.
Yeah, I can't say I've ever heard of it.
-Drive-by sounds plausible.
There is sort of a story behind that
-that would make some sort of sense.
-Yep, we'll go for drive-by.
-Go for it. Yeah.
Again, we're not sure of this,
-but we're going to go for drive-by, please, Jeremy.
-If you've got it wrong, the contest is over.
-Drive-by is the right answer.
Saved it. So they have got a point and beware here,
because you let them back in,
they're going to be hungry for a win.
If you get this right,
you've won £6,000 and they don't get another look in.
Moffett sewing and McCain sewing are methods used in making which items?
I know books as being binding.
You bind books.
I'd discount books.
Between the other two...
I'm trying to think of what sort of way you would use
different types of sewing and...
..on that logic, there seems to be more opportunity with sails
than there does to be with saddles, but I don't know.
You'd expect so. Saddle.
Yeah, I don't really have an inkling either way.
-There must be hundreds of types of sails.
Different types of the yacht, different forms of sail.
Shall we take a joint decision on yacht?
I'm happy with that. I don't really know.
I'm sorry if it's wrong. I'm really sorry if it's wrong.
I think... We definitely don't know the answer, but I think...
..through majority decision we're going to choose yacht sails.
If you had got this right, you would have £6,000,
but I'm afraid it is books.
-OK, so the situation is this - the Eggheads have one, you have two,
you had the money coming closer to you there, but don't worry.
You've not lost by any manner of means.
In fact, if they get this one wrong, you've won the contest anyway.
So let's see. Chalcis, Eggheads, is the capital of which Greek island?
-No, I'm afraid.
-Well, Ithaca is Odysseus, ain't it?
-Euboea is, what? The second biggest Greek island.
Paros I don't know much about at all.
Does Chalcis come up in mythology?
-It's classical, ain't it?
-Of those three islands...
Is that where Clashing Rocks are?
You know in Jason And The Argonauts, they go in through past there
and that's Chalcis, I'm sure it is.
-Or perhaps I'm just talking rubbish.
-No. No, no.
Well, who came from...? Didn't Odysseus come from Ithaca?
-That's what I'm saying.
-It's possibly slightly higher profile
-in mythology than the other two.
-I mean, it will be the biggest,
so you imagine that probably would have the capital,
but you can give the capital to anything, really.
Yeah, they can all have capitals.
Playing on my own, I'd probably go Ithaca,
-Well, that's one thing to hang on.
What about you, Pat?
We don't know what the capitals of these islands are,
so at the very tenuous...
-Ithaca is perhaps the best we have.
-Yeah. Are we all...?
-If it's wrong, I'm sorry.
We're going to just talk ourselves out of it, aren't we?
Again, we do not really know,
but the consensus is going Ithaca, please, Jeremy.
OK, you've said Ithaca.
-If you've got it wrong, they've won the jackpot.
Can I check backstage?
Is that too painful for you to see whether Kevin and Judith know?
The one from the Golden Fleece legend
is a different place altogether.
That's over at the far end of the Black Sea.
-That's my logic gone.
-So it's not the same Chalcis.
-OK, there's two Chalcises?
The answer is Euboea.
So we say congratulations, Challengers! You have won!
rarely, rarely do we see - no disrespect, Eggs -
but you only scoring one out of three in the final round.
My goodness. And that's it.
Bang, you're gone.
-Thank you very much.
-Very well played.
That was scarier than one of your skydives, John.
-I thought, with the saddles and the sails,
I thought you'd gone, but not so.
-Really well done.
-They were tough questions.
-They were very tough.
-Yes, some tough ones.
I'm really glad we went first.
Well, really well done.
I hope you've enjoyed the day.
-Thank you very much.
-With the win is good, but I hope
you've enjoyed the rest of it as well.
Congratulations. And I love the T'Villidge Fowk name.
You've just won £6,000.
So you can go back and say to all your colleagues,
you are officially cleverer than the Eggheads.
A bit of an enquiry going on here already.
You proved they can be beaten.
Do join us next time on Eggheads to see if a new team
with a different name will be just as successful.
Until then, we really enjoyed today. Goodbye.