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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 pit their wits against possibly the greatest
quiz team in Britain. They are the Eggheads.
Hoping to beat the might of the Eggheads are the Cabbies.
These Challengers met through volunteering for the
Citizens Advice Bureau in South Lakeland.
-Let's meet them.
-Hi, I'm Sue, I'm a retired National Park ranger.
Hi, I'm Steve, I'm a Citizens Advice volunteer.
Hi, I'm Christina, I'm also a Citizens Advice volunteer.
Hi, I'm Dan, and I'm a local government
planning and housing manager.
Hello, I'm Gareth and I'm a Citizens Advice volunteer.
So, Sue and team, welcome.
Great to see you. So you've come from Citizens Advice Bureau, Sue?
-That's right, yes.
-And Cabbies -
C-A-B is how we know the Citizens Advice Bureau across the country?
-That's right, yes.
-But they're being rebranded, I gather?
We're dropping the bureau, so we'll just be Citizens Advice in future,
-OK. But it's great job you do,
because a lot of people are really in need of just basic advice on debt
and all kinds of things?
Absolutely, yeah. It's actually a lifeline for a lot of people.
We provide a lot of advice for all sorts of things.
Employment and debt, benefits, housing and a range of other issues.
Wonderful. And do you find you need a lot of knowledge, general knowledge,
to do that? You can see where I'm heading here.
Not the same knowledge we need here.
So someone won't come in and ask a history question, for example?
Possibly not. No!
But I notice also that you're part of the first all-female team to
-climb Mount Kenya?
-That's right, I was.
Tell me about that.
Well, it was just two of us.
Two women, about 30 years ago now,
we climbed Mount Kenya.
We didn't know at the time,
but we were told afterwards we were the first female team.
So it was quite an undertaking at the time.
Maybe you'll be the first Citizens Advice Bureau team to beat the
Eggheads? That would be a wonderful thing.
I'm sure we will!
Good. Good luck to you.
Every day, there's £1,000 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, Cabbies, if the Eggheads are looking a little bit forlorn today,
it's because the Challengers won the last game.
They took them apart in the last round.
And at least it proves it can be done.
So there's £1,000 to win today.
-Would you like to try?
-I think so!
Glad you said yes. Your first head-to-head battle is on the subject of History.
You can have either Beth, Chris, Pat, Barry or Lisa.
-Should I take that?
-You want to take that?
OK. Hope that politics doesn't come up.
OK, Gareth, on the end.
Gareth against which Egghead, that's the question?
I'll go for Chris.
OK, Gareth, from the Cabbies, versus Chris, from the Eggheads.
To ensure there's no conferring,
would you please take your positions in the Question Room?
OK, good luck. Gareth, you're against Chris on History,
would you like to go first or second?
I'll go first, please.
Here we go. In Roman society, what was a stylus?
A writing implement
Straight there. You're right, it's a writing implement.
We weren't trying to trick you there, don't worry.
OK, Chris, your question.
The Oxford English Dictionary dates the first use of the word workhouse,
to mean a public institution where the able-bodied poor worked in
return for food and lodging, back to which century?
15th, there was no real system of poor relief at all.
In the 17th, there were alms-houses, so it's the 19th.
Workhouses, actually, were around in the 17th century, Chris.
Gareth, there's a chance here.
Which of these battles took place during the Crimean War?
Inkerman is correct.
Chris, your question, to see if you can get on the scoresheet.
In Viking culture,
what name was given to an open-air meeting in which points of law
Well, the oldest parliament in the world is the Althing in Iceland,
so it's a thing.
It is a thing, actually.
I didn't know that's where thing came from.
From a Viking open-air meeting. Back to you, Gareth.
If you get this right, you've taken the round, Gareth.
In quite a succinct manner.
What was it the name of the conscientious objector who won the
Congressional Medal of Honour for saving the lives of over 70 of his
comrades during World War II?
I think it's Audie Murphy.
I'm just trying to think about how you get to this answer.
Audie Murphy is wrong.
-Any Eggheads know?
-I think it must be Desmond Doss.
Desmond Doss is the right answer there, Gareth.
So we go to Chris, who has chance now to get back into this.
Which historical figure conquered Cuba for the Spanish and went on to
become its first colonial governor?
Well, Christopher Columbus
didn't become anybody's colonial governor.
down in Panama, so it's Diego Velazquez de Cuellar.
It is indeed Diego Velazquez de Cuellar.
Chris, well done, you made short work of that.
And you're level after three questions.
So, Gareth, it gets a little bit harder, we go to Sudden Death, OK?
And I don't give you options.
It is often said that in the 13th century,
Pope Gregory IX caused which animals to be persecuted due to
their supposed links to Satanic rituals?
Was it cats?
Brilliant, it was cats.
Chris, to stay in.
Which historical figure had a mother named Gytha, a father named Godwin,
and a brother named Tostig?
That is Harold I.
You are one Harold out, my friend.
-Harold Two, not Harold One.
Harold Godwinson, or Harold II, is the answer, Chris,
you've been knocked out. Well done, Challengers.
Gareth, you're through on History, and you will be in today's final.
Chris, you will not be.
Please come back and please rejoin your teams.
Shall we have a little Desmond Doss moment?
There is a movie, or there was one 2016, called Hacksaw Ridge.
-And it's about this guy.
So, yes, he was a conscientious objector,
but Mr Doss then worked as a medic in World War II,
and in a battle saved a lot of soldiers' lives.
As it stands, the Cabbies have not lost any brains from the final round.
They have swung at the Eggheads and clobbered out Chris.
So the Eggheads have lost one.
The next subject is Sport.
So, Sue and team, who wants this?
-That's you, Steve.
Against anyone but Chris.
Who do you think I should take on?
-Barry? Barry, perhaps?
-Let's go for Barry.
Yeah. Can I take on Barry, please?
You certainly can. Steve from the Cabbies -
see if we can get a taxi for Barry?
To ensure there's no conferring, please take your positions.
Steve, you're a cyclist, I gather?
-I am indeed, yes.
-On the roads, or for fun on mountains?
Mainly road bikes.
I do a little bit of mountain bike, but these days, more road bikes.
And are you safe out there?
Fairly safe, yeah. I've got my helmet on.
I think people overestimate the dangers of cycling.
I think, if you cycle assertively and carefully, then I think you're safe.
Yes, good, good advice.
So would you like to go first second on Sport?
I'd like to go first, please.
And here is your question.
What was the highest world singles ranking the tennis player Tim Henman
achieved in his career?
Obviously, he never won a major tournament.
But did he ever get up to as much as four?
It's either four or 14, I think.
I think he might have made it up to number four,
so I'll go for number four.
Four is correct, well done.
And he didn't win Wimbledon, did he win anything else, Eggheads?
-No grand slams.
OK, Barry, your question. The Welshman, Jonathan Davies,
born in 1962,
typically played rugby union in which position?
I don't think he was a second row.
I seem to remember he was quite a speedy player, so on that basis,
I'll go for fly-half.
Fly-half is the right answer.
Suddenly wondered if we were in for a little batting collapse here,
Eggheads, with Barry's hesitation.
I think sometimes when you've lost a game, the virus spreads.
OK, back to you, Steve.
David Gower made his first-class debut for which county cricket team
He certainly played most of his
cricket, I think, with Leicestershire.
But did he actually debut with them?
Yeah, I'll say Leicestershire.
Yes, Leicestershire's right.
Barry, in which year did Desert Orchid win the Cheltenham Gold Cup?
Ah, I was hoping there would only be one year in the '80s there.
I remember Desert Orchid,
he was the most beautiful grey horse I've ever seen.
But what year was it?
I'm going to go straight in the middle for 1985.
-Any Eggheads know?
-Got to be 1989,
because that's the only one I would have remembered seeing,
or been old enough to really watch on telly.
Why is Desert Orchid so special?
It's not often that greys win very prestigious races.
Right, I see.
Ooh, I would never have gone for that one.
So, you have a chance now, Steve,
get this right, you're in the final, too.
The former Swansea,
Wigan and Everton manager Roberto Martinez became the head coach of
which international team in 2016?
Oh, I really don't know this one.
So I'm going to have to make a guess at it.
I'm just wondering whether it's...
I'll go for Belgium.
-Team-mates, do you know?
Yeah, I tell you what, your team-mates love this,
Belgium is right,
well done. Three in a row. Sorry, Barry, knocked out.
That one, the Desert Orchid, has run you off the track there.
So, Barry will not be in the final, Steve, you will.
That's two of our Challengers who are in the final already.
Please come back and we'll see what happens next.
The Cabbies are playing well here.
They've not lost any brains from the final round.
Well done, Sue. Tactician, it's working.
I don't know what it is, but it's working.
The Eggheads have had two knocked out.
The next subject for you is Film & TV.
-Who would like this?
This was my subject, wasn't it?
It's definitely your subject.
So, who are we going for?
Christina, you can have Pat or Beth or Lisa.
Shall we try Pat? We'll take Pat, please.
Very good. OK. Christina from the Cabbies against Pat from the Eggheads
on Film & TV. Pat fighting back for his team now.
Please go to our famous Question Room.
OK, Film & TV, Christina, against the great Pat.
Would you like to go first or second?
Could I go first, please?
Here we go, with your first question.
In which year was the sitcom Absolutely Fabulous first shown?
Ooh. I think '82 was perhaps too soon.
I think I'll go with 1992.
1992 is right.
Well done. Would be easy to go wrong there.
Pat, your question. In which Disney film does an evil queen say,
"Magic mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?"
I don't think there is an evil queen in Pinocchio.
There is one in Sleeping Beauty,
but I think the one that talks to her mirror is in
Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs.
Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs is the right answer from Pat.
Back to you, Christina.
Which of these is a famous lines is from the sitcom Steptoe And Son?
Oh, that's "You dirty old man".
It is "You dirty old man",
you're right. The other ones... "cunning plan" is...?
Oh. Glad I didn't have to think of this one, because my mind's...
I think that's Blackadder.
That's Blackadder, yes. And "I don't believe it"?
Oh, it's Victor Meldrew, isn't it?
Yes. Yeah. One Foot In The Grave.
That's right, that's right. Got it. OK.
Back to you, Pat. Who played the role of a CIA analyst, Maya, in the
Oscar-winning film, Zero Dark Thirty?
I don't think I've seen this film.
Zero Dark Thirty.
But who played the CIA person?
Zero Dark Thirty. I think that's...
Is that Kathryn Bigelow?
She may have directed it.
I'm going to be...
It's going to be a fairly dangerous stab in the dark here.
Cos I can imagine... Well, Claire Danes, obviously,
played the lead in Homeland for years.
Where she is linked with the intelligence services.
Emily Blunt has certainly appeared in quite a few US films.
But of the three, with some concern,
I'm going to go for Jessica Chastain.
Yeah, you're right about Claire Danes and Homeland,
and you're right as well about Kathryn Bigelow directing.
It was about the raid on the Bin Laden complex in Pakistan.
Jessica Chastain is the right answer.
He doesn't get much wrong, Christina, does he?
-Pat in particular, he's very, very good.
OK, your third question.
Get this right, see if you can go where the others went and knock him out.
In which TV series did Jack Davenport play the role of a lawyer
named Miles Stewart?
Erm... I think I remember him
in This Life.
So that will be my answer.
You're bang on, well done.
This Life, three out of three.
Pat, under pressure, maybe?
Who plays the role of Lol in Shane Meadows' This Is England film,
and subsequent TV series?
There's a lot of films I haven't watched.
I should have watched this, it's quite celebrated, but no, I haven't.
I've a very faint voice in my head saying Chanel Cresswell,
for no reason.
I could easily be wrong.
Samantha Morton does appear in quite a few edgy films.
I'm going to have to go Chanel Cresswell.
OK. I haven't seen this either,
but I know the answer through a strange way,
which is that I watched a programme called Line Of Duty,
which is a fantastic police drama.
And there's an actress in that who was amazing.
And I then looked back at her
previous career and it included this.
And the actress was Vicky McClure.
-So, Vicky McClure, who was in Line Of Duty and was brilliant,
is also the answer to this question.
Oh, dear, oh, dear!
Well done, Challengers.
You are now three of you, at least - well, four - in the final, at least.
Maybe all five of you. Pat, another one goes.
It is... What is it when this batting collapse happens?
You lose one game and then you're all confused and you lose another.
My goodness me, this is exciting, isn't it?
Well done, Christina,
please return to us and we'll play the last round before the final.
Well, Sue, I don't know what you're doing with the strategy,
there's something in the battle plan.
All the tanks on the table, moving them around with those little poles,
but it's working. Anyway, just don't give away the secrets.
The Cabbies have not lost any brains so far from the final round.
The Eggheads have lost three!
Let's see if we can get one more out.
The next subject is Geography.
Who would like this?
That's going to be me.
OK, team skipper, Sue.
Against which Egghead?
We've only got, let's see, Beth and Lisa left.
-We'll try Lisa.
-Yeah, go for Lisa, please.
Sue, from the Cabbies, versus Lisa from the Eggheads.
And to ensure there's no conferring,
please take your positions in our Question Room.
I know there's a bit of pressure here, Sue, now.
-There certainly is.
-Your team-mates have played well,
but if you can get into the final, that would be amazing,
because it will be five on one in the final, which we hardly ever see.
And of course, we've had our moments on Geography, haven't we,
-Lisa, back in the day?
-I was going to say,
who do you think the pressure's on here?!
Well, look, some questions on Australia have always foxed Lisa, Sue.
Good luck, would you like to go first or second?
I'll go first, please.
Good luck. Approximately 70% of the land area of Finland is
covered with what?
Well, I lived in Finland for a while.
So I know it's not desert.
However, there are a lot of lakes in Finland,
and there is a lot of woodland.
So that's difficult.
I think I'll go for lakes.
It's a rare moment for your team when you've gone astray on a
50/50 choice. It's woodland.
70% of Finland is covered in woods.
Lisa, Lyme Bay in southern England
is part of which larger body of water?
Is Lyme, L-Y-M-E, Jeremy?
-Yes, it is.
So, Lyme Bay...
Lyme Regis, that kind of area?
So you're talking the south coast of England.
Which would make it...
Unless I've got me Bristol and me English Channel mixed up,
the English Channel.
Yes, it is the English Channel.
OK, Sue, back to you.
Which of these is an area of West London?
I know nothing about London.
I'll go down the middle and go for Hackney.
-Hounslow, I would...
I only know that cos I live there.
But they all... It's funny,
those London boroughs are a little bit amorphous.
You know, the names are all a bit similar.
OK, Lisa, if you get this right, you're in the final round.
Which city is located near to the confluence of the Ottawa
and St Lawrence Rivers?
..I can safely rule out New York.
Not a huge, big, load wiser on the other two.
Confluence is where they meet, isn't it?
Now, Montreal, certainly,
there's quite a lot of water around it.
Because the Montreal Grand Prix in Formula 1 is held on an island.
And you've actually got to walk
across the water to get to it.
I feel really bad,
because I can almost feel the heat
from the steam coming out of Barry's ears.
This would be straightforward for anyone who wasn't me.
I don't know. I think it might be Montreal,
but that's about the best I can do.
You did that so diffidently. Now, Barry's ears are steaming,
but are they steaming in the right direction, Barry?
They're steaming with relief now!
Apparently the type of steam that's coming out of Barry's ears is shaped
like relief, because you've got it right.
Montreal is the right answer.
Lisa, you're in the final round.
Maybe you've somehow staunched the flow on the Eggheads' side.
Sorry, Sue, you've been knocked out.
I thought that would happen.
But don't worry, you've masterminded the victory so far.
Let's see if your team can actually turn it into a win against the
Eggheads. Come back to us, please, and we'll play the final.
So, this is what we've been playing towards.
It is time for our final which, as always, is General Knowledge.
But I'm afraid those of you who lost your head-to-heads won't been
able to take part in this round.
So it's Sue from the Cabbies, but also Barry,
Pat and Chris from the Eggheads.
Would you please now leave the studio.
Well, we don't often have this situation, do we?
We've got four Challengers against two Eggheads here.
We've got Steve, Christina,
Dan and Gareth now playing to win the Cabbies £1,000.
Lisa and Beth, you're playing to somehow stop what we know can happen,
which is a run of defeats.
As usual, I'll ask each team three questions in turn,
this time the questions are all General Knowledge.
You can confer.
So, Cabbies, the question is,
are your four brains able to defeat these two?
Would you like to go first or second?
We'll go first, Jeremy.
OK, Dan and Cabbies, good luck.
In American cuisine, what is a po' boy?
-I think it's a sandwich.
-I'm pretty sure it's a sandwich.
Doesn't sound like the other things.
I'm not sure, but I'm happy to go along with that.
I think somewhere in the past I've heard that.
-Let's go with sandwich.
We think it's a sandwich.
Yeah, it would be possible to go wrong on this.
Po' boy, do you Eggheads know?
-Yeah. It's a delicacy of Louisiana, I think.
Right. Sandwich is right, well done.
Sue is cheering you on - back there.
First question for the Eggheads.
In George Orwell's 1984,
what is the name of the inner Party member who interviews Winston Smith?
Let's think about this.
Do you think they're all in 1984?
-I don't know.
-No, me neither.
Cos I'm not getting any bells from anything else.
Which is bad.
So there's nothing we can eliminate immediately?
I don't know if they're all 1984.
I don't even know if they're all Orwell.
I'm wondering whether Fosco doesn't sound very Orwellian?
-The other two are a bit closer, maybe.
At least this is a book I have read.
Mmm-hmm. Yeah, so have I, it's just that long ago.
My focus on detail is not all that great.
-What would be...?
-If I were going to pick one, on me own?
I'd probably go Quilty.
That would be my choice as well.
Hmm. Shall we just go on instincts and wade in, then?
Is there any more logic to apply to this?
-No. None at all.
Quilty is your answer.
OK. Do you know the answer?
-What is it?
-We think it's O'Brien.
O'Brien is the correct answer.
Oh, dear, oh, dear, oh, dear!
Oh, Eggheads. So, just don't, whatever happens, lose focus here.
Because they can turn. Here's your question.
Paul-Henri Spaak served three times as Prime Minister of which country?
And Spaak is S-P-A-A-K.
Pretty sure we can rule out Norway.
The question is, does the Henri
lead you towards Belgium?
-It does to me.
-Yes, I would say.
-It does to me as well.
The last bit doesn't sound particularly Dutch, does it?
But he would be more sort of...
-Yeah, we'll go with Belgium.
-We'll try Belgium.
And Belgium is correct.
OK. This is good.
You've got two, they've got none.
Oh, dear, oh, dear, oh, dear.
You need to get this right to keep the contest alive.
Get it wrong, they win.
In which year did the explorer Lawrence Oates die?
I didn't think they went out there until the '20s.
Yeah, me too.
'17's during the war.
Basically, it's got a two in it.
'12, '22, won't be '17, because that's during the war,
-and they would have been...
I think it's...
I always associate it with being the '20s.
Can I make a case for 1912?
I don't know, my first thought was that it's a date in the '20s,
so we're probably lucky there's only one.
That was my first thought as well.
We did this with Quilty.
Yeah. But you know, when you've nothing else to go on,
-that's what you go on.
-Shall we go?
At least the misery will be quick.
It will be, yeah!
We're hoping the misery's not going to be that quick, but
we both thought that it...
well, Lisa thinks it had a two in it, that eliminates the '17.
But we both thought it was in the '20s, so 1922.
Eggheads at the back, do you know the answer here?
-It was a toss-up.
Eggheads, the answer is 1912, you've got it wrong,
we say congratulations, Challengers, you have won!
Goodness. You just simply cut them to ribbons there.
Congratulations, that was quite a contest.
You overwhelmed them bit by bit, and you were methodical,
and we can't even say it was luck or anything.
You were just better. You've won £1,000,
you are officially cleverer than the Eggheads.
I hope you enjoyed that?
-Yeah, thank you.
-I bet you knew the last one as well, did you?
-We did, yes.
-OK, I'd better not rub it in.
Join us next time on Eggheads, to see if a new team of Challengers
will be just a successful.
Well done, winners. Till we play again, goodbye.