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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.
Taking on our quiz champions today are the Kendaliers from London.
Now, this team quiz together regularly
at the Duke of Kendal pub near Marble Arch,
where team captain Alan is the quizmaster.
Let's meet them. Hi, I'm Alan,
and I'm a retired headteacher.
Hello, I'm Jonathan.
I'm a local government officer.
Hello, I'm Kate, and I'm an education adviser.
Hi, I'm Toby, and I am a primary schoolteacher.
Hi, I'm Ian, and I'm a fraud investigator.
So, Alan and team, hello.
Hello. And this is all about the Duke of Kendal pub, Alan.
Yeah. We have a quiz there once a month, I'm the quizmaster.
And everybody else in the team here,
they are sometimes in different teams,
sometimes they combine together.
So did you go around the pub and say "You, you, you and you"?
I'm not that bossy!
But to get the best quizzers...
Whilst choosing this team, we did slightly hand-pick, yes.
We looked carefully. And, Alan, you set the questions,
does that mean you know a lot of answers?
Cos, I must say, I ask them a lot here but they're always cleverer.
I don't set all of the questions, I set the picture questions.
The picture questions? Yes.
Which are quite fiendish.
Fiendish, yes. What, you have a picture of a person...?
Oh, it's all sorts of themes.
Good luck, Challengers.
Every day there is ?1,000 worth of cash up for grabs - however,
if the Challengers fail to defeat the Eggheads,
that prize money rolls over, as you know.
The Eggheads have won just the last game, I can tell you,
so they look very beatable,
and it means you will win ?2,000 if you triumph today.
Would you like to get cracking?
Yes. We would.
OK. So, the first head-to-head battle is on the subject of Sport.
And you can choose between Beth, Kevin, Chris, Dave and Lisa.
It would be, wouldn't it? That was the one we really didn't want. You didn't want this?
Who would be Sport? I think it's got to be me, hasn't it?
Go on, then. Go on, Alan.
It's me. Oh, dear. So there was no sporting person?
There was nobody who's really, really strong at Sport.
OK. So Alan, retired headteacher, against which Egghead?
Any one of the five.
Who's going to struggle with Sport? Shall we go for Chris? Yeah.
I think, yeah. Yeah.
I'll take on Chris, please.
That's going to go down well!
This has the tragic inevitability of certain Greek tragedies, yeah.
Naming no Greek tragedies!
So, Alan from the Kendaliers, to take on Chris from the Eggheads.
To ensure there's no conferring,
would you please take your positions in our legendary Question Room.
So, Sport, Alan, and would you like to go first or second?
I'd like to go first, please, Jeremy.
Good luck. When Jessica Ennis-Hill announced her retirement
from athletics in 2016, how many Olympic gold medals had she won?
Now... She certainly won the gold medal in London.
I think actually in Rio she lost to a Belgian,
so I'm going to say 1, Jeremy.
That's a brilliant answer, yeah, 1 is correct.
Chris. In 2016,
Antonio Conte became manager of which Premiership football team?
Conte... Italian, by the sound of him.
I don't think it's West Ham.
Chelsea, Tottenham, Chelsea Tottenham...
Well, you support Chelsea.
I'll say Tottenham. JEREMY LAUGHS
I thought you were going to say, "So it's probably Chelsea."
I've never heard you mention him, so...
Ah, well, that's a good bit of reasoning, yeah.
Chelsea's the answer. Uh-huh.
Good start for the Challengers here, what about this?
Very first question.
Go, Alan. Banana skin.
OK, Alan. Eyes on the target here.
Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares won which two
Grand Slam men's doubles titles in 2016?
I don't think they won the Australian Open...
Right, I'm far from certain,
and I'm going to take a guess and go for...
French Open and Wimbledon.
No, it's right at the other end actually,
it's Australian Open and US Open.
Chris. The swimmer David Wilkie
won an Olympic gold medal for Great Britain in which city?
Ah... David Wilkie.
Long time ago.
Er... When was LA?
'84, wasn't it?
Tokyo was too early.
Have to go with Montreal.
Yes, you've got it right, Chris. Well done, Montreal it is.
So, level, after two questions.
And back to you, Alan, for your third.
The 1979 Formula 1 world champion Jody Scheckter
was born in which country?
Jody Scheckter, which is spelt by the way S-C-H-E-C-K-T-E-R.
Right. I don't think it's Australia.
Now, Niki Lauda was Austrian.
Was Jody Scheckter Austrian as well?
Again, I'm not certain.
I'll go down the middle with South Africa.
Team-mates, is he right? We think so, yeah.
They like this, Alan, you've got it absolutely right. South Africa.
OK, Chris, under pressure here.
The England cricketer Andrew Caddick spent his English domestic
first-class cricket career at which county club?
Don't think he's a Yorkshireman.
Andy Caddick, from Essex.
Yeah, I'll go with Essex.
Dave? Somerset. Somerset is the answer!
Oh, wrong one again, yeah.
Alan will be in the final round, Chris has been knocked out.
Please return to us, both of you, rejoin your teams, and we'll play Round 2.
So, the Kendaliers haven't lost any brains from the final round so far,
the Eggheads have lost a brain.
And the next subject is Film TV.
So who would like this?
Who's the person who watches it all?
Looking at Toby?
I'll go for it. Yeah.
Toby? OK, our primary schoolteacher.
Against which Egghead, Toby?
Anyone but Chris.
I would go for Lisa.
Lisa? Yeah. Lisa?
OK, we choose Lisa. I think they're all good at it.
Going to go for Lisa? Going to go for Lisa.
Very good. So Toby from the Kendaliers, Lisa from the Eggheads,
please go to the Question Room.
On Film TV, Toby - would you like to go first or second?
I'd like to go first, please.
All right, here we go.
In order of years of release,
which is the second film in the Star Wars franchise?
Order of years of release...
Um, I'm going to go with The Empire Strikes Back.
Yeah, I so remember it when it came out. You're quite right.
The Empire Strikes Back came after the original Star Wars.
Lisa, who was the host of the game show Countdown when Carol Vorderman joined?
Incomparable and much missed Richard Whiteley.
Yeah, what a great man.
Richard Whiteley is correct.
OK, over to you, Toby.
Which Disney animation features the cat character Thomas O'Malley?
Oh... Disney animation.
Not something I'm hugely hot on, let's have a look.
Now, the obvious answer would be The AristoCats,
it's got "cats" in it.
I'm going to go The Rescuers.
Let's see... Your team, do they know?
What do we think? I think it's The AristoCats.
It is The AristoCats!
They're all Disney animations, I do believe.
The AristoCats, Toby. Sorry.
Lisa, in which decade was the American TV drama series
The Rockford Files first broadcast?
Oy, oy, oy.
See, I immediately thought '70s, and then I went, "Oh, maybe '60s.
"Or maybe it's even further back than that."
So I think maybe I can safely rule out the '90s, at least.
Erm... I don't know.
I suppose the sort of percentage guess is the '70s.
And it was my first instinct. We'll try the 1970s.
Yeah, 1970s is right.
And was it Jim Garner...?
Jim Garner, yeah. In the '50s, he would have been far too young
to play a private detective, I'm thinking.
See, I have no idea what it's even about!
He's a private detective, I think he's in a caravan.
Every episode he gets a message,
it sends him on a trail of something...
It's all very urbane and kind of friendly,
there's not too much blood and thunder.
Yeah. I'm not selling it, am I?
Nah, I'll give it a miss.
So, two to the Eggheads, one to you.
You need to get this one right.
In 1964, which Coronation Street character died of a heart attack
in a snug in the Rovers Return?
Let me cast my mind back.
I wouldn't have heard of...
I can't think that far back for Coronation Street.
I'm going to go Minnie Caldwell.
Now, your team laughed when I read the question,
is that cos someone here's a Coronation Street fan?
It's because Toby's never seen it.
Oh, you've never seen the programme?!
So anyone here know the answer?
It's quite difficult. We were wondering about Martha Longhurst.
It is Martha Longhurst.
Before I was born as well. 1964.
Martha Longhurst has knocked you out, Toby, I'm sorry.
Lisa is triumphant, she will be in the final round.
So levelling up here.
Come back to us, and we'll play Round 3.
So as it stands, the Kendaliers have lost a brain from the final round,
the Eggheads have lost a brain too, they've lost Chris.
The next subject for you is Science.
Intake of breath, I sense...
It's got to be Ian. Yeah, it's got to be you. Ian? OK.
Our fraud investigator.
Who looks like a Science fraud here?
Oh... What are we going to do?
I think Kevin. Yeah?
Do you think? Are you sure? You want to try and take out Kevin?
Yeah, I don't see why not. Oh, go on!
You only get one chance.
It's often a good thing to try. I'm going to take on Kevin.
Good stuff, and I think you haven't had a run-out for a while.
Not on this, no. No.
Good to get you gingered up. So to speak. Yes. OK.
Ian from the Kendaliers, to play Kevin, on Science,
from the Eggheads, the Grand Master.
To ensure there's no conferring,
please take your positions in the Question Room.
So I feel we haven't played on Science for a while, Kevin.
No, I think that's probably right. I'm not too sure when the last one was.
Are you very good on Science, is that the reason,
people have run scared?
People make their choices depending on what their tactics
on the day are, so...
I don't think it's necessarily a reflection of anything
in particular. And, Ian, you're a fraud investigator?
Yes, certainly am.
And is that tax, or is that just everything?
Erm, everything, really. It's whenever people have lost money
and they want someone to try and track it down
and find out who's done it.
That's brilliant. Sounds like a plot from a movie.
Sometimes, but a lot of Excel spreadsheets
and going through bits of paper, so not quite that glamourous.
Well, we'll leave it mysterious cos it sounds very good at the moment.
Science for you, Ian. Would you like to go first or second?
I'd like to go first, please.
And here we go with your first Science question.
What word follows "sciatic" to make a part of the human body?
So, when you first said the question I was thinking "I'm not 100% sure,"
I don't think ear or toe rings a bell,
so I'm going to go for the sciatic nerve.
Yes, you're right.
Kevin, here we are, first science question I've asked you
in a little while.
Which of these is an insect whose larvae can be used as
biological pest control for the garden?
Mm, that's interesting.
Well, lapwing is a bird.
So it's not that. I mean, lacewing is certainly an insect.
I don't know lanternwing, so it would be...
It may be, but it would be taking a real chance to go for that.
At least I know lacewing is an insect.
I'll have to try lacewing, but it could be lanternwing.
Now, it is lacewing, you're right. OK.
Ian. What eyesight aid was developed in 1887 by Adolf Fick?
Right, this is something I'm not totally certain of.
I'm not sure, I think maybe the...
maybe the glass working to be able to do that
would have been around then, so...
I think I'm going to go towards contact lens. It sounds...
It sounds late enough but also early enough at the same time.
So I'm going to go for that.
Sounds very early for contact lens, but you've got it right.
Well done. Contact lens it is.
Playing well. Kevin.
NTSC and PAL are two common standards used in which technology?
Well, they were the two...
sort of American and European versions
that were the systems used for television.
So it's analogue television.
Analogue television is correct.
Two each. Third question, back to you.
Ian, this could be crucial.
The chemist and inventor Alfred Nobel died in 1896
in which country?
1896, that's not ringing any bells for any of those countries
I know that he was from Norway.
You know, quite close to Russia?
That's the only logic I'm thinking at the moment,
I'm going to go for Russia.
It's Italy, I'm afraid.
So you've got two out of three.
Kevin has a chance to take the round.
What common name is given to the deep sea octopuses from the genus
Grimpoteuthis, due to their resemblance to a Disney character?
I mean, I'll rule out Mowgli.
Mowgli was a human boy. Why would it be Mowgli?
I'm a bit torn between the other two, because my first thought was...
..Dumbo, because of the trunk of the elephant.
That sort of thing.
On the other hand, an octopus with several legs -
there's the famous shot of Bambi learning to walk and to stand
with the legs splaying out in all directions, so...
you could make a case for that as well.
I'll have to try Dumbo octopus, but I...
..I'm not sure.
OK, I hear your uncertainty.
Dumbo's right, though, Dumbo octopus.
Well done, Kevin. Ian, you were beaten by our Egghead,
and as a result you won't be able to help your team in the final round,
I'm afraid. So come back to us, both of you. One more round to play.
As it stands, the Kendaliers have lost two brains from the final round,
the Eggheads have lost one.
It's not a crisis.
But this is the moment now just to take one of them out.
Last chance you get, and the subject is Politics.
Another intake of breath on this side.
What were you hoping for subject-wise, that's not come up?
Geography and History. Ah, I'm so sorry.
Shall I go? Or do you want to have a go in the Question Room?
You go. All right, looks like it's me!
That's good. You want to do it, that's good.
Education adviser Kate, against either Dave or Beth.
What do we reckon? Try Beth.
We'll go for Beth. Right, so Kate from the Kendaliers,
Beth from the Eggheads.
For the last time, please go to the Question Room.
So Politics, Kate, would you like to go first or second?
I'd like to go first, please, Jeremy.
Here we go. In May 2015,
Lord Sugar announced he would be leaving which political party,
to which he had been signed since 1987?
It's the Labour Party.
It is indeed. It is indeed.
Beth. What is the first name of the politician who married Ed Balls
She is Yvette Cooper. Yvette.
Yvette is the right answer.
Back to you, Kate. In which decade did Ronald Reagan
become Governor of California?
Ooh... Well, I know it wasn't the 1980s,
because that's when he became President,
I think, for the first time.
So the basis that I don't really remember...
I'm going to go for the 1960s.
Yeah, the logic is good,
he became President in 1980
and was Governor of California from the '60s, yes.
Beth. Adam Smith, the 18th-century Scottish political economist
and philosopher, is best known for his book The Wealth Of what?
Er... Wealth Of Nations.
It is indeed The Wealth Of Nations.
Zooming along here, two each.
Back to you, Kate. Who became the First Minister of Northern Ireland
in January 2016 - the first time a woman has held the title?
Oh, goodness me.
She's... I've seen her on the TV very recently,
and I'm struggling with her name.
I don't think it's Danielle Roberts.
I'm going to go for Arlene Foster.
Team, what do you think? Yeah.
I think she's right. I think that's right.
Absolutely right, Arlene Foster.
Here we go, Beth.
To stay in. The 2016 sole recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize
was the president of which country?
I think this was to do with his work with a guerrilla organisation,
And I think that's Colombia.
It is indeed Colombia. Well done, Beth.
So three each after three questions.
So Sudden Death we go to, Kate.
It gets a bit harder - I don't give you alternative options.
Which British Prime Minister met Adolf Hitler
in Munich in September 1938?
So immediately before the Second World War,
who was the Prime Minister?
Neville Chamberlain is correct. Well done.
Beth, you need to get this right to stay in.
Who was appointed Shadow Home Secretary in October 2016?
Let's try Angela Eagle.
Let's see if the Eggheads know...
Diane Abbott. Diane Abbott is the answer. You've been knocked out.
Well done, Kate, you're in the final round
on Sudden Death. Good play!
Please come back to us, rejoin your teams,
and we will play that final round.
So this is what we have been playing towards -
it is time for the final round which, as always,
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 Toby and Ian from the Kendaliers
and Chris and Beth from the Eggheads,
would you please now leave the studio.
Alan, Jonathan, Kate, you're playing to win the Kendaliers ?2,000.
Lisa, Dave and Kevin,
you're playing for something that money can't buy, which is the Eggheads' reputation
and just to get the show rolling again!
As usual, I will ask each team three questions in turn -
this time the questions are all General Knowledge.
You are allowed to confer.
OK, team? So, Kendaliers,
the question is can your three brains defeat these three
in a famous victory?
Alan, Jonathan, Kate, do you want to go first or second?
First? I think we should go first, yes.
We'll go first.
All right, good luck.
General Knowledge - first question to you.
Justin Theroux, who married Jennifer Aniston in 2015,
is what relation to the TV presenter Louis Theroux?
I think they're cousins.
I think they're definitely of the same generation.
The same generation?
Mm. Cos I think... Isn't Justin the son of another famous Theroux?
I think he is, yes.
Shall we go cousins? I'm pretty sure it's cousins.
I certainly don't know, so I'm happy to follow you.
We'll go for cousins.
Cousin is correct.
All right. Over to you, Eggheads.
Korky the Cat appeared on the front page of which British comic
from 1937 until 1984, when he was replaced by Desperate Dan?
Happy with The Dandy? Oh, yes.
Dandy? Is it The Dandy or The Beano?
No, it's Dandy. Desperate Dan was definitely The Dandy.
And Korky the Cat was The Dandy.
Yeah, yeah. We're going for The Dandy, please, Jeremy.
The correct answer is Dandy. Well done.
Second question, Challengers.
In mythology, who was the lover of Thisbe,
with whom he conversed through a chink in a wall,
as their parents had forbidden them to marry?
This was part of Midsummer Night's Dream.
It was Pyramus and Thisbe.
That sounds good to me. Right, OK, yes.
OK. Happy to go with that? Yeah.
We'll go with Pyramus.
I like that, Jonathan.
Straight there, Midsummer Night's Dream. Pyramus and Thisbe.
You're quite right. Pyramus it is.
Over to you, Eggheads.
Which English MP was fined ?5,000 in 2016
for making unsolicited electioneering calls?
If it was electioneering,
it could be to do with local elections
but it could be to do with the Brexit referendum, as well.
You got an instinct?... Well, I...
Tom Watson got into trouble for something.
Yeah, that's what I was thinking.
I'd not heard of Hilary Benn or Lammy...
Cos the first thing I was thinking of was Danczuk.
The Rochdale lad, but... Yeah.
I've got an idea that Tom Watson got into trouble for something,
but I can't remember what it...
what it was. And, obviously, he's senior.
He is. He's senior within the Labour Party.
Deputy leader, yeah.
Whereas the other two, at that time in 2016,
wouldn't have had positions within the party? Yeah.
With Lammy... Was he standing for anything in particular?
Oh, oh, London. Oh, hello.
London Mayor, wasn't he?
Five grand in 2016.
It could have been investigated and... Yeah.
It could've been for any reason, really, in 2016.
OK, we're going to have to... I think...
I would say...
it's, on balance...
I mean, it could be either of them but, on balance,
it's probably best to go with our first instincts.
OK, so we're going to go with Tom Watson.
I'm OK to go with that. OK.
Right, we don't know. We don't know.
We don't know, Jeremy, but...
..on balance, we're going to go with Tom Watson.
Tom Watson. Now, you were on the right track there
with the London Mayor thing.
David Lammy wanted the Labour nomination.
That's what these calls were in connection with.
The answer was David Lammy.
You've got it wrong. Difficult question, no doubt about it.
It gives you clear sight of the ?2,000.
If you get this question right, you've won.
You've beaten the Eggheads. Here we go.
The actress Pamela Lane was the first wife of which playwright?
They've all been married to famous women. Yes.
Arthur Miller, most notably to Marilyn Monroe...
Of course, yes.
..for which he is best known.
So, I'm thinking, as a guess, because I don't know...
I would think, if they're asking
the question "who was the first wife,"
it would point to Arthur Miller,
because his second wife was more famous. So well-known.
It's good logic. It's good logic.
I think we would have heard of her
if she was married to Tom Stoppard. Yeah.
John Osborne, I think, was married to Jill Bennett.
Oh, he was, yes. OK.
But whether he was married before that, I don't know.
Let's go for Arthur Miller. So, we'll go with Arthur Miller, please.
John Osborne is the answer. Oh!
Not Arthur Miller.
So there was the chance there to take the whole contest.
Eggheads are still behind.
If you get this wrong, they've won.
Eggheads, to stay in, what is the capital of the Italian region
of Friuli Venezia Giulia?
It must be Trieste, cos it's not Bologna and it's not Genoa.
Those are two other regions. Two other regions, yeah.
It's Trieste, isn't it? Yeah. We're happy.
We're all...? It's geography, mate.
You two are on your own. If you're happy, I'm happy.
We just thought we'd make Trieste our answer. Trieste.
Jeremy, we're going for Trieste, please.
Trieste is the correct answer. Well done. You've pulled it back.
Ooft! Skin of your teeth there! We were.
Up against some good quizzers here.
We go to Sudden Death, Kendaliers.
You don't get alternative answers from me.
Here is your first question.
What is the name of the 184m high observation tower
built in Seattle for the 1962 World's Fair?
Something to do with...
I think it's something to do with sky, or star...
They started there, but it's not.
If it's some kind of tower, Sky Tower?
There's something in Vancouver... Sky. No, it's...
It's not the Skylon Tower? No, Skylon was, I think
the Festival of Britain, I think. Oh, it was, wasn't it, yes?
Yes. It's something sort of along those lines, I think.
Shall we have a punt at something?
I think it's going to come in...
It's not Tower. It's a bit like Skylon.
I think it's just one... One word.
Starburst. Starburst, yeah.
You're not there, and you're not far away. Let me just...
Space Needle. Space Needle! Ah!
But they haven't won yet.
Eggheads, you can take the contest with this question.
Which Steven Spielberg film tells the story of the conman Frank Abagnale?
Catch Me If You Can. Catch Me If You Can.
Let me just clarify that -
Catch Me If You Can. Catch Me If You Can.
Frank Abagnale Jr, I think. Catch Me If You Can.
Our answer is Catch Me If You Can.
If you've got this right, you've taken the contest, Eggheads.
The answer is Catch Me If You Can.
We say congratulations, Eggheads, you have won.
And you ran them very close with that one answer
which was needed, and didn't come.
Eggheads, well done. You played well there,
cos you had to hold on to your nerves, there.
That was a real tightrope act. And you were close to the Lammy.
I was listening carefully, but, there we go.
They discuss it, and sometimes they go astray.
Good game. I hope you enjoyed it.
We did. You were proper quizzers, so I know how good you are.
We can tell. The Eggheads have done what comes naturally to them.
They reign supreme over quiz land.
It does mean you're not going home with the ?2,000,
so the money rolls over to our next show.
Eggheads, well done.
Maybe we can build up a little bit of a run, here.
Maybe, maybe not. Maybe they'll be stopped.
Join us next time to see what the next team
can do against the Eggheads.
There will be ?3,000 to play for.
Until then, goodbye.
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