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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 Blaggards, from London.
This team originally met in New York whilst on a postgraduate course,
and have remained friends ever since. Let's meet them.
Hi, I'm Tom. I'm a sales and marketing officer.
Hi, I'm Jordan, I'm a business analyst for a Japanese bank.
Hi, I'm Ben, and I'm a business analyst.
Hi, I'm Dan, and I'm a marketing executive.
Hi, I'm Daniel, and I'm an oil analyst.
-So, Tom and team, hello.
-Thanks for coming in.
And interesting and a bit exotic, you met in New York?
Yeah, we all did a postgraduate year out in New York.
We worked and studied for a year.
We all met there in a bar called Blaggards, funnily enough,
hence the name. We've stayed friends ever since, yeah.
And working and studying in New York involved going into this bar
-an awful lot, did it?
-Yeah, it did, yeah.
I don't know if the bosses knew about that,
but we certainly enjoyed ourselves!
At no point did any of you think,
"OK, I'm staying in America, I'm not coming back?"
It's more the visa side of things.
After a year, it can get quite tough to get a longer stay.
-So we all just headed back to London.
-Have you quizzed together?
A couple of times, not really that often.
But we've quizzed together a few times before.
-Did you quiz in Blaggards?
-I don't think that has a quiz.
That was mainly just drinking!
In other places, we have quizzed before.
-In the US or in this country?
-In both, in both.
-And are American quizzes different from these ones?
-The sports section is a lot different.
-Ooh, yeah, because you've got American football and all sorts.
-Yeah, we're not so good at that one.
But British sport, hopefully, might be a bit better for us.
Good luck, team. Really hope you do well.
Every day, there's £1,000 worth of cash up for grabs for our Challengers.
However, if they fail to defeat the Eggheads, the prize-money, as you know, rolls over.
Now, Blaggards, the Eggheads are doing really, really well at the moment, and you've got to stop them.
-They've won the last 24.
-So there is £25,000 to win.
I think, rough calculation,
that's 5,000 each saying you can't beat them.
The first head-to-head battle is on the subject of Film And TV.
You can choose Beth, Kevin, Chris, Dave or Lisa.
-I think we're going to go with Daniel, aren't we?
-Daniel, you're film and TV?
-Who do you want to size up?
-Who would be the best one?
-Shall we say Chris?
-Who did we agree on for that?
-I think, was it Chris?
-I think it was Chris, wasn't it?
-We can go with Chris, yeah.
-Right, so it's Dan... Oh, no, Daniel.
This is going to be great(!)
You've already foxed me.
So, Daniel, on the end, our oil analyst, is taking on Chris,
our train man, on Film And TV. To ensure there's no conferring,
would you please now take your positions
in our legendary Question Room.
Good luck, Daniel. Film And TV is the subject, against our Chris.
-And would you like to go first or second?
-I'll go first, please.
Here we go with your first question.
Which of these actresses was born in South Africa?
I am almost certain that is Charlize Theron.
Charlize Theron is the right answer.
Chris, here's your question.
The characters in which children's television programme had
their base on Tracy Island?
"Ooh, crumbs, Chief!" It's not Danger Mouse. It's Thunderbirds.
Thunderbirds is the right answer. Well done.
I think, as soon as I said it,
I thought, "You're a fan, aren't you?"
-We're a bit less wooden here.
Daniel, the 2016 TV comedy series, The Agency,
stars which impressionist?
I have no idea with this one.
I didn't know Rory Bremner was still going.
I'll take a stab at Jon Culshaw.
Jon Culshaw, you say? Well, he is an impressionist.
Of course, they all are. It's actually Morgana Robinson.
Chris, your question.
In which Tim Burton film did the young actor Freddie Highmore
have a starring role?
Well, there's no role for a young actor in Sweeney Todd.
Neither is there a role for a young actor,
as opposed to a young actress, an Alice In Wonderland.
So he's got to have played Charlie
in Charlie And The Chocolate Factory.
Yes, I see what you mean, I see how you did that.
Charlie And The Chocolate Factory is correct.
So, Daniel, you've got one, he's got two,
you need to get this one right.
Which of these films was based on a short story
by the American writer Annie Proulx?
Again, I don't... I wouldn't know this one.
I'm going to take a stab, based on what I can picture in my head,
at Brokeback Mountain.
Brokeback Mountain's absolutely right.
Ah, yes, Dan!
Well done, good quizzing there, Daniel.
So you're level with Chris. And Chris, here is your question.
What was the name of the character Drew Barrymore played in the
Steven Spielberg film ET The Extra-terrestrial?
That was Elliott's little sister, wasn't it? And...
I think her name was Gertie.
Gertie is the right answer. Well done.
Chris, you've done it, you've beaten Daniel. Sorry, Daniel.
It was that wretched question earlier on that did it for you.
You're out of the final, Chris is in, but it's very early.
Plenty of time yet. Please rejoin your teams.
As it stands, the Blaggards have lost a brain from the final round.
The Eggheads have not lost any. And the next subject for you is Science.
-So who would like Science?
-I think that's Dan.
-That's for Dan, yeah.
-Dan's the man for Science.
So we've got two Dans in a row.
And against which Egghead? You can have anyone except Chris.
-What do we think?
-Do you want to go for Dave?
Try that, yeah.
-Yeah, think we're going to go for Dave.
-Known as Tremendous Knowledge.
Dan, from the Blaggards, takes on Dave on Science.
Please go to our Question Room now.
So, Dan, I'm sorry, I don't think there's going to be a question on a ukulele in this round.
I know that's at the centre of your life?
I was tempted to bring it with me as well!
How long have you been playing?
Since uni, so three, four years.
Why the ukulele and not the guitar?
Well, I play the guitar as well, but when I first got to uni,
I was at one of the society days, and I started a load of them.
And the ukulele was the only one that stuck. So, yeah.
And you play with other people, or...?
Yeah, there was about 30 of us total.
And I was the treasurer of the society as one point as well.
-All right, so, Science we're on.
We're in, I think, a ukelele-free zone, Dan,
but one can never be sure.
-Would you like to go first or second?
-I'll go first.
Here we go.
Dextrose is an example of what substance?
I don't think it's a sugar or a fat.
Actually, I'm going to go back on that one, I think...
(Dextrose...) I think sugar.
Sugar is your answer.
Let me see whether your team-mates... Team-mates?
We originally thought sugar.
-You did a sudden reverse there.
You were right to. Sugar's the correct answer.
I was worried for you for a second.
The carpus is the scientific name for which part of the body?
That's carpus, C-A-R-P-U-S?
-Yeah, I guess that's where we get carpal tunnel syndrome from.
Wrist is the right answer. Back to you, Dan.
On the 18th of March 1965, the Russian cosmonaut Alexey Leonov
became the first person to perform what feat?
I think, in 1965...
I don't think they played golf on the moon.
I don't think it would have been him.
I'm going to go for space walk.
-Let's see if the Eggheads know this. Is he right?
Yes, you are correct. Space walk it is.
Golf on the moon, it wouldn't have been, because I think
-Apollo was '69, wasn't it?
-So, the first person on the moon.
Dave, second question now. One second
is made up of a million what?
Oh, I should know this straightaway. Let me have a think.
So, milliseconds is 1,000.
Yeah, I'm going to have to go microseconds, please.
Microseconds is right. HE CHUCKLES
So, Dan, get this right, put Dave under some pressure.
I don't know, but it looks like he's wobbling.
Which of the following is a common type of duck?
I think this one is going to be a difficult one.
Erm, it's going to be a complete guess here, but in my mind,
a gadwall and a caracara -
I'm not sure if those would be ducks.
A whimbrel sounds more likely, so I'm going to go for a whimbrel.
OK, the noise of the quacking whimbrel -
is it the right answer? Any Eggheads here know a whimbrel?
Got any whimbrel among your personal friends?
A whimbrel is a little seashore bird.
-It's a seashore bird.
-Yeah. The duck is the gadwall.
-Yeah, Kevin's right. Duck is the gadwall.
OK. Dave, your question.
Get this right, you will be the final.
The Italian scientist Marcello Malpighi
is credited with being a pioneer,
Dave, in the use of what scientific instrument?
Right. I don't know why I'm being drawn to microscope.
For stethoscope, I've got somebody else in my head.
Gyroscope, I've got somebody else. I'll go with microscope, please.
OK, microscope is your answer. This for the round.
Anyone know who stethoscope was, or was it Mr Malpighi, Eggheads?
-Laennec for the stethoscope.
Laennec is the stethoscope. Gyroscope?
Foucault was involved with that,
but there was somebody else with a bigger name.
-OK, well, we might come back to the gyroscope.
I can tell you microscope is right, though, Dave. Well done.
You've taken the round. Three out of three. Sorry, Dan.
Went the same way as the other Dan. Not in the final.
Not a crisis yet, but getting close for our Challengers.
Rejoin your teams and we will play the next round.
Gyroscope, we were just conjuring with.
Kevin, have you got a name for us?
-Well, a bit late, but I came up with the name Elmer Sperry.
Elmer Sperry - that's very good.
-Elmer Sperry is...
-He's not the only one.
Yes, he's associated. It's quite a complicated development.
-The other one is John Serson.
So, we're learning stuff all the time here.
Blaggards, it's not a crisis yet. Any change of tactics?
We're going to stick to what we think is good,
-which, at the moment, hasn't proven too good, but...
Well, sometimes this is the turning point.
-Just keeping on with the same approach...
..does work wonders sometimes.
You've lost two brains from the final round.
The Eggheads have not lost any so far
and they are on this colossal run, so we know they're playing well.
So, there's no shame in any of this,
but you can still take them down and win the money.
There's no question. The next subject is Arts & Books.
-Who would like this?
-I think that's me, isn't it?
-Ben's going to take that one, I think.
Ben, our business analyst.
-And who are you taking on?
-We're going to go for Beth, I think, if that's OK.
So, we've had Dan and Dan, and Ben and Beth. This is all...
LAUGHTER ..very alliterative.
Ben from The Blaggards versus Beth from the Eggheads.
To ensure there's no conferring, please go to our Question Room.
So, Beth, any reading you can recommend at the moment?
I just read a wonderful book - it's not a novel,
it's factual - called The Joy Of Quiz.
And did you find, every page, you were finding out stuff,
or did you know most of it already?
No, I was finding out stuff during it.
Yeah, every opportunity for some learning.
I suppose it's a bit late to pick the book up now, Ben,
-at this precise moment.
-No, I'll get it next week, I think.
Are you prepped on Arts & Books?
-I saw you go for that with a bit of alacrity.
-Yeah, I think I'm good.
I think I'll be good, but it depends what questions, obviously.
Hopefully, I'll know them, but only time will tell now.
Would you like to go first or second, Ben?
Could I go first, please, Jeremy?
And here is your question.
Which of these is a type of poem consisting of five lines?
Yeah, before the options came up,
I feel like limerick and couplet can be a bit longer.
I feel fairly confident that it might be a haiku, please, Jeremy.
I see why you've done that. I think a haiku is very, very short.
-It might almost be a line and a half.
Limerick is the one.
They would have done some limericks in that Blaggards pub,
-wouldn't they, Ben?
-They might have done.
The Long Islands were quite strong, though, so...
-Well, maybe they were doing haikus by the end of the night.
-Definitely felt like it.
-OK, Beth, your question.
The publisher Mills & Boon
is most associated with which literary genre?
Well, it's not a literary genre I read very often,
but they are publishers of romance novels.
Some would say horror, but... THEY LAUGH
..romance is right.
OK, Ben, to catch up - who would be
most likely to use gouache in their daily work?
I really don't know, Jeremy.
Gouache feels like a material that would be maybe more connected
to a painter. It's a stab in the dark.
I'm going to go for painter, please, Jeremy.
Painter is correct.
What term is used in literature to mean an episodic novel
that follows a rogue or lowborn adventurer
drifting from place to place in an effort to survive?
Ooh. This isn't something that I've come across at all.
Erm, Grand Guignol sounds like it should be a sort of grand adventure.
I hate to do it,
but I'm going to have to go down the middle with Grand Guignol
for no other reason that it could be sort of to do with grand adventures.
Mm. Chris is shaking his head. Chris, why?
Well, Grand Guignol is basically sort of blood and thunder.
What we're talking about here is picaresque.
Yes, picaresque is the right answer.
That would have been the one I wouldn't have picked.
-Grand Guignol is blood and thunder?
Interesting question. So, level.
How about that, Ben? Get this right, you could be in the final round.
Which character in Shakespeare's The Merchant Of Venice
has a daughter named Jessica?
I actually haven't watched
The Merchant Of Venice, unfortunately,
but something's telling me it's Shylock,
based on almost nothing.
Just got to go with my gut by this point, I think,
so I'm going to go with Shylock, please, if that's OK?
He's certainly the most famous character in the play.
The question is whether he is the one with the daughter named Jessica.
Yes, he is. Shylock is right.
You're in the lead. Let's see if you're in the final.
Beth, your question to stay in.
Published in 2016,
Keeping On Keeping On is a volume of diaries by which writer?
Now, I don't think it was Bill Bryson.
That sounds more of an Alan Bennett sort of...
How he would describe something than Pam Ayers.
Yeah, let's just stick with my first thought, with Alan Bennett.
Alan Bennett is correct. You're still in, Beth. Well done.
So, we go to Sudden Death here, Ben.
-OK? Gets a bit harder. I don't give you alternatives.
In the traditional fairy story Hansel and Gretel,
where does the woodcutter abandon the two children?
Sounds like fairly irresponsible parenting.
I would imagine it's the woods is what I've got to guess. The woods?
Yeah, perfect. I was sort of willing you to get that cos I think,
-not getting it, you'd really kick yourself.
Beth, to stay in. In the title of the 19th-century story
The Swiss Family Robinson, the Robinson part
is a reference to which character from a Daniel Defoe novel?
-That would be Robinson Crusoe.
-Robinson Crusoe is right.
Back to you, Ben. In which futuristic novel
by Aldous Huxley are years marked as AF,
standing for "after Ford"?
Erm, I believe that's Brave New World.
It is Brave New World. Well done. Good quizzing.
Back to you, Beth. Sudden Death, we're on.
In Charles Dickens's novel Oliver Twist,
Nancy is the girlfriend of,
and is eventually killed by, which character?
Bill Sykes is right. You're both playing well.
Sudden Death. Ben, back to you.
Michael Dean, Anthea Hamilton, Helen Marten and Josephine Pryde
were the four contenders for which major arts prize in 2016?
It's not the Booker, I don't think, cos Paul Beatty won that, I believe.
I think Helen Marten might be the sculptor
who won the Turner Prize,
and they were all willing one of the architectural ideas to win.
I think I've got to... Helen Marten rings a bell to some degree.
I'm going to say the Turner Prize.
Yes, Turner Prize is right. Brilliant play.
Beth, to stay in.
Enjambement is a technique used
specifically in what form of literature?
So, to spell it, it's E-N-J-A-M-B-E-M-E-N-T.
It looks like en-jam-bement.
I haven't a clue, Jeremy. I am REALLY struggling.
Really, really struggling with this question. Erm...
So, I'm going to have to hand it to Ben and say comedic literature.
Erm, no. Lisa, I think you've got it, have you?
I think it's a poetry thing
where an enjambement is basically making two lines of your poem
cover, like, one sentence. Is that sort of close?
Two lines of your poem, what, almost they curl round the page?
Well, so that the one idea is not contained in the line.
So, I don't know...
There once was a quiz host called Vine
Who thought his broadcasting was fine.
-Oh, I see.
-It's two lines of a limerick, but one sentence.
-I think that's what it means.
-It's carrying on the sense of one line into the next line...
-..so they're not self-contained units.
-It's poetry, Beth.
And we've had a little explanation here of exactly why and what.
That's great news, Ben!
-You're in the final round.
-You held steady.
The skipper stayed with the secret plan,
and it started to work.
So, Beth has been knocked out. Please, both of you, return.
Rejoin your teams and we'll play one more round before the final.
All right, maybe The Blaggards have turned it around now.
They have lost two brains from the final round,
but they've taken an Egghead out now.
And one more subject before the final. It's Politics.
Who would like this?
-I think you've got to do this, haven't you, Tom?
-Yeah, I think that's me.
-Tom? OK. Our sales and marketing officer.
And you can have either Kevin or Lisa.
-I think it's going to have to be Lisa, isn't it?
-Yeah, I think so.
Yeah, we'll go with Lisa, I think. Yeah.
There's no way of avoiding Kevin.
He will be there at some point. THEY LAUGH
All right, Tom from The Blaggards, Lisa from the Eggheads,
please go to the Question Room.
So, Tom, Politics - would you like to go first or second?
I'll go first, please, Jeremy.
And here we go.
Which of the following is customarily provided
in UK polling booths for marking ballot papers?
Well, I think, obviously, in the past, many years ago,
they used to have problems with people
erasing other people's votes and perhaps changing them,
so I think it's standard to have a ballpoint pen now.
No, the answer is pencil.
HE LAUGHS It is just...
Yeah, and it's a good point you make there.
How have we stayed with the pencil, Lisa?
Is it cos it's cheaper or what?
I think it is actually something to do with
the erasability of it, quite possibly -
so that you make sure you put the right thing on it
because, otherwise, if you scribble on it,
it looks like a spoiled paper.
OK, Lisa, to take the lead.
How long did Diane James
serve as leader of Ukip?
It's always very dangerous when the first thing
that pops into my head comes up,
but my first thought WAS 18 days, so I better go with 18 days.
Yeah, famously was.
It was short of three weeks. 18 days is right.
Tom, you need this to catch up.
Which of these politicians served as US Secretary of State
under Ronald Reagan?
Erm, I'm not too sure about this.
I can't remember there being too many female Secretary of States
across the years, to be quite honest,
so I'll rule out Madeleine Albright.
Erm, I'll go down the middle with Lawrence Eagleburger,
but that's a complete guess.
He was definitely in an American administration,
but it was George Shultz, this answer,
which gives Lisa a chance now to take the round
with her second question.
Lisa, which of these politicians worked as a GP
before being elected to Parliament?
Now, I had an idea that Liam Fox was actually, like,
a proper doctor, and he's referred to as Dr Fox.
I'll try Liam Fox.
On the basis that Dr Fox is a thing?
I think he is known as Dr Fox on occasion.
Liam Fox is the right answer.
-He was indeed not just a doctor, but a GP doctor.
So, well done, Lisa. Two out of two.
-Sorry there, Tom.
-That didn't go too well, did it?
It was just maybe the momentum from the last round.
-That must have been it.
-Something happened there.
-I'll blame Ben for that one.
So, the Challengers have lost their captain.
Now what is going to happen? Rejoin us.
We will play the final for £25,000.
OK, 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, that's Tom, Dan and Daniel from The Blaggards,
and also Beth from the Eggheads.
Would you please leave the studio?
All right, Jordan and Ben, this is the moment.
You're playing to win The Blaggards £25,000,
and they know you can do it
because we've seen people with only one player left do it.
Lisa, Dave, Chris, Kevin,
you're playing for something that money can't really buy.
Firstly, the Eggheads' reputation,
and secondly, the joy of keeping this wonderful run
that you're on going.
As usual, I'm going to ask each team three questions in turn.
They're all General Knowledge. You may confer.
So, Blaggards, the question is can your two brains defeat these four?
Simple as that. Would you like to go first or second?
-Yeah, let's go first.
Jordan and Ben, good luck. Here's your first question.
In terms of accommodation,
what term is used to mean a flat that has two floors?
Duplex is right.
What are normally used to play the game bagatelle?
-Cues and balls?
-Cues and balls, yeah.
-Yeah, try that one.
-A table with a round end, isn't it?
It's a game that's played on...
It's sort of not dissimilar, in some respects,
in terms of the way the table looks,
to a kind of a bar billiards set-up, I suppose, in a way.
But it is played with cues and balls.
Cues and balls is correct.
One each. It may get harder.
Here's your question, Challengers.
In classical architecture,
a caryatid was a sculpted female form
that acted as which of the following?
-Happy with that?
Yeah, I'm pretty sure it's a column on the outside of the buildings.
Yeah, we'll go with column, Jeremy.
Column is right. You jumped at that,
Ben. You know your architecture?
-I did ancient history at university.
That was a little bit fortuitous there, I think.
-Was I pronouncing it right - caryatid?
-Well, could have been.
OK. So, Eggheads are behind, then.
We've got £25,000 on the table here. Your question.
Gomme - G-O-M-M-E - is the French word
for what item that might be found in a pencil case?
-Yeah, it's a rubber.
-Yeah, I thought it was a rubber.
-OK? Happy with that?
-Yeah, I'm happy with that.
We think that's the eraser.
Eraser's right, or rubber.
Third question. We're cracking on here.
With all of this money here,
you haven't spent any time thinking yet.
Don't rush it. Here's your third question.
Get this right, you may have to do no more work today.
St Stephen's Green
is a park located in the centre of which major city?
-St Stephen? I think...
-I don't think it's Cardiff.
I'm feeling, then, if you don't think it's Cardiff...
-Well, Cardiff was based on nothing.
David's Cardiff, Patrick's Ireland. What's Scotland, again?
Well, that was poor logic. Erm...
St Stephen's Green.
I think we're going to go for Edinburgh, aren't we,
-even though we don't know?
What would you have done on your own?
You're on your own, the lights aren't on.
-I'm not on my own, though, am I?
-No, you're not.
You're not, unfortunately.
-We're going to go with that.
-Yeah, I think so. I think we are.
After a lot of wild deliberation where we don't have a clue,
-it would be Edinburgh.
And what was the answer to the question Ben put, Jordan?
What would you have done if you were on your own?
It was a perfectly sensible question.
It was, and I baulked giving an answer.
Erm, I'd maybe have gone Ireland.
-You would have gone for Dublin?
-Yeah, Dublin. Yeah.
Anyone know back there what the answer is?
Yeah, we think it's Dublin.
Dublin is the answer.
Eggheads can take the contest with this.
£25,000, we're playing for. Here's your question.
In book design, the right-hand page of an opened book
is known as the recto,
and the left-hand page is known as what?
-We'll try verso, yeah.
-That is verso.
-Verso is your answer.
If you've got it right, it's the end of the contest.
The correct answer is verso.
We say congratulations, Eggheads. You have won.
Well, the team-mates had the Dublin dimension, but...
-..that's the trouble with losing them earlier.
I'm sorry, guys. You played well.
-Yeah, not good enough, really.
The Eggheads have done what comes, well, naturally.
Doesn't it, Eggheads? JEREMY CHUCKLES
The winning streak continues. Goodness! Will it ever end?
It does mean our Challengers don't go home with the £25,000.
We roll that money over to the next show.
We're building up quite a jackpot here,
thanks to your quizzing. Well done.
Congratulations, Eggs. Who, I wonder, will beat them?
Join us next time to see if a new team of Challengers
have the brains to do it to win £26,000.
Till we quiz again, goodbye.