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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. How are you feeling today?
-Ready for a battle.
-Ready for it? OK.
Hoping to get one over on our quiz champions today
are Turweston and Beyond from Buckinghamshire.
Now, this friends and family team quiz together and against each other
at the annual village quiz in Turweston
where team captain Chris has been on the winning team four times.
Let's meet them.
Hi. I'm Chris. I'm a gallery owner and artist.
Hello. I'm Ned. I'm a professional gambler.
Hi. I'm Nick. I'm a medical writer.
Hi. I'm Edward, and I'm a solicitor.
Hello. I'm Simon, and I'm a marketing consultant.
-So, Chris and team, hello. ALL:
-Lovely to see you.
And you're a quizzing team, Chris, I can tell.
-Well, a bit, yes.
So, tell us about where you all quiz together.
Well, we all quiz together
at the annual village quiz in the village hall,
which is a charity event to raise money for the village hall.
-Great. And Turweston is at the centre of this team.
-It is, yes.
-Tell us about that village.
-Well, it's a tiny English village.
It's got all you'd expect in a village -
a village green, church, pub, all the trimmings. It's very nice.
You walk out the front door, you all see each other on the way to work?
-Pretty well, yeah.
-How nice. How wonderful.
OK, I wish you well, team.
Every day, there is £1,000 worth of cash
up for grabs for our Challengers.
However, if they fail to defeat the famous Eggheads,
the prize money rolls over to the next show.
So, Turweston and Beyond,
the Eggheads have actually won the last 11.
They're doing really, really well, which is good, in a way,
cos it means there's a big jackpot
of £12,000 today. Would you like to try and win it?
-I thought so.
And the first head-to-head battle is on the subject of Politics.
So, one of you against either Beth,
Chris, Pat, Steve or Dave.
-I think it's going to be me.
-So, did we decide Beth or Dave?
-One of those? Which do we think?
-Yeah, all right.
-I think Beth, Politics.
-OK. And, Ned, your profession is...?
-Professional gambler? Perfect.
That's going to really put the frighteners on them.
Ned from Turweston and Beyond versus Beth from the Eggheads.
Is Beth going to play it safe or gamble herself?
To ensure there's no conferring,
would you please take your positions in our famous Question Room?
OK, so, Politics, Ned.
Your choice - would you like to go first or second?
I'll go second, actually.
Which means Beth has the first question. Here we go, Egghead.
How did Iain Duncan Smith famously describe himself
at the 2002 Conservative Party Conference?
I think he's the quiet man. A quiet man.
A quiet man is quite right.
"The quiet man is back and he's turning up the volume," he said.
All right, Ned,
which country saw its prime minister resign
after the result of a constitutional referendum
in December 2016?
Right, so, prime minister. Yeah, it was...
Yeah, it's Italy.
It was Renzi lost a referendum on the reforms, yeah. Italy.
Italy is correct.
Beth, we go back to you.
What is the middle name of Jeremy Corbyn?
Hmm, I'm thinking about when he was born
and the names that were around at the time.
I'm torn between Bernard and Brian.
I think it might be Jeremy Brian Corbyn.
-You've gone the wrong way.
To take the lead here, Ned,
who was appointed Work and Pensions Secretary
in July 2016?
Yeah, it's Damian Green.
Liam Fox is now the trade one and Jeremy Hunt's still health.
Damian Green's work and pensions.
Damian Green was appointed Work and Pensions Secretary
in July 2016, you're quite right, so you've taken the lead.
And, Beth, you need to get this one right to stay in.
What name is given to a person who chairs a committee
in the Scottish Parliament?
The other... I'm not...
This isn't something I know immediately either, so...
The only one that pulls me there to be one that would chair,
and therefore do the same sort of thing as a chair
-would be a convener.
-Eggheads, do you know this one?
I would have said convener.
They reckon convener. Convener is right.
So, you can take the round
with this question, Ned.
Of which body was the Brazilian Robert Azevedo
appointed Director General in 2013?
It's weird - when you first said the name, I thought World Bank.
I don't think it's the IMF. I think that's, like...
Is it Christine Lagarde and then it was someone else?
I may have just made this up,
but it rang a bell with World Bank, that.
I think I'll go World Bank.
World Bank is wrong.
It's World Trade Organisation.
So, after three questions, you're level. We go to Sudden Death.
Beth, you go first.
The 1946 National Health Service Act became law
during the term of which British Prime Minister?
I know Bevan had a lot to do with it,
but I think he was the health minister at the time.
-No, no, no.
-No. I knew it was wrong. Knew it was wrong!
He was Prime Minister in 1946.
OK, Ned, you have a chance to take the round.
To whom was Tony Blair referring
when he said of his wife, Cherie, in 2006,
"At least I don't have to worry
"about her running off with the bloke next door"?
Oh, yeah, it's Gordon Brown.
So, he was worried that his wife was going to run off with Gordon Brown.
It must be, cos 11 Downing Street. Gordon Brown.
Gordon Brown is the right answer.
You've taken the round on Sudden Death. Well done, Ned.
Beth, you've been knocked out and
that's good for our Challengers. First scalp to them.
Please return to us. We'll play on.
Good start for Turweston and Beyond.
They have not lost any brains from the final round.
The Eggheads have lost Beth. And the next subject is Film & TV.
So, who would like this?
-Do you want this? Do you want this, Ed?
-Yeah, I'll take it.
-Out of who's left, it's Ed, isn't it?
-OK, Edward, our solicitor.
-It's got to be Chris, I think.
-Yeah, I think we need to try...
-Yeah, that just makes sense, doesn't it?
All right. So, Edward from Turweston and Beyond
-is going to play Chris from the Eggheads.
-Oh, fair enough.
-Film & TV?
To ensure there's no conferring, please go to our Question Room.
Film & TV, Edward - would you like to go first or second?
I'll go first, if I may, Jeremy.
Here we go. What was the name of the time-travelling TV repairman
played by Nicholas Lyndhurst in Goodnight Sweetheart?
Oh, I'm not at all sure,
but I think I'm going to go for Gary Sparrow.
Gary Sparrow is correct.
Chris, which Hollywood actress
starred in the 1930s films Camille and Ninotchka?
-That was Greta Garbo.
-Greta Garbo, and that was back in the day
-when you were watching the movies, wasn't it?
-Indeed it was.
OK, Edward, which one of these
fictional US TV detectives is an ex-Navy SEAL?
Kojak, I don't think it was.
Jim Rockford, I'm confident it wasn't.
So, I'm going to go for Thomas Magnum.
Thomas Magnum is correct.
Tcheky Karyo played Julien Baptiste in which TV crime drama?
Well, The Bridge is Scandi-noir,
It doesn't sound like a Scandinavian name,
so I'll rule out The Bridge.
Don't think it's The Missing, but Spiral or Engrenages,
to give it its original title, is French, so I'll go with Spiral.
Spiral. Eggheads, do you know?
-It's The Missing.
-The Missing is the answer.
You've fallen behind, Chris.
So, let's see. Edward, you can take
the round with this, and complete a double for the Challengers.
Who did Forbes magazine name the top grossing actor of 2016
in terms of ticket sales?
So, Scarlett Johansson did the Marvel franchise.
Cameron Diaz didn't make that many films.
I know Jennifer Lawrence was the top grossing in dollar terms,
so I'm going to go with her in terms of ticket sales.
It's wrong, actually.
Scarlett Johansson is the right answer.
That gives Chris a way back in.
You've got to get this right though, Chris.
Which former member of the cast of the TV series Friends
turned 50 years of age in 2016?
Well, the oldest-looking of the three is David Schwimmer,
so that's who I have to go with.
That's a good way of working it out. David Schwimmer is the right answer.
So, we go to Sudden Death here. Edward, it gets a bit harder.
I don't give you alternative options.
Which English actor played the role of Finnick Odair
in The Hunger Games' Mockingjay films?
It's one of those ones where you know the name,
but I just can't think of it.
-No, it's Sam Claflin.
Chris, yours for the round.
Which Irish-born actor made an appearance early in his career
as the seaman Charles Churchill in the 1984 film The Bounty?
-You're right, it is Liam Neeson, Chris.
Well done. You've taken the round
on Sudden Death. Sorry, Edward.
Been knocked out there.
Very nearly made it two for the Challengers,
but, actually, it's been levelled up here by Chris.
Return to us, please, gentlemen, and rejoin your teams.
Right, it's been levelled up.
Turweston and Beyond have lost a brain from the final round.
The Eggheads have lost one, too.
And the next subject in the third round now is Geography.
-That'll be me.
-I think you should do it.
-I'll take Geography.
OK, team captain. Artist, gallery owner.
Against which Egghead? It can't be Beth or Chris.
-I think it should be Dave.
-I'd like to play Dave, please.
So, Chris from Turweston and Beyond
to play Dave from the Eggheads on Geography.
Please go to our Question Room now.
So, Geography, Chris - would you like to go first or second?
I'll go first, please, Jeremy.
Geography, and your first question, Chris. Good luck.
Which range of hills is east of the River Usk
and lies across the border between England and Wales?
Well, the Cheviot Hills are in Northumberland,
the Mourne Mountains are in Northern Ireland,
and the Black Mountains are in Wales so it's the Black Mountains.
Black Mountains is quite right. Brilliant.
Very beautiful they are, too. Dave, what is the capital
and the largest city of the US state of Arizona?
It's Phoenix, Arizona.
Yeah, that could have caught you out. Phoenix is right.
which of these African countries measures approximately
just 80 miles from east to west?
Well, they're all fairly small countries.
I think Swaziland, I think, is too big, so I'll dismiss that.
I think I'll dismiss it, anyway.
Eritrea's up on the Horn of Africa and I can't quite picture
the shape of it in my mind at the moment.
Well, in the absence of anything better,
I'm going to go with Liberia.
No, it's not Liberia.
-Actually, the smallest is Swaziland.
Dave, which city's former name translates into English as sand pile
because of the beaches that line its shores?
It could be Lillehammer. It could be Malmo.
Really haven't got a clue here.
I'm going to regret this. I'm going to go for Lillehammer.
OK. I think some Eggheads know. Steve, I can tell you know.
Probably on the basis that it's maybe had a former name,
we'd go for Vilnius.
Yeah, that's wrong, too.
It was originally called Malmhaug.
-It's one of those ones -
we stop you rootling around in the name by saying former name, Dave.
-Bit of a wicked question, that, wasn't it?
-Hope you enjoyed that.
-Yeah, thank you.
OK, level after two.
Chris, back to you.
Skaw is the most northerly settlement
on which group of Scottish islands?
Skaw, which is S-K-A-W.
Hmm, I'm struggling here, as well.
It's going to have to be a guess, I think.
I think I'll go down the right. I'll go for Shetland.
-Challengers, is he right?
-Yeah? You like it?
Shetland is right. It's a wicked old round.
Dave, to stay in,
in which English county
is the National Trust property Calke Abbey located?
Calke is C-A-L-K-E.
-Can you spell it again for me, please?
No, I'm not going to change my mind on this.
I'm going to go down the middle, but it's a total guess. Somerset.
Somerset is your answer.
Anyone been there? Anyone know this, Eggheads?
No. They're drawing a blank, Dave.
-Derbyshire is the answer.
-Never heard of it.
-Sorry, you've been knocked out.
-It's all right.
These Challengers are playing well. Well done, Chris.
You're in the final round.
Nip and tuck there.
Come back to us. One more round to play.
As it stands, Turweston and Beyond
have lost a brain from the final round.
The Eggheads have lost two brains now.
There's £12,000 to play for here. Let's see what happens next.
Sport is the subject.
Who's going in? THEY CHUCKLE
-Nick or Simon?
-It has to be Simon, I think.
Simon, our marketing consultant, against which Egghead?
-And it's either Steve or Pat.
-Do you want to take Pat?
You know, it's going to be hard for you to win this either way,
-Just have a shot.
-If you take out Pat, it makes us a lot more likely to win.
-I'll give it a go.
-So, Simon from Turweston and Beyond
takes on Pat from the Eggheads in the last round before the final.
Please, gentlemen, take your positions.
All right, Sport, Simon - would you like to go first or second?
I think I'll go first, please.
Good luck. Which of these people was knighted
in the 2017 New Year's Honours list?
I think I'd remember if it was Usain Bolt.
I think it was Mo Farah.
It was indeed. Sir Mo.
Well done. Mo Farah.
First one to you. How does that feel?
Pat, in American football, what term is given to the action
by which the ball is passed from the ground to the quarterback?
I think that's the snap.
Snap is the right answer.
Back to you, Simon. In which UK sport
does the club called Salford City Red Devils compete?
Again, I'm going to work on the basis
that I think I would've heard of it if it was rugby league.
I think I'm going to go for ice hockey, please.
-Pat, do you know?
-I think I would have stayed with rugby league.
I think it could be rugby league. I've heard of Salford Reds.
Yeah, rugby league is the right answer here, Simon.
Not ice hockey. OK, Pat, your question.
Which South African golfer
won the US Open in 2001 and 2004?
By those days, Gary Player was very much a veteran.
He wasn't winning US Opens in the 2000s.
Charl Schwartzel has had success, but he hasn't won two US Opens.
I think it's the Goose. I think it's Retief Goosen.
It is Retief Goosen. Well done.
Simon, which of these fast bowlers ended
his career with a record 43 ducks at test level?
Ducks. They were all probably pretty good at getting ducks, weren't they?
I seem to remember Dennis Lillee was pretty terrible with the bat
so can I go for Dennis Lillee, please?
Dennis Lillee. Let's just see - Challengers, do you know?
Me and Nick think it's Walsh.
I thought it might be Malcolm Marshall, but I wasn't sure.
So, we've got a Marshall and a Walsh coming up on this side.
Ned and Nick are very good quizzers.
Courtney Walsh is the answer.
Sorry, Simon. Knocked out by Pat there,
who's levelled it up.
Come back to us, gentlemen.
We're going to play the final round for £12,000.
So, this is what we have been playing towards.
It is time for the final round. As always, it's 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, it's Edward and Simon from Turweston and Beyond
and also Dave and Beth from the Eggheads.
Would you please now leave our studio?
Chris, Ned and Nick, you're playing to win
Turweston and Beyond £12,000.
Steve, Pat and Chris, you're playing for something
that money can't really buy, which is the Eggheads' reputation.
As usual, I will ask each team three questions in turn.
This time, they're all general knowledge.
You can confer.
So, Turweston and Beyond, the question is,
can your three brains defeat these three mega brains over here?
And, Chris, Ned and Nick, would you like to go first or second?
I think we'll go first, please.
All right, I know we've got a quiz on our hands now.
Here we go. General Knowledge. Playing for £12,000. Good luck.
According to the proverb, Challengers,
what is it better to do than curse the darkness?
-Yeah, light a candle.
-Light a candle?
Yeah, we're going to go for light a candle.
Yeah, better to light a candle than curse the darkness.
You're quite right. Eggheads, your question.
In which English county is the historic town
of Bradford on Avon located?
-Oh, is it?
I just thought "on Avon" - it had to be Warwick.
If you're happy with that, Chris... You seem very confident.
-Think of the junction.
Well, Chris is extremely confident with that one.
It sort of caught me out, but it's Wiltshire.
-Wiltshire. You didn't know this, Steve?
-No, I didn't.
Pat, you're very quiet in the middle.
-I didn't know it.
Well, if I had an instinct, it was Warwickshire,
but I'd no backing for it.
Interesting, cos we know how this works.
Sometimes, Chris gets knocked out
and then it turns out he has the key piece of information.
In this case, he did. Wiltshire is right.
Well done, Chris. Brilliant.
The wheels are wobbling on the Eggheads' side.
Here we go. For what does the L stand for in LISA,
the government saving scheme announced in 2016?
So, you know, what's...?
-ISA is just independent?
-Instant savings account, isn't it?
-I think it's instant, yeah.
I mean, ISA is a government saving scheme, isn't it?
-What does it stand for, ISA?
-I think that's independent.
Quite often, don't the interest rates go down after a while
so you'd think maybe it'd be, like, lifetime
or long-term, maintain your...
I've got a feeling for lifetime, but I don't know why.
You said something about instant, but then, if it was that,
it'd be a bit of a weird contradiction.
-Well, no, it's instant access, I think.
I think I've heard the term lifetime to do with a savings accounts.
Really? Shall we say lifetime,
-if you think you've heard that, as well?
-Well, it's an inkle,
but isn't big. It's not.
It could be long-term, but I just...
I think... I just think I've heard it somewhere.
I think that inkling is probably
enough to go for it, isn't it?
-It makes sense.
-Shall we do it?
-Go on, then, yeah.
After much deliberation, we're going to go for lifetime.
So, let's just start with ISA,
which isn't instant, by the way. What is it?
That actually unlocks the answer for you a bit more easily
-cos it is lifetime.
It was the use of the word instant.
I could see it was just throwing you completely there.
Anyway, you got it right. Well done.
Eggheads, to catch up, which of these
astronauts resigned from NASA in 1981
to become a full-time painter?
-I think it's Alan Bean.
I think he does canvases with moon dust embedded into them.
-Well, that's better than anything I've got.
Well, Buzz Aldrin, he's just...
He travels the world, evangelising for space travel.
Well, Pat's pretty confident it's Alan Bean,
so that's our answer.
Alan Bean is correct.
-Well done, Pat.
-Well done, Pat.
This is interesting quizzing from the Eggheads.
They're drawing on each other's strengths here.
They know they're up against good quizzers.
Get this right, that may be it.
They may get theirs wrong. That's it. Here's your question.
Including qualifying rounds,
how many teams participated in the FA Cup
in the 2015/'16 season?
I'm pretty sure it's going to be one of the later two.
I know that, yeah.
Right, do you know how many rounds there are
before they get to the first round?
I've got a memory of fourth qualifying round being a thing,
-but I think I can work this out.
-Take your time.
-Take your time, yeah.
-Right, OK. So, going to have to go through this slowly.
Two, four, eight,
16, 32, 64. That's 64.
-So, that means there's 64 in the fourth qualifying...
..which would mean 128 in the third,
256 in the second,
500 in the first,
and then I think they have a preliminary one.
-Yeah, so, that means 500-odd in the first round...
but then I reckon there's another, like...
There must be another 400-ish play each other
-in a preliminary one.
Well, it must be, to narrow that down to 200.
-Well, that takes us over 700, doesn't it?
I think it's going to be 736.
I think the preliminary round is smaller than the first qualifying.
Maybe I've got this wrong somehow,
but it seems like about the right number.
Logic seems fine to me. Shall we go for it?
-I think that's OK. It's sound arithmetic.
After much deliberation again, and maths,
we're going to go for 736, with crossed fingers.
736 is your answer. You went through an enormous mathematical calculation
and ended up by saying, "The middle one sounds about right."
And you've got it right! 736 is right.
You've got three out of three.
You can relax for a minute here.
Just watch the Eggheads. They may get this wrong.
If they get this wrong, you've won £12,000.
You've taken them down.
Eggheads, the title of the World's Best Restaurant in 2016
was awarded to an establishment in which country?
I haven't heard of any super-duper restaurants in Andorra.
Spain has got a couple.
It had El Bulli, which is sort of low-profile now.
It has the Cabo del Celler in Gerona, which is a big one
and then there's a big one in San Sebastian.
There are two very prominent restaurants.
Italy has got...
Recently, there's a restaurant in Bologna or Modena,
which has been making waves, doing very well.
Yeah, the percentage is Spain simply because, in the past,
Bulli, which is now sort of quiet,
but there is the Gerona and the San Sebastian,
so it's got quite a network of top restaurants.
But this Modena one was in the press recently.
I think that's the reason why..
It's a delicate one, this, though. It's a delicate one.
-Well, last I heard,
it was still El Bulli in Spain, but if you've read about Modena...
I think El Bulli is quiet at the moment.
I think your man Ferran Adria sort of took a big sabbatical.
It's not... It's lower-profile at the moment, I think.
And you think Italy?
-Slight preference for Italy. Very nervous.
Right, as you can probably tell, Jeremy, we're not sure at all.
We've got to pick something, so, with no degree of certainty,
-we're going to say Italy.
-Your answer is Italy.
If you have got it wrong,
the Challengers win £12,000.
Osteria Francescana in Modena is the restaurant
that was the world's best in 2016,
You've got it absolutely right,
and that is brilliant quizzing by Pat.
Very subtle, very clever.
OK, Sudden Death, we're on.
£12,000, we're playing for. Here's your question.
Which music producer born in Clovis, New Mexico, in 1927,
is best known for his association with Buddy Holly?
-Any music producers from the '60s, '50s?
-No, I'm sorry.
Would he have been on the plane?
-There was a pilot called Peterson.
To be honest, we just don't know, do we?
Could it be someone that did something else, like, you know...?
Can you think of anyone associated with Elvis or, like,
Carl Perkins or The Big Bopper or any of these people?
And associated...? Just any name associated with them, like...?
-Who was Elvis's manager?
-Colonel Tom Parker.
-It's Elvis's manager.
It was his manager. He wasn't a record producer or anything.
-Can't think of anybody.
-We've got to have a guess, surely.
Well, do you want to say the Peterson thing?
-Yeah, I'd prefer that, even though...
-We don't know the...
Do we have to give a...? Can we just give a surname?
-You need first name, as well, yeah.
It's not him, but I'm just trying to remember
what the first name of it might have been.
Marcus maybe? Is that someone else?
I have no idea.
-Marcus Peterson - do that name.
We have absolutely no idea, so with no confidence at all,
we're going to say Marcus Peterson.
A hard question. The answer is Norman Petty.
He was to Buddy Holly what George Martin was to The Beatles,
so he was fundamental to the sound.
OK, the Eggheads have a chance now with this question.
You can take the contest.
The journal Blast, first produced in 1914,
was a mouthpiece for which artistic movement?
-It reminded me of vorticism.
-When was it, early...?
-Yeah, cos it didn't last very long.
-Wyndham Lewis, people like that.
Are we all happy with that?
I'm not confident, but it's what occurred to me.
1914 is the height of the Vorticism period.
We think we're all agreed it's vorticism, Jeremy.
If you've got this right, the contest is over.
Been an amazing contest, but vorticism is the right answer.
We say congratulations, Eggheads. You have won!
You ran them close there. My goodness!
The pilot, I'm told, was Roger Peterson,
-so you got the surname of the pilot there.
Ooh, you are amazing quizzers, there's no question about that.
People come here with much less and win,
so you've been unlucky to catch them on a...
This particular trio, actually, works...
You seem to work quite well together, you three.
-We do, don't we?
-Yeah, you do.
-I'll take no credit for that.
Commiserations to Turweston and Beyond.
It does mean you're not going home with the £12,000,
so the money rolls over to our next show.
Eggheads, really well done. Great quizzing.
All of you working in sync with each other,
and I wonder if you can be beaten.
Join us next time to see if a new team of Challengers
have the brains to defeat them.
£13,000 will be here to play for. Till then, goodbye.