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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.
Here they are, the Eggheads.
-Ready to roll? EGGS:
Very much so. Hoping to beat the might of the Eggheads today are
the Old Dorks from Surrey.
Now, the majority of this team
of friends met through setting up their own book club in Dorking.
-Let's meet them.
-Hi, I'm Kevin, and I am a communications director.
Hello, I'm John. I'm a business journalist.
Hi, I'm Hugh, and I'm a physics PhD student.
Hi, I'm Mas, and I'm an IT consultant.
Hello, I'm Mark, and I'm a lawyer.
-Kevin and team, hello. ALL:
-Good to see you.
And Dorking is the centre of the world, Kevin, is it, for all of you?
Absolutely. Most of us got to know each other through our sons playing
football, initially, and the book club is kind of an offshoot.
And because the football team was called Old Dorkinions,
we kind of abbreviated that to Old Dorks.
To Old Dorks. And combination of football and books
can be very powerful in the quizzing world.
You've got sport covered, you've got literature.
Yes. Quite a good range amongst the team.
-Do you like to quiz?
We do enjoy the odd pub quiz.
Sometimes we win, sometimes we don't.
-But it's good fun.
-And do you watch these five doing their thing?
We do, and they look even more scary now.
Well, actually facing them is more terrifying...
Yes, I can believe that. Yeah.
Well, they are on quite good form, at the moment.
Good luck. Every day, there is £1,000 worth of cash
up for grabs for our Challengers.
However, if they fail to defeat the Eggheads,
that prize money rolls over to the next show.
So, Old Dorks, the Eggheads have won the last 25 games.
That means there is a jackpot of £26,000 for you to win today.
Oh, I just sensed the temperature rise.
The first head-to-head battle is on the subject of Food & Drink.
Now one of you needs to play either Beth, Chris, Pat, Dave, or Lisa.
-Gosh, I think that's...
Food & Drink. An interesting choice.
-Mark, do you feel up for it?
-I'm prepared to do it.
-It's not my primary subject, but I'm prepared to do it.
Thanks, Mark. So, it'll be Mark.
Mark, OK. A lawyer.
Against which Egghead?
Any one of the five.
I would take on Dave, I would suggest.
I'm happy to go with your decision.
OK. We'll take on Dave, please, Jeremy.
All right. So, Mark from the Old Dorks takes on Dave,
Tremendous Knowledge as we call him, from the Eggheads,
on Food & Drink. To ensure there is no conferring,
would you please both take your positions
in our famous Question Room?
OK, good luck in this round, Mark.
It sounds like it wasn't particularly your choice to do this?
I'm fairly comfortable with it, so I'm very happy to go with it.
And I gather your mum saved your childhood teeth
when they came out and gave them to the Natural History Museum?
Yes, that's right. My mother had a rather off-the-wall sense of humour.
She heard someone on the radio saying that
the Natural History Museum
didn't have a complete set of children's teeth.
So, as mine came out,
she saved them up carefully, and the great day came when we went
to South Kensington and presented them to the museum.
And they were put on display, or they laughed?
No, I think they are in a drawer somewhere
-in the dusty bowels of the museum.
Good old mum. OK, well, Food & Drink against Dave,
and would you like to go first or second?
I'd like to go first, please, Jeremy.
Here we go. Beer served from a barrel,
rather than a bottle or a can,
is commonly known by what name?
Well, I'm not a great beer drinker,
but I've got some friends who are fairly serious beer enthusiasts.
I suppose hopped beer, hops are in pretty much all beer.
Widget, I think that's one of those things that puts the fizz into beer.
I think it's draught beer.
It is draught beer. Mark, well done.
Yes, a point to you. OK, Dave, over to you.
Your first question, Dave.
Which of these delicacies is sometimes referred to
as black diamonds?
-It's black diamonds, yeah?
I've got to go truffles there, please.
Truffles is correct.
Back to you, Mark, our lawyer.
What name is given to the ball-shaped sweet
made principally of flour and sugar that is popular in Indian cuisine?
I should know this,
cos my father grew up in India and is very fond of sweets.
I don't think it's aloo.
I was confusing it with jalebis, which are these spiral ones.
I'm not sure, but I think it's pakora.
-Eggheads, is he right?
Yeah, ladoo. Pakora is a savoury snack.
Yeah, pakora, says Beth, is a savoury snack,
so it's ladoo, Mark.
And Dave has the chance to take the lead.
Which of these is a German dish consisting of potato pancakes?
Dave, is it...?
The only jager I associate is...
Landjager is with more alcohol.
Blutwurst sounds like a blood sausage.
I'm going to go Kartoffelpuffer, please.
Lisa, you'll know this with your German background.
Kartoffel is potato?
-Kartoffelpuffer is the right word.
OK, back to you, Mark, and you need
to get this one right.
Alpine Valleys is one of the most visited wine regions
in which country?
I'm thinking of which of those countries might reproduce...
..the quality of climate you'd find in the Alpine valleys.
I'd be inclined to rule out America.
I haven't heard of it.
Australia I associate more with...
..New World wines and I'm wondering if the name
has a new world colour to it.
Well, my processes are leading me to South Africa.
I'm not going to get beyond that, so I'm going to say South Africa.
The answer is Australia.
So, there's no way back for you.
I'm sorry, Mark, you're knocked out.
Dave is in the final and it means the Eggheads are still going to be
sitting there all five of them.
You've got to knock one out. Please come back,
rejoin your teams, we'll play on.
So, as it stands, the Old Dorks have lost one brain from the final round.
The Eggheads are still all there.
Just checking. A lot of money that we are playing for, as well.
The next subject is Music.
Who wants this?
-Well, as always happens,
our music expert has just gone out.
Well, I know, Mark. You love your music, Mark.
-What happened there?
-I know, but I thought I knew my food and drink.
-But I think we have someone else who is going to have a
-stab at it. Hugh.
-Yeah, I'll give music a go.
OK. Hugh, you are a student.
-Are you studying music?
-I'm studying physics.
You're studying physics. OK.
Who would you like to take on? It can't be Dave.
-What do you think?
-Take on Beth.
-We'll take on Beth.
-We'll take on Beth, please.
Good stuff. So it's going to be Hugh from the Old Dorks versus Beth,
the newer of the Eggheads.
To ensure there is no conferring, please take your positions.
So your subject, Hugh, is climate physics, is that right?
Yes, that's right. So I'm looking at the jet stream for my PhD,
which is this current of air that brings the weather
over the North Atlantic.
I'm looking, basically, at how global warming is affecting
the jet stream and how that will affect the weather
over the UK and Europe.
All right. And is it good news or bad?
Well, so I'm just starting my second year,
-so I don't have a whole load of...
-Oh, they haven't told you yet?
No, I haven't got any results as such.
And although the jet stream hasn't got much to do with music, Hugh,
I know you do play the trumpet and you love music yourself.
Yes. So I've played trumpet for,
well, since the beginning of high school, really.
I play in a band - blues and soul and things like that.
Yeah. Brilliant stuff. Well, good luck in this round against Beth.
Would you like to go first or second?
I'd like to go first, please, Jeremy.
So, Hugh, here is your first question.
What is a small extract of music from one recording
that is taken and used in another song called?
I'm fairly confident here that a specimen is a more scientific thing.
Again, cross-section, as well.
So I think I'm going to go for sample.
-A sample of music.
-Sample. I'm going to check with your dad here.
-Yeah, I think that's right.
Yeah, he says it's right, and it is right.
Sample. Well done. A point to you.
Beth, over to you for your question.
In which city was the pop group Duran Duran formed?
Oh, from those three, it's got to be Birmingham.
It is indeed Birmingham.
Well done. Simon Le Bon and co.
All right. Hugh.
Which musical instrument has the nickname liquorice stick?
I haven't heard the nickname liquorice stick.
I'm going to rule out French horn,
because a French horn is more circular shaped.
I think based on...
Liquorice is a black sweet, I think.
I think, based on that, I'm going to go for clarinet,
which is a straight, black instrument.
Yeah, it is what I was forced to play in school, as well.
Clarinet is the right answer.
Beth, over to you for your question.
"We ain't no delinquents, we're misunderstood.
"Deep down inside us there is good"
are lyrics from which song in West Side Story?
It's certainly not America,
cos I sang that when I was at school and I don't remember those lyrics.
Thinking about how the lines would fit, that possibly goes into
Gee, Officer Krupke!
Gee, Officer Krupke! is the right answer.
-Well done, you. All right.
Back to you, Hugh.
The 2016 single Rock-a-bye was the second UK number one
for which group?
Oh. These are all bands I know.
I'm fairly confident Mumford and Sons
probably have had more than one number one.
And likewise Florence And The Machine.
So, by process of elimination, I think I'm going to go Clean Bandit.
Yeah, you've done well. Clean Bandit it is.
You've got three out of three. Well done. That trumpet is working.
Beth, your question, to stay in the contest.
Opus 74, entitled Four Psalms,
was the final work of which composer born in 1843?
Certainly in the time of Elgar.
This is a guess, really.
I'm going to go with Edward Elgar.
-The answer is Edvard Grieg.
Sorry, Beth, you're knocked out.
Well done, Hugh, you are in the final round,
so you've levelled it up there.
OK, good performance with the climate physics coming in handy.
Yeah, I'm very pleased, very happy.
That worked wonders in the Music round.
Do rejoin your teams and we'll play on.
So, the Old Dorks have levelled it up.
They've lost a brain from the final round.
The Eggheads have also lost a brain.
We play on, and it's History.
I'm reckoning the Old Dorks are going to be good on this.
-Who's the history person?
I think that's John. I think John would like to play History, please.
John, OK. Our business journalist.
Against which Egghead? And it's Pat, Chris, or Lisa.
I think we'd like to play Chris, please, Jeremy.
-How do you fancy that, Chris?
I've been around a lot longer than most people here, so, yeah,
I've seen more history, so, yeah, it's my thing.
So, John, from the Old Dorks, is going to play Chris.
And, yeah, it is his thing.
Please take your positions in the Question Room.
John, are you a history fan?
Yes, no, I enjoy reading about history
-and watching television programmes about it.
-Any sorts of periods?
Oh, I think everyone's interested in sort of Tudor era,
but also I think I like Russia and China in the 20th century.
And if I had to pin you down on that, Chris, what would you say?
Oh, favourite period of history?
Probably the later Industrial Revolution.
The time of Isambard Kingdom Brunel and people of that sort.
-All the engineers.
-All the real engineers, yes.
Brilliant. OK. So, this could be a clash of titans.
It is History. John, would you like to go first or second?
I'll go first, please.
Here is your first question, John. Good luck.
What was the Soviet military force created after the 1917 Revolution
by the Communist government called?
That's a good question.
I think the communist colour is always,
of course, referred to as red.
The White Army, I think, was the Cossacks, the anti-revolutionaries.
I think... I'm fairly certain that's the Red Army.
Red Army is the right answer.
Well done. OK, Chris, your question.
Burnham Thorpe in Norfolk was the birthplace
of which British historical figure?
Yeah, his father was the vicar at Burnham Thorpe,
and it was Horatio Nelson.
It was indeed. Back to you, John.
Between 1954 and 1962,
which African country fought a war of independence against France?
I think I'll rule out South Africa straightaway
because that was Dutch-colonised, the Boers.
Ethiopia was, I think, more colonised by the Italians...
..in the area of the Mediterranean, so I think Algeria.
Algeria is correct.
Chris, the event known
as the Boston Tea Party took place in which year?
That was in the lead up to the American Revolution, it was 1773.
1773 is the right answer.
OK, you're steaming along rather nicely, both of you.
They may get harder.
Your question now, John.
Which British soldier and administrator was described
as a heaven-born general by Pitt the Elder?
Well, Wolfe was a general - fought in Canada, but he was killed.
I'm thinking that's probably Clive of India.
Although I'm not fully certain, but I'd go Robert Clive.
Let's see if Chris knows. Chris?
Yeah, Clive of India, Plassey.
Robert Clive is right. Three out of three. Well done, Challenger.
Now let's see if you've dislodged
Mr Hughes, which takes some doing.
What type of weapon was the medieval petrary?
Can you spell that, Jeremy?
Latin for rock.
A machine for throwing rocks, so it's a catapult.
Yes, very assured. Catapult is the right answer, well done.
So three out of three, scores are level.
Both know your history, I can tell.
It gets a bit harder now, John, though,
because we don't give you different options. Are you ready?
-Sudden Death, here we go.
Amy Robsart, who supposedly died from falling down the stairs
at her home, was the first wife of
which of Elizabeth I's favourites?
Well, I was going to say...
..Essex, Lord Essex, but that's not a first name for you.
I'm trying to dredge back some Tudor names.
Robert Dudley is your answer.
JOHN SIGHS, JEREMY LAUGHS
Well, I didn't think you were at the races there at all.
I wasn't, that literally popped into my head at the last moment.
That was remarkable. Well done. Your recall, that's extraordinary.
Let's see if you're knocking out Chris now.
Chris, you've got to get this right to stay in.
Which US military leader was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1953
for his contribution to the economic rehabilitation of Europe?
Well, that was the Marshall Plan, so it'll be General Marshall.
I need a first name and a last name.
George C Marshall or George Marshall is the answer.
Chris, you've been knocked out by John.
Well played, John.
So Robert Dudley is now your patron saint?
-That was brilliant, congratulations to you.
Bad luck, Chris, you're out of the game.
Come back, rejoin your teams. One more round to play before the final.
So the Old Dorks are doing well,
they've lost one brain from the final round,
but the Eggheads have now lost two brains.
And the next subject for you is Arts & Books.
So last subject before the final, who wants this?
OK, Mas, you fancy taking that?
Mas will take that, please, Jeremy.
OK, Mas, our semi-retired IT consultant.
You've got Lisa or... I think
I would call you an IT consultant, Pat.
-I've been called worse.
-I think that's his kind of thing.
So you could decide whether you have a soul mate or...
-Lisa, please, Jeremy.
That's the way my husband played it,
"Shall I go for a soul mate or Lisa?"
Mas from the Old Dorks versus Lisa from the Eggheads.
To ensure there's no conferring,
please, for the last time, go to our Question Room.
All right, Mas, Arts & Books against Lisa,
and would you like to go first or second?
I would like to go first.
So here is your first question, Mas.
Who is the captain of the submarine Nautilus in the book
20,000 Leagues Under The Sea?
It's not Nemo.
I'd like to go with Captain Flint.
Captain Flint is the wrong answer.
Lisa help me with Captain Flint, where is he from?
He's not actually human - he's Treasure Island, he's a parrot.
He's a parrot.
So the submarine would have been in a lot of trouble.
Nemo it was, Mas.
And, Lisa, your question.
Which John Betjeman poem
features the lines,
"Come, bombs, and blow to smithereens,
"those air-conditioned bright canteens,
"tinned fruits, tinned meat,
"tinned milk, tinned beans?"
It seems to fit in with
"Come, friendly bombs, and fall on Slough."
Unless he wrote a lot of poems like that, I better go with Slough.
Anyone else know here?
Eggheads? Slough is the answer.
Bruce Bogtrotter is a character in which Roald Dahl book?
I'd like to go with The Witches.
Anyone here on the Challengers' side know their Roald Dahl?
-It sounds like a Roald Dahl character, that's for sure.
I would say not to Matilda, but I'm not sure between the other two.
Now, interestingly, it is Matilda.
-It is Matilda.
-Matilda is the answer, Mas.
We've got to hope now Lisa gets this one wrong,
or she's through to the final.
The historical region of Kafiristan
is the setting for which 1888 work by Rudyard Kipling?
Don't know enough about The Man Who Would Be King
or Rikki-Tikki-Tavi. That's hard.
I suppose it could be either.
Let's hedge my bets and go for The Man Who Would Be King.
The Man Who Would Be King is the correct answer, Lisa.
Well done, a bit of handy elimination there, worked for you.
I'm sorry, Mas.
It didn't quite break for you there, did it?
-My weakest subject, that was.
Still hope for your team.
Please return to us. We will play the 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 that's Mas and Mark from the Old Dorks,
and also Chris and Beth from the Eggheads.
Would you please now leave the studio?
All right, Kevin, John, Hugh,
you're playing to win the Old Dorks £26,000.
We don't often get the jackpot this high.
Lisa, Dave and Pat, you're playing to stop them.
You're playing to add to the jackpot and your incredible reputation.
As usual, I'm going to ask each team three questions in turn.
Gentlemen, they are all general knowledge and you can confer.
So, Old Dorks, the question is,
are your three brains able to defeat these three in a famous victory?
Kevin, John, Hugh, do you want to go first or second?
We'll go first, please, Jeremy.
Good luck. Playing for £26,000, here.
Which British slang word for a prison
comes from the Hindi for a shed or a lock-up?
So, what's the thoughts, boys?
On the three alternatives.
It's coming from an Indian slang word.
I think nick is a UK version for...
-Just being pinched.
Slammer sounds like an American word to do with the door,
-the prison door slamming.
So I'm leaning towards chokey, which sounds kind of Indian, but...
-Yeah, I think that would be my option.
-We're not 100% sure, Jeremy,
but we'll go with chokey.
Chokey is quite right, well done.
A Hindi word.
Eggheads, which actor plays the role
of Steve Wozniak in the Danny Boyle film Steve Jobs?
Of the three, Seth Rogen
looks most like Steve Wozniak.
-I'm fairly certain he was in it.
-Oh, right, so.
-Just trying to narrow it down for the other two,
just in case it is Jonah Hill, but I don't think it is.
-I don't think Franco was anywhere near it.
Steve Wozniak is kind of a bear of a man.
-I mean, obviously,
with make-up, they can turn anybody into anybody, but without make-up,
Seth Rogen is the most...
the most similar in appearance.
You, you'd be unlikely to cast Franco and you might think twice
about casting Jonah Hill, if you couldn't get Seth Rogen.
So maybe... I'm for that if you can see a physical resemblance.
-And you're happy?
-And I've got an inkling on the casting.
Yeah. So you're happy that Rogen's in the film?
-I think so, yeah.
-OK, we'll go with that?
-Yeah, do that.
-We're going to go with Seth Rogen.
Seth Rogen is correct.
-Well done, Pat, especially, there.
Good quizzing by these Eggheads, then.
They are in great form at the moment, but the upside is,
the jackpot is high.
Your second question.
Which of these Caribbean states
celebrated the 50th anniversary of its independence
from the UK in 2016?
-OK, thoughts, chaps?
-Rule out Haiti.
-Haiti wasn't a British colony, I don't think.
So it would be like, 1966?
I'm leaning towards Jamaica, but I don't know.
-You think Barbados?
Barbados. Cos they are smaller, maybe.
Your instinct is Barbados?
-I don't have a strong view either way.
-Yeah, I'd go Barbados.
in the absence of any clarity, we'll go for Barbados.
So Barbados was 1966, absolutely right, well done.
The 50th anniversary in 2016.
Two out of two for our Challengers.
They are ahead. Playing for 26,000.
Here is your question, Eggheads.
What English name is given to the character
written beneath the letter C in French
to signify that it should be pronounced softly, as an S,
rather than as a hard K?
Cedilla. Isn't it?
-We're happy with cedilla?
-Yeah, like where you have garcon.
And I think both circumflex and grave are above...
-Circumflex is like that.
-One of those.
-And then grave is that way.
And we were told... He said beneath, didn't he?
-Yeah, he did say beneath.
But it is definitely a cedilla.
We're going with cedilla.
Cedilla is right.
Ooh, it's hotting up in here!
-Are you feeling it?
£26,000, we're playing for.
You may just be one question away.
Here is your third.
What name is given to the microscopic openings in the
epidermis of leaves or young stems?
-Any thoughts, gentlemen?
-Gut instinct is stomata.
-But I couldn't tell you why.
I think xylem is the stem.
Yeah, the tube.
I don't know why, when the answers first came up,
I was thinking stomata as well, but I could be totally just...
-Yeah, that would be my...
-We'll go with that.
Yeah, I think on the basis of a gut instinct more than science,
we'll go for stomata, Jeremy.
Stomata is the right answer.
Three out of three, playing really well.
You may not need to do any more work today.
-That'd be nice.
-Let us see.
And if you get this wrong, Eggheads,
the jackpot is theirs and we go all the way back down to £1,000.
Eggs, what nickname was given to the World War II bomber
the Handley Page Hampton?
Here's where Chris would come in useful.
I've heard of the Flying Bedstead,
but I'm slightly concerned it was one of
I mean, obviously,
the name could have been used twice.
-You know, the early, sort of, jet pack.
Yeah. I'm not rushing in,
but I'm going to really look at the other two.
I would have gone the Bedstead.
It's just, I mean, the contraption
was an extraordinary-looking thing.
It didn't look like an aeroplane. That's why they called it...
It looked like an old, brass bed with rockets.
-So it's, it's not the most obvious name for a bomber.
Bombers are big, heavy, lumbering things.
Suitcase? Because it's full of bombs?
No? They just pack it full of bombs, it takes off and drops them?
Bath Tub would be just its general fuselage shape.
If it was a seaplane, then Bath Tub might make a bit more sense.
I don't know. Well, we are at sea, here.
Cos, I mean, if we're going the other two...
-We are on...
-..we're on a wing and a prayer, aren't we?
Wing and a prayer, sorry!
We are struggling to find any sort of aircraft at all that was named
after those things, but both of you could think of an aircraft
with a bedstead attached to it.
And a suitcase full of bombs, no?
-No. It could be, but... I've never heard of it.
-Logistically, if you
haven't got a plane idea to attach to it,
I think you're going to have to go with Bedstead,
-because you have got an idea.
-Yeah, we have, that's the best one.
Well, it does exist as a phrase.
Whether it existed twice,
for the experimental gizmo and for a proper bomber...
It's entirely possible...
-It could have done.
-..that it is a different plane,
-but I don't think we've got anything better to gone.
All right. Sorry about that, Pat.
-So we're going for Bedstead?
-Yeah, Bedstead, yes.
-OK, we're in serious trouble, here.
There was an experimental contraption, definitely,
called the Flying Bedstead,
which looked nothing like an aeroplane at all,
but nonetheless, Flying Bedstead is a phrase that we have heard.
-Erm, so, we are in trouble. We're going for Bedstead?
We're going for Flying Bedstead, and with great trepidation.
I'm wondering if we should take this to Chris.
-We're going to have to.
-OK, Chris, you've got it,
just don't say it too quickly, there's a lot at stake.
This is over to you.
In one word, is it the Flying Bedstead?
-What is it?
It's the Flying Suitcase!
We say congratulations, Challengers.
You have won!
Thank you. Thanks very much. Thank you.
And I know, dear Chris,
that in your sleep, you would have got that right.
-It was called the Suitcase, by the way,
cos it had very cramped crew conditions,
so it was quite a bog-standard reason for a nickname, you know?
There we are. You knock out Chris,
it doesn't seem significant at the time.
Chris knows the answer.
Therefore, the Eggheads are stopped in their tracks.
And we say congratulations, Challengers.
You've done really well. You've won £26,000.
We haven't had a jackpot that big for a long time!
And you can say you are officially cleverer
than the Eggheads over here.
You've proved, certainly, that they can be beaten.
Eggheads, you played well at the end, there.
I mean, you were really truffling,
you just got to the wrong answer and it's ended your run
in the most dramatic way.
Well, join us next time on Eggheads
to see if a new team of Challengers will be just as successful.
Till then, goodbye.