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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 quiz challengers
pit their wits against possibly the greatest quiz team in Britain.
You might recognise them as they are Goliaths
in the world of TV quiz shows. They are the Eggheads,
and taking on the awesome might of our quiz Goliaths today
are the Museum Pieces.
The team is made up of staff or volunteers
from the Priest's House Museum in Wimborne in Dorset. Let's meet them.
I'm Brenda, 80, and I'm retired.
Hello, I'm Rob, I'm 66 and a semi-retired marketing director.
Hello, I'm Sue. I'm 61 and I'm a local government officer.
Hello, I'm Arthur, I'm 74 and I'm a retired schoolmaster.
Hello, I'm Emma, I'm 39 and I'm a museum curator.
-You're all Wimborne people, and it's a great place. We can tell.
-Is everyone there as nice as you?
There's no... No yobs, no louts?
-Not many, no.
-Front doors unlocked?
-Quite a civilised town.
-OK, we're moving down there, aren't we?
-You don't know where Dorset is, CJ, do you?
-Is that in England or what?
-Get him on Geography later.
Every day there is £1,000 cash up for grabs for our challengers.
However, if they fail to defeat the Eggheads, the prize money
rolls over to the next show.
So, Museum Pieces, I can tell you that the Eggheads have won
the last 11 games, which means that £12,000 says you can't beat them.
-Are you ready to try?
-Yes, we'll try.
The first head-to-head battle is on Film & Television.
Have you got a plan?
-Emma, do you want to do that?
-Yes, I think that's me.
OK. Emma, against which Egghead?
Brenda, which one do you think?
-I don't know. I should think Judith.
I'm afraid we're going to pick Judith.
OK, Emma from the Museum Pieces against Judith from the Eggheads.
Take your positions in the question room now.
So Emma, it's the Priest's House. Is there a priest associated with it?
Not that we know of, no.
It seems to be a name that sort of came into the sort of 19th century,
but there is no evidence of priests living there, no.
You're the museum curator, do people come in
-and start saying, "Where's the priest?"
-Quite often, yes!
-And you have to say, "I'm sorry, have your money back"?
We encourage them to come round the museum.
-Brilliant. OK, good luck in this round.
We'll ask you three multiple-choice questions
on film and television.
Emma, would you like to go first or second?
I think I'll go first.
Emma, what was the name of the rich bad guy
in the TV series the Dukes of Hazzard?
Well, I know this one because I spent many Saturday evenings
watching this programme.
I think it's Boss Hogg.
It is Boss Hogg.
I spent my Saturdays the same way!
We were young, what were we doing?
When I was at primary school, I wrote to Jim'll Fix It
-asking if I could have a ride in the General Lee.
-And did he reply?
Judith, which Mel Brooks film was turned into a stage musical
and then into a 2005 film musical?
I think that was The Producers.
Yes it was, and a brilliant success it's been on stage as well.
So, Emma, back to you.
What is the name of the human boy who owns the toys
in the animated film Toy Story?
Again, I think I know this one because we encourage children
to bring in their toys into the museum and we tell them
it's not like it is in Toy Story.
I think it's Andy.
Great bit of knowledge for you there. Yes, it is Andy.
Wimborne is winning.
Judith, which Doctor Who actor appeared in the US TV series Heroes
as Claude the Invisible Man?
I think it might have been David Tennant.
The present one.
I think it might not have been David Tennant.
-It was Christopher Eccleston...
-..who gets around a bit.
-He's done other stuff.
So, if you get this right, Emma, you're in the final
and you've bounced poor old Judith off the end of the desk.
Here's your question.
Which actor who later appeared in the TV series Dallas
starred in the 1962 film The Day Of The Triffids?
Um... Oh dear.
I really don't know the answer to this so I'm going to have a guess.
I'll go for Larry Hagman.
Larry Hagman, who played JR...
but it wasn't him. It was Howard Keel.
So, back to you, Judith.
Get this right, we go to sudden death.
Get it wrong and you're not in the final round.
Wilberforce, a character played by Bill Murray in the 1986 musical film
Little Shop Of Horrors, was played by whom
in Roger Corman's original 1960 film?
I think it was Dennis Hopper.
-You sound certain about that.
-Yeah, I am.
-Have you seen the film?
But you remember him, you remember the photos and...
Yes, perhaps that's what it is.
Yeah. It wasn't him. It was Jack Nicholson.
It was Jack Nicholson's first movie role.
-Yeah, he's only on screen for a couple of minutes.
It's the guy who goes into the dentist and is tortured,
but it was his first movie role in Hollywood.
There we are, Judith. And that,
from your point of view, means you're not in the final round.
Well done, Emma.
First blood to Wimborne.
You took on an Egghead, you emerged triumphant, so you'll help your team
in the final round. Please, both of you, come back to us.
As it stands, the Eggheads have lost one Brain from the final round.
Challengers have lost no brains.
Early days though. The next subject is Music.
Who would like this one?
Who's going to do Music?
-It's all sorts of Music, isn't it?
-Arthur, you're good at Music.
No, it's bound to be pop stuff.
I know nothing about pop stuff.
-Could be any sort of music.
Could be any sort. Old, new...
It's got to be very old!
Go for it, Arthur. I'm not going to, no.
-You go for it, Arthur.
-I'll go, I'll go.
-It's Arthur. Against who?
-I'll do it.
-Choose an Egghead.
Who are we going to choose?
-Anyone but Judith.
-Barry, I think.
-Chris, I'd go for Chris.
Chris, we'll try Chris in that case, thank you very much.
So Arthur from the Museum Pieces against Chris from the Eggheads
and to ensure there's no conferring, please take your positions in our question room.
I will ask each of you three questions on music in turn.
Arthur, I know you are hoping that new bands come up, pop music, rock.
-Everything since 1980.
Do you want the first or second set of questions?
I'll let Chris go first.
Here we go, Chris.
Which store cupboard item was the title of a UK top five hit single
for the Rolling Stones in 1971?
That was Brown Sugar.
Brown Sugar is right. Well done.
Over to you, Arthur.
By what name is Franz Schubert's Symphony No. 8 in B minor
It sounds very rude to be an Undressed Symphony!
Unfinished Symphony it is.
And you are quite right.
There's your classical music question.
Chris, over to you. Bhangra music originated on which continent?
Well, it's sort of north India, Pakistan, so it's Asia.
Asia's quite right, Chris.
You're ahead. Over to our challenger.
Who sang with Tina Turner on the 1990 UK top 10 hit single
It Takes Two?
Um... Probably a trio I should think!
Um... No idea at all.
I should think probably
-Based on... Anything?
-Based on ignorance!
I'm sorry, it wasn't. It was Rod Stewart.
A difficult one to guess, that.
Chris, your turn now. The Queen of the Night
is a major character in which opera by Mozart?
If you get this right, Chris, you're in the final round and Arthur isn't.
She's a major character in The Magic Flute.
You are right, which means you have taken that round.
No way back for Arthur for our challengers.
-Sorry, Arthur, you won't be in the final round.
-That's very sad.
It was the pop music question that did it, as you feared!
Chris, well done. Come back and join your teams.
Arthur, bad luck. I feel the pop question was like an Exocet there.
It just hit you.
-Not my strong point.
Could have been Rod, could have been Brian.
The Eggheads and the challengers have each lost one brain
from the final round.
Next subject, Arts & Books,
now this should be good for Wimborne.
Well, I think I've been put down for that.
OK, Brenda. Which Egghead would you like? Daphne, CJ,
or Barry, our new Egghead?
We don't know about Barry, do we?
-Shall we try Barry, the unknown quantity?
-Which do you think?
Give him a chance to show his true colours.
-We want to find out about Barry.
-You'd like to find out about Barry.
So does everybody!
We're discovering Barry bit by bit here.
So, Brenda from the Museum Pieces versus Barry, our newest Egghead.
To ensure there's no conferring, please take your positions in the question room.
Brenda, do you want the first or second set of questions?
I want to go first, please.
Brenda, in a theatre, by what name is the lowest curved tier of seats
above the main floor known?
I haven't any idea.
I think it must be the dress circle.
You must have a idea, and you're right of course. The dress circle.
Barry, your question.
What is the word for a false name or alias
used by a writer who does not want to reveal their real identity?
Well, a synonym is a word that means the same as another word,
and an antonym is an opposite,
but the word that means...
that is a false name used by a writer, is a pseudonym.
Pseudonym is absolutely correct. Well done.
Back to you, Brenda.
Which novel of 1954 begins with a group of schoolboys
emerging from a plane crash on a tropical island?
It's a book that made me shiver with horror when I read it.
It's Lord Of The Flies.
Said with great certainty.
William Golding, I think.
Unforgettable book. You're right. Lord Of The Flies, correct.
Your question then, Barry.
Filius Flitwick and Minerva McGonagall are characters
in a series of books by which writer?
Well, Minerva McGonagall is a teacher at Hogwarts,
which means that she would be in books by JK Rowling.
Is the correct answer, well done.
Two points each, very tight.
Two great players here.
Brenda, your third question.
What name is given to the semi-fluid mixture of clay and water
used by potters for coating or decorating ceramic ware?
That is slip.
Oh! You said that without hesitation.
-I hope it's right!
-How do you know that?
Well, we did pottery at school, way, way, way back,
and I visited several potteries.
There was a very famous pottery, Poole Pottery, quite near us.
You're right. Slip is the correct answer.
With that, you put the pressure on Barry.
If he gets this wrong, you play in the final, he doesn't.
Barry, which fictional detective is the central character
in the 1953 novel The Long Goodbye?
Well, it's not Miss Marple because she's an Agatha Christie creation
and I always get confused between
Philip Marlowe and Raymond Chandler novels.
Let me think. I'm pretty certain Philip...
Oh, it's Raymond Chandler, is the author...
I'm going to go for Sam Spade.
Eggheads, do you know the answer?
-I'd have gone for Philip Marlowe.
I always get that wrong!
They were certain that you were going for Philip Marlowe there.
-I was and I changed my mind!
-And you switched.
The answer is Philip Marlowe.
Brenda, you've taken out an Egghead.
-And that means, Barry, you don't play in the final round.
Brenda, you do. Please, both of you, come back to us.
As it stands, the challengers have lost one brain from the final round.
Eggheads have lost two.
Our last subject is Sport.
Which of you wants Sport?
It has to be me, I suppose.
Who's gonna fall on her sword?
-Can you do Sport?
-I've got to be the anchor anyway.
-You haven't got to be!
You can change your mind!
Come on, Robbie.
Robbie, you're not sporty?
I know nothing about sport, so it'll have to be me!
Oh, go on!
-Neither of you know about sport?
I know the feeling! All right. So, it's the Mayor of Wimborne.
It's...well, I don't know whether I want to admit to that!
Which Egghead are you thinking you should take on?
CJ or Daphne.
Well, I reckon, I reckon...I'm getting advice from all sides here
and I'm really gonna go the way I think...CJ!
So, it's Rob from the Museum Pieces against CJ from the Eggheads.
So there's no conferring, take your positions in the Question Room.
So, Rob, you are the Mayor of Wimborne.
That's correct, Jeremy, yes.
-And you're also in, I gather, the Wimborne Militia.
-I am a member.
When I'm not wearing the mayoral hat, I'm wearing my militia hat.
The Wimborne Militia is a 17th century re-enactment group
from the English Civil War and the Monmouth rebellion period,
which was strong round in the south-west with Lyme Regis
being where the Duke of Monmouth landed in 16...whatever the date,
And we participate not only in looking after the mayor,
when I'm not the mayor, we protect the mayor and the councillors.
We also carry out a lot of work locally for charity.
We dress in authentic costumes and we join in parades
and various charitable functions,
-and add a lot of colour to the town, I think.
This means that you were called to answer questions on history.
How have you ended up on Sport?
Yes, it could be the case, yes. It could well be the case.
I don't think CJ feels any more comfortable about Sport either.
Good luck. Here we go. Three questions,
multiple choice and you can choose, Rob, the first or second set.
First set please.
What name is commonly given to the area in rugby union and ice hockey
where players who have committed a serious enough misdemeanour
must sit out the game for a brief period?
Looking at some of the players in rugby these days,
it could be the crime line, but I reckon it's the sin bin.
The sin bin.
Well done, Lord Mayor, you're right. Sin bin is correct.
CJ, which piece of sporting equipment
first used in the Olympics in 2000 was developed in the 1930s
by the American gymnast George Nissen?
Both the parallel bars and the pommel horse
have been in the Olympics far longer than the last eight years,
so it must be the trampoline.
Trampoline is correct. Well done.
Second question to you, Rob.
The football team Sturm Graz play in which country's league?
Spelt S-T-U-R-M and then G-R-A-Z.
It doesn't sound very Swedish to me, not really, but it...
I think it's... I haven't heard of them,
I haven't heard of them at all, so it's quite possibly Austria.
I don't know any Austrian football teams, but Austria.
-Eggheads, is he right?
You are right, yes.
CJ, what nationality is the Formula One racing driver Mark Webber?
Erm...I'm not aware of any current Irish racing drivers
or any Canadian ones at the moment since Jacques Villeneuve retired.
He is Australian.
He's pushing you hard, Rob, isn't he?
Let's see how you do, third question.
Get this right, put the pressure on CJ.
And he can wobble.
Since 1996, over how many days
has the Olympic modern pentathlon been held?
It's one of those three, I know that, but which one?
I really have no idea, no idea whatsoever.
I'm sad to say I'm one of the few people, probably,
that don't follow the Olympics.
You went at the wrong end there. It's one actually.
It's a briefer affair than that.
So, CJ, if you get this right, you're in the final.
On a National Hunt race card, what does the letter P
alongside a horse's name indicate happened on its last outing?
Well, let's just try and apply a tiny bit of logic to this.
It's a letter P. If it was photo finish it would be PF,
if it was pulled up it would be PU, so it's penalised.
I don't know! I know nothing about the National Hunt.
Let's explore the logic. We've taken your answer,
but pulled up would be PU.
Yeah and photo finish would be PF.
PF, OK. Oh, I see. And penalised is one word so it would just be P?
So, it's pulled up, isn't it?
Yeah, yeah, got it, yeah. No, it's wrong. It's P...
Sorry, yeah. You've confused me now!
Yeah, yeah. It's pulled up, you're right, you're wrong! You're wrong!
You're wrong, you're right!
Oh, CJ, how we love you.
Sudden death now, Rob.
Not multiple choice. It gets harder.
Here's your question.
Misha the Bear was the mascot of the summer Olympic Games in which year?
Misha the Bear. I can remember Misha the Bear,
but I can't remember the year...at all.
It's probably further ago than I think it is,
Is that your answer?
The answer is 1980.
Told you so!
And I guess the clue is the bear and it's Russia and it was...
Your question, CJ.
If you take this, you're in the final.
Yakult Swallows is a top-tier baseball team
in the national league of which country?
Oh, dear, who's big on baseball? Erm...
-Well, they're very big on baseball.
And that's the right answer as well.
Quite how you got there...
I have no idea.
But, CJ, well done, you've won the round.
Rob, you played hard there and you did well, but you were beaten
in the end, so you can't join your team in the final round.
Both of you, come back to us now.
This is what we've been playing towards.
It's General Knowledge this round,
but those of you who lost your head-to-heads
will not be allowed to take part in this round.
So, Rob and Arthur from the Museum Pieces
and Barry and Judith from the Eggheads, please leave the studio.
Brenda, Sue and Emma, you're playing to win the Museum Pieces £12,000.
CJ, Daphne and Chris, you're playing for something money can't buy,
it's the Eggheads' reputation.
As usual I will ask each team three questions in turn.
This time the questions are all general knowledge
and, of course, you are allowed to confer.
So, Museum Pieces, the question is, are your three brains
better than the Eggheads' three?
Brenda, Sue and Emma, would you like to go first or second?
I think we should go first, I think.
-We'll go first.
Your first question. What items are made and sold by couturiers?
I think it's... Yeah, it's not cakes.
Clothes is your answer.
Clothes is the correct answer. Well done.
Eggheads, whose sonnets, For The Cradle,
a set of 51 nursery rhymes including Jack And Jill
and Ding Dong Bell, did the firm of John Newbery publish in 1781?
Father Christmas, obviously not. Uncle Remus was Joel Chandler Harris,
so it's Mother Goose.
That would be Mother Goose.
It was Mother Goose's Sonnets For The Cradle.
Your question now.
The fandango is a dance traditionally accompanied
by what percussion instrument?
-I'm not sure.
-It's not bongos, I don't think.
No, I don't think it's bongos.
Castanets or tambourine?
Is it a Spanish dance, fandango?
-I was thinking of...
-is it the Queen song?
-It doesn't tell you what with though.
-Go for castanets.
-I don't know. Do you, Brenda?
Consensus is castanets.
It's the correct answer.
You've got me thinking. The Queen song?
-"Do the fandango."
-Or are we completely off the...
-What is it? "Thunderbolt and lightning..."
-"Do the fandango,
"very, very frightening!" Got it! Bohemian Rhapsody.
It's also in a Roxy Music song, Fed Up With Fandango.
Well done. Two points. Going well.
Eggheads, which Wiltshire town has been renowned for its carpets
since a royal carpet factory was built there in 1655?
-Do we all like Wilton for that?
-Yeah, we all like Wilton.
That would be Wilton.
Wilton is your answer and...
It's an important question for you.
Get it wrong and the Eggheads answer right,
then I'm afraid the money slips away.
In Greek mythology, the Nereids, the 50 daughters of the god Nereus,
are especially associated with what?
-Oh. Is it flowers?
-I have a feeling it's flowers.
-I think it's flowers.
-It's something to do with the name, neree...
Is it a name of a type of flower? It's sort of...
-Flowers come to mind.
-That's the one I'd say naturally, yeah.
-What would you say? Flowers?
-I'd go for flowers.
It's just an instinct, I think, rather than...actual knowledge.
-We think flowers.
Flowers is wrong.
I can see how you got to flowers.
Were they right? It sounds like it should be flowers, doesn't it?
-But they're all sea sprites.
Oh, I see. So they're hopping along on the waves.
The only reason I knew it was the sea is cos I've heard of HMS Nereid.
Painful. But not over.
Here's your question, Eggheads. You get this right, you've won,
our contestants go back to Wimborne devastated.
That's our aim.
Which character in Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet
delivers the famous Queen Mab speech?
I don't know this one.
I think it's Mercutio.
Benvolio and Tybalt are two of the yobs, basically.
That would be Mercutio.
Mercutio is the right answer. Eggheads, you've won.
Commiserations, challengers. The Eggheads have done what comes naturally.
Their winning streak continues.
I know you're gonna see the references to Nereus
-and Nereids everywhere you go!
-That always happens!
You won't be going home with the £12,000,
which means that that money rolls over to our next show.
Eggheads, congratulations. Who will beat you?
Join us next time to see if the new challengers have the brains
to defeat the Eggheads.
£13,000 says they don't. Till then, goodbye.
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Jeremy Vine hosts the show where every day a new team of challengers take on probably the greatest quiz team in Britain. The team is made up of some of the country's top quiz champions, including the newest Egghead Barry Simmons, Millionaire winner Judith Keppel and two Mastermind winners in Chris Hughes and Kevin Ashman.