The last place in the semi-finals is up for grabs as John Humphrys puts four more contenders in the spotlight. Subjects include naval battles of World War I and Charles Laughton.
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Our first contender in the black chair tonight is Adam Barr,
a PhD student from Manchester.
He's answering questions on the
naval battles of the First World War.
Trevor Rhodes is from the Wirral.
His specialist subject, the actor Charles Laughton.
James Shore is an art consultant from Rotherham.
His subject, the Second World War plane, the Mosquito.
And Dave Mason is a pyrotechnician from Glasgow.
His subject, the MAX Marvel Punisher comic books.
Hello, and welcome to Mastermind, with me, John Humphrys.
Tonight, four contenders, as ever, of course, and the same rules.
Two minutes of questions on their specialist subject,
and then two and a half minutes on general knowledge.
And there is just one place left in the semifinals.
So whoever wins tonight will take it,
and be on course to go through to the grand final,
with its glittering prize, the glass bowl, and the title of Mastermind.
So, let's get on with it,
and ask our first contender to join us, please.
-And your name is?
-And your chosen subject?
-Naval battles of the First World War.
Naval battles in two minutes, starting now.
Which battle, on the 28th of August 1914,
was Britain's first naval victory of the war?
What was the name of Admiral Sir John Jellicoe's flagship
at the Battle of Jutland, the largest naval battle of the war?
In May 1917, which Hungarian Admiral and statesmen
led the Austro-Hungarian Navy's successful attack
on the Allied barrage across the Straits of Otranto?
During a battle in the Gulf of Riga in late 1917,
the German Navy badly damaged the Russian battleship Slava
and the Russians scuttled and torpedoed it.
What is the name of the battle?
-Moon Sound Islands?
-Moon Sound, yes.
Two hours into the Battle of Jutland,
when two Royal Navy battle cruisers had already been sunk,
who said to Captain Chatfield,
"There seems to be something wrong with our bloody ships today?"
On the 1st of November 1914,
the Germans defeated a British force
at the Battle of Coronel off the coast of which country?
The light cruiser HMS Glasgow escaped from Coronel
and took part in the battle of the Falkland Islands.
In which island group did it then hunt down
the German light cruiser, Dresden?
-Tierra del Fuego.
-No, the Juan Fernandez Islands.
A naval aviation pioneer flew the first British
naval reconnaissance mission to report on enemy ships
on the 31st of May 1916.
By what nickname did he become known?
-Rutland of Jutland.
-Rutland of Jutland!
In February 1916, the German steamboat
Hedwig von Wissmann was attacked and sunk by British gunboats.
On which African lake did this encounter take place?
Who was appointed to command the British squadron
send to hunt for the German East Asia Squadron
after the defeat at Coronel?
At which battle of October 1918
did the United States join with the Royal Navy,
Italy and Australia to attack a naval base
in Albania that was under the control of Austro-Hungarian forces?
The German High Seas Fleet's operation to draw out
the British Grand Fleet for a final battle was cancelled
because of an event on the 30th of October 1918.
Near which Swedish island did a Russian naval squadron,
under Rear Admiral Bakhirev,
clash with the Germans in July 1915?
One pass, Adam.
The second Battle of Durazzo, that was the battle in October 1918.
With that one pass, Adam, you have 10 points.
And our next contender, please.
-And your name is?
-And your chosen subject?
-The life and career of Charles Laughton.
Charles Laughton, in two minutes, starting now.
The actor Charles Laughton it gave one of his finest performances
in a 1935 film adaptation of Victor Hugo's Les Miserables,
playing which role?
Laughton was born on the 1st of July 1899,
in the Victorian hotel in which English seaside resort?
Laughton's parents were hoteliers,
and when he was young man, his mother sent him to London
to learn the business, working in which hotel?
Laughton is credited as the director
on only one full-length film, a 1955 crime drama,
mostly written by James Agee. What is it called?
-Night Of The Hunter.
Which historical figure did Laughton portray
in a play directed by Joseph Losey
at the Coronet Theatre, Los Angeles, in 1947?
Laughton plays the title role in a 1933 film
directed by Alexander Korda,
which earned him his only Best Actor Oscar.
-The Private Life Of Henry VIII.
Laughton received favourable reviews
for his first professional role in the theatre, a cameo role
as the old servant Osip in which Gogol play?
Which historical figure does Laughton play
in Cecil B DeMille's 1932 film The Sign Of The Cross?
Which Shakespearian role did Laughton perform for his audition
for RADA in front of a panel including
the future Hollywood actor, Claude Rains?
What was the name of the French actress whose teaching
at RADA was a great influence on Laughton?
Laughton greatly admired the effortless style of an actor
who played Lieutenant Sempter when they were filming
the 1932 film Devil And The Deep together.
What was his name?
Laughton filmed a few days for George Cukor's film
of David Copperfield before he persuaded the director
that he was completely unsuited for the role,
which required a very extrovert personality.
What was the name of his character?
At the end of filming Mutiny On The Bounty,
Laughton assembled the cast and crew
and recited a speech to great applause
that he had made in the film Ruggles Of Red Gap. Which speech?
What was the name of the director of The Barretts Of Wimpole Street,
who was persuaded by the producer, Irving Thalberg,
to cast Laughton as the tyrannical father of the film?
What is the name of the Roman senator played by Laughton
in the 1960 film Spartacus?
You had two passes, Trevor.
Sidney Franklin was the director of The Barretts Of Wimpole Street,
and Gary Cooper was the actor who played Lieutenant Sempter
when they were filming the '32 film Devil And The Deep together.
You have scored, though, 13 points.
And our next contender, please.
-And your name is?
-And your specialist subject?
-The de Havilland Mosquito.
The Mosquito World War II plane.
In two minutes, starting now, the Mosquito was originally conceived
as a two-crew, unarmed bomber. What was its model number?
Who piloted the prototype Mosquito that was given the official
identity W4050 on its maiden flight on the 25th of November 1940?
-Geoffrey de Havilland Jr.
Which organisation's headquarters in Oslo
was the target of a famous daylight raid by four Mosquitoes
from 105 Squadron on the 25th of September 1942?
In which district, north of Toronto,
was de Havilland Canada located?
It went on to produce over 1,000 Mosquitoes.
The first air-to-air kill by a Mosquito was credited
to Squadron Leader Ashfield, who shot down a Dornier 217,
south of Dover in May 1942.
Which squadron did Ashfield belong to?
What was the name of the scaled-down anti-shipping version
of the bouncing bomb that the B Mk IVs supplied
to 618 Squadron were modified to carry?
Which Rolls-Royce engine powered the prototype Mosquito
and many other later aircraft?
-The Merlin X.
-Yes, the Merlin engine.
In March 1944, Lieutenant Commander Eric "Winkle" Brown
piloted a modified FB.VI, the first twin-engine aircraft
to take off and land on the deck of an aircraft carrier.
What was the name of the carrier?
What is the name of the moated manor house in London Colney
where the Mosquito design team moved to in October 1939?
-Salisbury Hall, Yep.
In which Asian country did the RAF's last Mosquito sortie
take place in December 1955 on a photo reconnaissance mission?
Which Coventry-based car company built a total of 1,066 FB.IVs?
By what derogatory nickname was the Mosquito known
after Air Chief Marshal Sir Wilfrid Freeman supported
its development in the face of Air Ministry opposition?
What was the name of de Havilland's chief designer,
who headed the team which built the first Mosquito?
-Geoffrey de Havilland.
-No, Bishop, Ronald Bishop.
The first types of Mosquito were indicated by capital letters,
such as FB, for fighter bomber.
What did the letters TR stand for
in the Mk 33 and 37 variants?
Take a guess.
Well, it was "Reconnaissance",
but it was Torpedo Reconnaissance.
So, you were nearly right, but not right enough.
You had two passes.
HMS Indefatigable was the aircraft carrier in question,
and Downsview was that district in Toronto
where de Havilland Canada was located.
With those two passes, James, you have eight points.
And our final contender, please.
-And your name is?
-And your chosen subject?
-Is the Punisher MAX, by Garth Ennis.
In two minutes, starting now.
In the Marvel comic book series, the antihero Frank Castle
began his one-man war on crime and took the name the Punisher
after his wife and children were killed during a family picnic
in which New York park?
In Up Is Down And Black Is White,
which member of the Mafia
defiles the skeleton of the Punisher's wife,
an event which leads to the Punisher going on a killing spree?
In the same story, Nicky Cavella introduces
Pittsy's little sister to the Mafia. What's her name?
How many widows meet at Annabella's house to discuss
getting revenge on the Punisher in the story Widowmaker?
Barbi, one of the five widows, seduces the brother of her
former boyfriend to get information to help find the Punisher.
What's the name of the man she seduces?
-Is it Nicky Pizzo?
-It's Tony Pizzo.
In Valley Forge, Valley Forge, Colonel Howe volunteers
to help the generals capture Frank Castle and retrieve
a videotape of a confession by whom?
In The Slavers, the Punisher saves Viorica
from a group of thugs and she later tells him that
she'd been kidnapped from a village
in which Eastern European country?
What is the name of the head of the crime family
at whose 100th birthday party the Punisher goes on
a murderous rampage in In The Beginning?
-Don Massimo Cesare.
In Kitchen Irish, a shootout takes place between the Punisher
and rival New York gangs at Pier 86
on which floating sea, air and space museum?
In The Long Cold Dark,
the Punisher discovers he has a child with Kathryn O'Brien.
What is the baby's name?
In Mother Russia, the Punisher is contacted
by Colonel Nick Fury,
whom he describes as an old-school cold warrior,
and the original black ops hard case.
What specific black accessory does Colonel Fury wear on his face?
-An eye patch.
The Punisher is sent to a remote Russian missile silo
to retrieve a flesh-eating supervirus
that's been injected into a six-year-old girl.
What is the codename of the virus?
In Barracuda, Harry Ebbing plans to cut off Florida's
energy supply to stimulate demand and thereby artificially raise
the stock prices of which company?
-Yep. At the beginning of Man Of Stone,
the Punisher gets himself captured to attract the attention
of a notoriously elusive gangster, whom he then kills.
What's his name?
-John James Toomey.
That one pass, that flesh-eating supervirus, was the Barbarossa.
Dave, you have scored 11 points.
Well, nice and close so far. Let's have a look at all of those scores.
In fourth place, eight points, James Shore.
Third place, 10 points, Adam Barr.
Second place, 11 points, Dave Mason.
First place, 13 points, Trevor Rhodes.
And so it is the general knowledge round now.
And if there's a tie at the end of this round,
then the number of passes is taken into account,
and the person with the fewer passes is the winner -
and if they're tied on passes as well,
then there will be a tie-break.
So let's get on with it, and ask James to join us again, please.
And you start out, James,
with eight points with your knowledge of the Mosquito.
Plenty of time to catch up and overtake the others.
Two and a half minutes of general knowledge, starting now.
What sandwiches are the favourite
of Paddington Bear in the original books?
Who stars opposite Faye Dunaway in the 1974 film Chinatown,
a role that earned him a Best Actor Oscar nomination?
Which American state's name comes from
a translation of the French for Green Mountain?
It's a range that covers much of the state?
What type of animal was Bucephalus?
Alexander the Great named a city in India in its honour?
Which future dictator painted a view of Neuschwanstein Castle
in the 1920s that fetched 100,000 euros
in a highly controversial auction in Nuremberg in June 2015?
The stern, Scottish butler, Mr Angus Hudson,
was played by Gordon Jackson in the original series
of a television drama. What drama?
Which romance for violin and orchestra by Vaughan Williams
was inspired by the poem of the same name by George Meredith,
for him, a praise to a songbird?
-The Lark Ascending.
In which Shakespeare play does Lysander speak the line,
"The course of true love never did run smooth"?
-Midsummer Night's Dream.
Which singer songwriter had her second UK number one single
in February 2016 with Love Me Like You Do
from the soundtrack of 50 Shades Of Grey?
What name for the class of mollusc
whose shells are divided into two halves
and hinged on one side
comes from the Latin for two and a folding door?
What is the "It" stand for in the name of the drink gin and It?
Which political activist and leading Beat Generation author
wrote the poem Howl? He was played by James Franco
in the 2010 film of that name?
The Cape York Peninsula, that forms
the northernmost part of the Australian mainland
is in which state?
-The Northern Territories.
Which acid has the chemical formula H2SO4?
Whose tomb in St Paul's Cathedral
has an inscription that translates as,
"Reader, if you seek his memorial, look about you"?
Which former Conservative Chancellor of the Exchequer
took the name Blaby when he was elevated to the peerage?
It was the constituency he represented from 1974-92.
What name is given to a triangle that has two equal sides?
-A right-angle triangle.
Which basketball team did Michael Jordan lead
to six NBA titles in the 1990s?
-The Miami Heat.
With which English county is the myth
of the Mermaid of Zennor connected?
She's said to have enticed away a handsome young man
from the church congregation?
-It was Cornwall.
You had one pass, that political activist,
leading Beat Generation author, etc, etc - Allen Ginsberg.
-James, a total of 14 points.
And now, Adam, again, please.
And, Adam, you start out with 10 points with your knowledge of
the First World War. 14 the score to beat so far.
Here we go, two and a half minutes.
The terms strike, turkey and spare are used and which indoor sport?
Who provides the voice of Woody the cowboy in the Toy Story films?
Whose novel, The Last Tycoon,
was left unfinished at the time of his death in 1940?
The New Forest National Park is partly in Wiltshire,
but mainly in which other county?
What type of hat is named after the drunken farmer
in a poem by Robert Burns, who discovers a coven
of dancing witches and has to flee for his life
when they realise he's there?
Of which Commonwealth country are John Diefenbaker, Brian Mulroney
and John Chretien all former post-war prime ministers?
Mendelssohn's overture in B minor is known as The Hebrides,
and also by what name?
Which author, who briefly served in a field hospital
during the Boer War,
was knighted in 1902 for his pamphlet
The War In South Africa,
Its Causes And Conduct That Justified Britain's Policy?
Which Spanish-Moorish term
is used for the building material
of sun-dried earth and straw
used to make bricks, and also the bricks themselves?
What is the name of the fictional village
where The League Of Gentlemen is set?
it's also the real name of the comedian Roy Chubby Brown,
who appeared in the programme as the foul-mouthed Mayor Vaughan?
Which Northampton Saints captain and hooker
was chosen to succeed Chris Robshaw
as England's rugby union captain in January 2016?
Graham Greene's 1955 novel, The Quiet American,
is set during the uprising against French colonial rule
in which Far East Asian country?
Which actress and political activist is the mother
of the actresses Joely and the late Natasha Richardson,
both from her marriage to the film director Tony Richardson?
The word ombudsman comes from a European language where it
means representative or commissioner. What language?
In classical mythology, which Roman god
is the equivalent of the Greek God Zeus?
Which New England state is the smallest in area
of the United States of America?
It's only about 48 miles long and 37 miles wide.
What sort of tyre did John Boyd Dunlop develop for his son's
tricycle that went on to make motoring much more comfortable?
In the 17th century,
the antiquarian John Aubrey discovered the 56 shallow holes
that were later named after him at which prehistoric monument?
In which city was the lexicographer
Dr Samuel Johnson born in 1709?
Which sport provided three different winners of the
BBC Sports Personality of the Year contest from 2008-2012?
-Cycling is correct, yep. You just got there.
Three passes, Vanessa Redgrave was the mother of Joely and Natasha,
Fingal's Cave is also The Hebrides,
and it was F Scott Fitzgerald who wrote The Last Tycoon -
or nearly, he didn't quite finish it.
You have a total now, Adam, of 23 points.
And now, Dave Mason, again, please.
And you start out with 11 points, Dave,
and the target has risen rather sharply.
It is now 23. That's the score you have to beat. Here we go.
Which soap opera is set in the fictional London Borough of Walford?
What a name is shared by a sandal consisting of a flat sole
with straps, and an informal term for a complete change of policy?
Which American pianist and vocalist topped the UK album charts
with her first three albums, Come Away With Me, Feels Like Home,
and Not Too Late, between 2002-2007?
What is the sole diet of the vampire bat?
Which 20th century political movement, typically characterised
by militaristic nationalism,
takes its name from the bundles of rods
that symbolised the authority of ancient Roman magistrates?
The 1940 debut novel of the American writer Carson McCullers
is titled The Heart Is A Lonely...?
What relation was William IV to Queen Victoria,
who succeeded him to the throne in 1837?
Which 1950s Western television series featured the card-playing
brothers Bret and Bart, and their English cousin Beauregard,
played by Roger Moore?
What name is given to a line joining the centre of
a circle to any point on its circumference?
Which place in New York state became the first outside Europe
to stage the Winter Olympics in 1932, and also hosted it in 1980?
In which Verdi opera does Leonora,
Lady-in-waiting to the Princess of Aragon,
fall in love with a mysterious knight called Manrico?
Who eloped with his fellow poet Elizabeth Barrett in 1846?
He lived with her in Italy until she died in 1861?
What name comes from the French for a small enclosure,
is given to the type of flooring where strips or blocks of wood
are laid in geometric patterns?
Which South American country was given a name meaning Little Venice
because of the local Indian houses, built on stilts over water?
How many Nobel Prize categories have there been since 1969,
when Economics was added?
Which girls' school that was created by the cartoonist
Ronald Searle was the setting for five comedy films,
released between 1954, 1980, and more recently,
a 2007 film and its sequel?
Which heavy radioactive metallic element was discovered
by Martin Klaproth in 1789,
and named after a planet
that had itself only been discovered eight years earlier?
In Herge's Tintin adventures,
the two hapless detectives, who look like twins,
share the same English surname,
although it's spelt differently. What is it?
Which girl group had their first UK number one single,
Whole Again, in 2001, and their last, The Tide Is High,
the following year?
-Atomic Kitten, is the answer to that one.
You had four passes. St Trinian's!
-Annoying, isn't it?
-Anyway, that was the school.
Venezuela was the South American country given the name
meaning Little Venice. Norah Jones was the American pianist and singer.
And, you'll be cross about this one,
the sandal with the strap...
I know, and it came to you immediately afterwards, didn't it?
Yes, it did.
Yep, that's the way it goes on this programme. I'm afraid to say.
-Dave, you didn't quite make it, 21 points.
And finally, Trevor Rhodes again, please.
And you start out with 13 points.
And the score to beat is still 23.
Two and a half minutes of general knowledge
to see whether you can do it, here we go.
What was the name of the actor
who was the father of Jane and Peter Fonda?
According to an ancient belief,
which bird remains silent during its lifetime,
until it sings a song of particular beauty
just before it dies?
What decisive sea battle took place off the Spanish coast
on the 21st of October 1805?
Which Belgian city is sometimes referred to
as the Venice of the North
because of its large number of canals?
On which racecourse is the Welsh Grand National normally run?
Whose diary entry of the 15th of July 1944
includes the words, "In spite of everything,
"I still believe that people are truly good at heart"?
Which male singer-songwriter was a cast member on the American
television show the Mickey Mouse Club,
and has film credits that include The Social Network,
In Time, and Friends With Benefits?
What name is given to the array of hot and cold appetisers
served at the beginning of a dinner
in Greek and Middle Eastern cuisine?
Many of the garden varieties of a particular plant
are known as bearded, because the flowers have thick,
bushy hairs on the upper part of their three lower petals.
Which Spanish artist painted La Maja Desnuda and La Maja Vestida,
around the start of the 19th century?
What is the common name for the white, caustic,
alkaline and crystalline substance called calcium oxide?
What was the colonial name of Ghana, the first country in
sub-Saharan Africa to gain independence from Britain in 1957?
The alliterative expression for the response to danger
that prepares a human or animal to defend itself for run away
is fight or...what?
The former French finance minister, Christine Lagarde,
was appointed the managing director of the United Nations
specialised agency the IMF in 2011.
What do the letters IMF stand for?
-International Monetary Fund.
What ethnic group, who have served
in the British Army with distinction since 1815,
use a sharp, curved knife called a kukri?
For what literary form are the Forward Prizes awarded?
The awards were instituted in 1991, and are considered the most
prestigious of their kind in Britain and Ireland?
Which snooker star's book entitled
Interesting, My Autobiography, was published in 2015?
Damon Gough, who won a Mercury Prize in 2004 for his album
The Hour Of Bewilderbeast, uses what stage name?
The BBC's first royal correspondent,
who later covered many state occasions,
had two sons who followed him into current affairs broadcasting.
What's his name?
You had four passes, Trevor -
Damon Gough uses Badly Drawn Boy as his stage name,
Goya was that Spanish artist who painted
La Maja Desnuda, and so on,
the iris is the garden variety with those bearded...
Yep, you knew that one.
..and Justin Timberlake was on that American television show,
the Mickey Mouse Club.
Done all right for himself since then, hasn't he?
You have scored, Trevor...
Well, I said it was going to be a close contest,
it certainly was, let's have a look at all the scores.
In fourth place, 14 points, James Shore.
Third place, 21 points, Dave Mason.
Second place, 23 points, and six passes, Trevor Rhodes.
First place, 23 points and four passes, Adam Barr.
Goes to show how passing really matters.
Anyway, it means that Adam Barr is tonight's winner,
and he takes the last place in the semifinals.
So, congratulations to him.
And if you would like to be a contender in the next series,
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for the semifinals of Mastermind.
Thanks for watching, goodbye.
The last place in the semi-finals is up for grabs as John Humphrys puts four more contenders in the spotlight. Subjects tonight are naval battles of the First World War, Charles Laughton, the de Havilland Mosquito and Garth Ennis's Punisher Max series.