John Humphrys presents another semi-final. The subjects are the films of Paul Thomas Anderson, the novels of Virginia Woolf, the wines of Burgundy, Motley Crue and Kazuo Ishiguro.
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Our first contender tonight is Michael Taylor.
He's an historian from Manchester and his specialist subject -
the films of Paul Thomas Anderson.
Ian Jack is a university lecturer from the Wirral.
His subject - the novels of Virginia Woolf.
Neil Wright, a retired biomedical scientist from the Wirral
and he's answering questions on the wines of Burgundy.
Maggz Bennett's a milliner from Leeds.
Her subject - the band Motley Crue.
And Tim Footman, a freelance editor from London.
His specialist subject - the novelist Kazuo Ishiguro.
Hello and welcome to Mastermind with me, John Humphrys.
Five contenders with but one thought on their minds -
can they make it through to the grand final?
If they do, one of them will win this - the famous glass bowl
and, of course, the title Mastermind Champion.
They'll each have a minute and a half of questions
on their specialist subject, two minutes on their general knowledge.
So, let's get on with it and ask our first contender to join us, please.
And your name is?
And your chosen subject?
In 90 seconds, starting now,
Anderson received Oscar nominations for writing
and directing a 2007 film based on Upton Sinclair's novel, Oil.
What's the film called?
There Will Be Blood.
In Boogie Nights, Mark Wahlberg's character becomes an adult movie
actor using the stage name Dirk Diggler, but what's his real name?
In Punch-Drunk Love, where does Lena go on a business trip?
Barry Egan follows her and pretends he's also there on business.
Whose roles in Anderson's films include Sydney in Hard Eight
and Jimmy Gator in Magnolia?
Philip Baker Hall.
During John and Clementine's drive to Niagara Falls for their
honeymoon in Hard Eight, John calls Sydney from which town in Illinois?
What is the name of the mental health facility where
Doc Sportello finds the missing real estate developer
Mickey Wolfman in Inherent Vice.
Which song do the followers of Lancaster Dodd sing with him
during a gathering at Helen Sullivan's house in Philadelphia?
I'll Go No More A Roving.
In Punch-Drunk Love, which company offers 500 frequent flyer
miles with any ten of its products?
What type of creatures fall from the sky like rain near the end
of Magnolia? It causes many mishaps for the characters.
What is the name of the turn of the century oil prospector
played by Daniel Day Lewis in There Will Be Blood?
The role won him his second Best Actor Oscar.
In The Master, Lancaster Dodd unveils book two of his teachings
subtitled As A Gift To Homo Sapiens at a Congress in Phoenix, Arizona.
What is the book's title?
The Split Saber.
In Inherent Vice,
what's the name of the music magazine that Doc Sportello
pretends to work for when he visits a house in Topanga Canyon to
speak to Coy Harlingen?
It's actually called Stone Turntable.
But close. However, no passes and Michael, you have 11 points.
And our next contender, please.
And your name is?
And your chosen subject?
In 90 seconds, starting now...
Woolf's first full length novel was originally called Melymbrosia
before it was rewritten and published with what title?
The Voyage Out.
What is the name of the guest of the Ramsays in the first part
of To The Lighthouse who believes women can neither paint nor write?
In The Years, it is reported that Rose Pargiter has been had
up in police court in 1911 for throwing what?
Whose feelings of hatred towards Mrs Dalloway were eased by a visit
to a church two years and three months ago?
In The Voyage Out, Mrs Dalloway writes her name and address
on the flyleaf of a book that she gives to Rachel Vinrace. What book?
Orlando has been described as the longest
and most charming love letter in literature.
To which of Virginia Woolf's closest friends is it dedicated?
What is the title of the story Mrs Ramsay is reading to her son
James in the first part of To The Lighthouse that she
describes as "like the bass gently accompanying a tune"?
A Fisherman And His Wife.
What's the title of the epic poem that Orlando starts to
write in Elizabethan times that eventually publishes in 1928?
The Oak Tree.
Katharine Hilbery's Aunt Millicent gets Ralph Denham's name wrong the
first time she meets him in Night And Day. What does she call him?
Which venue that has red chimneys and square battlements is
the meeting place of the friends in The Waves?
In Night And Day, Mary Datchet's an unpaid volunteer
at an office in Russell Square, London. For what cause?
What item nailed to the wall in the nursery stops
the children from going to sleep in the first part of To The Lighthouse?
A boar's skull.
In Between The Acts, which of Mrs Giles Oliver's belongings
had its uses in impressing chambermaids in hotels?
I can tell you because you're out of time. A silver brush.
A heavily embossed,
obviously, silver brush. Rather posh one.
-Ian, you have ten points.
And our next contender, please.
And your name is?
And your specialist subject?
The wines of Burgundy in 90 seconds. Here we go.
What's the name of the principal grape used to make the red wine
from Burgundy, excluding the region of Beaujolais?
Which wine of Morey-Saint-Denis
was elevated to Grand Cru status in 1981?
No, des Lambrays. Clos des Lambrays.
What two-word name is generally given to the process
used in Beaujolais in which the whole grapes are fermented
with carbon dioxide before being crushed?
What name is given to the technique in which sugar is added to the
freshly pressed grapes or must to boost alcohol levels in red
Burgundy wines. It's named after a French scientist, a Minister.
Which town has its name officially included in the names of wines
of certain vineyards including La Jeunelotte
and La Piece sous le Bois.
It is said to mean "mouse's jump".
Who's the 8th century Frankish king whose name is given
to Corton wine produced in Aloxe, Ladoix and Pernand?
In which commune of the Cote de Nuits is the Domaine George Roumier?
Che... Erm, Gevrey-Chambertin?
Which monastic order founded and developed the walled vineyard of
Clos de Vougeot in the Cote de Nuits?
What is the name of the commune in the Cote de Nuits where
the highly regarded Premier Cru Aux Malconsorts is produced?
Nuits St George.
Which infamous French statesman and soldier whose favourite wine
was reputedly Chambertin has a Premier Cru in his name
produced by the commune of Fixin?
-Napoleon is correct.
You had one pass, the town that has its name officially
included in the names of wines of vineyards is Meursault.
You have scored, Neil, six points.
And our next contender, please.
And your name is?
And your chosen subject?
Motley Crue in 90 seconds.
Here we go. Motley Crue's first performance in the UK was at
which festival in 1984?
-Donington Monsters of Rock.
The band opened for a British heavy metal singer
during his 1984 tour, what's his name?
What was the name of the female drummer who toured with the band
while Randy Castillo was ill?
Yeah. What was the title of the band's 1989 album which
topped the Billboard chart and reached the top 10 in the UK?
In April 1990, Tommy Lee ended up in hospital with mild concussion
after an accident during a concert in which city?
Is it Arizona?
The band's singer Vince Neil was
convicted of vehicular manslaughter and briefly imprisoned after
he crashed his car in December '84
and killed the drummer of the band, Hanoi Rocks.
What was the drummer's name?
Nicholas Dingley - Razzle.
Yeah. Who filed a lawsuit against the band's management in 1988,
he claimed he had been asked to
masquerade as bassist Nikki Sixx for several years?
Who temporarily replaced Vince Neil as lead singer in the early '90s
and appeared on the band's eponymous 1994 album?
Which song, which reached number 36 in '94, was their only UK hit single
with John Corabi on lead vocals?
On 31st September 2015 the band played their final
concert at the Staples Center, in which city?
A track on Motley Crue's album Dr Feelgood
featured Rick Nielsen and Robin Zander of which band?
What was the title of the first album released
after Vince Neil returned as lead singer?
It reached the top 10 in '97.
Smoking In The Boys Room was an American top 20 hit for Motley Crue
in 1985, which band from Michigan
had reached the top 10 with the song in 1973?
-No passes, Maggz. You scored 12 points.
And our final contender, please.
And your name is?
In 90 seconds, starting now.
In what Japanese city did Ishiguro live with his extended family
before he moved to Guildford with his parents?
Which Ishiguro novel takes its title from the LP Songs After Dark
by Judy Bridgewater?
Never Let Me Go.
Yes. In the story Come Rain, Come Shine,
what cruel nickname for himself does Raymond find in
his friend Emily's diary that sets off a humiliating chain of events?
Prince of Whiners.
At which university did Ishiguro complete an MA in Creative Writing
under tutors that included Angela Carter and Malcolm Bradbury?
Who was the editorial director of Faber & Faber
who included three of Ishiguro's stories
in the '81 collection Introduction Seven, Stories By New Writers?
In Remains Of The Day what personal quality does Stevens tell
Dr Carlyle comes down to not removing one's clothing in public.
Which story centres on a Japanese brother and sister,
their widowed father and the consumption of a dish
that may or may not contain poisonous pufferfish fugu?
Erm, Strange And Sometimes Sad.
A Family Supper.
What award did Ishiguro receive from the Royal Society of Literature
for his first novel, A Pale View Of Hills?
Yes. What piece of music does Stefan Hoffman propose
to play at the Thursday concert when he meets Ryder in The Unconsoled?
No, Jean-Louis La Roche's Dahlia.
In When We Were Orphans, Christopher's father's involved
in the trade of a product from India to China, what's the product?
BEEPING What's the name of the elderly horse
ridden by the Knight Sir Gawain in The Buried Giant?
Horace the Horse.
No passes, Tim. You've scored six points.
So that is the specialist subject round done and dusted.
Let's look at all the scores.
Joint fourth place, six points apiece, Neil and Tim.
Third place, 10 points, Ian.
Second place, 11 points, Michael.
First place, 12 points, Maggz.
It is the General Knowledge round now and if there is a tie at the end of it, the number of passes is
taken into account and the person with fewer passes is the winner.
If they're tied on passes as well, there has to be a tie-break
so let's get on with it and ask Neil to join us again, please.
And you start out with six,
but you've got two minutes of General Knowledge
now so plenty of time, here we go.
How many pounds are there in a stone in imperial measure?
What shellfish are used in the dish angels on horseback,
wrapped in bacon, grilled and served
on small pieces of toast or fried bread?
What animal is William Blake talking about in his poem
Songs Of Experience when he asked the question,
"What immortal hand or eye could frame thy fearful symmetry?"
What is the capital of the Canadian province of Alberta?
King Paul I, first son of King Constantine was head of state
of which European country from 1947 to '64?
Yes. In astronomy, the stars Acubens and Al Tarf, whose names come from
the Arabic for claw and the end, are in which zodiacal constellation?
What type of roses get their name
because of the popular drink the scent resembles?
What traditional Irish song gave Thin Lizzy
their first British hit, it reached number six in 1973?
-Whisky In The Jar.
Who played George Cowley in the TV series The Professionals?
What name, meaning self boil in Russian, is given to an often
elaborately decorated metal urn used to boil water to make tea?
Who created Dr Dolittle and tried to strand him on the moon
when he tired of writing about him?
Which Spanish artist painted Science And Charity in 1897
when he was about 15 years old?
His father, a professor of drawing modelled as the Doctor.
Which Paralympian's real forename is Carys Davina
although she is best known for the nickname derived from
Tiny that was given by her sister?
Who directed the first Alien film released in 1979?
He also directed Prometheus in 2012 and Alien Covenant in 2017.
In which present North African country is the town of Silene
where St George in one version of the story slew the Dragon?
In the 1840s, Hector Berlioz wrote admiringly
about a newly-invented instrument that has since become
particularly associated with jazz, what instrument?
You had three passes,
that Paralympian who was nicknamed Tiny, Tanni Grey-Thompson.
Yes, that's how she's now known.
Hugh Lofting created Dr Dolittle
and wanted to get rid of him on the moon.
And roses get their name because of a popular drink, tea roses. Hybrid teas.
There we are, Neil, you have 18 points.
Now, Tim again, please.
You also start out with six points, Tim, and 18,
as we speak, is the score to beat.
So let's see how you do with your two minutes of General Knowledge, here we go.
In which English castle is Queen Mary's Dolls' House kept?
What stringed musical instrument does Kermit the Frog usually play?
Which fictional detective said, "It's quite a three-pipe problem
"and I beg that you won't speak to me for 50 minutes."
The Iron Gates Gorge that forms part of the border between Serbia
and Romania lies on which major European river?
In what 1976 film did Jessica Lange say, "Please put me down,
"you goddamn chauvinist pig ape"?
Postman Always Rings Twice.
Which song by Phil Collins gave him his first singles chart
entry as a solo artist, it reached number two in February 1981?
-In The Air Tonight.
The name of what confection consisting of thin layers of
puff pastry filled with jam and cream is French for 1,000 leaf?
What term for the examination of a dead body to establish
the cause of death literally means "after death" in Latin?
In maths, what is the general term for a plain figure with
straight sides, especially one with more than four?
In which European country were the secret police known as OVRA
formed in 1927?
The initials stand for the vigilant repression of anti-Fascism.
Which British female tennis player born in Australia to Hungarian
parents entered the world's top 10 in October 2016?
Which day of the week is known in German as Dienstag
and Italian as Martedi?
Who's 1987 Booker prize-winning novel Moon Tiger was based
partly on her experiences of living in Egypt where she was born
and spent her childhood?
According to Geoffrey of Monmouth, a descendant of Aeneas
and an exile of Troy called Brutus is the legendary first
king of a country and the founder of its people, which country?
Which former Olympic medal winning swimmer joined the television
series Gladiators in 1995, using the name Amazon?
What term of American origin is applied to
people in non-manual work, especially clerical or
managerial jobs where a certain formality of dress is required?
BEEPING Who stars as the English aristocrat
John Morgan who is captured by Native Americans
and adopts their way of life in the 1970 film A Man Called Horse?
No passes, Tim, you have 18 points.
And now, Ian again, please.
You, Ian, start out with 10 points.
The score to beat his 18 so here we go with your General Knowledge.
What name is given to the second
and smaller of the two major parts of the Bible?
-The New Testament.
In what event did Tessa Sanderson
win the Olympic Gold Medal at the 1984 Los Angeles Games
while her rival Fatima Whitbread won the bronze?
Who had her first UK top 10 hit in 1973
with Killing Me Softly With His Song?
What name of French origin is often used generically for clear
orange flavoured liqueurs such as Cointreau and Curacao?
What name that means "the path that leads to the watering place"
in Arabic is given to the body of law that governs Islam?
What term that means beautiful singing describes the Italian
vocal style of the 17th to 19th centuries?
Angela Merkel and Theresa May's
fathers both had what occupation?
The Second Punic War with Rome was provoked by a Carthaginian
general's capture of Saguntum
on the east coast of the Iberian peninsula in 219BC.
What name of old French origin is given to the small bouquet
worn by women in the bodice or lapel of a dress?
Who received a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her
performance in the title role of the 1980 film Private Benjamin?
Chittagong is the major seaport
and second-largest city of which country?
In computing, what type of file that contains several files
in compressed form shares its name with a type of fastener?
At the start of a novel by George Orwell that satirises
the Russian Revolution, Mr Jones is chased off his property
by its inhabitants, what novel?
What specifically did the businessman James Goldsmith say
is created when you marry your mistress?
A job vacancy.
Who Do You Think You're Kidding Mr Hitler, sung by Bud Flanagan
and played by the band of the Coldstream Guards
is the theme song to which television comedy series?
Which critic and biographer published a twice weekly..
...periodical called the Rambler between 1750 and 1752?
He described it as pure wine compared with his other works
that were wine and water.
-Yeah, Dr Samuel Johnson.
One pass, that name given to the small bouquet worn by women -
I know, however, you are ahead of the field at the moment, Ian,
you have 19 points.
And now Michael again, please.
You start out with 11 points.
19, as we say, is now the score to beat so here we go.
Which singer named a private jet Lisa Marie after his daughter?
The Dreaming or Dreamtime is the English name given to the
beliefs of which indigenous people?
Which 1922 poem by TS Eliot consists of five parts,
the Burial Of The Dead, A Game Of Chess, The Fire Sermon,
Death By Water and What The Thunder Said?
-The Waste Land.
The fish whose tails used to be eaten as scampi substitute is
usually sold under what name?
Which actor best known for the title role in the film
Ferris Bueller's Day Off married the Sex And The City
star Sarah Jessica Parker in 1997?
In which indoor sport which became an Olympic
event in 2000 Sydney did Bryony Page become Britain's first
Olympic medallist when she won silver in Rio?
Who was the only member of the so-called Three Tenors who
was not born in Spain?
What is usually housed in a tower known as a campanile?
The aphelion is the name given to the point in the orbit
of a planet or comet at which it is furthest from what?
What town, a former iron and steel-making centre that
stands on the south side of the Tees estuary has the famous
transporter bridge that carries road vehicles across the river?
Which birds make a sound generally known as honking
as a means of communication as they fly often in a V-shaped formation?
What was the name of the liberal reformist Democrat candidate
who was beaten by Richard Nixon in the 1972 presidential election?
True was the title of both the only album and single to top the UK
charts for which '80s group?
What term is commonly used for a person who gained illegal access to
a computer system or network usually with malicious or criminal intent?
The solicitor's daughter Lucy Honeychurch is
the heroine of the 1908 novel by EM Forster later
made into an Oscar-nominated film, what's it called?
-Room With A View.
Which German city's Gothic cathedral that was badly
damaged during the Second World War was the world's tallest building
at the time of its completion in 1880?
Out of time, but only just. Michael, no passes. 23 points.
And finally, Maggz again, please.
And you start out with 12 points, but now the score to beat
if you're to get to the grand final is 23.
Let's see if you can do it with two minutes of General Knowledge,
here we go.
Gateleg, console and drop-leaf are all types of what item of furniture?
Who was nominated for the Best Actress Oscar for her role
as the young Rose Dewitt Bukater in Titanic?
In meteorology, what was once expressed in inches of mercury
but is new more usually in millibars?
What famous piece of travel advice did the American newspaper
editor Horace Greeley reportedly give to a young man in 1850?
He added that he should grow up with the country.
-Go west, young man.
The original members of an institution founded in 1760
included two women, the painters Angelika Kaufmann
and Mary Moser, which institution?
Which Hungarian-born composer wrote the music for the ballet
The Wooden Prince and
the pantomime called the Miraculous Mandarin?
In Britain, sprue is the early pickings
of a much-prized seasonal vegetable, what vegetable?
Which Labour politician headed
the National Government of Britain from 1931 until '35?
-James Ramsay MacDonald.
Whose 2016 novel, Different Classes, the third of a psychological
thriller set in the fictional Yorkshire town of Malbry?
In 2003, the lawyer Shirin Ebadi became the first female Muslim and
the first Iranian to be awarded a Nobel prize - in which category?
In the 1933 film, I'm No Angel, who plays a circus performer who
says, "When I'm good, I'm very good but when I'm bad, I'm better."
The mountainous plateau region of south-central France
whose highest peaks are the Puy de Sancy and the Plomb du Cantal
is known by what name?
Ana Matronic is the only female member of a pop bands who performed
in New York in 2001, which band?
Of what beings are Oberon and Titania the king and queen
in Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream?
What indoor racket sport is generally considered to have
originated at Harrow School in the mid-19th century?
What term, that comes from the Sanskrit for "actions", is...
..used in Indian religions and philosophies for the principle that
good or bad deeds determine a person's future existence?
It could have been Zen, couldn't it?
Anyway, Maggz, 20 points.
Well, there it is.
We have a clear winner. Let's have a look at all the scorers.
In joint fourth place, 18 points apiece, Neil and Tim.
Third place, 19 points, Ian.
Second place, 20 points, Maggz.
First place, 23 points, Michael.
Which means of course that Michael goes through to the grand final.
Congratulations to him.
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John Humphrys presents another semi-final of the classic quiz. The subjects are the films of Paul Thomas Anderson, the novels of Virginia Woolf, the wines of Burgundy, Motley Crue and Kazuo Ishiguro.