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Hello and welcome to the quiz that likes to scramble your brains,
fry your wits and make a deluxe omelette out of overconfidence.
We're at the quarterfinals stage,
where only the hard-boiled can survive, so let's crack on.
Eggs. I'm saying everything is like eggs.
The soldiers who are dipping in tonight
and hoping not to get burned are...
On my right, Innis Carson,
a PhD chemistry student who once broke his leg on a roundabout.
Lorraine Murtagh, a professional
dog walker who first met the team captain
when he was shirtless and eating cheese in her brother's kitchen.
And that captain is Ian Volante,
a physics graduate who
was on the committee of the Jaffa Cake Appreciation Society.
United by a passion for
the periodic table,
they are the Scientists.
Ian, you won you first game against the Builders
and your next against the Athenians.
What's been the secret of your success?
A large dollop of luck
and my team-mates making up for
my deficiencies, I think, mainly.
Let's see if that will happen again tonight.
You are facing, on my left...
Tessa North, a sales assistant who used to live in a camper van
in Texas and was once prevented from getting home by a police cordon
and some escaped cows.
Pete Sorel-Cameron, an actor
and musician who once accidentally
flashed the audience while appearing as Flute the bellows-mender.
And their captain Richard Aubrey,
a secondary school teacher
and keen musician who once played Duncan in a production of Macbeth
where they forgot to kill him.
All intrigued by instruments,
they are the String Section.
Richard, you've beaten the Headliners and the Wayfarers.
What do you chalk your success down to?
Mine is lucky ties
and being able to go for
the Two Reeds question
almost every time, cos it seems most musical.
-You do look magnificent tonight, if I may say so.
Very nice outfit. Let's see how far
that gets you in the quiz.
Scientists, you won the toss,
but you've decided to put the String Section in first.
Tricksy. So, it'll be your team
to choose an Egyptian hieroglyph.
-The Two Reeds, please.
-The Two Reeds. OK.
What connects these apparently random clues? Here is the first.
It was invented there?
-It is a borrowed word from German, not from...
The word itself, I would imagine. Next, please.
-Some kind of shape.
Like a symbol on...
-On a coin or...
Is it represented by something in something? Is it a game or...?
Oh, yeah. That's a good one.
Final one, please.
Symbols on national football shirt.
Ooh. No. You've found
your way to something,
but that's not the answer, I'm afraid.
Scientists, you have the chance
-of a bonus point.
I'm going to guess...national foods.
The snail, I mean, the Italians
are well-known... When anyone thinks
of eating snails, they think
it's just a classic Italian dish.
No. Now, this is what these nations
would say where we would say an at-sign.
Little A in a circle.
Curly alpha, or kroellalfa,
in Norway. Strudel in Israel.
Monkey tail in Netherlands. Snail in Italy. No points there.
Scientists, which question
would you like for yourselves?
-Let's start with Twisted Flax, please.
What is the connection between these clues? Here is the first.
I don't know.
No. Next, please.
THEY CONFER QUIETLY
-No, I don't think so.
Is there a monument there?
Next one, please.
Are they are people that designed famous sculptures
associated with those places or things?
I'm afraid not.
It is a very nice idea, but not the designers of those things.
String Section, you have
the chance of a bonus point.
The models for these famous sculptures.
They are the models for those things,
that is exactly right.
Eleanor Velasco Thornton is not the
designer of The Spirit Of Ecstasy,
but she features in it.
The story there is that there was
a fashion for people to have
personalised designs on their
Rolls-Royces, and Baron Montagu had one of his lover,
who was this Eleanor Velasco Thornton.
But Rolls-Royce didn't like it
because people were picking inappropriate things, so they asked
the sculptor to standardise them,
and they were all then modelled on this person.
What do you have on your Rolls-Royce?
I was going to say a sausage for no apparent reason,
but I don't have a sausage on my Rolls-Royce.
I have Michael Portillo resplendent
over the radiator. Wonderful. LAUGHTER
Yes. Models for those statues.
Well done, you get a bonus point.
What would you like as a question?
-The Eye of Horus, please.
-Eye of Horus.
MUSICAL TONE Ah, the music question.
What connects these musical clues? Here is the first.
# What am I supposed to do?
# Sit around and wait for you?
-# Well, I can't do that. #
# I can see it in your eyes
# You still despise the same old lines
# You heard the night before
# And though it is just a line to you
# For me it's true And never seemed so right before. #
# I turn away from the wall
# I stumble and fall
-# But I give you it... #
-# I was born un... #
I'm sorry we interrupted that beautiful track. What is the answer?
-Performed by Oscar winners.
-They are all
sung by people who won an Oscar.
An Oscar for what?
Paint Your Wagon.
No, I mean for doing what?
-Cher, Nicole Kidman...
They didn't all win the Oscar for Paint Your Wagon.
No, just acting, Best Actor winners.
They all had those number-one songs.
What did we hear?
Was that a Nicole Kidman version of Something Stupid?
It was a duet with Robbie Williams,
but that's right, yes.
Wand'rin' Star by Lee Marvin.
Woman In Love was sung by...
-Barbra Streisand. Absolutely.
All sung by Oscar-winning performers
in the acting category. Well done.
Scientists, what would you like?
What connects these clues? Here's the first.
That doesn't help.
He was in... His first film was...
The film was called...
-Their first film.
-Could be. Could well be, yeah.
-Um... Go for another one?
-Go for it.
No. I don't think that was... It might have been his first one.
I don't know.
Get the last one, please.
HE MUMBLES Three seconds.
Going to have to guess that they were their first roles.
They were not their first roles,
I'm afraid. Do you know,
String Section, for a bonus?
-Any thought? I don't think I've got any.
-No, I don't.
-I don't think you're going to
get it. To be honest,
I think you are all -
perhaps I should say WE are all -
too young for this question.
Older quizzers would get this.
These are all from the BBC's Play For Today.
Alison Steadman played Beverly. Do you know what that was in?
Um... Abigail's Party, I guess?
Abigail's Party, Mike Leigh -
absolutely right. Rumpole,
as in Rumpole Of The Bailey.
That started as a one-off
for Play For Today
written by John Mortimer. Ray Winstone
as a borstal inmate, that was Scum.
The first one, Blue Remembered Hills,
was a Dennis Potter play.
They all featured as
the BBC Play For Today.
No points then, String Section, for the bonus.
What about your own question?
-Horned Viper, please.
These are going to be picture clues.
Something connects them. What is it? Here's the first.
THEY CONFER QUIETLY
Ne... Because you'll see it. Just go next and...
Were they stolen?
An exhibition at a major gallery or...?
-But I don't know what that would make...
-OK. The last one, please.
Oh. They were badly restored.
Things that have been damaged and attempted restorations
-have gone badly.
Well, yes. Let's say
It is in the eye of the beholder.
That fourth clue is Ecce Homo,
which was the victim of a voluntarily
and, let's say, unauthorised
restoration by an elderly parishioner.
And the BBC Europe correspondent described it as now resembling,
"A crayon sketch of a very hairy monkey in an ill-fitting tunic."
The first one, Supper At Emmaus,
the restorers said they appeared to
have given it a nose job.
Virgin And Child with St Anne, they said it was over-cleaned.
The third one, it is a fresco from
the Qing dynasty that they said
it went a bit cartoonish.
So, all works that have been accused of being badly restored
in various controversies. Well done.
Scientists, one question remains -
Water. Maybe you'll get some points on this one. Good luck.
Something connects these clues. What is it? Here is the first.
It's somebody's autobiography.
I don't know.
-No, it doesn't help me.
-OK. Next please.
-Did the same person make all of these?
OK, I think it might be...
Nile Rodgers from Chic.
I'm not sure.
Best get the last one, then. Next, please.
I'm afraid none of them
was written by Dostoyevsky,
so over to the String Section
for a possible bonus point.
So, if you prefix them with "one day in"
you get the thing that is above it.
That is what it is.
One Day In My Life is the memoir
of Bobby Sands, the hunger striker.
One Day In Your Life,
Michael Jackson's first
UK number one. One Day In September
is the film about the Olympics,
the terrible Munich Olympics.
And One Day In The Life Of Ivan Denisovich
is the great novella not written by Dostoevsky.
Unlucky. But well done for the bonus.
That means at the end of Round One,
the String Section have four points, the scientists are yet to score.
Onto the sequences round and the String Section,
you will be going first again.
Which hieroglyph would you like?
-Two Reeds, please.
-As always, the Two Reeds.
But which in this Two Reeds question would be the fourth clue?
The first one is coming in now.
Or some kind of pact or something.
MI5 codes. Escalations.
THEY CONFER QUIELTY
We'll take the next, please.
Three seconds. BELL
It is DA05...
-And you think it's...?
-I think the whole thing.
-And...it's e-mail correspondence, isn't it?
-I need an answer.
And e-mail correspondence.
Not it, I'm afraid. There's a bonus
possibility for the Scientists.
That is not it either.
It is DA05 UK security and intelligence services.
I'd have taken spies, MI5,
anything like that.
It is the Defence Advisory Notices System,
commonly known as D-Notices.
It's warnings to the media not to
publish sensitive information
about certain things and number five
would be the personnel,
the spies and their operations.
You don't get the bonus, but you do
get a choice. What would you like?
-Eye of Horus, please.
-The Eye of Horus.
What would come fourth in this sequence? Here is the first.
That's no help.
THEY CONFER QUIETLY
-Is that binary?
-HE MUTTERS NUMBERS
-Take another one.
Is it 100 x 11 = 1,100?
That is exactly what it is! Well done, Innis.
There are ten types of people in the world -
those who understand binary
and those who don't.
We just wanted to hear
4 x 3 = 12 in binary. Well done.
Back to you, String Section,
for a choice.
Lion. The Lion, please.
The Lion question.
What is the connection between these clues and, more importantly,
what would come fourth in the sequence? Here's the first.
So, the next, please.
THEY CONFER QUIETLY
But not in 1966. Big Wednesday, when did that come out?
Oh, that's War Of The Worlds.
-Blue Sky. Blue Wednesday, isn't it?
-It could be.
THEY CONFER QUIETLY
What did you say the Jeff Wayne was? Blue Sky?
Oh, no. I don't know.
I don't know.
The Long Good Friday.
Not it, I'm afraid.
There's a bonus possibility
for the Scientists now.
I am going to guess something about winter,
so a Shakespeare play, A Winter's Tale.
You have to tell me something
a little bit more than that
for a bonus point.
Well, the Jeff Wayne song, I'm assuming, is Forever Autumn,
so always winter is...
Always winter, that's all I want here.
If you can give me an example,
a nice one might be
the White Witch's curse on Narnia.
But something always or eternal,
because we are looking at the Rodin sculpture
Eternal Spring, that surfing
documentary is Endless Summer,
Forever Autumn, so something that is forever winter, for example,
the White Witch's curse.
Well done. You get a bonus point, and which question would you like?
-Horned Viper, please.
-The Horned Viper. What...
MUSICAL TONE Ah, a music sequence.
What would you expect to hear in fourth place?
The first one is coming in now.
# Don't call me baby
# You got some nerve, baby That'll never do
# You know I don't belong to you. #
# Don't you want somebody to love?
# Don't you need somebody to love?
# Wouldn't you love somebody to love?
# You better find somebody to love. #
# Got my first real six-string
# Bought it at the five and dime
# Played it till my fingers bled
-# Was the summer of '69. #
And something... Woodstock by Matthews' Southern Comfort.
A song from 1970.
No good, I'm afraid.
That is not a sequence.
String Section, your chance for a bonus point.
Just say any artist. Dinah Washington.
Something by Dinah Washington.
Any song by Dinah Washington,
that's it. They share their names
with the fourth to first
presidents of the United States.
We're going backwards.
We heard from Madison Avenue,
share their name with James Madison.
Then Jefferson Airplane
for Thomas Jefferson.
Next was Bryan Adams.
And I wanted to hear something from an act that shared their name
with George Washington - for example,
anything by Dinah Washington.
Can you name anything
by Dinah Washington?
-Mad About The Boy.
-Mad About The Boy is lovely.
The audience might not know what
you mean. Let's give it a go.
One, two, three, four.
-# I'm mad about the boy. #
-Something like that.
-I've run out of...
You gave it a try,
that's the main thing.
You showed up and gave it a try, absolutely lovely.
Well done. You get that point and
you can choose your own question.
What would you like?
-The Twisted Flax, please.
-Twisted Flax, OK.
What would come fourth in this sequence? Here's the first.
-It's where the Pauline letters were written, so...
But I can't... Um...
I'm afraid that is not the answer.
There is a possible bonus point
for you, Scientists.
No. The answer would be Rome.
-Let me go back to our resident RE teacher.
-Why would the answer be Rome?
-It's going backwards, isn't it?
So, that's the first place to which Paul wrote a letter.
That is it. We're going backwards.
It is the letters written by Paul,
but it is more what he would have
popped on the envelope.
He'd have had to write Rome on there,
Corinth, Galatia, Ephesus.
He is writing to people that live in those places
in the books of the Bible,
and we're going in reverse order.
That'll be an awkward moment
when you go back to school, won't it? OTHERS LAUGH
you don't get the bonus point,
but you get the last question, Water.
What would come fourth in this picture sequence?
I'd like you to describe the sort of thing
you'd expect to see in the fourth picture. Here is the first.
That's between Germany and Poland.
That is behind the Iron Curtain.
Are they all places that were neutral?
Or on the opposite side. Controlled by the opposite side.
I think. Shall I guess?
But we need the fourth one.
-I'd go for it.
West Berlin, a picture thereof.
Not a sequence, I'm afraid.
I like your gambling spirit.
Let's show the third one
to the String Section,
see if you want to have a go.
I mean, it spectacularly isn't Texas.
Would it help if I told you
that those areas of the map depicted
represented Stettin, the Baltic
It's to do with Churchill's speech about the Iron Curtain
coming down over Europe.
That is exactly what it is.
"From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the ADRIATIC,
"an Iron Curtain has descended
"across the continent."
We wanted to hear the Adriatic.
At the end of Round Two...
What about a couple of horrible Only Connect
quarterfinal Connecting Walls?
I thought you'd like it.
You get the dubious pleasure of going first this time, Scientists.
-Would you like Lion or Water?
-I fancy the Water today.
OK, you have two and a half minutes to solve it, starting now.
OK. Would it go through the old blues musicians?
Hoover Dam - that's an Elvis song.
-Plage is beach.
Monrovia is the capital of Liberia.
-Juba is the capital of South Sudan.
-Oh, well, OK.
Yeah, that's got to be what it is. Kahakai one?
Um, I don't know that one.
-Oh, there's Praia.
-Victoria's one, isn't it?
-No, I don't think so.
It might be, but I don't think it is.
-It might be Seychelles, actually.
-Just try something.
Monrovia is named after an American president.
-Well, yeah, so is Hoover Dam, so...
-And teddy bear.
-Yeah, and then...
-So, that's five things.
Woody Guthrie might have been named after...
-Woodrow or something like that.
Look, we've got a certain...
-Oh, oops. OK.
-Not Cristiano Ronaldo.
-Other stuff. Spiaggia - no idea.
-Strand is another word for a beach.
-Did we not try all of these?
-Kahakai might be a beach word.
Spiaggia as well.
-Oh, all seafront words.
-Nice one. Nice one.
Right, OK, that's probably one of the groups.
-Three strikes now.
-Let's think this through.
Teddy Bear is an Elvis song.
Surrender is an Elvis song.
OK, so, it's definitely...
-..might have been named after...
It's hard to...
Maybe he was right after Ronald Reagan or something.
-Is one of these an Elvis song?
Must be Polk Salad Annie or Hoover Dam.
-Oh, it could be...
That's it. You've solved the wall.
Very well done.
You get all the points for the groups.
What about the connections?
Let's start with the top blue group that begins Victoria.
I think they're all African capital cities.
Yes, they are.
And the green group, starting spiaggia?
They all sound to me like words for beachfronts or seasides.
They all mean beach. That's right.
And the pink or purple group, stating Surrender?
-They're all Elvis songs. Elvis Presley songs.
And the light blue group, starting Monrovia?
Things named after American presidents.
That is absolutely right.
Monrovia, of course, a red herring in the other groups,
is the capital city of Liberia,
-but who's it named after?
-Um, is it...
That is all the connecting points as well.
I'll give you a bonus for getting it all right. That's the maximum of ten.
Let's bring back the String Section and give them the other wall -
the Lion wall - and see what they can do with it.
Two and a half minutes, of course, is what you have
to try and solve this wall.
Time starts now.
Culture vulture, but vulture, buzzard, osprey, kite -
-they're all birds of prey.
-We've got falcon as well.
Do you want to go in there and...?
-There's kite as well. There's four.
-There's economists. Keynes, Friedman.
Ooh, wait! They're the second half of towns.
-So, Saffron Walden, King's Lynn...
..Milton Keynes and Leighton Buzzard.
Well done. Nicely spotted.
-Dragon. Are they...? Are these...?
Dragons and Scarlets and Ospreys are rugby...
-Say Falcons as well.
-One, two, three, Falcons.
-So, let's go with Dragon.
-Three strikes now. Plenty of time.
All right, so, presumably, Vulcan, fal...
Vulture, falcon, kite and hobby.
But, then, are they some...?
How specific do we need to be?
-Are they just...?
-Wait, Modigliani is an artist.
-And an economist.
-But are they...?
-Is that also the name of a...?
Salma Hayek? Yeah.
I'd be tempted to say it's hobby, kite and vulture,
-and then one of these two or one of the bottom three...
..with that being what they expect for a surname.
-But then what are the...?
-What are the surnames?
-What kind of art is it?
-What kind of economists?
Early 20th century?
I can tell you Friedman is the choreographer on The X Factor.
-That's useful. Spelt that way - with an I-E?
-I believe so.
-Right. Shall we...? We need to start pressing.
-Let's go one, two, three, four.
-One, two, three, four.
One, two, three...
You've solved the wall.
Very interesting strategy you had there,
but that's four points. What about the connections,
starting with Kaynes or Keynes in the top group?
Second half of English towns.
They are the second halves
of two-worded English place names.
The second green group, starting scarlet?
They are...rugby union teams.
I need to hear something else.
-Are they all Welsh clubs?
-Are they all Welsh?
They are Welsh rugby union teams. Absolutely right.
The pink group - hobby, vulture, kite, falcon?
-Birds of prey.
-They are all birds of prey.
And the light blue group starting Modigliani?
They are all economists.
I'd love to hear something else as well, if you can tell me.
They are Nobel-winning economists.
That's absolutely it. Yes, they are economists,
so you get full Wall points for the connections
and a bonus for getting it all right.
That's the maximum of ten. Let's have a look at the scores.
We are now going to decide who goes through to the semifinal
and who goes home with the missing vowels round.
So, fingers on buzzers, teams.
The first group are all songs from Saturday Night Fever.
-More Than A Woman.
-Yes, it is.
-If I Can't Have You.
-How Deep Is Your Love.
Yes, it is.
Next category - names with the word Taylor removed.
Don't know it?
String Section, do you know?
-Yes, that's right.
Not it, I'm afraid. String Section?
-It is Ashley Dawson,
or Taylor Dawson from Hollyoaks.
Next category - Greek muses.
END MUSIC SOUNDS
But we will not have another category
because the bell has gone for the end of the quiz.
And looking at the final scores,
ending with an excellent 23 points and through to the semifinal,
it's the String Section.
Very well done to you.
Finishing with 15 points after a very good series,
but sadly going home,
it's the Scientists.
Very sorry to lose you.
You've been a great team.
Some lovely quizzing, some beautiful singing.
I'm sorry to say goodbye.
Well done to you guys.
We will see you next time.
And I hope we'll see you next time for another episode of the show
that brings unbridled joy to quiz fans everywhere
and deep anguish to quiz fans everywhere.
That's BBC balance for you. Goodbye.
The Scientists and the String Section return in the first of the quarter-finals. They compete to draw together the connections between things which, at first glance, seem utterly random.
So join Victoria Coren Mitchell if you want to know what connects Memoir: My Life, Song: Your Life, Film: September and Novella: The Life of Ivan Denisovich.