Victoria Coren Mitchell hosts the quiz where knowledge will only take you so far. The Dandies and Beaks return for a second-round game.
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Hello and welcome.
Some people are very sceptical about mediums,
they say it is completely fraudulent and made up but I once consulted
a medium, I won't tell you his name but someone very well known, and he
told me he could immediately sense that someone close to me had died.
And did the letter F mean anything to me?
Well, it didn't so he said, what about the letter R? No. U?
S, T, O, N? K, E, what about L?
And then suddenly it hit me, Uncle Frustonkel, he died last year.
So, keep your minds open and let's meet the teams.
On my right, Oscar Powell, a geology graduate whose mother
and aunt feature on the front covers of the Famous Five novels in Sweden.
Lewis Barn, a keen saxophonist who failed his driving test
in the first 30 seconds.
And their captain, Jack Bennett,
an English student who took part in the world's largest pie
fight in Cumbria.
United by a soft spot for the sartorial, they are the Dandies.
You won your first game against the Gaffers.
How are you feeling about the next match?
Er...more optimistic than we were before the first match
so fingers crossed.
You are facing this evening on my left Rob Cromarty, a classics
teacher and published author who used to work in an abattoir.
Aidan Sproat-Clements, a maths teacher and music enthusiast who
creates his own modular origami Christmas decorations.
And their captain, Dan Sproat-Clements, a French teacher
and West Wing enthusiast who once met Liza Minnelli in an underground corridor.
United by an appetite for education, they are the Beaks.
Now, you beat the Disparates in a nailbiter.
Tell me about that last game.
Until about three quarters of the way through
the Connecting Wall it was not going very well for us at all.
I think we scored zero points in Round Two but were saved
by a bevy of Barbaras doing quite well on the wall
so it went up from there.
Well, good luck this evening. You won the toss, it was a good start.
You will be going first. Please choose an Egyptian hieroglyph.
Two Reeds, please.
Two Reeds will be the first question of this match, what do these
apparently random clues have in common? Here's the first.
Next one, please.
There is something missing from those words.
Er...they are all, um...
-Song titles and they are the...
I will put you out of your misery. Not the answer, I am afraid.
Dandies, you have a chance of a possible bonus point.
Films with directors with L at the start of the name and H at the end.
L at the beginning, H at the end
and we get Ken Loach the director of Hidden Agenda, Ernst Lubitsch, the
director of Heaven Can Wait, not the Warren Beatty one, an earlier film.
Secrets And Lies, Mike Leigh and Mulholland Drive, David Lynch.
Do you know Mulholland Drive was voted in 2016 poll
the greatest film of the 21st century so far? It definitely isn't.
Well done, Dandies. You get a bonus and may choose a question.
What is the connection between these picture clues? Here is the first.
-Is the right answer. Tell me who we are looking at.
-Well, the band, Toto. The dog from the Wizard Of Oz.
I'm trying to think... I don't know who the other two are.
Christian Toto Wolff is the head of the Mercedes Formula 1 team
and Salvatore Toto Schillaci, the Italian striker. Footballer.
-You don't know Toto Schillaci?
-Yeah, I don't recognise him.
I thought he was an Italian footballer.
Well done, there are seven of us here
and you're the only one who has heard of him so that is somewhere.
-So, well done and over to you, Beaks, for a choice.
What is the connection between these clues? Here is the first.
Subtitles of biographies.
-Is the right answer.
-Which of these clues did you recognise?
Yes, Schubert's No. 8
known as the Unfinished Symphony. Something's Got To Give is a film
starring Marilyn Monroe but it was unfinished at the time of her death.
The Athenaeum Portrait by Gilbert Stuart was
a portrait of George Washington.
-And The Last Tycoon, do you know what that is?
-F Scott Fitzgerald.
-That is a novel by F Scott Fitzgerald, unfinished.
-Well done. Dandies, what would you like?
-Twisted Flax, please.
The Twisted Flax.
Everyone is listening for the musical note, it's not this one.
What is the connection between these clues? Here's the first.
-Is the right answer.
Good buzzing, you didn't need to see Riding School,
the Spanish Riding School in Vienna where the Lipizzaner horses are.
I think you got that one quite early.
Was it your team that had a really brave buzz after one clue in the opening heat?
It backfired immensely!
Well, it backfired in a way. We all admired you for coming in after one clue
but it wasn't quite right.
Now you're perhaps waiting for the extra clue to be sure.
-Beaks, back to you for a choice.
Oh, you won the 50-50. It's not the music question.
What is the connection between these clues? Here's the first.
Let's go with it. Go for it.
They had no pubs.
Is the right answer, coming in after two clues. You get three points.
You didn't need to see America and Saudi Arabia -
this is to do with alcohol bans.
Yes, the Faroe Islands, alcohol not banned any more but there's
only six shops that sell alcohol in the Faroe Islands, state run shops.
You have to schlep around them all
to get a decent drink. Very well done.
-Why do you know so much about drinking?
Yes, I imagine teachers, like children at boarding schools, have
to do a lot of sneaking around to get their hands on alcohol.
-Slightly less sneaking.
Very well done, well spotted after that early buzz.
Dandies, only one question remains
and we all know it is going to be the music question.
It is the Eye of Horus.
What is the connection between the clues you are going to hear?
First one coming in now.
# The smart money's on Harlow
# And the moon is in the street
# The shadow boys are breaking all the laws... #
# I'm afraid of the dark
# Especially when I'm in a park
# And there's no-one else around
# Oh, I get the shivers... #
# We're children
# Needing other children. #
# Look around
# Everywhere you turn is heartache
# It's everywhere that you go... #
-Is the right answer.
Surely Vogue a popular track for your team,
all very fashion conscious. What else did we hear apart from Vogue?
That is a song that has that great lyric,
"I don't want to see a ghost, it is the sight that I fear most,
"I would rather have a piece of toast and watch the evening news."
And the other ones?
-Yeah, Time by Tom Waits was the first one
and People from the musical Funny Girl.
Very well done.
That means at the end of Round One the Beaks have four points,
the Dandies have five.
On to Round Two, the sequences round.
This time the teams may see a maximum of three clues
and I will ask them what comes fourth.
Beaks, you'll be going first again.
Which hieroglyph would you like?
-Two Reeds, please.
-The Two Reeds, OK.
You will be seeing the first in a sequence, what comes fourth?
Time starts now.
Is it Bucks Fizz?
-First, Making Your Mind Up.
-Not the answer, I'm afraid.
-So, Dandies you have the chance of a bonus point.
-First, Puppet String.
-Is the right answer. And why is that?
-Eurovision winners going backwards chronologically.
These are UK Eurovision winners.
We are going backwards so Making Your Mind Up, it was Bucks Fizz
but we had taken out the middle words.
Third, Save All Your Kisses For Me.
Boom Bang A Bang and we wanted to hear Puppet On A String
going backwards towards that hit for Sandie Shaw in 1967.
-So, well done. You get the bonus and may choose a question.
OK, what would come fourth in this picture sequence? Here is the first.
Professor Green and who's that? Pink.
-So, white, red, pink, green.
-Yellow, red, pink, green.
Is it colours opposite on the chart?
-No, we've got pink. Yellow!
-What is your answer?
-Blue and yellow.
That's not the right answer so Beaks you have a chance of the bonus point.
Is it a picture of blue and black?
I can't take it from either of you. The answer is just blue.
We have a picture of the band Blue. Do you know what this is?
-Colours of the rainbow?
-But it isn't the colours of the rainbow.
It is, according to the song I Can Sing A Rainbow.
Red and yellow and pink and green, purple and orange and blue.
They perhaps couldn't think of a rhyme scheme for the actual colours
but that is the fallacious... I mean, obviously what
we say are the colours of the rainbow isn't right, either.
But this is a particular song that gets it a bit wrong.
And what are we looking at in the first picture?
-The MCC tie and blazer...
-Red and yellow. So, no points there.
-Beaks, what would you like next?
-Twisted Flax, please.
The Twisted Flax, what would come fourth in this sequence?
Here is the first.
-Underneath The Lintel.
-For what reason?
-It is a one-hand play.
A correct answer. We went with Shirley Valentine.
What is going on in this sequence?
Four in Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf, three in Art,
two in Dumb Waiter and one in Shirley Valentine.
The number of actors required to put on that particular play.
That's right, plays with four, three, two and one characters.
Some people might be thinking of the film
Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf which does have an extra couple of people
but four characters in the original play, Edward Albee.
Art, Yasmina Reza, that play has three characters.
The Dumb Waiter, Harold Pinter, is a two hander and we needed to hear
something with one person. Underneath The Lintel, perfectly acceptable.
We had Shirley Valentine.
Could have had Harry's Christmas which I went to see on my first date
about a man taking his own life because he is alone at Christmas.
Shirley Valentine's a bit happier.
-Well done. Dandies, what would you like?
What will come fourth in this sequence? Here is the first.
Chloe Smith is the one who was on Newsnight.
She got ripped to bits by Paxman.
2015, Mhairi Black.
Is the right answer.
And why is that?
Youngest, yeah, what's it called? Child of the...
Baby of the House, I think it's called.
Baby of the House is the expression, that's absolutely right,
for the person that is the youngest MP
in the House of Commons at any given time.
Next in the sequence would be Mhairi Black.
Other Babies of the House have included
Charles Kennedy, Tony Benn, Roy Jenkins.
If we'd done his era, we could have had a picture sequence.
Nice picture of some steel to
indicate Roy Jenkins, we could have done that.
Very well done, Mhairi Black is the right answer.
Beaks, what would you like?
Water, OK. What will come fourth in this sequence?
Here's the first.
3 on 10.
Not the answer, I'm afraid. Dandies, do you want to have a go?
-U over 11?
That's not it, either. What are you thinking the sequence is?
Maybe something on a dartboard?
It's not a dartboard, this is about backgammon.
Starting positions in backgammon
and the number of checkers on those points.
-Nobody here play backgammon?
-Yeah, so, 2 on...
2 on 1, 2 on 1. Are you the cribbage player?
-Somebody here was a keen cribbage player.
-You don't play much backgammon?
-We used to,
-but then we started playing more cribbage.
-Cribbage is a great game.
So, one question remains, the Eye of Horus.
That will be for you, Dandies.
What comes fourth in this sequence? Here's the first.
I will accept that answer.
For a perfect answer I want to hear La France: Une.
Why would that be?
Um, the number... It's the country
in French and then the number of, er,
official languages in that country.
-And longue is feminine.
-And it would be une longue.
Une longue. But "un" is correct.
These are official languages of francophone countries and I
need to hear a country that speaks only French, officially, and that
would be France in the answer you gave. But, of course there are
many other countries that would have fit that description.
-Can you name a couple of them?
-Republic of the Congo.
Ivory Coast. Have you travelled in many of these countries?
-Think how easily you could communicate if you had.
A country that speaks only French as its official language. Well done.
That means, at the end of Round Two,
the Beaks have six points,
the Dandies have 11.
Time now for the 16 clue horror of the Connecting Wall.
And, Dandies, you'll be going first this time, so, please, choose Lion or Water?
-OK, you have two and a half minutes to solve
the Water wall, starting now.
East Anglia... Winds, maybe?
These are Ford Cars.
Capri and Anglia.
Fine, put those in, let's try that.
-I think there's Roman things.
-Dr Pepper, Dr No, Dr Strange...
Did we try that with Capri?
-Shall we leave out Anglia?
-Leave out Anglia now, and Tribune.
Just keep trying that group of five,
but keep leaving out...
We left out Anglia.
Did we leave out Prefect?
-Leave out Prefect.
Try doctors again, because we've
got Dr Strange, Dr Pepper, Dr no.
We've already tried those three. Are
there any more doctors, definitely?
I'm sure we have
Roman things as well.
-So let's leave out Tribune.
-So then let's leave out Consul.
-Let's leave out...
Have we left out Quaestor?
Where does Legg come into it? It's a surname.
Is there a Dr Legg from some...fiction?
No idea. Um...
So, have we tried, so...
There's Capri pants as well, any other types of...
-Pop pants. Pop pants, is that a thing?
Um, Consul and Aedile and Prefect...
BUZZ 30 seconds left.
-Quaestor, Quaestor is...
-Dr Faustus, is he a doctor?
Oh, well done, that's good.
We have to keep going.
So, we'll try...
BUZZ Ten seconds.
No, Ford, yeah, Ford...Tribune...
That's it, the time is up and the wall has frozen.
But you found a group and I'll give you more points if you can
tell me the connections. Strange, No, Faustus, Legg.
-Doctors! Good old Dr Legg from EastEnders,
of course, Leonard Fenton, the wonderful old doctor.
More points for the connections in the groups you didn't find.
So, let's resolve the wall.
There we go.
Pepper, Capri, Pop, Uni.
We'll say types of pants and hope so?
That's not it. This is a word one,
you can put "corn" after all of them,.
Peppercorn, Capricorn, popcorn, unicorn.
The word one.
And the next group, Aedile, Censor, Tribune, Quaestor.
Roman titles or...
Roman officials, yes, that's right. And the last group,
Prefect, Anglia, Zephyr, Consul.
Ford models. Cars.
They are models of Ford.
So you found one group
on that difficult wall
and you gave me three connections, that's a total of four.
We'll bring in the Beaks now, give them the other wall, the Lion wall.
See what they can do about solving it.
You have two and half minutes, of course, and that time starts now.
-Quincy is a detective.
-Claret's a type of red.
Inigo is a character from Princess Pride.
-Toby jug, claret jug.
-Toby jug, claret jug, milk jug.
Puzzle jug is a kind of jug.
Cycle all the... Fine.
Yorkshire terrier... Yorkshire terrier, Border terrier, er...
-Inigo Jones, Quincy Jones, Aled Jones...
Toby Jones is an actor.
Quincy and Inigo?
January Jones, January Jones.
So then, what's the fourth one? If they're right,
what's the fourth thing? Kerry Blue...
It's a kind of cheese. Nantucket.
-Fine, so then, we've got...
-Three lives now.
..terriers and something else, then.
-Load up three terriers.
Lakeland and Boston are the pairings, so that would make it...
So we're looking for cheeses...
I'm going to go with cheese.
I'm thinking cheese.
Is there anything in the words?
Types of cow, is Kerry Blue...
We're about halfway through time.
OK, fine, so, um...
Ring, tuck, Kermer... That's a
kind of Greek mythology word.
Quin, five. Um...
OK, anything... So...
Field, tuck... No. Nan...
There once was a girl from Nantucket.
Stop it! Um...
They only thing I've got...
-What did you think was also...
-Go for it now.
-OK, so... Border...
Nantucket terrier or Springfield terrier?
One more life now.
-I don't think Kerry Blue can be a terrier, surely.
-I don't know.
We've had Yorkshire in there for every single one, haven't we?
But... Yorkshire blue, Kerry Blue, um...
Oh, blue cheeses?
So Kerry Blue, Yorkshire blue, maybe. I don't know.
Nope. That was your third life
and the wall has frozen.
But you found two groups. What about the connections?
Claret, measuring, puzzle, milk.
-Types of jug.
-They are all types of jug.
And the green group, Aled, Toby, January, Inigo.
-They are all Joneses.
You can still get points for the connections of the groups
you didn't find, so let's resolve the wall. There we go.
Boston, Nantucket, Quincy, Springfield.
Are they all...
..places in Massachusetts.
They're all places in Massachusetts! Absolutely right.
Boston and Nantucket the famous ones.
Quincy, the birthplace of John Quincy Adams.
And then Springfield.
There are actually 38 places called Springfield in America,
39 if you count the Simpsons' home.
One of them is in Massachusetts.
And the last group.
Lakeland, Kerry Blue, Border, Yorkshire.
-Those are the terriers that you spotted early,
but you kept putting Boston in there.
So, two points for the groups you found and all four connections,
that is a total of six. Let's have a look at the scores.
The Beaks have 12 points,
the Dandies have 15.
And if you'd like to take part in the next series of Only Connect,
then why not go to the website...
..to find out how to apply?
But we're going to apply ourselves to Round Four,
the missing vowels round. So, fingers on buzzers, teams.
I can tell you that the first group are all...
-Twelfth Night and Orsino.
-Hamlet and Bernardo.
-Macbeth and First Witch.
-As You Like it and Orlando.
-Alpha and omega.
Yes, it is.
Well done, the fish symbol.
Loo and... Sorry.
Too long. Beaks, do you know?
-Loo and khazi.
-Public convenience and bog.
We could have sat her all night
-Rest room and something!
-House of office?
-It IS rest room and
house of office! House of Office is a Pepysian phrase for a lavatory.
But no points for that,
because the bell has gone for the end of the quiz, and I can tell you
that the winners with 20 points and straight through to the next round
are the Beaks, very well done.
Dandies, you finish on 16 points. I don't know if you
go through to the next round or not.
I know you don't go home. We may play this round again.
There may be some whole other competition we do.
Perhaps tiddlywinks. I simply don't know.
But we'll be meeting you again.
And if you've just tuned in,
well, I hope you're planning to watch the next programme,
not this one, because this one is nearly finished.
And this bit, this, what I'm doing now,
this is not a good bit.
I mean, this is nothing, this is not why we make the show.
If Only Connect were a sausage,
this bit is really just sawdust and bread and ground-up bits of ear.
I'm sorry about that.
Victoria Coren Mitchell hosts the series where knowledge will only take you so far. Patience and lateral thinking are also vital.
The Dandies and Beaks return for this second-round game. They compete to draw together the connections between things which at first glance, seem utterly random. So join Victoria if you want to know what connects Something's Got to Give, The Athenaeum Portrait, The Last Tycoon and Schubert's Symphony No 8.