Special edition of the quiz in which links must be made between seemingly random things, as the Gamblers square up to the Epicureans.
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Hello and welcome to Only Connect.
Now, it's unusual for me to announce who the winners are
at this stage of the game, but I can now reveal, it's both teams.
tonight, the winners of series three are going to play the winners of series four,
in a Champion of Champions special.
They should have no trouble cracking our coded connections,
as they've already proven themselves to be expert connection crackers.
And, in some cases, simply crackers!
Let's welcome back, on my right, the Epicureans from series four.
David Brewis, a chemistry teacher,
who has three chickens named after motorway service stations.
Who doesn't?! Aaron Bell,
a politics, philosophy and economics graduate who sets the odds for a leading internet bookmaker.
And their captain, Katie Bramall-Stainer,
a UCL graduate who works as a GP partner and lives in St Albans.
Katie, the Epicureans triumphed in series four,
but how do you feel about taking on the Gamblers?
We were saying earlier, we remember watching the Gamblers
when we were children on television, and we've followed their progress.
We're so honoured and privileged to be in the same studio,
let alone face them in a quiz, so we already feel like winners.
That's absolutely heart-warming. Complimentary from start to finish.
So, let's go and meet those old guys.
On my left, the series three champions, it's the Gamblers.
Jenny Ryan, a law graduate who enjoys playing poker and bingo.
Alan Gibbs, an analytical scientist who first bet on the Grand National
aged five, and has been a committed gambler ever since.
And their captain, Dave Bill, a former bookmaker
with a passion for horse racing, roulette and Blackjack. They are the Gamblers.
Dave, it's a while since you have been in the Only Connect studio,
though possibly not as long as your boxing-style opponents suggest!
-Are you feeling rusty?
Tired, yeah. We might as well get the excuses over with!
No, we're looking forward to it.
Well, I am, too. Let's press on with the quiz.
I'm sure you all remember how round one works.
I simply want to know what's the connection between four apparently random clues.
The Epicureans won the toss, but they've elected to put the Gamblers in first.
So, Dave, please select your Egyptian hieroglyph.
-Two reeds, please.
-Two reeds, OK.
Your first clue is coming up now.
-Code number on something...
-Classification of ships?
These are car numberplates from...
FF 8281, James Bond.
James Bond cars, might have 007...
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang?
I can't recognise them.
Prison numbers! BELL
They are famous prisoner numbers.
Now, why did you suddenly have a lightbulb go off on the last clue?
A certain Mr Nelson Mandela.
That's the name of his charity, 46664.
That is Nelson Mandela's prison number.
They are all the prison numbers of famous people, the others being:
-B-33920, Charles Manson, then Jeffrey Archer....
..And Oscar Wilde is C33. Very well done for a point,
and over to you, Epicureans, to pick a hieroglyph.
-Twisted flax, please.
-The twisted flax.
First clue coming up now.
Mary Portas is Queen of Shops.
So Mary Portas... What else is there about Mary Portas?
We need to go next. Next.
Oh, he's played a Bond villain, he's played loads of things.
What's so interesting about Nero? He fiddled while Rome burned.
I think we need to go next. Next.
Elton John. Middle name, Hercules.
-Oh, oh, oh, I think I know.
-Go for it, we haven't got a clue.
Are all civilly partnered following a heterosexual marriage?
You're absolutely right. Yes, Nero didn't just fiddle,
he fiddled with everybody!
They've all had formal partnerships with both a man and a woman.
Marriages to both sexes. Very well done for the point.
-Over to you, Gamblers, to pick a hieroglyph.
-Horned viper, please.
These are going to be picture clues, what's the connection?
-Time starts now.
-I don't know which house that is.
That's Neuschwanstein, isn't it? Are they all...?
Castles that are birthplaces of monarchs, or...? Could that be...?
Built as follies, for...?
I've no idea what that is.
That's... Oh, are they all... Copies of them are built somewhere else?
At Las Vegas?
They were all unfinished buildings.
It's all about inspiration in the last clue for you, isn't it?
All unfinished buildings. So you recognised the last one?
Sagrada Familia in Barcelona.
And you don't know any of the others?
Is that Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria?
Yes, it is. The first one is Woodchester Mansion,
that's a sort of Victorian-Gothic thing
that was abandoned at some stage.
I would have thought a more famous one at number three,
the National Monument in Edinburgh.
They are all unfinished buildings. Epicureans, your turn.
Ah, it's the music or sound question. First one coming up now.
# Oh well, wherever, wherever you are... #
# Bad company, and I can't deny... #
Here's a suggestion, did they give their names to other bands?
Yeah, yeah. Next.
FUNKY, UPBEAT MUSIC
-It could be, couldn't it?
-OK. Let's go for it then.
-It's not a sequence...
Songs that give their names to other bands.
-So mention other band's names in the song.
The title of the song is the name of another band.
So we've got, you know, Bad Company, the band Bad Company.
Might have been Papa Was A Rolling Stone, the Rolling Stones.
I'm afraid that is not the answer.
I'm going to play a little snatch of the fourth piece to the Gamblers.
# So we battened down the hatches and prepared to fight
# Then all of a sudden I seen the light... #
-The title and the band are the same.
-Yeah. That's what I said.
Is it the actual title and the band are the same, in the same excerpts?
That's what it is. You're close, it is about names, but what we heard
was the song Iron Maiden from the album Iron Maiden by Iron Maiden.
Bad Company, by Bad Company, from the album Bad Company.
Kool and the Gang, Kool and the Gang, Kool and the Gang.
And New Kids on the Block, their lovely song New Kids on the Block,
from their album New Kids on the Block.
So they are eponymous songs from those albums by those bands.
Well done for the bonus, and you may now choose your own hieroglyph.
The Eye of Horus, please.
Eye of Horus. First clue coming up now.
-They were shortened to the band name Chicago.
-Chicago Transit Authority became the band Chicago.
-Do you want to go?
-I'd love to have a go.
-I'm going to go for it.
-I'd love to have a go.
They were all shortened to give band names,
such as Chicago Transit Authority became the band Chicago.
I'm afraid that's not the answer.
I like your gambling style, coming in after the one clue,
but that's not it. So I'm going to show the other three clues
to the Epicureans for a possible bonus.
They changed their name because they clashed with something else.
OK, I'm going to nominate Aaron.
They had to change their names, because they had a clash with
-another acronym, or name that was the same.
-That's what it is.
They all changed their names because of legal disputes.
Sadly, for you, Gamblers, not all bands.
The Chicago Transit Authority became Chicago,
Liberty became Liberty X, Gmail had to be Google Mail,
and the World Wrestling Federation, why did that change its name?
World Wildlife Fund.
Worldwide Fund for Nature.
Didn't want people confusing their lovely saving of animals
with big sweaty wrestlers.
So you get the bonus point, Epicureans, and you're going to
get the last question, the lion. Your first clue is coming up now.
-Things that acquired their names from places.
The Marathon bar...
Yeah. Hamburger. Next.
Alcoholic. Alcoholic. Er...
Ooh, odd. Shall we go next?
I think so.
Watergate Hotel? No.
Watergate? Something to do with the word?
-Previously known as something else?
They changed their name to something else?
Were they known as something else previously,
but had to change their name because it was trademarked?
Do you think the answer would be the same for the two questions in a row?
Yeah. It's not that, that was the last one.
I feel I'm trapped in that old Two Ronnies sketch,
they ask the Mastermind question and the answer's one round late.
That's not it. A possible bonus, Gamblers.
I'm going to pass you on to Jen, because I think we've...
Original names for things that have inspired other names.
So every scandal is now called Watergate,
the second part has always been taken.
Cheeseburger, chickenburger, from hamburger.
The second part is what I wanted.
You're struggling for the exact phrase.
They are origins of generic suffixes. So, marathon becomes...
-Tip of my tongue!
Cheeseburger - mmm, a cheeseburger...
Chocoholic, workaholic, something-gate -
they gave the second part of their names to generic words.
Very well done.
So, at the end of round one, the Epicureans have got two points,
but at the moment our series three champions are ahead with four.
Round two is all about sequences.
There are still four clues, but this time, they come in a sequence.
The teams may not see the fourth, because that is the answer to the question.
They only see one, two or three clues before having a go.
Gamblers, you will be going first again, so please choose a question.
-Two reeds, please.
-The first in the sequence is coming up.
What's fourth? Starting now.
These are capes, cloaks?
I don't know. That can't be a sequence.
-Could it be pianos?
-Yeah, they could be types of pianos.
There's definitely a Matinee piano.
-It's probably going to be grand piano.
-Or baby grand?
I'm happy to give it a go.
-I think baby grand is probably smaller.
-I'm afraid not. You're miles away.
-Epicureans, do you want to have a go?
No, no. This is a pretty tricky one. It's to do with necklaces.
They are the lengths of necklaces, getting shorter.
Next in the sequence would be choker. Choker was the answer.
No points there, then. Epicureans, please choose a squiggle.
-Horned viper, please.
-These are going to be picture clues.
What would you expect to see in the fourth picture? The time starts now.
Sun, sunset? Next.
Is that a stone?
-Pebble, I'd say.
-Pebble, is it?
So what have we got? Splash, drops,
-Shall we go one more?
-No, we can't.
Sorry, it's a sequence.
Hang on, hang on. Let me think.
Sun... Stone... Er...
It could be sunset. It could be sun. It could be dawn.
Moon? I just don't know.
No. That is absolutely not the answer I'm looking for.
-So over to you, Gamblers, for a possible bonus.
-We've got nothing.
I'm not surprised. This might be the hardest question
I've ever seen on an episode of this.
Now, what if I talk you through the Greek words
for what you're looking at, see if that helps.
Hydor, Helios for sun...
Lithos for stone. They are the etymologies
of the first four chemical elements in the periodic table.
-And last would be...?
Beryl, Beryllium. So it is the Greek words for those
gave their names to elements. Very, very tricky question.
Don't feel bad that you didn't get points.
It is not that you've lost your touch. Or is it?
Gamblers, please pick a question.
I'm scared now. Eye of Horus.
The Eye of Horus. The first in a sequence coming up now.
Oculomotor. So it's...
is it sensory systems? Oculomotor... Or nerves, or something like that.
-To cochlear, or...?
-So that's to do with the ears.
Oh, it's nerves, it's lengths of nerves. It's sciatic.
Sciatic. All right.
One equals sciatic?
One does not equal sciatic.
I'm going to go to the Epicureans for a possible bonus.
One equals olfactory?
You're a doctor, Katie. Can you explain why?
These are the cranial nerves,
in descending order, from four through to one.
Cranial nerves going backwards.
I, Olfactory. If it was in length,
that's not what the sequence would be.
Olfactory nerve. So Epicureans, please choose your own question.
First in a sequence coming up now.
(Stages of development.)
So we should go next.
-I think Aaron's closer.
-What do you think?
Industrial after the agricultural.
Yeah, yeah, yeah.
Industrial? Or industry.
Why? What do you mean by that?
-Stages of human development.
-Stages that people started...
There were hunter-gathers, then they had a few animals,
then they had proper farms. Then went into commerce and industry.
Well, then, I'll accept it.
These are Adam Smith's stages of development
in The Wealth of Nations. I was looking for commerce.
But if by industry you mean beginning trading and selling,
as you explained, that would be correct. Well done.
-Back to you then, Gamblers.
-Twisted flax, please.
OK. First in a sequence coming up. What's fourth? Time starts now.
Charles Montgomery Burns.
American state capitals.
It'll be Honolulu...
-No, no, no...
So it's Arizona, Arkansas...
-So it's Arizona. Little Rock, Arkansas.
-It's got to be Little Rock.
Just... It's got to be Little Rock.
-Is that next?
You're absolutely right.
The capitals of the first four American states
in alphabetical order.
Very well done. You got the points there.
Epicureans, that leaves lion for you.
First in a sequence coming up now.
1 of 4. F3.
I think it's shares. So we need the next one, then we can work it out.
We go... We go N...
We've got time.
Can we go N, F...6.
It's the percentage on the side of the board. Try NF6.
It's 4 or 4, NF6.
4 of 4: NF6.
I'm afraid that's not the answer. Possible bonus for the Gamblers.
I'm pretty sure I've got it. It's 4 of 4, QH4.
Yes, it is. You're absolutely right, and I'll explain why, Epicureans,
because I like a man who says they're moves in chess.
That is the kind of thinking I like.
It's got to be a sequence and an exact sequence,
it can't be one of a selection of moves, obviously, there's a choice.
This is specifically the set in what they call "Fool's Mate"
when a game finishes in four moves.
There's all sorts of moves that could be made,
but for it to be Fool's Mate, it must be Queen to H4.
So well done, Gamblers, for the bonus.
That means at the end of round two,
the Epicureans have got five points,
but the Gamblers are ahead with seven.
Round three is the connecting wall.
16 clues to be sorted into four connected groups of four.
Epicureans, it's going to be your turn to go first,
so please choose lion or water?
Water. OK. You've got two-and-a-half minutes to solve that wall.
The time is starting now.
Lucky things. Rabbit's foot, chimney sweep, 7 and...
Well done. What's an Ogee? Is it like an apogee? What is it?
Proscenium arch. Norman arch.
Hang on, these are type of window. Pointed, Lancet, I think Ogee...
-And... Try Norman, Pointed, Lancet, Ogee
and then put Proscenium in if necessary. OK.
We've only got three lives now.
Proscenium is also a kind of theatre.
Arena, a kind of theatre. Everyman, theatre?
Arena, Omnibus, Horizon and Everyman...
-I'm not going to do it!
Definitely documentary series.
I don't think any of the others are, so...
-What are we left with?
-What's a Proscenium?
A Proscenium is an arch, it's the arch at the front of a stage.
So is the Thrust, a Thrust is to do with stage.
A Thrust is, Black box probably is...
-What, to do with a theatre?
-I don't know.
An imaginary theatre. Really?
-No, I'm not sure about that.
-Why is Thrust to do with the theatre?
-Everyman is a theatre, so it could be...
-It is the Everyman Theatre.
But I doubt there's a documentary about....
-Imagine is a documentary series as well.
-Yes. It's with Alan Yentob.
-So I would go for Imagine, and these are theatres.
OK. Leave us time to try the combinations...
Shall I go for Imagine now?
OK. Try it with Everyman.
-We'll have to have a think if we're wrong here.
You've got a minute left.
-A minute and one life.
Could it be Thrust or Black box?
Could it be Imagine, Everyman, Omnibus, Arena?
-I think it still could be Horizon...
-Horizon could be part of a theatre.
Yeah, so, Imagine and Everyman are documentaries.
Let's try different ones with them. Omnibus...
We've got one life left, haven't we?
-Arena's part of a theatre as well.
-Yes, it is.
-This is your final life.
-Have we done that with Horizon?
No, we haven't done these with either of these two.
-Shall we go in with...?
-Arena or Horizon? Horizon?
I would probably go with Horizon.
-And Arena for the theatre.
-There you go.
You seem to have done it.
You've solved the wall. That's four points.
What about some extra points for the connections?
-Seven, Chimney Sweep, Ladybird, Rabbit's foot.
All things thought to be lucky.
Norman, Pointed, Lancet, Ogee?
They're types of arches, usually at the top of windows, but...
Types of arch. Very well done.
Imagine, Omnibus, Everyman, Horizon?
Factual-based television programmes, documentaries.
Documentaries, as they're commonly known. BBC documentary series.
And one that you struggled with,
-Thrust, Black box, Proscenium, Arena?
-Things in a theatre.
Be a bit more specific.
-Parts of the stage.
Quite right. They are ways in which theatre stages can be arranged.
So you get four points for the connections,
a bonus two points for getting it all correct,
that's a maximum of ten points.
Let's bring in the Gamblers and see what they can do
with the other wall, the lion.
16 new clues still need sorting into four connected groups of four.
OK, Gamblers, two-and-a-half minutes to solve this, starting now.
Oyster, Portobello, Magic, and...
You've got New South Wales, New Scotland Yard,
-New Covent Garden...
Could be New Smithfield.
There's also markets. There's London markets there.
-Remember, just three lives.
-So it's New South Wales...
And Formula One drivers.
New York, Scotland Yard, and Formula One drivers.
So you've got Graham Hunt...
-Not Graham Hunt, James Hunt.
-James Hunt. Graham Hill...
-Or Damon Hill.
Or Damon Hill. Jim Clark...
-Are they all champions?
-Formula One World Champions, I think.
James Hunt certainly was, Mansell was.
I just don't want it to be so specific!
Hill was a world champion.
-What are we going for? New Scotland Yard?
-New South Wales...
-You've used a minute.
-New York. There isn't a York racing driver, is there?
And there's not a Brunswick.
I'm just worried about the connection not being specific.
-I think we're OK.
-Are we going?
-Yeah, yeah, yeah.
You're going to be in trouble if it's not right!
There you go. You've solved the wall. Very well done.
A familiar feeling. Four points for the groups.
What about the connections now?
Oyster, Button, Magic, Portobello.
-They're simply mushrooms.
Borough, Greenwich, Covent Garden, Smithfield?
Markets found in London.
They're markets in London, absolutely right.
Scotland Yard, South Wales, York, Brunswick?
They're all prefixed with "New".
You can put "New" in front of them.
New Scotland Yard, New South Wales, New York.
-Where is New Brunswick?
And the last group, Hill, Hunt, Clark, Mansell?
-Formula One World Champions.
-They're all British Formula One Champions.
So, four points for the groups, four for the connections,
a bonus of two for getting it all right. That's a maximum of ten.
Let's see how the scores are as we go into the final round.
Very close, then. Everything to play for in round four.
Are you confident you've still got the knack
-for the fingers on buzzers, Gamblers?
-We have to try!
I hope they haven't got stale in the intervening period.
This is the missing vowels round.
Out come the vowels, together go the consonants.
I want to know what are our hidden or disguised clues.
They come in connected batches of four.
I'll tell you those connections up front.
If you hesitate after buzzing in, or a single letter is out of place,
you will lose a point and it goes over to the other team for a bonus.
Fingers on buzzers.
The first category are all:
-Nine Men's Morris?
Fox and Dogs?
I'm afraid that's a lost point. A possible bonus for the Gamblers.
Fox and Geese.
You'd have needed two Ds for dogs.
-Yes, it is.
Larry Grayson Perry.
Yes. As in Larry Grayson and Grayson Perry. Next clue.
-Lenny Henry Moore.
-Yes, it is.
Steve Martin Card?
I'm afraid that's not the answer. Gamblers?
Steve Martin Creed.
Yes, the artist Martin Creed who won the Turner Prize in 2001. Next clue.
-Mark Thomas Gainsborough.
-Yes, it is.
-Yes, it is.
-Yes, it is.
Too long, I'm afraid, you lose a point. Possible bonus, Gamblers?
It's Dal Segno. Next clue.
END OF ROUND JINGLE
That last one was going to be piano, but that is the end of the quiz.
And in second place, with 22 points, it's the Gamblers.
But the winners and new Champion of Champions, with 28 points,
it's the Epicureans. Amazing recovery.
You dropped points in that round and then picked them up.
That's very unlucky for you, Gamblers.
But you've still got your brilliant series three victory
to keep you warm. Very well done to you.
Epicureans, the new Champion of Champions.
We were hoping to have you stay on and play the Crossworders,
our other Champion of Champions.
Unfortunately, the Crossworders now have evolved so highly
that they know longer communicate through speech,
thus rendering them useless for television. These things happen.
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Victoria Coren presents a special edition of the quiz show in which knowledge will only take you so far, as patience and lateral thinking are also vital. The Gamblers, the winners of series three, square up to the Epicureans, the winners of series four, connecting such subjects as Nero, Mary Portas, Alan Cumming and Elton John.