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Thank you very much indeed. Hello, I'm Alexander Armstrong, and welcome,
a very warm welcome,
to this special Winter Olympics edition of Pointless Celebrities.
This is the quiz where all of the questions have been asked to 100 people
before the show. All our celebrities have to do is come up with the
answers those 100 people couldn't think of.
Let's meet this evening's Pointless Celebrities.
And couple number one.
Hello, I'm Robin Cousins, men's figure-skating gold medallist,
Lake Placid, 1980.
I'm Rhona Howie, skip of the ladies GB curling team that won gold in Salt Lake City.
Couple number two.
I'm Graham Bell. I'm a former Olympic skier, five-time Olympian,
and now presenter of BBC's Ski Sunday.
And I'm Amy Williams, a gold medallist of the skeleton
in the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver 2010.
-Couple number three.
-Hi, I'm Jenny Jones,
I am a bronze medallist from the Winter Olympics in Sochi,
Russia, in snowboard slopestyle.
Hello, I'm Clare Balding.
I'm the only one here who hasn't competed at a Winter Olympics.
I'm a complete fraud, but I have presented a few of them.
And finally, couple number four.
Hi, Wilf O'Reilly.
I won two gold medals at the Olympic Games in 1988, when the sport was a
demonstration sport, of short track speed skating.
Hi, I'm Jayne Torvill,
and in 1984, I won a gold medal in ice dancing
with my skating partner Christopher Dean.
Thank you all very, very much indeed. A warm welcome to Pointless.
It's lovely to have you all with us.
We'll get a chance to chat a bit more throughout the show as it goes
along. So that just leaves one more person for me to introduce.
He's got skeletons in the closet,
but it hasn't been snowing much lately, so he hasn't been able to ride them.
It's my Pointless friend, it's Richard.
Hiya. Hello, everybody, good evening.
-Well, how exciting is this?
So great, I love the Winter Olympics.
And what a line-up. Actually, when they go through the list of
achievements, it is very, very impressive, isn't it?
-It really is.
-So many Winter medals.
As you would expect, it's going to be an enormously competitive...
Well, before the show we always go to talk to people and every single pair
has pointed to one of the other pairs and said,
"They're the most competitive ones. Oh, they're competitive!"
So you know that they all are.
It is going to be quite something, I think.
Thank you very much. As today's show is a celebrity special, each of our
celebrities is playing for a nominated charity.
We start off today with a jackpot of £2,500.
There we are.
Right, if everyone's ready, let's play Pointless.
All you have to remember is this -
it's the pair with the highest score at the end of each round that will
be eliminated. So keep your scores as low as you dare.
Best of luck to all four pairs.
Our first category this evening is...
Can you all decide in your pairs who's going to go first,
who's going to go second,
and whoever is going first, please step up to the podium.
OK, and the question concerns
proverbs and sayings about the weather.
-We talk an awful lot about weather in this country,
so on each board, we're going to show you seven proverbs or sayings
from the Oxford Book Of Proverbs.
They are all missing one word.
Can you fill in those words, please?
Thank you very much indeed.
We are looking for you to supply the missing word in these proverbs or
sayings about weather.
Here is our first board of seven.
And we've got...
I shall read those all again.
Rhona, welcome to Pointless. Very good to have you here.
Now, I have to ask, how do you get into curling?
I think it was my brother that got me started.
I was leaving school, so I was quite a late starter,
looking for something to do at weekends when I was leaving school,
so I thought I would take up curling.
Was there a local club, a team, nearby?
There was a club just ten minutes from where I stayed, so...
And how do you know that you are really good at curling,
and not just quite lucky?
From my perspective, I really enjoyed the strategy of the game,
because every game you play is different.
It's like snooker. You're looking at angles of shots.
So I liked the strategy and how to call the game,
to play it tactically.
-That's why every time it's on, every time we do one,
we've done well at a few Olympics,
people start watching and go, "This is fairly simple." And then literally by the final ends,
everyone's going, "Oh, my goodness, I cannot believe what's happening here."
-It is, it's incredibly tactical, isn't it?
-But you don't spot it immediately.
-It is very technical and tactical,
because the technical side, obviously, a millimetre difference in your slide -
because you're sliding on Teflon -
so a millimetre wrong there makes a big difference at the far end of the ice.
Yeah, very good.
OK, Rhona, what are you going to go for from our weather sayings?
I'm going to go "red sky at night, shepherd's delight".
OK, red sky at night, says Rhona.
Let's see how many of our 100 people said sky.
I didn't even have time to say it's right, but it is right.
89 of our 100 people liked red sky at night.
It's a big score, that, isn't it?
Goes at least back as far as the Bible, that expression.
-Does it really?
-It does indeed, yeah, in Matthew's Gospel.
It's not exactly that, it doesn't rhyme in quite the same way,
-but it's similar.
-There we are.
Thank you very much indeed.
Graham, welcome to Pointless, great to have you here.
You skied in five Winter Olympics.
-Starting in '84.
-Yes, Sarajevo, '84.
I was there with Jayne when she skated the Bolero with Christopher.
I was, I was...yeah, it was my first Olympics. It was great.
Talk me through what's happened. Skiing has changed a lot since then.
Massive. I did five Olympics as an athlete,
and then this will be my fifth -
Pyeongchang will be my fifth as a presenter for the BBC.
-And there's so many new sports that have come in.
You know - all the freestyle sports. Snowboarding came in.
It's just so much bigger than it was back in the '80s.
What's the difference between the comment...
Do you still get very heavily involved? Of course you do.
Yeah, I mean, I get to ski the course with a camera before the race,
which is kind of like doing a pit walk in Monte Carlo,
except you are doing it at 70mph,
with a camera, trying to talk on the way down.
Blimey. Graham, are you going to find one of these that will beat sky?
They are not as easy as they might have been, I have to say.
I was expecting a slightly easier board.
Yeah, I might take a bit of a chance.
I'm going to go for, "If Saint Paul's Day be fair and clear, it will betide a happy year."
-You're going for the rhyme there?
-Or do you actually know that?
-You are going for the rhyme, OK. A good hunch to follow.
Clear, let's see if that's right,
let's see how many of our 100 people said clear.
-Yeah, it must be.
It's right, and it beats 89.
Look at that, 15.
Very well done indeed.
Yeah, very well played, using your brain there, as well.
It's clearly a rhyme there somewhere - what else could it be?
The 25th of January, Saint Paul's Day.
And if Saint Paul's Day be cold or rain,
then very dear will be the price of grain, so they say.
-There you go.
-Thank you very much, Richard.
Now, Jenny, welcome to Pointless - great to have you here.
Now, I want to ask you about the Olympic Village.
Fill us in. Is it a place of serene calm and Zen-like focus?
Is it a bit of fun? Or is it a total riot?
I'd say it's a mixture of all three of those.
So, when we first arrived, everyone is quite nervous, stressed,
and focused. For me, the snowboarding was the first event,
so a lot of us had finished.
It's like A-levels, isn't it?
You've finished, and everybody else has still got to work.
Yeah, so it was a bit like, woohoo!
Do you get people coming in, saying, "Guys, I've got an event tomorrow."
-"Just tone it down."
Yeah, you've got to tone it down. You've got to respect the other athletes.
They've worked four years to go to an Olympics.
They don't want to hear you, you know, stumbling down the corridors.
Bet they still did! LAUGHTER
What do YOU know?
Now, Jenny, I was reading your CV -
it looks to me a little bit like you had kind of given up
before your sport became an Olympic event.
I hadn't given up, but I had ten years as a professional snowboarder.
And, yeah, I managed to win three golds at the X Games,
which was the pinnacle of our sport.
And I was, like, "OK, I think..."
-Thinking about winding it up.
-Yeah, "I think I'll wind down now."
And then I got a phone call on my birthday, in my 30s,
going, "Hey, your event's in the Olympics."
You thought, "Aw! Back to training."
-I was like, "I'd better patch up my knees."
No, I definitely... And then, to be able to go to an Olympics and represent your country...
-And then a medallist, for goodness' sake, so all worth it.
Now, Jenny, back to our weather board.
OK. So, the one that I knew has already gone.
This is a guess, but "any port in a storm".
I feel like I've heard it before.
Any port in a storm, says Jenny.
Let's see how many of our 100 people agree with Jenny.
It is any port in a storm.
-Yeah, well done.
-Down it goes, 65, not bad.
Not bad at all.
Safe and sound, Jenny. Well played.
I think those snowboard events and lot of the X Games events
have been transformative to the Winter Olympics,
which are always brilliant. But now they have an extra little something as well.
There's four or five events which is must-see television now, which
didn't used be there 12 years ago.
Thank you very much indeed, Richard.
Now, really, we've already referenced it -
it's almost impossible to talk about the modern Winter Olympics without
talking about Sarajevo in '84.
Your gold there, I would say, kind of set the whole thing alight.
Do you get a sense of that now?
I guess so, because people still remember it and talk about it,
and they know where they were, where they were watching it,
so it is very endearing that it is still talked about.
And are you going to be involved in Pyeongchang this year?
Yes, I'll be working up in Salford as part of the commentary team.
So you will be commentating from there, from Salford?
-Do you have multi-screens in front of you there?
I think we take the highlights and have a look,
because of the time difference.
We take the highlights and then we look and we talk about what we've
seen and try and explain some of the results, etc.
Very good. OK, now, Jayne, let's turn to our weather board.
You are the last person to have this board. If you want to,
you could go through it and fill in all the blanks.
Well, every cloud has a silver lining.
Sorry, I thought you were saying that conversationally, sorry.
I was thinking, "I know, yeah, it's a bit of a bore, but still...!"
-Maybe "as the day lengthens, so the sun strengthens"?
Yeah, it does... Oh, sorry.
I don't really know the first one.
So I'm going to go for "September wind soft till the fruit's in the loft".
September wind, says Jayne.
-Bit of a guess.
-Let's see how many of our 100 people went for wind.
-I'm so sorry.
-As it happens, not wind.
-What is it?
-That scores you 100 points.
It's not a lot more than red sky at night scored, actually,
so you're all in quite good company at the top of the board as well.
-100 points for that.
-Yes, it's a tough board there,
because there is three obvious ones and then the others are very difficult.
It might as well be September wind - it's September blow soft,
-till the fruit's in the loft.
-Oh, well, it's the same thing.
Apparently. That was the 17th.
Sorry, what is the advice we're meant to take from that? Sorry.
-If in September, it do blow soft...
..then - till the fruit's in the loft.
Yeah...I'm looking for the advice.
-Because the wind will blow the fruit down.
-The wind will blow the fruit off the trees.
Strong wind will make all the fruit come down early.
I see, so it's a whispered prayer to the wind.
Blow soft, till the fruit's in the loft.
Exactly. The fruit's in the loft was the 17th-century version
of Cash In The Attic - it was the same show.
Blow would have scored you three points, if you said that.
Funnily enough, the top one really, really is the wind,
because it's "when the wind is in the east, tis neither good for man nor beast".
That would have scored you 30 points.
"Every cloud has a silver lining" - no point going for it, really -
it would have scored 96 points, that one.
And "as the day lengthens" - this is good advice to anybody going to Pyeonchang -
also good advice to anybody going to Salford -
"as the day lengthens, so the cold strengthens".
That would have scored four points.
Thank you very much indeed.
We are halfway through our round. Let's take a quick look at those scores.
-15, what about that? Graham, very well done indeed.
Graham and Amy, looking very strong indeed on this.
Then we travel quite a long way, it must be said, from 15 up to 65,
where we find Jenny and Clare.
-No short hop up to 89, where we find Rhona and Robin,
and then up to 100, where we find Jayne and Wilf.
So, but no, what's nice about this is there's nothing foregone about
our conclusions here. Wilf, you're going to have the new board,
so find a nice low-scoring answer there and you should be fine.
We're going to come back down the line now.
Can the second players please now step up to the podium?
Let's put seven more proverbs and sayings up on the board.
Here they are.
I'll read those again.
There we are.
Wilf, welcome to Pointless. So TWO gold medals.
That's correct, yeah.
But for a sport that was a demonstration sport, so explain that to me. That sounds very unfair.
-Well, at the Olympics, obviously, they have probably 80 or 90 different sporting events.
And every Olympic Games, the host country or the host city is allowed to introduce an Olympic event.
And when I competed in Calgary, the Canadians were very
good at short track speed skating.
So they introduced short track speed skating to the Olympics then,
and obviously, after my successes in '88,
the IOC made that decision to include it as a full medal event.
But the gold medal you've got is a sort of demonstration gold medal.
That's correct. What was quite nice,
when they had the award ceremony that was at the Olympic Plaza,
there were 100,000 people there -
Tomba was presented with his medal prior to me.
They played the national anthem.
So, in terms of it all being real,
because we didn't have internet at that particular time,
so I remember my first telegram I received from Queen Elizabeth
congratulating me, from Margaret Thatcher...
So it was all very real from that point of view.
Well, fantastic, very well done, Wilf.
There you are, on 100 points. We need a low score from you.
What are you going to go for on this board?
Um, I'm sort of depending...
-"April showers bring forth May flowers." April showers.
OK, no red line for you as you're the high-scorers.
Let's see how far down the column we get with showers.
170 is your total.
There is one scenario in which you might stay with
us at the end of this round. Richard?
That was written by Thomas Tusser,
who was a poet and farmer in 500 Points Of Good Husbandry in the 16th century.
-Thank you. Clare.
Welcome. Let's just talk about your brilliant broadcasting career.
So, you start. Obviously, racing is in your blood.
You grew up surrounded by horses and racing.
Did you actually want to go into racing broadcasting,
-or was that something...
-No, not at all,
I didn't have any plans to go into radio or television.
I wanted to write and then I got a chance to go into radio,
started as a trainee in BBC Sport, then got a chance to go on telly,
and somehow, amazingly, have clung on in there.
Hardly! I was going to say you've taken over, but that sounds terrible,
but how did that happen? How did you get from racing to Winter Olympics?
Mainly because of 5 Live.
So I did a lot of other sports on the radio, and that just gave me a much broader experience,
and I really like the challenge of doing things that none of us know
much about, because I think it is all about telling stories.
So if I'm doing the swimming in London, or the cycling in Rio,
or I'm doing slopestyle, or I'm doing snowboard cross,
I want people to really care about the competitors.
So I'll try to set it up, then I'll ask an expert who really knows what they are talking about.
So, Amy and I were out at the skeleton, watching Lizzy Yarnold win her gold last time,
and essentially she's the expert -
I need to get everything out of her to share with the audience,
and I just need to ask the right questions.
I could learn a thing or two from you. Now, Clare, you are on 65,
which means you are actually through to the next round, even if you score
100 points, which I know you won't.
-With that pressure off, what are you going to go for?
Well, I could therefore be obvious and still go through,
but I'll just take a half a chance given that it's a Winter Olympic special,
and go "north wind doth blow, we shall have snow".
It stands to reason.
-And even if it's wrong, it doesn't matter.
Snow, says Clare. No red line - you're already through.
Let's see how many of our 100 people said snow.
63. Not bad at all.
Taking your total up to 128.
Nobody here, fortunately, has chionophobia.
Chionophobia, which is the fear of snow.
It would be a bad thing to get as a Winter Olympian.
-Halfway through your life.
-Or would be really good - just really quick down the mountain.
-To escape the snow.
Perhaps the greatest downhill skiers of all time have all had chionophobia, thinking,
-"Get me off this!"
-Thank you very much indeed, Richard.
Amy, welcome back.
-Good to have you here again.
Now, the skeleton - how do you get into that?
What is your route to skeleton?
For me, it was living in the right place at the right time.
At Bath, we have a skeleton start track.
It was built before the Salt Lake City games in 2002.
And bobsleighs and skeletons, kind of slot on - it's like sort of train tracks,
where a different kind of sled goes on and you can just practice that sprint start.
So I got into it just by being nosy one day and having a go.
This is not on snow at all - it's just on tracks?
It's just on rubber mat and track.
And then I joined in with an army ice camp and took myself actually on the ice in Lillehammer.
What had you done before that? Had you done some tobogganing?
Down my back garden, I always had a very steep back garden, and we used to,
as kids, actually, get manure bags, stuff them with newspaper,
and go from the top of the garden to the bottom.
It's better on a bin bag than on an old sled.
-It's better on a bin bag!
-That's another Oxford proverb.
Amy, what would you like to go for?
You are on 15, so you are straight through, doesn't matter what you do.
Yes, Graham did very well.
Well, the two I would have said have already gone
but I'm going to go for it and say
"lightning never strikes the same place twice".
-Oh! Robin looks so uncomfortable now.
Three for three - it's all right.
OK, lightning never strikes the same place twice, says Amy. Let's see,
no red light for you, you're already through -
let's see how far down the column we get with lightning.
-89, the go-to high score, I think.
89 takes your total up to 104.
And that expression obviously is nonsense, because it often strikes...
-The Empire State Building, for example, gets hit over 100 times a year.
-All the time.
It famously hits the same, you know, it'll hit the same places.
Thank you, Richard. Robin.
-Robin, Robin, Robin, I'm so sorry,
you just had your answer stolen from under your nose there.
-Three of them.
Robin, when you went out to Lake Placid in 1980,
how big was Team GB, or whatever we were called in those days?
-Oh, it was...
-The British delegation.
-A good size.
We were represented in quite a few sports that were there.
-It's not actually the size, it's the camaraderie of the team.
I think what's started to happen now, certainly,
is that all the athletes spend more time with each other away from
their given disciplines and there's a camaraderie.
Because even though you are so focused on your own sport,
it's nice to realise that someone else is doing exactly the same
that you have done, either off ice, off ice camps,
training camps, wherever it is.
That when you get to your field of play you are all focused on the same
thing, and that's just delivering what you've trained for all your life.
That's where you find out the metal of the performer,
is whether they can cope with it.
Because you can do all the European Championships,
all the World Championships, all of the Grand Prix,
but there is nothing like being part of an Olympic team.
Oh, lovely thing.
Very well put, Robin. It's the snow, I think.
Fortunately we have no competitors here,
because I didn't want to put the fear of God into them,
but it is about being an Olympian,
-there's something very unique and very special about it.
This board is all yours, Robin.
If you want to go through it and fill in all our planks
you'd be very welcome.
"Rise before seven, fine before 11."
I don't know.
"Sunny June sets all in tune."
I'm going to say "let's make hay while the sun shines".
Make hay while the sun shines.
With our high score, I know, but...
There you are, you're on 89,
you have to score 80 or less to stay with us.
Make hay while the sun shines.
If that's right, let's see how many of our 100 said it.
There we go.
Very, very close indeed.
That takes your total up to 175.
Robin, if you could see the look on Wilf O'Reilly's face right now.
That's a tough board to be left with.
What would you say, something before seven?
-I was thinking rain.
-It is rain, actually.
It sort of clears out again. It's absolute nonsense.
It would have scored you 33.
You won't get this.
I was going to say a shower, but it's not going to be that.
It is a dripping June, sets all in tune.
How lovely. Four points for that.
"So many mists in March, so many frosts in May,"
would have scored you four points.
So those two four-pointers, very well done if you said one of those.
Thank you very much, indeed.
We're at the end of our first round, we have to say goodbye to one of our pairs. I can't bear it.
Robin and Rhona.
Oh, it's been lovely having you here.
Lovely having you nearby.
-My nearest contestants. Thank you so much for playing and for playing so well.
Please come back again. In the meantime, thank you so much.
Robin and Rhona! APPLAUSE
For our remaining three pairs, it's now time for Round Two.
And suddenly there we are, cruelly cut down to three pairs.
And at the end of this round, I hate to tell you,
it will be down to two pairs. We'll have to say goodbye to another pair.
Amy and Graham, keep this form up, I don't think it's going to be you.
Graham, our lowest individual scorer.
Amy and Graham, our lowest combined scores.
But well done everybody, you've made it through.
Best of luck for this next round.
Our category for Round Two this evening is...
Summer Sports Tournaments.
Can you decide in your pairs who's going to go first,
who's going second and whoever's going first, please step up to the podium.
OK, let's find out what the question is.
Here it comes. We gave 100 people 100 seconds
to name as many teams
at the 2018 FIFA World Cup as they could.
-Yes, we're looking for the names of any of the 32 teams who
qualified for the men's FIFA World Cup in 2018, please,
any of the 32 teams who have qualified.
Thank you very much indeed, Richard.
Let's see how many of our people said Belgium.
22 for Belgium, not bad at all,
a good start to the round.
Yeah, packed full of English Premiership players, the Belgian team.
Best ever result was fourth in 1986.
Thank you very much indeed, Richard.
-Portugal, says Jenny.
Let's see how many of our 100 people said Portugal,
-let's see if it's right.
-I don't think it will.
It is right!
22 is the only score we have posted at the moment.
Portugal scores 41, not bad at all.
Well played, Jenny.
It's deceptively tricky, this one, isn't it?
-Your brain starts playing tricks on you.
-Kept saying all of the main ones.
They won the Euros in 2016, Portugal,
so will be hoping to do well in 2018.
Thank you very much, Richard. Wilf, now.
I'm going to go for Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia, says Wilf,
let's see how many of our 100 people said Saudi Arabia.
Very good indeed.
41 is our highest score, 22 is our low, you've passed the high score,
you've passed the low,
we have a new low score. Very well done, Wilf.
Five for Saudi Arabia.
I said it was deceptively tricky, not for Wilf, though,
that's a great answer, well played.
Their first World Cup for 12 years.
Thanks very much, Richard.
We're halfway through the round. Before we head back down, let's have a recap of the scores.
Five, the best score of the pass, Wilf, very well done indeed.
22 is where we find Graham and Amy.
41 is where we find Jenny and Clare.
Clare, a little bit of work to do to make sure you're still with us at
the end of the round.
We're coming back down the line. Can the second players step up to the podium.
we are looking for the name of any team that has qualified for the
FIFA World Cup Finals in 2018.
England, says Jayne.
Well, shall we find out?
You are on 5, ideally you would score 35 or less with this answer,
let's see if you do.
There is your red line. That's what 35 looks like.
How many of our 100 said England?
85, there's your answer.
Taking your total up to 90.
However, with Wilf's excellent low score before, that's not bad,
it all averages out pretty well.
England will be there, of course.
Sometimes when they repeat these shows,
we're putting this out before this World Cup,
they will repeat it no doubt after the World Cup
so I'd just like to say really, really unlucky, England,
losing to Saudi Arabia in the last 16.
Thank you very much indeed, Richard.
There you are on 41. 48 or less keeps you in the game.
-OK. It needs to be a good one.
-It needs to be a good one.
I have a friend who plays for a team that I know has qualified,
and that is Australia.
Australia, says Clare, here is your red line.
-Not too low, actually,
if you get below that with Australia you are through to the head-to-head.
And you're through! Very well done indeed.
Taking your total up to 56.
Well played, Clare, the Socceroos.
-Who's your friend, just so we can keep an eye out?
Oh, that's a proper Aussie name, isn't it?
-Thank you very much, Richard. Amy, now then, Amy.
You can get away with scoring 67, or less, and still be in the game.
Great low score from Graham in the first pass there.
I really don't have a clue.
However, I'm going to pluck a country and hope they have a team,
and I'm going to go for...
I don't know! I'm going to go for Croatia.
Croatia, says Amy. Sounds good to me.
-They've got a good team.
-Here is your red line.
Let's see if you can get below that red line with Croatia. Let's see if it's right, obviously,
but let's see how far down the column we get if it is.
How many people said Croatia?
And you're through.
Very well done, indeed.
And down it goes to 8.
Second lowest score of the round,
taking your total up to 30, the lowest total of the round.
Well done, Amy, made it unnecessarily stressful for Graham,
because you could have said France, Germany, Spain, or Brazil,
all would have seen you through. They all would have scored few enough points.
France would have scored 64, Germany 59, Spain 52,
Brazil only scored 47 points.
Now, there's no pointless answers at all.
There's two three-point answers.
It goes to show what a good answer Saudi Arabia was.
Two three-point answers, one is Senegal,
and the other is a country that loads of you are about to go to,
South Korea. It would have also scored you three points.
Four points for Colombia and Costa Rica.
Five for Saudi Arabia, for Serbia, Nigeria, and Panama.
A tiny country which has qualified this year.
Six for Peru, Denmark, Switzerland.
Seven for Egypt, Iran, and Uruguay.
Eight for Morocco and Tunisia, alongside Croatia.
Nine for Japan, 12 for Iceland.
Very good answer, Saudi Arabia, very good answer Croatia, it turned out.
Thank you very much indeed, Richard.
That means we are at the end of our second round,
which also means we have to say goodbye to another pair.
Jayne and Wilf, the highest and lowest scorers in that round, I'm afraid.
We have to say goodbye to you. It's been lovely having you here. Please come and play again.
-Thank you very much.
-You've been fantastic. Jayne and Wilf!
For our two remaining pairs it's now time for the head-to-head.
Well, congratulations, Amy, Graham, Clare, and Jenny,
you are now one step closer to the final
and a chance to play for that jackpot which currently stands at
Now we have to decide who's going to go through to the final to play
for that jackpot. We do it by making you go head-to-head.
It's now the head-to-head,
it means you can start playing as a pair.
You can chat before you give your answers.
The first pair in this round to win two questions will be playing for that jackpot.
Best of luck to both pairs. Let's play the head-to-head.
Here is your first question, and it concerns...
-I'll show you five pictures now of famous landmarks with images
being projected onto them. Can you tell us in which cities you would find these landmarks?
Thank you very much, indeed.
Let's reveal our five landmarks and here they come. We have got...
There we are. Amy and Graham, you are our low-scorers,
so you will go first.
Right. I think it's Montreal.
-Go for it, go for it.
We're going to take a bit of a risk. We're going to go Montreal.
Montreal for which one, sorry?
-E, the one with the Canadian flag on it.
I was aware,
I was aware of that. So, Clare and Jenny.
I think A is the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. B we're struggling with.
D is Battersea Power Station, so it's London.
And C is obviously Sydney Opera House.
Just on the basis that people might not know
-that it's Battersea Power Station.
-Yeah, go London.
Because it's not Big Ben, and it's not as obvious as Sydney.
It won't be as...
Our only chance is if they are wrong.
So I think we'll go...
-We'll go D, London.
Specifically Battersea Power Station.
OK, so we have E, Montreal, D, London.
Amy and Graham have said Montreal,
let's see how many of our 100 people said Montreal.
-It's not Montreal.
Oh, Clare, Clare "tactics" Balding. Look at that!
She and Jenny have gone for D, London,
and, well, let's see what happens, London.
It is London, very well done.
That paid off in spades.
49 for London.
All it had to be was right.
It means Clare and Jenny, after one question, you are up 1-0.
That was very well played. Nice tactics, indeed.
We'll leave the Canadian one until the end.
You were right about Brandenburg Gate, as well,
that is Brandenburg Gate, so that's Berlin,
that would have scored 33.
Now, B, the mountain is a clue, actually, it's very hard, though.
Very hard to see what the building is, but that's in Bern,
the Swiss capital.
-Well done if you said that.
-I was there last week.
She was there last week!
I recognise the mountain.
-Is that the Matterhorn?
-The mountain's the Matterhorn.
You're the only person who is looking at that going,
"I recognise the mountain!"
That is good specialist knowledge.
C, of course, is Sydney, Sydney Opera House, that's a big scorer,
it would have scored 87.
And E, that's the Canadian parliament building,
so it's in the Canadian capital, Ottawa.
That would have scored 10 points.
Thanks very much, Richard. OK, here comes your second question.
Clare and Jenny, you get to answer this one first, but Amy and Graham,
you have to win this one to stay in the game. So, good luck.
Our second question today is all about...
-I don't know if that's a good thing.
-This is fine.
Five clues now, to facts about the Winter Olympics,
can you give us the most obscure answer?
OK, now, I could read out the questions here,
but why would I do that when I've got someone far better equipped?
Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards, everybody.
APPLAUSE AND CHEERING
Have you got your questions there?
-There they are.
-I do. Here we go.
The year in which I represented Great Britain at ski jumping at the Winter Olympics.
Soohorang, the mascot for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games
is this type of cat.
The city in which the 2014 Winter Olympics were held.
The sport in which Robin Dixon and Tony Nash won gold in 1964.
And finally, the maximum number of players per team
allowed on the ice at any time in Olympic ice hockey.
There we are. Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards, ladies and gentlemen!
OK, I'll read those out for you one more time on the board here.
Can I just say, he was very good at that, so you should be careful.
-A little bit.
-That's all I'll say.
There we are. Clare and Jenny, you get to go first.
-We don't really say them all.
Don't say them all.
We will go for the sport in which Robin Dixon and Tony Nash
won gold in 1964, two-man bob, so, bobsleigh.
Two-man bob. OK. Now, Amy and Graham,
do you fancy talking us through the rest of that board?
Well, I was 100% sure of that one.
We knew that one.
The year Eddie jumped in Calgary, it was '88.
-Soohorang, it's kind of a black and white...
-I've seen it...
-..Lynxy kind of...
-Kind of snow leopard type of thing,
which we don't really know.
Sochi was 2014.
Maximum number on a team.
Is it six?
Are you saying six?
-But I'm not...
-I think it's more.
I think seven.
We're going to guess at seven on a team in ice hockey,
and if I'm wrong, then...
-We're going home.
So, we've got bobsleigh and we've got seven.
Clare and Jenny have gone for bobsleigh
for Robin Dixon and Tony Nash.
Let's see how many of our 100 people said bobsleigh.
-This is us.
Look at that! Seven, very well done indeed.
Seven for bobsleigh.
OK, that is what you have to beat.
Seven is what you have to beat, with seven, which is your answer.
Let's see how many of our 100 people said seven for the number of ice
hockey players per team allowed on the ice at any one time.
Is it right?
-Oh, bad luck!
-It's six, isn't it?
Bad luck. Well, you stuck your neck out there.
I'm sorry it didn't pay off.
But very well done, indeed, Clare and Jenny,
because after only two questions you're straight through to the
final, 2-0. APPLAUSE
Yeah, it was six, but you had to go for it.
It was one of those risky ones. It was going to be six or seven.
Funnily enough, nothing you could have done,
because Nash and Dixon was the best answer on the board.
It was unstoppable. If you had said six for the one down the bottom
there it would have scored you 11 points,
so would not have seen you through.
The year, this is another very good answer, actually, it was 1988,
it would have scored you 8 points.
Very exciting. The mascot is a white tiger.
What does Soohorang mean?
-What does Soohorang?
-It comes from...
Rang is tiger, and sooho is white.
The city in which the 2014 Winter Olympics were held is
Sochi, of course, that's the biggest scorer up there, 25 points.
Thank you very much indeed, Richard.
Our leaving pair at the end of the head-to-head, I'm afraid,
Amy and Graham, it's you. You came into it our low scorers.
You've been amazing the whole way through the show.
And, you know, you've taken risks on both of these questions,
and you could have easily got that right.
Nothing you could have done against Clare and Jenny in that second question.
It's been wonderful having you. Thanks for coming to play. Amy and Graham!
For Clare and Jenny it is now time for our Pointless final.
Congratulations, Clare and Jenny, you fought off all the competition,
and you've won our coveted Pointless trophy.
Steady now. You now have a chance to win our Pointless jackpot for your
charities. And at the end of today's show the jackpot is standing at
Well, you know, every pair playing on this evening's show,
apart from yours, had one player in who'd played before.
And experience, it turns out, counts for nothing.
There we are. What would you like to see in this last round?
Winter Olympics again.
OK, well, four things will appear on the board behind me.
You just have to choose one of those.
The one that scares you the least.
Let's see what's on today's board
and I hope there's something that you don't mind too much.
London train stations.
Have you lived a lot in London?
Yeah, I live in London.
We'll go the names of London train stations in popular culture.
OK, that's what it's going to be.
Living in London is not going to help you with this one, I'm afraid.
But, but I think there's three nice questions here.
We're looking for any of the following, please.
Any of the cast of the ITV series Victoria,
anyone who has been in two or more episodes of the show Victoria.
Anyone in the cast of either of the Paddington films,
Paddington and Paddington 2, according to IMDb.
Or we're looking for any word of six letters or more
in the Abba hit Waterloo, apart from the word Waterloo.
Anyone who's been in two or more episodes of Victoria.
The cast of Paddington, or Paddington 2,
or words of six or more letters in Waterloo.
Thank you. As always, you've got up to one minute to come up with three answers.
And all you need to win that jackpot for your charities
is for just one of those answers to be pointless.
Clare, you look like you've got a question, or are you just...
-I'm just raring to go.
-60 seconds going up on the clock right now.
For formality's sake I'm going to say, "Are you ready?"
In which case, let's say your time starts now, shall we?
We have to get a pointless answer so go through Waterloo.
You keep singing that.
Go on, keep going. Keep going.
It's the only part that I know.
But keep going if you can.
THEY CONFER QUIETLY
-I think I've got one.
Do we have one for cast of Victoria? Have you seen...?
I have seen Victoria, but I won't know a pointless answer.
I think in Paddington, I think Imelda Staunton plays the aunt.
It's either Imelda Staunton, or Miriam Margolyes.
We just need a third.
-We can do two for Paddington, if we like...
..but all the people I know in Paddington I slightly think everybody is going to know.
But it is a lovely film.
Anyway, have we got anything for...
"Mistake," did you say?
OK, that is your time up. This is the first time in,
what, 1,400 shows?
You've delegated. Our pair has delegated.
-One person has been sent off to do a task.
-You sing Waterloo!
I have literally no idea what you're going to come up with,
but let's hear your three answers.
"Looking" as a word in Waterloo.
-Is that too basic?
I think that's brilliant. Really brilliant.
In Paddington, I think Imelda Staunton plays
the great aunt, is it great aunt, or grandmother?
-You're going to say Imelda Staunton.
And I'm just going to say Miriam Margolyes
might have been in one of the two Paddington films somewhere.
And if she wasn't she should have been.
Fair enough. Fair enough.
Of those three which do you think is your best shot at a pointless answer?
-"Looking" goes last.
Yeah! I think it's a great answer.
We're going to put "looking" last.
Least likely to be pointless?
Well, if Imelda Staunton's right, it probably won't be pointless.
We'll put Imelda Staunton first and Miriam Margolyes in the middle.
Let's put those answers on the board in that order and here they are.
We have got...
Well, very, very best of luck.
Three cracking answers on the board.
One of these might be pointless and might win that jackpot for your
nominated charities. Which charities are you playing for?
-I'm playing for the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity.
She was, as you know, the first woman to present Grandstand,
she worked on many Winter Olympics,
was a friend of mine, and a great heroine of mine,
and when she died they set up a charity in her name to help people with cancer.
And Jenny, which charity are you playing for?
It's Snow Camp, which supports underprivileged young people
and gives them a chance from inner cities to come and try
snowboarding and take them all the way out to the mountains.
Two excellent charities there.
Let's hope one of these answers at least will be pointless and will win that jackpot for them.
Your first answer was Imelda Staunton.
This was the one you thought was probably least likely to be pointless.
If it is pointless it will win that jackpot for your charities.
Let's see how many of our 100 people named Imelda Staunton as a cast
member of Paddington, or Paddington 2.
It is right.
Imelda Staunton, absolutely right.
All it has to be now is pointless to win that jackpot for your charities.
Down goes Imelda Staunton.
Through the teens. Into single figures.
Still going down, still going down, still going down.
You have done it!
-Oh, my God, I'm so pleased.
Fantastic. We've got all that money for our charities.
Absolutely fantastic! Imelda Staunton was a pointless answer,
which means you win that jackpot of £2,500 for your charities!
Clare and Jenny! Fabulous!
No, no, I think yours will be good too, you know.
I mean, was it ever in doubt with the combination we have in front of ourselves?
-Very, very impressive.
-Well done, yes, she plays Aunt Lucy in both of those films.
If we'd had to go to your other answers, Miriam Margolyes was an incorrect answer.
And "looking" was also an incorrect answer, I'm afraid.
I don't know what song you were singing.
But the good news is it doesn't matter.
We'll take a look at the pointless answers in the different categories?
We'll start with the cast of Victoria. Some big names here.
Everyone who's been in two or more episodes apart from Jenna Coleman,
Diana Rigg, Tom Hughes, Rufus Sewell and Peter Bowles.
Well done if you said another one.
So many amazing actors in the Paddington films.
Amazing films, both of them.
Let's take a look at a few. Joanna Lumley plays Felicity Fanshaw,
she was a pointless answer. Sally Hawkins plays Mary Brown.
Sanjeev Bhaskar, Alice Lowe was a pointless answer.
Eddie Nestor, Eileen Atkins,
Geoffrey Palmer, Jamie Demetriou, Jessica Hynes.
Jim Broadbent is a pointless answer, Matt Lucas is a pointless answer,
Meera Syal, Michael Gambon, Richard Ayoade,
and big Tom Davis is a pointless answer there, as well.
And now, let's take a look at the words of six letters or more in Waterloo.
Looking is so close, see.
I can't believe finally is pointless because it's so early in the song.
Imagine if you hadn't just won the jackpot how furious you'd be now.
I would have said, don't say finally, it too obvious.
No kidding. Chance, facing, and giving were also pointless answers.
Very well done if you got one of those at home.
Thank you very much indeed, Richard.
Thanks once again to our brilliant winning players, Clare and Jenny,
who go away with today's jackpot of £2,500 for their charities.
Very well done, indeed.
Join us next time when we will be putting more obscure knowledge to the test on Pointless.
-Meanwhile, it's goodbye from Richard.
And it's goodbye from me. Goodbye.
A special celebrity Winter Olympics edition of the general knowledge quiz in which four teams try to come up with the answers that no-one else could think of.
Presented by Alexander Armstrong and co-host Richard Osman, and featuring Jayne Torvill, Clare Balding, Jenny Jones, Amy Williams, Graham Bell, Rhona Howie, Robin Cousins, Wilf O'Reilly and special guest Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards.