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Thank you very much, indeed. Hello, I'm Alexander Armstrong, and welcome
to Pointless, the show where the aim of the game
is to find the most obscure answer possible.
Let's meet today's players.
Couple number one.
Hi, I'm Paul and this is my mum, Mary, and we're from Newcastle.
Couple number two.
Hi, I'm Caroline. This is my husband, Conrad, and we live in
-Barry, South Wales.
-Couple number three.
Hi, I'm Ranvir. This is my mum, Jaspal, and we're from Bradford.
-And finally, couple number four.
-I'm David. This is my friend, Steve.
We were both from Essex, but I'm now from Walthamstow.
And these are today's contestants.
Thank you very much, all of you, we'll find out more about you
throughout the show as it goes along, so that just leaves one more
person for me to introduce.
Letting our contestants down gently like balloons at a 100th
birthday party, that's my Pointless friend, it's Richard.
Hiya. Hi, everybody. Welcome along.
-Good afternoon to you.
-And to you.
pairs from our previous show, and they both did well, actually.
Steve and David got knocked out in Round Two and Conrad
and Caroline all the way through to the head-to-head, so they'll be
difficult to beat. And our two new pairs is both son and mother
-combinations. That's nice, isn't it?
-That's really nice.
Also gives an extra bit of
competitiveness to the affairs to see which
mother and son combination's going to win.
Lovely to have Conrad, our bus driver, back for another show.
Typical, isn't it? We wait 200 shows for a bus driver,
-then two turn up at once.
Thanks very much, Richard. Elena and Jordan didn't win the jackpot last
time so we add another £1,000 to that and today's
jackpot therefore starts off at £2,000.
There we are.
Right, if everyone's ready, let's play Pointless.
So, all we have to remember is this.
The pair with the highest score at the end of each round will
be eliminated. That is it.
Nothing else to remember, except no conferring till we get
to the head-to-head round. Our first category this afternoon is...
Ireland, that's nice. Can you all decide in your pairs who's going to
go first, who's going to go second? And whoever's going
first, please step up to the podium.
OK, and the question concerns...
-Famous Dubliners, famous Dubliners, Richard.
-On each board we're going
to show you seven clues to famous people born in Dublin, you just need
to tell us who they are, please. There's going to be 14 in all, to
-have a go at it at home, so very best of luck.
-Thanks very much.
OK, let's reveal our first board of famous Dubliners,
and here they come.
I'm going to read those one last time.
Paul, a very, very warm welcome.
I'm sorry, a lot to digest there, isn't there? What do you do, Paul?
-I'm a film student.
-Whereabouts are you a film student?
-At Queen Mary, in London.
-Are you enjoying it?
-Yes, yeah, I do.
-How far into your course are
-I've just finished first year.
-And two more years after that?
And what sort of film are you specialising in? Or do you not,
is it fairly broad at this stage?
Yeah, I haven't actually studied film ever before,
-so it was a bit of a risk, but I'm enjoying it.
-Yes, it'll get you up
-to speed, your foundation year.
Very good, and your interests, apart from film?
I play a bit of tennis, and I'm a bit of a tennis nut.
And also, I sing as well,
so... More when I'm in Newcastle with my brother.
We do a few gigs, round Newcastle.
So it's just up in Newcastle you feel more like singing,
than you do down here, but, yeah.
Paul, now, what are you going to go for on this board?
Well, I think I know a few of them,
but I think I'm going to play it safe because it's the first go.
So, I'm going to go for the actor who starred in the films
Phone Booth and In Bruges, and say Colin Farrell.
Colin Farrell, says Paul. Let's see
how many of our 100 people said Colin Farrell.
Not bad, down it goes to 31. Not bad at all, Paul.
Good start to the round.
Well played, Paul. Glad you went for a film one as well.
Usually students try and avoid the subject they do
just in case they get it wrong.
Yeah, he won a Golden Globe for his role in In Bruges, which is
-a terrific film.
-Excellent. I haven't seen it.
-You'd love it.
I must. I must. Thanks very much indeed, Richard. Now, Conrad.
Welcome back. Welcome back, now we discovered that you live in Barry.
-You drive a bus.
-What are your hobbies?
My hobbies include a little thing called geocaching, which is
like a modern day treasure hunt.
You sign up to a forum and you get coordinates from there and you punch
it into your mobile phone and then you go look for these things.
What kinds of things do you find?
Oh, just little containers, usually contains a little logbook...
-Slice of cake.
-..or little items that people leave and then you can
-swap it out.
-That's good. How far do you go?
Have you ever been on your route into Cardiff, or one of the many
routes and just had to stop and get down because you've just passed a...
-I could say yes, but my boss will not be pleased.
-OK. Fair enough.
-Now, Conrad, what are you going to go for on this board?
I think the only one I know is the football striker who
moved from Tottenham Hotspur to LA Galaxy in August 2011.
I think that's Robbie Keane.
"Robbie Keane," says Conrad. Let's see if Robbie Keane's right, and if
it is, let's see how many people said it.
It is right.
That's a very good answer, Conrad.
15. Very well done, indeed.
If you're only going to know one of them, it's a pretty good
one to know, Robbie Keane. I sat behind him on a plane recently, with
-his son, who was very well-behaved.
There you go, so if you're watching, Robbie, congratulations,
as a parent as well as a footballer.
Double accolade, that's great. That is good, thank you.
Now, Ranvir, welcome to Pointless. Lovely to have you here.
-Ranvir, what do you do?
-Not much at the moment. I'm in limbo.
I've just handed in my PhD so I'm waiting to hear back.
Oh, nervous times. Do you have any indication, have you done any...?
I presume there are modules that you've done.
No, it's just one big project, basically, for four years, yeah.
Four years of it?
-How long before you get the result?
-Hopefully, a few months.
-Three months from now, I hope.
-And then you'll be Dr Ranvir,
-that's quite exciting, isn't it?
-I will be.
And what are your interests, Ranvir?
-Well, outside the PhD, that took up a lot of time.
-What was your PhD in?
It was on an aspect of Formula 1 technology. I was investigating...
Now, that's a cool thing to do your PhD on, isn't it?
-It was very interesting, yeah.
So, I'm guessing Formula 1 is one of your interests.
-That's a dream, yeah.
-Yeah. Anything else? What else?
Well, my main hobby is jujitsu, so that's the main one,
which I've been doing for eight years now, actually,
-longer than I care to admit.
-Do you have belts in jujitsu?
-Yeah, yeah, we have a belt system so...
-What belt are you at?
-I'm at light blue belt now.
-Two more to instructor.
OK, now, Ranvir, what would you like to go for on this board?
Well, I'd like to go for Robbie Keane,
but that's not a possibility any more.
I'm going to have a guess at the snooker player.
I can hear a strong Irish commentator's voice in my head
-and I think it's Ken Doherty.
-Ken Doherty, says Ranvir.
Ken Doherty, is it right? How many people said it, if it is?
It's right. That's a good answer, Ranvir, very well done.
Well, 31 is our highest score
at this point and you pass it.
15's our low and you pass it.
Look at that! 5!
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
Hats off, Ranvir.
That is fantastic.
Kind of good that Robbie Keane had gone,
otherwise you'd have gone for it and scored 15. But 5, that's a great
-That's a great answer,
very well played.
Yeah, he's a great player
and a very lovely fella, as well.
Have you sat behind him on public transport?
I have had the great pleasure of meeting him up at the Crucible.
Thank you, well done. That's good. David, welcome back.
David, remind us what you do.
-I'm an author, I write books.
-You're an author, you write books
and all sorts of different things. You were saying last time,
-Yes, conspiracy theories and true crime, mainly.
What's the most exciting conspiracy theory
-you've written about?
-I don't know which one is the most exciting.
The ludicrous ones are always exciting but they're a bit weird.
I think the most interesting one is the murders of JFK
and his brother, Robert Kennedy.
To write about conspiracy theories do you have to be a conspiracist
-No, I usually annoy a lot of conspiracy theorists
because I say 95% of them are absolute rubbish,
but the 5% where there's real fact
and it's a conspiracy fact, rather than a conspiracy theory,
they're the interesting ones, they're the ones we're looking at.
OK, now, David. What about all these unanswered questions on our board?
Would you like to talk us through them?
Well, the writer of the play is Oscar Wilde,
lead singer of U2 is Bono...
..singer of Nothing Compares 2 U would be the wonderful
Sinead O'Connor, and I really kind of
almost want to take a chance on the last one because I used to know
the guy who played Albus Dumbledore in the first two Harry Potter films.
It was Richard Harris.
So, I kind of almost want to go for that one but that would be
a risk, and I think that would be Michael Gambon, so...
I'm going to go for a risk.
It's probably going to be a bust.
I'm going to say Michael Gambon for the actor who played
Albus Dumbledore in six of the eight Harry Potter films.
OK, you're steering round Richard Harris, you're going
for Michael Gambon. OK, well, let's see if that's right.
Let's see if that Gambon pays off. CHUCKLING
How many people said Michael Gambon?
He's right. 19 it scores you.
Very well done, indeed, David. 19.
Very well played, David.
One of those very rare occasions where all four pairs have
got the four lowest answers on the board,
so it's going to be a terrific show today. I think it's really, really
good work from everybody.
Let's fill in the more obvious ones, and, in fact, David gave us
all the correct answers.
The next best answer would have been Oscar Wilde
for The Importance Of Being Earnest.
That would have scored you 36,
then Sinead O'Connor for Nothing Compares 2 U,
she would have scored 55, and Bono was the biggest scorer of all,
and he would have landed you 87 points.
My goodness. Thank you very much. We're halfway through the
round. Let's take a look at those scores. The best score of the pass
was yours Ranvir, very well done.
5, putting Ranvir and Jaspal
in a very strong position, then up to 15
where we find Conrad and Caroline,
up to 19, where we find David and
Steve, and then 31, Paul and Mary.
Not that far ahead,
Paul and Mary, but Mary,
let's have a nice low score from you
-to keep you in the game, please.
We're going to come back down the line now,
could the second players step up to the podium?
OK, let's put seven more clues to famous Dubliners up on the board
and here they come.
I'll read those one last time.
Steve, welcome back. Now, remind us what you do, Steve.
I'm an accountant.
And when not being an accountant, you have many other interesting
-hobbies, including the one you told us about last time.
-I do, I play the
-You play the bagpipes?
-On your own, or do you play in a band?
-No, I play in a band.
The band is called the Essex Caledonian.
-I haven't decided whether to tell them that I'm on this,
so they may or may not be watching.
Do you play at civic events and things like that?
I've played at the Albert Hall...
-..and I've played in Billericay High Street.
Which, be honest, which did you enjoy the most?
Since I'm here, Billericay High Street.
OK, now, Steve you're on 19, the high scorers are
at this end here, Mary and Paul on 31,
if you can score 11 or less, you're into the next round.
Ah, it'll have to be the winner of the Nobel Prize
and the author of Waiting For Godot, which was Samuel Beckett.
Samuel Beckett, says Steve. Here's your red line, if you can get below
that red line with Samuel Beckett, you are into Round Two.
Let's see how you do.
It is right.
I have a feeling this might be
a low one.
24, not bad.
Not bad, 43 is your total.
You might have done enough there, Steve.
Yeah, the good answers continue.
Very well played, Steve. Samuel Beckett.
Thank you very much indeed. Now then, Jaspal, welcome.
Lovely to have you here on Pointless. What do you do, Jaspal?
-I used to work as an admin clerk in the hospital.
-When did you retire?
Oh, about four years ago.
Is retirement rather nice or do you miss...? Maybe it was nice in the
-hospital. Maybe there were lots of nice people...
-I do miss
-a lot of patients, just a busy hospital.
What have you been doing since you've retired?
Have you taken on new things?
-I just do a lot of reading and a lot of cooking.
Reading, do you have any particular favourite authors?
Just generally, I like Danielle Steele,
that's the main books I like to read.
Excellent, now then, Jaspal, you've been left in a very strong
position by Ranvir in the first pass. The high scorers are just
behind you there, Steve and David at the moment.
43, so if you can score 37 or less, you're through.
Right, I'm afraid I'll have to go for the top one, the co-founder
of Band Aid, the leader singer of the Boomtown Rats
is Bob Geldof.
Bob Geldof, says Jaspal. Let's see if that's right.
Let's see how many people said it. There is your red line. Below that,
you're home and dry.
It was right.
41, taking your total up to 46.
Great news for Steve and David behind you there.
Starting to get very exciting now, isn't it, this round?
Co-founded Band Aid with Midge Ure, of course.
Thank you very much indeed. Now then, Caroline.
Welcome back, head-to-head last time, should be fairly easy for you
to get through to the head-to-head again this time.
30 or less is all you need to score.
Remind us what you do, Caroline.
I'm a carer that works with terminally ill, mentally ill
and the elderly, and also, I teach music in a primary school.
-Yeah, teach the violin, you said last time.
And that's a brave move, to be teaching.
What age are your violin pupils?
All ages in primary, but it does sound like a bunch of cats
in a shed when they start out but with my tuition, it improves.
But do you know what? That is amazing.
If you can get children to just to play enough, if they can keep
the bow in a straight line, get their finger positions, you know?
We use stickers, to keep the finger positions,
-put stickers on the violins.
Now, Caroline, you're on 15, as I say, you have to score 30, or less.
Yes, I was trying to delay this moment. Um...
I know one for definite, but the novel one,
I don't know if the person I'm thinking of wrote Dracula or
Frankenstein, I know it was something creepy, but I don't know
-I'm going to say good luck.
I think I 'm going to have to guess because it's our second time on,
and so, I want to be able to say I tried, so I'm going to say
-the novel, Dracula, was Bram Stoker.
-Bram Stoker, says Caroline. Here
is your red line. If you get below that with Bram Stoker, you're
through to the next round. How many people said Bram Stoker?
It's absolutely right, very well done, Caroline.
34. This is very close, indeed.
-49 is your total.
-Wow, what a round.
What a round. Bram Stoker himself would have liked it cos
he was a mathematics graduate from Trinity College, Dublin.
-There you are.
-He would have seen all sorts of patterns here.
Oh, wouldn't he? Thank you very much.
Now, OK, Mary, welcome to Pointless. Tell me what you do.
I'm a careers adviser in the university.
How long have you done that for?
I've been a careers adviser for about 30-odd years, on and off.
And this particular job I've been doing for five years.
Mary, aside from that, what are your interests? What do you like doing?
I like writing and acting. And I like Georgian theatre.
-Georgian theatre. That's very specific.
Any particular reason why?
Well, it started a long time ago when an ex-husband of mine
wanted to put Laurence Sterne's, not Tristram And Shandy,
-A Sentimental Journey, create it for the stage.
And, so, it developed from there, really.
And I developed a character to introduce it,
called Mrs Silvia Slurp, who's an 18th-century has-been
of an actress, who is a touring player, but she's a survivor.
-That sounds great. Have you played her many times?
Very good. Now, Mary, the moment has come.
We need to get an answer from you, we need 17 or less.
That's your target, 17 or less.
Do you fancy talking us through that board and just supplying names?
Well, I know the TV presenter is Graham Norton.
I don't know the others but I know that
Dervla Kirwan starred in Ballykissangel,
but I don't know if she did Goodnight Sweetheart. Oh.
And I don't know which is the most popular out of those two,
but, um, maybe I'm going to take a risk.
Dervla Kirwan for Ballykissangel
and Goodnight Sweetheart.
Let's see if that's right. There's your red line.
If you can get below that
red line, Mary,
you're through to the next round.
Let's see how many of our 100 people said Dervla Kirwan.
-It's absolutely right.
Wow, that's happened
a lot in this second pass.
So that takes your total up to 53. Um, not a bad total at all.
Absolutely, now, if you had said Graham Norton,
-it's the right answer and it's the best answer on the board.
It would have scored you 12 points. It would have been
a terrific answer. Obviously, massively famous,
but not so many people know that he played Father Noel,
actually he played him brilliantly, a very funny character.
And the golfer was Padraig Harrington,
would have scored you 14 points, and the biggest scorer on the board
there, the Boyzone singer, Ronan Keating.
-Would have scored you 57.
-Thanks very much indeed.
So, at the end of our First Round the pair we have to send home,
with their really not that high, high score of 53, is Mary and Paul.
Nothing right, and you knew a low-scoring answer as well, Mary.
Well, I suppose that makes it feel
-better in a way...
-Better because we know you're coming back.
It would be awful if this were
the final farewell. We'll see you next time, Mary and Paul.
We look forward to that very much.
Thanks very much for playing, Mary and Paul.
But for the remaining three pairs, it's now time for Round Two.
And so, now only three pairs remain.
At the end of this round, we'll have to say goodbye to another pair.
Ranvir, hats off to you, the lowest individual score of that round,
fabulous answer there, Ken Doherty.
Steve and David, well done, our lowest combined score,
very well done. Caroline and Conrad, very well done, as well,
actually all three scores were very, very close indeed. It's going to be
very exciting, this round, I think. Best of luck,
all three pairs, our category for Round Two is Science.
Science. Can you all decide in your pairs who's going to go first,
who's going to go 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...
Chemical elements that do not
contain the letter O in their name, Richard.
Simply any element of the periodic table that doesn't contain
a letter O, and that is as of May 2015.
OK, thank you very much indeed. Conrad.
The first answer I could think of, and I'll go with that, is zinc.
Zinc, says Conrad. Zinc. Let's see if it's right.
Let's see how many of our 100 said zinc.
It is right.
30 for zinc.
Of course, if zinc did have an O in it, it would be called zoinc.
-Aw, it's a shame, isn't it? Aw, I wish you hadn't said that.
-Quite fun, but, yeah, zoinc.
Now, Jaspal, what would you like to go for?
I'm not sure if this is a chemical element, let's see, um...
-Calcium, says Jaspal. Let's see if calcium's right.
Let's see how many of our 100 people said calcium.
Well, zinc scored 30.
Calcium leaves zinc
in its wake, look at that.
That goes to 12.
Very well done, indeed, Jaspal.
Well played, Jaspal. It's got I's, it's got A's, it's got U's,
but no O's. Perfect.
-A perfect candidate.
-There we are. Thanks very much. David.
We want the name of any chemical element that doesn't contain
the letter O.
I'm going to be honest, I'm a bear of little brains.
-Arsenic, says David.
Let's see how many of our 100 people said that.
It's right. Well, 30's our high
score. 12 is our low.
You passed 30.
You passed 12!
Not bad at all.
6 for arsenic.
It's one of those things that people forget as an element, because we
think of it as something entirely different. But prawns contain a
-surprising amount of arsenic.
-That's why they're so delicious.
-Thank you very much indeed.
We're halfway through the round. Let's take a look at the scores.
6, David and Steve,
looking very strong
on the far podium, there.
Up to 12 we find Ranvir and Jaspal,
then up to 30,
Conrad and Caroline. So, Caroline, low score from you,
please. We're going to come back down the line now,
can the second players please step up to the podium?
-Chemical elements that do not contain the letter O.
That's the one, yeah.
There's one I want, no, I'm not going to risk it.
Ytterbium, says Steve. There's your red line. If you can get below
that with ytterbium, you are into the head-to-head.
Let's see how many people said it, let's see if it's right.
It is right.
You're into the head-to-head.
That's a pointless answer, Steve, very well done indeed.
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
That adds £250 to the jackpot taking the total up to £2,250. It scores
you nothing. It leaves your total at 6, the lowest total of the round.
-Brilliant stuff, Steve, very well done.
An old Pointless favourite, ytterbium.
It's the most volatile rare-earth element.
It has almost no practical use,
-which makes you feel rather sorry for it.
-It's very useful here.
Yes, do you know what? Suddenly, it does have practical use.
Thank you very much indeed, Richard. Now then, Ranvir.
Well, Steve's just inspired me not only to take a gamble,
but there's a very similar-sounding element and I think it's yttrium.
Yttrium, says Ranvir.
HE WHISPERS: They're very good on that middle podium, aren't they?
Yes. The highest scorers on 30 are Caroline and
Conrad, there's your red line.
Get below that, you're through.
Very well done. Look at that, Ranvir.
1, that's an excellent score, takes your total up to 13, very well done.
Yeah, more great answering, very well played.
I don't know who'd be happier, the Yttrium Council or the
-Ytterbium Council, to get pointless or one point.
ALEXANDER CHUCKLES Thank you very much indeed.
Now, Caroline, I have sad news.
I'm afraid, even before you've given your answer, you are the
high scorers. I'm sorry. But, hey!
-After that, what are you going to say?
The thing is, my sister's a chemist, so I'm sure she's, like,
sending me brainwaves.
But, I was terrible at chemistry, I got magnesium oxide in my eye once.
I'm not sure. I think, we're out anyway...
-I don't even know if it's a thing.
Is it a thing? I don't know.
Well, you're from Barry. Barium, of course.
Let's see. No red line for you, I'm afraid cos you're already our
high scorers, but let's see how many of our 100 people said barium.
Ah! It's a great answer
as well, Caroline. Fantastic answer.
Takes your total up to 35.
Yeah, it's barium, really,
but I think we should rename it "barryum"
-in honour of your hometown.
There's quite a few pointless answers.
Let's take a look at some more of them. We've already heard one.
Very well done, if you said...
Those are all the pointless answers, let's take a look at the top three
answers. The ones that most of our 100 people said.
Helium, 28, should be at the top, shouldn't it?
And the highest scorer of all, silver, 42.
So, firstly, helium should be right at the top,
and secondly, silver should not be first.
-Yeah, you hear me.
Something's awry there.
-There's a... Write about that.
-That's a conspiracy.
-Yeah, that is a conspiracy, right there.
-Thanks very much, Richard.
So, at the end of our second round, the people
we have to say goodbye to, I'm sorry to say, it's Caroline and Conrad.
Head-to-headers last time. I'm afraid, this time, an early exit,
but it's been great having you on both shows, thank you so much for
playing, Caroline and Conrad.
But for the remaining two pairs, it's now time for our head-to-head.
Very, very well done, Steve and David, Ranvir and Jaspal. You're now
one step closer to the final and the chance to play for our jackpot,
which currently stands at £2,250.
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
Well, you know what happens from this point on. You're now allowed to
start playing as teams, in that you can chat before you give your
answers. First pair to win two questions will be playing for that
jackpot. Well, every so often we do have a real
humdinger of a head-to-head round.
And I have reason to feel this is going to be one of those.
Very, very strong performances and across both rounds,
so, yes, this should be very close. Best of luck to both pairs.
Let's play the head-to-head.
OK, here comes your first question, and it concerns...
Agatha Christie film adaptations. Richard.
Going to show you five pictures
from films which were made from Agatha Christie novels.
We need you to tell us the name of the film.
We've given the initials as well to help you out.
OK. Thanks, Richard.
Let's show our five stills from Agatha Christie adaptations,
and here they are. We've got...
There we are. Five stills from
Agatha Christie film adaptations.
Steve and David, you've been our low scorers,
so you will go first.
Right, I don't know D.
-Which of the other ones are obscure to you?
I only know two of them, and they're the two popular ones,
which is Murder On the Orient Express and Death On The Nile.
So, I'll leave it up to you.
We'll go for A, and it's The Mirror Crack'd.
The Mirror Crack'd, say Steve and David for A.
The Mirror Crack'd.
Now, Ranvir and Jaspal.
I think E, Death On The Nile.
Death On The Nile for E.
Which one do you think...?
Oh... It's difficult.
I think they're both going to be quite high, but...
-I don't know D. Do you know D?
-C or E. What do you think?
-I don't know.
-Shall we go for E? Take a gamble.
-Yeah, we'll go for E.
-Death On The Nile.
-Death On The Nile, say Ranvir and Jaspal for E.
So, we have The Mirror Crack'd and Death On The Nile.
Steve and David said The Mirror Crack'd for A.
Let's see if that's right, let's see how many people said it.
That's a good answer.
Very well done indeed.
10 for The Mirror Crack'd. APPLAUSE
Meanwhile, Ranvir and Jaspal have gone for Death On The Nile for E.
Let's see if that's right, let's see how many people said that.
Very well done, Steve and David.
After one question, you are up 1-0.
Let's take a look at the rest.
There's a couple of answers that would've beaten The Mirror Crack'd.
The second answer would've beaten it,
and that is Diana Rigg there and Maggie Smith in Evil Under The Sun.
Would've scored 6 points, amazingly.
C is Murder On The Orient Express.
That would've scored you 72.
Now, this last one is a pointless answer.
You've got Tony Randall as Poirot there
and Robert Morley as Hastings
in The Alphabet Murders.
Very, very well done if you got that at home.
Thank you very much indeed, Richard. OK, here comes your second question.
Ranvir and Jaspal, you get to answer it first,
but you have to win it to stay in the game, so best of luck.
Astronomers and cosmologists. Richard.
Five clues now to facts about famous astronomers and cosmologists.
Again, to help you out, we've given you their initials.
OK, let's reveal our five clues, and here they come.
I'll read those all again.
Ranvir and Jaspal go first.
-I don't really know any.
I only know Patrick Moore.
Shall we go for that, a safe one, or go for a gamble?
-SHE SPEAKS INDISTINGUISHABLY
-..go for a gamble.
No. I don't know any. Erm...
There's a couple we know,
but we think they're going to be high scorers.
We're going to go for the host of the BBC series The Sky At Night,
-Patrick Moore, say Ranvir and Jaspal. Patrick Moore.
Now, Steve and David.
-You know all these?
-Well, I think so.
Do you want to talk us through them?
Yeah, so it's Carl Sagan, Edmond Halley
and Galileo, but...
-Let's play it properly.
I think the best answer up there is probably Nicolaus Copernicus.
-I think so, too.
OK, so you are going to go for Nicolaus Copernicus.
OK, let's see if they're both right.
So, we have Patrick Moore and Nicolaus Copernicus.
Patrick Moore, say Ranvir and Jaspal.
Let's see how many people said that.
51 for Patrick Moore.
Steve and David have gone for Nicolaus Copernicus.
Let's see if that's right, let's see how many people said that.
And it wins you the point.
Very well done. Copernicus.
Look at that. 14.
Very well done indeed. APPLAUSE
And it means, Steve and David, after only two questions,
you are through to the final, 2-0.
You chose the right one as well of the ones you knew -
it was the lowest answer on the board, that one.
Carl Sagan was the next best answer -
he would've scored you 16.
Edmond Halley, the next best answer -
he would've scored you...26.
And Galileo is the biggest scorer of the ones you knew there -
Thank you very much indeed, Richard.
So, the pair leaving us at the end of this round,
the head-to-head round, are Ranvir and Jaspal.
Wonderfully strong performance the whole way through the show,
then suddenly Steve and David found their footing
in this head-to-head round
and just pipped you on each of those questions.
We'll see you again, and on the strength of today's performance,
hope we can expect great things from you - we'll look forward to that.
Thanks very much indeed. Meanwhile, Ranvir and Jaspal.
But, for Steve and David, it's now time for our Pointless final.
Well, congratulations, Steve and David.
You have seen off all the competition,
and you have won our coveted Pointless trophy.
You now have a chance to win our Pointless jackpot,
and at that end of today's show, the jackpot is standing at £2,250.
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
I think it's only fitting that you should be playing for that jackpot
considering you have contributed to it
with the only pointless answer we've had on the show
for a while now, actually.
So, very, very well done.
We've put you through your paces, I think,
-across both the shows you've been on.
Anything you would like to see to round it all off?
Anything to which we happen to know the answer.
Erm... We're eclectic. We'll take what comes.
OK. Very good.
Well, let's see what does come, and here are today's selection.
Roaring Twenties, X-Men stars -
right up your street, I'd have thought -
-I could do the X-Men!
The Lake District, the ICC Cricket World Cup.
I don't like the look of the Roaring Twenties.
Oh, go on. We'll go for the cricket.
We'll go for the ICC Cricket World Cup.
-OK, cricket, it is. Richard.
-You'll go for that?
OK, very best of luck, gents. Three different categories here.
We're looking for anybody who played in
the 2015 Cricket World Cup final - any of those 22 players -
we're looking for anybody who's taken 20 wickets or more
in any Cricket World Cup from 1975 through to 2015
or any player who's scored two or more centuries,
again, from 1975 all the way through to 2015
in the Cricket World Cup. For the last two of those,
they can be across all World Cups they've played in -
they don't have to be in a single World Cup. Best of luck.
Thanks. As always, you've got up to one minute
to come up with three answers.
All you need to win that jackpot
is for just one of those answers to be pointless.
-Are you ready?
-As ready as we're going to be.
OK, let's put 60 seconds
up on the clock. There they are.
Your time starts now.
How are we doing?
Cos I'm thinking...
There's an Australian one,
but I can't remember
their face, in the final.
-I'm... Look, Steve, I know nothing.
-I'm a bear of little brains.
-No pressure, then.
-I told you I'd be better at X-Men.
OK... Yeah, well... Erm...
-Come on, you can do this.
Who has taken 20
or more wickets? Er...
Richard Hadlee almost certainly has...
in one World Cup.
Well, the biggest player I know...
You can do it.
I think Virat Kohli's
probably done it.
Ten seconds left.
-Virat Kohli, the Indian batsman is probably...
-Go for it.
-Well, go on.
-Go for it.
-I'll go for it.
-You're the big one.
OK, that is your time up. Steve...and David, obviously, but...
-It's mainly him.
-..I'm looking to Steve here.
What are your answers, and which category you're answering in?
I think I'll stick with players who have scored two or more centuries.
OK. STEVE SIGHS
..erm...Brendon McCullum of New Zealand...
-..and AB de Villiers of South Africa.
-AB de Villiers.
And I'm not terribly confident on any of them.
Of those three, which is your best shot at a pointless answer?
-Probably Virat Kohli.
-Virat Kohli, we put last.
-I'll put him last.
Least likely to be pointless?
Because more people have heard of him, Brendon McCullum.
Brendon McCullum. OK, goes first, and AB de Villiers in the middle.
OK, well, let's pop those up on the board in that order, then,
and here's what they look like.
We've got Brendon McCullum, we've got AB de Villiers,
and we've got Virat Kohli.
Three perfectly reasonable sounding answers up on the board there.
The question is are any of them right?
Are any of them pointless?
Now, if one of those happens to be pointless,
you will win that jackpot - £2,250.
Not bad to be taking home.
What would you do with that? Steve first.
As soon as my kids find out about this,
I will have no further say,
but I can see words like Euro and Disney
marching towards the conversation.
My wife is Australian,
and it's her grandmother's 90th birthday this coming Christmas,
so all of the money will go straight to her ticket
so she can go home for her grandmother's birthday.
Very good indeed.
Well, listen, let's hope one of these answers
wins that jackpot for you.
Now, in all three cases, we were looking for batsmen who scored
two or more centuries in ICC World Cup cricket.
OK, your first answer was Brendon McCullum.
This was the one you thought was
probably least likely to be pointless.
Let us find out, though.
If it is pointless, it'll win you £2,250.
How many people said Brendon McCullum?
Bad luck. Your first answer, incorrect,
which means everything is now riding on your last two answers.
Your second was AB de Villiers.
Again, we were looking for scorers of two or more centuries.
AB de Villiers, if it's right and pointless, will win you £2,250.
How many people said it? AB de Villiers.
Well, Brendon McCullum
turned out to be
an incorrect answer,
but AB de Villiers taking us
down through the 20s
now into single figures...
Yes, down it goes. Still going down.
Oh, well. I'm proud of you.
OK. That's a great answer, though.
That's a great answer. Fantastic score.
Sadly not a pointless answer,
which means everything is now riding on your third and final answer,
which is Virat Kohli.
You had no hesitation, I think, putting this one last.
It has to be right.
If it is, and if it is pointless, it'll win you £2,250.
Let's find out how many people named Virat Kohli
as a scorer of two or more centuries.
Virat Kohli is right.
Brendon McCullum, sadly,
wasn't right. AB de Villiers
was right and took us
all the way down to 2.
Virat Kohli now taking us
into single figures.
Down it goes. Still going down.
Passing 2. You've done it!
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
Very, very well done indeed.
Very well done. Congratulations.
Virat Kohli was a pointless answer,
which means that you are going home with that jackpot of £2,250.
Very, very well done. APPLAUSE
Very well played, gents.
An object lesson on how to play that jackpot round as well.
So often teams say, "We know a bit about this and a bit about that."
Steve took control and said,
"I know this subject so we're going to do it,"
and took it upon yourself and won the jackpot. Congratulations.
Scored two centuries, Kohli - one in 2011, one in 2015.
Brendon McCullum scored so many centuries in one-day cricket,
but hasn't scored two at World Cups.
Let's take a look at the pointless answers in the different categories.
Players in the 2015 final. It was Australia and New Zealand,
so lots of them are familiar from 2015 tests.
James Faulkner and Josh Hazlewood are the Australians.
Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor.
Also the New Zealanders you could've had -
Corey Anderson, Grant Elliot, Luke Ronchi, Martin Guptill.
All of those were pointless. Well done if you said any of those.
Any player who's taken 20 or more wickets -
loads of answers on this one. Loads of pointless ones.
Allan Donald was a pointless answer.
Brett Lee, Phil Defretas of England, Wasim Akram.
You could've had Anil Kumble, Chaminda Vaas, Heath Streak,
Klusener, Malinga, Michael Holding, Jayasuriya.
You could've had Shoaib Akhtar, Steve Waugh, Waqar Younis.
Loads and loads of pointless answers there.
Let's take a look at the batsmen.
Herschelle Gibbs, Mark Waugh,
Sourav Ganguly, Tillakaratne Dilshan.
Again, absolutely loads of pointless answers.
Aravinda de Silva, David Boon, Gordon Greenidge,
Jayawardene, you could've had, Virender Sehwag.
Loads and loads of pointless answers,
but only one important one - Virat Kohli.
-Very well played, gents.
-Thanks very much, Richard.
Well, thanks, once again, to our winning players, Steve and David,
who go away with today's jackpot of £2,250. Very well done.
Join us next time when we'll be putting
more obscure knowledge to the test on Pointless.
-Meanwhile, it's goodbye from Richard.
And it's goodbye from me. Goodbye.
Quiz in which contestants try to score as few points as possible by plumbing the depths of their general knowledge to come up with the answers no-one else can think of. Presented by Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman.