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Thank you very much indeed. Hello, I'm Alexander Armstrong
and a very warm welcome to Pointless,
the show where obvious answers mean nothing
and obscure answers mean everything. Let's meet today's players.
-And couple number one.
-Hi, I'm Gary.
-This is my girlfriend, Lesley. And we're from Essex.
-Couple number two.
Hi, I'm Laura. This is my friend Mark and we're both from Glasgow.
Couple number three.
Hi, I'm Nichal. This is my dad, Gurvinder. We're from London.
And finally, couple number four.
Hi, I'm Tony. This is my lovely wife, Liz.
And we're from Colwyn Bay in North Wales.
And these are today's contestants.
Thanks very much, all of you. A very warm welcome to 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.
Cut him in half and you'll see he bleeds...
Well, profusely so don't do it. LAUGHTER
My Pointless friend, it's Richard.
Hi! Hi, everybody.
-Good afternoon to you.
-And to you.
Now that last show, every now and again, a jackpot round comes along
that suits someone perfectly for various different reasons.
-And that was the case last time, wasn't it?
Because we had Tabby on the show.
Tabby was here and the category cats came up.
And not only did she choose cats with Dan, she then got the jackpot.
Didn't she? Got a pointless answer. So well done, Tabby. Well done, Dan.
Two returning pairs from that show - Nichal and Gurvinder, who
-were very, very unlucky, got knocked out in that round on US states.
I think were very unfortunate to get knocked out as well
so I suspect we may see an awful lot more of them on today's show.
Tony and Liz, also welcomed back, got through to Round Two last time.
So no-one thus far has been through to a head-to-head.
So, let's see if we can put that right.
Thanks very much. You know what, I hope so.
Otherwise, what will we do in the third round?
Oh, yeah, if all four of them get knocked out
-in the first two rounds.
-It'll just be me and you talking.
Plus ca change. Er, there we go, OK.
So Dan and Tabby, as you have gathered, won the jackpot last time.
So today's jackpot starts off back at a majestic £1,000.
There it is, OK. If everyone's ready, let's play Pointless.
OK, all you have to remember is this.
The pair with the highest score at the end of each round
will be eliminated. Best of luck to all four pairs.
Our first category this afternoon is history.
Can you all decide in your pairs who's going to go first,
who's going to go second.
Whoever's going first, please step up to the podium.
OK, and the question concerns...
The 1900s, Richard.
We're talking about the decade the 1900s
rather than the century as well.
We'll give you a series of clues
to events that took place in that first decade of the 20th century.
-The 19-noughties, if you like.
-There we go.
It's a nice way of calling it.
And you just need to give us the most obscure answer, please.
Seven on each pass, 14 in all to have a go at home.
-Very best of luck.
-Thank you very much indeed.
So we are looking for the people and the events of the 19-noughties
as described by these clues, and here they come.
I'm going to read those one last time.
Lesley, a warm welcome here from Essex. What do you do, Lesley?
I work for a international law firm in London.
-Are you a lawyer?
-What do you do there?
I work in the accounts department and I do salaries, for a start.
-Very important, yes.
Very popular person, I should think, in the law firm.
They like me when they first meet me
-cos they know I'm going to pay their wages.
-I should think they like you
-every month when they hear from you.
Lesley, what do you do when you're not working for the law firm?
Um, various things. Babysit for the grandchildren.
-How many have you got?
-Yeah, I play golf.
-So I'm trying to improve that.
-Now, Lesley. Figures from the 1900s, the decade of the 1900s.
I'm a bit vague on all of them
but I'm going to go for a war which ended in South Africa in 1902.
-I think it's the Boer War.
-The Boer War, says Lesley.
Let's see if that's right.
Let's see how many of our 100 people said the Boer War.
Not bad, 67 gets us off to a good start.
Yeah, pretty good score but tough on that first podium.
-Yeah, one of the most famous rhyming wars.
-The Boer War.
-I always wanted to call it the Boor Woor.
-The Boor Woor.
But there we are, the Boer War. Now then, Mark, welcome to Pointless.
Lovely to have you here from Glasgow.
-How you doing?
-I'm very well, thank you, Mark.
And what do you do?
I'm a planning manager for a bespoke pumping manufacturer.
-A bespoke pumping manufacturer?
Because we were thinking of having a pump built, weren't we, Richard?
Yeah, but I was just going to get one from the pump shop,
just a regular one.
But how much more is a bespoke one?
It can range from £1,000 to £10 million.
Well, I think we'd want one from the upper end, wouldn't we, Richard?
-We've got £8 million.
-I'll get you a good pump for that!
-That is quite the offer!
Offered a good pump by our Glaswegian.
OK, now, Mark, aside from pumping...
-..what...what pleases you, Mark?
I play for a softball team in Glasgow with Laura.
And recently, my team won our division
-of the National Men's Championship.
-Now that's impressive.
Very good, you've literally just come from that, have you?
-Yeah, pretty well much, yes.
Now, Mark. History. History in the early 1900s.
-How do you feel about that?
-It's not my strongest subject, history.
I'm going to put that out there.
I think there's two answers that I'm a wee bit sure on,
so I'm going to go with the bottom answer of the female scientist
who shared the Nobel Prize.
-I'm going to say Marie Curie.
Can I just say, on record, I love Mark's accent.
I think that is my favourite kind. And that's just...
What particular kind of Glaswegian accent is that?
People would say I have a strong Glasgow accent
but I think it's posh.
I think it's a posh Glasgow accent, if there exists one.
It's a very nice accent, Mark. I think it's fabulous. OK.
Mark is going to go for Marie Curie.
Let's see how many of our 100 people said Marie Curie.
Yeah, the nominating committee actually objected to having
a woman be awarded the prize but Pierre Curie said,
"Look, the research was Marie's so you have to." And so, she got it.
-There you are. Thank you, Richard.
Now, Gurvinder. Welcome. Now, remind us what you do, Gurvinder.
-I'm a property developer.
-That's in London, you do that?
-I see, OK.
And aside from the property world, what do you like to get up to?
I enjoy sports, bit of golf and tennis and a lot of badminton.
Good stuff. Now, Gurvinder. What are you going to go for on this board?
Oh, sure about two, not so sure about the others.
I'll play it safe and say Queen Victoria, the British monarch.
Queen Victoria, says Gurvinder.
Let's see how many of our 100 people said Queen Victoria.
APPLAUSE These are all high scores.
Yeah, died in 1901, of course, Queen Victoria.
Had 37 great-grandchildren when she died.
That's a lot of presents to buy.
-Really, I was just thinking about Christmas.
-But also, it's a lot of birthdays.
-To remember all of that.
Mind you, she had a bob or two, didn't she, Queen Victoria?
-So it was probably all right.
-Yes! Thank you very much indeed, Richard.
-There we are. Now, Tony. Welcome back.
-Thank you very much.
-Tony, remind us what you do?
-I work in local government.
-I'm a business support manager.
-And you're up there in Colwyn Bay.
-Is Colwyn Bay as beautiful as it sounds?
-Oh, it's beautiful.
-Oh, lovely. Very nice.
And what do you get up to in Colwyn Bay?
We've got three kids so they keep us busy.
Our youngest one, who's probably
the biggest fan of this show in the world, I think.
He's got a little twist on your catchphrase as well.
Oh, why, what's he say?
When you say, "Step up to the podium," he says,
"Step up to the podium, man!"
-That's now what I'm going to say.
-That is good!
-There we go.
Tony, this board's all yours.
Do you fancy going through it and filling in all our blanks for us?
I would absolutely love to do that.
First one I'd probably say is Einstein.
The second one, I'd have a guess at 1908.
Third one, probably the Antarctic
and not sure I'd even have a stab at the fourth one, to the honest.
So I've got to pick one of those three
and I'm pretty sure Scott of the Antarctic sticks in my head.
-That's the one you're going to go for.
-Go with that.
Tony says the Antarctic, let's see how many
of our 100 people agree with him.
Well, there we are! 65.
Yeah, big scores all round there.
His third lieutenant on that mission was Ernest Shackleton,
who obviously spent an awful lot more time in that region as well.
Now, let's take a look at these other three.
The top one is Albert Einstein, you're right about that.
Would have scored 66 and you'd have had a guess on the year at 1908?
-Should have done, it was 1908.
It would have been a very good answer.
Would have scored you 25 points, and the best answer on the board...
And he would have scored you 6 points.
-Well done if you said that at home.
-Thank you very much indeed.
OK, we're halfway through the round. Let's take a look at those scores.
58 - 58, the best score of that pass. Well done there, Mark.
Not bad at all!
Mark and Laura looking pretty comfortable.
They're all very close, these scores though.
Then we travel up to 65 where we find Tony and Liz,
67, Lesley and Gary, 84, Gurvinder and Nichal.
Now once again, Nichal, there you are,
having to carry your dad out of that high score.
So best of luck with that.
Let's hope you can find a nice low-scoring answer on the board.
We'll come back down the line now.
Can the second players please step up to the podium, man?
OK, we're going to put seven more clues up on the board
and here they are.
I'll read through those one last time.
Liz, welcome back. Now remind us what you do up in Colwyn Bay?
I work in the public sector and I sing in a choir.
-I've got three children with Tony.
Yes, you were telling us about the choir you sing in.
How long did you say you've been doing that?
We've done it for the last 14 months or so.
Was that when it was founded, 14 months ago?
It was when it was founded, yes.
Were you part of the gang that were there at the very beginning?
Did you go round and recruit people to come and sing?
No, I just responded to the advertisement.
I was just there at the beginning.
We just recently celebrated our first birthday.
And it's really good for you, this is why they started this choir
-because it's for people affected by cancer.
And they found all the health benefits of singing
-in a choir, you know, are quite stark.
And it does, it's a feel-good thing.
Yeah, and a great social thing to do as well.
Now, Liz, there you are on 65, 84 is the high score.
So, 18 or less will...
I say 18 or less, they've been quite high scores so far. But who knows?
-There might be an 18 up there on the board.
Well, there's a few I know but it's just wondering which will be lowest.
I know the two bottom ones and which one should I do?
I'm going to go for Emmeline Pankhurst.
Emmeline Pankhurst, says Liz.
Emmeline Pankhurst. Here comes your red line.
If you could get below that red line,
you'd go straight through into the next round.
But let's see how far down the column you get
with Emmeline Pankhurst.
Very good indeed, 27.
Very strong low score there.
-Taking your total up to 92.
-Well played, Liz.
Yeah, an extraordinary woman and she died 18 days
before the Representation Act that gave equal votes to women.
-She never saw it.
-Thank you very much indeed, Richard.
Nichal, you're no longer the high scorers, which is quite exciting.
You just have to score 7 or less
to avoid overtaking them, that's all.
Nichal, remind us what you do.
-I work for a major music publishing company.
-So, that's quite fun.
So what sort of acts do you have that you look after?
-We work more with the writer side.
So, it's not like records where you work with the artists, it's the...
But sometimes, occasionally you have singer-songwriters,
-so you have a few of those on your books.
-Yes, we do.
But I suppose you have the more twilight world of songs.
I'm sure of all the sides of that business,
isn't that the one that you would probably want to be in?
-It's the most fun and rewarding.
-Very exciting. Anyway, there we are.
Now, Nichal. There you are on 84.
You have to score 7 or less
if you're going to avoid being our high scorers again.
That's not going to happen, unfortunately.
Erm, I could guess at one
because the one I know I think is going to be really high.
I'm not even sure if I definitely know it.
But I'm going to go with the country which signed
the so-called Entente Cordiale and say France.
OK, Nichal says France.
Here is your red line, it's quite low.
Should you get below that, though, you are into the next round.
Let's see how many of our 100 people said France.
APPLAUSE 64, taking your total up to 148.
Yeah, it settled all sorts of controversial arguments
between the two countries and we've never ever had a row since,
-which is great.
We do actually love the French, don't we?
-I think we actually do.
-We kid of... Yeah.
We've got better music, as Nichal will no doubt attest,
-and we've got better comedy.
I tell you what they're very good at is wearing their...
wearing trousers a little bit too short and no sock.
They are terrific at that.
And their version, I don't know if you've seen it,
their version of the Blackpool Tower which they've got in Paris
-is actually not bad.
It's not bad. There we are, thank you very much indeed.
Now then, Laura.
-Welcome to Pointless.
Good to have you here. What do you do, Laura?
I'm a contract manager for a company that makes buses.
Oh, pumps and buses!
-This is everything you need, isn't it?
-Pumps And Buses!
-That's a documentary series you and I can present, I think.
Xander And Richard's Pumps And Buses.
Oh! We'd be beating a path to your door,
I can tell you right now, if we get that commissioned.
Laura, what do you do when you're not on the buses?
I've played softball for a long, long time.
Softball sounds like a rather sort of forgiving game.
I can't imagine it is.
-It's not, the ball's pretty hard.
And it hurts quite a lot when it hits you.
-Well, why do they call it softball, then?
-I'm not entirely sure.
I think it's because it was meant to be a little bit slower
-so that men and women could play in the same team.
Oh, I see. Well, there we are. Now, Laura. You are on 58.
If you can score 89 or less with your answer,
you are through to the next round.
There's a few on there I think I know.
I'm going to be vaguely safe, I think,
and go with the Oedipus complex psychoanalysis
and go with Sigmund Freud.
Sigmund Freud, says Laura.
Sigmund Freud. Here is your red line.
Lovely and high.
Get below that with Sigmund Freud and through you go to Round Two.
It's right and you are through.
48 is your score. APPLAUSE
Your total is 106.
One of our 100 gave the answer Fraud.
THEY LAUGH Weird.
If only there were a name for that sort of mistake.
-I'm genuinely thinking about Pumps And Buses.
-Our new documentary series on BBC One.
Every week, a new country.
And every week, they sort of join us like we're just having
a conversation, like they do on documentaries.
I'll say something like, "We're in India, I'm about to go
"and look at a massive pump. "What are you up to?" And you say...
"Well, I'm just about to catch this train up to the biggest
"bus depot in Uttar Pradesh."
I tell you what, if the BBC are watching now, I bet within seconds,
they'll commission that with Mel and Sue instead of us.
They'd do it better than us. There we are.
Anyway, let's keep working on that. Well, it doesn't need much work.
-That pretty much films itself.
-It really does.
-There we go.
-Gary, a warm welcome to Pointless, great to have you here.
What do you do, Gary?
I work for a company that supplies mainly electrical stuff
to the building trade.
And what do you do when you're not working on that?
Oh, like a bit of horse racing, follow my team, West Ham.
-You have a little flutter?
-I've been known to.
-OK, very good.
We have high scores here.
Nichal and Gurvinder are currently our high scorers on 148.
You have to score 80 or less with your board here.
There's two that I basically know that I'm left with,
with a score under 80.
So I'm going to have to take a gamble with this bottom one
and Robert Baden-Powell.
Robert Baden-Powell, says Gary.
Robert Baden-Powell. Here is your red line, nice and high.
If you can get below that with Robert Baden-Powell,
through you go to Round Two.
Let's see how many of our 100 people said Robert Baden-Powell.
Very well done, you are through.
Look at that, 60!
Very well done, 127 is your total.
And rather neatly, he became a national celebrity after
fighting in the Boer War, Robert Baden-Powell.
And that book, Scouting For boys,
the fourth bestselling book of the 20th century.
Behind the Bible, the Koran and The Thoughts Of Chairman Mao.
-Isn't that amazing?
Let's fill in the rest of this board here, the automobile company?
-Is Ford, yes.
Lucky you didn't go for it because it would have scored 84 points.
-The Kenneth Grahame novel?
-Wind In The Willows.
Wind In The Willows, correct. 59 points.
Now this is an interesting one,
the year in which the first leap year was.
-Now we know that leap years are divisible by four.
Which would of course say it was 1900.
But it's not, it's 1904.
Because centuries are only leap years - 23 points -
centuries are only leap years if they're divisible by 400.
So, 2000 was a leap year but 2100 won't be a leap year.
I mean, it won't be bothering us, I'm sure of that,
because we won't be around, but it won't be a leap year.
-I didn't know that!
-Did anyone else know that? OTHERS:
HE SIGHS There we go.
Thank you very much, Richard.
At the end of our first round, the pair who are heading home
with a high score of 148, Nichal and Gurvinder.
This is the second Round One, consecutively,
from which we've had to dispatch you. I'm so sorry.
Far too soon. But it's been great having you on both shows.
Thanks so much for playing, Nichal and Gurvinder.
But for the remaining three pairs, it's now time for Round Two.
Well done, everyone, we've all made it to Round Two.
Very impressive indeed. Also, you've seen off one of our returning pairs.
The other returning pair, though, very well done.
You have our lowest score there in that round, so hats off to you.
Best of luck to all three pairs.
Our category for Round Two this afternoon is...
Pop Music. 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...
Heavenly Music, Richard?
Yeah, in a moment, Xander is going to show you five heavenly words.
We're looking for any UK top 40 hit up to June 2015 that contains
any of those words, please.
It has to be that exact word, can't be part of a longer word.
So, any UK top 40 hit up to June 2015 that contains
any of the following five words. Very best of luck.
OK, so as Richard just said,
we're going to put five words up on the board.
They will stay on the board for the whole round so be warned,
we won't be changing them halfway through.
So, here are those words.
Lesley, there we go.
Right, I'm going to go for Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel.
Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel, says Lesley.
Let's see how many of our 100 people said that.
Look at that, 6!
Very well done, Lesley. What a start to the round.
-6 for Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel.
-Well played, Lesley.
Great start, Tavares had a hit
and Worlds Apart did a cover version of it as well.
Thanks very much indeed, Richard. Now, Mark.
I thought I was going to be good in this round.
I'm now looking at the words and I'm panicking a little bit.
Get my head together here. I'm going to go with God Is A DJ.
God Is A DJ, says Mark.
God Is A DJ, let's see how many of our 100 people said that.
Look at that, very well done indeed!
3 for God Is A DJ.
Good work, Mark.
Yeah, hit for Faithless.
Also, a hit for Pink as well, God Is A DJ.
Thank you, Richard. Tony?
What would you like to go for?
I've got a few and my dilemma is
whether or not they're singles or album tracks.
But I'm just going to go with Praise Me.
-Praise Me, says Tony.
Let's see how many of our 100 people said Praise Me.
-Bad luck, Tony. I think I know why that's wrong.
-That scores you 100 points, sorry.
-Yeah, sorry, Tony.
No Praise Me, I'm afraid.
I'll go through different answers at the end of the pass.
OK, we're halfway through the round,
so let's have a little recap of the scores.
3, Mark. Look at that.
God Is A DJ. Very well done indeed.
Then up to 6 where we find Lesley and Gary.
Then, I'm sorry, Tony and Liz.
Our low scorers from the first round and there you are with 100 points.
Liz, if we have a low score from you, it could keep you in the game.
You'll have to be lower than 5.
We'll come back down the line now.
Can the second players please step up to the podium?
So, Liz. It's any UK top 40 single
that has one of these five words in its title.
Erm, I've got two. Um...
One of them is one we do in choir, which I should go with
but I think this one might be lower and give us the best chance.
-I'm going to go with Millennium Prayer.
-Millennium Prayer, says Liz.
No red line for you as you are the high scorers, I'm afraid.
Let's see how many of our 100 said Millennium Prayer.
7 for Millennium Prayer takes your total goes up to 107.
-Yeah, by Cliff, of course.
-Who else? Thank you very much, Richard.
Now then, Laura.
The good news is it doesn't matter what you score,
you're through to the head-to-head.
I'm going to go with Livin' On A Prayer.
Livin' On A Prayer, says Laura.
No red line for you as you're already through.
How many of our 100 said Livin' On A Prayer?
Popular one there, taking your total up to 30.
Yeah, a hit for Bon Jovi.
-30 years ago, that was.
-There we are.
Thank you very much indeed, Richard. Now, Gary.
It doesn't matter what you score either, you're already through.
-Which is great. But let's have a nice low score.
All right, I'm going to take a little bit of a punt, as they say.
I think the Beach Boys might have done one, God Only Knows.
God Only Knows, says Gary. God Only Knows.
No red line for you as you're already through.
Let's see how many of our 100 people said God Only Knows.
20 for God Only Knows
takes your total up to 26.
Yeah, number two hit for the Beach Boys and then another hit again
when it was recorded for the BBC a few years back as well.
Paul McCartney says it's the greatest song ever written.
-Have you got an answer, by the way?
-Er, Save A Prayer.
Probably, I hadn't really given it a lot of thought, to be honest.
-That's the spirit.
-Save A Prayer, Duran Duran?
-There we are.
Now let's take a look at some pointless answers here.
God Thank You Woman by Culture Club was a pointless answer,
Hands To Heaven, that's Breathe.
I Found Heaven, Take That, was a pointless answer.
So, well done if you said that.
U2's If God Will Send His Angels.
Too Much Heaven by the Bee Gees.
Touched By The Hand Of God, New Order, of course.
Whenever God Shines His Light,
that's another Cliff one with Van Morrison.
Where I Find My Heaven, that's Gigolo Aunts,
it was the theme tune to a sitcom as well.
And Wood Beez (Pray Like Aretha Franklin),
which was Scritti Politti.
Let's take a look at the top three answers,
the ones that most of our 100 people said.
Heaven Is A Place On Earth, 25 points, Belinda Carlisle.
Livin' On A Prayer, 27 points, the second biggest scorer.
Like A Prayer, Madonna. In fact, both top scorers on 27.
Yeah, Tony. You said Praise Me.
It was Praise You, the Fatboy Slim song.
That would have scored you 19 points.
So, would have seen you safely through, actually.
-It would have seen you on 26 points. So, unlucky.
-Yeah, never mind.
Thank you very much indeed. So, at the end of our second round,
the pair we're saying goodbye to, I can't bear it, is Liz and Tony!
I'm so sorry. It's been great having you on both shows,
thanks so much for playing.
Bye, Liz and Tony. APPLAUSE
But for our two remaining pairs, it's time for the head-to-head.
Very well done, Laura and Mark, Lesley and Gary.
You're now one step closer to the final
and a chance to play for our jackpot
which currently stands still at £1,000.
Well, you now start playing as teams, you can confer.
And the first player to win two questions
will be playing for that jackpot.
Best of luck, let's play the head-to-head.
Here comes your first question and it concerns...
Lords and Baronesses, Richard?
Yes, simply five pictures now of lords and baronesses,
can you identify the most obscure?
Thanks very much, let's reveal our five lords and baronesses
and here they come.
There we are, five lords and baronesses.
Laura and Mark, you're our low scorers so you go first.
-B is Julian Fellowes.
-I think we should go with B, Julian Fellowes.
-Going to go with the B, Julian Fellowes.
-B, Julian Fellowes.
Very good. B, Julian Fellowes.
Now, Lesley and Gary, do you want to talk us through
the rest of that board?
A is Joan somebody, Joan Bakewell?
I'm not saying that's the one I'm going for
but I think that's Joan Bakewell
and I think C looks like Floella Benjamin.
-Go for that one.
-Sure. We'll go for C, Floella Benjamin.
OK, Floella Benjamin.
So we have Lord Fellowes and we have Floella Benjamin, Baroness Benjamin.
So, Laura and Mark went with Julian Fellowes for B,
let's see if that's right.
Let's see how many of our 100 spotted that.
There we are, that's right.
Look at that!
There we are, Lord Fellowes of Downton scoring you 11.
Meanwhile, Lesley and Gary have gone for Baroness Benjamin for C.
Let's see if that's right, let's see how many of our 100 spotted it.
33 for Floella.
Very well done. Laura and Mark, after one question, you're up 1-0.
Yeah, very well played.
Her official title is Baroness Benjamin of Beckenham.
-That's quite nice, isn't it?
-Just lovely, isn't it?
That's very impressive.
A is Joan Bakewell, Baroness Bakewell, now of Stockport.
She would have scored you 14.
D of course is Lord Coe.
He would have scored you 66.
The best answer on the board, do you know E?
It's the wonderful Baroness Trumpington.
Oh, it's Baroness... That's what she looks like.
She would have scored you 4 points.
Baroness Trumpington could be on our pump show as well.
-Baroness Trumpington's Pumps And Buses.
That's interesting. When she went on Desert Island Discs,
her luxury was the crown jewels because if she said,
"I had the crown jewels, then someone would come looking for me."
Ha! You see, that's why she's a Baroness.
So, here comes your second question.
Lesley and Gary, you get to answer it first
but you have to win it to stay in the game, so best of luck.
Award-Winning Musicals, Richard?
We're going to give you five initials now of musicals,
all of which have won the Tony award for Best Musical.
Can you tell us what they are, please?
OK, let's reveal our five sets of initials and here they are.
I'll read those again.
Lesley and Gary will go first.
-I think the bottom one might be Showboat.
We're going to go for FOTR, Fiddler On The Roof.
Fiddler On The Roof, say Lesley and Gary. Fiddler On The Roof.
Now then, Laura and Mark. That board is all yours, talk us through it.
It's Phantom Of The Opera is the top one
and Les Miserables will be the second.
I don't know the other two at all.
We'll have to go with Les Miserables, I think.
OK, you want to go for Les Miserables.
So we have Fiddler On The Roof from Lesley and Gary,
let's see if that's right. Let's see how many of our 100 said it.
Very well done indeed, Fiddler On The Roof scoring you 12.
Laura and Mark have gone for Les Miserables.
Let's see if that's right.
Let's see how many of our 100 people said that.
A popular one there.
Very well done, Lesley and Gary.
After two questions, it's 1-1. You're back in the game.
Two answers up there that would have beaten Fiddler On The Roof.
The top one, Phantom Of The Opera, would have scored too many.
That would have scored you 24. TBOM, do you know that one?
-It's The Book Of Mormon.
-The Book of Mormon!
-Ah! Of course it is.
Would have scored you 9 points. And the best answer on the board?
-Sunset Boulevard, which would've scored you 6 points.
There we are, thank you very much indeed.
So, here comes your third question. Whoever wins this one
goes through to the final and plays for that jackpot.
Best of luck to both pairs, it concerns...
SHE LAUGHS Clowns, Richard.
We're going to show you five clues now to facts about clowns.
Whichever team gives us the most obscure answer
is going through to play for the jackpot.
-Very best of luck.
-Let's reveal our five clown facts and here they come.
I'll read those all one last time.
Laura and Mark will go first.
-Go for it?
Erm, we've looked, we're pretty blank
apart from 2003 animated film about the clownfish.
Now, Lesley and Gary,
talk us through as much of that board as you feel like, Lesley?
19... The top one is Tears Of A Clown.
..century entertainer, clown's got their nickname,
everyone knows that and I can't think what its name is.
I'm going to go for the bottom one,
singer who released the single Clown.
-Emeli Sande, OK.
So we've got Finding Nemo and we've got Emeli Sande.
Now, Laura and Mark said Finding Nemo.
Let's see if that's right, let's see how many of our 100 said that.
APPLAUSE 55 for Finding Nemo.
Meanwhile, Lesley and Gary have gone for Emeli Sande.
Let's see if that's right,
let's see how many of our 100 people said that.
-Come on, no!
-Wins you the point!
25 for Emeli Sande.
Very well done. Lesley and Gary, after three questions,
you are through to the final 2-1.
Yes, a very good answer, Emeli Sande.
Of course in France, Emeli Sande is the day before Easter Monday.
Erm, let's look at the rest of these, shall we?
You were right about Tears Of A Clown.
Would have scored you 53. Now this next one scored more than you think.
It's coulrophobia, fear of clowns,
and 12 people knew it in our 100.
-Presumably people who suffer from it.
-I know this one.
-And the best answer on the board.
-Is Joseph Grimaldi.
Yeah, Joseph Grimaldi, it's exactly right. 7 points for that.
He released his memoirs in 1838. Do you know who edited his memoirs?
Erm, Bill Deedes?
-How about that?
-How about that?
There we are, thank you very much indeed.
OK, so the pair leaving us at the end of the head-to-head round,
I'm sorry to say, Laura and Mark, our low scorers up to this point.
Good news is we get to see you again next time.
We'll look forward to that very much indeed but meantime,
thanks very much, Laura and Mark.
Well, for Lesley and Gary, it's now time for our Pointless final.
Very well done, Lesley and Gary. You've seen off all the competition
and you have won our coveted Pointless trophy.
You now have a chance to win our Pointless jackpot
and the end of today's show, the jackpot is standing at £1,000.
There we are. Well, very well done indeed in that head-to-head.
2-1 victory there.
You've seen off, throughout the show, two returning pairs.
What would you like to see in this final round? What would be...?
The 1975 cup final, when we beat Fulham, I could name the players.
You know it's not too late for me
-to change these categories, don't you?
Lesley, what would you like to see come up?
I've been happy with music and entertainment
-but I'm not going to get them now.
-OK, well, we'll see.
Let's hope there's something on that board that you like the look of.
Today's selection looks like this.
-Do you want to go for jockeys?
-Well, what do you fancy?
-Go on, you've been good.
-Well, go on, go with you.
-You're good at jockeys.
This could put a lot of pressure on me now because of horse racing.
-Yeah, it's going to be jockeys.
I think this is a dream category for you, Gary.
I'm going to be honest with you, I think you're going to like it.
Here are your three different options.
We are looking for
any Jump Champion jockey between the '69/'70 season
and the 2014/2015 season.
We're looking for any Flat Champion jockey from 1970 to 2014.
Or we're looking for any Champion Apprentice jockeys,
that's from 1989 through to 2014.
So anyone who's won the Jump Champion jockey,
Flat Champion jockey or Champion Apprentice
for any of those seasons, please.
Very, very best of luck.
There we are. Now, as always, you've got up to one minute
to come up with three answers and all you need to win that jackpot
is for just one of your answers to be pointless.
-Are you ready?
-OK, let's put 60 seconds up on the clock.
There they are, your time starts now.
-How do you feel about it?
-Seb Sanders, apprentice jockey.
-OK, I'll try and remember that one.
-Peter Scudamore, jump jockey.
-Yeah, Peter Scudamore, OK.
Flat Champion jockey, I'm trying to think of one going back a bit.
-How long have we got back? What years?
-Can we ask, what years?
Yeah, '69 and '70.
-Back to '69.
I know the name so most likely,
-somebody else could know that one, then.
-Joe Mercer or Pat Eddery.
What about Tom Scudamore?
Was he a champion? I don't think so.
Going for John Mercer.
-Who was the first one?
And Peter Scudamore, Tom Scudamore's...
-I think that's about it.
-Ten seconds left.
-You happy with that?
-Can't think of any more random ones?
-Pretty random, aren't they?
-I think Seb Sanders is about the best.
OK, well, you're happy with those. The time's just running out now.
Let's have your three answers
and if you could say which category your answer is.
-Champion Apprentice jockey, Seb Sanders.
-Jump Champion jockey Peter Scudamore.
-And Flat Champion, Joe Mercer.
OK, now of those three,
-which is your best shot at a pointless answer?
Seb Sanders goes last, least likely to be pointless?
-Joe Mercer because I've heard of him.
OK, well, let's pop those answers up on the board in that order then,
and here they are. We have got...
Well, very, very best of luck.
Three good answers on the board there,
let's hope one of those is pointless and will win that jackpot for you.
1,000 quid, not a bad prize to be taking home.
Lesley, what would you do with your share of that?
Obviously, treat the grandchildren, as you do.
And it's Gary's birthday at the end of this year, a big one.
-We'll put that towards going to Vegas, I think.
-Gary, anything else you want to add to that?
-That's good enough for me.
Well, there we are, three good answers, as I say, on the board.
In the first instance, we were looking for Flat Champion jockeys
and you gave us Joe Mercer.
This was the one you thought
was probably least likely to be pointless
but let's find out if it is.
If it is pointless, it will win you £1,000.
How many of our 100 people said Joe Mercer?
Now, if this goes all the way down to 0,
you will leave here with £1,000.
At the moment, Joe Mercer is taking us through the 20s,
into the teens, into single figures.
Down it goes, still going down, still going down.
You've done it, straight away!
Look at that! CHEERING
Very, very well done indeed. Superb.
-Brilliant, well done, you.
-Treat the grandchildren!
Very well done indeed. Joe Mercer was a pointless answer.
I mean, that was your first answer. There we are.
Well, that wins you that jackpot of £1,000. Fabulous.
Lesley and Gary, very well done indeed.
Very well played.
Gary, from the second I saw that jockeys was up there,
I knew that you were going to walk away with this jackpot.
-Very well done. Peter Scudamore would have scored you 1 point.
You went for Seb Sanders for apprentice, Champion Apprentice.
-Another pointless answer.
-Oh, well done!
It would have also been a pointless answer for Flat Champion as well,
Seb Sanders. Two pointless answers in one go.
Well done, Seb. Now let's take a look at the different categories.
Jump Champions first. You could have had...
Those were the only pointless answers for jump jockeys.
AP McCoy obviously far and away the biggest scorer on that category.
Let's look at the Flat Champions...
Those are the only four again on that category.
The biggest scorer there, Lester Piggott, Frankie Dettori
also scored very highly in that category.
And the Champion Apprentice jockeys, an awful lot of people on this list.
Far more pointless answers...
In fact, everybody apart from Frankie Dettori.
Oisin Murphy, Amy Ryan and Hayley Turner, everybody else
who's been a Champion Apprentice was a pointless answer there.
So very well done if you said one of those.
And congratulations in the studio, terrific work.
Thanks very much indeed and thanks once again to our winning players,
Lesley and Gary, who go away with today's jackpot of £1,000.
Very well done indeed.
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.