Episode 41 Pointless


Episode 41

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.


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APPLAUSE

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Thank you very much indeed.

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Hello, I'm Alexander Armstrong and welcome to Pointless,

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the show where the aim of the game is to score as few points as you can

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and you do that by coming up with the answers

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no-one else could think of.

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Let's meet today's players.

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And couple number one.

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Hi, I'm Kate, from Hong Kong.

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And this is my actress best friend, Hollie, from London.

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Couple number two.

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Hi, I'm Derek. This is my son, Matt. And we're from Southampton.

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Couple number three.

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Hi, I'm Dan, from York. And this is my friend, Andy, from London.

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And finally, couple number four.

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Hi, I'm Ben. This is my girlfriend, Corinna. And we're from Bath.

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And these are today's contestants.

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Thanks very much, all of you.

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We'll find out more about each of you throughout the show.

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That just leaves one more person for me to introduce.

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The natural-born problem solver, to my natural-born problem creator.

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It's my Pointless friend. It's Richard.

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Hiya. Hi, everybody.

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Good afternoon to you. Good afternoon to you.

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Hong Kong's a long way to come, isn't it, for the show?

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That's quite a commute, isn't it?

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I'm just thinking about when she goes back at the end...

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It depends which round she leaves in but... Yeah, that would be bad.

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You've got to come back for the next show. I know.

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And we don't put people up, so that is... You've got to go home.

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By law, you have to go home in between shows. Yeah.

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Now, only one returning pair from the last show, Dan and Andy,

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who got all the way through to the head-to-head.

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Got knocked out by lovely Liz and Julie, didn't they?

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But we welcome you back, gents.

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A very, very strong pair, I would say.

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They're going to be tough to beat on today's show.

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They certainly are.

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Well, Liz and Julie didn't win the jackpot last time,

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so we add another ?1,000 to that.

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So, today's jackpot starts off at ?3,250.

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Right, if everyone's ready, let's play Pointless.

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Well, all I will say is that you must remember at all times

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to keep your scores as low as you possibly can because remember,

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it is the highest-scoring pair at the end of each round

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that will be eliminated. Best of luck to all four pairs.

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Our first category this afternoon is...

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It's Countries.

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Can you all decide in your pairs, who's going to go first,

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who's going to go second?

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And whoever's going first, please step up to the podium.

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OK, let's find out what the question is. Here it comes.

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We gave 100 people, 100 seconds,

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to name as many countries with no repeated vowels as they could.

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Countries with no repeated vowels, Richard.

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Yeah, we're looking for the name of any country of the world

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with no repeated vowels in their name.

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So, no countries with two or more As, two or more Es, two or more Os

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or what have you.

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As always, by country, we mean a sovereign state

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that's a member of the UN in its own right.

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Very, very best of luck. Good. Good, good, good.

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Hollie, a warm welcome to Pointless. Hiya.

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What do you do, Hollie? I'm an actress but...

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You're an actress. Where are you based? I'm based in London.

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And what sort of acting are you up to at the moment?

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Mostly theatre. I played Anne in Persuasion recently.

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But at the moment, I'm a receptionist, like,

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halfway between jobs, like the actress way is.

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God, you'd never know she was an actress, would you(?)

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You just would never in a million years... I know, it's weird.

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You hide your light under a bushel, I would say.

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I tell you what,

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I bet it's quite a long day with you when you're a receptionist, is it?

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Oh, my God, it's so long.

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But I try to do different accents on the phone. So...

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Where are you a receptionist, Hollie? It is a car dealership.

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Oh, that's good. It is. That's good.

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Cos if it'd been a hospital,

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that would be a slightly different sort of job. Yeah.

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You probably shouldn't do accents there. No.

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Now, Hollie. Yeah.

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Hollie, we are looking for countries with no repeated vowels.

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I'm going to say...

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Cyprus.

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Like what you've done there, Hollie. Cyprus.

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Let's see how many of our 100 people said Cyprus.

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WHISPERS: This is tense. It's right.

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Still going down. Look at that. Down it goes to 3.

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That's a great answer, Hollie. Great start to the round.

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Great start to the show. APPLAUSE

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That's a very good answer from podium one, isn't it? Cyprus.

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Yeah, it's only got one vowel altogether and that is a U. Yeah.

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I mean, they're asking Y to do all it can to try and be a vowel.

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Yes, I know what you mean.

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Y is essentially like a waiter who wants to be a vowel.

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It's a supply vowel.

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It's waiting for a linguist to say,

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"I'm looking for... I'm actually looking for a vowel at the moment

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"and you fit the bill." Yeah.

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Now then, Derek. A warm welcome to Pointless. Here from Southampton.

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What do you do, Derek?

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I'm a chef in a place called Tidworth, army barracks.

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And how many covers?

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In my battalion, probably about 900 we do.

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That's a long order, isn't it? Yeah, it can be.

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A long day sometimes. Very good.

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Derek, what would you like to go for?

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We've had one score only and it was 3.

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Yeah, I've got a couple in my head.

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I think I'll go with...

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my first thought would be Mexico.

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Mexico, says Derek. Mexico.

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Let's see how many of our 100 people said Mexico.

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It's right.

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24 for Mexico. APPLAUSE

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24. Yeah, well played, Derek.

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Quite stressful, isn't it, this round?

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Whenever you say a word, you think, "Hold on a minute."

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Yeah, E, I and O. Nothing wrong with that.

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No, nothing at all. Andy, welcome back. Hello.

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Head-to-headers last time. Hm.

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OK, Andy, remind us what you do.

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I'm an anti-doping scientist.

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It's just brilliant, isn't it?

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So...

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all anonymous, through it comes...

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I mean, you know that presumably

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some of what passes through your hands is extremely famous,

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I should think. Yeah, yeah.

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Well, I did the Olympics in 2012 so...

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What are your hobbies, Andy? LAUGHTER

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I play a lot of sport. I play a lot of football, badminton,

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table tennis.

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Go to the pub quite a lot with my mates. The usual, really. Very good.

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All healthy...even the last.

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Andy, what would you like to go for?

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I'm going to go with Tonga.

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Tonga, says Andy. Tonga.

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Let's see how many of our 100 people said Tonga.

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It's right.

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It's another great answer. Look at that. 2 for Tonga.

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APPLAUSE

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Lowest score so far.

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It's another great answer, yeah, absolutely.

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"Ton'a", they pronounce it. Ton'a. Ton'a, rather than Tonga.

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I noticed you pronounce it Ton'a as well, which is all to the good.

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Thank you. But I also,

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if I dance a conga, I call that a "con'a", so...

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Yes. Thank you very much. Now, then, Ben, a warm welcome to Pointless.

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Here from Bath. What do you do, Ben?

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I'm a software engineer in the pensions industry.

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I see. What precisely are you doing?

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So, we design and then we train people in using the software.

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I see. And what are your interests out of work, Ben?

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I like lots of sports, particularly running, all athletics, really.

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The usual sort of things, you know, going to the cinema...

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..maths.

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Sorry.

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"Oh, and maths. The usual things, going to the cinema...maths."

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OK, Ben, what are you going to go for?

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I think I'll go for...

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Bermuda.

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Bermuda. Bermuda, says Ben.

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Let's see how many of our 100 people said Bermuda.

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Oh, Ben, I'm sorry.

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I'm afraid that's an incorrect answer

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and it scores you the maximum of 100

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points. Sorry. Yeah, not a country, I'm afraid, Bermuda.

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It passes the vowel test beautifully but not a country.

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Blame the UN for that one.

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OK, thanks very much. We're halfway through the round,

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let's take a look at those scores.

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Well done, Andy and Dan. 2. A great score there.

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Well done, Hollie and Kate. 3 there.

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Then up to 24, where we find Derek and Matt.

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And then I'm sorry, Ben and Corinna,

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on 100. So, Corinna, who knows what might happen in the next pass?

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Somebody else might fall foul of the same thing. And if you

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had a lovely low score, you might get through, so good luck with that.

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We're going to come back down the line now.

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Can the second players please step up to the podium?

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Corinna, remember we're looking

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for countries with no repeated vowels. Welcome. What do you do?

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I'm an administrator at the University of Bath.

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What particular administration do you look after?

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I'm in the psychology department.

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I deal with the undergraduate students.

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I'm the person who everyone comes to when they're late with their essays

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or they want something handing back

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or they don't want to take that course any more. Good stuff.

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Corinna, what are your interests when you're not administrating

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at the university? I'm a big reader. I read a lot.

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But Ben's also

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been getting me into sports - watching them, not doing them.

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Anyway, there you are on 100. We need a low score from you.

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Well, I'm going for something... Hopefully this is a country.

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Bhutan.

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Bhutan? Let's find out

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if it's a country.

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No red line for you, you're the high-scorers

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but how many people said Bhutan? Is it right?

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It is right.

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Well, 2 is our lowest score so far.

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Bhutan...

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..passes it. APPLAUSE

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There we are. Corinna, that's exactly what we needed.

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1 from you takes your total up to 101. Very well done.

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I hope that's enough, at least to help you through.

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Yeah, that's a terrific answer, Corinna. Very well played.

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Bhutan... Archery is the national sport.

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That's what I know about Bhutan.

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OK. Archery. Good.

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Dan, welcome back. Remind us what you do.

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I'm a lecturer in social policy.

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Social policy, at York? Yes.

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And you've been at the University of York

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for quite a long time now?

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13 years.

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What are your interests aside from the university curriculum?

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Well, football, which is how I met Andy, and...

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Not to a particular high standard, either of us.

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You said that gesturing to Andy.

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"Not to a particular high standard."

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What position do you play, Dan? You can probably tell, centre back.

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OK. Now, I've got very good news for you.

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If you can score 98 or less with your answer, you are into Round Two.

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OK. So, I'm going to go for Syria.

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Syria, says Dan. OK. Let's see how many of our 100 people said Syria.

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Here is your red line.

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Get below that, you're into Round Two.

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It's right. And you're through.

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It's another good answer. 4. There we are.

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We've had 1, 2, 3 and now 4. APPLAUSE

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Taking your total up to 6.

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Well played, Dan. Yes, some great scoring here.

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I always think it's risky when people go in for one's where

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they've got vowels next to each other. It makes me nervous. Indeed.

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Now then, Matt. Welcome to the show. Great to have you here.

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Also from Southampton. Yeah. And what do you do, Matt?

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I'm an architectural assistant in a practice in Southampton.

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What kind of architectural firm is that?

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We do all sorts, pharmaceutical business,

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residentials not so much

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but we still touch the master planning side of things,

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so it's a good wide scale. That's exciting.

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And all in the Southampton area or do you...? No, we do all sorts.

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We've gone to Iran, Dubai, as well as quite local,

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so it's quite an international practice.

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OK. There we are. Now, Matt, you're on 24.

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If you can score 76 or less...

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..you're through.

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I've got a couple in mind,

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but I'm going to go for Israel.

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Israel, says Matt. Israel.

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Let's see how many of our 100 people said Israel.

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Here is your red line.

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You're through.

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Not bad, 5. APPLAUSE

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1, 2, 3, 4, 5 we've had.

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I was going to say it would be lovely to get 6

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but it would be lovely to get 0.

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0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, wouldn't it?

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That would be a nice thing to see on podium one.

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That would be really nice. It would be a classy way to...

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If only podium one could find a pointless answer,

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that would just round off this...

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It would be nice, though, wouldn't it, Kate? I'll do my best.

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Kate, welcome to the show. Good to have you here.

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Where are you from? I'm from Hong Kong. I grew up in Hong Kong.

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You grew up in Hong Kong? Yeah. Where do you reside?

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I currently live in London. I see.

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What are you doing in London at the moment?

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I'm an actor as well. So, you know, looking for jobs.

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I'm going to Spain and Italy with some acting work

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in a couple of months.

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So, what are you doing there?

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In Italy I'm teaching drama to some kids

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and in Spain I'm doing a tour

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to different schools around Spain

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and performing to help them learn English.

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Very good indeed. Now, do you speak Spanish or Italian?

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Poquito!

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OK.

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That'll do. I've no idea what she was talking about there.

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That's great.

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Now, listen, you're on 3, Kate, at the moment. Yeah.

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If you can possibly score 97 or less you're through to Round Two.

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If you can score a pointless answer, you'll have satisfied the unities.

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Well, I'm going to go for one

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because my grandma and my other good friend is from there.

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So, Zimbabwe.

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Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe, says Kate. Here is your red line.

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Get below this red line with Zimbabwe

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and you're through to Round Two.

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Well done.

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Well, you've done the first thing

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we wanted you to do.

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Oh! So nearly. APPLAUSE

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Sorry! 2 is a great score. Very well done indeed.

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Takes your total up to 5.

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That is disappointing. It is a bit, yeah.

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Yeah, Zimbabwe. That's another scary one.

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It's quite long, isn't it, Zimbabwe? Yeah.

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Now, we could still complete.

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If you get a 6-pointer or a pointless answer... OK.

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..we could still complete the set.

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It'll be so disappointing if it's not pointless.

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But, no, it's just a bit daring is all I'm saying - is Mozambique.

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Mo-zam-bique.

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Do you see what I'm doing? I am on a knife edge there.

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It's got an O. Yeah.

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It's got an A. Yes.

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It's got an I. Yeah, I think it's... It's got an E. Yes.

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And it's got a U. It's got all the vowels. It's got all the vowels.

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Every single one of them. And it would have scored you...

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..2 points. Oh, no. That's disappointing.

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That's bitterly disappointing. Oh, there we are. Oh, well.

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Good answer, though. Yeah. Good answer.

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Now, there's four pointless answers.

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Four places in the world were pointless answers.

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I shall tell you. They are...

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Very well done at home if you said any of the following four.

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Honduras,

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Nepal...

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..Oman, unbelievably,

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and Turkmenistan.

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You'd have got 1 point for Guinea, Gabon, Brunei, Uzbekistan,

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Benin, Belarus.

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2 points for Lebanon, Maldives, Georgia, Suriname, Kyrgyzstan,

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Kuwait.

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You've got 3 points for Niger, Jordan, Mali.

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4 points for Serbia, Ecuador. And 5 points for Singapore.

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6 points, if you wanted to complete our set,

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would have been Ukraine, Vietnam or Libya.

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Let's take a look at the top three.

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The ones that most of our 100 people said.

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There we are. Thank you very much, Richard.

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At the end of our first round, the pair we're saying goodbye to -

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with their high score of 101 -

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wonderful low score we had from you, Corinna,

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but, Ben, I'm sorry, Bermuda let you down there.

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We have to say goodbye to you now but we'll see you again next time.

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We look forward to that very much. In the meantime, thanks very much. Corinna and Ben.

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APPLAUSE

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But for the remaining three pairs, it's now time for Round Two.

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Well done, everyone. We have made it through to Round Two.

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Only one round to go till we can start conferring before our answers.

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Particular mention to the near and far podiums

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for our two low scores of 2. Very well done.

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Our category for Round Two today is...

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It's People. Can you all decide in your pairs,

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who's going to go first, who's going to go second?

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And whoever's going first, please step up to the podium.

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OK. And the question concerns...

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Bird people. Obviously, Richard.

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Yeah, just looking for any bird people, please. Very best of luck.

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OK. LAUGHTER

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Is that from the bird people '14-'15 season? Yeah, absolutely.

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No, we're going to show you six clues on each pass.

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Two people whose surnames are shared with a bird.

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Their surnames are a type of bird. Oh, that's nice.

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That is nice, isn't it? Can you give us a nice obscure answer?

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There's going to be 12 in all to have a go at at home. OK.

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We're looking for people who share their surnames with a bird

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and are described by these clues. Here's our first board of six.

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I'll read those all one last time.

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Kate, it's over to you.

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This is fun, isn't it?

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It is. It's such good fun!

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I know two of those. This is good.

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I guess I'll go for the first one.

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Chris Martin.

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Chris Martin, says Kate.

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Let's see how many of our 100 people said Chris Martin.

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It's right.

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APPLAUSE

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37 for Chris Martin. Not bad at all.

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You know he graduated

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with a first class honours degree

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in Greek and Latin. Did he?

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That's quite impressive, isn't it? It is impressive.

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He strikes me as an intelligent person. He seems to be.

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He writes lovely songs. He certainly does write lovely songs.

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People slag off Coldplay but I won't have it. I won't have it...

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I quite agree, I won't have any of that.

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Now, Derek.

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Yes. Derek.

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I've got two I think I can answer.

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Which one might be the lowest,

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I'm not sure.

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I'm going to go with the

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British nurse during the Crimean War

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is Florence Nightingale.

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Florence Nightingale, says Derek.

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Let's see how many of our 100 people said that.

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66 for Florence Nightingale there, Derek.

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APPLAUSE

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Quite high. It is quite high.

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The first woman ever to be awarded

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the Order Of Merit in 1907.

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Thank you very much. Now, Dan.

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This board's all yours, talk us through it. Fill in those birds.

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There's only a couple that I know

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that are still left

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so Sigourney Weaver played Ripley

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but I'm pretty certain...

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This is where Andy gets angry at me.

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I'm pretty certain that

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the bottom answer is David Crane.

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David Crane is the one

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you're going to go for.

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Let's see how many of our 100 people went for David Crane.

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Absolutely right. It's David Crane.

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Well, 37 is our low score

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and you pass it very comfortably.

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Down it goes to 4.

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That's a great answer, Dan.

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APPLAUSE Top work on the far podium there. 4.

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Great work.

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Straight back into business,

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Dan and Andy in today's show.

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Yeah. Absolutely. You were right about that.

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Also created Episodes, of course.

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The Stephen Mangan, Tamsin Greig,

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Matt LeBlanc show.

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Let's take a look at the rest of these.

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Starred in Gorillas In The Mist?

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Sigourney Weaver. Sigourney Weaver.

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The weaver bird. Yeah.

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27 points for that.

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CG is... Carol Guillemot.

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Claire Goose. It is Claire Goose.

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That would have scored you 11.

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And do you know the artist?

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Simon Starling.

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It is Simon Starling.

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That would have scored you 1 point.

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That piece of art... Do you know what he did in that piece of art?

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He dismantled... Genuinely, he dismantled a shed,

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turned it into a boat, sailed it down the Rhine

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and then turned it back into a shed.

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I mean... You know. I mean, a shed upside down,

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basically there's a boat. Just put a couple of rowlocks in

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and you're away. No-one's ever given you a Turner Prize, have they?

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No. LAUGHTER

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We're halfway through the round. Let's take a look at those scores.

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4, the best score of that pass.

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Very well done indeed, Dan.

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Then we travel up to 37,

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where we find Kate and Hollie.

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Then up to 66, Derek and Matt.

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Now, you know, you're not a million miles ahead, Matt.

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So, a nice low score from you, I reckon could keep you in the game.

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Best of luck. We're going to come back down the line now.

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Can the second players please step up to the podium?

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OK. Let's put six more clues up on the board and here they are.

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I'll just read all of those again.

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There we are. Andy, you're on 4.

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61 or less gets you through.

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OK.

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I know a couple of them

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but I'm not sure on the first name

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for one,

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so I will go for the architect

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and say Christopher Wren.

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Christopher Wren. Here is your red line.

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If you can get below that with Christopher Wren,

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you're into the head-to-head. How many people said Christopher Wren?

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It's right.

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62 was what you scored.

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61 is what you needed but I think you've done enough there.

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66 I'm sure will see you through.

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Yeah, he's buried in St Paul's Cathedral.

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He's in the crypt, Sir Christopher Wren.

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Thank you very much, Richard. Now, Matt.

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My...

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We need a pointless answer from you.

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My architecture answer's gone,

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which was the one I'm going to go for

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and I don't really know

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any of the others.

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I'm going to take a stab

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at the Briton who won the T44

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and go Joe Parrott.

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Joe Parrott. RICHARD LAUGHS

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Well, listen... It qualifies on one score anyway.

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Joe Parrott. OK, no...

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I mean, your red line, let's say it is there

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but it's down on the pointless line.

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Joe Parrott. Is that right?

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No, I'm sorry, Matt.

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That was a game effort, though, so very well done.

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166 is your total. That's a very good guess. An inventive guess.

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Exactly.

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Yeah, he's a pretty boy but he's not a Paralympic gold medallist.

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Thanks very much. Now then, Hollie. This board's all yours.

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Do you want to go through it? Yeah.

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I don't know any

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apart from the bottom.

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I think I know the bottom,

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I might not.

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I think it's Jonathan Swift. It doesn't matter

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what you score, you're still through to the head-to-head.

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Let's see how many people said Jonathan Swift.

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No red line for you, obviously, as you're already through.

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It's right.

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Unbelievable. APPLAUSE

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He sometimes wrote under

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the pseudonym Isaac Bickerstaff,

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Jonathan Swift.

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Bickerstaff is not a bird but a swift is.

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Now, I think you'll get the rest

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of these, apart from the footballer.

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That is my prediction.

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Well, you might not get

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the Paralympian.

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Do you know the Paralympian?

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It's Jonnie Peacock.

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Well done if you said that at home. That'd have scored you 12 points.

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The American singer?

0:25:080:25:09

Sheryl Crow. Sheryl Crow.

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It'd have scored you 18.

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The posthumous acting Oscar winner?

0:25:130:25:15

Peter Finch. Peter Finch.

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That'd have scored you 4 points.

0:25:170:25:18

And do you know the footballer?

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Is it Trevor Warbler?

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Oh, so close. It is Tony Woodcock. Oh, there you go.

0:25:220:25:26

That'd have scored you 5 points.

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So, Peter Finch is the best answer on that board.

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Thank you very much indeed.

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At the end of our second round, I'm afraid it's Matt and Derek

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we have to say goodbye to this time with their high score of 166.

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We will see you again next time and I'm sure you'll do even better then.

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Thanks very much for playing, Matt and Derek. Thank you.

0:25:420:25:45

But for Dan and Andy, Kate and Hollie,

0:25:480:25:50

it's now time for our head-to-head.

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Very well done, Dan and Andy, Kate and Hollie,

0:25:570:25:59

you're now one step closer to the final

0:25:590:26:01

and a chance to play for our jackpot,

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which currently stands at ?3,250.

0:26:030:26:06

So, from here on in, you can chat before you give your answers.

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First player to win two questions will be playing for that jackpot.

0:26:130:26:16

Interesting to see what the outcome of this is.

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Best of luck to both pairs, let's play the head-to-head.

0:26:180:26:20

Here is your first question. And it concerns...

0:26:260:26:28

Colour Television. Richard, what is this?

0:26:320:26:34

You're going to see five characters now from TV programmes

0:26:340:26:36

that have a colour in their title.

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Can you tell us the name of these shows, please?

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So, we're looking for the names of these shows

0:26:410:26:43

with a colour in their title. Here they are, we've got...

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There we go.

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Five shows with colours in their title.

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Dan and Andy, you're our low scorers so you will go first.

0:27:120:27:15

Yeah, we're going to go for A

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and say Orange Is The New Black.

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Orange Is The New Black, say Dan and Andy.

0:27:320:27:36

Kate and Hollie, do you want to talk us through that broad?

0:27:360:27:39

We were going to go for A but...

0:27:390:27:40

So you've got Orange Is The New Black,

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Grey's Anatomy, Golden Girls?

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And then we don't know the last two. We wish we did.

0:27:460:27:51

So, I guess we'll go for B.

0:27:510:27:53

Grey's Anatomy? Yeah. OK, Grey's Anatomy.

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We have Orange Is The New Black and Grey's Anatomy.

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So, Dan and Andy went for Orange Is The New Black,

0:27:580:28:00

let's see if that's right, let's see how many people said it.

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It's right.

0:28:050:28:07

It's going to be a low score

0:28:100:28:11

this one, I think.

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15. There we are, well done, Dan and Andy.

0:28:120:28:14

Looking good there on 15.

0:28:160:28:18

Kate and Hollie have gone for Grey's Anatomy for B.

0:28:180:28:21

Let's see if that's right.

0:28:210:28:22

Let's see how many of our 100 people said Grey's Anatomy.

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It's right.

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It's got to beat 15.

0:28:320:28:34

25 for Grey's Anatomy. Not bad!

0:28:340:28:36

Very well done. Dan and Andy, after one question, you're up 1-0.

0:28:380:28:41

Orange Is The New Black is the best answer on the board, gents.

0:28:410:28:44

Even though it's got two colours in the title.

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I know, it's just embarrassing. A little bit, isn't it?

0:28:460:28:49

C, you're absolutely right, was The Golden Girls.

0:28:490:28:52

It wouldn't have helped you because

0:28:520:28:54

it would have scored 57 points.

0:28:540:28:56

D.

0:28:560:28:57

Red Dwarf. It's Red Dwarf.

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That would have scored you 59 points.

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It's the biggest answer on the board.

0:29:020:29:04

And E. Whitechapel. Whitechapel. Yeah.

0:29:040:29:06

And that would have scored 22.

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Thank you very much indeed. Here comes your second question.

0:29:100:29:12

Kate and Hollie, you have to win this one to stay in the game

0:29:120:29:15

but you get to answer it first, so there we are, best of luck.

0:29:150:29:18

It concerns...

0:29:180:29:19

Liberace. Oh, cool!

0:29:220:29:23

Five clues to facts about Liberace,

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can you give us the most obscure answer?

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OK, let's reveal our five Liberace facts and here they come.

0:29:280:29:31

I'll read those all one last time.

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There we are. Kate and Hollie, over to you first.

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I want to say Michael Sheen is 2013.

0:30:050:30:08

Michael? Really? It's not, but... THEY LAUGH

0:30:080:30:12

Can we go for the first one and "Too much of a good thing is..." bad?

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Great moralist that he was, yes!

0:30:190:30:22

"Too much of a good thing is bad," OK.

0:30:220:30:25

Dan and Andy, do you want to talk us through that board?

0:30:250:30:28

We certainly do not want to talk you through that board.

0:30:280:30:32

We don't know any of them. At all.

0:30:320:30:35

So, we're going to guess at the instrument

0:30:350:30:39

being the flute.

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AUDIENCE LAUGHS I'm guessing...

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I'm guessing it's wrong!

0:30:430:30:45

OK, good. Well, let's get this over and done with quickly.

0:30:460:30:49

OK, everybody. "Too much of a good thing is bad"?

0:30:490:30:52

No. Aw!

0:30:560:30:58

And did he play the flute? THEY LAUGH

0:30:580:31:01

OK, there we are.

0:31:040:31:06

Well, after two questions, it's still 1-0 to Dan and Andy. Richard?

0:31:060:31:10

"Too much of a good thing is wonderful," according to Liberace.

0:31:100:31:14

It would have scored you three points and the instrument

0:31:140:31:17

he is best known for playing is the piano.

0:31:170:31:19

You can console yourself that only 83 of our 100 new that.

0:31:190:31:22

The actor who played him, Michael Douglas.

0:31:240:31:27

It's a fun film, that.

0:31:290:31:30

The decade in which he died.

0:31:300:31:32

'90s? '80s.

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He died in 1987.

0:31:340:31:36

1980s would have scored you 22.

0:31:360:31:39

And his middle name was Valentino.

0:31:390:31:41

8 points.

0:31:430:31:45

OK, thank you very much indeed.

0:31:450:31:47

OK, here comes your third question.

0:31:470:31:49

This time, Dan and Andy, you go first.

0:31:490:31:51

But still, Kate and Hollie, you have to win this one to stay in the game.

0:31:510:31:54

It concerns...

0:31:540:31:56

We're going to show you the names of

0:31:590:32:01

five different champagne bottle sizes now

0:32:010:32:03

but we've removed alternate letters. Can you fill them in, please?

0:32:030:32:06

OK, let's reveal our five different champagne bottle sizes.

0:32:060:32:09

Here they come. We've got...

0:32:090:32:11

I'll read those all one last time.

0:32:220:32:24

Dan and Andy, it's over to you.

0:32:310:32:33

We think the bottom one

0:32:380:32:39

is the Nebuchadnezzar.

0:32:390:32:41

Nebuchadnezzar, say Dan and Andy.

0:32:410:32:43

Now then, Kate and Hollie, it's over to you.

0:32:430:32:45

Do you want to talk us through them all? We would love to.

0:32:450:32:49

But I think we both only know one, unfortunately.

0:32:490:32:53

My mother would be very disappointed.

0:32:530:32:55

We're going to go for the fourth one is Magnum.

0:32:550:32:58

So, we have Nebuchadnezzar and we have Magnum.

0:32:580:33:00

Dan and Andy went for Nebuchadnezzar,

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how many of our 100 said that?

0:33:020:33:04

It's right.

0:33:060:33:08

35 for Nebuchadnezzar.

0:33:150:33:17

Meanwhile Kate and Hollie have gone for Magnum.

0:33:170:33:20

Let's see how many of our 100 people said Magnum.

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There we are, that's right.

0:33:250:33:27

Oh, look!

0:33:270:33:28

67 for Magnum, which means very well done indeed, Dan and Andy.

0:33:280:33:32

After three questions, you are through to the final 2-0.

0:33:320:33:35

Well played, gents. If only I could think of a way to celebrate. Ah!

0:33:350:33:38

Now, how are you on the rest of these?

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Well, I'll have a crack at them.

0:33:420:33:44

Top one? Midas.

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It is Midas, it's not one I've heard of.

0:33:450:33:47

It's 40 bottles, 40 bottles in one. Just about enough.

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Pretty good going. With a big straw.

0:33:520:33:53

Absolutely right.

0:33:540:33:56

Second one down? Jeroboam. Of course it is, four bottles.

0:33:560:33:59

And the third one, do you know that?

0:33:590:34:01

It's a Souverain. No, OK.

0:34:010:34:03

That's 35 bottles of champagne

0:34:030:34:05

and would have scored you nothing at all.

0:34:050:34:07

There we are. Thank you, Richard.

0:34:070:34:09

At the end of our head-to-head round, I am sorry to say

0:34:090:34:12

Kate and Hollie, it is you to whom we have to say goodbye. Bye!

0:34:120:34:15

We will see you again next time though,

0:34:150:34:16

I'm sure you will do just as well, if not better.

0:34:160:34:18

Maybe you'll be our low-scoring pair.

0:34:180:34:20

In the meantime, thanks very much, Kate and Hollie.

0:34:200:34:23

Thank you. Good luck!

0:34:230:34:24

But for Dan and Andy, it's now time for our Pointless final.

0:34:260:34:29

Many, many congratulations, Dan and Andy.

0:34:330:34:35

You have fought off all the competition and you have won

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our coveted Pointless trophy, so very well done.

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You now have a chance to win our Pointless jackpot.

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At the end of today's show, the jackpot is standing

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at a decent ?3,250.

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Well, last time through to the head-to-head.

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This time, 2-0 coming through the head-to-head and into the final.

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It's almost as if your performance has been enhanced somehow.

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Hmm. I wonder.

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Anything in particular you'd like to see come up in this final round?

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Well, sport. Sport. We've not had it.

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Exactly, we've side-stepped sport all this time,

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so surely let's hope there's some sort of sport up there for you.

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Today's choices look like this...

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Definitely not opera.

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I'd go Richard Nixon. Really? Olympic throwing...

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I thought throwing events was going to be your thing entirely.

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That could be anything, couldn't it?

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If it's a medallist, I'm not going to have a clue.

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How much do you know about Nixon? Bits. Go Nixon and blame me.

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All right, sounds good.

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OK, Nixon, blame Dan. OK, Richard.

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OK, very best of luck, gents. Here are your three questions.

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We're looking for the cast of the film Frost/Nixon.

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So, anyone credited on IMDb as acting in Frost/Nixon.

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We're looking for any 20th-century presidents of the United States

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before Nixon.

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So anyone who served in the 20th century before Nixon.

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Or any US cabinet members during Nixon's administration,

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including vice presidents and postmasters general.

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Thanks very much, OK.

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You've got up to one minute to come up with three answers

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and all you need to win that jackpot

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is for just one of your answers to be pointless.

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Are you ready? Yes, thank you.

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Brilliant, OK, let's put 60 seconds up on the clock.

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There they are, your time starts now.

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I only know the big names

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from Frost/Nixon.

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I don't know anything,

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forget about that.

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20th-century presidents,

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couple, who knows?

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And then I'd probably be guessing but I would say educated guesses,

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just pick Republicans who then became big.

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People like George Bush Sr,

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maybe even John McCain,

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I don't know if he's a senator

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by then. Kissinger.

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20th-century presidents, I think

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Woodrow Wilson had a bit of time.

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Calvin Coolidge, William Taft,

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I don't know if Taft was before that.

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Don't think he was after. Go for that.

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So, what do we think? Taft? Wilson.

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No, Wilson won't be pointless,

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will it? All right, go on.

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We're blaming Dan!

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So, Woodrow Wilson. Who do you want, Taft or Coolidge?

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You pick. I'll go for Taft.

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And then let's just go crazy,

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let's go George Bush Sr.

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10 seconds left. Yeah?

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All right. OK.

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Sounds like you've settled on your three answers.

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Your minute is just ticking out now.

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Let's have those answers.

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We're going to take two from the presidents. OK, and they are?

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Woodrow Wilson, and William Taft. Woodrow Wilson, William Taft.

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And for the members of his administration,

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I'm going to take a bit of a stab in the dark at George Bush Sr.

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George Bush Sr.

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Of those three, which do you think is your best shot

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at a pointless answer?

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Taft, I say. OK, William Taft goes last. Least likely to be pointless?

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I think Wilson.

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Wilson we'll put first and then George Bush Sr in the middle.

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OK, well, let's put your answers up on the board in that order

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and here they are.

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Well, good luck. Three good answers on the board there.

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Well, who knows? Three answers on the board, let's say.

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One of them might turn out to the spectacular,

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might win you that jackpot.

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If that were to be the case,

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?3,250 would be a nice little sum to be taking home.

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What would you be doing with that? Dan, to you first.

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I think my wife and I would love to go on

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the honeymoon that we never got round to going.

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But we've got two children, so I think we'd have to go somewhere

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a bit more child-friendly.

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Right, OK. Andy?

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I'd always wanted to go to Vegas, so I'd either put it all to that

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or maybe next year, go to the

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European Football Championships in France.

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OK, well, two fantastic potential holidays there.

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Let's hope one of these answers wins you that jackpot.

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Very best of luck, your first answer was Woodrow Wilson.

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In this case, we were looking for any 20th-century president

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before Nixon.

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If it's pointless, it'll win you ?3,250.

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Let's see how many of our 100 people said Woodrow Wilson.

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Wilson is right.

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He just has to take us all the way down to zero

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and you'll leave here with ?3,250.

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Down it goes through the teens,

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into single figures, still going down!

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4 for Woodrow Wilson.

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Oh, ye of little faith, Dan.

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There you are!

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Woodrow Wilson, a great answer.

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Sadly, though, not a pointless answer, which means we have to turn

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to your next answer, which is George Bush Sr.

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In this case, we were looking for any member of Nixon's cabinet

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to win that ?3,250.

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It has to be pointless.

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How many people of our 100 said George Bush Sr?

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No, bad luck! Just blame Dan.

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No, that was a bit of a stab in the dark,

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I think that was kind of holding a place for you, wasn't it?

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Your third and final answer was William Taft.

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This is the one that you thought was probably your best shot

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at a pointless answer.

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To win that jackpot of ?3,250, this has to be pointless.

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William Taft, how many of our 100 people said it? Is it right?

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It is right.

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William Taft, a correct answer.

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Woodrow Wilson took us

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all the way down to 4.

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George Bush Sr was incorrect

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but William Taft

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takes us into single figures,

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down it goes, whizzing down

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through... Oh!

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1!

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Oh, guys, that is so unfair.

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Really, really good work there, though.

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Woodrow Wilson down to 4, then Taft down to 1.

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I mean, you were just within touching distance of that honeymoon.

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Sorry, I shouldn't rub salt into the wound.

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But anyway, it's been fantastic having you on the show,

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both shows, really strong performances from the pair of you

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and you get a Pointless trophy to take home each.

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At least there's something to show for your strong performance.

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But thanks very much indeed, Dan and Andy.

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Brilliant contestants.

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Yeah.

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I think that's what we call a valiant effort.

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Very well played, gents.

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George Bush Sr, he was politically active in those years.

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Amongst other things, he was the American Ambassador to the UN

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but not in Nixon's cabinet, I'm afraid.

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There were three presidents who were pointless answers

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and you've said one of them during your 60 seconds as well,

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Calvin Coolidge.

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Calvin Coolidge would have won you ?3,250, I'm afraid.

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Let's take a look at the pointless answers in the different categories.

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We'll start with Frost/Nixon.

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Kate Jennings Grant, who plays Diane Sawyer, Matthew Macfadyen

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who plays John Birt, the former Director General of the BBC,

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Oliver Platt and Toby Jones, who plays Swifty Lazar.

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Everyone was a pointless answer there apart from Michael Sheen,

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Frank Langella, who played Frost and Nixon,

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Rebecca Hall, Sam Rockwell and Kevin Bacon.

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Let's take a look at those three presidents.

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All of those were pointless answers.

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Now let's take a look at the US cabinet members

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during Nixon's administration. There were 30 of them.

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I note that every single one of them was a man. Every single one of them.

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Isn't that funny? Wasn't that long ago, was it?

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Caspar Weinberger went on to greater things in American politics,

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George Schultz also did.

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Mitt Romney's dad, George Romney, was in Nixon's cabinet.

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Everyone there was a pointless answer apart from Ford,

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who I know you were worried about, would've scored you 11 points,

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Kissinger, William Rogers, Spiro T Agnew and William Simon.

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Everyone else was a pointless answer.

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Very well done if you got one at home. Thanks, Richard.

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Unfortunately, we have to say goodbye to you, Dan and Andy,

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but it's been terrific having you on the show, fantastic performance.

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Thank you so much for playing. Dan and Andy, great contestants.

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Well, Dan and Andy sadly didn't win our jackpot today,

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which means it rolls over on to the next show

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when we will be playing for ?4,250.

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Join us next time to see if someone can win it.

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Meanwhile, it's goodbye from Richard. Goodbye.

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And it's goodbye from me. Goodbye.

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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.


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