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Thank you very much indeed. Hello, I'm Alexander Armstrong
and a very warm welcome to Pointless,
the game where you're always striving to find the lowest score.
Let's meet today's players.
And couple number one.
Hi, I'm Gabrielle,
this is my good friend Holly and we both study law at the College of Law
-Couple number two.
Hi, my name is IK, this is my friend Andrew and we're from London.
-Couple number three.
-Hi, I'm Dawn,
this is my daughter Katie and we're from Essex.
And, finally, couple number four.
Hi, my name is Sion, this is my dad and we're from Llanerfyl.
And these are today's contestants.
Thank you very much, all of you. A very warm welcome.
We'll get to chat to each of you
throughout the show as it goes along.
So, that just leaves one more person for me to introduce.
Brain of Britain, well, not just Britain,
also brain of any sovereign state recognised by the UN,
it's my Pointless friend, it's Richard.
Hiya. Hello, everybody, good afternoon.
-Good afternoon to you.
-What a show we had last time.
The jackpot had been building and building.
Steph and Beth got through to the final.
Lloyd and Sion, the only people from that show, they were lovely,
Steph and Beth, would you agree?
-You might change your mind when I tell you they won that
Three new pairs, welcome along.
Lloyd and Sion, who were terrific last time.
Hopefully we'll see an awful lot more of them.
First time we've ever had someone on the show called IK.
-The only other person in history to be called IK
was Isambard Kingdom Brunel - that's what he used to call himself.
-IK Brunel. That's good.
Shall we get on?
Yes. Thank you very much, Richard.
Steph and Beth won the jackpot last time,
so today's jackpot starts off back at £1,000.
There it is. Right, if everyone's ready, let's play Pointless.
OK, remember, the pair
with the highest score at the end of each round will be eliminated.
No conferring in the first two rounds.
Best of luck. Our first category this afternoon
is Words In Common.
Words In Common.
Can you all decide in your pairs who's going to go first,
who is going to go second?
Whoever's going first, please step up to the podium.
OK, and the question concerns...
Things with "grand" in their name.
-On each board we are going to show you seven questions.
The answers to all those questions
have the word "grand" in them somewhere.
There will be 14 in all to have a go at at home, so very best of luck.
Thanks very much indeed.
So, we're looking for these things
that contain the word "grand" in their name
and here's our first board of seven clues and on it we have...
I'll read those again as quickly as I can.
There we are. Holly. Welcome to Pointless.
Great to have you here from Chester.
-What do you do there?
-Studying law at the University of Law.
Right. Are you a graduate of another university,
-went on to the University of Law?
-No, it's literally...
-It is literally your LLB,
it's our degree, the first step to becoming a lawyer.
Very exciting. Has it been fun at Chester?
Have you had time to have fun as well?
Not really because we're doing it in two years instead of three.
-Why not do it in three?
-I don't know.
Why? Do they give you the option of two years, of three years, I mean?
-And you went, "No, we'll go for two years.
"That way we won't have time for any fun at all."
Maybe apart from going on occasional game shows.
Yeah. Holly, what would you like to go for?
I would like to go for the 2014 film directed by Wes Anderson
and I'm going to say The Grand Budapest Hotel.
Grand Budapest Hotel, says Holly. Let's see if that's right
and let's see how many of our 100 people said it.
It's a good answer.
Down it goes. Look out.
Great start to the show - very well done indeed, Holly.
13 for Grand Budapest Hotel.
Nice start, Holly. Well played.
Nominated for nine Oscars, won four of them as well.
Thank you very much indeed, Richard.
Now, IK, welcome.
-Welcome to Pointless. great to have you here from London.
What do you do, IK?
I'm a health and safety officer.
Wow. In any particular industry?
Construction. I work for a construction company.
-What are your hobbies, IK?
-I like to play a bit of sports,
if my body allows me to.
Tennis, a bit of football.
I do a little bit of improv as well.
-No, just improv, group improv.
Oh, that's fun. How long have you been doing that for?
About ten-ish, ten-ish years.
That's fun. Really good.
Now, IK, what would you like to go for on this board?
I was going to go for that one, as everyone says.
I only know two others and I will go for
the name given to the four most important annual tennis tournaments.
-Grand Slams, says IK.
Let's see if that's right.
Let's see how many of our 100 people said Grand Slams.
That's a punishing score there.
An awful lot better than 100, though.
The term Grand Slam originally comes from bridge,
meaning to win all 13 tricks in a hand.
Slam. You don't really think of a slam in bridge, do you?
It's more of a polite unfurling.
Yes. A Grand Slam.
That'll make the tea cups jump.
There we are.
Now, Katie, welcome to Pointless. Great to have you here.
What do you do, Katie?
I'm an English teacher.
Very good. Now, to whom do you teach English?
Secondary school kids, so they're about 12 to 16.
Now, what's been your favourite set text
-throughout the time you have been teaching?
-Oh, that's so hard.
I'm teaching Animal Farm at the moment, loving it.
-It's a really good one.
-Have you - be honest -
have you ever had a set text that even when you look at the cover,
you think... HE YAWNS
Or are they all brilliant?
I like to be positive.
You can see something good in every book.
That means yes. There have been some absolute shockers.
Now then, Katie.
-What would you like to go for on this board?
Not a great board for me.
I'm afraid there's only one left up there
that I know and that's the Grand National
for the annual horse race. Play safe.
The Grand National, says Katie.
OK, let's see how many of our 100 people
also went for the Grand National.
It's right. Oh, 91.
91, Katie, I'm sorry, that's high.
-Better than 100.
-It's much better than 100.
Always see the good in a score.
There you are. You're in quite good company.
IK's not terribly far behind you, so there we are.
I liked IK's applause at that one.
That's the applause of a happy man.
Again, better than 100 if it's the only one you knew.
Well said. Now, Lloyd, we come to you.
Lloyd, remind us what you do.
I'm trying to get semi-retired,
shall we put it like that?
OK, I asked Lloyd several times last time what he did, never said.
Never quite got to the bottom of it, did we?
No, he dibbled and he dabbled, he does this and that, bits and pieces.
He's the only person who's ever left the studio with a police escort,
so something, I don't know, something is up.
-Something is up.
-They were my bodyguards.
Lloyd, what do you like getting up to
when you're not dibbling and dabbling?
I enjoy cycling in the summer, I enjoy cycling,
my wife and I enjoy cycling.
When you say cycling, do you go off on proper long cycling trips?
Oh, no, no, no. About 10, 12 miles, something like that.
Fairly flat, not too over-stretched.
Do you own cycling things?
No. No. I do have a pair of Lycra shorts, though.
-That's why the police escorted him out of the building.
Now then, Lloyd, this board is all yours.
You just feel free to help yourself
to any bits that haven't been answered.
OK, well, the train station is Grand Central.
The weekly music is the Grand Ole Opry.
The second largest city is probably Grand Rapids and the album,
not a clue.
So, I'll go for Grand Rapids.
Sounds good to me. Lloyd's going for Grand Rapids.
Let's see if he's right to do that.
Let's see how many of our 100 people agree with him.
It's right. Very well done.
13 is our lowest score.
91 and 77 you've passed already and you pass 13.
Eight, very well done indeed.
Great score, Lloyd.
Eight for Grand Rapids, Michigan.
That was beautifully played, Lloyd,
I applaud your bravery there because I was thinking the same,
it must be Grand Rapids, but to actually go for it is very gutsy.
Very well done - it's the best score of the ones you knew,
because you are right about Grand Central.
Grand Central is a big scorer, though.
It would have scored you 71 points.
The Grand Ole Opry...
would have scored you 19.
Wouldn't have been a bad answer at all. The best answer on the board is
the album by The Streets, which is A Grand Don't Come For Free.
That would have scored you six points.
-Very well done if you said that.
-Thanks very much.
We're halfway through the round, so let's look at those scores.
Eight, the best the best score of that pass, Lloyd.
Lloyd and Sion, looking pretty strong on the strength of that.
Holly and Gabrielle, likewise, 13.
Lovely low score. Then we go to the other end of the scoreboard where we
find, on 77, IK and Andrew and up a little bit to 91, Katie and Dawn.
So, Dawn, we need a low-scoring grand answer
from you on the next board.
So, best of luck with that. We'll come back down the line now.
Can the second players please step up to the podium?
OK, let's put seven more clues up on the board and here they are.
I'll read those all one last time.
There we are. Now, Sion, we come to you.
Welcome back. Remind us what you do, Sion.
Well, I just recently had a job as a care assistant.
That's right. Last time it was your job to dig your dad out.
Your dad had quite a high score
and you came up with a fabulous low score.
In round one. In round one, Lloyd. This time round,
Lloyd has given you a lovely low score there.
So, I'm going to wait and see, are you going to go high,
are you going to go even lower than eight, I wonder?
I think I'll go safe for this one.
Not too safe.
I tell you what, if you can score 82 or less, you're fine.
I think I'll go for the show hosted by Kevin McCloud
-and that is Grand Designs.
-Grand Designs, says Sion. Grand Designs.
Here is your red line. If you can get below that,
you're through to the next round.
Let's see how many of our 100 people said Grand Designs.
Very well done.
Oh, look at that. 75.
No wasted points there.
83 is your total.
Did exactly what you needed to do there, Sion.
I love Grand Designs.
It's always good.
I like the fact whenever they come back they've always had a baby.
You can always tell if Kevin liked them because he turns up
with a bottle of wine, if he liked them.
If he hasn't got a bottle of wine, you know he wasn't entirely happy.
-I don't know. That's just my theory.
-He always goes,
"It's six months later and something else has changed."
Yeah, they've had a baby, we know they've had a baby.
They always do. Always.
Something about wall cladding that gets you pregnant, I think.
I think that's how it happens.
Thank you very much indeed, Richard.
Now, Dawn, welcome to the show.
Great to have you here. What do you do, Dawn?
I'm a retired nurse.
-When did you retire?
Oh, that's nice. So the retirement, you're still enjoying it.
-I am, yeah.
-Thinking every morning, "Oh, God... oh, No, I haven't.
"No nursing today."
-That's nice. What do you do with your retirement?
I watch all the shows, I am a very adamant watcher of TV.
I like sport but I'm an armchair watcher, unfortunately,
but I do avidly watch the shows.
Very good. Well, it's lovely to have you on the show this time.
Now, Dawn, you're on 91 - you are the high scorers at the moment,
but a nice low score from you might keep you in the game.
-Not going to happen, I don't think.
-What would you like to go for?
I'll go for the natural feature in Arizona
that was formed by the Colorado River
and I'll say the Grand Canyon.
The Grand Canyon, says Dawn.
Let's see if that's right.
No red line for you as you're the high scorers,
but how many people said the Grand Canyon?
78 takes your total up to 169.
Still in with a chance there.
Yeah, 277 miles long, up to 18 miles wide as well, the Grand Canyon.
-It's a big canyon.
-It's a big canyon!
Yeah. If only there were a better word than big.
Andrew, welcome to Pointless. Great to have you here.
What do you do, Andrew?
I'm a client relationship executive, so I work for a small firm.
I'm a bridge between the clients and the company I work for.
What sort of company is that?
It's a small firm. It's a fashion... They sell fashion accessories.
I see. So you go out to reach the clients.
Do you try and find new clients?
Yes, I do indeed, yes.
Very good. Now, Andrew.
There you are on 77, high scorers in front of you Dawn and Katie.
If you can score 91 or less, you're in.
It's not a very interesting board.
I'm sorry. I only apologise.
We went for blue as well, which I don't think is the best colour.
If you come back in six months' time,
it will be much better and Xander will be pregnant.
Bring a bottle of wine and we'll...
Yeah. Andrew, what would you like to go for?
I think I'll just take a punt on this one
and say Dutch DJ and producer
known for his 2006 hit Put Your Hands Up For Detroit.
Fedde le Grand.
Fedde le Grand. Fedde le Grand, says Andrew.
OK, here is your red line, Andrew.
If you can get below that with Fedde le Grand, you are into round two.
Let's see if it's right.
Let's see how many of our 100 people said Fedde le Grand.
It's right. You are through.
Two points, Andrew.
Very well done indeed. Takes your total up to 79.
That's a great answer, Andrew. Very well played, yeah, Fedde le Grand.
That's a great track as well.
Put Your Hands Up For Detroit.
And you know what, I'm nodding, going "Mm, mmm."
I can't not lie.
When the news is on, I shall play it to you.
Oh, do! Yeah.
While George Alagiah's doing his stuff.
-We will get Fedde le Grand.
Now, Gabrielle. Welcome to Pointless.
Great to have you here.
-And what do you do?
-I am training to be a lawyer at Law School.
Also in the two-year course?
-How many other people did the two-year course?
There's four of us.
Yeah. And do you find yourself on summer afternoons
looking out of your window as you're working,
and seeing all the people who did
-the three-year course just playing Frisbee outside?
We see them rocking up at lunch and it's a sigh of disappointment.
You can tell, because they're the ones
with cans of beer on their trays.
I imagine you're thinking, I'm nine grand better off than you are.
-Well, that's true.
-That is true, yeah.
That's true. Good news,
you're through to the next round even if you score 100 points.
But I know you won't. Do you want to talk us through this board
and fill in the blanks?
Well, the top four were the only four that I knew.
Series of motor racing,
the only thing I can come up with is Formula 1 or the Gumball Rally.
I can't think of anything with grand in. Same with the drama.
I think it's a little bit before my age bracket.
RICHARD EXHALES SLOWLY
-Don't say that!
-It's like watching someone walk into a rake!
-It's almost as if saying that it's in everyone else's time.
It's before all of our times, but it's still available.
-You can still watch it.
-Yeah. So sadly,
I'm going to have to go with the mother of a mother.
Which is a grandmother.
-The mother of a mother.
-Mother of a mother.
-Mother of a mother.
Mother of a mother, grandmother, says Gabrielle.
Let's see if it's right.
No red line for you, as you're already through.
Let's see how many people said
mother of a mother was a grandmother.
I didn't even have time to say it was right, but there you are.
93 - 106 your total. You're through.
I don't know what the other seven were thinking, but, yeah,
the mother of a mother.
Now, let's fill in the rest of these.
The motor racing contest, of course, Grand Prix.
Would have scored you 80 points.
Big scorer there. The film is Grand Hotel.
That was before Budapest was invented.
Would have scored you seven points.
And the central square of Brussels, do you know that?
-La Grand Place.
-La Grand Place is exactly the answer.
Ten points for that. So the best answer on the board, Andrew,
-Fedde le Grand.
-There we are.
Well, thank you very much, Richard. And at the end of our first round,
I'm afraid we have to say goodbye
to one of our pairs, as we always do.
And our high-scoring pair today is Dawn and Katie.
I'm so sorry.
I'm sorry. Nothing wrong with either of your answers, just yeah,
the Grand National was just a popular answer there.
Anyway, we'll see you again next time.
We look forward to that very much indeed.
Thank you. In the meantime, thanks very much. Dawn and Katie.
But for the remaining three pairs, it's now time for round two.
And so we are now down to three pairs.
Obviously, this will continue at the end of each round.
Next round will be down to two.
The two stars of that round, Lloyd, Andrew.
Very well done. Lovely, low scores there.
Fedde le Grand and Grand Rapids, superb.
But well done, all three pairs.
Best of luck to you all.
Our category for round two this afternoon...
Can you all decide in your pairs who's going to go first,
who's going to go second?
And whoever's going first, please step up to the podium.
OK, let's find out what the question is.
Here it comes. We gave 100 people 100 seconds
to name as many composers from...
..as they could.
Composers from BBC Radio 3's Story of Music in 50 Pieces.
-Yes, in 2013 this series essentially showcased
the 50 pieces they thought had changed the course of music history.
Looking for any composer who has a work on that list, please.
Where there's composers who have worked together,
we'll take each as separate answers.
Just a warning, a lot of these people
will be before Gabrielle's time.
-Worth noting, right?
Thank you very much indeed.
Um... I'm happy, I love music.
Studied music for a long time, so I've got quite a few answers.
I'm going to go for the one that I think is probably quite influential,
probably top of the list.
says Gabrielle. Chopin.
Let's see how many of our 100 people said Chopin.
12 for Chopin. Well played, Gabrielle.
Yeah, number 28 on that list.
Worked from 1846.
That really is a long time before your time.
-Yeah. That is, yeah.
-Yeah. There we go.
Thank you very much indeed. Now, Andrew, we come to you.
Again, not my favourite board.
But if I was going to take a punt, I would say Igor Stravinsky.
Stravinsky, says Andrew.
Stravinsky - let's see how many of our 100 people said that.
12 is our only score at this point.
Where will Stravinsky end up in relation to that?
Below it is the answer.
Seven for Stravinsky.
Good answer there, Andrew.
From Fedde le Grand to Stravinsky, Andrew.
-And supplying the first name as well.
Yeah, lovely. Stravinsky's on the list twice
with Les Noces and The Rite Of Spring.
-Thank you very much.
-To you again.
-Two very good answers, so I've got to sort of dig deep.
I'll go Grieg.
Grieg, says Lloyd. Grieg.
These are all very good answers, aren't they?
-Yeah, they're not bad, are they?
Let's see how many of our 100 people said Grieg.
Oh, I'm sorry, Lloyd.
Grieg did not make that list, I'm afraid.
This is an issue you're going to have to take up with BBC Radio 3,
but that scores you 100 points.
Yeah, that seems unfortunate.
Not on the list, I'm afraid. Perfectly good guess.
Might not be the last 100 we see, though.
There we are. Well, we're halfway through the round,
so let's look at our scores so far.
Seven the best score of that pass, Andrew.
Very well done indeed for Stravinsky.
Then Chopin scoring 12 on the first podium there.
And then Grieg, I'm afraid, not scoring at all,
so 100 points over on the far podium.
So, who knows?
Sion, a low score from you might keep you in the game,
so best of luck with that.
We're going to come back down the line now.
Can the second players please step up to the podium?
OK, so remember, Sion.
We're looking for any composer whose work appeared
on BBC Radio 3's Story of Music in 50 Pieces list.
I think I'm going to have to go extremely bold with this one,
so I'm going to write down...
I'm going to say
John Williams, OK, the film composer.
There you are. 100 points is your score at the moment,
so no red line for you. You're the high scorers.
Let's see how many of our 100 people said John Williams.
Oh, bad luck!
Out in a blaze of glory, though, on that far podium.
Two perfectly good punts you've had over there,
but I'm afraid neither of them made this list.
So that takes your total up to 200, sorry.
Yeah, sorry, Sion. Good tactic, I think,
to go for someone like John Williams.
But, yeah, not a composer of one of the pieces of music
-that has changed music history.
-Thanks very much.
So, initially I was thinking
everything was about classical music,
and he's just given me another idea.
-Remember, his idea was wrong.
-I know, but...
But I'm assuming we're safe.
Because they've got 200, so we're safe, so...
Yes, you are. You are safe, that's a good point.
Yes, exactly, you're through, it doesn't matter.
So I don't have to go classical. So I'll go for John Lennon.
John Lennon. Let's see.
No red line for you, as you pointed out, you're already through.
Let's see how many of our 100 people said John Lennon.
Let's see if it's right.
Oh. Great punt, but incorrect, as it turns out.
Scores you 100 points, takes your total up to 107.
I like the pattern that's developing here, though.
I sort of hope Holly goes, "I've had an idea!
"I didn't realise we could go for non-classical."
That would be good. Yeah, not John Lennon, I'm afraid.
-Not on the list.
Now, Holly. Again, as IK has pointed out, you are through.
You are so through to the head-to-head,
but why not have some fun,
see if you can think. There's got to be some pointless answers there.
I think I'm going to go with Tchaikovsky.
If I haven't pronounced right, I'm sorry.
OK, Tchaikovsky, says Holly.
No red line, you're already through.
Let's see how many of our 100 people said Tchaikovsky.
Is he on the list?
Oh, look at that - 16.
Very well done indeed, taking your total up to 28.
Well played, Holly.
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is on there for Swan Lake.
Let's take a look at the pointless answers, shall we?
You could have had Corelli, you could have had Bertolt Brecht,
George Gershwin would have been a good answer.
The earliest name on the list, Hildegard von Bingen,
got a piece from 1140, the very first,
chronologically the first item on the list.
Three more from the 20th century here.
You could have had Kurt Weill, Scott Joplin,
and Steve Reich was the most recent name on the list.
Shall we look at the top three,
-the ones that most of our 100 people said?
Bach would have scored you 23.
-And our old friend...
Adele, all the way to 15, no, it was Manchester United.
Mozart scored 53.
There we are, thank you very much indeed, Richard.
So at the end of our second round, the pair we're saying goodbye to,
Sion and Lloyd, yes,
200 points means we have to say goodbye to you
and this time it really is goodbye.
It's been great having you on both shows.
Thank you so much for playing, Sion and Lloyd.
But for the two remaining pairs, it's now time for our head-to-head.
Congratulations, Gabrielle and Holly, Andrew and IK,
you are now one step closer to the final and a chance to play for our
jackpot, which currently stands at £1,000.
Well, you know the deal here.
You can start playing as teams,
you can confer before you give your answers.
The first pair to win two questions
will be playing for that jackpot.
The best of luck to both pairs. Let's play the head-to-head.
Here comes your first question and it concerns...
Best Actress Olivier Awards winners.
I'm going to show you pictures of five actors now.
They've all won an Olivier Award
for Best Actress or Best Actress In a Musical.
-Can you identify them, please?
-Thanks very much indeed.
Let's reveal our five actors, and here they are.
We have got...
There we are, five best actors.
Now, Gabrielle and Holly,
you've been our low scorers so you will go first.
Well, we think we know three out of them, possibly four.
We're going to go for one we think is lowest,
and that is A and I think it's Martine McCutcheon.
Martine McCutcheon, A, Martine McCutcheon.
Now then, Andrew and IK, do you want to talk us through the others?
Yes, I think B is Julie Walters, C is Tasmin Greig,
I can't remember E's name, but
I think what we're going for, B or C?
I think C, C is Tasmin Greig, Greeg?
Tasmin Greig, Tasmin Greeg, Tasmin Greig, OK,
so we have Martine McCutcheon and we have Tasmin Greig.
Gabrielle and Holly, you've gone for Martine McCutcheon for A.
Let's see if that's right, let's see how many of our 100 people said it.
It is Martine McCutcheon, very well done.
29 for Martine McCutcheon.
Now then, Andrew and IK have said Tasmin Greig for C.
Let's see if that's right.
Let's see how many of our 100 people said that.
I'm afraid that is incorrect, Andrew and IK,
which means Gabrielle and Holly, after one question you are up 1-0.
Yes, I can't give it. You said TASMIN Greig,
it's TAMSIN Greig and they're both different names, I'm afraid,
and you are playing against two lawyers as well
so it's really not worth my while giving it to you.
It's really unlucky because actually it would have won the point as well,
21 points for Tamsin Greig would have been a terrific answer.
You were right about Julie Walters as well.
She would have scored you 51 points.
We'll leave D for one second, E,
you will remember the name Sheridan Smith.
Sheridan Smith would have scored 36.
There's lots of good oohing going on in the audience.
And D, better known as Jenna from 30 Rock,
the greatest sitcom ever made,
it's Jane Krakowski. That would have scored you three points.
Very well done if you said that.
Thanks very much indeed, Richard, so here comes your second question.
Andrew and IK, you get to answer it first.
You have to win this one to stay in the game, so best of luck.
Our second question today is all about...
I'll give you five clues now to facts about British coinage.
Can you give us the most obscure answer here?
Thanks, let's reveal our five clues and here they come.
We have got...
I'll read those all one last time.
Andrew and IK will go first.
So we'll go for the year of decimalisation and say 1971.
1971, the year of decimalisation say Andrew and IK, 1971.
Now Gabrielle and Holly,
do you want to talk us through this board and fill in the blanks?
Day of the week for, I'd say Monday
because that's the closest to Maundy.
We said number of edges on a 20p piece, six.
Town in Wales, I don't know why, but Caerphilly came to mind,
I'm not too sure, so you choose.
20p piece, because you know.
OK, yes. So.
Six sides to a 20p piece, you are going to say.
So we have 1971 and six.
Andrew and IK, you went with 1971. Let's see if it's right,
let's see how many people said it.
It is right.
It is right.
It's a great answer.
27. Very well done indeed.
Now, Gabrielle and Holly are saying there are six edges to a 20p piece.
Let's see if that's right, let's see how many people said it.
Bad luck, an incorrect answer, not six sides it turns out,
which means Andrew and IK, you are back in the game.
After two questions it's one-all.
Yes, as everybody sitting at home on their sofas
with 20p pieces in their hands will attest, seven.
-Seven, I know.
It would have scored you 33 points as well.
The town in Wales is Llantrisant.
It would have scored you five points.
The figure who appeared on the reverse of the 50p piece
15 points. And it's Maundy Thursday.
That would have scored 46,
so Llantrisant is the best answer on that board.
Thanks very much indeed. OK, so it comes down to our decider.
Question number three - whoever wins this
goes through to the final to play for that jackpot.
Best of luck to both pairs.
Our third question is all about breeds of cat.
Breeds of cat, Richard.
I'm going to show you the names now of five different breeds of cat,
but we've missed out alternate letters.
Can you fill in those gaps and give us the most obscure answer, please?
OK, thanks very much indeed.
Let's reveal our five breeds of cat
with missing bits, and here they are.
I am going to read those all again.
Gabrielle and Holly, you'll go first again this time.
It was quite funny this morning,
because on the way here in the car I said a really good question would be
the most obscure breed of cat, but obviously not like this.
Sadly, we'd have had a really good answer otherwise.
Erm... The only one we think we really know on that is Persian.
-OK, Persian, say Gabrielle and Holly.
Andrew and IK, do you fancy talking us through that board?
We think we know the first one.
And I don't know if it's a breed, but it would fit,
the fourth one down,
What shall we go for?
I think Persian would beat Siamese.
-I think so.
-OK, I'd rather go for ragdoll,
but I have to go with my partner and we're going for Siamese.
Siamese say Andrew and IK.
Siamese. So we have Persian and we have Siamese.
In the order they were given, Persian, Gabrielle and Holly.
Is it right? How many people said it?
37. 37 for Persian.
Now, Andrew and IK have gone for Siamese.
Let's see if that's right. Let's see how many of our 100 people said it.
Where is it going to end up, though? Oh! 44.
Your hunch was right there, IK, which means, very well done.
After three questions, Gabrielle and Holly,
you are through to the final 2-1.
Well, let's leave number four for a moment, shall we?
We'll go right down to the bottom.
The bottom is Abyssinian.
In all the old familiar places.
That would have scored you 25 points.
-The second one down?
That's the answer. Maybe pronounced meow, but I would say mau.
Seven points for that. And this other one, I'll tell you,
it would have won you the points
because it would have scored 20 points.
And the answer is...
20 points. That is going to be a fun journey home tonight(!)
There we are. Thank you very much indeed.
So the pair leaving us at the end of the head-to-head round,
I'm afraid it's Andrew and IK.
But it's actually kind of good news because it means we get to see you
again next time because otherwise
you'd have just been here for one show only and that's not enough.
We'll look forward to that very much indeed.
Andrew and IK, thanks so much for playing. Great contestants.
But for Gabrielle and Holly, it's now time for our Pointless final.
Congratulations, Gabrielle and Holly,
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 at the end of
today's show, the jackpot is standing at £1,000.
There we are. Well, very well done.
We've given you a pretty good run around, I'd say.
We did all our clues with answers containing the word "grand."
We had our composers.
Olivier award-winning actresses.
We then had sterling and then we had cats.
And here we are in the final.
Anything in particular you want to see?
Anything you want to add to that list?
Harry Potter would be fantastic.
Anything about Harry Potter.
-Bring it on.
-That would be brill.
OK. Well, let's see what the choices are.
Is Harry Potter up there? I wonder...
-It's going to have to be, isn't it?
-Yeah. I think, yeah.
Epic poems, I think.
We're both literature students from A Level
so hopefully we can do something.
Epic poems it is.
-We are looking for the name of any named character
in any of the following three epic poems, please,
according to the SparkNotes website.
We are looking for any character named in Beowulf,
any character named in Paradise Lost,
or any character named in the Iliad, please.
So any characters named in Beowulf, Paradise Lost or the Iliad.
-Very best of luck.
-OK, 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 those answers to be pointless.
Are you ready?
-OK, let's put 60 seconds up on the clock.
There they are. Your time starts now.
-Beowulf is the only one I know.
-It's going to have to be Beowulf.
So you've got Beowulf...
Yeah, but what's the name of that, erm...
The monster thing.
Angelina Jolie did it in the...
Like, the mother.
I don't know! I was hoping for Shakespeare!
Um... Gosh, I've no idea.
There's obviously, like,
the Maid Marian kind of character in it as well,
isn't there? The female role,
but I cannot for the life of me remember her name.
Mary? Just guess Mary.
That kind of era? Erm...
Do you want to guess the mother? Guess at the mother?
If Angelina Jolie played her.
It's really weird.
Like, a really obscure name.
She's like a monster in it.
What other type of names would be in that?
Isn't it set in, like, medieval?
-Yeah, it is.
-So Arthur might be a good one.
-Ten seconds left.
-Not Richard! Richard, it'll have to be Richard.
-The luck of the Richards, hopefully.
OK, that's your time up now.
I'm longing to ask about the luck of the Richards,
but we haven't really got time for that.
I now need your three answers.
I'm sure it's medieval-esque, so we are going to go for Arthur...
-And the luck of the Richards!
OK, of those three,
which is the one you think is most likely to be pointless?
Least likely to be pointless?
-Richard, OK. We'll put Mary in the middle.
-OK, well, let's put those answers up on the board
in that order, then, and here they are.
We have got Richard, we've got Mary and we've got Arthur.
Well, best of luck.
Three answers on the board there.
Any of them could be right.
Any of them could therefore be pointless.
What would you do if you won that jackpot today?
-We deserve a holiday, I think, after the lengthy degree, so...
Very good. OK, well, best of luck.
Your first answer was Richard.
All of these answers you've given were for characters in Beowulf.
If it's pointless and it's right, it will win you £1,000.
Let's see how many people said Richard.
Bad luck. I'm afraid not a pointless answer.
Only two make more shots at today's jackpot.
Your next answer was Mary.
Let's find out if that's correct,
then let's find out if it's pointless.
Again, if it's both of those things, it will win you £1,000.
How many people said Mary?
Oh, I'm afraid not.
Which means everything is now riding on Arthur,
your third and final answer.
Let us find out if that is correct and if it's correct,
how many people said Arthur?
For £1,000, is it pointless?
Oh! Bad luck. Sorry.
Well, that was really, really tough.
Epic poems, I mean, it really was genuinely epic poems, I'm afraid.
And uncomfortable to have to sort of try and pluck names out of thin air.
And there are some names you know from Beowulf,
-so I guess you'll be kicking yourselves a bit.
But I'm afraid you didn't find that all-important pointless answer
so I'm afraid you don't win today's jackpot of £1,000.
That will roll over on to the next show.
But you have been fantastic the whole way through.
It's been wonderful having you on. Thank you so much for playing.
And you get a Pointless trophy each to take home, so there you are.
Yeah, well done for taking a risk.
Sorry it didn't pay off. Let's take a look at the pointless answers.
We'll start with Beowulf.
These characters were all pointless.
Ecgtheow is Beowulf's dad.
He's an accountant. King Hrothgar, who is the king of the Danes.
King Hrothgar's wife is Wealhtheow.
And Wiglaf is a Swedish warrior.
All of those pointless answers. In fact, everyone apart from Grendel,
Grendel's mother and the Dragon,
every other character was a pointless answer in that poem.
Characters in Paradise Lost.
You could have had Belial, Michael, you could have had Sin,
you could have had Uriel.
Other ones for a Paradise Lost you could have had...
Death was a pointless answer. That would have been a nice one.
God the Son and Mammon, also a pointless answer.
Well done if you said any of those. Let's move on to the Iliad.
Aphrodite is a pointless answer.
Nestor. Pandarus, Poseidon also a pointless answer.
Very well done if you said any of those at home.
Thanks very much, Richard.
Well, Gabrielle and Holly didn't win our jackpot today,
which means it rolls over on to the next show,
when we'll be playing for £2,000. APPLAUSE
Join us next time to see if someone can win it.
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.