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Thank you very much indeed. Hello.
I'm Alexander Armstrong and welcome to Pointless, the show where the aim of the game is to score
as few points as you can. And you do that by coming up with the answers no-one else can think of.
Let's meet today's players.
And couple number one...
Hi. My name's Shirley, this is my boyfriend Martyn and we live in Cardiff.
Couple number two...
Hello, I'm Nadia, this is my friend Sam and we're from Southampton.
Couple number three...
Hello, I'm Tommy and this is my friend Will and we're from Belfast.
And, finally, couple number four...
Hi, I'm Junaid, this is my friend Jonathan and we're from Manchester.
And these are today's contestants.
Thanks very much, all of you. A very warm welcome to the show.
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.
Here to shout at us like an angry member of the Question Time audience,
it's my Pointless friend - it's Richard.
Hiya. Hey, everybody.
Good afternoon to you.
-Now, an open field today, really.
-It's - what? - three new pairs.
Only one pair who were on last time, Martyn and Shirley,
and they got knocked out in Round One, on podium one.
-They're back on podium one, which is good.
-Hopefully, we see more of them.
The first two rounds - both very different subjects.
I think it'd be hard to be very good at both, I suspect.
Actually, YOU might be quite good at both.
-You might be.
-There's going to come a show where you are.
Surely, one of these days.
Thank you very much, Richard.
Now, Chris and James 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 this - the pair with the highest score at the end of each round will be eliminated.
That is it. Best of luck to all four pairs.
Our first category this afternoon is...
It's Nature. Can you all decide in your pairs who's going to go first,
who's going to go second? And whoever's going first,
please step up to the podium.
OK, and the question concerns...
It's all about trees. Richard.
Yeah, a fun one, this. Essentially, what we're going to do,
we're going to ask you some questions about trees.
OK, why don't you give us some answers?
-That'd be great. Correct answers would be...
-..as always, better.
Incorrect answers - steer clear if you can.
OK. Questions about trees.
We are looking for the trees that complete these clues.
There are trees that will complete the seven clues that are going up
on this board any second now. Here they come...
I'm going to read those all ag...
This is fun, isn't it?
Here we go.
There we are. A board of trees.
-Good to have you back here.
Now, tell us what happened last time, in Round One.
You should probably ask Martyn that question.
Yes. Harold Pinter.
Harold Pinter, indeed.
There we go. Now, Shirley, remind us what you do.
-I'm an architect.
-You're an architect in Cardiff?
-And what are your hobbies?
I play a lot of tennis, cook a lot.
We like to go travelling.
You got plans to travel this year?
We're going to Norway...
-..pretty soon, to the fjords.
-Whereabouts are you going?
Go out to the Lofoten Islands.
-Very beautiful indeed.
-We saw your programme.
-Don't know if I should mention that.
It's on the other side, so this will be cut. So, er, yeah.
Now then, Shirley.
I think this is good, isn't it?
Yeah, um... Ish!
I'm going to go...
The state tree of Vermont.
-Good job we had the pancake clue in there, wasn't it?
Yeah, maple. Let's see if that's right, let's see how many of our 100 people said maple.
-Very much the Harold Pinter of that board, I fear.
-69 for maple.
-Yeah, the maple. It's actually officially the sugar maple.
The state coins of Vermont are of a man collecting sap in buckets.
-Thank you, Richard.
-Thank you. Nadia.
-Welcome to Pointless. It's great to have you here. What do you do, Nadia?
I work for Southampton City Council.
We are special educational needs officers, both of us.
-Who was there first?
-We started on the same day.
Aw, friends from the very beginning!
-NOT friends from the very beginning.
I didn't really like Sam for the first week,
just because I found her a bit competitive and a bit annoying,
so... But we bonded quite quickly and now we're very good friends.
Aw! Well, you can be as competitive and as annoying as you like
on this show. Competitive is good.
-She's good for some stuff, yeah.
-Yeah, it's great. Nadia, trees.
-Yeah, I know a few of them.
I think I'm going to go for
the Dream A Little Dream Of Me,
and that's the sycamore tree.
Sycamore tree, says Nadia.
Let's see if that's right, let's see how many of our 100 people
It's right. Well, you pass 69,
which was our only score so far.
Sycamore - look at that. Down it goes.
Great answer. 21.
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Yeah, well played. They're very resilient trees, sycamores.
They often plant them in coastal areas, cos they can take all sorts of sea spray.
-And in towns and cities, as well, cos they're very resistant to pollution.
-Yeah. There you are.
Thank you, Richard. Now, Will, welcome to the show.
Great to have you here. What do you do, Will?
I sort of split my time between
playing wheelchair rugby semi-professionally,
and I also help with Disability Sport Northern Ireland.
-Fantastic. Let's talk about the wheelchair rugby.
How long have you done that for?
About four years I've been playing and now I've made my way into the Irish team. So...
Fantastic. That's about as hard as it gets, isn't it, wheelchair rugby?
I think it looks harder than it is. It's like dodgems with a ball.
OK. Will, trees.
With the ones left, I'll probably
just have to go with the cricket one
and say ash.
Ash, says Will.
Let's see how many of our 100 people spotted ash.
Well, it's right. 69...
Ooh, 80. A new high score.
Bit of a relief for Shirley.
Bit of a reprieve on podium one there. 80 for ash.
Better than 100, though. Yeah, there's seven billion ash trees in America,
but they're threatened by the ash borer beetle.
-You know that?
The dieback, yeah.
-It's a shame, isn't it?
-You can burn immediately.
Normally, when you chop down trees, you have to season them for quite a long time before you can burn them.
-What, you can't just chop down a tree and burn it?
-Then how do those forest fires happen?
-Cos it's... Cos it's full of...
-What do they do?
-Just go around the ashes?
-All the other trees going...
-It's generally the leaves that burn in the forest.
-The other ashes just going, "A bit hot, isn't it?"
"It's fine. It's fine with me."
-So it's the leaves that burn rather than the wood?
You know a lot about trees.
Turns out I do.
What about that? Thanks very much, Richard.
Now then, Junaid, welcome to Pointless.
-Great to have you here. What do you do, Junaid?
I'm a trainee accountant in Manchester.
How long have you been training?
Well, I graduated last year, so since September.
-So, it's a year of training, is it?
-No, I've got about one and a half to two years of professional exams.
And you're going to stick the accountancy course?
-Happy with it? Enjoying it?
-All is good. What are your hobbies, aside from that?
At university, I was in the equestrian society,
cos I went to university in Edinburgh, so there was the opportunity for that.
So, was that sort of eventing, is it, or...?
No, it was more just learning how to ride a horse, basically.
We never took part in show-jumping or anything!
-Did you learn?
-I did, yeah.
-Could you jump?
-I didn't jump, no. I was a bit scared to jump.
No, one step at a time, I think, Junaid.
Now, you are the last person to have this board of trees.
-If you wanted to, you could go through it and fill in
-all the blanks.
-I don't know the bottom two.
I think conker comes from an oak tree but I'm not 100% sure,
so I might risk it on the Harry Potter one.
I think it's the elder wood tree.
-You're going to say...?
Elder wood. Let's see if that's right,
let's see how many of our 100 people said elder wood.
I'm so sorry. We will discover why that is incorrect,
but I'm afraid it is incorrect. It scores you 100.
You're not that too far out ahead, actually, it has to be said.
Your nearest rival's only on 80, but, er, yeah.
Yeah, it's just the elder tree, I'm afraid, and it's never called the elder wood tree.
So, the sugar maple is often called the maple, but it's not,
and we wouldn't have accepted that from our 100 people,
so we can't accept it here, I'm afraid.
So, elder was the answer - would've been the best answer on the board as well, six points.
-Now, king of the trees, Mr Alexander Armstrong.
-I can do it!
-I can do it!
-The shiny dark brown inedible seed?
That would have scored 45.
If you were up the top of a large deciduous tree which had a homophone
meaning "seashore", what tree would you be up?
-I'd be up a beech.
-You'd be up a beech tree?
Yeah. I'd be up a beech tree.
Absolutely right. 17 points for that.
And the symbol in the centre
-of the Lebanese flag...
-Is a cedar.
-..is a cedar.
And that would have scored 28 points.
Thank you very much indeed. We're halfway through the round. Let's look at those scores.
21, Nadia. What about that?
-Best score of the pass. Very good indeed. Nadia and Sam,
I think you will be in the next round.
We then travel quite a long way up to 69,
Shirley and Martyn. But I think you'll be in the next round as well.
Unless something catastrophic happens, Martyn.
Better than last time.
Then up to 80, where we find Tommy and Will,
and then up to 100, Junaid and Jonathan.
So, Jonathan, let's find a nice low score.
You're the first person to have a crack at the next board -
see if you can find a nice low score. Best of luck with that.
We're going to come back down the line. Can the second players please step up to the podium?
OK, we're going to put seven more clues up on the board,
and here they are...
We have got...
I will read those all one last time.
I think that's a tougher board, Jonathan.
-think. Anyway, welcome. Good to have you here from Manchester.
-What do you do, Jonathan?
I'm a trainee accountant, working in Bury.
What are your hobbies, Jonathan?
I like my music, so I play the guitar
and I write my own songs and play with friends and stuff like that.
You play with friends, like, in a band or...?
No, sadly not, but...
And also, we are part of a quiz team together, not a very successful one,
but we do quiz.
It's not going brilliantly so far...
-..that quiz team, but I think that could all change now, though,
Jonathan. You could find a really good low score here.
I might be completely wrong, but I'm going to guess that
the non-native broadleaf tree might be the walnut tree.
Walnut. Walnut, says Jonathan.
No red line for you - you're the high scorers.
Let's see how many of our 100 people said walnut.
Absolutely right, Jonathan.
Got to hope this goes a long way down the column...
And there it goes. 29 - not bad.
129 is your total.
You might have kept yourself in the game, though, Jonathan.
Great answer, Jonathan. Well played.
They say that rotating walnuts in the palm of your hand is very good for stress and circulation.
Mm, very nice. Now, Tommy.
Welcome. Welcome to Pointless. Good to have you here. What do you do,
-I'm currently doing a PGCE,
so that's, like, training to be a teacher. Geography, in particular.
Was that your degree, geography?
Well, my degree was business with geography.
-So I'm kind of secretly hoping geography doesn't come up,
if I go to job interviews and I got 100 in a geography round,
-that doesn't look great.
-Interviewers have long memories, Tommy.
-They do, and they watch a lot of Pointless.
Oh, they do, right about now.
-Yeah. Now, Tommy, you're on 80.
You have to score 48 or less to stay in the game.
OK, well, I think I have an idea for two,
but I'm going to have to just pick one that I'm more confident with,
I guess, but knowing me it'll probably be wrong.
I'm going to go for the national tree of Finland and I'm going to say
-You're going to say birch for the national tree of Finland.
Let's see if that's right. There's your red line.
Get below that and you're through to the next round.
How many people said it? Is it right?
Oh, bad luck, Tommy.
Bad luck! That scores you 100 points, takes your total up to 180.
That's a reprieve on the far podium there.
Sorry, Tommy, I'll give all the correct answers at the end of the pass.
Thanks very much, Richard.
Now then, Sam.
Listen, great news.
Great news on the back of Tommy's score there.
In fact, even on the back of the high score on the far podium,
you are already through to the next round.
Sam, what do you do? Sorry, I know what you do.
-I know exactly what you do.
So, hang on. Nadia thought you were a bit competitive -
-what were you doing that was so competitive?
-I really don't know.
She generally has quite a bad opinion of most people
-on first meeting them!
I was completely unaware.
Sam, what are your hobbies?
I do a lot of cooking, a lot of baking, a lot of craft,
go to a lot of festivals and gigs and things.
-Very good. Now, Sam, 21 is your score.
It doesn't matter what you score - you're through to the next round.
So there will be no red line for you. But what do you want to go for?
Um, I'll go...
for the top one, then, the one that koalas like.
I'll say eucalyptus.
Eucalyptus, says Sam. Let's see if that's right and let's see how many
of our 100 people said eucalyptus. As I said, no red line for you.
It is eucalyptus.
69 is your total.
Yeah, well played. There's a species called the rainbow eucalyptus.
When it sheds its bark, it's green and then it changes colours into
all sorts of... A rainbow of colours.
-That's pretty, isn't it?
-There we are. Thank you, Richard.
One of our two Martyns from the...
-The only surviving Martyn from the last show.
We had loads of them. Loads of them.
Remind us what you do, Martyn.
I work for a large finance company
in the area of pensions.
In the area of pensions?
-And what are your hobbies, Martyn?
Sports, mainly. Sport and travel...
Yeah, sports. I love rugby, being a Welshman.
Play a bit of snooker,
a bit of golf,
occasionally tennis with Shirley -
She beats me heavily.
But, yeah, sports are my main...
Trees, Martyn? I was looking for trees in there.
-Haven't heard it yet.
-When Nature came up, I must admit, I was worried.
-The Finland one, I don't know...
But the next one, conifer, is, I believe, the juniper.
The book by Kenneth Grahame I would say is Wind In The Willows,
so a willow. The berry is the holly,
but I'm going to go for the bottom one, which is the town
of Sevenoaks, so I'm going to go oak.
There we are. Oak, says Martyn. I think you've gone for the best one.
Let's see if that's right, let's see how many of our 100 people said oak.
No red line for you, as you're already through.
It is oak.
There we are.
18 - very well done indeed.
The best score of the round, in fact.
-87 is your total. Very well done.
-Well played, Martyn.
-That's more like it, isn't it?
-It is, indeed, yeah.
-What a relief!
Now, let's see if you can fill in this board.
Tommy, you were very, very unlucky with birch.
It's not birch - very specifically, it's the silver birch, I'm afraid.
-And silver birch would have been a good scorer, as well.
Would have scored you 12 points.
The conifer, you are absolutely right, Martyn, is juniper.
42 for that. The Kenneth Grahame book is Wind In The Willows,
so that's willow.
38. And you did choose the right one of the ones you knew, because
the plant with berries is holly and that would have scored 74,
so silver birch would have been the best answer on the board, as well.
Thanks very much. So, at the end of our first round,
the pair we have to say goodbye to with their high score of 180...
I'm sorry, Tommy. That was harsh, that,
but it is you, I'm afraid, we have to send home at this stage, but we'll see you again next time.
Look forward to that very much.
Meantime, thanks very much for playing, Tommy and Will.
But, for the remaining three pairs, it's now time for Round Two.
And so, look, we're down to three pairs - very exciting indeed.
Well done, Martyn. Oak, best score of that round, so that was fantastic.
Well done on the far podium - phewee!
Just made it through.
Best of luck to all three pairs.
Our category for Round Two this afternoon is going to be...
Can you all decide in your pairs who's going to go first, who's going to go second?
And whoever's going first, please step up to the podium.
OK, and the question is all about...
2010s TV Comedy, Richard.
Yeah, in a moment, Xander's going to show you the names of five recent TV comedy programmes.
We're looking for the name of anyone who's appeared in any of these shows.
So anyone who's credited with appearing in any of these shows,
according to IMDB. Very best of luck.
OK. So, as Richard's just said, we're going to put the names of some TV comedies up there.
They'll stay up for the whole round. We won't be changing halfway through the round.
Let's reveal the comedies. Here they are...
There we are.
I'm going to go with Car Share.
There was one episode where one of The League Of Gentlemen was in it,
and his name is Reece Shearsmith.
Reece Shearsmith, says, Martyn.
Let's see how many of our 100 people said Reece Shearsmith.
Good answer, Martyn.
Look at that - down to 1!
1 for Reece Shearsmith.
That's very well played, Martyn. Dragged that from somewhere. Yeah, he was in Car Share.
He was also in two episodes of House Of Fools, as well, Reece Shearsmith. Wonderful...
There's some amazing actors on this list and he is...
-He is one of them.
-He is brilliant, isn't it?
-I'm aware of some of these, but I haven't seen any of them.
-So, they're going to be obvious answers
that I'm coming out with.
But for Still Open All Hours,
I know that Johnny Vegas was in it.
Johnny Vegas, let's see.
Is that right? How many of our 100 people said Johnny Vegas?
1 is our only score so far.
-Look at that, 2!
-Very well done indeed.
Not bad at all, Sam.
Yeah, he is indeed in Still Open All Hours.
He is also in House Of Fools, funnily enough, Johnny Vegas.
That Still Open All Hours...
I think people complain when the BBC bring things back -
huge, massive hit. Absolutely enormous ratings hit.
Interesting. Now, Junaid.
-I've got quite a lot of pressure now.
To redeem myself for the last question,
I'm going to go for one from W1A, which I'm sure of.
And I think Sara Pascoe played a PR type in that.
OK, you're going to go for Sara Pascoe.
Let's see if that's right, let's see how many of our 100 people said Sara Pascoe.
Well, 2 is our high score, 1 is our low...
That's a great one! Very well done indeed, Junaid.
That is a pointless answer.
It adds £250 to today's jackpot and takes the total up to £1,250.
It scores you nothing and completely redeems you from the last round,
-so very well done.
-Brilliant work, Junaid.
Very well played. And Sara Pascoe, who's wonderful, now joins a very,
very elite group of people who have been a pointless answer and won
-a Pointless trophy. Not many of them around.
-No, not many indeed. Thank you, Richard.
We're halfway through the round, so let's look at those scores.
Nothing is the best score of the round, Junaid. Very well done.
Well, who knows what's going to happen in the next round? Because the scores...
It's a pretty tight group there.
We travel up to 1, where we find Martyn and Shirley.
And then we travel up to our high scorers, Sam and...
Nadia, you're going to have to find a really low-scoring answer
in the next round.
Good luck. I mean, you are our high scorers, ridiculously enough,
with that brilliant low score from Sam.
We're going to come back down the line. Can the second players please step up to the podium?
OK, Jonathan, remember, we're looking for anyone credited with
at least one appearance in any of these sitcoms.
I've got someone in my head who's on a TV programme,
but I don't know if it's one of these.
It's a start, Jonathan.
I might be completely wrong here.
But with Car Share, I'm going to go for Adele.
OK, let's find out.
A couple of tuts from the audience.
I don't know if that's approval or...
Here is your red line.
If you can get below that, you are into the...
Let's just see if it's right. Adele. How many of our 100 people said Adele?
Bad luck, Jonathan. Bad luck. I'm afraid that's an incorrect answer
and scores you 100 points.
Yeah, I think you're thinking of James Corden's Carpool Karaoke,
which she has been on, but not Car Share.
The scoring is crazy in this round.
-A bit of fun.
Thank you, Richard. Nadia.
Yeah... I literally have never seen any of them.
I don't even know what the bottom two are.
So I'm going to say...
Oh, I'm not even sure HE was in it.
Well, I'm assuming that David Jason was in Still Open All Hours.
-It would be a bit weird without him.
-I've said that now, so that's my answer.
-That's your answer. It would be weird without him.
Surely, David Jason. There's your red line. Can you get below that red line with David Jason?
It's right and you're through. Very well done indeed, Nadia.
58 for David Jason.
Good enough, taking your total up to a nice round 60. Very well done.
He is now the proprietor of the corner shop.
Obviously, he used to be the delivery boy.
Thanks very much, Richard.
Shirley. You're not completely out of the woods -
you have to score 98 or less to be in the head-to-head round.
You've seen some of these, haven't you?
I am going to go Car Share and I really hope
-that it was Peter Kay in Car Share.
-Peter Kay, says Shirley.
There is your red line. You have to get below that with Peter Kay. Is it right? How many people said it?
It's right and you're through.
31 for Peter Kay.
Not a bad answer at all, taking your total up to 32.
Yeah, wrote in and starred. That was a round of two halves.
The first round, 2, 1 and 0.
The second round - wrong answer and the two biggest answers on the board, Peter Kay and David Jason.
Now, loads and loads of pointless answers. Loads of great actors in here.
For W1A, Carol Vorderman appeared as herself.
She starred... Rufus Jones, who was the TV producer in it,
came up with Britain's Tastiest Village
and Carol was scheduled to host it.
Celia Imrie, who was in Vicious.
Elizabeth Berrington, who was in W1A, is a pointless answer.
One of the big stars of that.
Gareth Hale... Also been on the show, hasn't he?
He's in Still Open All Hours.
The brilliant Jason Watkins.
Jenni Murray, who plays herself on W1A.
Jason Watkins is in W1A as well.
Paula Wilcox is in Still Open All Hours.
Sally Lindsay is in Still Open All Hours as well.
Sally Phillips is in House Of Fools. Loads of other pointless answers.
Barry Elliott, who we know better as one half of the Chuckle Brothers -
he's a pointless answer. Dan Renton Skinner is a pointless answer.
Salman Rushdie, who played himself, he's a pointless answer.
Simon Farnaby, Simon Green or Tom Davis -
loads and loads of pointless answers there.
We'll take a look at the top three. We've already heard the top two.
But in third place...
..it was Ian McKellen who, of course, stars in Vicious.
And then we've seen Peter Kay...
and David Jason up at the top.
Thank you very much, Richard. So, we are at the end of our second round
and I'm sorry to say the pair we have to say goodbye to on that far podium...
They won us a pointless answer there,
added some money to the jackpot,
which was an incredibly selfless thing to do, Junaid,
particularly when Jonathan was then going to take you so promptly back to Hospitality. But...
it's been great having you on. We'll look forward to seeing you again.
-Meantime, thanks very much! Jonathan and Junaid.
But, for the remaining two pairs, it's now time for our head-to-head.
Congratulations, Martyn and Shirley, Nadia and Sam.
You are now one step closer to the final and a chance to play for our
jackpot, which is now standing at £1,250.
Well, you know what happens from this point on.
You can start playing as teams, which is great.
You can confer before you give your answers.
The first player to win two questions will be playing for that jackpot.
Best of luck to both pairs. Let's play the head-to-head.
Here is your first question, and it concerns...
Sporting Politicians, Richard.
I'm going to show you five images now of politicians playing sport.
Can you identify the politicians, please?
Thanks very much. Let's reveal our five politicians playing sport, and here they come...
We have got...
There we are. Five politicians playing sport.
Martyn and Shirley, you've been our low scorers, so you will go first.
Feel free to confer.
-We are going to go with E,
-Francois Hollande for E.
Now then, Nadia and Sam, do you want to talk us through this board?
Identify these politicians.
We know one. We're just going to have to go for A.
-Yeah. And just hope that the next round...
-..is better. So, yeah.
-What would you like to say for A?
-Margaret Thatcher for A.
So, we have Francois Hollande and we have Margaret Thatcher.
So, Martyn and Shirley went for Francois Hollande.
Let's see if that's right, let's see how many of our 100 people said it.
32 for Francois Hollande.
Nadia and Sam, meanwhile, have said Margaret Thatcher for A.
Let's see if that's right.
Let's see how many of our 100 people said Margaret Thatcher.
It is Margaret Thatcher.
87 - there we are.
Well done. Martyn and Shirley, all going very well for you.
After one question, you are up 1-0.
Yeah, now, let's have a look through the rest of these.
Now, B is a very interesting fella,
recently appointed Prime Minister of Canada.
A really, really interesting bright guy called Justin Trudeau,
is his name - would have scored you three points.
It would've been a terrific answer.
But I'm just enjoying... I mean, look at the beautiful period detail.
Look at those glasses there!
Lovely, right? 62 points for him.
D is Condoleezza Rice.
She's not happy with that shot at all, is she?
You know what? I wouldn't be happy
-with that position at the top of my backswing.
-So, you know,
the shot is bad because she's played it badly.
-You know, I think she needs to keep her left arm
slightly more rigid.
-Seven points for Condoleezza Rice.
Of course, that's a double bogey.
And there's Francois Hollande.
There he is.
Thanks very much indeed. Here comes your second question.
Nadia and Sam, you get to answer it first,
but you have to win this one to stay in the game, so best of luck.
Our second question today is all about...
Fictional Insects And Creepy-Crawlies, Richard.
I'm going to show you five clues now to questions relating to
fictional insects and creepy-crawlies. Can you give us the most obscure answer?
Here come the clues. We've got...
I'll read those all again.
Now then, Nadia and Sam.
-Flik is A Bug's Life.
-Is it definitely?
Apparently, Flik and his girlfriend are in...
-Are the stars of...
-A Bug's Life.
-..A Bug's Life. Yeah.
-Nadia and Sam, going for A Bug's Life.
Now, Martyn and Shirley.
We're not sure on any of them.
I mean, the top one might be The Fly.
Um, the bottom one...
Is there a giant spider in it?
We're not sure.
But if it's a fable and it's a Greek author,
then we think it may be Aesop, or however you pronounce it.
-So, shall we go with that one?
You're going to go for Aesop.
OK, so, we have A Bug's Life and we have Aesop.
Sam and Nadia went for A Bug's Life. Let's see if that's right, let's see how many people said it.
Ooh, that's a good score. Down it goes.
Look, 18 for A Bug's Life.
That's what we needed. Let's hope that's good enough to keep you in the game.
Martyn and Shirley, meanwhile, have gone for Aesop.
Let's see if that's right, let's see how many people said it.
It is right.
Ooh, it's going to be...
Oh, 29. 29 for Aesop.
Again, not bad, but Sam and Nadia back in the game.
Well done. After two questions, it's 1-1.
Very well done. After writing fables,
he retired to run a cafe, which he called it Aesop's Tea Shop.
Er, now, the top answer is the best answer on the board.
-The Kafka novella...
..is The Metamorphosis, yeah.
Eight points for that.
The talking cricket is...
-Would've scored 50 points.
And you're right, The Lord Of The Rings, it was a spider.
The spider would have scored you 22 points.
So Metamorphosis, the best answer on the board.
Thanks very much. OK, so it comes down to a third question.
Whoever wins this one goes through to the final and plays for that jackpot.
So, best of luck to both pairs.
Our third question today is all about...
Things Found In A Hair Salon, Richard.
Yeah, a list of five things now you might find in a hair salon,
but in anagram form, I'm afraid.
Can you unscramble them and find a way to get through to the final?
OK, let's reveal our five anagrams, and here they come.
And Martyn and Shirley will go first.
OK. I think there's two or three we know,
but we're going to go with the penultimate one,
which we think is a hood dryer.
A hood dryer, say Martyn and Shirley.
Now then, Sam and Nadia, can you talk us through the board?
The top one's curling tongs
and the bottom one is brushes.
And that's sort of as far as we've got so far!
What do you think? Do you want to go with curling tongs?
-Yeah, we'll go curling tongs.
-You're going to go curling tongs?
So, we have hood dryer and curling tongs.
Martyn and Shirley went for hood dryer. Let's see if it's right and see how many people said it.
It is right.
25 for hood dryer.
Meanwhile, Nadia and Sam have gone for curling tongs at the top - "cut ring longs".
Let's see if that's right. Let's see how many of our 100 people said curling tongs.
Very well done. Martyn and Shirley, after three questions,
-you're through to the final, 2-1.
-Very well played.
There's a couple of answers, actually, there that would have won you the point. Not the bottom one.
You knew brushes - would have been too big a scorer, though.
Would have scored you 47 points.
But the best two answers are these other two.
-The second one down...
-It's hair dye.
-And that would have scored 21.
-Tactically, probably a good one,
-because some people might've thought "hair dryer" and just moved on.
This last one is the best answer on the board.
-It's the first one I got, weirdly, which is not often the case.
-Ah, I've only just got it.
Conditioner would have scored you six points.
There we are. Thanks very much, Richard.
So, the pair leaving us at the end of the head-to-head round - I'm afraid it's Nadia and Sam.
But it's good news really, cos it means we get to see you next time,
otherwise it would've just been one bite at the Pointless cherry and that wouldn't have been enough.
-Meantime, thanks very much for playing, Nadia and Sam.
But, for Martyn and Shirley, it's now time for our Pointless final.
Congratulations, Martyn and Shirley.
You've seen off the competition
and you have won our coveted Pointless trophy.
-You now have a chance to win our Pointless jackpot.
At the end of today's show, the jackpot is standing at £1,250.
Well, very well done indeed.
-Last time... You've gone from zero to hero - what about that?
-Fabulous. Anything you're burning for us to ask you
-in this last round?
Sport is one I think we're both quite strong on.
Rivers running through capital cities...
All of these would be great.
Well, very best of luck. Let's hope there's something on the board you don't mind the look of.
Today's selection looks like this...
-Soul Singers would be...
-Well, I've been to Argentina twice.
You have been, and that jumped out at me cos you've been there.
-I'm happy to go with that.
-Short Stories, I'm...
-Argentina it is.
OK, three very different questions here. Very best of luck.
We are looking for...
..any Argentinian First Division football team
in the 2015 season, please.
The Primera League in Argentina.
We're looking for any of the cities which are capitals of one of the 23 provinces of Argentina, please.
And we're looking for any of the songs from Evita.
So any of the original songs when
the complete motion picture soundtrack was released.
So, First Division football teams in 2015.
The cities of the 23 provinces of Argentina, the capitals.
And any song from the original release
of the complete motion picture soundtrack of Evita.
There we are. 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 your answers to be pointless. Are you ready?
-OK, let's put
60 seconds up on the clock.
There they are. Your time starts now.
-OK. Do you know any football...?
Well, there's the two big ones, Boca Juniors and River Plate.
But, you know, we could take stabs at cities - they might have teams -
-I mean, Cordoba.
-Tierra del Fuego. Cordoba, Mendoza.
Mendoza's a big city.
Puerto Madryn - is that big enough?
I don't know, it could be.
Evita. I saw it years ago...
Oh What a Circus - is that...?
I've no... Don't Cry For Me is the only one I know from...
-Yeah, I think that's a famous one, though, as well.
-I think if we go...
-I think it's right, yeah.
I think we'll probably go capital cities
-more than any of the others, do you think?
-Yeah, yeah, OK.
-Cordoba and Mendoza?
Cordoba and Mendoza.
I can't think of any others in football.
Yeah, Evita. It's 20 years since I saw it on the stage and...
And the only one we know really is going to be...
-quite highly scored.
-Ten seconds left.
-OK, we'll go with those three from the middle category, I guess?
-OK, you're happy with that?
-We can stop the clock there.
It sounds like you've reached your three answers.
Tell me what they are and which category you're answering.
We're going to go with cities and that would be Ushuaia.
OK, of those three, do you think there's one that's more likely
-than any others to be pointless?
Ushuaia we'll put last. Least likely to be pointless?
-Cordoba we'll put first.
Well, let's put those answers up on the board in that order, then. And here they are...
We have got...
Well, very best of luck.
We've managed to get the jackpot up from the bare 1,000 up to 1,250,
which is exciting. What would you do if one of these answers wins that
jackpot for you? What would you do with the cash?
I think with my share I would join Shirley's tennis club through
-the summer, April...
-Get some lessons.
-Get some lessons, Martyn.
-I'm a tennis widower from April to September.
I see you once, twice a week, maybe? So, yeah, that would be...
There we are. Shirley, anything else you'd like to do with that?
I'd probably put it towards travel.
We really want to go to India,
so I'd put it towards the Indian travel fund.
Excellent. Well, very best of luck.
Three perfectly good-sounding answers - what do I know?
But they sound great.
Let's find out if they're right.
Cordoba was your first answer.
Obviously, it has to be pointless for you to win that jackpot.
So, for £1,250, let's see how many of our 100 people went for Cordoba.
If this goes all the way down to zero,
you will be leaving here with £1,250.
Down we go, through the 20s.
Cordoba taking us through the teens, into single figures.
Still going down, still...
Oh, three for Cordoba!
Oh, that's good.
That's a very promising start.
Only two more shots left at today's jackpot.
Your next answer was Mendoza.
Again, it has to be pointless for you to win that jackpot.
No good it stopping on any of those numbers.
It has to go down to zero.
For £1,250, let's see how many people said Mendoza.
Cordoba, your first answer,
took us all the way down to three.
Mendoza now taking us through the 20s,
into the teens and into single figures.
Down it goes, still going down,
passes three... You've done it!
Very well done indeed.
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE Superb.
-Very good stuff. Brilliant!
That India fund looking quite healthy, I'd say, at this point.
And your summer as well, Martyn.
-Very good! Work on that backhand.
Congratulations. Mendoza was a pointless answer,
which means you go away with that jackpot of £1,250. Brilliant!
That was brilliant, Martyn and Shirley. Very well played. So much nicer than last time!
-It was indeed, yeah.
-And a lovely final category to come up, as well.
-Ushuaia, also a pointless answer.
-So very well done.
Let's take a look at the pointless answers now.
So, for First Division football, you could have had Argentinos Juniors.
Arsenal, you could have had. They probably pronounce it differently.
Huracan, Racing Club.
You could have had Newell's Old Boys, Velez Sarsfield - all sorts of big Argentinian teams.
The only teams that scored any points at all were River Plate and Boca Juniors -
who you were going to mention -
Estudiantes, Godoy Cruz and Independiente.
Everyone else was a pointless answer in the Argentinian Primeira Liga.
The cities that are capitals now.
Corrientes. You could have had La Rioja,
which is capital of the Rioja region.
Again, everything a pointless answer there apart from Cordoba, Santa Fe,
Salta, La Plata and Posadas.
Everything else was a pointless answer, so very well done if you said any of the other cities.
And songs from Evita...
All of those pointless answers.
The big scorers there - Don't Cry For Me Argentina.
Oh What A Circus, which you were thinking of, would have scored you five.
Another Suitcase In Another Hall, You Must Love Me,
Rainbow High and Requiem For Evita.
Everything else was a pointless answer.
-Terrific show, terrific winners. Congratulations.
Well, thanks once again to our winning players, Martyn and Shirley,
who go away with today's jackpot of £1,250.
Join us next time, when we'll be putting more obscure knowledge to the test on Pointless.
-Meanwhile, it's goodbye from Richard.
And it's goodbye from me. Goodbye.
Quiz in which contestants try to score as few points as possible by plumbing the depths of their general knowledge to come up with the answers no-one else can think of. Presented by Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman.