Episode 30 Pointless


Episode 30

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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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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Thank you very much indeed. Hello, I'm Alexander Armstrong

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and a very warm welcome to Pointless, the game where you are

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always aiming for the lowest score. Let's meet today's players.

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And couple number one.

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Hi, I'm Felix, this is Dom, and we are from Camden.

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-Couple number two.

-I'm Jim, from Preston in Lancashire,

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and this is my son Mike, who lives in the Rossendale Valley,

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-also in Lancashire.

-Couple number three.

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Hello, my name's Shaun, this is my wife Corrina,

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-and we're from Bournemouth.

-And finally, couple number four.

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Hi, I'm Ames, this is my mum Patricia,

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and we're from Beccles in Suffolk.

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And these are today's contestants.

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Thanks very much, all of you. Warm welcome to Pointless.

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We'll get to chat to each of you throughout the show.

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So that just leaves one more person for me to introduce.

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My Chuckle Brother from another Chuckle Mother -

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it's my Pointless friend, it's Richard.

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Hiya. Hello, everybody.

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Ah... That's one of my favourite ever introductions, how lovely.

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-Ah, there we go.

-Now,

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we've given away the jackpot three shows in a row...

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I know. What are we, a bank?

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Exactly! We'd be out of business if we were a bank, I'll tell you that.

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Ruairidh and Emma won it last time. Two players returning from that

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show - Felix and Dom who got knocked out in the head-to-head,

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very strong pairing, and there on podium two,

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Mike and Jim, also very strong.

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Bad news for podium three and four.

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Got two very strong pairs. Jim, though,

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gave us the traditional quiz show mistake of,

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instead of saying Herbert Hoover,

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he said that HENRY Hoover had been president of the United States.

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That sucks!

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LAUGHTER

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I'll tell you, he would "clean up" if he ran, to be fair.

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GROANING

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And welcome to podium three and podium four,

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it's going to be a lovely show, I think.

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Round One is an interesting one. It's going to sound complicated -

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I promise it's not as complicated as it sounds.

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Thank you, Richard. Now, Ruairidh and Emma won the jackpot last time,

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so today's jackpot starts off, traditionally, back at £1,000.

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There it is. Right, if everyone's ready, let's play Pointless.

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If you remember nothing else, remember this -

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the pair with the highest score at the end of each round will be

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eliminated, that is it. No conferring for the first two rounds.

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Best of luck to all four pairs. Our first category this afternoon...

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is Famous Philosophers. Famous Philosophers.

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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? And whoever's going first,

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please step up to the podium.

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OK. And the question concerns...

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famous people who share a name with philosophers. Slightly better,

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isn't it? Famous people who share a name with philosophers. Richard?

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On each board we're going to show you seven pairs of names, and those

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pairs are a famous person and a philosopher,

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and they share part of their name.

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Now, we have missed out the part of the name that they share.

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All you have to do is fill it in, please.

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There's going to be seven on the first board, seven on the second -

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-14 in all to have a go at at home. Good luck.

-Thanks very much indeed.

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So, we are looking for the common names shared by these famous people,

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and philosophers. And our first board looks like this...

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HE READS THE NAMES

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I've got to do it again! Here we go.

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Easy! There we are. Dom, welcome back.

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Remind us what you do, Dom.

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I'm a wannabe writer, currently working with my friend Felix here.

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-Oh, that's nice, you work together as well.

-We do.

-I mean,

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-you're writing screenplays...

-I'm trying to.

-..but you said last time

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-that you sort of write up the novel first.

-That's the idea, yeah.

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I've found the form of a screenplay quite difficult to get through,

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so I thought it would be easier to just get all the ideas down first

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-and then...

-Get them all down. Yes, it's organising it all, isn't it?

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-Exactly.

-Yeah. Absolutely.

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So, now, Dom - these names.

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How are you finding those?

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I think there were two I know on the board,

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so it's a question of which would be the least well-known,

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and I'm going to have to go with Nina Simone and Simone De Beauvoir.

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OK, Nina Simone De Beauvoir. There we are. Let's see if that's right.

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

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It's right.

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57.

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Not bad. 57.

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It's a very good way of learning about philosophy, isn't it?

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-Isn't it?

-So, for example, if you do know who won The X Factor in 2012,

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suddenly you know Schopenhauer's first name. It's quite useful.

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-It's quite useful information, isn't it?

-Thanks very much indeed.

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Now, Jim, welcome back.

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It was Round Two, wasn't it, we said goodbye to you last time?

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The Henry Hoover debacle.

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Remind us what you get up to, Jim.

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I'm a reader in the Church of England,

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which means I take services in church.

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I'm a toast master.

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-I sing in the choir.

-What sort of choir do you sing in, Jim?

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It's a... We sing for charity.

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We sing popular and religious music.

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As well as that, I have four children,

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seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren,

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-so they keep me busy as well.

-Fantastic.

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Now, Jim, what would you like to go for?

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The only two I know are the top one,

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the next to top one and I will go for Dylan Thomas and Thomas Aquinas.

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Dylan Thomas Aquinas says Jim. Let's see if that's right. Let's see

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how many of our 100 people said Thomas.

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It's right. 57 is our only score so far.

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64 for Thomas.

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Takes the pressure slightly off on podium one.

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Well played. Have you read his theological digest?

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Oh, have I ever(!)

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-Really good stuff.

-That's a cracker.

-I did not work out whodunnit.

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-No.

-Did you?

-Not till the very end.

-So clever. I knew there was a twist

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-and I didn't see it.

-Yeah.

-Very good book.

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Yeah. OK, now, Shaun, welcome.

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Good to have you here, Shaun, here from Bournemouth.

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-What do you do?

-I work at Bournemouth University

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-in the media school.

-Fun place to be.

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Fun faculty to be in, I should think.

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Yeah, it is a nice place to work, yeah. Very laid-back and creative.

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-I enjoy it.

-You teach?

-Technical tutor,

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so I teach technical things like video production,

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editing, some live TV studio work as well.

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Nice discipline, being in your good faculty in your nice town.

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That's fabulous. Well done. You've kicked a goal there, Shaun.

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-What are your interests outside that?

-I am a big football fan.

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I enjoy sports generally. Golf, tennis.

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I try to keep myself active.

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Very good. Now, Shaun, this board's getting steadily harder as it goes

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along, but I hope there are still some things on there you feel

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comfortable with.

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I can take a punt on one or play very safe on another.

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I'm going to play safe and say Elton John.

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OK, you're going to play safe and say Elton John.

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Let's see how safe that was.

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How many of our 100 people went for Elton John Locke?

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Yeah...

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You see, there's safe and there's safe, Shaun.

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I had a feeling that might happen. Yes. 94.

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So safe it's lethal.

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I mean, John Locke is so well-known.

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LAUGHTER

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-I know.

-That is unbelievable.

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I mean, his essay concerning human understanding, I mean, that's just,

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-who hasn't read that, right?

-Yeah.

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The founding father of political liberalism.

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And the other guy I don't know, but he's a singer, singer-songwriter.

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I think he is. Thank you very much indeed, Richard.

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Now, then. Patricia, welcome to Pointless.

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-Great to have you here from Beccles.

-Beccles in Suffolk, yes.

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Beccles in Suffolk. That was my next question.

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Lovely to know that. What do you do in Beccles?

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I'm a teaching assistant at the Sir John Leman High School in Beccles.

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-Oh, that's nice. They'll all be watching.

-They will indeed, yes!

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-So a little bit of pressure on you.

-Just a tiny bit.

-Just a bit.

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And what do you do aside from assisting teaching?

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I do like to sleep and drink wine, but other than that...

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Oh, the two so often go hand in hand.

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I do like to do things like dance classes and Zumba,

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-so I do keep fit as well.

-That's good. Very good.

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Patricia, you're the last person to have this board. If you wanted to go

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through it and fill in all our blanks, that would be fabulous.

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I think it's Helen George and George Berkeley.

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I don't know Schopenhauer.

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Unfortunately, I don't watch The X Factor either,

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so I don't know who won it.

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I think it's James Herbert and Herbert Spencer

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and Rhys Isaac and Isaac Newton.

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But I think the one I'm going for is James Herbert and Herbert Spencer.

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OK. James Herbert Spencer says Patricia. Let's see if that's right.

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

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It's right.

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There we are. 22.

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22 for Herbert. The best score of the pass there, Patricia.

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Well played. You took us through the board nicely as well.

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There's one answer you gave us that would have got an even better score,

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-which is Helen George.

-Really?

-Yeah, that would have scored you 7 points,

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so it would have been a terrific answer. This next one down,

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I do like the fact that there are people at home who know X Factor

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who have given the answer because they know that,

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and there's people at home who know Schopenhauer who now go,

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"Oh, I didn't know that James Arthur won X Factor."

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But he did indeed. James Arthur,

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14 points for that and you're right about Rhys Isaac and Isaac Newton,

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and that scores 53 points.

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So, Helen George the best answer on the board.

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Thanks very much, Richard. Let's take a look at the scores.

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We are halfway through the round. 22. There we are.

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Patricia. Patricia and Ames looking very strong on the back of that.

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Then we travel up to 57 where we find Dom and Felix.

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Up to 64, Jim and Mike.

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And then 94, Sean and Corrina.

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Yes. That's 94, that's quite a long way ahead.

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Corrina, quite a lot of pressure on you there.

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Mind you, we've had quite a range of scores on that board,

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so it should be possible for you to save yourselves if you can find

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a nice, low-scoring answer you know. So, best of luck with that.

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We're going to come back down the line now, can the second players please step up to the podium?

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OK, let's put seven more pairs of names up on the board,

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and here they are. We have got...

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HE READS THE NAMES

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HE REPEATS THE NAMES

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-There we are. Ames, welcome to Pointless from Beccles.

-Hello.

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What do you do, Ames?

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I'm an admin assistant for a medical company.

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Right, you are. Whereabouts do you do that?

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-In Beccles.

-In Beccles itself?

-Just a bike ride away from my house.

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Oh, that's nice. Oh, not even from one end of Beccles to the other.

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-Well, that's a bike ride as well.

-OK. There we are.

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-What do you do in your spare time, Ames?

-I'm a writer.

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I really enjoy writing.

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I'm currently working on my first screenplay

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-with hopes to potentially become successful.

-Very exciting.

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And I'm also quite boring. I crochet and I like to do puzzle books, so...

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-Yep.

-Nothing wrong with any of those things.

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Right, OK, Ames, you are on 22. You're the low scorers.

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There's a whole board of philosophers

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and other famous people. What would you like to go for?

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I know a few of them.

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I think I'm going to go for...

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-Daryl Hannah.

-Daryl Hannah Arendt. Let's see if that's right.

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Here is your red line. If you can get below this red line,

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you are comfortably through to the next round.

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Let's see if Hannah is right.

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It is right. Very well done, Ames.

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And through you go. Round Two awaits. 59.

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Nicely done. 81 is your total.

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Great work, Ames. Terrific stuff on that final podium.

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-Safe and sound.

-Thank you very much, Richard.

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Now, Corrina, welcome to Pointless.

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Great to have you here from Bournemouth. What do you do?

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I work at Bournemouth University as well.

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I'm the head of academic operations there. So, I just help implement

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the strategy that the University wants to take

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on all matters academic.

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Right. How long have you been there?

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-11 years.

-Wow.

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So, who started at University first?

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I think it was me. We didn't meet at the University but, yeah,

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we kind of existed at the University.

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Oh, that's very nice. Do you get up to other things in Bournemouth?

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I mean, do you throw yourself...?

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Presumably the University has a massive social life that revolves

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around it. What sort of things do you like getting up to?

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Well, very boring old lady things,

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like going out for walks along the beach and in the New Forest.

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There's nothing "old lady" or "boring" about either of those

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things, let me tell you now. You are the highest scorers.

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94. We need a low score from you.

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Yeah, I'm hoping that none of my old university lecturers are watching,

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because I did a whole module on philosophers,

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yet the names kind of completely escape me at the minute.

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I'm just going to go for a really obvious one and apologise

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in advance, and I'm going to go Chris Martin, Martin Heidegger.

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OK, Chris Martin Heidegger, says Corrina.

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No red line for you as you are the highest scorers at the moment,

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but let's see, is that right? How many people said Martin?

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It is right.

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Not bad. 38.

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Look at that.

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38, taking your score up to 132.

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Still very much in the game.

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Something slightly unmemorable, isn't there, about the name?

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So, people don't bring it to mind immediately.

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-Chris Martin and Martin Heidegger.

-Chris thingy?

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-Chris thingy from thingy.

-From whatnot.

-Yeah, exactly.

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So, Mike, welcome back.

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Remind us what you do, Mike.

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I work for an international charity, providing support to all sorts of

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different people throughout the

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-Lancashire and Greater Manchester areas.

-So, where is that based?

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-In Greater Manchester itself?

-There's one in Manchester,

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one in Merseyside, one in the Lancashire, so we have various

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-different offices

-I see.

-I'm based in Greater Manchester at the moment.

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Right you are. How far is that from Rossendale?

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It's a cycle ride away.

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-Eight miles.

-Oh, you and Ames will be on your bikes every morning.

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-Yeah, yeah.

-Nice.

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I imagine that's quite a hilly bicycle ride.

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-It is.

-Yes. Which do you prefer? The journey in or the journey out?

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I like driving there, personally.

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LAUGHTER

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Oh, so, by calling it a short cycle ride, you were...?

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Yeah, I see. I completely fell for the dummy as well.

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Now, Mike, 64 is where you find yourselves.

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132 is the high score at the moment.

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67 or less gets you into Round Two.

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I'm going to take a punt on the third from the bottom.

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Larry David and David Hume.

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Larry David, David Hume, says Mike. Here is your red line.

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If you can get below that with David, you are in Round Two.

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

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It's right.

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And you've done it. Very well done.

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There we are. 18.

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18. Actually the lowest score

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of the round so far, Mike.

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So, very well done. 82 is your total.

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Well played, Mike. Also the co-creator of Seinfeld, Larry David.

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-Yeah.

-A very wealthy man.

-I should think he is.

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My goodness. Thank you very much, Richard.

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Felix, welcome back to Pointless.

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Back on the first podium.

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-Lucky.

-So, remind us what you do.

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I run a small coffee and smoothie van.

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Have you fashioned it out of an old Fiat, like people always do?

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Sadly, no. It's a new VW Crafter. Found it more reliable,

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-since we have to drive it a few thousand miles each summer.

-Yeah.

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Do you have a favourite place that you've been so far,

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-where you sort of set up your pitch?

-Aberystwyth.

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Just out in the hills, outside Aberystwyth.

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That's just an enormously fun thing to do. Presumably... Do you ever get

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flagged down by people? They see you and suddenly think, "Oh, coffee!"

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Sadly not, no. It would be better off that way, if we had, like,

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a little song we can play, like an ice-cream van.

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There you are. This is exciting. We have a game on our hands.

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There you are on 57. The high-scorers, Corrina and Sean on 132.

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74 or less is your salvation.

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Do you want to talk us through that board?

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-Do some filling in of blanks.

-The top one is, I believe, Friedrich.

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The second... I would take, if I was to guess,

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I would say Lenny Bruce, maybe.

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George, Karl.

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And I've no idea about the bottom one,

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so I'm going to go for Friedrich.

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Arne Friedrich Nietzsche.

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There we are. Here's your red line. Quite nice and high. Friedrich.

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If it's right, I imagine you might get below that with it.

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Let's find out, though. Is it right?

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It's absolutely right.

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There you are. Through you go to Round Two.

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10. Taking your total up to 67,

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the lowest total of the round.

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-Very well done indeed.

-Great answer, Felix.

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Actually the best answer on the whole board as well. I love it

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if someone gets that best answer and then you trip up on the easiest one,

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cos it's much easier than you think, the next one. It's Lenny Henry.

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-Oh, really?

-Lenny Henry, Henry David Thoreau.

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Would have scored you 83 points.

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George Karl, Karl Marx.

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55 points. And at the bottom...

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-Albert.

-Albert.

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16 points for that.

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Thanks very much, Richard. At the end of our first round,

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the pair we have to say goodbye to, with their high score of 132,

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Corrina and Shaun, I'm afraid it is you.

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You weren't that too far ahead, but there were just two...

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There were two high-scoring answers together in combination.

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It was my fault. I'll take the blame for that one.

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Well, that's good of you, Shaun.

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You're entirely right. It was.

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LAUGHTER

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It was a horrifically high score. It's been great having you on,

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Corrina and Shaun. We'll see you next time. Thanks so much.

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

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And so, suddenly, we are down to three pairs.

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At the end of this round, we will have to say goodbye to another.

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Best of luck to all three pairs.

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Our category for Round Two this afternoon...

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

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

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please step up to the podium.

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OK. Let's find out what the question is.

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Here it comes. We gave 100 people 100 seconds to name as many...

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Capital cities that celebrate New Year as the same time as London

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-or later.

-Yeah, essentially just a time zone question, really, this.

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We are looking for the capital city of any country that celebrates

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the New Year at the same time as London or later.

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As always, by country,

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we mean a sovereign state that's a member of the UN in its own right.

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So, any of the capitals of any of those countries, please.

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-Very best of luck.

-Thanks very much, Richard.

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A fun time zone question there, then, Dom.

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Yeah... Geography really totally not my cup of tea,

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so I'm going to keep it very simple and say Belfast.

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Belfast, says Dom.

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Slight murmur from the crowd there,

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but let's see what our column makes of that answer.

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Belfast.

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Bad luck, Dom. I'm sorry about that. An incorrect answer there.

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Richard will explain why shortly. That scores you 100 points.

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As always on Pointless, it's a sovereign state that's a member

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of the UN, so the UK is the country. So, England doesn't count,

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Northern Ireland doesn't count, Scotland, Wales. They don't count

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and never have done, I'm afraid. Never will do. It's just the...

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-It's how we are. I'm afraid it is.

-Yeah. There we are.

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Sorry, Dom.

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Mike, instantly let off the hook there slightly by that first answer,

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but have you got a good answer up your sleeve?

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I think I'll go for Helsinki.

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Helsinki, says Mike.

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

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I said you were let off the hook.

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You've now joined Dom up there on in the hook.

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So, yeah, nice to have some company up there. 100 points, I'm afraid.

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-This is going well, isn't it?

-Isn't it?

-Isn't it just?

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Yeah, they're ahead of us, I'm afraid, in Finland.

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There they are. OK. Now, Patricia.

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This is my worst, worst nightmare.

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I will say New York.

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New York, says Patricia.

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There's that murmur again.

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LAUGHTER

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OK, so, New York.

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Let's have some fun with that. New York.

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Nope. There we go. I'm afraid

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-that's an incorrect answer and that scores you 100 points. Well...

-Wow.

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I like the fact you've all been wrong for different reasons.

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LAUGHTER

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Yeah, New York, not a capital city.

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In my defence, as soon as I said it, I knew it was stupid.

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She lived there for several months, so I should know better.

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That makes it worse. What you've done there is said, "In my defence,"

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-and then made it worse for yourself.

-I know. Sorry.

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-That was great fun.

-Yeah, great fun. Thank you very much. We're halfway

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through the round. Let's take a look at all those scores.

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LAUGHTER

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Well, well done, Dom, the low score there of 100.

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Then we travel across to 100, Mike and Jim,

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and then across to 100 again, Patricia and Dom.

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So, yes, Ames, Jim and Felix, I'm guessing it's going to be

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between the three of you to decide who stays and who leaves at the end

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of the round. Can the second players please step up to the podium?

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So, Ames, just to remind you,

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we're looking for any capital cities that celebrate the New Year the same

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time as London or later.

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I think it's going to be a history repeats moment.

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I'm going to go for Rio de Janeiro.

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Rio de Janeiro, says Ames. Rio de Janeiro.

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No red line for you as you're our joint highest scorers.

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Let's see how many of our 100 people said Rio de Janeiro.

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Oh! There we are.

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-200!

-It's another incorrect answer.

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Yep. Also not a capital city, I'm afraid.

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-This is... Well, it is an education anyway.

-It is.

-We are learning

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an awful lot about places that aren't capital cities.

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There we go.

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Jim, I suspect you'll have a fantastic answer up your sleeve.

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-Caracas.

-Caracas.

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Caracas. You want 99 or less to get through to the head-to-head.

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Caracas. Please.

0:23:230:23:26

LAUGHTER

0:23:260:23:28

-Oh, no.

-It's right!

0:23:300:23:32

CHEERING

0:23:320:23:33

Oh, and it's not just right, it scores just 3.

0:23:370:23:40

Very well done indeed, Jim.

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3, taking your total up to 103.

0:23:430:23:46

Oh, Jim, thank you so much.

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That is greatly appreciated. Also,

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it's a very nice comment on all the other answers in this round.

0:23:520:23:56

Thanks very much.

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Now, then, Felix, there you are.

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You're on 100. The high-scorers are Ames and Patricia on 200.

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If you can score 99 or less, you're through to the next round.

0:24:040:24:07

I wondered whether to play it safe or not, but...

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-99 or less.

-Here's a shot to nothing.

0:24:110:24:14

-I'm going to say Lima.

-Lima, says Felix.

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HE EXHALES

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Here's your red line. If you get below that red line,

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you're through to the head-to-head.

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

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Good enough.

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There we are. Well done.

0:24:300:24:32

103 is our low score.

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And you go to 10. Well done. 110.

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Oh, that sorted itself out in the end, didn't it?

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The capital of Peru, of course.

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Washington, DC is the capital of the United States

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and Brasilia is the capital of Brazil.

0:24:490:24:52

There's loads and loads of pointless answers here.

0:24:520:24:54

We'll go through a few of them. Well done if you said any of these.

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Bamako, capital of Mali. Basseterre, capital of Saint Kitts.

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Castries, capital of Saint Lucia.

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Conakry, which is New Guinea.

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Ouagadougou, the best named capital in the world. Burkina Faso.

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Praia, which is Cape Verde islands.

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San Jose, Costa Rica.

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Santo Domingo, which is Dominican Republic.

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And Tegucigalpa, which is Honduras. Loads of others you could've had.

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You could have had Monrovia, Kingstown, Georgetown, Freetown,

0:25:160:25:19

St George's, St John's or Sucre. All of those pointless answers.

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Let's take a look at the top three answers, the ones most of our 100 people said.

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Washington, DC - 22.

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Lisbon, 27. Portugal, of course.

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And Dublin would've been a perfectly acceptable answer, 38 points.

0:25:330:25:37

Thanks very much indeed, Richard. So, at the end of our second round,

0:25:370:25:39

the pair we're saying goodbye to with a high score of 200,

0:25:390:25:42

I'm afraid it's Ames and Patricia. You know what? Nothing wrong with...

0:25:420:25:46

No, wait, everything wrong with your answers.

0:25:460:25:48

I know... We know what you meant. You'll be back next time and I have

0:25:480:25:53

no doubt you will go much further, but thanks very much for playing,

0:25:530:25:56

-Ames and Patricia.

-Thank you.

0:25:560:25:57

But for the remaining two pairs, it's now time for our head-to-head.

0:26:000:26:03

Congratulations, Felix and Dom, Mike and Jim, you are now one step closer

0:26:090:26:12

to the final and a chance to play for our jackpot,

0:26:120:26:15

which currently stands at £1,000.

0:26:150:26:18

There we are. Well, you've made it as far as the head-to-head round.

0:26:180:26:22

You can start playing teams and the first pair to win two questions

0:26:220:26:25

will be playing for the jackpot.

0:26:250:26:27

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

0:26:270:26:30

OK. Here is your first question, and it concerns...

0:26:350:26:39

Courtroom Scenes.

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Yeah, simply five photographs of courtroom scenes from films.

0:26:430:26:45

Can you name the films, please?

0:26:450:26:47

OK, let's reveal our five courtroom scenes, and here they come.

0:26:470:26:52

We've got...

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There we are. Five courtroom scenes.

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Now, Felix and Dom, you've been

0:27:200:27:21

our low scorers so far, so you will go first.

0:27:210:27:24

Feel free to confer.

0:27:240:27:25

THEY WHISPER

0:27:250:27:27

OK, I think we're going to go for C and Presumed Innocent.

0:27:300:27:34

Presumed Innocent, C, say Felix and Dom.

0:27:340:27:36

Presumed Innocent. Now then, Mike and Jim,

0:27:360:27:39

the rest of the board is all yours. Do you want to talk us through it?

0:27:390:27:42

OK. The general chat is that we haven't a clue on any of them.

0:27:420:27:47

LAUGHTER

0:27:470:27:48

So, here we go.

0:27:480:27:50

So, what did you say? D? Silent Witness.

0:27:510:27:54

-Silent Witness.

-B?

0:27:540:27:56

-D.

-Oh, sorry, D.

0:27:560:27:58

-D.

-Silent Witness.

0:27:580:28:00

D, Silent Witness.

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So, we have Presumed Innocent and we have Silent Witness.

0:28:010:28:03

Now, Felix and Dom have gone for C, Presumed Innocent.

0:28:030:28:08

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

0:28:080:28:11

It's right.

0:28:140:28:15

That's a good answer.

0:28:190:28:21

Oh, look at that. Very, very good indeed.

0:28:210:28:24

Very rare in these head-to-head round,

0:28:240:28:27

although we've had a couple in the last few shows.

0:28:270:28:29

That is a pointless answer, it adds £250 to today's jackpot,

0:28:290:28:32

takes today's jackpot up to £1,250.

0:28:320:28:35

Very well done indeed. Now, Mike and Jim, good luck against that.

0:28:350:28:39

You have identified D as being Silent Witness.

0:28:390:28:44

Silent Witness. Let's see if that's right,

0:28:440:28:46

let's see how where it gets you down the column.

0:28:460:28:49

Well, bad luck. Not Silent Witness.

0:28:520:28:54

But it means, Felix and Dom, unsurprisingly, after one question,

0:28:540:28:57

-you are up 1-0.

-Yeah, very well played, gents.

0:28:570:29:00

Yeah, not Silent Witness, D. It's Jagged Edge.

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Jeff Bridges there with Glenn Close.

0:29:030:29:05

4 points for that.

0:29:050:29:07

Let's go back to A.

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Gregory Peck there.

0:29:090:29:10

To Kill A Mockingbird.

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47 points.

0:29:130:29:15

B is...

0:29:150:29:16

-Legally Blonde.

-Legally Blonde.

0:29:160:29:18

41 points for Legally Blonde.

0:29:180:29:21

And E...

0:29:210:29:22

You can just see Henry Fonda

0:29:220:29:23

at the back there, on the right.

0:29:230:29:24

12 Angry Men.

0:29:240:29:26

It's the wonderful 12 Angry Men.

0:29:260:29:27

And that scores 20.

0:29:270:29:29

There we are. Thanks very much.

0:29:290:29:31

So here comes your second question.

0:29:310:29:32

Mike and Jim, you get to answer this one first but you have to win it

0:29:320:29:35

to stay in the game, so good luck with that.

0:29:350:29:37

Our second question this afternoon is all about Constellations.

0:29:370:29:41

-Richard.

-We're going to show you the names of five constellations now,

0:29:410:29:44

but we've removed alternate letters from each one.

0:29:440:29:46

Can you fill in those gaps, please?

0:29:460:29:48

OK. Can you fill in the blanks here? And we have got...

0:29:480:29:52

HE READS THE LETTERS

0:29:520:29:53

I'll read those all again.

0:30:020:30:03

Mike and Jim will go first.

0:30:100:30:13

The fourth one down, Canis Minor.

0:30:130:30:16

Canis Minor, say Mike and Jim.

0:30:160:30:19

-Now, Felix and Dom, it's over to you.

-Well, he took our one.

0:30:190:30:22

So... I think we have to go with Andromeda.

0:30:220:30:27

OK, we have Canis Minor and we have Andromeda.

0:30:270:30:29

Mike and Jim said Canis Minor.

0:30:290:30:31

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

0:30:310:30:34

It's right.

0:30:360:30:37

Very good. 11 for Canis Minor.

0:30:430:30:45

Felix and Dom had their hand forced there and have gone for Andromeda.

0:30:480:30:52

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

0:30:520:30:55

62. There we are.

0:31:000:31:02

Very well done, Mike and Jim. Just what you needed there.

0:31:020:31:04

You're back in the game. After two questions, it's 1-1.

0:31:040:31:07

And both questions so far, the team that going first has chosen

0:31:070:31:09

the best answer on the board, so very well played.

0:31:090:31:12

The second one down is...

0:31:120:31:14

-Aquarius.

-Aquarius is correct.

0:31:140:31:17

That would have scored you 14.

0:31:170:31:19

-The next one?

-Gemini.

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Gemini.

0:31:200:31:22

57. And the bottom one?

0:31:220:31:23

-Orion.

-It's onion, I'm afraid.

0:31:230:31:25

I'm so sorry.

0:31:250:31:26

LAUGHTER

0:31:260:31:27

-No, you're right. Orion would have scored 70.

-Thanks very much.

0:31:270:31:30

OK, here comes the decider. Whoever wins this question goes through

0:31:300:31:33

to the final and plays for the jackpot. Best of luck, both pairs.

0:31:330:31:36

Our third question this afternoon concerns...

0:31:360:31:39

Etiquette. As it should.

0:31:390:31:42

-Etiquette, Richard.

-Yeah, five clues to things you find in Debrett's

0:31:420:31:45

Guide To Etiquette And Manners here.

0:31:450:31:47

Whichever team gets the lowest score are going through to play

0:31:470:31:50

for the jackpot. It's awkward to know who goes first, isn't it?

0:31:500:31:53

Oh, I know. Isn't it?

0:31:530:31:55

Let's reveal our five clues, and here they come.

0:31:550:31:58

HE READS THE CLUES

0:32:000:32:01

I'll read those all again.

0:32:200:32:23

-Felix and Dom will go first.

-What do you reckon?

-I don't know.

0:32:420:32:45

THEY WHISPER

0:32:450:32:47

OK, yeah. We are pretty stuck, really.

0:32:500:32:54

We going to have to go for the fortified wine which is

0:32:540:32:56

traditionally served after pudding with cheese, which is port.

0:32:560:32:59

Port, say Felix and Dom. Port. Mike and Jim, do you want to talk us

0:32:590:33:03

through the rest of the board?

0:33:030:33:05

This should be right up my street, actually.

0:33:050:33:08

I think the sign off that should be used on a letter should be

0:33:080:33:12

"Yours sincerely". The grade of peerage, I think, is a Lord.

0:33:120:33:16

The colour of bow tie

0:33:160:33:18

is either black tie...

0:33:180:33:19

Could be white tie.

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And the person who traditionally delivers the speech at the wedding

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is the bride's father.

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Which would you like to go for?

0:33:250:33:27

-The bride's father.

-OK, bride's father.

0:33:270:33:29

So, we have port versus the bride's father.

0:33:290:33:31

Felix and Dom went for port.

0:33:310:33:33

Let's see if that's right, let's see how many of our 100 people said it.

0:33:330:33:37

It's right.

0:33:390:33:40

But it's a high score.

0:33:410:33:42

72 for port.

0:33:420:33:44

And Jim and Mike have gone for the bride's father,

0:33:460:33:49

the first person traditionally to speak at a wedding.

0:33:490:33:51

Let's see how many people said the bride's father.

0:33:510:33:55

It's right

0:33:580:33:59

and it wins you the point. Very well done indeed.

0:33:590:34:02

33. And it means, Mike and Jim, after three questions,

0:34:040:34:07

you go through to the final 2-1.

0:34:070:34:10

Very well played there, Jim. Now, you did get the top one wrong.

0:34:100:34:13

It's not "Yours sincerely".

0:34:130:34:15

"Yours sincerely" would be if it's "Dear Mrs" or "Dear Mr".

0:34:150:34:17

This is "Yours faithfully".

0:34:170:34:19

Somehow managed to get 50 points.

0:34:190:34:21

I knew it was one of them.

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The grade of peerage which is above Baron but below Earl...

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-Viscount.

-Oh, I knew you'd know that.

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It is a Viscount. That would have scored you 8 points.

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Delicious biscuits as well.

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And the colour of bow tie?

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-White.

-White. Correct.

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That would have scored 15.

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Viscount is the best answer.

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Thanks very much.

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So, the pair leaving us at the end of the head-to-head round,

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I'm so sorry, Felix and Dom, twice the bridesmaids,

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never the father of the bride.

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Aw, I'm so sorry. Brilliant performance right across...

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And we had a pointless answer from you in the head-to-head.

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They happen so rarely.

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Always a treat and, as I say, you have been fantastic.

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I'm so sorry, we send you home without a sniff of the final,

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but you've been brilliant contestants. Thanks, Felix and Dom.

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APPLAUSE

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But for Mike and Jim, it's now time for our Pointless final.

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Congratulations, Mike and Jim, you have fought of all the competition

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and you have won our coveted Pointless trophy.

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You now have a chance to win our Pointless jackpot and,

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at the end of today's show, the jackpot is standing at £1,250.

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Well, very well done indeed.

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I knew that was going to be a close head-to-head.

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I knew it was. And it could have so easily gone either way.

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Canis Minor was an inspired answer there, Jim.

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I think we've tested you fairly robustly.

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Anything you'd like to see come up in his last round?

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Anything to do with cars, really, or Formula 1.

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That kind of thing. Maybe football.

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Very good. Jim?

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Geography, words, books, that kind of thing.

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-Literature.

-As usual,

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you get to choose your category from a four we put up on the board.

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Today's choices look like this.

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-The Letter W.

-I would say Sporting Williams or The Letter W.

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-The Letter W.

-The Letter W.

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-The Letter W.

-The Letter W it is.

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-Richard.

-OK, very best of luck.

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Here are your three questions.

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We are looking for anyone, according to IMDB,

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who was credited with acting in the 2008 film W.

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We are looking for any football team in the top four flights of English

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football in 2015-2016 with a W in their names.

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Or we are looking for any words

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in the English language that begin and end in a W.

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So, any word with its own entry on the British & World English

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section of Oxforddictionaries.com that begins and ends with a W.

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So, cast of the film W. Football teams with a W in them.

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Or any word that begins and ends with a W.

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Very, very best of luck.

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Thank you very much indeed. Now, as always, you've got up to one minute

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to come up with three answers and all you need to win the jackpot is

0:37:040:37:06

for just one of those answers to be pointless. Are you ready?

0:37:060:37:09

-Yes.

-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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The only two words I know are Wicklow...

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-Yes.

-..and willow.

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Wicklow... Willow won't be one.

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Wicklow is one. And we've got Wycombe Wanderers and Wolverhampton.

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I'm not sure they'll be pointless.

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-Shrewsbury.

-Shrewsbury. Shrewsbury Town. Yes.

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Shrewsbury Town.

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Wicklow.

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What else is there? Other football teams...

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London teams.

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Come on, you know these teams.

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INDISTINCT CHATTER

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Southern teams in football.

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From the west. From the West Country.

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Bristol Rovers, no.

0:37:450:37:47

Southampton, Portsmouth...

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HE INHALES DEEPLY

0:37:480:37:50

Uh...

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Words beginning with W, we've got 20 seconds left.

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INDISTINCT CHATTER

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Wicklow is a good one.

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And Shrewsbury Town.

0:37:590:38:01

Uh...

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Wolverhampton Wanderers.

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-I can't think of another football team.

-There will be one.

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-There will be one.

-Newcastle...

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OK, that's your time up.

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I now need your three answers.

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-What are you going to give me?

-From the bottom one...

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Dad chose - Jim chose...

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-Wicklow.

-Wicklow.

-Wicklow.

0:38:250:38:27

W-I-C-K-L-O-W.

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Football teams. My brother's team, Newcastle United.

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-Newcastle.

-And Shrewsbury Town.

-And Shrewsbury Town. OK.

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Of those three, which is your best shot at a pointless answer,

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-do you think?

-Wicklow.

-Wicklow.

-OK, Wicklow goes last.

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Least likely to be pointless?

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-Newcastle.

-Newcastle United.

-Newcastle United.

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And here they are. We have...

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Well, if one of these answers were to win the jackpot for you, £1,250,

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what would you do with that? Mike, to you first.

0:38:570:39:00

Oh, I think I might put it towards a little classic car for my wife,

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-probably.

-Very nice.

-A classic car? Oh, right.

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-She'd like that.

-Your dad, for some reason, doesn't approve of that.

0:39:080:39:11

Jim, what would you...?

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What would you do? Lead by example.

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We're still waiting to go to South Africa.

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It's one of our dreams and that would go well towards it.

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Very good indeed.

0:39:210:39:23

OK, so, taking your answers in the order they were given,

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your first answer was Newcastle United. In this case, we were

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looking for any football team with a W in its name.

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Newcastle United you thought was your least likely shot

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at a pointless answer. Only one of them has to be pointless for you

0:39:350:39:38

to win the jackpot. For £1,250,

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how many people said Newcastle United?

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Well, it's right, unsurprisingly.

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Down it goes. Now, if this takes us all the way down to zero,

0:39:470:39:50

you leave here with that jackpot of £1,250.

0:39:500:39:53

Newcastle United now taking us into the teens.

0:39:530:39:56

Oh, 17!

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17. So, not a pointless answer,

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which means only two more shots at today's jackpot.

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Your next answer, in the same category, was Shrewsbury Town.

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Again, we are looking for any football club with a W in its name.

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For £1,250, how many people said Shrewsbury Town?

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It's right.

0:40:200:40:22

Newcastle United was your first answer.

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That took us all the way down to 17.

0:40:240:40:26

Shrewsbury Town now take us through the teens,

0:40:260:40:29

into single figures, down it goes, still going down...

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Shrewsbury Town down to 2.

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That is a great answer.

0:40:330:40:34

We're moving in the right direction.

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You'd be pleased with that score at any other point during gameplay

0:40:380:40:42

but, sadly, in this round, it's only pointless answers.

0:40:420:40:45

So, everything is now riding on your third and final answer.

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In this case, we were looking for words that begin and end with a W,

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and your answer was Wicklow.

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Let's find out if it's right,

0:40:540:40:55

let's find out how many of our 100 people said, Wicklow.

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For £1,250, is it pointless?

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Oh!

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I'm afraid you did not manage

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to find that all-important pointless answer,

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so I'm afraid you don't win today's jackpot of £1,250.

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That will roll over onto the next show,

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but you have been fabulous on both shows.

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It's been absolutely wonderful having you here.

0:41:230:41:25

Thank you for playing. Great contestants. Mike and Jim.

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And you get a Pointless trophy each to take home. So, there you are.

0:41:290:41:33

You've been brilliant for two shows.

0:41:340:41:36

It's been such a pleasure having you here. When you said Wicklow -

0:41:360:41:39

that's an Irish county - it's a proper noun. I thought you said

0:41:390:41:42

"Whitlow," which is a pointless answer. I got briefly very excited.

0:41:420:41:45

The football answers are going to drive you mad, I'm afraid.

0:41:450:41:48

I'll just tell you that now, because...

0:41:480:41:50

They just are. They just are.

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Let's start with the cast of W.

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The film W. That was about George Bush.

0:41:540:41:56

George W Bush. James Cromwell played George Bush Senior in that.

0:41:560:42:00

Jeffrey Wright played Colin Powell.

0:42:000:42:01

Richard Dreyfus was Dick Cheney.

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And Scott Glenn was Donald Rumsfeld.

0:42:030:42:05

Everyone in that film was a pointless answer apart from

0:42:050:42:08

Josh Brolin, who played George W,

0:42:080:42:10

Elizabeth Banks and Thandie Newton. Everyone else was pointless. Now,

0:42:100:42:13

let's get the business of these football teams out of the way,

0:42:130:42:16

-shall we? It's the towns.

-Yes.

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Let's take a look at some of them.

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Huddersfield Town is a pointless answer.

0:42:220:42:25

Luton Town. Newport County.

0:42:250:42:27

You said Newcastle, not Newport County. Yeovil Town.

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-There's three more. Fleetwood Town, I think you thought of.

-Yep.

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Mansfield Town and Northampton Town.

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All of those were pointless answers.

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Now, the words beginning and ending with W...

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Not that many of them. Some nice words, though.

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Whipsaw was a pointless answer.

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Woodscrew. Very well done if you said Woodscrew at home.

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Woodswallow. Workflow would have been a good answer.

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There's three more. Windrow, williwaw and whitlow.

0:42:510:42:54

Those were the only pointless answers. Very well done if you said

0:42:540:42:57

one of those at home. Gents, it's been such fun having you on the show

0:42:570:43:00

-and sorry we didn't send you home with the money.

-Well, Mike and Jim

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didn't win our jackpot today, so it rolls over onto the next show

0:43:030:43:06

when we will be playing for £2,250.

0:43:060:43:10

Join us next time to see if someone can win it. Meanwhile, it's goodbye

0:43:130:43:16

-from Richard.

-Goodbye.

-And it's goodbye from me. Goodbye.

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APPLAUSE

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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.