Episode 38 Pointless


Episode 38

Quiz in which contestants try to score as few points as possible by plumbing the depths of their general knowledge to come up with the answers no-one else can think of.


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APPLAUSE

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Thank you very much indeed.

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

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the show where we're always striving to find the most obscure answers.

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Let's meet today's players.

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APPLAUSE

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-Couple number one.

-Hi, my name's Rory. I'm from Nottingham.

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This is my friend Poppy, also from Nottingham.

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-Couple number two.

-Hi, I'm Lucy, this is Ken.

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-I'm from Manchester and Ken's from...

-York.

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Couple number three.

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Hi, I'm Phil, I'm from Birmingham, and I've brought my son, Greg.

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And, finally, couple number four.

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Hi, I'm Linda, this is my partner, Ian, and we're from Oxfordshire.

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These are today's contestants.

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APPLAUSE

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Thank you very much, all of you. A warm welcome to Pointless.

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Lovely to have you here.

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We'll get to chat to each of you as the show goes along.

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That just leaves one more person for me to introduce.

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He's got nerves of steel and buttocks of granite.

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

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-APPLAUSE

-Hiya. Hey, everybody.

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-Afternoon to you.

-And to you.

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Now, Ann and Paul didn't win the jackpot last time,

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which means we add another £1,000 to that,

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so today's jackpot starts off at £2,000. There we are.

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APPLAUSE

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

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APPLAUSE

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OK, remember this. The pair with the highest score

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at the end of each round will be eliminated.

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That's all you have to remember. Best of luck to all four pairs.

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Our first category this afternoon is...

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Science. Can you all decide in your pairs who's going first,

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who's going second?

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

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OK, the question concerns...

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Modern scientific advancements, Richard.

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We're going to give you seven clues on each pass

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about modern scientific achievements,

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things that have happened in the 21st century, essentially.

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Seven on each board, 14 in all to have a go at home.

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Thanks very much, Richard.

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So, we are looking for the scientific discoveries

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or achievements that match these clues.

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I'll read all of those again.

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Now, Poppy, a very warm welcome to Pointless.

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-You are a student at Nottingham.

-I am.

-What are you studying?

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We both study history, so we don't want any history questions

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-to come up in case we embarrass ourselves.

-OK. First year?

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-Second year.

-Second year. How's it going? How was the first year?

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First year was fine, second year is picking up a bit, but it's fine.

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-Picking up in terms of the workload?

-Workload.

-The pressure.

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-Yeah, the grades are going down.

-You sit exams at the end of this year?

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-Yeah.

-Did you at the end of last year as well?

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-Yeah, lots of essays too.

-Oh, no! Oh, it's like work!

-I know.

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Oh, dear, oh, dear. Now, Poppy,

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what are you going to go for on this board?

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There's a couple I know, from guessing from the letters

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-but I think they're all the obvious ones.

-Yeah.

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So, it's just figuring out which is the one that will get the lowest.

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-Yeah.

-But I think I'm going to go for the 2005 soft tissue

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-with Tyrannosaurus rex.

-Tyrannosaurus rex.

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Dinosaur, TR - surely Tyrannosaurus rex.

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Let's find out if it's right and how many of our 100 people said it.

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It's right.

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52, not bad. Gets you off to a good start.

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APPLAUSE

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Yeah, good start. It was a Kleenex, they found.

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-LAUGHTER

-It was in the T Rex's jacket pocket.

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They assumed at some point it had a cold at a function of some sort.

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Oh, poor T Rex, though.

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It had its tissue in its hand, like this,

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and its nose is up here and it goes, "Atishoo."

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Yeah, you're having to catch.

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You have to get another T Rex to come over and dab it away.

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No, a pterodactyl does that. That's what a pterodactyl's wing is for.

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There we are. Thank you, Richard. Now, Lucy, welcome to Pointless.

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Good to have you here. What do you do, Lucy?

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We're both managers in a retail store in Britain.

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-Is this a famous retail store?

-It is.

-A large chain of retail stores?

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The most favourite department store.

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And what do you do, aside from working in this fine store?

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-Come on Pointless.

-Hang on, you haven't been on before, have you?

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-No, I haven't. I like to bake a lot. That's my main hobby.

-Excellent.

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-Take baking in to my lovely work colleagues.

-Wonderful.

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-Now, Lucy, science.

-I'm not feeling too great about it.

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I'm thinking this is going to be so obvious,

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but I'm going to have to go for it.

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I'm thinking the 2015 NASA confirmed liquid water was on this planet

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and I'm having an educated guess that it's Mars.

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Well, let's find out. Mars. Is it right?

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How many of our 100 people said Mars?

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It's right.

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-Ooh.

-I'm sorry.

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OK, 85. Listen, tactically,

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you might have done something sensible, cos you've taken

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one of the answers other people might have known off the board.

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Think of it like that, Ken.

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Deep breath, count to ten. 85 for Mars.

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Yeah, plenty of big scores, I suspect, in this round.

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-It was sparkling water, they found.

-That's nice.

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-That's annoying, isn't it?

-Thanks very much, Richard.

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Now, Greg, a warm welcome to Pointless. Good to have you here.

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-What do you do, Greg?

-I'm a student in Huddersfield.

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-What are you studying?

-I study chemistry.

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-AUDIENCE:

-Ooh.

-LAUGHTER

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Look at that! Science.

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Science, science. Fabulous.

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-And what year are you in, first?

-I'm in my third year.

-Third year.

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You're an old hand now. How's it been? Have you enjoyed it?

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It's good fun but it's really difficult.

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Lots of lab reports and assignments and lectures.

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Oh, no! You're making university sound like work again.

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I just can't believe this. What are your interests aside from science?

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-I play American football in my spare time.

-See, that's fun!

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That's a society at Huddersfield, is it?

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Yeah, I spent the last year running it.

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There's the university society and there's amateur teams

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-about the country and I play in an amateur team as well.

-There we are.

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Very good. Now, Greg, science.

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This is just a walk in the park for you, isn't it, Greg?

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Um, I knew about half of them

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and the one I wanted to go for hasn't come up yet,

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so, in 2013, the particle is the Higgs boson.

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The Higgs boson, the Higgs boson particle.

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Let's see if that's right and how many people knew that answer.

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It's right. 85 is our high score,

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52 our low. You pass the low score.

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New low score of 38. Well done, Greg.

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APPLAUSE

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-Very well played. It's so small, you know the head of a match?

-Mm.

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It is smaller than that. That's why it took them so long to find it.

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-Yeah.

-It's like when you drop a contact lens on a carpet.

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-That's how long it took them to find.

-Wow, wow.

-Yeah.

-Tiny.

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Thank you very much indeed, Richard.

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-Now then, Ian, welcome back.

-Thank you.

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Welcome back. Now, head-to-head,

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-and you were our low-scorers in the head-to-head last time.

-Yes.

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Got to be hoping to go through to the final this time.

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Ian, are you worried about this board at all?

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-There's a few I know, a few I can guess.

-OK.

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-Quickly remind us what you do, Ian.

-I'm a software engineer.

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Right you are. So, is science sort of within your...?

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-Yeah, I have a degree in astrophysics.

-Well, there we are.

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This is... LAUGHTER

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Excellent, and on the back of that you can now talk us

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through the entire board. LAUGHTER

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The top one's Pluto. The second one, I'm not sure,

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but I would guess at L being Libra, perhaps.

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The next one, Human Genome Project.

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And the city, again guessed, based on P, is Paris.

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I will go for the Human Genome Project.

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The Human Genome Project, says Ian.

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

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It's right. Well, 85 still our high score. You pass that.

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38's our low score. You pass that.

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Look at that! Human Genome Project

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taking you down to 21. That degree wasn't in vain, Ian.

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APPLAUSE

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Good work from our chemist and our astrophysicist there

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on podiums three and four.

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Pluto is correct. You did well to avoid it.

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Would have scored you 68 points.

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It's not Libra, actually. It's a very good answer.

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It's Lyra and would have scored you 1 point.

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Very well done if you said that. And at the bottom, there is it, Paris.

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Paris would have scored 44.

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Thanks very much, Richard. We're halfway through the round,

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so let's take a look at those scores.

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21 was the best score of the pass, Ian. Very well done to you.

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Then we travel up to 38, where we find Greg and Phil.

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Up to 52, Poppy and Rory.

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Then up to 85, where we find Lucy and Ken.

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So, Ken, little bit of pressure on you there.

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Let's hope there's a nice low-scoring brilliant answer there

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that you, and only you, know.

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-Good luck with that.

-Yeah!

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Can the second players please step up to the podium?

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OK, let's put seven more clues up on the board and here they come.

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I'm going to read those all one last time.

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There we are.

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-Linda, welcome back.

-Thank you.

-Remind us what you do, Linda.

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I do marketing and advertising sales for academic publishers.

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-Academic publishing.

-Yes.

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-And, presumably, some scientific tomes on there as well.

-Yes.

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What are your hobbies, Linda?

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We talked about my life painting last time

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but I also run a book club

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and I like photography and editing photographs that I've taken.

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-Very good. Do you do Photoshopping as well?

-Exactly.

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Ian has been my main muse for that,

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so he's been turned into a moon, an Easter egg...

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Is Ian fully clothed in these...?

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-Yes.

-He is, and with additional pastry on his face in one instance,

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which didn't make him very happy at all,

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so he looked quite grumpy in that one.

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When you say "additional pastry"... LAUGHTER

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-Well, just pastry, really.

-OK.

-It didn't really stick.

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I wished I'd used mashed potato.

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You need an egg binder, I think, probably.

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-I hadn't thought it through.

-Ah, well. There we are.

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Now, Linda, you are on 21.

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The high-scorers, on 85, are Ken and Lucy,

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so your target is 63 or less.

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Yes, I'm going to go for the one atom thick

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extremely strong carbon allotrope

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-and I'm going to say graphene.

-Graphene, says Linda.

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Very good indeed. Here is your red line.

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Let's see if you get below that with graphene.

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If you do, you are definitely in the next round.

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How many people said graphene?

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It's right.

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Through you go.

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APPLAUSE

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16, lowest score so far. Well done. Taking your total up to 37.

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Great work, Linda.

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When historians watch this show in 50 years time, they will laugh

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at that only scoring 16 points.

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It's going to be the most important advance,

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I suspect, of the century. Extraordinary stuff.

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Very good. Thank you, Richard. Now then, Phil.

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A very warm welcome to Pointless. Lovely to have you here.

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What do you do, Phil?

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I work in a contact centre for one of the large building societies.

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-Right, and what are your hobbies?

-I don't have many.

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In the last couple of years, I've taken up golf,

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so I attempt to play golf with a couple of friends.

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-Are you getting better at golf?

-I am.

-Have you been bitten by golf?

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The pleasure is not in the skill,

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-it's in the getting out in the open air.

-I see. That's fun.

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-What else do you fill your time with?

-I'm very bad at DIY,

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so I get pressured into doing DIY.

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If you're bad at DIY, it really can take a very long time, can't it?

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-Yes.

-There you are, you're on 38.

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Ideally, you'd score 46 or less

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with this answer to be sure of a place in the next round.

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I'm going to go for the African country

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-and say Ethiopia.

-Ethiopia, says Phil.

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Is that a guess because it's an African country beginning with E

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-or is it firm knowledge?

-It's a guess.

-It's an African country

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beginning with E. There's your red line.

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If Ethiopia gets you below that red line, you're into Round Two.

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How many of our 100 people said Ethiopia? Is it right?

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It is Ethiopia.

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Ooh, look at that. 49. APPLAUSE

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49 for Ethiopia, taking your total up to 87.

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-That skeleton dates back 4.4 million years.

-Wow!

-Wow!

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-That's before we started this.

-Yeah.

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-That's three years before this began.

-Wow, what about that?

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-Amazing, isn't it?

-Extraordinary. Thanks, Richard.

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-Ken, welcome to the show.

-Thank you.

-Lovely to have you here.

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What do you do, Ken?

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I'm a section manager at Britain's favourite department store.

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Section manager means what? You're in charge of...?

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I sell fitted kitchens, fitted bathrooms and sexy white goods,

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so if you're looking for a fridge or a freezer, I'm your man.

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What about...? You've just sold them to US!

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I didn't even realise I needed them until you said that.

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-You always need one.

-Now, Ken,

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when you put aside white goods and kitchens,

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what sparks your imagination? What pleases you?

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I like travelling, so I've done a lot of city breaks,

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in European countries

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and also some international travelling as well.

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I was always quite boring in my youth, but now I'm older,

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I'm seeing more unusual parts of the world.

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Very exciting.

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Do you have a favourite city break, city that you'd recommend?

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I've been to Prague recently, which was really nice. Prague's lovely.

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Brussels, fantastic.

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But I recently spent some time in Thailand last year

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-and Thailand was amazing, absolutely amazing place.

-Fantastic.

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-Now, Ken, we need a score of 1 or less.

-OK.

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1 or less, just to be sure of a place in the next round.

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Um, I'm going to go with the border of France and this country

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would be Switzerland.

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Switzerland, says Ken.

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There is your red line, down there.

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

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It's right.

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67, takes your total to 152.

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-APPLAUSE

-Thank you, thank you.

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Interesting thing happening on podium four there.

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-100 points would see a lockdown.

-Thank you, Richard.

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-Now, Rory, we have a contest on our hands, do we not?

-Yeah.

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What we need from you, essentially, is a correct answer,

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but we'll come to that in a moment. Rory, remind us what you do?

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I'm a student at Nottingham, doing history.

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-That's right, you're studying history.

-Yeah.

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-Also in your second year.

-Yes.

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What other things have you been getting up to in Nottingham,

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-aside from history?

-I play hockey for the university.

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I'm not very good, but I'm in the fifth team which is the social team.

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That's the right team to be in, I think.

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Yeah, so we play the odd game, but mainly we meet up, nights out.

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Now, Rory, this board - we need a correct answer from you.

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That is, essentially, all we need. 100 points and we'll have lockdown.

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-OK.

-But 99 or less gets you through.

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Well, I know one.

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The telecommunications one I think might be gigabyte,

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but I'm not going to go for it in case it's wrong.

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So, I'm going to go for the mobile computing device and "tablet".

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Tablet, says Rory. Here is your red line.

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Get below that with tablet, you're into Round Two.

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How many of our 100 said tablet?

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Very well done. That's what tablet had to do.

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75 it scores.

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APPLAUSE Taking your total up to 127.

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Well done, Rory,

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cos if you had gone for gigabyte, we would be in lockdown,

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because "Generation" is the G.

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And Generation would have scored you 30 points.

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Now, the M for the Nobel Prize in Medicine was "magnetic".

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That would have score 21.

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And far and away the best answer on the board is this dwarf planet.

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It's 27% bigger than Pluto

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and it's Eris. 3 points. Very well done if you said that.

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

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the pair we've got to say goodbye to, I'm afraid, Ken and Lucy,

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it is you. I'm so sorry.

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We'll see you again next time. And I'm sure you'll go much further.

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I'll say right now,

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I think we're looking at a finalist pair here.

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-Bless you.

-We'll look forward to that.

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-Meantime, thanks very much. Ken and Lucy.

-Thank you.

-Thanks.

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APPLAUSE

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

0:18:400:18:43

APPLAUSE

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And look at that.

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We're suddenly down to three pairs and at the end of this round,

0:18:490:18:52

we'll have to say goodbye to another pair. But well done.

0:18:520:18:54

We've made it through that science round.

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Quite a lot of highbrow scientific knowledge there

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amongst our three remaining pairs, so congratulations on that.

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Best of luck to all three pairs. Our category for Round Two today is...

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Pop music. Can you all decide in your pairs

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

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

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

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We gave 100 people 100 seconds to name...

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Artists who appeared in the top 40 biggest albums list of 2015.

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We're looking for the name of any act or artist who released

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one of the 40 best-selling albums of 2015 in the UK,

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-according to officialcharts.com.

-Thank you very much indeed, Richard.

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-So, Rory.

-Yeah, there's a lot of options, obviously.

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-A lot of options.

-Yeah.

-Only 40 of them will be right though.

-OK.

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LAUGHTER

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

-Eminem, says Rory.

-Yeah.

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

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Oh!

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-Not one of the 40, I'm afraid, Rory.

-Sorry, poppy.

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-That scores you 100 points, sorry.

-Yeah, sorry, Rory,

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he didn't have a big new album out in 2015, I'm afraid.

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Thanks very much indeed. Now, Phil.

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-That takes a bit of pressure off.

-It does a bit.

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I'm going to play safe and say One Direction.

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One Direction, says Phil. Let's see if that's right

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and how many of our 100 people said One Direction.

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It's right.

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28, not bad for a safe answer, Phil!

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APPLAUSE 28 for One Direction.

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Made In The AM,

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-the 14th biggest selling album of 2015.

-Good.

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-Now, Linda.

-Yes, am I allowed to say Alexander Armstrong?

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I'd be very flattered but I, I... Ah, that's nice of you.

0:20:530:20:58

Um, I'd be very surprised, but is that what you're going to say?

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That's what I'm going to say.

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That's a very expensive way of flattering me, but thank you.

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LAUGHTER

0:21:070:21:09

Well, let's put that to the test. Alexander Armstrong. Is that right?

0:21:090:21:13

LAUGHTER

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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Oh, that's so exciting! That's a pointless answer.

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That adds £250 to today's jackpot.

0:21:300:21:34

£2,250 is the total.

0:21:340:21:37

That has taken the wind out of my... I had no idea!

0:21:370:21:40

LAUGHTER

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That scores you nothing and...

0:21:420:21:44

-I didn't know that!

-Yeah.

-Top 40?!

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The 32nd biggest selling album of the year, you released.

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-That's impressive.

-Linda, that paid off nicely,

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-didn't it? Thank you very much.

-I nearly had a crisis of confidence

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-when you didn't seem to know.

-I wouldn't have thought I was

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-in the top...

-Don't they tell you?

-I'd have thought top 70, maybe.

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-I tell you what, Eminem who?

-Yeah! LAUGHTER

0:22:040:22:07

-Marshall what?

-You know?

-Yeah. Very well done indeed.

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That's absolutely superb. Um, yeah.

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Whoa! Whoo! Yes! Oh, Lordy! LAUGHTER

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We're about to head back up the line. Before we do that,

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let's take a look at those scores.

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Nothing was the best score there.

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Very well answered there, Linda, if I might say.

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Then up to 28, where we find Phil and Greg.

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Then up to 100, Rory and Poppy.

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So, Poppy, we need a low score. Best of luck with that.

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Can the second players please step up to the podium?

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OK, we are looking for any artist

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who had one of 2015's top 40 best-selling albums.

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Ian, we're looking for

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the most obscure you can find. Your target, by the way,

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is 99 or less.

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I think I did see

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an old-timer who had a classical remix album.

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That was Elvis Presley.

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Elvis Presley, says Ian. Elvis Presley.

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Sounds like a good answer to me. There is your red line.

0:23:060:23:08

Get below that, you're through to the next round.

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How many people said Elvis?

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It's right.

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Look at that! 2!

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Very well played on the far podium there.

0:23:230:23:25

Taking your total up to 2.

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-APPLAUSE

-Terrific stuff.

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The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra did a lot of orchestral reworking

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of Elvis's hits. The fourth biggest selling album of the year as well.

0:23:320:23:37

-Isn't that amazing?

-Very good. Thanks, Richard.

0:23:370:23:40

Now, Greg. There you are on 28.

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The high-scorers still Poppy and Rory on 100,

0:23:420:23:44

so 71 or less gets you through.

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Er, I don't really know much about pop music,

0:23:470:23:49

so I'm going to say something I think safe

0:23:490:23:51

-and I'm going to say Adele.

-Adele.

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I think Adele and a wrong answer are almost going to score the same,

0:23:530:23:56

but we'll see. Let's find out. There is your red line.

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Get below that with Adele, good luck to you.

0:23:590:24:02

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

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It's right. Ooh, how wrong I am.

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Look at that! 64 for Adele.

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Good answer and, more importantly, good enough to get you through.

0:24:110:24:14

-92 is your total.

-Yeah, biggest selling album by a mile that.

0:24:140:24:18

-By a mile.

-Thanks very much indeed.

0:24:180:24:21

Now, Poppy, I'm sorry to say this but you are our high-scorers,

0:24:210:24:25

even before you've given your brilliant answer.

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You've had time to come up with an absolute cracker.

0:24:270:24:30

Mm, well, I was going to say Alexander Armstrong

0:24:300:24:32

but as that's gone, um...

0:24:320:24:34

You can say it again if you like. LAUGHTER

0:24:340:24:37

Um, I'm not too sure this one's right, I can't remember the year,

0:24:370:24:40

but he's my favourite singer, so I'm going to say David Bowie.

0:24:400:24:44

David Bowie, says Poppy. David Bowie.

0:24:440:24:48

No red line for you as you're our high-scorers

0:24:480:24:50

even before we give the answer, but let's see.

0:24:500:24:52

David Bowie. Has Poppy got the right year? Let's find out.

0:24:520:24:55

Bad luck, Poppy,

0:24:580:25:00

but it was a good punt. Out in a blaze of glory.

0:25:000:25:02

-100, takes your total up to 200.

-Yeah, I'm sure he'll be on the list

0:25:020:25:06

for 2016 best-selling albums, but not 2015, I'm afraid.

0:25:060:25:08

Lots of pointless answers here, actually.

0:25:080:25:11

Let's take a look at some of them. We heard the first one already.

0:25:110:25:14

The wonderful Alexander Armstrong.

0:25:140:25:17

If you've not heard the album,

0:25:170:25:19

it's like kind of Frank Sinatra meets Kanye West.

0:25:190:25:24

-It's got that sort of vibe to it.

-I think that's about right, yes.

0:25:240:25:27

It is terrific stuff though.

0:25:270:25:28

Ella Henderson, Chapter One was 31st best-selling album of the year.

0:25:280:25:32

Fall Out Boy, American Beauty/ American Psycho.

0:25:320:25:35

Florence & The Machine, a wonderful album.

0:25:350:25:36

How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful.

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Jeff Lynne's ELO did Alone In The Universe.

0:25:380:25:40

Mumford & Sons also on the list.

0:25:400:25:43

Muse had a hit with Drones. Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds,

0:25:430:25:46

and Paul Simon, his Ultimate Collection also on that list.

0:25:460:25:49

A couple of other pointless answers.

0:25:490:25:51

Gregory Porter and Catfish And The Bottlemen.

0:25:510:25:53

All those would have been pointless. Well done if you said any of those.

0:25:530:25:56

Take a look at the top three, ones most of our 100 people said.

0:25:560:25:58

We've heard the top two, actually, but Sam Smith is third with 24.

0:25:580:26:02

Thank you very much indeed, Richard.

0:26:040:26:06

So, at the end of our second round, the pair heading home

0:26:060:26:09

with their high score of 200, I'm afraid, Poppy and Rory, it is you.

0:26:090:26:12

But we will see you again next time.

0:26:120:26:14

Meantime, thanks very much for playing. Poppy and Rory.

0:26:140:26:16

APPLAUSE

0:26:160:26:20

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

0:26:200:26:22

APPLAUSE

0:26:220:26:25

Congratulations, Ian and Linda, Phil and Greg.

0:26:280:26:30

You are now one step closer to the final and a chance

0:26:300:26:32

to play for our jackpot, which currently stands at £2,250.

0:26:320:26:37

APPLAUSE

0:26:370:26:40

So, here we are in the head-to-head round,

0:26:400:26:42

which means you're now allowed to confer,

0:26:420:26:44

which is rather lovely and the first player to win two questions

0:26:440:26:47

will be playing for that jackpot. Best of luck to both pairs.

0:26:470:26:50

Let's play the head-to-head.

0:26:500:26:51

APPLAUSE

0:26:510:26:54

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

0:26:570:27:00

-Sporting Steves, Richard.

-We're going to show you five pictures

0:27:020:27:05

of famous Sporting Steves or Stephens.

0:27:050:27:08

Can you identify the most obscure?

0:27:080:27:10

OK, thanks, Richard. Let's reveal our five Steves and here they are.

0:27:100:27:13

We've got...

0:27:130:27:14

There we are. Five Sporting Steves or Stephens.

0:27:370:27:41

Ian and Linda, you're our low-scorers again,

0:27:410:27:43

so you will go first.

0:27:430:27:45

INDISTINCT DISCUSSION

0:27:450:27:48

Two of those I don't know.

0:27:520:27:54

Probably going to be the lowest scorers as well.

0:27:540:27:56

So, I'll say E is Stephen Hendry.

0:27:560:27:59

OK, E, Stephen Hendry, say Ian and Linda. Stephen Hendry.

0:27:590:28:02

Phil and Greg,

0:28:020:28:04

can you talk us through the other Steves on the board?

0:28:040:28:06

A is Steven Gerrard.

0:28:060:28:08

-Is it Steve Redgrave?

-Steve Redgrave is B.

0:28:080:28:12

I have no idea who D is.

0:28:120:28:14

-But C is...

-Steve Austin.

0:28:140:28:16

-Is that what you're going for?

-That's our final answer.

0:28:160:28:19

You're going for C, Steve Austin.

0:28:190:28:21

So, we have Stephen Hendry, we have Steve Austin.

0:28:210:28:23

Ian and Linda, Stephen Hendry. Let's see if that's right for E

0:28:230:28:25

and how many of our 100 people spotted Stephen Hendry.

0:28:250:28:27

It's right.

0:28:300:28:31

59 for Stephen Hendry.

0:28:330:28:36

APPLAUSE

0:28:360:28:38

Phil and Greg, meanwhile, have gone for Steve Austin for C.

0:28:380:28:42

Let's see if that's right

0:28:420:28:43

and how many of our 100 people said Steve Austin.

0:28:430:28:46

It's right.

0:28:480:28:50

And it wins the point, look at that.

0:28:510:28:53

19 for Steve Austin,

0:28:540:28:56

which means, Phil and Greg, after one question, you are up 1-0.

0:28:560:29:00

"Stone Cold" Steve Austin, the WWE champion.

0:29:000:29:03

There's an answer that would have beaten Steve Austin

0:29:030:29:06

and it's not one of the ones you've given us already.

0:29:060:29:09

Pretty low score, 38. I think it's the photo, maybe.

0:29:160:29:18

You don't quite see it's him on first look.

0:29:180:29:20

But the best answer is the US golfer Steve Stricker.

0:29:200:29:23

Well done if you said that. 1 point, a terrific answer.

0:29:230:29:26

There we are. Thank you very much, Richard.

0:29:260:29:28

Now then, Ian and Linda, this can't happen a second time.

0:29:280:29:31

-I think it can.

-You have to steal this one back.

0:29:310:29:34

You have to win this one. But Phil and Greg get to answer first,

0:29:340:29:37

so best of luck. Our second question today is all about...

0:29:370:29:40

European capitals, Richard.

0:29:420:29:44

Going to show you the names of five European capitals now

0:29:440:29:46

but in the form of anagrams.

0:29:460:29:48

Can you unscramble them and give us the most obscure answer?

0:29:480:29:51

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

0:29:510:29:54

I'll read those again.

0:30:020:30:04

There we go. Phil and Greg will go first.

0:30:090:30:11

INDISTINCT DISCUSSION

0:30:110:30:14

We're going to go for the fourth one. Valletta.

0:30:220:30:25

Valletta, say Phil and Greg. Valletta.

0:30:250:30:28

Now then, Ian and Linda, do you fancy talking us through the others?

0:30:280:30:32

No, um, but we've got one answer and it's the third one down

0:30:320:30:36

and we think it's Podgorica.

0:30:360:30:39

-I don't think I'm pronouncing that right, but...

-Podgorica.

-Podgorica.

0:30:390:30:43

Podgorica. So we have Valletta and we have Podgorica.

0:30:430:30:47

Now then, Phil and Greg went for Valletta.

0:30:470:30:50

Let's see if that's right and how many people got Valletta.

0:30:500:30:52

It's right.

0:30:550:30:57

Good answer. 30 for Valletta.

0:31:000:31:02

APPLAUSE

0:31:020:31:05

Now then, Ian and Linda have gone for Podgorica.

0:31:060:31:09

You have to win this one to stay in the game.

0:31:090:31:11

It would be very exciting if this is right and wins you the point.

0:31:110:31:14

Podgorica, is that right, and if it is, how many people said it?

0:31:140:31:17

It is right.

0:31:190:31:21

Podgorica.

0:31:210:31:23

And it's won you back.

0:31:240:31:26

Ooh, down to 3. That's a great answer.

0:31:260:31:28

Very, very well done indeed. Ian and Linda, you're back in the game.

0:31:280:31:33

Ah, this is perfect drama. After two questions, it's 1-1.

0:31:330:31:37

Great answer, yes. Podgorica, you've said it exactly as it's spelt.

0:31:370:31:40

Capital of Montenegro. Very, very good answer.

0:31:400:31:43

Actually, those are the best two answers up there. Less Rubs?

0:31:430:31:46

-Brussels.

-Brussels.

0:31:460:31:47

-Moth Locks?

-Stockholm.

-Stockholm.

0:31:480:31:51

-And Bun Lid?

-Dublin.

-Dublin.

0:31:520:31:54

Thank you very much indeed. This is very exciting.

0:31:560:31:58

It comes down to the third question. This is the decider.

0:31:580:32:01

Whoever wins this goes through to the final

0:32:010:32:02

and plays for that jackpot, so best of luck to both pairs.

0:32:020:32:05

Our third question today is all about...

0:32:050:32:08

Charles I, Richard.

0:32:100:32:12

Yeah, five clues to facts about the British monarch Charles I.

0:32:120:32:15

Whichever team gives us the most obscure answer is

0:32:150:32:17

going through to play for that jackpot.

0:32:170:32:19

ALEXANDER GASPS OK, thank you very much.

0:32:190:32:21

Let's reveal our five clues and here they come. We've got...

0:32:210:32:24

I shall read those all one last time.

0:32:400:32:42

There we are. Ian and Linda will go first.

0:32:560:32:58

Do you know any apart from the second one

0:32:580:33:01

cos that's all I know?

0:33:010:33:03

INDISTINCT DISCUSSION

0:33:030:33:06

We're going to go for the second one down and we'll say Stuart.

0:33:060:33:10

Stuart, say Ian and Linda. Stuart. Now then, Phil and Greg,

0:33:100:33:13

talk us through that board as much as you can.

0:33:130:33:16

The century in which he ruled was the 17th century.

0:33:160:33:21

I think the island's got to be the Isle of Wight.

0:33:210:33:24

No idea what the London street is,

0:33:240:33:26

but we'll go for the 17th century.

0:33:260:33:30

The 17th century, say Phil and Greg.

0:33:300:33:33

So, we have the Stuarts and we have the 17th century.

0:33:330:33:36

And Linda said the Stuarts, the royal house to which he belonged.

0:33:360:33:38

Let's see if that's right and how many people said the Stuarts.

0:33:380:33:41

It's right.

0:33:440:33:45

41. APPLAUSE

0:33:480:33:52

41 for the Stuarts.

0:33:530:33:55

Now then, Phil and Greg have gone for the 17th century.

0:33:550:33:57

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

0:33:570:34:00

It is right.

0:34:020:34:04

It's going to be close. Look at that!

0:34:060:34:08

31 for the 17th century.

0:34:080:34:11

APPLAUSE Phil and Greg, you have done it.

0:34:110:34:13

After three questions, you are through to the final, 2-1.

0:34:130:34:16

Very well played. 1625 to 1649, Charles I.

0:34:160:34:19

The French princess was Henrietta Maria. Maryland was named after her.

0:34:190:34:25

10 points for that. The mother of Charles II and James II as well.

0:34:250:34:29

And he escaped from Hampton Court to the island of Isle of Wight.

0:34:290:34:34

And the London street? This is the best answer on the board.

0:34:350:34:38

-Whitehall.

-It was Whitehall, yeah. Well done if you said that.

0:34:380:34:42

Thank you very much indeed.

0:34:420:34:44

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

0:34:440:34:46

I'm afraid, Ian and Linda, I'm so sorry.

0:34:460:34:48

Twice you've been our low-scoring pair in this head-to-head round

0:34:480:34:51

and I'm sorry that you go home without a sniff of a trophy.

0:34:510:34:54

It seems very unfair, particularly when you've given the best answer

0:34:540:34:58

in the history of the game. But it's been lovely having you on.

0:34:580:35:01

Thank you so much for playing. Ian and Linda, very well done indeed.

0:35:010:35:03

APPLAUSE

0:35:030:35:07

But for Phil and Greg, it's now time for our Pointless final.

0:35:070:35:09

APPLAUSE

0:35:090:35:13

Congratulations, Phil and Greg, you have fought off the competition

0:35:130:35:17

and you have won our coveted Pointless trophy.

0:35:170:35:19

You now have a chance to win our Pointless jackpot

0:35:250:35:28

and at the end of today's show, the jackpot is standing at £2,250.

0:35:280:35:32

There we are. APPLAUSE

0:35:320:35:35

Well, I think you've made good account of yourselves.

0:35:350:35:38

Your first appearance on Pointless, straight through to the final.

0:35:380:35:41

Anything you particularly want to see come up in this last round?

0:35:410:35:44

-Er, Super Bowl winners would be good for me.

-Phil?

0:35:440:35:48

-Things about the Grand National.

-OK, very best of luck.

0:35:480:35:51

You get to choose your category from the four we throw up on the board.

0:35:510:35:54

Let's see what today's selection looks like. We've got...

0:35:540:35:58

Definitely not the top...

0:36:070:36:09

-three.

-LAUGHTER

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-So, Horses.

-That sounds like it fell very nicely for you, Phil.

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-OK, Horses it is. Richard.

-OK, three different questions here.

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Best of luck. We are looking for the name of any overall winner

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of the Burghley Horse Trials Three Day Event since it began

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in 1961 all the way up to 2015.

0:36:240:36:27

We are looking for the name of anyone who won a medal

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at the 2012 Summer Olympics for Team GB in an equestrian event, please.

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It can be in a team or as an individual.

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Or we're looking for any 21st century Grand National winner.

0:36:350:36:39

-LAUGHTER

-So, Grand National winner

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from 2000 to 2015.

0:36:410:36:43

So, Burghley Horse Trials, equestrian medallists

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and Grand National winners, 2000 to 2015.

0:36:460:36:49

There we go. As always, you've got up to a minute

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to come up with three answers. All you need to win that jackpot

0:36:520:36:54

is for one of those answers to be pointless.

0:36:540:36:56

-Are you ready?

-Yeah.

0:36:560:36:58

Let's put 60 seconds on the clock.

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Your time starts now.

0:37:000:37:02

You've got Monty's Pass.

0:37:020:37:04

-I know Ballabriggs.

-Ballabriggs.

0:37:040:37:06

-But if you know it and I know it...

-Yeah.

0:37:060:37:08

Pineau De Re was a couple of years ago

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but it's not a name

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that people remember.

0:37:120:37:13

But the one I'm thinking, Red Marauder,

0:37:130:37:16

cos only four finished.

0:37:160:37:17

It was a really big prize.

0:37:170:37:20

And there was Mon Mome.

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It was 100 to 1.

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But I think, cos it was 100 to 1, people will remember that.

0:37:230:37:26

This is your category, so...

0:37:260:37:28

-Er, so I'd say Red Marauder.

-Yeah.

0:37:280:37:31

Er...

0:37:330:37:35

-Pineau De Re.

-Yeah.

0:37:350:37:37

And... Who do you think? Monty's Pass or...?

0:37:370:37:41

-Monty's Pass, probably.

-Er...

0:37:410:37:43

Ballabriggs.

0:37:450:37:47

Is Hedgehunter 21st century?

0:37:470:37:49

-I think it was.

-Ten seconds left.

0:37:490:37:52

I'd go for the three you know for definite.

0:37:530:37:56

Er... OK.

0:37:570:38:00

OK, that's your time up. Let's have your three answers.

0:38:010:38:03

What would you like to go for?

0:38:030:38:05

-From the 21st century Grand National winners.

-Splendid.

0:38:050:38:08

-I'm going to say Red Marauder.

-Red Marauder.

0:38:080:38:11

-Pineau De Re.

-Pineau De Re.

0:38:110:38:14

-And Numbersixvalverde.

-Numbersixvalverde.

0:38:140:38:19

OK, of those three, which is your best shot at a pointless answer?

0:38:190:38:22

-I think Red Marauder.

-Red Marauder goes last. Least likely?

0:38:220:38:25

Cos I'm not sure it's the correct name, Numbersixvalverde.

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Numbersixvalverde.

0:38:300:38:31

OK, let's pop those answers up in that order, and here they are.

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We have got...

0:38:340:38:36

Very, very best of luck. Three fantastic answers up there.

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Surely one of those will bring that jackpot home for you.

0:38:440:38:47

Let's keep our fingers crossed.

0:38:470:38:49

If that's what were to happen, £2,250,

0:38:490:38:52

what would you do with that, Phil?

0:38:520:38:54

Well, I've been saying to my wife we'd go to New York

0:38:540:38:59

for about ten years and we've never got there, so...

0:38:590:39:04

-Time to put your money where your mouth is, Phil.

-Yeah.

0:39:040:39:06

Greg, what about you?

0:39:060:39:08

Me and my friends all want to go on holiday in the summer

0:39:080:39:10

and that will get me to...will pay for it all, really.

0:39:100:39:14

OK, very best of luck. In the case of all three of these,

0:39:140:39:17

we were looking for 21st century Grand National winners.

0:39:170:39:20

Your first answer was Numbersixvalverde.

0:39:200:39:23

Let's find out if it's right, then let's find out if it's pointless.

0:39:230:39:26

If it's both of those things, you leave here with £2,250.

0:39:260:39:29

Let's see how many people said Numbersixvalverde.

0:39:290:39:31

It's right.

0:39:340:39:36

You weren't entirely sure

0:39:360:39:37

if this was going to be in the right timeframe but it absolutely is.

0:39:370:39:40

Numbersixvalverde takes us down through the 20s into the teens.

0:39:400:39:43

Into single figures. Still going down. Down it goes...

0:39:430:39:46

You've done it! CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

0:39:460:39:48

Well done, very well done indeed! Fantastic!

0:39:480:39:51

Very impressive.

0:39:510:39:53

Well, that was impressive!

0:39:570:39:59

Almost effortless, I would say, there, but many congratulations.

0:39:590:40:03

Numbersixvalverde was a pointless answer,

0:40:030:40:05

which means you go home with that jackpot of £2,250.

0:40:050:40:08

Very well done indeed, Phil and Greg.

0:40:080:40:11

APPLAUSE

0:40:110:40:13

Pointless answers come in different ways.

0:40:150:40:17

Often, someone has to go right to the back of their mind

0:40:170:40:19

to pull out one fact they know about something.

0:40:190:40:21

And sometimes, the perfect category comes up.

0:40:210:40:23

And when it does, usually in sport,

0:40:230:40:25

there are pointless answers everywhere.

0:40:250:40:27

It won't surprise you to know all three answers are pointless

0:40:270:40:29

so very, very well done.

0:40:290:40:31

CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

0:40:310:40:34

And there were plenty more too. Anyone who knows their horse racing

0:40:360:40:39

would have got three pointless answers there.

0:40:390:40:41

We'll look at the answers from the different categories

0:40:410:40:43

in case you're answering different ones at home.

0:40:430:40:45

We'll start with Burghley Horse Trials.

0:40:450:40:47

Everyone pointless there, apart from Princess Anne, Lucinda Green,

0:40:510:40:54

Mary King, Richard Meade and Mark Todd.

0:40:540:40:56

The Team GB equestrian medallists.

0:40:560:40:58

Quite a lot of pointless answers here as well.

0:40:580:41:00

You could have had Carl Hester, Nicola Wilson,

0:41:040:41:06

Peter Charles or Scott Brash. They were all pointless answers.

0:41:060:41:09

Now let's look at these Grand National winners.

0:41:090:41:11

You could have been going a long time and still not have run out.

0:41:110:41:14

Also, Auroras Encore was a pointless answer,

0:41:190:41:21

Don't Push It, Monty's Pass

0:41:210:41:23

and the other two that you gave us, Pineau De Re and Red Marauder.

0:41:230:41:26

-Terrific work. Very well played.

-Fantastic.

0:41:260:41:29

Well, thanks once again to our winning players,

0:41:290:41:31

Phil and Greg, who go away with today's jackpot of £2,250.

0:41:310:41:35

Very well done indeed. APPLAUSE

0:41:350:41:37

Join us next time, when we'll put more obscure knowledge to the test!

0:41:370:41:40

-Meanwhile, it's goodbye from Richard.

-Goodbye.

0:41:400:41:43

And it's goodbye from me. Goodbye.

0:41:430:41:45

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.


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