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APPLAUSE AND CHEERING
Thank you very much indeed.
Hello, I'm Alexander Armstrong, and welcome to Pointless,
the show that puts obscure knowledge to the test.
Let's meet today's players.
And couple number one.
Hello, my name's Mike, this is my buddy Kyle, and we're from Jersey.
-Couple number two.
-Hi, I'm Hubert, and this is my friend Charan.
I'm from Bedford, and she's from Wolverhampton.
-Couple number three.
-I'm Jennifer, this is my daughter Naomi.
Naomi's from Derby, and I'm from South Derbyshire.
And, finally, couple number four.
Hi, my name's Alex, this is my wife, Claire,
and we're from Hertfordshire.
And these are today's contestants. APPLAUSE
Well, thank you very much, all of you.
We will get to chat to each of you later throughout the show as
it goes along. So, that just leaves one more person for me to introduce.
He's not just a wise man, he's three wise men,
the stable, the manger, the oxen, the bison and the star
all rolled into one.
And the baby. It's my Pointless friend - it's Richard.
-Hiya. Hi, everybody.
-APPLAUSE AND CHEERING
-Afternoon. Good afternoon to you.
Now, just one returning pair from the last show
- that's Hubert and Charan - are back with us.
Got through to the head-to-head last time.
Welcome to our three new pairs as well.
Now, I would say we've got some great questions today,
but a little secret on Pointless -
I always get the questions just before the show starts.
Now, we're really cutting it fine this time, cos I haven't yet got them,
but the second you start talking to people,
I know that somebody will come, when the camera's off,
and pass me the questions, so we'll carry on anyway.
That is amazing. Somebody...
-Bam ba ba!
What about that? What about that? APPLAUSE
-Boy, let me tell you, we've got some questions for you today.
-This first one!
-Very exciting indeed. Wow!
-Well, thank you, Richard.
Now, as you'll have gathered, Andy and Helen didn't win the jackpot last time, so we add another
£1,000 to that, so today's jackpot starts off at a majestic £5,250.
There we go.
Look at that. Right, if everyone's ready, let's play Pointless.
OK, all you have to remember is this - the pair with the highest
score at the end of each round will be eliminated. That is it.
Oh, and there is no conferring in the first two rounds.
Thank you very much. Our first category today is...
There we are.
Can you all decide who's going to go first,
who's going to go second in your pair?
And whoever's going first, please step up to the podium.
OK, let's find out what the question is. Here it comes.
We gave 100 people 100 seconds to name as many countries
that are more forested than the UK as they could.
As many countries more forested than the UK. Richard.
Yeah, 12% of the UK is officially forested.
There is 135 countries in the world which have
a greater percentage of land forested than the UK.
We're looking for any of those 135 countries, please.
That's according to the UN.
As always, by country,
we mean a sovereign state that's a member of the UN in its own right.
Thanks very much indeed. Now, Mike, welcome to Pointless.
Great to have you here, from Jersey. What keeps you busy in Jersey, Mike?
I am an administration and systems manager at a legal practice.
Right you are. What are your hobbies, Mike?
I play golf, play some squash.
Living in Jersey, I like to barbecue a lot.
Don't rub it in, come on. LAUGHTER
Countries that have more forestry than the UK.
Erm... I'm going to go for Laos.
Laos, says Mike. Let's see if Laos is right.
Let's see how many of our 100 people said Laos.
Yes! A pointless answer. APPLAUSE
How Laos can you go? And the answer is no Laos-er than that.
It adds £250 to today's jackpot, takes the total up to £5,500,
it scores you nothing,
apart from the enormous respect of all your peers, so very well done.
-That's brilliant, yeah, what a start to the show.
Laos, or "Louse", some people would call it.
What sort of percentage of that country do you think is forested?
-It's a lot. 68%. 68%.
-What a start.
-What a start. What a start to the show.
Thanks very much indeed. Mike, congratulations.
Hubert. Now, then.
We discovered last time that you are studying IT.
What are your hobbies, Hubert? What do you like getting up to?
Radio, music, listening to podcasts, and making them, and books.
-Very good. And you said you did some radio work.
Where do you do that?
Well, I have an online page where I put my shows up,
but I also do shows for an internet radio station
that I've been volunteering for for nearly three years.
Very nice. Now, Hubert.
-Well, not the best at it.
I have been to a few forests in a few countries.
I'm going to go for Jamaica.
Jamaica, says Hubert. OK, let's see if Jamaica is right.
Let's see how many of our 100 people said Jamaica.
It's another pointless answer! Look at that, very well done indeed,
Hubert! Fantastic. APPLAUSE
That adds another £250 to today's jackpot,
taking the total up to 5,750.
It scores you nothing, and earns you huge kudos.
Brilliant, Hubert. Very well done.
Yeah, as in the joke, "My wife recently went to a heavily forested country."
-31% of Jamaica is forested.
-There you go.
Jennifer, welcome to Pointless. Wonderful to have you here.
-What do you get up to, Jennifer?
-I'm retired. I'm a retired nurse.
What have you taken up since retiring?
Well, I'm always keen on sewing, even when I was working,
-so that's what I've focused on, really.
I'm doing a course, a distance-learning course.
And what kind of sewing is this? Embroidery, or...?
It's embroidery, yeah. Mixed media, really, as well.
-Sort of painting, as well as stitch, so, yeah.
-Excellent. There we are.
-Good for you. Jennifer, how are we liking this forestation?
OK, well, I can't follow these two, I don't think, for pointless.
-Oh, imagine if you did, though.
-Yeah, but I don't think it's likely.
-135 countries more wooded than us.
-Yes. Yes, I know.
Erm, I'm going to go for Burma.
Burma. OK, Burma, says Jennifer. Let's see if that's right.
Let's see how many of our 100 people said Burma.
Is it going to be another pointless answer, I wonder? Down it goes.
Oh, 2! Look at that, Jennifer!
APPLAUSE 2 for Burma.
-2 points, Jennifer, what are you playing at(?)
Very good answer, yeah, Burma or Myanmar. 48% forested.
There we are. Our high-scorers, Jennifer and Naomi, there, on 2.
LAUGHTER Claire, welcome to the show.
-Great to have you here. Here from Royston in Hertfordshire.
What do you get up to, Claire?
I'm a legal PA. I work for a shipping-law firm in London.
And what do you like getting up to when you're not working, Claire?
Well, we've got a one-year-old at home,
-so that takes up a lot of spare time.
-Right, yes, I'll say.
But I try and play netball as well,
go swimming, just general sporting stuff, really.
Have you done netball all the way through? Did you have a break?
No, I started playing netball for a club when I was six,
so I've played for, like, 30 years, so...
You must be really good at it!
-Well, I'm tall, which helps, so...
-There we are.
Now, how are we feeling about forestry and countries
and the relative woodland area to the UK?
-I'm going to try for Bolivia.
-Bolivia, says Claire.
Let's see if that's right.
Let's see how many of our 100 people said Bolivia.
It's another correct answer.
There we are. Very well done indeed, Claire. 3 for Bolivia.
Very well played.
-These scores are going through the roof now, aren't they?
-What percentage of Bolivia do you think is forested?
Erm, I'm looking at the audience's faces. 63.
-You said 63?
De-dum, de-dum, de-dum. Higher or lower than 63?
SOME: Higher. MOST: Lower.
They say lower, and they're right, it's 53.
-You got beaten by the audience.
-There we are. Thank you very much.
Thank you, audience. We are halfway through the round.
Let's take a look at those scores.
0 is the best score of that pass.
Very well done, Mike and Hubert.
Extremely strong performance from this end of the row.
Then it just turns into a disaster area! We go up to 2,
where we find Jennifer and Naomi, and all the way up to 3,
where we find Claire and Alex.
So, yes, I'd say it's between Alex and Naomi, but who knows?
Anything can happen in this next pass.
Best of luck to all four pairs. Let's come back down the line.
Can the second players please step up to the podium?
So, Alex. What do you do, Alex?
I'm an applications manager for a law firm in the City.
Basically, I just make sure the lawyers have access to their
time recording cases, that kind of thing.
Right you are. And what do you like getting up to, Alex?
I like cycling, I do a lot of charity races.
Play guitar. Getting worse, but then again...
Getting worse? It's not... It's meant to go the other way!
The more you play the worse you get?
Yeah, but the older I get, I'm getting a bit slower.
-Ah. Right, Alex, there you are on 3.
-Our high-scorers, by the way.
We need a low score from you. What are you going to go for?
I've no idea if there's any trees or anything in this country,
but I'll go for El Salvador.
-Sounds like there are going to be trees there, surely.
No red line for you,
because you are our embarrassingly high scorers there.
Let's see how many of our 100 people said El Salvador. Is it right?
It is right.
1! Look at that, very well done indeed, Alex.
1, taking your total up to 4. APPLAUSE
-Very well played indeed. El Salvador.
-Well played, Alex.
This is getting quite nerve-racking now, isn't it? All these low scores.
-Percentage of El Salvador that's forested?
49% - higher or lower?
MOST: Lower. FEW: Higher.
Right, I need you all to talk amongst yourselves,
and come up with one answer.
-I think they're saying lower.
Very close. Very close to the UK. 14%, El Salvador.
-I know, we think of it as a forested country.
I never think of El Salvador without thinking of branches.
The forests of El Salvador.
Walking through El Salvador is like this. Pyoing! Twang! Thwock!
-Ah, there we go. Anyway, how wrong we are. Naomi.
Hello, welcome to the show. Naomi, what do you do?
-I'm an occupational therapist.
-Very good. And what are your interests?
Well, pretty much similar to my mum.
I like sewing, and I belong to a band. I play the clarinet.
-Play... What's the band?
-It's Derby Hospital's band.
-So we raise money for charities.
-How big's the band?
-There's about 35 of us, when we're at capacity.
-That's pretty good.
-Excellent. Now, Naomi, the pressure is on. It really is!
-I can't believe this.
-Now, nobody has scored higher than 3.
Really have got no idea, and so I'm just going to plump for Luxembourg.
Last time someone plumped for Luxembourg, a few shows back,
it turned out to be a pointless answer.
Let us find out now how we do with Luxembourg.
Here is your red line. It's...
I mean, there it is, right at the bottom of the column.
Get below that, you're into Round Two.
How many people said Luxembourg?
Very well done indeed. 1 for Luxembourg,
taking your total up to 3. Very well done.
-This is fun. I'm loving this round!
Oh, Luxembourg? 15.
-Higher or lower?
-No. I just don't know anything about Luxembourg.
-You're losing 3-0 to the audience.
-I know, I know.
There are more of them.
Thank you, Richard.
Now, then, Charan. Welcome back.
We discovered last time you are also studying IT. What do you like
getting up to when you're not doing that?
Do you have a favourite author,
or are there any particular type of books you like reading?
-Excellent. Harry Potter. Now, then, Charan.
What about this woodland thing? Hubert has set you up so well there.
-But it's going to go all ker-plunk.
-No, it's not. It's not.
I have complete faith in you, Charan.
What are you going to go for?
-..says Charan. OK, here is your red line.
It's higher than the last red line, but only by about an inch.
Your target is 3, so it's right at the bottom of the column.
How many of our 100 people said the Congo?
Down it goes...
1! Very well done indeed. APPLAUSE
1 for the Congo, taking your total up to 1.
-How good is this?
It's amazing, but also, we don't have many forests, do we?
-It turns out.
-Percentage of the Congo?
-Come on, you've got to win one.
-Congo... I am thinking the Congo - 57%.
Oh, you've asked them a question there. Higher or lower?
Higher, they all say, and they are right to say higher. It's 66%.
-You were close.
For the first time, yeah.
There we are. Thank you, Richard. Thank you.
Now, Kyle, welcome.
Good to have you here, from Jersey also.
What do you do in Jersey?
Much like Mike, I play a lot of golf, squash, I'm a keen runner.
-OK, do you have a career as well?
-Yeah, I won't...
I won't drag it out too much, but I'm an accountant.
I thought you were going to say, "I am an international playboy."
No, no. That would be good.
That would be good. Now, Kyle, there you are, on 0.
The high-scorers, over there, Alex and Claire,
slightly embarrassingly, on 4.
-Your target is 3.
-Yup. I'm going to plump for Cambodia.
Cambodia, says Kyle.
We're looking for countries more forested than the UK. Cambodia.
Here is your red line.
Get below that with Cambodia, you are through to the next round.
How many people said Cambodia?
You've done it!
It's another pointless answer! Very, very well done indeed.
Double pointless on that first podium there.
That adds another £250 to today's jackpot, takes the total up
to £6,000, scores you nothing, leaves your total at nothing.
Fantastic work on podium one.
Wow, and eight points between eight players, as well. That's terrific.
Must be close to a new record.
Percentage of Cambodia that's forested?
-Somewhere over halfway. 55.
-55. Higher or lower?
-57. 57, it was.
Oh, I'm getting good at this!
-If we just play seven or eight more rounds of this, you'll...
Let's take a look at some of the pointless answers.
There's quite a few out there.
There's Cambodia and Laos, neighbours, of course,
and both scored you pointless answers, gents.
Micronesia is 92% forest. North Korea say they are. Who knows?
Palau, very heavily forested, an old Pointless favourite.
Seychelles, Slovenia, Zambia.
Another Pointless favourite, Central African Republic,
would have scored you 1 point.
Let's take a look at the top three.
Not too many obvious answers here, but these three were Russia,
-would have scored you 41.
Canada, 49, and top of the shop, Brazil,
-which would have scored you 55.
-There you are.
Thanks very much, Richard. So, at the end of our first round,
I'm afraid the pair we have to say goodbye to is Alex and Claire.
I'm so sorry.
Everyone's done so well, there's nothing wrong with that score.
It seems ridiculous to be sending you home, but anyway,
we will see you again next time.
Look forward to that very much indeed. Meantime, thanks so much.
-Alex and Claire.
-Thank you very much.
But for the remaining three pairs it's now time for Round Two.
And so we are down to three pairs. Obviously, at the end of this round
we'll be saying goodbye to another pair, but very good.
Between our three pairs, three pointless answers,
two of them on that near podium, so hats off to you all.
Best of luck for this round. Our category for Round Two today is...
Can you all decide in your pairs who's going to go first,
who's going to go second?
And whoever's going first, please step up to the podium.
OK, and the question concerns...
Authors and Directors. Richard.
On each board, we're going to name six pairs of people.
One is an author, and one is a director who adapted one of
that author's books into a film.
We need the name of the book that the director turned into a film.
Wonderful. Thank you very much indeed, so here is our first board
of authors, directors, and dates.
I'll read those all one last time.
-What would you like to go for?
I'm going to plump for the third one down,
-and say Dracula.
-Dracula, says Kyle.
Let's see how many of our 100 people said Dracula.
67, that's a big score. APPLAUSE
Better than 100, though.
Yeah, from 1897, the novel Dracula, by Bram Stoker.
Used to write on the Daily Telegraph.
There you are. Thank you very much. Now, then, Charan.
What would you like to go for?
It's the most obvious one, but I have no clue about the others.
-And what's the book?
-To Kill A Mockingbird.
To Kill A Mockingbird, says Charan. Let's see if that's right.
Let's see how many of our 100 people said To Kill A Mockingbird.
Not bad at all, Charan. 36.
Yeah, the book has sold 40 million copies worldwide
since publication, and the film won three Oscars.
The follow-up, Go Set A Watchman,
-contained some very controversial... new information.
A lot of people have chosen not to...not to acknowledge the new information,
-Yeah. Exactly right.
-Let's not go any further into it.
-Spoiler alert, they call that.
-Indeed. Thank you, Richard.
Now, Naomi, that board is all yours.
If you wanted to, you could fill in all those books for us.
If I wanted to, but I can't, I'm afraid!
So, I'm going to go for Jane Austen, Joe Wright,
and I think it's Pride And Prejudice.
Pride And Prejudice, says Naomi. Let's see if that's right.
Let's see how many of our 100 people said Pride And Prejudice.
It's right. 67 is our high score,
you pass it. 36 is our low score,
you pass it.
27. Very well done indeed, Naomi. APPLAUSE
Well played, Naomi.
Yeah, published anonymously in 1813, Pride And Prejudice.
Now, I suspect you might be quite good on this board.
I could be wrong. Anthony Burgess/Stanley Kubrick?
-A Clockwork Orange.
-It is A Clockwork Orange.
34 for that. Raymond Chandler/Howard Hawks?
-The Big Sleep.
-It is The Big Sleep.
And that would have scored 6. And Chuck Palahniuk and David Fincher?
BEEPS INDECISIVELY No.
-There you are.
And that would have scored 7, so The Big Sleep, actually,
the best answer on that board. Well done if you said that.
Very good. Thanks, Richard.
OK, well, we're halfway through the round. Let's take a look at those scores.
27, very well done indeed, Naomi, the best score of that pass.
Then up to 36, where we find Hubert and Charan. Well done, Charan.
And then up to 67, Kyle and Mike, so Mike,
a low score from you might be enough to keep you in the game.
Good luck with that. We're going to come back down the line now.
Can the second players please step up to the podium?
OK, we're going to put six more pairs up on the board,
and here they are. Our authors and directors.
I'm going to read those all one last time.
There we are.
Remember, we're looking for the titles of the books that were
made into films by these directors.
Jennifer, let's see if we can keep up this low-scoring streak
on that far podium.
I'm going to go for the most obvious one, and say, for the top one,
-Frankenstein. Frankenstein, says Jennifer.
Let's see how many of our 100 people said that. There is your red line.
If you get below that, you're into the head-to-head.
56 for Frankenstein, taking your total up to 83.
Yeah, it was published when she was 20, Frankenstein,
and the film was actually called Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.
-Thanks, Richard. Now, Hubert. 46 is your target.
46 or lower gets you into the head-to-head for the second time.
Er, the Danny Boyle one, sounds like a James Bond title to me.
Not good on my Bond movies. I'm going to go...
-Man With The Goldfinger.
-Man With The Goldfinger.
Man With The Goldfinger, says Hubert.
OK, here is your red line.
You have to get below that with Man With The Goldfinger.
Let's see if it's right. Let's see how many people said it.
(Great. If this is Bond...)
Oh, I'm sorry, Hubert.
I'm afraid that's an incorrect answer, scores you 100 points...
-I thought it would be.
-..takes your total up to 136.
However, if they are looking for a title for the next James Bond film,
I think you may have just come up with it. You think?
Yeah. Absolutely, yeah.
-That'll be your first outing as Bond, maybe.
-Oh, do you think?
-It's about time!
-It is about time, isn't it?
Do you think Barbara Broccoli watches the show?
-Of course she does.
-Yeah. Oh, you could be my nemesis.
Oh, I would like to be your nemesis.
Yeah, I would like to play that role.
-I would like it, finally, if Bond lost as well.
If I was the first one to kill him.
Imagine if I had you tied up on a table - just go with me - with
one of those lasers, and instead of just explaining my plan, I just...
YAWNS Bit of a waste of a laser, isn't it?
-Using the gun AND the laser.
-No, I've got a laser cos I'm hanging some pictures later.
-Oh, I see.
I want to get them straight.
Fantastic. Now, Mike.
You're on 67.
You need to score 68 or less to get through to the head-to-head.
68 or less. Do you fancy talking us through the board, Mike?
Er, I don't know any. Erm...
I'm just going to punt for a Spielberg movie.
You're saying ET for the Spielberg one? OK, 1975, ET, says Mike.
There is your red line.
You have to get below that red line to go through to the head-to-head.
Let's see if ET's right.
No, I'm afraid that's an incorrect answer, scores you 100 points,
takes your total up to 167.
Yeah, not ET, I'm afraid.
There's some fairly big scorers on this board.
Peter Benchley, Steven Spielberg...
1975. That would have scored you 34.
The Irvine Welsh/Danny Boyle film...
Would have scored 31 points.
-The Silence Of The Lambs.
-The Silence Of The Lambs, yep.
Would have scored 16.
Won in all five of the top Academy Award categories, that film.
Roald Dahl/Tim Burton?
-Charlie And The Chocolate Factory.
-Charlie And The Chocolate Factory.
And that's 34, and the only low scorer on the board,
Edith Wharton and Martin Scorsese...
-The Age Of Innocence.
-The Age Of Innocence. 6 points for that.
She won the Pulitzer Prize for the novel,
now known as the prize for fiction. First woman ever to do so.
Very well done if you said The Age Of Innocence.
Thanks very much, Richard.
So, at the end of our second round, I'm afraid the pair who are
heading home, with their high score of 167, it's Mike and Kyle.
Oh, you were handed one there by Hubert, but I'm afraid...
Did you know any of those films?
Obviously, you did once we'd told you them.
-Yeah, of course. All of them.
-Yeah. Ah, well.
Ah, well, Mike and Kyle, we'll see you again next time,
and I'm sure you'll go much further, but meantime,
thanks very much for playing. Mike and Kyle.
But for the remaining two pairs it's now time for our head-to-head.
Congratulations, Jennifer and Naomi, Hubert and Charan,
you are now one step closer to the final, and a chance to play
for that massive jackpot, which currently stands at £6,000.
There it is. APPLAUSE
Well, the big news is you're now allowed to confer before you
give your answers, which is very exciting indeed.
First pair to win two questions will be playing for that jackpot.
Best of luck to both pairs. Let's play the head-to-head.
Here is your first question, and it concerns...
-The Letter W.
-Simply five clues now to facts involving the letter W.
Can you give us the most obscure answer?
-How about that?
I've got 25 more like this, just so you know.
OK, let's reveal our five facts about W. Here they come.
There we are. I'm going to read those one more time.
There we are.
Jennifer and Naomi, you are our low scorers, so you will go first.
There's a couple that we think we know,
but we're going to go for the second one down, the number on a standard
telephone keypad which contains the letter W, and we think it's 9.
9. 9 contains the letter W.
OK. Now, then, Hubert and Charan.
Well, we're going to go for the unit of power, and I believe that's watt.
OK, you're going to go for watt. OK, so we have 9 and we have watt.
Jennifer and Naomi said the number 9. Let's see if that's right.
Let's see how many of our 100 people said 9.
9 is the keypad represented by the letter W on
a standard telephone.
Hubert and Charan are saying that watt is the SI unit of power
represented by the letter W.
Let's see how many of our 100 people said watt.
Oh, 73. APPLAUSE
So, well done, Jennifer and Naomi. After one question, you are up 1-0.
Let's fill in the rest of this board.
The middle name of George W Bush is Walker.
Would have scored you 8.
The Morse-code signal used to represent the letter W
is dot dash dash.
That would have scored you 3 points, a terrific answer,
-and the Nato phonetic alphabet...
-It is whiskey.
Might have known you'd know that.
And that's 37 points,
so dot dash dash the best answer there.
Thanks very much, Richard. Here comes your second question.
Hubert and Charan get to answer it first,
but you have to win this one to stay in the game, so best of luck.
Elements Whose Symbols Begin With Different Letters, Richard.
We're simply going to give you now the symbols for five
chemical elements. We just need you to tell us the elements, please.
OK, let's reveal our five symbols, and here they come.
I'll read those again.
So, Hubert and Charan.
OK, I think K is potassium.
OK, potassium for K.
Potassium. Now, then, Jennifer and Naomi.
What would you like to go for?
-Do you want to talk us through that board?
-No, not really. I mean...
-Go for the top one.
-Don't know if you know any more than that...
We thought that K was potassium, so we're going to go for Fe and iron.
-OK, so we have potassium and we have iron.
Hubert and Charan went for potassium.
Let's see if that's right for K.
Let's see how many of our 100 people said it.
36 for K. APPLAUSE
Meanwhile, Jennifer and Naomi have gone for Fe for iron.
Let's see if that's right, let's see how many of our 100 people said iron.
Ooh, 69! APPLAUSE
69. Very well done indeed, Hubert and Charan, back in the game.
After two questions, it's 1-1.
Yeah, well played. Fe, of course, is only for new iron.
It's Ne, old iron.
LAUGHTER Oh, right!
Let's take a look at the rest of these... I just thought of that.
I just thought of that, and I thought I would say it.
Hg is mercury. Would have scored you 20 points.
-Would have seen you into the final. Pb...
Would have scored you 51.
And Sb is the best answer on the board - antimony.
Would have scored you 5 points. Very well done if you said that.
Thanks very much indeed. Right, so it comes down to a third question.
Whoever gets this one goes through to the final,
so best of luck to both pairs.
Our third question this afternoon is all about...
It's just nice, isn't it? All about pandas. Richard.
That's nice, isn't it? Yeah, five clues now to facts about pandas.
We just need you to give us the most obscure answer, please.
Very best of luck to both teams.
OK, let's reveal our five clues, and here they come.
Well, I'm sure it died of natural causes first!
I'm going to read those again.
There we are. Jennifer and Naomi, we come to you first.
-The second one down is Soo.
And the third one is...
-The last one is Chi Chi.
-So, which one do you want to go for?
-It's a risk, but... We're going to go...
I'M going to go for a risky one. The bottom one is Chi Chi.
Chi Chi. Chi Chi, say Jennifer and Naomi. Now, Hubert and Charan.
The only one I know is food.
Yeah, I was going to say, I only know the obvious one.
I don't know any of them apart from the food,
and I'm afraid that one's...
-OK, we're going to have to go for the panda food. Bamboo.
Bamboo, the fast-growing grass, say Hubert and Charan.
So, Jennifer and Naomi have gone for Chi Chi,
the panda bought by London Zoo in 1958.
Let's see if Chi Chi is right.
It is right.
Oh, that was a good punt to take, Jennifer. Chi Chi takes us down
to 20. APPLAUSE
Very well done indeed. Now, Hubert and Charan have gone for bamboo.
Let's see if bamboo is right for the panda's diet.
How many of our 100 people said it?
It is right.
Ooh, 90! 90 for bamboo. APPLAUSE
Very well done, Jennifer and Naomi.
That means after three questions you are through to the final 2-1.
That's very good work, Jennifer.
It's lovely when something comes into your head, and you think,
"Now, hold on - is this something I know, or am I making this up?"
So fair play to you for going for it as well.
The name of the first giant panda to leave China was Su Lin.
Su Lin, and that would have scored you 1 point, and that leads you
to the answer to the second one, the panda puppet - Soo.
She would have scored you 54 points.
She once won an episode of Weakest Link,
beating Roland Rat in the final, Soo.
-It was a puppet special.
And the conservation organisation is the WWF,
and that would have scored 67.
So, the pair leaving us at the end of the head-to-head,
I'm afraid this time it's Hubert and Charan.
You've done so well,
fantastic consecutive head-to-head appearances.
Really good scoring throughout. It's been great having you on the show.
Thank you so much for playing. Hubert and Charan.
But for Jennifer and Naomi it's now time for our Pointless final.
Congratulations, Jennifer and Naomi.
You have fought off all the competition and you have won
-our coveted Pointless trophy.
You now have a chance to win our Pointless jackpot,
and at the end of today's show, let's not forget,
the jackpot is standing at an impressive £6,000.
Well done. Just first - first and only - appearance on the show.
I know. Don't know how that happened.
We started off with more forested countries than the UK,
and we had Burma and we had Luxembourg.
-Burma, I think scored 2, was that right?
-Luxembourg scored 1.
-She's always trying to outdo me.
-Well, there you are.
Well, as always,
you have to choose your category from the four we put up.
Today's selection looks like this.
-Erm... Obviously not football.
-Want to do Dickens at the BBC?
-We're going to go for Dickens at the BBC.
-Dickens at the BBC.
OK, very best of luck.
We are looking for the names of anyone who acted in any of
the following BBC TV series.
We're looking for anybody credited in...
All of those on the BBC.
So anyone credited for Bleak House, Little Dorrit or Oliver Twist.
Very best of luck.
There we are.
OK, as always, you've got up to one minute to come up with three answers.
All you need to win that jackpot is for just one of those answers
to be pointless.
-Are you ready?
-I think so.
OK, let's put 60 seconds up on the clock. There they are.
Your time starts now.
-Do you know any of these?
-Let's have a guess at Oliver Twist, then.
Just random actors or actresses.
Erm, I don't know. I was thinking, like, Timothy Spalding, maybe.
Oh, yeah, yeah. Yeah, go for him, yeah.
Erm... Let me think.
Erm... Oh, gosh.
Just trying to think who might have been in it.
-Just some random actors and actresses that do period dramas.
Let's go for...
-OK, and Laurence Fox.
-Well, go on, then. Go for Laurence Fox, then.
No, let's go for Laurence Fox. We've seen him today.
-Erm, I dunno.
Dunno. Shall we go for...?
-Yeah, go on, then.
-Ten seconds left.
Gosh, I don't really know.
-Can't think of any at the moment.
OK, that is your time up, I'm afraid.
I now need your three answers.
Well, we co...
It's a difficult category, but we've gone for cast of Oliver Twist.
-OK, all three answers are from Oliver Twist?
-Yeah, we've gone for Laurence Fox.
-Erm, who'd you say?
-Who was the other one?
-Billie Piper, wasn't it?
-Well, that'll be nice.
-Nice for Laurence.
There we are.
So, OK, of those three,
which is your best shot at a pointless answer?
-Timothy Spalding we'll put last.
-Least likely to be pointless? BOTH:
Billie Piper we'll put first.
OK, let's pop those answers up on the board in that order,
then, and here they are.
We've got Billie Piper, we've got Laurence Fox,
and we have got Timothy Spalding.
Well, very best of luck.
Now, if one of these answers turned out to be right and pointless,
let's just imagine, it could happen. £6,000 would be yours, suddenly.
What would you do with that, Jennifer?
-Well, you can never have enough fabric.
-No, I was just saying...
I was literally just saying that to Richard.
Talking about his trousers, but...
Naomi, anything in particular you've got your eye on?
No, we kind of said that we'd like to do a craft business,
-maybe, so it might start something like that.
-That would be great.
-I don't know how many people have set up businesses based on
-Pointless jackpot wins...
-..but you could be a first there.
So, in the first case,
we were looking for actors from the BBC adaptation of Oliver Twist.
You've gone for Billie Piper.
This is your least confident answer,
but if it's right and if it's pointless, it'll win you £6,000.
Let's find out how many people said Billie Piper. Is it right?
No, I'm afraid it's not. I'm afraid...
-She'd have been brilliant in that.
-Oh, yeah, she would.
-In any number of roles.
-She could have been.
You never know. So, unfortunately not a pointless answer, though,
so only two more shots at today's jackpot.
Your next answer was Laurence Fox.
Once again, we were looking for the BBC adaptation of Oliver Twist.
If it's right, and pointless, it'll win you £6,000.
How many people said Laurence Fox?
No, I'm sorry.
I'm afraid that is incorrect as well,
which means everything is now riding on your third and final answer.
And we are looking for members of the cast from the BBC
adaptation of Oliver Twist.
Timothy Spalding has to be right, then it has to be pointless.
If it's both of those things, you win £6,000.
How many people said Timothy Spalding?
No, I'm sorry. Oh, bad luck. APPLAUSE
A really tough category, but you found three answers there.
I'm afraid none of them turned out to be correct,
so I'm afraid you don't win our jackpot today, of £6,000
- that will roll over onto the next show -
but we've really enjoyed having you on, and you've been brilliant
all the way across, right through to the final in your first appearance.
And you get a Pointless trophy for your trouble, so there you are.
Very, very well done. Jennifer and Naomi.
Yeah, Timothy Spall you're thinking of, who played Fagin, of course.
-There's only two actors who scored points in that -
Timothy Spall, and Tom Hardy as well, scored points for Oliver Twist.
There's big actors in all of these,
so very well done if you got any of these at home.
If you enjoyed any of these series,
you may well have got pointless answers.
We'll start with Bleak House.
All sorts of other answers.
Catherine Tate is in it, Dermot Crowley, Warren Clarke.
The only ones that scored points there - Gillian Anderson
would have scored you points, Johnny Vegas, Timothy West,
Anna Maxwell Martin, Denis Lawson and Charles Dance.
Everybody else was a pointless answer.
Well done if you said something else.
Cast of Little Dorrit now.
Again, some big actors here.
Alun Armstrong, who was also pointless for Bleak House.
Andy Serkis was in that,
Roy Huddersfield, Ruth Jones from Gavin & Stacey.
Amanda Redman was a pointless answer,
Eddie Marsan, Eve Myles, James Fleet, Jason Watkins,
Matthew Macfadyen, Sue Johnston, all sorts of pointless answers there.
And finally, Oliver Twist.
More big names here. John Sessions, a pointless answer.
Rob Brydon. Sarah Lancashire a pointless answer there,
and Sophie Okonedo.
As I say, only Timothy Spall and Tom Hardy scoring points there.
Very well done if you got a pointless answer at home,
and sorry in the studio.
-That jackpot keeps going up.
-Doesn't it just?
Well, unfortunately we have to say goodbye to you,
Jennifer and Naomi, but it's been wonderful having you on the show.
Thank you so much for playing.
Sadly, Jennifer and Naomi didn't win our jackpot today, which means
it rolls over onto the next show, when we will be playing for £7,000.
Join us next time to see if someone can win it. Meanwhile, it's goodbye from Richard...
-..and it's goodbye from me.
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.