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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
Thank you very much indeed.
Hello, I'm Alexander Armstrong, and welcome to Pointless, the show
where the aim of the game is to find the most obscure answers possible.
Let's meet today's players.
-And couple number one.
-I'm Sunil, this is Katy,
and we're a couple from Nottingham.
-Couple number two.
-Hi, I'm Colette, this is my mum Corinne,
and we're from Lincolnshire.
-Couple number three.
-Hi, I'm Sarah, this is Jackie,
and we're friends from Carshalton.
And, finally, couple number four.
Hi, I'm David, this is Jamie, we're stepfather and stepson from London.
And these are today's contestants.
Thanks very much, all of you. A very warm welcome to Pointless.
Great to have you here. We'll get to chat to each of you
throughout the show as it goes along.
That just leaves one more person for me to introduce.
Some say he's a few crayfish scotch eggs with piccalilli short
of a middle-class picnic... LAUGHTER
I say he's my Pointless friend, it's Richard.
-Hiya. Hey, everybody.
-Lots of new faces for us.
We get a bit shy when there's new faces.
Only one couple returning - that's Corinne and Colette.
-And even they we didn't meet for too long in the last show.
I think by and large because I think they're very bright and realised it
was a nice jackpot last time, but they realised it might get bigger.
I wonder if it did.
-If only someone were here to reveal all.
-I literally have no idea.
You remember me. I remember nothing. LAUGHTER
Anyway, thank you very much, Richard.
Jack and Nina DIDN'T win the jackpot last time, which means we add
another £1,000 to it, so today's jackpot starts off at...
It's almost embarrassing now! ..£6,000.
AUDIENCE OOHS There we are - £6,000.
Right, if everyone is ready, let's play Pointless.
So, remember this, the pair with the highest score
at the end of each round will be eliminated. The HIGHEST score.
So keep your scores low. Best of luck to all four pairs.
Our first category today is...
History and music. Can you all decide in your pairs who's going
to go first, who's going to go second? And whoever is going first,
please step up to the podium.
OK, and the question concerns...
Famous figures in We Didn't Start The Fire.
-On each board, we're going to give you seven clues to famous
historical figures. We'll also give you their initials.
They're united by the fact that all of them are mentioned
in Billy Joel's song We Didn't Start The Fire.
There'll be 14 in all to have a go at at home, so very best of luck.
Thanks very much. OK.
So, we are looking for the famous people described by these clues.
And here they are. We have got...
I'm going to read them again.
-Sunil, welcome to Pointless.
It's good to have you. Sunil, what do you do?
I work for an optical company and I work in dispatch.
OK. Dispatching new glasses and lenses?
Yes. New glasses, glasses frames, that have got, er...
lenses that need replacing, so re-glazing frames, yeah.
What are your interests, Sunil?
Music and film, mainly. Um, sport as well.
-A big Leicester City fan.
-Very good indeed.
-OK, now, do you remember the song We Didn't Start The Fire?
I can remember the rhythm of it, but I can't really remember many words.
There's only one I think I know well from this one, um,
playing it kind of safe.
So the singer whose first UK hit single was All Shook Up,
I'm going for Elvis Presley.
Elvis Presley, says Sunil. Let's see if that's right.
Let's see how many of our 100 people said Elvis Presley.
-That could've been a lot worse, I think.
-Elvis Presley gets us off to a good start.
-It's incredible to think
about these days with the music industry we have, but Elvis never,
apart from a couple of gigs in Canada,
never performed outside of the US.
-Isn't that amazing?
-Isn't that extraordinary?
-You couldn't imagine it happening today, could you?
-Thank you, Richard. Colette?
-Welcome back, Colette.
Great to have you here again. Now, Round One last time...
-Yeah, it was pretty embarrassing.
-Yes, we know...
-Exactly, we know where we want to end up this time.
Colette, remind us what you do.
I'm an events organiser for a charity in Scotland.
Colette, your interests outside that, what are they?
I love music, Glastonbury is like my second home.
-During the week of the festival, I'm guessing?
-You don't have a nice holiday cottage down there?
-No, I wish.
Just where the letters are at the top of the hill.
I love travelling. Recently, a few years ago,
I did a big trip round America, I did, um, 33 states in 64 days.
-That could come in very handy on Pointless.
Anyway, Colette, one step at a time,
how are all these famous people for you?
I'm trying to rack my brains for the American president, but I can't
think of it, so I'm going to go for the US folk hero as Davy Crockett?
Davy Crockett, says Colette.
Let's see how many of our 100 people said Davy Crockett.
Well, Elvis scored 68.
Davy Crockett goes down below that, to 55.
He was also a congressman, Davy Crockett, for Tennessee.
-There you are. I bet he didn't wear his raccoon hat for that.
I bet, with all those other congressmen sitting around,
I bet he was thinking, "I feel slightly invisible," then he'd
slip on his raccoon skin hat and they'd go, "That's Davy Crockett!"
"I can't believe it! Davy Crockett, you a congressman?" "Yeah."
"Anyway, let me take this off." Then they'd go, "Where's he gone?"
-Thanks very much, Richard. Jackie, welcome to Pointless.
-Good to have you, from Carshalton!
-What you do up in Carshalton?
I am a freelance virtual assistant.
SHE LAUGHS You VIRTUALLY assist?
-Virtually assist! I'm not really here.
-A virtual assistant?
Basically, I do it from home, so it's all done over Skype.
-So easy! Easily done from home.
-So you're like a PA, but you can do it from home?
-Yeah, exactly, yeah.
-I mean, you can run people's diaries, it's very easy.
-Aw, that's nice.
-So it's fabulous.
But I mean, do you find...?
It could work either way. It could be nice that you're based at home.
-Or, because you're at home, you could slightly resent
when things come in that demand your attention.
No, not at all. You've got to separate...
I've got a separate office, so, when you go to work,
you are still going to work, you close the office door and you work.
-You have to draw those lines...
-No, very good.
-..in your head.
-Now, Jackie, what would you like to go for on this board?
I am glad I had that thinking time, cos I knew the top one and it took
a while to call it to mind, but I think, I hope, it's Johnnie Ray.
-Poor old Johnnie Ray.
Let's see if it's right. Let's see how many of our 100 people said it.
It is right. Well, 55's our low score and you passed it.
Look at that, Johnnie Ray. Zipping down the column
to 15! APPLAUSE
Good work, Jackie. Great start.
Yeah, "Poor old Johnnie Ray sounded sad upon the radio,"
that's the first line of Come On Eileen.
-Thank you very much. Now, David..
-..welcome to Pointless.
Good to have you here. What do you do, David?
I used to work for many years in mobile telecoms but at the moment
I'm convalescing following a bad motorbike accident, so I guess you could say my job is going
to the gym, really, at the moment.
-Will you be going back into mobile telecommunications?
We're actually, in a couple of months,
my wife and I are heading off to South America for a few years.
-Oh, well, that... A few years?
-We might have to do that at some stage.
-Yeah, for various reasons!
Do feel free to drop in and, you know, visit.
Aw! Well, that's lovely.
And how long were you in the telecommunications industry for?
-About 20 years, I suppose.
-So I saw it all.
Working for a particular network or working for...?
-Yeah, naming no names, but yes.
-OK. Were you based in the Newbury area?
Not exactly the Newbury area, no, more the sort of, um, Slough area.
OK, OK, right. I'm going to pretend that means something to me.
Oh, THAT, yes.
-Oh, I've got you, different colour!
I understand entirely.
Er, now then...
Talk us through that board.
Um, I wish I knew the one which would obviously
be the lowest score, which is the South Korean one.
The Argentinian president was Juan Peron.
The American president was Harry Truman.
And the French one was Charles de Gaulle.
-..Charles de Gaulle.
-Charles de Gaulle, says David.
Let's see if that's right. Let's see how many of our 100 people said it.
42 for Charles de Gaulle.
Yeah, not bad, David. The only French president
named after an airport, Charles de Gaulle. 42 points.
You know, you'd have been better going for either
of your other answers, actually.
Harry Truman, you were quite right, the American president,
and he would've scored 30.
And, even better, Juan Peron, cos he would've scored 23.
You're quite right thinking this last answer is the one
you should've gone for. Not that you should've gone for,
but it's the one that's going to be the best answer.
It's actually a pointless answer and it's Syngman Rhee.
Very well done if you said that at home.
A pointless answer. Included mainly, I think,
because Rhee rhymes with an awful lot of things, so useful in a song.
-It's just a gift, isn't it?
-Isn't it? Beautiful, yeah.
Well, we can stay talking about this, but let's "Juan Per-on".
LAUGHTER, ALEXANDER SIGHS
We're halfway through the round, let's take a look at those scores.
15 the best score of that pass. Very well done indeed, Jackie.
Jackie and Sarah, I'll say right now, I think you'll be in Round Two.
Then we go up to 42,
where we find David and Jamie.
And then up to 55, where we find Colette and Corinne.
Then up to 68, Sunil and Katy.
Not that far ahead, Katy, but far enough ahead for you to need
to find a nice low-scoring answer, so best of luck with that.
We'll come back down the line.
Can the second players please step up to the podium?
OK, let's put seven more clues up on the board, and here they are.
We have got...
Let me read them again.
-We got there in the end, Jamie.
-Welcome to Pointless.
-Thank you very much.
-Good to have you here.
-What do you do?
-I'm an analyst for a sustainability company,
so I help companies reduce their carbon emissions and energy.
And what are your interests, Jamie?
Um, I play a lot of football. I enjoy music, you know, I...
I enjoy travelling and try and keep doing environmentally useful things.
Very good. Also, just for the next few years,
you've got a base in South America.
Well, exactly, I can just pop over.
-Yeah, pop over.
I wasn't invited, but it's fine.
Play your cards right today, you never know.
The invitation may come. Now, Jamie, what would you like to go for?
You're on 42. Ideally, you'd score 25 or less to be sure.
I don't know the song, so I'm purely doing it on the clues,
but I'm going to go for the leader
of the Soviet Union at the end of World War II - Josef Stalin.
Josef Stalin, says Jamie. Here is your red line.
If you can get below this red line, you're definitely in the next round.
Let's see how Jamie does with Josef Stalin.
Not bad. 41.
41. One better than your stepdad.
83 is your total.
I think you've probably done enough.
Yeah, it's a good answer.
His parents were a cobbler and a washerwoman.
-His dad was a washerwoman?
And his mum was a cobbler.
-There we go. Thank you very much. Now, Sarah!
-Welcome to Pointless.
-What do you do, Sarah?
I'm a community nurse in Croydon.
-And what are your interests, Sarah?
Various interests. I enjoy baking.
Although it tends to be a little bit seasonal, as in...
Which is your baking season?
It often coincides with a programme on the television.
-I tend to get all enthusiastic.
-So it takes that to sort of get you back into the kitchen?
-A bit of inspiration.
-I do that whenever X Factor is on.
I think, "I've got to get out of the living room!"
-I'm exactly the same.
-I'm the same.
-Yeah, the same.
So, Sarah, there you are, you're on 15.
I mean, an amazing score from Jackie in the first pass.
83 is the high score. 67 or less is what you're aiming for.
OK. Um, I know it'll be a sort of obvious one,
but I might try the posthumous Best Actor nominations.
-James Dean, says Sarah. Let's see if it's right.
Let's see how many of our 100 went for James Dean.
There's your red line, nice and high.
And you are through to Round Two, very well done.
30 for James Dean. APPLAUSE
45 is your total, the lowest total
I can tell you right now of the round.
Yes, he lost out to Ernest Borgnine and Yul Brynner.
He was only in three films,
so two of them nominated for Best Actor Oscar.
Thanks very much, Richard.
Tell us what you like getting up to.
Well, not much in the week,
because I'm recovering from the weekend.
Cos your heart belongs to...
To Wigan Casino.
This is Wigan, cos there are several sort of iconic places, aren't there?
-There's the Blackpool Mecca...
-..and all those other places.
-The Torch in Stoke, yeah.
And these are places you're regularly at?
I never went to the Torch, I have to admit that.
-I wouldn't like to, you know,
some people do say they've been when they haven't,
-so we'll get that out of the way.
-Tell me about it!
The amount of people on here saying they've been to the Torch in Stoke
when they haven't been to the Torch in Stoke!
What they mean is they've bought a torch in Stoke.
Now, Corinne, you're on 55.
-The high-scorers, over there on 83, are Jamie and David.
If you can score 27 or less...
-..you are through to the next round.
-You have to score 27 or less, simple as that.
There's two that I definitely know the answer to
and one that I'm thinking, shall I, shan't I?
I'm just too scared, I just daren't do it,
so I'm going to go for Joe DiMaggio.
-The Yankee Clipper.
-Joe DiMaggio says Corinne.
Here's your red line - get below that,
you're through to the next round. How many people said Joe DiMaggio?
Look at that, very well done indeed.
Down you go to 16. APPLAUSE
Round Two here we come.
71 is your total.
Yeah, Bill Clinton once described Joe DiMaggio
as the very symbol of American grace, power and skill.
-It's a nice thing to be described as, isn't it?
Thank you, Richard. Now, Katy.
Katy, welcome to Pointless.
Good to have you here. What do you do, Katy?
So, I am a writer and beauty blogger.
And where to do your writing and blogging?
-Well, the blogging I can guess, online.
Yeah, so, generally, in my house or in a park.
Oh, I see, that's where you do it, but I mean, where does it appear?
Oh, right, OK! So I do a lot of open mike for my poetry.
-And I've been published in a poetry anthology.
-So this is sort of performance poetry?
-Yeah, a lot of it is, yeah.
-I see. What's the anthology that you're in?
It's called Black Balloon. It's a collection of dark anthologies that
was created by the masters students that I worked with
-for my Creative Writing masters.
Now, Katy, you're on 68.
Our high-scorers are still Jamie and David
over there on the far podium on 83.
It means you have a low target of 14.
Um, so, there's two that I'm pretty sure that I know.
The first one's far too obvious, so I'm not going to go with that one.
So, instead, I'm going to go for the actress and singer
who starred as Jo McKenna,
as Doris Day?
Doris Day, says Katy.
Doris Day, now, here's your red line.
If you get below that, you're into Round Two.
How many of our 100 said Doris Day?
You needed 14, I'm afraid.
Still quite good!
Not bad, though. That's a great score.
But 87, I'm afraid, is your high total.
Yes, a really good answer, it's unlucky.
It bodes well for next time, though.
You were right to avoid Marilyn Monroe, the top answer.
She's a big scorer. It would've scored you 56 points.
Now, the last two are astronauts
and they are the best answers on the board. We'll start at the bottom.
The first US astronaut to orbit the Earth was John Glenn,
and he would've scored to 16.
And the first American woman in space was Sally Ride.
And she'd have scored six, so very well done if you said that at home.
Thanks very much indeed, Richard. So, at the end of our first round,
the pair we say goodbye to, with their high score of 87, I'm afraid,
Katy and Sunil, it is you. But we say that knowing they'll be back
next game and we'll look forward to that very much indeed.
But meantime, thank you for playing, Katy and Sunil.
But for the remaining three pairs, it's now time for Round Two.
So we are down to three pairs and obviously, at the end of this round,
we'll have to say goodbye to another pair, but well done, everyone.
We had some great low scores there.
Best of luck to all three pairs.
Our category for Round Two today is...
Football. There you go.
Can you all decide in your pairs
who's going to go first, who's going to go second?
And, whoever's going first, please step up to the podium.
OK, let's find out what the question is, here it comes.
We gave 100 people 100 seconds to name...
Football teams with three or four vowels in their name.
Yeah, we're looking for any of the 92 teams
in the top four flights of English football in the 2015-2016 season
-that have three or four vowels anywhere in their name, please?
So any English league football team
with three or four vowels in its name. Corinne?
OK. I was smiling, because I somehow knew you're going to say that.
Aston Villa, says Corinne.
Let's see how many of our 100 people said Aston Villa.
APPLAUSE 37 for Aston Villa.
Four vowels in that and they begin with one and end with one.
-A couple of As, an I in there, an O in there.
They didn't have a great 2015-2016 season, but you know, the vowels,
-they've done very well there.
LAUGHTER Oh, their vowel cupboard...
-Their vowel cupboard is bursting.
-They'll be very happy.
-There we go. Jackie.
-I don't know if this is the right name,
but I'm going to go for Brighton & Hove Albion.
Brighton & Hove Albion says Jackie.
Let's see how many of our 100 people said that.
It's right. Well, 37 is our only score at this point.
And you pass it.
Oh, you pass it, look at that! Two for Brighton & Hove Albion.
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
There we are.
Good work, Jackie. They've got a lot of vowels, seven vowels.
They have eight, if you include the A in "and",
which I don't, cos it's an ampersand.
-If you do, then it's eight.
-But we can argue about that another time.
-I'm not even going to argue.
Can you imagine? That's the sort of thing
we'd have to see the director-general about. He'd say,
"Why are you accepting be A in the ampersand of Brighton & Hove Albion?
"I wonder if we might have a little chat about it in my club?"
-Oh, we'd have to go up to his club.
-We would have to go up to his club.
His club is on the top of New Broadcasting House, isn't it?
I said Nude Broadcasting House, I meant New Broadcasting House.
LAUGHTER Nude Broadcasting House is...
Yes, that's very, very different.
LAUGHTER CONTINUES Er, Jamie...
um, what would you like to go for?
Um, I'm going to go for a team, which definitely has enough vowels,
it's just whether they're still in the league structure,
and I'm going to go for Dagenham & Redbridge.
Oh, listen to that. You see what you've earned yourself there, Jamie?
You've earned yourself a buzz.
Dagenham & Redbridge.
Let's see if it's right, let's see how many of our 100 people said it.
It is right.
Well, our Brighton & Hove Albion took us all the way down to two,
Dagenham and Redbridge...
It's pointless! CHEERING
Very well done indeed. That's a pointless answer.
It adds £250 to today's jackpot that takes the total up to £6,250.
It scores you nothing and earns you the colossal respect of Mr Osman.
A very good answer. Well played. I would've thought it would
earn you an invitation to South America as well,
-but we'll see. That's not in my gift.
-They've got six vowels
and, again, seven if you include the A in the and,
and I think we probably should.
-Let's say seven.
Well, there we are. Thank you very much indeed.
We're halfway through the round. Let's take a look at the scores.
Nothing was the best score of that pass. Very well done indeed, Jamie.
I think Jamie and David will probably be
in the head-to-head, as I think will Jackie and Sarah.
But by that process, I'm afraid, Corinne and Colette,
-that would mean you wouldn't be in it.
And I don't like that scenario one bit.
Colette, please do what you have to do to keep yourselves in the game.
-We'll come back down the line now.
Can the second players please step up to the podium?
OK, so David, remember, we're looking for any
English league football team with three or more vowels to its name.
I think I'll go for one in the same neck of the woods
as Dagenham & Redbridge, keeping it local, and go for Leyton Orient.
Leyton Orient says David.
Well, you want to score 36 or less with this, ideally.
There is your red line - get below that with Leyton Orient
and you are through to the next round.
Well done. Head-to-head it is.
Oh, and it's five!
Five for Leyton Orient.
Yes, they're even known as The Os, Leyton Orient,
so perfect answer for this round.
Thanks very much, Richard.
Sarah, again, the high score is 37, so 34 or less.
Can't think of anyone particularly obscure, so I'm going to go with...
Wolverhampton Wanderers, says Sarah.
Here's your red line.
Get below that, you're through.
How many people went for Wolves?
You've done it.
One! For Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Very well done indeed.
Taking your total up to three, the lowest total of the round.
Yeah, seven vowels there,
I can't believe Wolves got beaten 5-1 by Leyton Orient.
Thanks very much indeed, Richard.
-Um, Colette, I'm sorry.
-Yeah, me too.
Yes, you are out in front
even before your answer, however,
-let's hear what you've got.
-I don't even know if these are
still in the League, but I'm going to go Doncaster Rovers.
-Doncaster Rovers says Colette.
No red line for you, I'm afraid, as you're the high-scorers already.
But let's see how many of our 100 people said Doncaster Rovers.
It's a great answer. Very well done indeed!
Three is what you scored there, taking your total
up to 40. APPLAUSE
Yeah, very well played. There's lots of pointless answers here, actually.
Let's take a look at a few of them.
All of these would've added a bit of money to the jackpot.
Chesterfield, there's Dagenham & Redbridge, well played. Gillingham.
Some big teams here, actually. Ipswich Town, a pointless answer.
Shrewsbury Town, Southend United.
Stoke City, a Premiership team.
Swindon Town, Wycombe Wanderers. Also could've had Cambridge United,
Crawley Town, Exeter City, Fleetwood Town, Mansfield Town,
Morecambe, Peterborough United, Rochdale and Stevenage.
Those were all pointless answers. We'll take a look at the top three.
The ones that most of our 100 people said online...
..and, as always, Manchester United up there on 69.
Thanks very indeed, Richard. So, at the end of our second round,
the pair we have to say goodbye to, with their high score of 40,
-I'm so sorry, Colette and Corinne, it is you.
I am so sorry. Far too soon to be sending new home.
-I had high hopes of you going through...
-So did we!
But it's been wonderful having you on.
Thank you so much for coming to play, Colette and Corinne.
But for the remaining two pairs, it's now time for the head-to-head.
Well, congratulations, Jackie and Sarah, David and Jamie.
You are now one step closer to the final and a chance to play
for that jackpot, which currently stands at £6,250.
Well, you've made it as far as the head-to-head,
which means you're now allowed to confer
and the first pair in this round to win two questions
will be going through to the final to play for that jackpot.
Well done, I have to say. We've had... I mean, from one team,
we've had our only pointless answer and, from Jackie and Sarah
in that last round, just three points between you,
I mean, amazing low scores there.
This is going to be incredibly hard-fought.
Very best of luck to both pairs, let's play the head-to-head.
Here is your first question, And it concerns...
-Yes, we're going to show you five cathedrals now.
You need to tell us what cities they're in, please. We'll give you
-the first and last letters of each of those cities.
-Thanks very much.
Let's reveal our five cathedrals and here they come.
There we are.
Five cathedral cities.
Jackie and Sarah, you are our low scorers, so you will go first.
THEY CHATTER QUIETLY
Well... The only one we're certain of is E, so that's the one
we're going to go for, which I hope, hope is Salisbury.
Salisbury, say Jackie and Sarah, for E. Salisbury.
Now, then, David and Jamie?
Um...we think A is Coventry.
We think B is Gloucester.
D is Chester.
C is... Looks like it should be the easiest, but we just can't make any
sense of that at all. I know that, I'm pretty certain it's Coventry.
-Sure. Let's say Coventry, yeah.
OK, you're going to go for Coventry for A.
So we have Salisbury and we have Coventry.
Jackie and Sarah went for Salisbury, let's see if that's right.
Let's see how many people said Salisbury.
There we are, absolutely right.
38 for Salisbury.
David and Jamie, meanwhile, have gone for A and said Coventry.
Let's see if that's right.
How many of our 100 people said Coventry for A?
It is Coventry.
Which means well done, Jackie and Sarah.
After one question, you're up 1-0.
Yeah, voted Britain's favourite 20th-century building,
Coventry Cathedral, that's the old cathedral next to the new one.
Um, you should've gone with Jamie, really, because B is Gloucester
and it would've won you the point as well, would've got you 23.
Er, D, you also knew.
Chester, that would've won the point as well, would've been 30.
And the best answer on the board, er, in Northern Ireland...
-Newry, yep. That would've scored you eight points.
Very well done if you said that at home.
Thank you very much indeed. Well, here comes your second question.
David and Jamie, you have to win this one,
but you get to answer it first, so there you are. Good luck with that.
-Yeah, we're going to show you
the names of five gases now, but in anagram form.
Can you unscramble them and give us the most obscure gas?
OK, thank you very much.
So let's reveal our five shaken-up gases and here they are. We have...
David and Jamie will go first.
Er, we'll go for the top one, which is krypton.
Krypton. Krypton say David and Jamie.
Jackie and Sarah?
-What are you going to go for?
-Well, the second one's radon,
the third one's argon,
the fourth one's helium,
and I think the fifth one's neon.
-So...do you think radon?
-We'll go radon.
OK, you're going to go for radon. So we have krypton and radon.
David and Jamie said krypton.
Let's see how many of our 100 people got that.
Not bad. 44.
Jackie and Sarah, meanwhile, have gone for radon.
Let's see how many of our 100 people got that.
Ooh, 66 for radon.
Well done, David and Jamie, that's what you needed to do.
You're back in the game. After two questions, it's 1-1.
This time round, you chose perfectly,
cos it's the best answer on the board, krypton.
Groan is argon, of course -
would've scored you 60.
Uh Lime is helium and would've scored you 58.
And neon would've scored you 85 points.
Thank you very much indeed. It all comes down to this, third question.
Whoever wins this goes through to the final
and plays for that jackpot. Best of luck to both players.
Our third question is all about Russell Brand.
-Yeah. Talking of gases!
-We are now...
That's a mean thing to say, he's a very nice fella.
We're going to give you five clues now to facts about Russell Brand.
Whichever team gives us the most obscure answer is
going through to play for that £6,250 jackpot.
-OK, let's reveal our five clues and here they come.
We have got...
I'll read those again.
There we are. Jackie and Sarah, you will go first.
We're going to go with the TV police drama and The Bill.
The Bill, say Jackie and Sarah.
Now, David and Jamie, talk us through that board.
Katie Perry at the top.
Yeah, I'm not ashamed to say I think I read the memoir.
It's called Booky Wook, I think.
And for the county,
maybe Hertfordshire or something like that?
But I'm going to gamble and probably
go with the title of his memoir, which I think is Booky Wook.
Booky Wook, so we have The Bill and we've Booky Wook.
Jackie and Sarah have gone for The Bill, for the police drama.
Let's see if that's right. Let's see how many of our 100 people said it.
David and Jamie are going for Booky Wook.
Let's see if that's right for the memoir.
-I'm afraid not Booky Wook.
That means, after three questions, Jackie and Sarah,
you are through to the final 2-1.
Yeah, unlucky, gents. I couldn't give it to you, it's My Booky Wook
and, it's such a well-known book, I need the full title,
-it would be unfair to Jackie and Sarah.
-It's an autobiography.
If it was a biography, it would be Booky Wook.
-It's an autobiography, so it's...
-My Booky Wook, exactly.
So that's really unlucky. It bodes well for next time, though,
I have to say. The firework singer he married was Katie Perry.
It would've scored you 57 points.
It is Newsnight as well.
That would've scored you 33.
And the English county, it's my home county as well, Essex.
-Yeah, and that would've scored you 30.
Thank you very much indeed, Richard.
So the pair leaving us at the end of the head-to-head round,
I'm afraid it's David and Jamie.
You played incredibly well throughout the show.
As Richard says, that bodes incredibly well for the next time.
We look forward to seeing you then, but in the meantime, thank you very much, David and Jamie.
But for Jackie and Sarah, it's now time for our Pointless final.
Congratulations, Jackie and Sarah,
you've fought off all the competition
and you have won our coveted Pointless trophy, so very well done.
You now have a chance to win our Pointless jackpot,
and at the end of today's show, the jackpot is standing at £6,250.
I mean, amazing!
-You've done so well.
So, that second round, the football round, just astonishing!
Lovely low scores there.
And yes, 2-1 in the head-to-head.
Well, as always, you get to choose your category
from the four we put up on the board.
Today's selection looks like this. We've got...
-Um, don't know a lot about Russia.
-US crime writers.
Shall we just go for purple things?
It's a big subject, isn't it?
-It could be anything.
-Let's go for purple things.
-I quite like purple.
-OK, best of luck.
We're looking for any of the three very different things, please.
We're looking for any station
on London Underground's Metropolitan Line, please.
We are looking for any actor credited
with appearing in the film The Color Purple, according to IMDB.
Or we're looking for any act who's had a UK top 40 single or album
with purple in its title, please, up to the end of December 2015.
So Metropolitan Line stations,
actors in The Color Purple
and acts with UK top 40 singles or albums with purple in the title.
-Very best of luck.
-Thanks very much indeed.
Now, as always, you've got up to one minute come up with three answers
and all you need to win that jackpot
is for just one of those answers to be pointless. Are you ready?
-OK! Let's put 60 seconds up on the clock.
There they are. Your time starts now!
-Metropolitan Line, do you know?
-Not a clue, not a single one.
-Actors in The Color Purple?
-Um... I think...
Is it Whoopi Goldberg or...?
Oprah Winfrey? Was Oprah Winfrey in it?
That sounds good, I can't think of any at all.
-The only ones I an think of...
-It's possible, anyway.
Acts with a top 40 single with the colour purple...
-Well, Prince is the obvious one.
-That's too obvious, isn't it?
Purple, purple, purple...
Was there not a Cyndi Lauper song with purple in?
-Or was that just rainbow?
-I think that was rainbow.
Unless she sang all the colours.
Oh, it is! Oh, no...
I was going to say Joseph and his Technicolor Dreamcoat,
-but he didn't actually sing...
-And was it a top 40 single?
-Colours? Probably not, no.
Oh, time! We've got...
-Ten seconds left.
-Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey...
-We'll have to go Prince! We can't think of anything else.
That was a bit rubbish, wasn't it?
Oh, I'm sorry, that's your minute up!
-THEY LAUGH That was tough!
What are your three answers going to be?
Well, the actors in The Color Purple.
-We're going to go for Whoopi Goldberg...
-..and Oprah Winfrey?
-The only one we can think of, top 40 singles,
is Prince and Purple Rain.
OK. You are going to go for Prince?
-Of those three, which is your best shot at a pointless answer?
-Oprah Winfrey, let's put her last.
-Least likely answer to be pointless?
-Prince, we'll put first.
OK, well, let's pop those answers upon the board in that order, then,
and here they are. We've got...
Well, very, very best of luck.
Now, one of these might turn out to be pointless.
If that were to happen and you were to go away with £6,250,
what would you like to do with it, Jackie?
-It's my birthday in a couple of weeks, so...
..I think that'd be a vodka luge and a chocolate fountain right there.
There we go. Sarah?
I think it would definitely be a holiday somewhere nice and hot
and warm and tropical, yeah.
-Well, very, very best of luck.
Let us find out. Your first answer was Prince.
In this case, we were looking for acts
that've had UK top 40 singles with the word purple in them.
Singles or albums. You've gone for Prince.
If it is pointless, it will win you £6,250.
Let's find out how many people said Prince.
Still going down. Now, if this goes down to zero, obviously,
you will leave with £6,250.
And Prince stops at 40.
So, unfortunately not a pointless answer,
which means everything is now riding on the final two answers,
Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey.
Whoopi Goldberg we will take next. In this case,
we are looking for actors in the film The Color Purple.
For you to win that jackpot of £6,250, this has to be pointless.
Let's see many people said Whoopi Goldberg.
Your first answer, Prince took us all the way down to 40.
45 for Whoopi Goldberg.
OK, not a pointless answer either, which means everything is now riding
on your third and final answer, which is Oprah Winfrey.
For you to win the £6,250 jackpot, this has to be pointless,
so let's find out how many people said Oprah Winfrey and, again,
we are looking for actors from the cast of The Color Purple.
It's right. Well, our scores so far have been 40 for Prince,
45 for Whoopi Goldberg. Oprah Winfrey passes both of those.
Down she goes, through the 20s, into the teens.
Well, very well done, three correct answers there,
but I'm sorry to say you didn't manage to find that all-important
pointless answer. So we can't give you today's jackpot of £6,250.
That will roll over onto the next show.
But a very strong performance, right across the show,
plenty to be proud of there, and you get to take home
-a Pointless trophy, so very well done.
-Which is what we came for!
Yeah, great show today. Let's take a look at the pointless answers
that would've seen you walking away with that jackpot.
The Metropolitan Line,
you could've had Finchley Road, Moorgate, Pinner, Watford.
The Pointless express also stops at Chalfont and Latimer,
Chesham, Chorleywood, Oxley, Great Portland Street, Ickenham, Moorpark,
change at North Harrow for Northwick Park, Northwood, Northwood Hills...
-..Preston Road, Rickmansworth,
Ruislip Manor and West Harrow.
Very well done if you got any of those. Actors in The Color Purple.
Everybody in The Color Purple was a pointless answer,
apart from the two you mentioned and Danny Glover.
Laurence Fishburne is there, for example.
He's probably the most famous of the pointless answers up there.
And acts with UK top 40 singles and albums, it's another tough one,
actually. D12, Jackie Dennis, who had a hit with Purple People Eater,
as did Sheb Wooley, who was also a pointless answer.
Rod Stewart and the Scotland Euro 96 squad
and Whitesnake, The Purple Album. You could also have Groove Armada.
In fact, the only ones that scored points were Prince,
Deep Purple, perhaps understandably,
Jimi Hendrix Experience and Donny and Marie Osmond.
Everyone else a pointless answer,
so very well done if you got any of those at home.
Thanks very much indeed.
And thank you to Jackie and Sarah, who very sadly didn't win
our jackpot today, which means it rolls over onto the next show,
when we will be playing for £7,250.
Join us then to see if someone can win it.
-Meanwhile, it's goodbye from Richard.
And it's goodbye from me, goodbye.
Quiz in which contestants try to score as few points as possible by plumbing the depths of their general knowledge to come up with the answers no-one else can think of. Presented by Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman.