Episode 23 Pointless


Episode 23

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. Hello, I'm Alexander Armstrong

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and welcome to Pointless,

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the game where we are always looking

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for the obscure and ignoring the obvious.

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Let's meet today's players.

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And couple number one.

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Hi, I'm Maria. My friend's Sarah.

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I'm from Southampton and she's rom Poole.

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Couple number two.

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Hello, I'm Rebecca and I'm from Margate,

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and this is Lee, he's from Colchester.

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Couple number three.

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Hiya, I'm Liam and this is

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my girlfriend Amber. We are both from Gloucester.

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And, finally, couple number four.

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Hi, I'm Martin.

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This is my daughter Lucie and we're both from Leeds.

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These are today's contestants.

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APPLAUSE

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Thanks very much all of you. A very warm welcome to Pointless.

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We'll get to chat to each of you

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throughout the show as it goes along.

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

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Here to test our mettle while you put on the kettle,

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

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Hiya. Hi, everybody.

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Good afternoon.

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I like that. That could be my slogan.

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-There you are.

-Here to test your mettle while you put on the kettle.

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It's good. I wonder how many people ARE putting on cups of tea.

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A lot of people are having tea.

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I would imagine they would have done the tea before now.

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-They don't want to miss this.

-I wouldn't have thought so.

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Some people may be watching from the kitchen doorway.

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A bit of shouting through. "Who's on today?"

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Yeah, they go, "They're doing a round on Politics?

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"No, I won't... I'm going to make the tea.

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"Formula 1? No, I don't think so."

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Now a very weird occurrence. It doesn't happen very often.

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Four entirely new pairs.

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-This hasn't happened for like 80 shows.

-At least.

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-Which is statistically weird.

-Yeah.

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You would think it would happen often but four entirely new pairs,

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we haven't got a clue what anyone's like.

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They could be geniuses. It should be lots of fun.

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Yeah. Thank you very much, indeed.

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Ian and Richard won the jackpot last time,

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so even that starts off as a clean sweep right across the board.

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Our jackpot is new as well. That starts off at £1,000.

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

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

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eliminated. That's the thing you have to remember.

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Best of luck to all four pairs.

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No conferring, remember, until we get to the head-to-head.

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Our first category today is...

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Can you decide in your pairs who's going to go first

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and who's going to go second...

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

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The question concerns...

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-Richard.

-On each board we're going to show you the names of seven books

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and we're going to give the initials

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of the city in which they are mainly set.

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Can you tell us what that city is?

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Seven on the first board, seven on the second, 14 in all to play.

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-Good luck.

-Thanks very much, indeed.

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OK, so we're looking for the cities in which these books are set.

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Here is our first board of seven.

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We have got...

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

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Here we go.

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Maria, welcome to Pointless.

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

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I work for a large high street chain store in the food department.

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Right. Are you actually on the floor of the shop?

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I actually go round making sure the stock file is accurate,

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so I do a lot of counting and making sure there's stock available.

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You're busy running to and fro making sure it's all there?

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Yes, that is what I do.

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Very good. Maria, what are your interests?

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I like to read.

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I like art. I like to cook.

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-I like to eat.

-OK. Oh, God, eating's so important.

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-Definitely, yeah.

-So important.

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Reading's so important too.

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What a great round for you, then.

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-Maybe.

-What would you like to go for?

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Um...

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I do know a few of them but I'm going to go for

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Crime And Punishment.

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-I'm going to say St Petersburg.

-St Petersburg, says Maria.

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Let's see if that's right. Let's see

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how many of our 100 people said St Petersburg.

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It's right.

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33.

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33 for St Petersburg.

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Born and raised in Moscow, Dostoevsky, but spent most of

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his life in St Petersburg, lots of his novels set there.

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Thank you very much, Richard. Lee, welcome.

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-Thank you.

-What do you do, Lee?

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I'm a play worker in a before and after school club.

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That's fun. So a play worker means what exactly?

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I work and play at the same time.

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XANDER GASPS

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At one and the same time?

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-One and the same.

-Playing and working.

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Yesterday I made flapjacks with the children.

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-Wow.

-I know.

-You see, what about that?

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-We should do that.

-We could do that while we're doing the show.

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Just you and I making flapjacks.

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Get this replaced with a small...

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-A small oven.

-A little oven.

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-That would be nice.

-That would be nice.

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We could do the rounds like this, and every so often I could say,

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"What I'm doing now, that is the right consistency there,

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-"it's holding its peaks."

-Yeah.

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"That is now ready for me to put to one side."

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Bring it over. I'll pop it in.

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Give that 15 minutes.

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OK, lovely, which is just enough time for us to do this round.

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-It's a really good idea.

-A brilliant idea.

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-Yeah, Lee, you can have a part of that, as well.

-Thank you.

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A play worker, that's lovely, what a nice thing to do.

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Is that sort of in term time or does that run right across?

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It is term time but we also run a holiday club as well.

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-Right.

-So we've got them for the whole day during the holidays,

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which is pretty tough but a lot of fun as well.

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A lot of fun too. Lee, quick question,

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did you finish all the flapjacks or maybe you had a couple left over?

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They're being eaten today, actually.

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So we made them yesterday and they are eating them today.

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OK, that's a shame.

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-That is a shame. I do love a flapjack.

-I make a good one.

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Yeah. No, that's not in doubt. That's not in doubt.

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Lee, what would you like to go for on the board?

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I know a couple but I think they are probably quite obvious ones.

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I'm going to try something

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that's probably very obvious but seems like the best shot to me,

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The Commitments,

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I want to say Dublin.

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Dublin, says Lee. Let's see if that's right.

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

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51.

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Not bad. 51 for Dublin.

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Yeah, he was born in Dublin, as well, Roddy Doyle.

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Andrea Corr of The Corrs had a small part in the movie

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and the rest of the band were also extras

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and the musical director of the film sort of met up

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with them on the film and became their manager.

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-There we are. Thank you very much, indeed. Amber.

-Hello.

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Welcome to Pointless. Great to have you here. What you do, Amber?

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I'm studying science at the University of South Wales.

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-And how is South Wales?

-Yeah, no, it's good.

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I'm hoping to finish this year and then go on to study marine biology.

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-Lovely. Where would you do that?

-In Swansea.

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I see, so sticking with the Wales theme.

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Yeah. And sticking with whales as well.

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Marine... I'll shut up.

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Now, Amber, what are your hobbies?

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Because I want to study marine biology,

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I've recently taken up scuba diving.

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-Yes, important.

-Yes.

-Otherwise you have to send other people down to do

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your marine biology work for you.

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Your practical work. How's that going?

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Yeah, I passed my qualification a couple of weeks ago.

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See, that's fun. Suddenly a whole new type of holiday

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-opens up for you.

-Yeah.

-Is it something that you would

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like to do for fun as well as part of your...?

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Yeah, I'm hoping that I can take this one to when we go on holiday

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-in the summer, but he's not too keen.

-I'm not very keen at all.

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He's really not keen.

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Amber, what would you like to go for on our board?

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I think the only one I know is the bottom one.

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And is it Paris?

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Paris, says Amber, for The Hunchback Of Notre Dame.

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Let's find out if it's Paris.

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

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Yup, it is right.

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85 is what you score for Paris.

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In fact, in French its title is "Notre-Dame de Paris".

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There we are. Thank you.

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Now, Lucie.

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Welcome to Pointless. You're from Leeds, Lucie.

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-Leeds.

-What do you do up in lovely Leeds?

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I'm a student at Leeds Uni doing politics.

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Politics, very interesting. How's that going? Are you enjoying it?

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It could be worse.

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-So...

-Oh, well, there's a ringing endorsement, yeah, wonderful.

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How many years have you been reading politics?

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I'm in my second year this year.

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What other things have you been getting up to in Leeds

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-while you're there?

-I've got a part-time job

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at a lingerie shop, as well, so...

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Other than that I just sleep, really.

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That's fine. Lingerie, sleep and politics.

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-Yeah.

-That's what we all need.

-Great combination.

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This board is all yours, Lucie.

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Would you like to go through it and fill in all the blanks for us?

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Well, the only one I've actually read is Crime And Punishment.

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I was gutted when that one got said.

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Other than that the only one I know is New York for Catcher In The Rye.

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-I couldn't even guess at the others.

-OK, so you want to go for that one.

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New York for Catcher In The Rye.

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

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It's right.

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69. There we are. Not bad.

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69 for New York.

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Well played, Lucie. No harm done there.

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Let's fill in the rest of these, shall we?

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-Northanger Abbey.

-Bath.

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Is Bath. Yeah.

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That would have scored you 10 points. It's a good answer.

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The Time Traveler's Wife...

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-Chicago.

-..is Chicago. Yeah.

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That would've scored ten points.

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Now, The Shadow Of The Wind,

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which is a book about the guy who passes wind in well-lit rooms.

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LAUGHTER

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That's his job, and it's set in Barcelona.

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That would have scored four points.

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Very well done if you said that. Best answer up there.

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Thank you, Richard. We're halfway through the round.

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Let's take a look at the scores. 33 the best score of the pass,

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Maria, very well done indeed,

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then we travel up from there to 51, where we find Lee and Rebecca,

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then up to 69, where we find Lucie and Martin,

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then up to 85, Amber and Liam.

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Liam, we need a low score from you

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in the next round. Good luck with that.

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We'll come back down the line.

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Can the second players please step up to the podium?

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OK, let's put seven more book clues up on the board,

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and here they are. We have...

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Let me read them one more time.

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Martin, welcome here from Leeds.

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-Yes.

-And what do you do, Martin?

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I'm an electrical engineering manager

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for a large health care provider.

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Very good. And what are your interests, Martin?

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I like a game of golf, playing off ten at the moment,

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I like to go to the gym, do a bit of cooking.

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Very good. What sort of cooking do you do?

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Do you have a particular style of cooking?

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-I like to make a curry.

-Aw!

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It's got to be said my curry nights are quite legendary.

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Now, do you follow a recipe these days or have you made...

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-No, of course not. Recipes?

-No!

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-No, no, no.

-Now, do you like a spicy curry, Martin?

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I do like a spicy curry.

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Now, do you make your curry spicy as it is or do you leave a bit of

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spice on the side so you can spice up

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Martin's very own serving of curry?

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I'm generally pouring things in to bring it down a notch, or two,

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-to be honest with you.

-OK.

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Very good indeed. Now, Martin, you're on 69.

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The high-scorers are Liam and Amber on 85.

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15 or less would definitely get you into Round Two.

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I don't think it's going to be 15 or less.

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There's three of them I know up there and I'm going to have a punt

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at Trainspotting being Edinburgh.

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Edinburgh, says Martin.

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Here is your red line. Should you get below the red line,

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you go through to the next round automatically.

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

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It's right.

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55. Not bad. Not bad.

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Taking total up to 124.

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Now everyone's got something to aim for.

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Yeah, the book that really made Irvine Welsh's name

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and he was born in Edinburgh.

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Thank you very much indeed, Richard.

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-Now then, Liam.

-Hello.

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Not keen on scuba diving, Liam.

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-No, not really.

-What, do you think you might get claustrophobic?

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Yeah, I think so. I'm just not a big fan of swimming in general,

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to be honest. Of being in the water.

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Perfectly valid. That's right.

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Now, Liam, what do you do?

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-I study aeronautical engineering at university.

-You're an air person.

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That's right. Definitely. Definitely.

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Not a water person.

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That's exciting, aeronautical engineering.

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How far into that are you?

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I've just done my third year.

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-Right.

-So I'm hoping to go on and do my masters next year.

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I see and where will you do that?

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I'll do that at the University of South Wales

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because I'm there at the moment.

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I see, you'll stay there. And then... I mean, that means

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off you go into aeronautical engineering, I suppose.

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-Yeah, hopefully.

-Yeah. Where would you hope to do that?

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Where are the big bases of that?

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Maybe something to do with aircraft engine,

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-that's what I'm most fascinated with.

-Yeah.

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So I definitely... Or maybe even a pilot.

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See that's... Or maybe even a pilot? You'd maybe do that for fun.

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But the engine, I mean, is that something

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you've been mad about all your life?

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Yeah, that's brilliant, yeah.

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I always follow and keep up-to-date with it, follow the news.

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Fantastic. Well, there you are. Listen, Liam, you're on 85.

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If you can score 38 or less, you will go through to the next round.

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How are you feeling about this board?

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Not very good. Literature's not good for me at all.

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I do know... I definitely know one, I think.

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But we need a low score.

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I'm just going to take a guess.

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I'm just going to go with the city beginning with L

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for High Fidelity and I'm going to say Leicester.

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OK, Leicester, says Liam.

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Here is your red line. If you get below that with Leicester,

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you are into the next round.

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Let's see how many of our 100 people said Leicester for High Fidelity.

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No! I'm afraid it's not Leicester, Liam, which scores you 100 points,

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takes your total up to an unbeatable 185.

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I'll give the correct answer at the end of the pass.

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Thank you very much indeed, Richard.

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-Rebecca, welcome to Pointless.

-Thank you.

-Lovely to have you here.

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-What do you do, Rebecca?

-I'm a performance artist.

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Do you know, I think you're the first performance artist we've had on the show.

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-Very proudly so.

-Well, that's wonderful. What sort of...?

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-Do you write your own performance art?

-I do.

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We perform together, actually. That's one of our things.

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That's fun. I mean, performance art, I always think is...

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I mean... Forgive me if I say this,

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but sometimes it can be quite comical.

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-We hope so.

-Can't it? It feels a little bit

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like a sort of realm of sketch performance in a way.

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I mean, a little sort of little subdivision of sketch in a way.

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-Yeah, there's a lot body stuff in it.

-Yeah. Well, that's true.

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Where do you tend to do it? I mean, is there a space where people

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come to watch performance art or do you do it

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in public spaces for people just to be surprised by?

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Well, really both, actually.

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We do stuff in galleries, we do stuff in our living rooms and, yes,

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we've done some site-specific stuff where we just turn up and hopefully

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people enjoy it to some degree.

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Excellent. I'm fascinated by this.

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I'm now quite keen to see a Rebecca-Lee performance art piece.

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Perhaps if they win the jackpot

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we might get a little demonstration, I don't know.

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Anyway, Rebecca, you're through to the next round, which is good news.

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It doesn't matter what you score

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here but I think you've probably got a good answer or two for this board.

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I don't want to be smug, but I think I know them all.

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I'm going to take a chance on the one I'm not completely sure of

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because it's good to challenge yourself

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and I'm going to say A Confederacy Of Dunces, New Orleans.

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New Orleans, I like that, in the authentic pronunciation.

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New Orleans as we say.

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Let's see. New Orleans, no red line for you as you're already through.

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

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There we are, very well done indeed.

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25, which is our lowest score so far.

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Very well done indeed, taking your total up to 76.

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Yes, a wonderful book A Confederacy Of Dunces.

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He struggled to get it published,

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it was turned down by publisher after publisher and he died sadly

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and his mum got it published finally,

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-and now it's an acknowledged American classic.

-Mmm.

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Thank you very much indeed.

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Now, Sarah, welcome to Pointless.

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-Hello.

-Good to have you here.

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-What do you do, Sarah?

-I'm a self-employed dog walker.

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Ah! Now, that is fun, do you have a company?

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Yes, I run my own little business that I set up.

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That's very nice.

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And how many dogs do you have under your care?

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Um...

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I've got about sort of 15 on my books.

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I don't walk them all together, obviously.

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What's the largest number you've taken out?

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I try and keep it quite small so I've got my own dog.

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Can I just say, "Hello" to him?

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I think not, no. Of course you can!

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Of course you can, what's your dog called?

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He's called Godfrey, he always watches the show.

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Godfrey, hello, Godfrey.

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Lovely, what sort of dog is Godfrey?

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He's a big, fluffy cross golden retriever, poodle and Labrador.

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Wow! Exciting, that's a big dog.

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-A bit of a character.

-A great character, lovely.

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-And Godfrey gets on with all the other dogs that you walk?

-Yes.

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Fabulous, now, Sarah, you are on 33.

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It doesn't matter what you score,

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you're through to the next round whatever you score.

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Do you want to talk us through the board?

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Um, I could have talked you through the other board.

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I'm struggling on this one.

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Obviously, the top one is Rome.

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High Fidelity, I thought it was London, but I... Liverpool?

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The Third Man, Venice.

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I think I'll just go for the top one, Rome.

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You're going to go for Rome for I, Claudius.

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

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No red line, you are already through.

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It's right.

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71, there we are,

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taking your total up to 104.

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Let's fill in the rest of these, shall we?

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-High Fidelity.

-London.

-It is London, yes.

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And it would have scored you 47 points.

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-After Dark.

-Tokyo.

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Tokyo, yeah, Murakami. It would have scored you 12.

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-The Third Man.

-Vienna.

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It was Vienna. 27 points.

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Now, the bottom answer, this is the toughie.

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Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil.

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It's Savannah, Savannah, Georgia. Very well done if you said that.

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-It would have scored you two points.

-Thank you very much indeed.

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Well, we're at the end of our first round.

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The pair we have to send home with their high score of 185 I'm afraid,

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Liam and Amber, it is you.

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But I'm sure you will do much better next time.

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We look forward to that very much indeed.

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In the meantime, thank you very much indeed, Liam and Amber.

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APPLAUSE

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

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And so we are down to three pairs and at the end of this round we will

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have to say goodbye to another pair.

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Best of luck, though, to all three pairs.

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Our category for Round Two today is...

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Chemical Elements.

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Can you all decide in your pairs

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who's going to go first and who's going to go second.

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And whoever is 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 as many chemical elements

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with no consecutive vowels in their names as they could.

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Chemical elements with no consecutive vowels.

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-Richard.

-Looking for any chemical element

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on the periodic table as of March 2016, please,

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which has no consecutive vowels in its name.

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So no consecutive vowels at all next to each other anywhere in the name.

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Thank you very much indeed. Now then, Maria.

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-Hello.

-Yes, chemical elements with no consecutive vowels.

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Mmm.

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I didn't actually revise any of these chemical elements.

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-I can't believe it.

-Sorry.

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It's disappointing.

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OK, I'm going to go for boron. Boron?

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-Boron?

-Yes.

-Boron, says Maria.

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

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There we go, very well done.

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9 for boron.

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That's very well played, Maria.

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So tough on that first podium on a round like that.

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In our entire lifetime we ingest about 60g of boron.

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In our entire lifetime.

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In my entire lifetime so far

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I say I tend to bore on for about ten minutes a day.

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I didn't like to say it.

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Thank you very much indeed. Now, Rebecca.

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Hello.

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-Rebecca.

-Yes.

-It's a dream round, isn't it?

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It certainly is.

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I've been writing out in the air

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and I am going to go for...

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..hydrogen.

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Hydrogen, says Rebecca.

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Hydrogen, let's see if it's right,

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let's see how many of our 100 people said hydrogen.

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It's right.

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9 is our score at the moment.

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17 is our new score.

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We have a high and a low.

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Well done, Rebecca. It's quite nerve-racking, isn't it?

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It's like walking on a tight rope

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trying to work your way through those things.

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Yes, 75% of everything in the universe is hydrogen,

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so you are sort of cheating in some ways because it's all around us.

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Thank you very much. Martin.

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-Hello.

-Martin, what would you like to go for?

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I'm going to have a go at cobalt.

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Cobalt, says Martin.

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

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It's right.

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Look at that, 6. Very well done indeed, Martin.

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6 for Cobalt.

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-Everyone's doing very well, aren't they?

-Aren't they?

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Yeah, it comes from the German for "imp" or "demon", cobalt,

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because its presence made it harder to extract a different element

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whose name I won't mention.

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It could be an answer in this round.

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I get that. I didn't understand the rest, but I get that.

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Thanks very much indeed. So we are halfway through the round.

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Let's take a quick look at those scores.

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6 for Martin, very well done. The best score of the pass.

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And up to 9 where we find Maria and Sarah.

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Then up to 17, Rebecca and Lee.

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A little bit far ahead there.

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So, Lee, you know what you have to do.

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Good luck with that. We're coming back down the line now.

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Can the second players please step up to the podium.

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So now, Lucie.

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Remember it's any chemical element with no consecutive vowels.

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Um, I'm going to go for tungsten.

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-Oh, they're really good, aren't they?

-Yeah.

-This is so impressive.

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Tungsten says Lucie.

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There's your red line,

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let's see if you can get below that

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red line and are through to the next round.

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Very well done indeed.

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Down to 4, our lowest score so far, taking your total up to ten.

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I have a hunch that might be the lowest total of the round.

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Yes, it's got the highest melting point of any pure metal

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so they use it to make light bulb filaments.

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-That's why.

-Yeah.

-I see.

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Yeah. It's that and because it's got no consecutive vowels as well.

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If you had consecutive vowels in a light bulb it would blow the fuses.

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-Yeah.

-Because of how electricity works.

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-I can't go into details.

-No, I understand that.

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Lee.

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That was going to be my answer!

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Sorry.

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Um...

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I've got a few going in my head

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but I don't think any of them

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are going to be particularly low-scoring.

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Argon.

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Argon, says Lee. I like the sound of that.

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No red line for you as you're the high-scorers.

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

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It's right.

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Oh, it's good. 9 for argon,

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taking your total up to 26.

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Well played, Lee, you've given yourself a chance there.

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They use that in light bulb filaments as well, argon.

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Again because of no consecutive vowels, yes.

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There we are, thank you very much.

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Now, Sarah.

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-Hello.

-Sarah, you're on 9, we have high-scorers here.

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Lee and Rebecca are on 26.

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Your target is 16.

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This is exciting. How are we feeling about this?

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Well, actually I haven't ever done chemistry and I tried to learn

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the periodic table.

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I'm going to go for antimony.

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Antimony. There is your red line,

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let's see what happens when we say antimony.

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It's right.

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Yes, you're through.

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Oh, and it's pointless, very well done indeed.

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That adds £250 to today's jackpot, taking it up to £1,250.

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It scores you nothing, leaves your total at 9 and is clever.

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There's a few other pointless answers as well.

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Let's take a look at them. Six pointless answers in all.

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Starting off with antimony, how about that.

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Phosphorus, that's a long word to be going for in this round

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and tantalum, as well. A few one-pointers.

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Silicon, bismuth, molybdenum and manganese.

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Two points for nickel and radon.

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The biggest scorers that most of our 100 people said.

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Let's take a look.

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Silver, 27, that's what cobalt got in the way of extracting.

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There we are, thank you very much indeed, Richard.

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So we are at the end of our second round

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and the pair that we are sending home

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with their not very high score of 26, I'm afraid it's Lee and Rebecca.

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However, we'll see you again next time

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and I'm sure you'll do just as well, if not considerably better.

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Thanks very much, meanwhile, Lee and Rebecca.

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APPLAUSE

0:27:180:27:19

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

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Congratulations, Sarah and Maria, Martin and Lucie,

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you are now one step closer to the final and the chance to play for

0:27:310:27:34

our jackpot, which currently stands at £1,250.

0:27:340:27:39

We've reached the head-to-head which means you can now confer

0:27:390:27:41

before you give your answers and the first player

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to win two questions will be playing for that jackpot.

0:27:430:27:46

This is nice, it's a friends and family head-to-head.

0:27:460:27:49

Aw!

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All right, enough of that. Let the rivalry commence.

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Best of luck to both players, let's play the head-to-head.

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Here is your first question

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and it concerns...

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-Richard.

-We'll show you five pictures of famous people

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who were born on the islands of the British Isles.

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Can you tell us who these people are, please?

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

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There you go.

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Five famous islanders from the British Isles.

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Now, Sarah and Maria, you have been our low-scorers up to this point

0:28:490:28:52

so you will go first.

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-Yeah, shall we?

-Yeah.

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OK, we're going to go for B.

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We think it's Henry Cavill.

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-Henry Cavill.

-Yes.

-OK, Henry Cavill say Sarah and Maria.

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Martin and Lucie, that board is all yours.

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Do you want to talk us through it?

0:29:220:29:24

No.

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A, I kind of recognise

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but I've no real idea of name, which doesn't really help, does it?

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E, I think, is Jeremy Irons.

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I think C is Matt Le Tissier.

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OK, you are going to go for C, Matt Le Tissier.

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So we have Henry Cavill, we have Matt Le Tissier.

0:29:410:29:44

Sarah and Maria said Henry Cavill for B.

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

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It's right.

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8. APPLAUSE

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Now, Martin and Lucie have gone for Matt Le Tissier for C.

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

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It's right.

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28 for Matt Le Tissier.

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Very well done indeed, Sarah and Maria.

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After one question you are up 1-0.

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Yeah, two Channel islanders there, Jersey and Guernsey respectively.

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The other three are all from the Isle of Wight.

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-A is...

-Sheila Hancock.

-Sheila Hancock.

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She would have scored you 49.

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We'll go to E next, who is Jeremy Irons.

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That is Jeremy Irons.

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He would have scored you 41.

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I bet you know D.

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Film director, writer, from the Isle of Wight.

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Oh, The English Patient.

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-Yes.

-Him.

-Anthony Minghella.

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It is a pointless answer, so very well done if you said that.

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Isn't it funny that look, the sort of Nehru,

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The kind of that look. I'm assuming that's not him dressed for a part.

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Yes, that's kind of an actory look.

0:31:020:31:05

I think it's a uniform of a certain level of performer.

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It's either as a visiting conductor.

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It speaks of confidence.

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It speaks of tremendous confidence in one's position within the arts.

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-Yes.

-I think that's right, isn't it?

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Because his name is Jeremy Irons,

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but his full name is Jeremy Irons but not collars.

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Yeah. XANDER CHUCKLES

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Yeah, he's not a Jeremy any old Irons, is he?

0:31:270:31:29

-He really isn't.

-There we are.

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I think he's selected the right level for himself...

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-I agree with you.

-..in the arts there. He's an exceptional actor.

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Thank you very much indeed. Now here comes your second question.

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Martin and Lucie, you get to answer this one first,

0:31:390:31:41

but you have to win it to stay in the game, so best of luck.

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Our second question is all about...

0:31:440:31:46

Slovenia.

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-Richard.

-We get asked for this so often.

0:31:490:31:52

Five clues to facts about Slovenia,

0:31:520:31:54

-can you give us the most obscure answer?

-Thank you very much indeed.

0:31:540:31:58

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

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There we are. Let's read those again.

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There we are. Martin and Lucie will go first.

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We're not really sure about any of these funnily enough.

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Slovenia is not on our reading list strangely.

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So we're going to go for the unit of currency since 2007

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and hope that that's the euro.

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The euro say Martin and Lucie.

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The euro.

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OK, now, Sarah and Maria, do you want to talk us through that board?

0:33:060:33:10

-Over to you really.

-Oh, OK.

0:33:110:33:13

Um, no idea about the first one, or the second one.

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I think the capital city is Ljubljana.

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The Communist country is probably Yugoslavia.

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I don't know about the mountain range.

0:33:290:33:31

-Ljubljana then?

-Yeah.

0:33:310:33:33

We are going to go for the capital city, Ljubljana.

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Ljubljana, you're going to say.

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So we have the euro and Ljubljana.

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Martin and Lucie said the euro, the unit of currency,

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

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It is right.

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52.

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Now, Sarah and Maria meanwhile have now gone for Ljubljana.

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

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Very well done indeed.

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Look at that, Ljubljana taking you right down to 16

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and meaning that, Sarah and Maria,

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well done, you, after only two questions,

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are going straight through to the final 2-0.

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Very well played. Very well played.

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The top one, lots of Strictly fans would have got this,

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Aljaz.

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Well done if you said it. It would have scored you 9.

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You were right about the Communist country, it was Yugoslavia.

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That would have scored 28.

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And its highest mountain,

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very well done to our 100 because three people said

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Triglav, which means "Three Peaks".

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It's on the Slovenian flag.

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Thank you very much indeed, Richard.

0:34:420:34:44

So we are at the end of our head-to-head round.

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I'm afraid the pair we have to say goodbye to is Martin and Lucie.

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It's not a disaster. It means we get to see you again next time.

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Otherwise you would have gone through the final

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and that would have been it.

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You would have been back off to Leeds, or Monte Carlo,

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more likely, I don't know.

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Anyway, as it is we get to see you next time.

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Look forward to that very much indeed. Thank you very much indeed, Martin and Lucie.

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APPLAUSE

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Right, for Sarah and Maria it is now time for our Pointless final.

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Well, congratulations, Sarah and Maria.

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You have seen of all the competition and you have won

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our coveted Pointless trophy.

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You now have a chance to win our Pointless jackpot.

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

0:35:300:35:34

Well, very, very well done indeed.

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A fantastic performance right across the show.

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Really lovely low-scoring in each round,

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2-0 in the head-to-head and here you are in the final.

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I think, this bodes very well indeed.

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All we need now from you is a Pointless answer.

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Any particular things you'd like to see come up in this round?

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Something to do with art?

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That would be nice, wouldn't it? Something to do with art.

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Sarah, anything you would like?

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Citroen 2CVs?

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Do you know what? They've never come up yet.

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Let's hope there is something you like there.

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Today's selection looks like this.

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What do you reckon?

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Not the bottom one, the great offices of state.

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The Land of Oz, is that Wizard of Oz, do you think?

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Could be. Films about journalism, or Irish pop.

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I don't know anything about Irish pop idols.

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-The Land of Oz, then?

-Shall we go for that? Why not.

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-The Land of Oz.

-OK, Land of Oz.

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-Richard.

-Very best of luck.

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We are looking for one of the following three things, please.

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We are looking for any songs on the original cast

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recording of the musical Wicked, the Broadway cast recording.

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We are looking for any of the cast of the 1939 film The Wizard Of Oz

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according to IMDb.

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We are looking for any of the 14 titles of the books

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in the Oz series by L Frank Baum.

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So songs from the original cast recording of Wicked.

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1939 film, Wizard Of Oz.

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Anyone who was in that, please.

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Or any of the 14 titles in the Oz series of books by L Frank Baum.

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-Good luck.

-Thanks very much indeed.

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You have got up to one minute to come up with three answers

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and all you need to win that jackpot is for just one of

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those answers to be Pointless. Are you ready?

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-Yes.

-Good, let's put 60 seconds up on the clock.

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There they are. Your time starts now.

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OK.

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I don't know anything from the musical.

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Neither do I.

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It's only Judy Garland that I can remember from

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The Wizard Of Oz, the film.

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The Frank L Baum one.

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I didn't even know they had any names about that, so that's a pass.

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So it's got to be the film people, then.

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-Um, Judy Garland.

-Judy Garland.

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Songs from the musical we can just hazard a guess.

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-Next One Up.

-We are going to have to.

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-So what do you reckon?

-Say Judy Garland as one of our answers?

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Yeah, Judy Garland. Something to do with witches.

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Something about I'm Not Different.

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-Yeah, that's good.

-I'm Not Different.

-Yeah.

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-Ten seconds left.

-OK.

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The Wicked Witch Of The West.

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-OK, shall we go for them?

-Yes, go for that.

-Yeah.

0:38:160:38:19

OK, it sounds like you've arrived at your three answers.

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Your time is now up, let's have those answers.

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So songs from the musical Wicked, The Wicked Witch Of The West.

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The Wicked Witch Of The West.

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-Did you have a song from that?

-I'm Not Different.

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I'm Not Different.

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And Judy Garland from the cast.

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And Judy Garland.

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

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The song, so I would say...

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The Wicked Witch Of The West.

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Come on, that sounds like a song from Wicked, doesn't it?

0:38:470:38:50

-Surely.

-Definitely, yes.

-Least likely to be pointless?

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Judy Garland.

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And that means I'm Not Different

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goes into the middle.

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Let's put those answers up on the board in that order

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and here they are.

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Well, very best of luck. Three answers on the board.

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At least one of them's right.

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Who knows, maybe the other ones will be as well and who knows,

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maybe you will have landed on a Pointless answer,

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which means you will win a jackpot of £1,250.

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If that were to happen, what would you do with it, Sarah?

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I'm going on, funnily enough a Citroen 2CV driving holiday later.

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Is that with a club?

0:39:290:39:31

No, it's an organised holiday.

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I used to have a Citroen 2CV and I had to sadly get rid of it,

0:39:330:39:37

so the holiday starts in Monte Carlo and we are driving back up

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-to Portsmouth.

-Lovely. Maria, how about you?

0:39:410:39:45

I haven't been on a holiday for a couple of years now

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so I would just like to put that towards a nice holiday,

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somewhere sunny with nice food.

0:39:510:39:54

Good stuff. Wouldn't it be lovely if one of these answers won you

0:39:540:39:57

that jackpot? Your first answer was

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Judy Garland and in this case we were

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looking for cast members of the original 1939 film The Wizard Of Oz.

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If it is right, and it is Pointless, it will win you £1,250.

0:40:050:40:09

Let's see how many people said Judy Garland.

0:40:090:40:11

Well, it's right.

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It just has to go down to zero.

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Oh, 71.

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There we go, a popular answer there, Judy Garland,

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which is why you put it first.

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You saved your last two places for these exciting answers.

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I'm Not Different.

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In this case, and in fact the last two cases, we are looking for songs

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from the stage musical, Wicked.

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Your first one of those is I'm Not Different.

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Let's see if it's right. If it's Pointless, it will win you £1,250.

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Let's see how many people said I'm Not Different.

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Bad luck. I'm afraid not in that musical.

0:40:500:40:54

Your last answer is The Wicked Witch Of The West which sounds like

0:40:540:40:57

-a very plausible song surely to have in the musical, Wicked.

-Absolutely.

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We'll just have to find out if it's right

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and then we have to find out if it is Pointless for £1,250.

0:41:020:41:04

How many people said The Wicked Witch Of The West?

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No, bad luck.

0:41:100:41:12

Well, there we are.

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I'm afraid you didn't manage to find that all-important Pointless answer

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

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so that will roll over onto the next show but it has been fabulous

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having you on the programme, we have loved having you here.

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And you get to take home a Pointless trophy, so very well done indeed.

0:41:290:41:32

Sarah and Maria.

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Thank you.

0:41:340:41:35

Yeah, a tough final round that.

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Let's go through the Pointless answers.

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Some people at home will be big fans of the film, or the musical.

0:41:420:41:45

Let's take a little look.

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I'm not that different but I'm Not That Girl

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would have been a Pointless answer.

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No One Mourns The Wicked is the first song in the first act.

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One Short Day, What Is This Feeling?

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Also Sentimental Man, As Long As You're Mine,

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Dancing Through Life, Dear Old Shiz, Finale, For Good,

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March Of The Witch Hunters, Something Bad, Thank Goodness and Wonderful.

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Those were the Pointless answers there.

0:42:030:42:05

The cast now of the Wizard Of Oz.

0:42:050:42:07

Margaret Hamilton played the Wicked Witch Of The West.

0:42:110:42:13

She was a pointless answer.

0:42:130:42:15

Pat Walshe, the only other Pointless answer there.

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Lots of answers for L Frank Baum.

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You also could have had Rinkitink In Oz, The Lost Princess Of Oz,

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The Scarecrow Of Oz, The Tin Woodman of Oz and the Tik-Tok Of Oz as well.

0:42:290:42:32

Very well done if you got any of those at home.

0:42:320:42:34

Thank you very much indeed, Richard.

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And thank you very much indeed, Sarah and Maria,

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who sadly didn't win our jackpot today,

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which means it rolls over onto the next show when we will be playing

0:42:400:42:43

for £2,250.

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Join us, then to see if someone can win it.

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-Meanwhile, it's goodbye from Richard.

-Goodbye.

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And it's goodbye from me. Goodbye.

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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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