Episode 28 Pointless


Episode 28

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


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APPLAUSE

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Thank you very much indeed.

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

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the show where the lowest scorers are the biggest winners.

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Let's meet today's players.

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APPLAUSE

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And, couple number one.

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Hello, my name's Megan, this is my dad, David,

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and we're from Nottingham.

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-Couple number two.

-My name is Aladin, this is my friend, Cathie,

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and we are from Glasgow.

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Couple number three.

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Hi, my name's Amanda and this is my eldest daughter, Matilda,

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and we are from Lewisham in south-east London.

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And finally, couple number four.

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Hi, I'm Lewis and this is my girlfriend, Laura.

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-We're from London.

-And these are today's contestants.

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APPLAUSE

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Thanks very much, all of you.

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

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

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as it goes along.

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

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If you go down to Borehamwood today, you are sure of a big surprise.

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

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-Hiya. Hey, everybody.

-APPLAUSE

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We should explain that Borehamwood is where we film.

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-Actually, no, let's not.

-Otherwise...

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-Oh, yeah!

-Keep people guessing.

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-Elstree Studios, but it's in Borehamwood.

-Yeah, I know.

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If ever I say Elstree, people from Borehamwood get very upset

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because it's in Borehamwood, even though it's called Elstree.

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Two returning pairs from the last show -

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-and they got knocked out in rounds one and two...

-I know.

-..last time.

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That's Aladin and Cathie, welcome back,

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and Amanda and Matilda, as well.

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Two new pairs, as well.

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So, no-one here has ever been in a head-to-head -

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and a good show to be in a head-to-head in, I think,

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because quite a big jackpot building up.

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The jackpot's enormous.

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-Well, it's not enormous.

-Well, it's pretty big.

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I would say it's Elstree sized, not Borehamwood sized.

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Listen, great Borehamwoods from tiny Elstrees do grow.

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-Is all I am saying.

-Very good.

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There we are. As you will have gathered from all of this preamble,

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Raphael and Jack didn't win the jackpot last time,

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

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so today's jackpot starts off at £6,500.

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APPLAUSE

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

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Remember this, if nothing else -

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

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will be eliminated,

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so just do everything you can to keep your scores nice and low

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and you should be fine. Best of luck to all four pairs.

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Our first category this afternoon is...

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Band Members. Can you all decide in your pairs

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who's going to go first, 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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OK. So, the question concerns...

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Family Bands.

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We are about to show you the names of 16 bands

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that are made up of family members -

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brothers, sisters, husbands, wives, all that sort of thing.

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We're just looking for the first names of anyone

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who was in any of these bands, please.

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So, first names of anyone who was in any of the bands

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-you are about to see.

-Thanks very much indeed, Richard.

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So, we are going to put up a board with the names of various bands on -

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just shout out a first name.

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If it sticks, it's good.

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Best of luck. Here is our board of band names.

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We've got...

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I'm going to read those all again.

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There we are. Megan... SHE SIGHS

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-..welcome to Pointless, from Nottingham.

-Thank you!

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Let's just ignore those bands for a second or two.

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What do you do, Megan?

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I work as a project co-ordinator for a home share project in Nottingham.

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You're putting together people

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who will go off and live in peace and harmony?

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-That's right, yeah.

-Do you get it right every time?

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We haven't actually started matching people at the moment,

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we are still in the early stages.

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It's just a new position, a new project that we're doing.

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I see. And what do you do for fun?

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What are your hobbies, Megan?

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I like travelling.

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Just got back from holiday in Italy...

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-Very nice.

-..and I enjoy going to pub quizzes,

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cooking for friends, that kind of thing.

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-Did you say pop quizzes or...?

-No, sorry. Pub quizzes.

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-Right.

-No.

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Mm, yeah - because... Mm.

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There's that.

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I'm going to have to go with a really obvious one and say Andrea.

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-Andrea.

-Yeah.

-Andrea, says Megan.

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

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It's right.

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16 for Andrea. APPLAUSE

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Could be a lot worse, Megan.

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Not a bad start to the show at all, 16.

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Yeah, good start, Megan. Lead singer of The Corrs, of course.

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They first performed as a band when they auditioned for The Commitments,

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-to be in that film.

-That I didn't know.

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Andrea is in the film, in a speaking role.

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-Ah!

-Yeah.

-There we are. Thank you very much.

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Now then, Cathie.

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Welcome back to Pointless.

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Remind us what you do, Cathie.

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-I'm a trainer.

-You're a trainer?

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Yes, I train people in management

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and leadership and health and safety.

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You missed out management and leadership last time,

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you just said health and safety. SHE LAUGHS

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Management and leadership, now...

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I'm not saying health and safety isn't fun,

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-but management and leadership sounds more fun.

-It's fantastic.

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What's the one key to good leadership?

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One key to good leadership is to make new leaders.

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Yeah? So, watch out, mate.

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That's quite worrying.

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Cathie, what about these bands,

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these band members and their first names?

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OK...

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I perhaps know a few, but I'm going to go for Maurice.

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Maurice. OK. Maurice.

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Nicely done, Cathie.

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I think I know what you are going for.

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Let's see how many of our 100 people agree with Maurice as a first name.

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It's right. Well, our only score at this point is 16.

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We will see only too soon where Maurice takes you.

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-32.

-Yes. All right.

-APPLAUSE

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Not bad. Still not bad.

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Yeah, Maurice Gibb from the Bee Gees, Cathie, well done.

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-Married Lulu.

-Yeah.

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Yeah. Did you go?

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I'm far too young for that!

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Yeah, I wasn't invited, either.

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Thank you very much. Now, Matilda, we turn to you.

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Welcome back to Pointless.

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Remind us what position you are now in, Matilda.

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Well, I've just finished university.

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-I have my graduation coming up.

-Which is lovely.

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Where were you at university?

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-Sheffield.

-Did you have a lovely time?

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-Loved it. It was great.

-Aww.

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-Have you left a little bit of your heart in Sheffield?

-Yeah.

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-And suddenly, your life stretches before you.

-Yeah.

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You've got a nice job, though, over the summer?

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Yeah, taking English language students out round about London.

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See - how many places had you actually visited before, yourself,

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of the places you are taking them around?

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Embarrassingly few, seeing as I've lived in London my whole life.

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Exactly. That's my point. We never go.

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We never go to any of those places.

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Have you learnt lots of exciting things you didn't know before?

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Yes, lots of random facts about London.

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Brilliant. Really exciting.

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Now, Matilda, we turn our attention

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to the first names of these band members.

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Yeah, this isn't too bad.

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I'm really happy the Kings Of Leon are there,

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because they are one of my favourite bands.

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I'm fairly sure one of the members is called Caleb.

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Caleb, says Matilda.

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-Yeah.

-Let's see where Caleb gets you on the column.

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We have a high score of 32 and a low of 16.

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Caleb Followill, absolutely right.

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Look at that - down to 4!

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APPLAUSE

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-4.

-Yeah, Caleb Followill.

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Very good answer. Very well played.

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-He was actually christened Anthony but...

-Why ruin a good name?

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Yeah, go for Caleb.

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Caleb sounds a bit more in keeping with the band, as well.

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I think so, yeah. OK. Thank you very much indeed, Richard.

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Now, Lewis, welcome to Pointless.

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Great to have you here.

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From London. And what do you do, Lewis?

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I'm a book cover designer.

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What isn't to love about that?

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What kind of books? What kind of covers?

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I do kind of celebrity nonfiction books,

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and I also do a series of books for Ted talks.

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So, you work for a range of different publishers, do you,

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-and they get in touch with you?

-I work for one publisher

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in King's Cross.

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Are they very demanding, or are you given a pretty free-ranging brief?

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It's quite an open brief, and you get to kind of do what you like.

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Yeah, my dad calls it glorified colouring in.

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Which is essentially... But in a good way.

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You've got to be very good at colouring in

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to do book design, really.

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How often when you go and show your designs to people

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do they go, "No, no," and storm off out of the King's Cross pub?

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-Quite often.

-Oh, really?

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-Yeah.

-Oh, that's got to be a little bit dispiriting.

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Now, Lewis... Lewis.

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I did know the Kings Of Leon answer.

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I'm struggling with the rest.

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I think I'm going to go with Natalie Appleton.

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Natalie, says Lewis.

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Natalie. Let's see how many of our 100 people like Natalie.

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Well, it's right. 32 remains our high score, 4 is our low.

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Well, you've passed the high score.

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Ooh, you're well on the way to our low score, there.

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APPLAUSE 8 for Natalie. Well done.

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Well played, Lewis.

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Natalie Appleton - also in All Saints, of course.

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Mm. Yes, indeed. Well, thank you very much.

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We're halfway through the round. Let's take a look at those scores.

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4 the best score of the pass, Matilda. Very well done indeed.

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8 is where we find Lewis and Laura.

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And up to 16, Megan and David.

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Then 32 is where Cathie and Aladin currently are.

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So, Aladin, you are not way ahead,

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but we need a nice, low score from you,

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so good luck with that.

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There's something pleasingly mathematical

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about the scores, there.

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-Oh, yes!

-Look at that. 4, 8, 16, 32.

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-Look at that.

-How lovely.

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-APPLAUSE

-Yeah! Let's stop now.

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That's nice.

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OK, we are going to come back down the line now.

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Can the second players please step up to the podium?

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OK. Now, Laura, welcome to Pointless.

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Great to have you here, as well, from London.

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-What do you do?

-I'm a human resources officer.

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Right you are. Where do you do that?

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So, I work for a charity in Baker Street.

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Very good. How long have you been there?

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Just under three years now.

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That's nice. Nice place, nice people?

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-Very.

-Lovely. Lovely. And what are your interests, Laura?

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Tennis. I'm a big tennis fan.

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Play all the time.

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Going out, socialising, theatre.

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Very good indeed.

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Now, Laura, you are on 8.

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Our high-scorers, Cathie and Aladin, are on 32.

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23 or less keeps you in the game.

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What would you like to go for?

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Um...

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I'm just going to have a complete guess...

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and say Harry.

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Harry.

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Harry. OK. Well, here is your red line.

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It's not a bad name.

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If you get below that with Harry, you are through to Round Two.

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Let's see what happens when we say Harry.

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I'm sorry. I'm afraid Harry's an incorrect answer.

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Scores you 100 points.

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Yeah, sorry, no Harry - not even in Sister Sledge, I'm afraid.

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Thank you very much indeed, Richard.

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Now, then, Amanda.

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-Hello.

-Welcome back to Pointless.

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Remind us what you do.

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I'm retired. I used to be an intensive care nurse.

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But you are now... You now have all sorts of exciting hobbies.

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You have one which we discussed last time.

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Yeah, I do a lot of mosaic making and I do baking, as well.

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Brilliant! Now, Amanda, what would you like to go for?

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You are through to the next round, doesn't matter what you score,

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so the little bit of pressure off there -

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but, let's just say, the stage is set for a dazzling pointless answer.

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Well, I think I'm going to show my age a bit now

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and I'm going to say Phil Everly.

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-Phil Everly, says Amanda.

-Yeah.

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Phil. So, no red line for you, you're already through,

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but let's see how far down the column we get with Phil.

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It's right.

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28 for Phil, taking your total up to 32.

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APPLAUSE

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Well played. Yeah, Phil Everly,

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which is also another name for stamp collecting.

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Thanks very much indeed.

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Now, Aladin, you have been handed a wonderful lifeline, there -

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but, Aladin, welcome back to Pointless, lovely to have you here.

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Remind us what it is you do.

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I'm a holistic practitioner, author and a charity worker.

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An author?

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Tell us what you have written.

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It's an inspirational book I've written

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for raising money for a charity,

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so, to inspire people to be motivated.

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So, that's... The book's about inspiring other people.

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Very good indeed -

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-and you are an inspirational speaker...

-Yeah.

-..and a holistic...

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Holistic... Not a therapist, but a holistic...?

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Well, holistic -

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some people might call it holistic coach or practitioner.

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Coach, very good.

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If you allow yourself time off, what do you like to fill that time with?

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-I'm actually in a choir...

-Excellent.

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..and I'm learning the piano, as well.

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Good for you. How long have you been learning?

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Only about three months.

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-Enjoying it, though?

-I'm enjoying it.

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-Yes, I'm really enjoying it.

-Making progress?

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-That's exciting.

-Yes. Yes, baby steps.

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Yeah, making progress.

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Very good indeed. Now, Aladin, there you are on 32.

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108, the high score.

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75 or less gets you through to the next round.

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I can't remember the names, but I can see the faces in my mind!

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Oh, that's enough, that's fine.

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If you just describe what they look like, we'll...

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THEY LAUGH

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I'm just going to go for something,

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and I'm going with Tina Turner.

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-T...Tina.

-Tina.

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-If we can find a Tina in any of those bands...

-Any Tina.

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..we are in luck. There's your red line.

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Get below that with Tina and you're through to the next round.

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How many people said it?

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I'm so sorry, Aladin.

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No Tina in any of those bands.

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That scores you 100 points,

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takes your total up to an unbeatable 132.

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Yeah, no Tina, I'm afraid.

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Again, we're doing very nicely on the scores.

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Still ending in 8, we've got 32.

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You managed to get 32. You managed to get from four to 32,

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absolutely beautifully done.

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16 or a pointless answer would be lovely.

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Wonderful. No pressure, Dave.

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Now, David, welcome to Pointless. Great to have you here.

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What keeps you busy up in Nottingham?

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Well, I'm retired now, so, I... used to be a civil engineer,

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but now I wile away my time

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sometimes at a local transport and engineering centre.

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Yeah - but presumably you travelled a lot as a civil engineer?

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-I always imagine civil engineers...

-Yes.

-Going off to far-flung places.

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Where have you been?

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Iran for 15 months, and Australia,

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and then on short trips to Kentucky, Indonesia...

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-lots of names!

-This is all great training for Pointless,

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-which is fantastic.

-Yes, that's true.

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I've got great news for you, David.

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-Yes.

-It doesn't matter what you score.

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Even if you score 100, you are still going through to the next round.

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How do you feel about any of these bands?

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-Not a lot.

-OK!

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Because the ones I know are probably pretty high,

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so we'll just take a stab and say Anne.

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-Anne, says David.

-Yeah.

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

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No red line, you're already through. What happens when we say Anne?

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-Oh, well.

-No Annes in any of those bands, I'm afraid, David.

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That scores you 100 points, takes your total up to 116,

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but you are through anyway,

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-so there we are.

-Perfectly good guess.

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-Sounds like a Beverley Sister, doesn't it?

-Yes, it does.

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I'm sure you meant Anita out of The Pointer Sisters, didn't you?

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Anita would have been a pointless answer.

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Well done if you said that at home.

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Loads and loads of different answers here.

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I'll go through a few of them for you.

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White Stripes, Meg would have been the best answer, 5 points.

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Lots of Pointer Sisters pointless answers - Bonnie, June.

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Ruth would have scored you 2 points.

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Art and Cyril and Charles of the Neville Brothers

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would have scored you pointless answers.

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Well done if you said any of them.

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The Isley Brothers, Marvin and Ernie and Kelly,

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all pointless answers, and Rudolf.

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You would have got pointless answers for the Braxtons.

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You could have said Traci, Tamar, Towanda or Trina.

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Neil Perry - Neil was a pointless answer.

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Kathy from Sister Sledge, pointless answer.

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Matthew from Kings Of Leon was a pointless answer.

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Matthew Followill. The rest of the band were not pointless answers.

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That is all of your pointless answers.

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Thank you very much indeed, Richard.

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Well, at the end of our first round,

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the pair we have to send home with the high score of 132,

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I'm so sorry, Aladin and Cathie.

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Once again, it's a Round One for you.

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-It's OK.

-I'm sorry. Well, it's been lovely having you here.

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You've come all the way from Glasgow,

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a real treat to have you on the show.

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Sorry to be sending you away

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without you having a better crack at our lovely big jackpot today -

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but, as I say, it's been wonderful.

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Thank you so much for playing, Aladin and Cathie.

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-Thank you.

-Thank you.

-APPLAUSE

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

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And, like that, we are down to three pairs.

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At the end of this round, obviously,

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we will have to say goodbye to another pair.

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Best of luck to all three pairs for our next round.

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Our category for Round Two today is...

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Crossword Clues. Can you decide in your pairs

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

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

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OK. And the question concerns...

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Richard.

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Yeah, we are going to show you on each board six crossword-style clues

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to adjectives that are derived from animals in some way.

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Going to be six on the first board, six on the second -

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12 in all to have a go at at home.

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We will give you the number of letters

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-and the first initials of the answers, as well.

-There we go.

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Yes, so, we are looking for the animal-related adjectives

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described by these crossword-style clues - and here is our first board.

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It looks like this.

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I will read those all one last time.

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Megan, what are you going to go for on this board?

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Um...OK, I've got some of them.

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No doubt the more obvious ones.

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So, I'm going to choose to go with the fifth one,

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and I will say catty.

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Catty for deliberately hurtful in one's remarks.

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

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It's right.

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15 for catty, not bad at all. APPLAUSE

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Yeah, good start.

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I was going to say it's a bit mean to cats,

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but, actually, when you look at the way that cats look at you sometimes

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-if you're leaving the house, going, "Really, those shoes?"

-Mm.

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-You know?

-Thank you.

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Amanda, what would you like to go for on this board?

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Um...

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I think I've got some of them,

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and I think I'll go for the top one,

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-eagle-eyed.

-Eagle-eyed, says Amanda for the top one.

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Let's see if it's right, let's see how many people said eagle-eyed.

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It is right. Well, 15 is our only score on the board so far.

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Eagle-eyed goes down to 35.

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APPLAUSE

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Eagles can dive at 150mph

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to attack their prey.

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Goodness me.

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-HE WHISTLES

-That's terrifying.

-It's terrifying.

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There we go, thank you very much indeed.

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Now, Lewis, you're the last person to have this board.

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If you want to go through all those answers and fill them in,

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you'd be very welcome.

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I think I'm going to struggle

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-giving you more than one answer, I'm afraid!

-OK!

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I'm going to have to go for number four,

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and go for foxy.

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OK, foxy.

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Cunning or sly, sexually attractive.

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Let's see if that's right,

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

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It's right. 35's our highest score, until now.

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60 for foxy.

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APPLAUSE

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Very well played. Shall we fill in the rest of this board?

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How are you feeling on this?

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-I think we're OK...

-The best answer, Readily expressing...

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-I'd go waspish on that.

-Yeah. Readily expressing irritation.

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-1 point for that.

-Ooh! Not bad.

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-Cowardly?

-Chicken.

-Chicken.

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-And...

-That would have scored you 7. Shy, timid, or quiet.

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-Mousy.

-Mousy.

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That would have scored you 20.

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There we go. Thank you very much. We're halfway through our round,

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so let's take a quick look at those scores. 15, Megan and David.

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Lovely. Nice, low scoring there.

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Should see you through to the head-to-head.

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35 is where we find Matilda and Amanda,

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and then 60, Lewis and Laura.

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Leaves you with a bit of a mountain to climb,

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but Laura, you will have the new board,

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so make sure you find a nice low-scoring answer on that board.

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Good luck with that. OK, we'll come back down the line now,

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can the second players please step up to the podium?

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OK, let's put six more animal clues up on the board -

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and here they come.

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I'll read those again.

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Laura.

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I can't really think! Um...

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I'm going to say slow to make progress, as a complete guess,

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and say sluggish.

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Sluggish says Laura.

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

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but let's see how many of our 100 people went for sluggish.

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Absolutely right, Laura.

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Ooh, Look at that.

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Down it goes to 5,

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our lowest score of the round so far.

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APPLAUSE Very well done indeed. 65.

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You might well have done enough

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to keep yourselves in the game, there.

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-Very well done.

-That's a terrific answer, very well played.

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OK, now then, Matilda.

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There you are, you're on 35, the high scorer's on 65,

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so 29 or less keeps you in the game.

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OK.

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The only one I can get at all is agitated, impatient or restless,

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-and it's antsy.

-Antsy says Matilda.

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Here is your red line.

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If you can get below this red line with antsy,

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you are through to the next round.

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

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It is right.

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Very well done, through you go.

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Ooh, it's a lovely low score of 4! APPLAUSE

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Very good indeed -

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taking your total up to 39.

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Yeah, well played, antsy. It's the opposite of "decsy".

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Thank you very much indeed, Richard.

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Now, then, David.

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There you are, 15, lovely low score from Megan in the first pass.

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It means you only have to score 49 or less.

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Do you want to talk us through the board and fill in all those blanks?

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Not particularly!

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Stupidly obstinate I think is pig-headed -

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but I'll go for the bottom one

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-as dogged.

-Dogged.

-Yeah.

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Grim persistence, OK.

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There is your red line,

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get below that with dogged and you are through to the next round.

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

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Well done, you're through.

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21, taking your total up to 36. APPLAUSE

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Yeah, terrific work all round, there.

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Funnily enough, I think both our first two podiums

0:24:520:24:55

were worried about their answers -

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they were the best two answers on that board, antsy and sluggish.

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-Confident, cheeky?

-Cocky.

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Cocky, yeah.

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Aggressively confident and self-assertive?

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-Bullish.

-Bullish.

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And P-H is pig-headed, and that's the biggest scorer. 42.

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Thank you very much indeed, Richard.

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So, at the end of our second round,

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the pair who are heading home with their high score of 65,

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Laura and Lewis, I'm afraid it's you,

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despite the second best answer

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of the round, which was absolutely brilliant.

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But anyway, it all bodes very well.

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

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In the meantime, thanks very much, Laura and Lewis.

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APPLAUSE

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

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Well, congratulations Matilda, Amanda, Megan and David,

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you are now one step closer to the final,

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and the chance to play for that jackpot, which, lest we forget,

0:25:480:25:52

currently stands at £6,500.

0:25:520:25:55

APPLAUSE

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But the great news is, we've arrived at the head-to-head,

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which means we can confer before giving answers.

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That's very nice, you have a chat

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before you have to hand over the knowledge.

0:26:050:26:07

The first pair to win two questions will be playing for that jackpot.

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Very, very best of luck to both pairs,

0:26:100:26:12

let's play the head-to-head.

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Here's your first question, and it concerns...

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-Richard.

-Yes, simply five clues now relating to African countries -

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can you give us the most obscure answer, please?

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Thanks very much indeed.

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

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Let me read those all again.

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There we go.

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Five clues to facts about African countries.

0:27:170:27:20

Matilda and Amanda, you are our low scorers,

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so you will go first.

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-MATILDA:

-Are you sure?

-Go with the fourth one down.

0:27:230:27:26

OK. We're going to say that the long-distance runner comes from...

0:27:260:27:30

-is it...?

-Ethiopia.

-Ethiopia.

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Ethiopia say Matilda and Amanda.

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Now, then, Megan and David,

0:27:350:27:36

do you fancy talking us through that board

0:27:360:27:38

and answering the unanswered clues?

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-MEGAN:

-So, the first one, Sharm El Sheikh is in Egypt, I think.

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-But we're not definite, no, right.

-No!

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And the final one...

0:27:500:27:52

I think, is Madagascar.

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Did you want to have a guess at the flag?

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It's worth a guess. I think we'll go for Libya.

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-Libya.

-Yeah.

-Libya, for the flag.

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So we have Ethiopia and we have Libya.

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Well, Matilda and Amanda went for Ethiopia for Haile Gebrselassie.

0:28:030:28:08

Let's see if that's right,

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let's see how many of our 100 people got Ethiopia.

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It's right.

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Not bad, 46 for Ethiopia.

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APPLAUSE

0:28:210:28:22

Megan and David, meanwhile,

0:28:240:28:25

have gone for Libya for the green and white and green flag.

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Let's see if that's right, in the first instance.

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If it is, let's see how many people said it.

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Bad luck, not Libya as it turns out.

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Which means, very well done Amanda and Matilda.

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After one question, you are up 1-0.

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Yeah, well played. Libya's flag used to be completely green, up to 2011,

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it used to have the most boring flag in the world.

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That's the Nigerian flag, green, white, green.

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It would have scored you 14 points, would have been a very good answer.

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Sharm El Sheikh is in Egypt.

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It's the biggest scorer up there. 77 points.

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Cote d'Ivoire won the Africa Cup of Nations in 2015.

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Would have scored you 6 points.

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And the island country is Madagascar.

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That would have scored you 42.

0:29:090:29:12

-So, Cote d'Ivoire the best answer up there.

-Thanks very much indeed.

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OK, here comes your second question.

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Megan and David, you get to answer it first,

0:29:170:29:18

but you have to win this one to stay the game, so, very best of luck.

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The second question today is all about...

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-Richard.

-We're going to show you five pictures now of politicians

0:29:290:29:32

who were members of Tony Blair's first Cabinet in 1997,

0:29:320:29:34

can you identify the most obscure?

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OK, let's reveal our five Blair Cabinet members, and here they come.

0:29:360:29:40

We have got...

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There we are, five members of Tony Blair's Cabinet.

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Megan and David, it's your turn to answer first.

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OK, I think we're going to go for picture C and say Clare Short.

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Clare Short for C, say Megan and David.

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Now, Matilda and Amanda,

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do you feel like talking us through the rest of the board?

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We think B is David Blunkett, and E is Alastair Campbell,

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but we think they're going to be fairly high scorers.

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So we'll go with D, Margaret Beckett.

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Margaret Beckett. So, we have Clare Short and Margaret Beckett.

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Megan and David said Clare Short, let's see if that is right for C.

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

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It's right.

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Not bad, look at that, 19 for Clare Short.

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APPLAUSE

0:30:550:30:56

Good answer.

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Matilda and Amanda, meanwhile, have gone for Margaret Beckett,

0:30:590:31:02

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

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It's right.

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36, so, well done. APPLAUSE

0:31:140:31:17

Megan and David, you did exactly what you needed to do,

0:31:170:31:19

back in the game after two questions.

0:31:190:31:21

It's one apiece.

0:31:210:31:22

Well played. Let's fill these in from E.

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It's not Alastair Campbell - Alistair Darling.

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Went on to become Chancellor of the Exchequer under Gordon Brown.

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44 points for that.

0:31:310:31:32

You were right about David Blunkett -

0:31:320:31:34

David Blunkett is the biggest scorer on the board.

0:31:340:31:36

57 points.

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And the best answer on the board is A,

0:31:380:31:40

he was Secretary of State for Defence,

0:31:400:31:41

went on to become Secretary General of Nato.

0:31:410:31:44

-George Robinson?

-George Robertson.

0:31:440:31:45

-Robertson.

-Robertson, yeah.

-Oh!

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Would have scored you 1 point.

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Very well done if you said that at home.

0:31:480:31:51

Thank you very much indeed.

0:31:510:31:53

OK, here comes your third question.

0:31:530:31:55

Whoever wins this goes through to the final

0:31:550:31:57

and plays for that jackpot. Best of luck to both pairs.

0:31:570:31:59

Our third question today is all about short stories and novellas.

0:31:590:32:06

-Richard.

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

0:32:060:32:08

of five short stories or novellas, but we've missed out

0:32:080:32:11

all but the first letter of the last word in each one.

0:32:110:32:13

Can you tell us the last word of each of these titles, please?

0:32:130:32:16

Good luck, both teams.

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

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

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There we are.

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Now, Matilda and Amanda, it's back to you.

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Which one do you think?

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I think maybe the last one, but I'm not too...

0:32:540:32:57

-Winner?

-Yeah. Shall we just go for that?

0:32:570:32:59

Yeah, we're going to go for the last one,

0:32:590:33:01

and say The Rocking-Horse Winner.

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The Rocking-Horse Winner say Matilda and Amanda.

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Now then, Megan and David,

0:33:050:33:07

do you want to talk us through the others?

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We think the first one...

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Are we going to go with that one?

0:33:100:33:12

-Well, yes.

-The first one, we think, is The Snows Of Kilimanjaro.

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Don't know the second.

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Brokeback Mountain for the third.

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-So we're...

-We'll go for the first one, The Snows Of Kilimanjaro.

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OK, The Snows Of Kilimanjaro.

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So, The Rocking-Horse Winner and The Snows of Kilimanjaro.

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So, Amanda and Matilda went for winner, Rocking-Horse Winner -

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

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It is The Rocking-Horse Winner.

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That's a great answer, look at that, 5,

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very well done indeed Matilda and Amanda.

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APPLAUSE Superb answer there.

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Megan and David, meanwhile, have gone for The Snows Of Kilimanjaro,

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the Ernest Hemingway. Let's see if that's right.

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

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It's right.

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47. APPLAUSE

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Which means, very well done indeed, Amanda and Matilda.

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

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Yeah, nothing you could do there,

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that was the best answer on the board,

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so terrific play, very well done.

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The Tell-Tale Heart, Edgar Allan Poe,

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surprisingly low scorer.

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15 points for that.

0:34:200:34:22

How about this for a scorer?

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Brokeback Mountain...

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90.

0:34:250:34:27

-Really?

-Yeah.

-There you go.

0:34:270:34:29

-And it's The Nightingale...

-..and the Rose.

-..and the Rose.

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That would have scored 12 points.

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Thank you very much indeed.

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

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I'm afraid, Megan and David, it is you.

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It's good news, really, cos it means we get to see you next time.

0:34:390:34:42

-Thank you.

-Otherwise it would all have been over

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in just one appearance,

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and that would have been one appearance too few.

0:34:450:34:47

Thank you so much for playing so well. Megan and David.

0:34:470:34:49

Great contestants. APPLAUSE

0:34:490:34:51

For Matilda and Amanda, it is now time for our Pointless final.

0:34:540:34:57

Congratulations, Matilda and Amanda.

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You've seen off all the competition,

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and you have won our coveted Pointless trophy.

0:35:050:35:08

You now have a chance to win our Pointless jackpot.

0:35:140:35:17

At the end of today's show,

0:35:170:35:18

the jackpot is standing at £6,500.

0:35:180:35:21

-AUDIENCE:

-Whoo!

0:35:210:35:23

What about that?

0:35:240:35:25

You were the winners of the battle of the families -

0:35:250:35:28

there you are, in the head-to-head round,

0:35:280:35:30

and you're taking home a Pointless trophy each.

0:35:300:35:32

Let's see if you can also take home that wonderful jackpot with you.

0:35:320:35:35

What would you like to see come up in this last round?

0:35:350:35:37

-Um...

-Music was our strongest.

-Yeah, some kind of music.

0:35:370:35:40

-Yeah.

-Yes.

-Yeah.

0:35:400:35:42

OK. Well, as always, four subjects will appear on the board behind me,

0:35:420:35:45

you just have to hope

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there's something up there you like the look of.

0:35:460:35:49

Today's selection reads like this...

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-OK...

-If we went for Canadian singers, there's Neil Young,

0:36:020:36:05

Justin Bieber...

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-I don't...!

-I don't know anything about him!

-OK.

0:36:080:36:10

I know about Neil Young, if not we'll make something up.

0:36:100:36:13

-You'll make something up!

-Yeah!

0:36:130:36:15

-OK!

-OK, you're going to go for Canadian singers.

0:36:150:36:17

-Yes.

-Yeah, I think we are.

-OK, that's what it's going to be.

0:36:170:36:20

-Richard.

-And you're relying on Neil Young or Justin Bieber -

0:36:200:36:23

that's the plan. Let's take a little look.

0:36:230:36:25

We are looking for...

0:36:250:36:26

..not Bryan Adams, we are looking for any Justin Bieber

0:36:280:36:30

UK top 40 single up to June 2016,

0:36:300:36:33

any Bryan Adams UK top 40 single up to June 2016,

0:36:330:36:37

or any tracks on Neil Young's Decade collection from 1977.

0:36:370:36:43

That's spooky.

0:36:430:36:44

So, Justin Bieber or Bryan Adams UK top 40 singles,

0:36:440:36:47

or tracks on Neil Young's 1977 collection Decade.

0:36:470:36:50

-Very, very best of luck.

-OK, now, as always, you've got up to one minute

0:36:500:36:53

to come up with three answers,

0:36:530:36:55

and all you need to win that jackpot

0:36:550:36:56

is for one of those answers to be pointless.

0:36:560:36:58

-Yes.

-Are you ready?

0:36:580:37:00

-Yes.

-Yes.

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

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There they are. Your time starts now.

0:37:030:37:05

We should have listened to Ruby's Justin Bieber more.

0:37:050:37:07

We should have done. I don't know anything about Justin Bieber.

0:37:070:37:10

Sorry is one of his - a more recent one.

0:37:100:37:11

Isn't that quite popular? What about...

0:37:110:37:13

Bryan Adams did The Only Thing That Looks Good On Me Is You.

0:37:130:37:17

-OK.

-Run To Me...

0:37:170:37:20

-Summer Of '69, but that's a bit...

-That's obvious.

0:37:200:37:23

Neil Young's Decade, there's Cortez The Killer.

0:37:230:37:26

That could be quite low.

0:37:260:37:27

-Yeah, OK.

-Cortez The Killer... Um...

0:37:270:37:29

-Hurricane.

-Yeah, so, Cortez The Killer, Hurricane...

0:37:310:37:35

And...

0:37:350:37:36

The Only Thing... Let's do one Bryan Adams and two Neil Young.

0:37:360:37:39

-Yeah, sure.

-We'll leave Bieber alone.

-Leave Bieber out of it, OK.

0:37:390:37:42

Ruby will be cross, but...

0:37:420:37:44

Yeah, OK. So, The Only Thing That Looks Good on Me...

0:37:440:37:47

-What was that one he did with the woman from Spice Girls?

-I...

0:37:470:37:51

Oh, with Mel B, but I don't know what it's called.

0:37:510:37:54

Yes, it was called...

0:37:540:37:55

-Baby When You're Gone.

-OK, do you want to do that?

0:37:550:37:57

-Shall we do that?

-So, Baby When You're Gone, Cortez the Killer...

0:37:570:38:00

-Cortez the Killer and Hurricane.

-OK, yeah.

0:38:000:38:03

-OK.

-OK.

0:38:030:38:04

OK, sounds like you've arrived.

0:38:040:38:05

There's your time up. So, let's have those three answers.

0:38:050:38:08

So, we're going to do one Bryan Adams...

0:38:080:38:10

-Which is?

-Baby When You're Gone.

0:38:100:38:13

-Baby When You're Gone.

-And then two from Neil Young.

0:38:130:38:16

-We're going to do Hurricane...

-Hurricane...

0:38:160:38:18

-..and Cortez The Killer.

-..and Cortez The Killer.

0:38:180:38:20

-Yeah.

-OK, of those three,

0:38:200:38:22

which is your best shot at a pointless answer?

0:38:220:38:24

-Cortez The Killer.

-Cortez The Killer goes last.

0:38:240:38:27

Least likely to be pointless?

0:38:270:38:29

-Baby When You're Gone.

-Baby When You're Gone.

-Yeah.

0:38:290:38:31

OK, well, let's put those answers up on the board in that order, then,

0:38:310:38:34

and here they are. We have got...

0:38:340:38:36

Well, very, very best of luck.

0:38:400:38:42

If one of these answers turns out to be pointless

0:38:420:38:45

and wins you that jackpot, what would you like to do with it?

0:38:450:38:48

6,500 quid.

0:38:480:38:49

To you, first, Matilda.

0:38:490:38:50

I'd really like to go travelling, so I think I'd put it towards that.

0:38:500:38:53

I really want to go to South America.

0:38:530:38:55

Yeah - something I've always wanted to do, so, go towards that.

0:38:550:38:58

Wonderful. Amanda, how about you?

0:38:580:38:59

I'd probably put it towards some kind of holiday, yeah.

0:38:590:39:02

-Lovely.

-Just for me and my partner, not for the girls.

0:39:020:39:06

-OK, well...

-Thanks(!)

0:39:060:39:08

Fair enough! Fingers crossed.

0:39:080:39:10

Three good answers there, and it fell so nicely,

0:39:100:39:13

it'd be just the most perfect end to the show

0:39:130:39:15

if you could possibly find a jackpot-winning pointless answer.

0:39:150:39:19

OK, your first answer is Baby When You're Gone,

0:39:190:39:21

in this case we were looking for Bryan Adams UK top 40 singles.

0:39:210:39:25

If this is pointless it will win you £6,500.

0:39:250:39:28

Let's see how many of our 100 people said Baby When You're Gone.

0:39:280:39:31

It's right.

0:39:350:39:37

Now, if Bryan Adams can take us all the way down to zero

0:39:370:39:40

with Baby When You're Gone, you will leave here with £6,500.

0:39:400:39:43

Down we go into single figures.

0:39:430:39:45

We're still going down...

0:39:450:39:47

3. APPLAUSE

0:39:470:39:48

OK.

0:39:510:39:52

Three people got Baby When You're Gone,

0:39:520:39:55

so, not a pointless answer.

0:39:550:39:57

A brilliant answer, but not a pointless answer.

0:39:570:39:59

We move on to the next answer you gave.

0:39:590:40:01

Hurricane - in this case we were looking for any track

0:40:010:40:04

on Neil Young's album Decade, 1977 collection.

0:40:040:40:09

If Hurricane is on there, and it is pointless,

0:40:090:40:11

it will win you £6,500.

0:40:110:40:13

Very, very best of luck. How many people said Hurricane?

0:40:130:40:15

Hurricane not on that collection.

0:40:220:40:25

A wrong answer, which means we move onto your third and final answer,

0:40:250:40:28

Cortez The Killer. We're sticking with Neil Young,

0:40:280:40:32

it's another track from that album, Decade, the 1977 collection.

0:40:320:40:38

If it is on there, and if it is pointless, it wins you £6,500.

0:40:380:40:41

Let's see how many of our 100 people said Cortez The Killer.

0:40:410:40:45

It's right.

0:40:480:40:49

Your first answer Baby When You're Gone

0:40:490:40:51

took us all the way down to 3.

0:40:510:40:53

Your second answer Hurricane was incorrect.

0:40:530:40:55

Cortez the Killer is absolutely right, single figures,

0:40:550:40:58

down it goes, down we go,

0:40:580:40:59

we pass 3 - we've done it!

0:40:590:41:01

AUDIENCE CHEERS

0:41:010:41:02

-Absolutely thrilling.

-Thank you.

-Superb.

0:41:020:41:05

Very, very well done.

0:41:050:41:08

That is fantastic, congratulations!

0:41:110:41:14

Cortez The Killer was a pointless answer,

0:41:140:41:17

which means you go home with that jackpot of £6,500.

0:41:170:41:21

Absolutely fantastic. APPLAUSE

0:41:210:41:24

I'm so delighted for you, that's terrific,

0:41:240:41:27

you called what the category was going to be exactly right,

0:41:270:41:30

and you walk away with the money, terrific stuff.

0:41:300:41:32

Like A Hurricane is the Neil Young song - Hurricane, Bob Dylan.

0:41:320:41:35

It would have scored you 1 point, anyway.

0:41:350:41:37

-Oh, OK.

-So it would have extended the agony.

0:41:370:41:40

Let's take a look at all the different pointless answers.

0:41:400:41:43

We'll start with Justin Bieber. None of his modern stuff.

0:41:430:41:45

He's sort of reinvented himself in the last couple of years,

0:41:450:41:47

none of them were really pointless answers.

0:41:470:41:49

You could have All Bad, All That Matters,

0:41:520:41:54

Bad Day, Change Me, Confident,

0:41:540:41:55

Mark My Words, Next To You, No Pressure, Recovery, #thatPOWER,

0:41:550:41:58

The Feeling, and Turn To You.

0:41:580:42:00

All of those were pointless answers for Justin Bieber.

0:42:000:42:02

Moving on to Bryan Adams. One of these songs you said

0:42:020:42:05

during your 60 seconds - The Only Thing That Looks Good on Me Is You,

0:42:050:42:07

-that would have been a pointless answer.

-Oh!

0:42:070:42:09

Some big hits here.

0:42:090:42:11

Also, All For Love was a pointless answer, Back To You,

0:42:140:42:18

Flying, I Finally Found Someone, It's Only Love,

0:42:180:42:20

Let's Make A Night To Remember,

0:42:200:42:21

Somebody, Star, and There Will Never Be Another Tonight,

0:42:210:42:24

all pointless answers as well.

0:42:240:42:25

Now, Neil Young.

0:42:250:42:27

There's Cortez The Killer, just won you £6,500.

0:42:270:42:31

Down By The River...

0:42:310:42:33

Broken Arrow, Cinnamon Girl, Expecting To Fly,

0:42:360:42:38

Love Is A Rose, Ohio, Sugar Mountain, The Loner,

0:42:380:42:40

Winterlong - loads of pointless answers there, as well.

0:42:400:42:43

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

0:42:430:42:45

and a richly deserved jackpot in the studio, well played.

0:42:450:42:47

-Thank you.

-Thank you.

-Thanks very much indeed, Richard -

0:42:470:42:50

and thanks once again to our winning players, Amanda and Matilda,

0:42:500:42:53

who go away with today's jackpot of £6,500.

0:42:530:42:57

APPLAUSE

0:42:570:42:58

Join us next time,

0:42:590:43:00

when we'll be putting more obscure knowledge to the test on Pointless.

0:43:000:43:03

-Meanwhile, it's goodbye from Richard...

-Goodbye.

0:43:030:43:06

..and it's goodbye from me. Goodbye.

0:43:060:43:08

APPLAUSE

0:43:080:43:09

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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