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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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
Thank you very much indeed. Hello.
I'm Alexander Armstrong and welcome to Pointless,
the show that puts obscure knowledge to the test.
Let's meet today's players.
And couple number one.
Hi, I'm Ben, this is Jonny
-and we're heterosexual life partners from Newcastle.
Couple number two.
Hello, my name's Megan, this is my dad, David,
and we're from Nottingham.
Couple number three.
Hello, my name's Denise, this is my friend Jo
and we live in Wetherby in West Yorkshire.
And finally, couple number four.
Hi, my name's Laura, this is my boyfriend Lewis,
and we're from London.
And these are today's contestants.
Thank you very much, all of you, a very warm welcome to the show.
Great to have you here. We'll get a chance to speak to each of you
throughout the show as it goes along.
So, that just leaves just one more person for me to introduce,
a sage on a planetary scale.
Yes, he's our tectonic Plato.
It's my Pointless friend, it's Richard.
Hiya. Hi, everybody.
-I don't understand that introduction.
-Just a very poor pun.
He's a tectonic Plato.
Oh, tectonic Plato.
Yeah. I mean, on a planetary scale.
It doesn't really bear that much inspection.
Then you know what? You shouldn't have said it.
-Don't you think?
-I think perhaps if you're going to say something,
you should think it through. What would your mum say?
She would go, "Ha-ha-ha! Tectonic Plato, that's funny!
"That's good! Tect... Plato, Plato because he's a sage.
"Tectonic Plato - ha-ha-ha-ha! That's very funny!
"That's really good!" Is what she would have said, Richard.
I feel like I've done a Sudoku,
that's so complicated.
But still, I'll take it, it's fine, I am...
What am I again? I am a sage on a tectonic Plato.
Well, it's changed now!
You're something else, but I'm not going to say that!
Er, what a lovely show last time,
a couple of returning pairs from that show as well.
Lewis and Laura played very well, got knocked out in Round Two.
Then Megan and David, who got knocked out in the head-to-head by lovely Amanda and Matilda.
And the category came up, Canadian Pop Stars, or Canadian Singers,
something like that, and it was for £6,500 as well.
And Amanda said, "We'll go for it, in the hope that...
"I don't want it to be Justin Bieber.
"Please don't let it be Justin Bieber.
"Don't let it be Bryan Adams. I'd love it to be Neil Young."
And then the three categories came up - Justin Bieber, Bryan Adams...
-And, yeah, walked off with £6,500.
-On a Neil Young question. Brilliant, wasn't it?
-Very nice indeed.
Oh, and it clears the air - it was getting very charged
with that heavy...you know, the atmosphere of a big jackpot.
There was a sense of relief amongst all of our players
that the jackpot is back to £1,000.
You can feel it, it's just much lighter, it's nicer.
Exactly. And I know some of the ladies have only got clutch bags, and they're thinking,
"Six-and-a-half grand, I don't think so, in that?"
It's easier. You know, £1,000 can fit in anything.
Also, the insurance is less.
Yeah. Also, fewer security personnel around the place, which is nice.
It actually saves you money.
Winning £1,000 actually makes you more money than winning £6,500,
when you take all the other considerations into account.
-And I should know, I'm the tectonic Plato.
You said it! Thank you very much indeed.
So, what we're really saying
is that Amanda and Matilda won the jackpot last time,
which means we start off with
a lovely boutique jackpot of £1,000. There it is.
Well, if everyone's ready, let's play Pointless.
Now, remember this,
the pair with the highest score at the end of each round will be
eliminated. No conferring until we get to the head-to-head, of course.
Best of luck to all four players.
Our first category this afternoon is...
Can you all decide in your pairs, who's going to go first,
who's going to go second. And whoever's going first,
please step up to the podium.
OK, and the question concerns...
-Books And Their Authors. Richard.
-Yeah, nice simple one, this.
On each pass, we're going to show you seven pairs of books,
you just need to tell us who the author of those books is, please.
Seven pairs on the first board, seven on the second,
14 authors to guess at home, very best of luck.
Thanks. OK, so, we're looking for the authors of these pairs of books.
And here is our first board of seven.
And it reads like this. We have got...
I'll read those all one last time.
There we are. Jonny, welcome to Pointless.
Good to have you here, from Newcastle.
-What do you do, Jonny?
-I'm a writer.
-Perfect round for me!
-It IS a perfect round!
What sort of things do you write, Jonny?
Well, we're currently writing a set of epic fantasy novels.
-We've wrote three.
-We - you and Ben?
-Me and Ben, yeah.
-How long have you been writing together?
-Oh, five years, six years?
-And how do you do that? Which one of you...?
Who sits at the typewriter? The typewriter!
Who sits with the quill and... who paces around?
-Or is it not like...? Or do you take...?
-We take turns.
So, for the first novel, I went through first,
-he came through second, added his part in.
-Oh, I see.
And then we just swapped.
Had you sort of left bits out for Ben to come in and fill in,
or do you write the whole thing and then he does another pass?
I tend to underwrite any way, so I kind of write a framework
and then he comes through, writes on top of it.
You could do a sort of heads, bodies and legs,
where you get to the end of one chapter and leave it hanging,
and then Ben does the next chapter and then leaves it hanging and...
-Oh, that would be fun!
Which author would you like to go for, from our pairs?
There's a few I know.
I'm going to go for War And Peace and Anna Karenina,
and say Leo Tolstoy.
Leo Tolstoy, says Jonny, for War And Peace, Anna Karenina.
Let's see how many of our 100 people said that.
64 for Tolstoy.
He made his own shoes out of tree bark, Leo Tolstoy,
because he was uncomfortable with his privileged background
and wanted to... wanted to feel like a peasant.
I bet the peasants were just laughing at him
with his tree-bark shoes.
-Yeah. Could we get your old shoes, please?
I don't think tree-bark shoes is going to catch on.
Not really. Strange way to feel someone else's pain.
Yeah, perhaps just give them all your money.
-Yeah, maybe do that.
-Might be a better way to do it.
There we are. Thank you very much indeed, Richard.
Now, Megan, welcome back.
Good to have you here again.
Head-to-head last time.
-That could have been you in the final,
answering questions on Canadian Singers!
Megan, remind us what you do.
I'm a project coordinator.
That's right. What are your interests, Megan?
I like cooking for friends,
doing pub quizzes and learning to play the piano.
Very good. How's that piano going?
It's not as good as it should be, but it's fun.
Fantastic. Now, Megan, what would you like to go for here?
Well, I would have liked to go for War And Peace and Anna Karenina.
There are a couple... There's one,
but I'm not feeling brave enough to go for it.
So, I think I'll say...
Joyce for Ulysses and Finnegans Wake.
So, James Joyce, says Megan,
for Ulysses and Finnegans Wake.
Let's see if that's right, let's see how many of our 100 people said James Joyce.
Well, you passed 64.
We now have a low score, which is 38.
Very well played. Yeah, you know the word quark,
which is an elemental particle,
going to be one of the most important words in the language -
that's taken from Finnegans Wake, taken from Joyce.
-Didn't know that.
-There we are. Thank you very much, Richard.
Jo, welcome to Pointless.
-Good to have you here.
-Jo, what do you do?
-I run a business with my husband,
we sell industrial label printers.
-Now, that's fun, that is fun.
What size of labels are we talking about?
-Well, we go from the small stickers...
..up to big industrial-plant signage for industrial plants.
-So, huge, colossal...
Wow! All made by the same machine!
-We have a full range of machines, yeah.
Presumably it's not something you run from the spare bedroom?
Originally, yes, but now we've got our own unit,
so we have our business there.
Very good. That's very exciting indeed.
Congratulations. Now, Jo, what would you like to go for on our board?
I'm going to take a stab at the top one, Step On A Crack,
Along Came A Spider, and I'm going to say James Patterson.
James Patterson, says Jo. Let's see if it's right
and how many of our 100 people said James Patterson.
9 for James Patterson!
Very well done indeed, Jo.
Lovely low score there.
Well played, Jo. One of the biggest-selling authors in the world, James Patterson.
Along Came A Spider is the first in the Alex Cross series of books.
Thank you very much, Richard.
Now, Lewis. Welcome back.
Remind us what you do, Lewis.
I'm a book-cover designer.
The scourge of the book-cover design, I should imagine,
are the small labels that get stuck on them.
-Yeah. Do a partnership, all three of us, I guess.
Whenever our books are out at Christmas, they always...
Whenever they put... They always put the sticker on it, like, 2 for 1,
or whatever, and the first year, it always went on my head.
And then they redesigned it so it always went on your head.
Now, Lewis, what would you like to go for?
You're the last person to have this board.
If you wanted to talk us through it, you'd be extremely welcome.
I know the number four, which is Roald Dahl.
But I think going to take a guess at number three
and go for Agatha Christie.
A guess for Death On The Nile and The Mysterious Affair At Styles.
Let's see if that is Agatha Christie. Let's see how many
of our 100 people got that.
It's right. Well, 64 is our high score and you pass it.
54, there you are.
-54 for Agatha Christie.
-Yeah, both Poirot stories.
The Mysterious Affair At Styles,
very first Hercule Poirot novel as well.
Let's fill these in. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory and Matilda,
you're right, is Roald Dahl. Would've scored you 77.
-The Dead Zone and The Shining?
Some very big-scorers on this board.
57. And the best answer on the board,
The Sound And The Fury and As I Lay Dying?
-William Faulkner, yeah,
would have scored you 6. Well done if you said that at home.
Thank you. We're halfway through the round.
Let's look at those scores. 9, look at that.
Best score of the pass, Jo. Well done.
Jo and Denise are ruling this round.
Then we travel up to 38, your nearest competitors,
where we find Megan and David.
54 is where we find Lewis and Laura.
And then 64, Jonny and Ben, our authors there.
So, Ben, you have a little bit of a mountain to climb on the next pass.
We'll see what's left on the board by the time we get to you,
but let's hope there's something nice and low scoring that you know,
so good luck with that. We'll come back down the line now.
Can the second players please step up to the podium?
OK, let's put seven more pairs of books up on the board
and here they come.
We have got...
I'll read those one last time.
Laura. Welcome back to Pointless.
Nice being on podium four again, isn't it?
-Or is it? I always say that's the best podium to be on.
Laura, remind us what you do.
I'm a human resources officer.
And how long have you been doing that?
-About three years.
-Right you are.
And your hobbies, Laura?
Tennis, theatre, like going out with friends, socialising.
Very good indeed. What about these books?
So I don't read...
-Very much, good.
I thought you were going to say, "I don't read," and I thought, "Right."
So to most people these are probably really easy.
But to me, not so much.
So I'm just going to say a random author,
Oh, gosh. I'm just going to say...
..The Notebook and just say
JK Rowling for The Notebook, A Walk To Remember.
Let's see what happens when we say that.
Here is a red line.
What a surprise(!)
I'm afraid an incorrect answer there, Laura.
That scores you 100 points, takes your total up to 154.
You're not out of it yet, actually.
There's still 10 points in it.
Anything can happen in the next three answers.
Yeah, sorry, Laura. I'll give all the correct answers
-at the end of the pass.
-Thanks very much indeed.
-..welcome to Pointless.
-What do you do, Denise?
-I work for a small company in Wetherby.
We provide advice to divorcing couples
on how to split their pensions.
Wow! That's quite specialist
and slightly fraught!
-We don't actually see the divorcing couples.
It's all done by e-mail and post.
Well, that's good. And you're saving them a lot of bother, aren't you?
-You can do it clinically and you can unpick things.
Pensions are probably one of the biggest assets in their marriage
and they don't often realise that.
-And we advise them on how to best split them
so they both get an equal share when they retire.
Very good, yes. Valued as at the time you do it.
Denise, what are your interests when all that is behind you?
I do a bit of running. I go running a couple of times a week,
just to try and keep fit.
I do a lot of reading and I like going to the theatre.
Very good. I like the way you pointed out the reading.
Denise, what would you like to go for on this board?
A nice low-scoring answer.
Well, I've read most of those books,
but I can't necessarily remember the authors of them all.
I'm going to go for Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn and say Mark Twain.
Mark Twain, says Denise.
Now, no red line for you on this tower,
because you are already through,
but let's see how far down the column you get with Mark Twain.
53 is your total.
Good answer. He was born in 1835, Mark Twain,
which is the same year that Halley's Comet appeared
and he always predicted he would die when it next appeared,
which was 1910, and he did.
-And he did.
-That's clever and sad.
Thanks very much indeed. Now, David,
-welcome back to Pointless.
-Great news for you,
you are also through. You simply cannot lose.
It does not matter what you answer here.
But, David, remind us what you like getting up to in Nottingham.
Well, when I retired, I learnt to ride a motorbike
and then we also have a camper van as well.
Wow! Could you ride a motorbike at all before you retired?
-I'd never been on one until then.
-Wow! Extraordinary. And you love it?
-Yeah, it's good.
-I think I'd just be terrified.
But anyway, there we are. You are, as I say, already through,
so it doesn't matter what you score, but I bet you've got a good answer.
I think a couple I know, but I think I'll go with
-Animal Farm and 1984 is George Orwell.
-George Orwell, says David.
No red line. You're already through.
Let's see how far down the column we get.
75 for George Orwell.
Taking your total up to 113.
Yeah, very well played. There's an Orwell Square in Barcelona.
It's rather lovely.
Though in homage to Big Brother, it has lots of security cameras,
funnily enough, which Orwell would have loved.
-Nice touch. Ben.
-Welcome to Pointless.
-Thank you very much.
Good to have you here. Well,
I now know quite a lot about what you do.
Where did you and Jonny meet?
-Where did you discover your joint writing?
-We met in university.
We were doing English literature and creative writing, but we became
close friends when we went to work on a toy farm in Tuscany.
A toy farm?
A toy farm in Tuscany.
-It was amazing.
-A toy farm?
We've got a toy farm at home.
-With little cows and things like that.
Amazing! Not that kind of toy farm.
No. I was going to say, because most of the things that work on that
-are also toys.
-It's very easy,
there's no heavy lifting on a toy farm.
What's a toy farm?
So, we made wooden toys and we made wooden fish that moved...
-..and things like that.
Jon, being the larger of the two, he got all the power tools.
Me, still being large but not as large,
I got to paint faces on little birds and stuff.
It was a wonderful summer.
That's nice. Now, listen, you are on 64. 154 is our high score,
so 89 or less is your target.
Lovely. Angels And Demons and Da Vinci Code is Dan Brown.
Sense And Sensibility and Emma is Jane Austen.
The Hunger Games and Catching Fire is Suzanne Collins.
So I'll go for Suzanne Collins.
OK, you're going for Suzanne Collins for The Hunger Games.
There is your red line. Ben, you have to get below that
with Suzanne Collins. Let's see if it's right
and how many of our 100 people said it.
It's right and you are through.
9. Not bad at all.
Takes your total up to 73.
Well played, Ben. She started her career as a children's writer,
writing on children's television
in America, for Nickelodeon shows,
including Clarissa Explains It All and various others,
for people who remember that, before going on
to selling millions upon millions of copies of those books.
You took us through the board very nicely, the ones that you knew.
Angels And Demons, The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown.
Would have scored you 57.
And Jane Austen for the next one would have scored you 62.
Gone Girl was the book that everyone was reading a couple of years back,
but can you remember the author? Gillian Flynn.
-She would have scored you 13.
And this is a guy who has written 18 books,
11 of them have been made into films.
Not just optioned, but made into films,
and he is Nicholas Sparks.
And that would have scored you 4 points.
-Well done if you said that.
-Thank you very much indeed, Richard.
At the end of our first round the pair we are saying goodbye to
with their high score of 154,
Laura and Lewis, I'm afraid it is you.
Oh, it was a book round, Laura!
-Ah... Great to have you on the show.
Thanks so much for playing. Laura and Lewis.
But for the remaining three pairs, it's now time for Round Two.
We're down to three pairs.
At the end of this round,
we'll have to say goodbye to another pair
but very well done, all of you, for getting through that round.
Particular congratulations to Jo and Ben for lovely
single-figure scores there. Very well done.
Best of luck to all three pairs.
Our category for Round Two this afternoon is...
Can you all decide in your pairs who's going to go first,
who's going to go second?
And whoever's going first, please step up to the podium.
OK, let's find out what the question is. Here it comes,
we gave 100 people 100 seconds to name as many...
Uh! U or H. That's what it spells, I mean.
Erm, U or H, Richard.
We're looking for any UK top-40 single by Elvis Presley
whose title contains one of those two letters,
and that's according to officialcharts.com
up to the end of March 2016.
So, it's Elvis UK top-40 singles with a U or an H in their titles.
-Now then, Ben.
-I'm going to go for Burning Love.
Burning Love. Burning Love, says Ben.
Let's see how many of our 100 people got Burning Love.
That's a good answer.
Ooh, look how good that is. Three.
Very well done indeed, Ben. Burning Love, three.
Well played, Ben. Can often be tough on that first podium.
Yeah, it's been a top-40 hit twice, in 1972 and 2007.
Thanks very much indeed, Richard.
DAVID WHEEZES AND LAUGHS
In The Ghetto.
In The Ghetto, says David.
Let's see how many of our 100 people went for In The Ghetto.
Well, three is our only score at this point.
12 for In The Ghetto.
Very cocky of David there, to go for a silent H.
-LAUGHTER A silent H.
I love In The Ghetto. Wonderful song.
-1969, number-two hit.
-Thank you very much indeed.
Now, Jo. What would you like to go for?
Ooh, gosh. I can only think of really well-known ones. Erm...
I'm just going to have to go...
-Jailhouse Rock, says Jo.
Let's see how many of our 100 people said Jailhouse Rock.
There we are, 32 for Jailhouse Rock. Not bad.
Yeah, starred in the film and had a number-one single with it in 1958.
Thanks. We're halfway through the round, let's look at those scores.
Three, the best score of the pass so far.
Ben, very well done indeed.
Up to 12 is where we find David and Megan.
32 is where we find Jo and Denise. So, Denise,
a nice low-scoring answer from you is what we need to keep you
in the game, good luck with that. We'll come back down the line now.
Can the second players please step up to the podium?
OK. So, Denise, we're looking for any UK top-40 single by Elvis
containing the letter U, or the letter H.
Right, I'm struggling with this one a bit.
I'm going to go... I hope it was in the top 40,
I'm going to go for Moody Blues.
Moody Blues, says Denise. Let's see if that's right.
No red line for you, as you're the high-scorers
but let's see how many people said it. Is it right?
-Oh, no, Denise. I'm sorry.
You did exactly what you needed to do then,
took a bit of a risk. On this occasion, it didn't pay off.
That scores you 100 points. 132 is your total.
Yeah, sorry, Denise, I'll give all the right answers at the end.
Thanks very much, Richard.
Megan, well, that takes a little bit of pressure off there, Megan.
-You will be in the head-to-head
for a second time running.
Yeah! There are very, very few Elvis Presley singles I know.
So... I am going to go for...
-Blue Suede Shoes.
-Which I hope is Elvis.
I have a hunch it might be. Let's see. No red line for you,
you're already through. How many of our 100 said Blue Suede Shoes?
Takes your total up to 46.
Yeah, a huge hit for Carl Perkins originally, and then Elvis
did a more up-tempo version of it, which eclipsed it.
Thanks very much indeed. Now then, Jonny...
-Again, you're through. Pressure off.
I know a few.
Erm... But I'm going to go for
what could hopefully be a pointless answer
and say Rock-A-Hula Baby.
Rock-A-Hula Baby, says Jonny.
No red line, you're already through.
Let's see what happens when we say Rock-A-Hula Baby.
It is a pointless answer.
Very well done indeed, Jonny!
That score adds £250 to today's jackpot.
Takes the total up to £1,250. APPLAUSE
It scores you nothing and it leaves your total at three.
Very well done indeed.
Well played, Jonny. Number-one single from 1962.
Also a hit in 2005, as well. Rock-A-Hula Baby. Now, Denise...
Denise, Pointless owes you a big favour, I'm afraid.
Moody Blues, I couldn't take...
-It's Moody Blue.
-Moody Blue is the name of the song.
-And cos there were other songs called Moody Blues
and a band called Moody Blues,
not fair on the other two teams, I'm afraid.
Would've been a pointless answer, as well.
We owe you one.
And we will repay you on the next show, I'm sure of it.
-That's very unlucky.
-What are we going to repay her with?
I thought maybe you could give her some money.
-I'll take that.
-On you go, sorry.
-Lots and lots of pointless answers here.
Let's take a look at a few of them.
Start with Blue River, Frankie And Johnny, Hard Headed Woman,
all these pointless answers. Got all the Hs there.
It Won't Seem Like Christmas (Without You),
Kissin' Cousins, there's Rock-A-Hula Baby, Jonny. Very well played.
She's Not You, Suspicion.
Not Suspicious Minds, though. That would've scored four points.
There Goes My Everything. I'll tell you the one-pointers,
these are some obscure ones people might have got.
One point for Guitar Man, Kentucky Rain, Trying To Get To You,
That's All Right, Devil In Disguise,
Trouble, Surrender, Big Hunk O' Love and His Latest Flame.
All of those would've scored you one point.
We'll take a look at the top three. We've already heard two of these.
32 of our 100 said Jailhouse Rock.
34 said Blue Suede Shoes.
And right at the top, there's an H and a U, and it's Hound Dog on 35.
Thanks very much indeed, Richard. At the end of our second round,
the pair we have to say goodbye to, with heavy hearts, Denise and Jo,
132, I'm afraid, is the high score.
But as Richard says, Pointless owes you one.
So let's hope you can cash that in next time and do much, much better,
but in the meantime, thank you so much for playing.
Denise and Jo, wonderful. APPLAUSE
But for the remaining two pairs, it's now time for our head-to-head.
Congratulations, Jonny and Ben, Megan and David,
you are now one step closer to the final
and a chance to play for our jackpot,
which currently stands at £1,250.
Well now, we've made it to the head-to-head,
which means you can now confer before you give your answers,
which is nice. And the first player to win two questions
will be playing for that jackpot.
Now, Megan and David, you have been here before.
In fact, you've been right there before.
You were our blue couple last time.
So you have experience, that's what you bring to the table.
Jonny and Ben, here for the first time.
They have a pointless answer in their back pockets already.
That's what they bring to the table.
I think this is going to be close, is what I'm saying.
Best of luck to both pairs. Let's play the head-to-head.
Here is your first question and it concerns...
-Yeah, we're going to show you some pictures now
and they all represent the title of a television show.
We're also going to show you the name of an actor who appeared in
the first episode of that show as well, to help you out.
OK. Thanks very much indeed.
So, let's reveal our five pictures representing TV shows,
and here they come. We've got...
There we are. Five pictures representing TV shows.
Jonny and Ben, you've been our low-scorers, so you will go first.
Feel free to confer.
-A is The Wire.
OK. Let's go with The Wire.
We're going to go for A, The Wire.
OK. The Wire, for A, say Jonny and Ben. The Wire.
Now, Megan and David, that board is all yours.
Do you feel like talking us through it?
Well, we don't know B.
But I'd say The Office for C.
House Of Cards for D.
And I think it's called Black Mirror, maybe, for E.
But I'm not totally confident on that one. So...
We will go with...
D, House Of Cards?
OK, D, House Of Cards, say Megan and David.
So, The Wire, House of Cards.
Jonny and Ben went for The Wire, for A.
Let's see if that's right, let's see how many of our 100 people got it.
It is The Wire.
38 for The Wire.
Megan and David have gone for House Of Cards, for D.
Let's see if that is right.
Let's see how many of our 100 people said House Of Cards.
68 for House of Cards. APPLAUSE
Well done, Jonny and Ben. After one question, you are up 1-0.
Megan, you went for the biggest scorer on the board
and you knew the lowest scorer on the board.
You would've won the point with the brilliant Black Mirror,
Annabel Jones and Charlie Brooker's Black Mirror.
Rory Kinnear was in the first one of those.
Would've scored you...
So very well done if you said that at home.
Plays the Prime Minister in that particular episode.
B is Suits.
The American drama.
Would've scored you 11 points.
And C is, of course...
And that would've scored you 52.
Thanks very much, Richard. OK, here comes your second question.
Megan and David, you get to answer it first,
but have to win it to stay in the game, so good luck.
Our second question today is all about...
-We're going to show you descriptions now of five products
we derive from plants and give you their first and last letters.
Can you tell us what they are, please?
Thanks very much. Let's reveal our five clues
and here they come.
We have got...
I'm going to read those all one last time...
There we are. Megan and David will go first.
So, we're going to go for tannin, for the fourth answer.
The fourth one. Tannin, say Megan and David.
Now then, Jonny and Ben, the board's all yours.
-Do you want to talk us through it?
We think the top one's saffron.
The second one's cinnamon.
The third one's paper.
And the last one's cork.
I think. Erm...
We'll go for saffron.
You're going to go for saffron. So, we have tannin and we have saffron.
Megan and David said tannin.
Let's see if that's right. Let's see how many people said it.
59 for tannin.
Jonny and Ben, meanwhile, have gone for saffron.
Let's see if that's right. Let's see how many of our 100 people got that.
It is right.
66 for saffron. APPLAUSE
Very close indeed.
But well done, Megan and David, you're back in the game.
After two questions, it's 1-1.
And once again, our losing team knew the best answer on the board.
The best answer there was cinnamon
and would've seen you through to the final,
cos it would've scored you 54.
The other two are much bigger scorers. Paper...
that would've scored you 74.
And cork is the biggest of all.
That would've scored you...
A big score. I get all my tannin from the tannin salon
-on Chiswick High Road.
-That's where I get mine.
-Indeed. Thank you very much, Richard.
So, here comes your third question.
Best of luck to both pairs.
Whoever wins this goes through to the final to play for that jackpot.
Our third question is all about...
-Yeah, we're going to show you five titles of common names
given to famous speeches from history.
Now, we need you to tell us who gave the speech, please.
Thanks for much indeed. OK, here are our five speeches.
I'll read those again.
There we are. Jonny and Ben will go first.
We'd like to go for Charles De Gaulle
for the third one, please.
OK, Charles de Gaulle, say Jonny and Ben.
Megan and David, do you want to talk us through the board?
All right, Fight On The Beaches is Winston Churchill.
I Have A Dream is Martin Luther King.
Gettysburg Address is Abraham Lincoln.
And I can't think of the other one, so which shall we go?
The Gettysburg Address, Abraham Lincoln.
OK, Abraham Lincoln.
So we have Charles de Gaulle and Abraham Lincoln.
Jonny and Ben went for Charles de Gaulle.
Let's see how many of our 100 people got that.
52 for Charles de Gaulle.
Megan and David, meanwhile, have gone for
the Gettysburg Address, Abraham Lincoln.
Let's see how many of our 100 people got that.
Oh, 70 for that.
So there we are. Very well done indeed, Jonny and Ben.
After three questions, you are through to the final 2-1.
Yeah, well played, both teams.
They both avoided the two huge-scorers there.
I Have A Dream, Martin Luther King, which would have scored you 94.
And Fight On The Beaches, Churchill, of course,
which would have scored 97.
Now, I suspect you're not the only one who's having trouble.
That second one looks like we should know it, doesn't it?
Initials, you just think, "God, it's a famous phrase."
Is the Virginia lawyer and politician Patrick Henry.
So very well done if you said that at home. 4 points for that.
It's one of those ones where you think, when it comes up,
you're going to know the name, and then it comes up, and you go...
THEY LAUGH Thanks very much indeed.
So the pair leaving us at the end of the head-to-head round,
Megan and David, I'm afraid it is you.
Second time you've made it through to the head-to-head,
second time, I'm afraid, we've sent you home
before getting through to the final.
But it's been lovely having on the show. Thank you so much for playing.
-Megan and David.
But for Jonny and Ben, it is now time for our Pointless final.
Congratulations, Jonny and Ben,
you've fought off all the competition
and you have won our coveted Pointless trophy.
You now have a chance to win our Pointless jackpot.
At the end of today's show, the jackpot is standing at £1,250.
Well, what about that?
It's all smash and grab. You just turned up,
through you come, 2-1 in the head-to-head, and there you are,
you've got your Pointless trophy.
I would like to think you are in with a very good shout
to get that Pointless jackpot as well.
What would you like see come up in this last round?
-Film is good for me.
-Film would be good.
-Sport, you know.
-We've got a few options.
-OK, very good.
Nice wide-open field of expertise there, which is impressive.
As you know, you get to choose your category from the four things
that appear on the board behind me.
We just have to hope there is something up there
that doesn't scare you too much.
Today's selection reads like this. We have got...
It's a hard one.
I mean, we should probably be able to do the Rugby Union World Cup.
-I'll be getting kicked.
-You watched it closer than I did.
I wouldn't be able to help. I could help on Modern Zombies.
Kicked at home for...
-Let's go Modern Zombies, then.
-Let's give it a go.
-OK, Modern Zombie Films.
-We'll give Modern Zombie Films a go.
-OK, terrific performance so far, gents.
Very best of luck with this. Three different options here.
We're looking for anyone cast in any of the following three films,
please, according to IMDB.
Looking for any cast member of the 2007 movie Planet Terror,
the Robert Rodriguez movie.
Looking for anyone in the 2013 movie World War Z
or anybody in 2016's Pride And Prejudice And Zombies.
So any of the cast members according to IMDB in any of those three films.
Very best of luck.
Thank you, Richard. Now, as always,
you've got one minute to come up with three answers,
and all you need to win that jackpot is for just one of those
answers to be pointless. Are you ready?
-OK, let's put 60 seconds up on the clock. There they are.
Your time starts now.
-OK, I've only seen Planet Terror.
-Let's go Planet Terror, then,
cos I only know one from World War Z.
-OK. Quentin Tarantino is in Planet Terror.
I think...I think Danny Trejo was in there.
Oh, I like Danny Trejo.
That's like...in Grindhouse, cos it was Death Proof and...
-He's in a lot of those ones.
-We'll throw that in there.
There's a guy from Lost.
His character was Frank Lapidus, and I can't... Jeff Fahey.
Jeff Fahey, that's a great one.
It's Robert Rodriguez, so he's got some old favourites.
Do think Marin might be in that, to be fair?
I mean, there's a lot of those Grindhouse...
-I think I've got...
-I wonder if Robert Rodriguez came in?
-I don't remember him in it.
-Let's go Quentin Tarantino. Jeff Fahey.
-Ten seconds left.
-Danny Trejo, yeah.
Jeff Fahey is number three.
OK, it sounds like you've arrived at your answers,
and there's your time up, so let's go through them all.
-We're going to go for Danny Trejo.
-In which category?
-All three in Planet Terror.
-All three in Planet Terror, yeah.
OK, of those three, which is your best shot at a pointless answer?
-Jeff Fahey goes last. Least likely to be pointless?
-Quentin Tarantino we put first.
OK, well, let's put those answers up on the board in that order,
and here they are. We have got...
Well, very, very best of luck. Three good answers on the board.
What would you do if you won that jackpot, 1,250 quid?
Jonny, you first.
I think... We've got a bachelor bungalow that we live in.
We've got some really high-quality chairs in there already.
Got a lovely painting of a ship.
And to finish that off, I think we just need a pool table.
-Then I think we have really hit bachelorhood.
Ben, anything you want to add to that?
We're going to invest in a couple of plinths
upon which the Pointless trophy will rest in that living room.
I think we're going to be doing OK.
Very good indeed. OK, well, three good answers, as I say.
In all three cases, we were looking for the cast of Planet Terror.
Your first answer is Quentin Tarantino.
If this is correct and it is pointless, it will win you £1,250.
Let's see how many of our 100 people said Quentin Tarantino.
Quentin Tarantino is indeed in the cast of Planet Terror, and he's
taking us down through the 30s
and through the 20s, into the teens,
into single figures. Down it goes.
Still going down. Quentin Tarantino...
is a pointless answer!
Very well done indeed!
That is so impressive, straight out of the traps there. Brilliant.
Very well done indeed.
Quentin Tarantino, first answer, a pointless answer,
which means you go home with that jackpot of £1,250.
Those plinths, that pool table will be yours.
-Life is made.
-That was terrific stuff.
Very, very well played.
As you know, Quentin Tarantino, very good friend of Robert Rodriguez.
Plays a zombie eating roadkill in that movie.
And just won you £1,250.
Danny Trejo was not a pointless answer.
It would've scored you 1 point.
Jeff Fahey, who, as you said, was Frank in Lost,
-also a pointless answer. Very well done.
Let's take a look at the pointless answers.
We will start with Planet Terror, the one you went for.
You could've had Fergie,
not the Manchester United manager or the former princess.
Josh Brolin, Rose McGowan, also a pointless answer.
Cheech Marin, who you also suggested,
he was a pointless answer in that one.
In fact, everyone apart from Bruce Willis, Danny Trejo and
Marley Shelton, everyone else was a pointless answer in that movie.
Well done if you got one at home. Cast of "World War Zed" -
I refuse to call it "World War Zee" -
you could have had...
Matthew Fox, another one from Lost, was a pointless answer.
Peter Capaldi, Dr Who, of course.
Everyone there apart from Brad Pitt and David Morse was
a pointless answer.
And Pride And Prejudice And Zombies, which is a surprisingly good film...
Everyone there apart from Lily James,
Matt Smith and Sam Riley,
everyone else is a pointless answer. Terrific work, gents.
You have been very entertaining throughout
and what a lovely jackpot win.
Thanks very much indeed.
And thanks once again to our winning players, Jonny and Ben,
who go away with today's jackpot of £1,250.
Join us next time when we'll be putting more pointless knowledge
-to the test. Meanwhile, it's goodbye from Richard.
And it's goodbye from me. Goodbye.
Quiz in which contestants try to score as few points as possible by plumbing the depths of their general knowledge to come up with the answers no-one else can think of. Presented by Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman.