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APPLAUSE AND CHEERING

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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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This is the show where the questions have all been asked to 100 people

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before the show. All our contestants have to do is come up with the

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answers no-one else could think of. Let's meet today's players.

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And couple number one.

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Hi, my name is John, and this is my partner's grandson, Louis.

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We're from South Wales.

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-Couple number two.

-Hi, I'm Maria, back again.

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This is my daughter Christine, and we are from Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

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Couple number three.

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Hi, I'm Paddy. This is my friend Samir, and we're both from London.

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And, finally, couple number four.

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Hi, I'm Rob, this is my mate Nicky, and we're from Chesterfield.

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And these are today's contestants.

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Thanks very much, all of you, we will get to chat to each of you

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throughout the show as it goes along.

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

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He's addicted to facts.

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It is my Pointless friend, it's Richard.

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Hiya. Hey, everybody. Good afternoon.

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-Good afternoon to you.

-Good afternoon.

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A lot of familiar faces for us here, and they very sensibly

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and very kindly have lined up in the order they got knocked out

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of the last show as well. Christine and Maria on podium two got knocked

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out in Round One. We need to see a little bit more of you today,

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please. Then Samir and Paddy got knocked out in Round Two,

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and the head-to-head - Nicky and Rob got all the way through to that.

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And that head-to-head against Natalie and Deb.

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Aren't they lovely? Natalie and Deb, sisters.

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And they played the jackpot round on the Stuarts and won £2,500.

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-Deservedly as well. It was lovely to watch them.

-Yeah.

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You could tell they were sisters as well in that 60 seconds.

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-You could, couldn't you?

-You can always tell people's relationships

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during that 60 seconds when the pressure gets on.

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Marriages, you think, "Yeah, that's not lasting."

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Sisters, you think, "I know who's the older one now."

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Bosses, you think, "He's going to have your job in a couple of years."

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You can always see in that 60 seconds, can't you?

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You certainly can.

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Well, Natalie and Deb won the jackpot last time,

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so today's jackpot starts off back at £1,000. There it is.

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

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So, remember this -

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

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eliminated. So, keep your scores low, and you will not be that pair.

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Best of luck to all four pairs.

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Our first category this afternoon is...

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Science. Can you all decide in your pairs who is going to go first and

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who is going to go second? And whoever's going first,

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please step up to the podium.

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OK, let's find out what the question is.

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Here it comes. We gave 100 people 100 seconds to name as many

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chemical elements that contain the letter R as they could.

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Chemical elements containing the letter R.

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Yeah, any element on the periodic table as of February 2016, please,

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that has an R in its name. Very, very best of luck.

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Perfect, thank you very much indeed. Louis, welcome to Pointless.

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Here from South Wales.

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-What do you do, Louis?

-I'm a lecturer at a university.

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-What's your discipline?

-Electric audio music production.

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What particular side of audio music production?

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I specialise in music entrepreneurship

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-and business start-up.

-OK, so this is the commerce

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that arises from music, it's the industry,

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-really, how to get yourself going?

-Yeah, exactly.

-See, that's exciting.

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Richard and I, it's been a long time since we've been doing our duet

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-on the cruise ships.

-Yeah.

-But what would your advice be to us?

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Erm...

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Well, don't give up your day jobs. Stay on Pointless.

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I've set that up now, haven't I?

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-Ooh, that's a bitter pill, isn't it?

-Especially from a lecturer.

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I know!

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Louis, what would you like to go for?

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I'm going to go with carbon.

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-Carbon.

-I can see John in the corner of my eye laughing at me, but...

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No, it's a good initial to get the show going.

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Let's see. Carbon,

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

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Well, I'll say this - it's right.

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Look at that, down it goes.

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Carbon, 26.

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APPLAUSE You see, John?

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-What do I know?

-Atomic number six, carbon.

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Diamonds, one of the purest forms of carbon on earth.

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Do you think that's going to happen? You know how a lot of our...

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- let's say in geography, to keep it safe -

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..countries that used to be pointless are now rising up.

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-Yeah.

-They're becoming quite popular now.

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Do you think maybe the old hands, the old regulars,

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are now going to go through a weird cycle, where suddenly, you know,

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like carbon scoring rather lower than I was expecting there?

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You would think, yes, because people now immediately,

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they think it's for Pointless, so they try to go for obscure ones.

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Exactly, so they're all rushing towards the...

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XANDER COUGHS

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-Exactly.

-RICHARD COUGHS

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-XANDER COUGHS

-And so on and so forth.

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-Exactly.

-I think we certainly have changed the world of chemistry.

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-We have shaken it up, my friend.

-We've shaken it up,

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and we're not entirely sure what's going to happen. It may explode.

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-If it does, apologies.

-When they take the lid off science,

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just take it off gently.

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-Aim it away from the face.

-If there is a Nobel Prize for Chemistry

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- well, there IS a Nobel Prize for Chemistry -

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I would be shocked if at some point, we do not win it.

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I know it's not the done thing to ask for a Nobel Prize in Chemistry,

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but I would have thought it would be quite a classy act on behalf of the

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Nobel Committee and chemistry industry of the world.

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-I'd love to win a Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

-And you will.

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-Oh, man!

-We'll see to it.

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-Now, Maria, welcome back.

-Thank you.

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Remind us what you do, Maria.

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I'm a care manager in a care company looking after people

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-who need all types of support.

-And remind us what you get up to.

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-What are your interests?

-I very much like doing karaoke, if I'm honest.

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What is your song, Maria?

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I think probably Licence To Kill by Gladys Knight And The Pips.

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Oh, very good. Do you know, I bet she does that rather well.

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She's got a good voice. And listen to that laugh. Ha-ha!

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Filthy, but what a great... LAUGHTER

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What a great timbre you have.

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-Thank you.

-Lovely.

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How is your chemistry?

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-Not great, if I'm honest.

-Mm.

-Erm...

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But I'll have a go with mercury.

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Mercury, says Maria.

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

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-Look at that, 16!

-Whoa!

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Very nicely done. Another old familiar name, mercury.

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Named after the planet Mercury,

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which was named after Freddie Mercury.

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Yes!

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Thank you very much indeed, Richard.

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-Samir, welcome back to Pointless.

-Thank you.

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Remind us what you do.

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I work in Parliament for an MP as a Parliamentary Assistant.

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That, you see, I think is a fascinating job.

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Is it basically what you wanted to do?

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I think it was. I did Politics and French at university and I wanted a

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career in politics, public affairs, public policy.

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But you are not party political, really.

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You're sort of semi-party political.

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Semi-party political. I think you have to have sympathies

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with the party of the MP you work for.

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Are you assigned that MP once that MP has been given a role,

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or are you with them from the beginning?

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-You apply to the MP and you are with them from the beginning.

-I see,

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-and that's it. So you see the whole way through this Parliament?

-Yeah.

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Oh, I'm longing to know which MP it is.

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-We can't ask, obviously.

-Well, we could do.

-No, I bet he wouldn't say.

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-I bet he would!

-LAUGHTER

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Samir, what are your hobbies?

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I love travelling, I travel as much as I can in my spare time.

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Excellent. In the recess?

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You still have to come into work, it is still busy.

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Oh, that's a shame.

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We still have constituents that we need to look after.

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Oh, yes, I forgot about them! Yes.

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But, no, I do try and travel in the recesses where possible.

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I've just come back from India.

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Very nice. OK, now, Samir, chemistry.

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So far we haven't troubled the darker recesses

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of the periodic table.

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This is probably my weakest subject, but I'm going to go with argon.

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Argon. Argon, says Samir.

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

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It's right. 26 is the high score at the moment, 16 is our low.

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You pass 26. 24 is where you end up with argon.

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Yeah, it's the only chemical element to be directed by Ben Affleck.

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It's the only one.

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Thank you, Richard. Rob, welcome back.

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Remind us what you do, Rob.

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I work in the waste management industry selling skip lids.

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Skip lids. Do you manufacture the skip lids?

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We do, at our place in Chesterfield, yes.

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But how come you don't sell the skips?

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We do what we do best.

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Is it a one-size-fits-all thing for a skip lid?

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We do lids for some that you have at the side of your house up to the

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great big things you see behind department stores, building sites,

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-that sort of thing.

-I see. I've noticed some skip lids slightly

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extend the height of the skip as well. There are some skip lids

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that are adding on. I bet you they don't get permission for that.

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Like a sort of mansard floor of skip lid. Do you make those?

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-No.

-That's a shame. That's a shame.

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How is your retention of things that we often talk about on Pointless?

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Well, that's the thing, because we came down on the train,

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had a little test.

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And there was one that cropped up, I thought,

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"That might be a good one," so I'm going to go for californium.

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There we are. We are now into Pointless territory.

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I mean, the programme territory,

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rather than scoring-no-points territory.

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But I think this is very good.

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

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It's right. Well, 26, our high score. 16, our low.

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We pass 26.

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We pass 16.

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9! A single-digit score, Rob.

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Very well done indeed.

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Yeah, first made in 1950, californium.

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And again, one of those ones that a few years ago,

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-that would have scored 1, maybe.

-Yeah.

-Very popular now.

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-XANDER COUGHS: Nobel Prize. RICHARD COUGHS:

-Nobel. Yeah.

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What form do you think the Nobel Prize for Chemistry takes?

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A trophy? A cheque, I know that.

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I don't know. Maybe it's something that goes around your neck?

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Like a badge? Or a medal?

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Maybe a wreath to wear in your hair.

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That would be nice. I would like a big trophy, though, if I'm honest.

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And then, while you're holding the trophy, I'll take the lid off it

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- I mean the cup - and I'll pop it on my head like that.

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Oh, that would be really good.

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You know who makes the lids of Nobel Prizes, don't you?

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-Rob. That's what they do in their downtime.

-What about that?

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

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Let's take a quick look at those scores. 9, best score of the pass.

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Very well done. Rob and Nicky looking pretty strong at this point.

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Look at that, 16, Maria and Christine.

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Out first round last time. Oh, I don't think so this time.

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I think we will see you into Round Two with a score like that.

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-Hope so.

-And up to 24 where we find Samir and Paddy.

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Then up to 26, Louis and John. Now, John, the pressure is on.

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You have to come up with a low-scoring chemical element.

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Very best of luck with that. 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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Nicky, welcome back.

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-Remind us what you do.

-I work in a senior school and I'm the

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work experience and careers coordinator there.

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That's right. But when not doing that,

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you are the queen of the am dram.

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-You are a director...

-Yep.

-..sometime performer.

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-Yes.

-Which do you prefer?

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Directing, I think, now.

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-Directing.

-Yeah.

-Does that mean you have to do all the auditions?

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Yeah, me and a team.

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Do people sidle up to you and say what they would like to do and you

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have to say, "Well, it's not up to me,"

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-when you know full well it's up to you?

-Yes, that happens.

-Yeah.

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How many performances do you do of each one?

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-At the moment, we are doing... We do eight.

-Wow-ee!

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Eight performances of each show?

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So, you barely finish the last performance before you must

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be having to get up to speed with the next one?

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-Yeah.

-That doesn't sound like a hobby, that sounds like a job.

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It's great. If you love it.

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-And you love it?

-That's all that matters.

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Well, there you are. Absolutely right. Well said.

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Now, there you are, you're on 9.

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Our high-scorers up here on 26 are John and Louis.

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So, 16 or less would see you straight through.

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OK. I'm going to try and head down the table, I think.

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-This is good.

-I'm going to say seaborgium.

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It's like these guys have watched Pointless before, isn't it?

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-Isn't it?

-Seaborgium.

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Now, that, I think, is a proper...

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IMITATES COLUMN GOING DOWN ..I think. But who knows?

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That was last time. There is your red line.

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Get below that, and you're through.

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How many of our 100 people said seaborgium?

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It's right.

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You're in Round Two.

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Oh, it's a pointless answer! Very well done indeed, Nicky.

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Seaborgium adds £250 to today's jackpot,

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takes the total up to £1,250.

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It scores you nothing, it leaves your total at 9,

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the lowest total of the round, and is marvellous.

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That's a terrific answer. Very well done.

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Great to have a pointless answer.

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It's one of the most unstable of all the elements.

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It's so unstable that scientists have to put a little bit of card

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underneath one half of it just to balance it.

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Thank you, Richard. Paddy, welcome back.

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-Remind us what you do, Paddy.

-I work for an airline.

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I'm on the graduate scheme as a manager at the moment.

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See, this is exciting.

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-Does your airline fly all over the world?

-We do, yes.

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Ah! That's even more exciting.

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So, the potential for travelling long distances and going to

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-fun places is immense.

-Samir's often pestering me to try and...

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I see. Are friends allowed to come with you sometimes?

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-Certain friends.

-LAUGHTER

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Do you sort of smuggle them in as cabin crew, and they have to

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sort of look like they are half-attentive,

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or can they just come in as normal passengers?

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Samir's quite small, so he goes into hand baggage, thankfully.

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LAUGHTER

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Oh, you wouldn't want that to happen,

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suddenly get given an orange tab,

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and have to get loaded into the hold at the last minute.

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Now, then, Paddy, you're on 24.

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Our high-scorers, still John and Louis, on 26.

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Ideally, if you could score 1 or less,

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if you could see your way to that,

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you would be sure of a place in the next round.

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I think I've got one - radon.

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Radon. Radon.

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OK. Here is your red line.

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Sort of very much at the bottom of the column.

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Let's see if you can get close to that with radon.

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It's right.

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Oh, that's not bad at all. Look at that.

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13. 37 is your total.

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It was discovered by two scientists, called Don and Ray.

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LAUGHTER

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Had a big argument about what they should call it.

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-Ray won.

-Yeah!

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There we go. Now, Christine.

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-Hi.

-Remind us what it is you do.

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I'm a senior care assistant, working with me mum, at her company.

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-It's your mum's company?

-Yeah.

-Did you just start as senior care

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assistant or did you have to start as junior care assistant?

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No, I was a senior care assistant before she started her company.

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I see. Is that because you are offering care to seniors or because

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-you are...?

-Both.

-There we are.

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Good stuff. Remind us what you love getting up to when the care stops.

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Not that you ever stop caring! I know that. I know you care 24/7.

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One thing I've took to liking lately is glamping pods.

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-Loving the pods at the minute.

-Glamping in pods.

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Do you like it enough to do it in any season other than high summer?

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Coming from Newcastle, we're used to the rain and stuff,

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so it doesn't faze me much.

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Oh, dear. Now, Christine.

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You are on 16, which means you have to score 20 or less.

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What would you like to go for?

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I want to try and go for this one, hoping that it's a chemical element,

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so I'm going to go for sulfur.

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Sulfur, says Christine.

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-Sulfur.

-Fingers crossed.

-OK.

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Fingers crossed. Let's hope that's a chemical element.

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There is your red line.

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

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It IS a chemical element.

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And down it goes.

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-You are through. 6 for sulfur.

-Yes!

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Very well done indeed. Takes your total up to 22.

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Very well played. Also known as brimstone, sulfur.

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And of course, spelt with an F now rather than PH.

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Yes, yes. There we are. Thank you very much indeed.

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Now, John. Welcome. Great to have you here from South Wales.

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-Thank you.

-What do you do, John?

-I'm a telephone engineer.

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I look after companies and office blocks, things like that.

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So, it is largely telephones themselves?

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-And PBXs.

-PBXs, I've no idea...

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-Private branch exchange.

-Private branch exchange.

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PBXs, I remember now. What are your interests, John?

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I'm still playing vets' football and I like most sports,

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-I still play table tennis.

-Sporty, John. Chemically at all?

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Oh, right. Chemicals. No, not good.

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Well, I'm going to go for...

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And I hope it's right - yrittium.

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-With a Y.

-Yrittium.

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Yrittium, says John.

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You hope it's right, Louis hopes it's right.

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There is your red line, John.

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Let us see if that is right and, if it is, how many people said it.

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Oh, John.

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Hey, Paddy and Samir!

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Oh, John, I'm afraid that scores you 100 points,

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-takes your total up to 126.

-Yeah, not yrittium. You're mixing up two.

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There is iridium and there is yttrium,

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which is the one you are thinking of, the one that starts with a Y,

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and neither of them are yrittium, I'm afraid. Now, let's take a look.

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There's all sorts of pointless answers up here,

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some old Pointless favourites here as well.

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Well done if you said any of these at home.

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There's seaborgium. A few other favourites as well.

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Protactinium was a pointless answer. Copernicium, barium.

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Americium also a pointless answer. Let's take a look at

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the top three answers, the ones that most of our 100 people said.

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All sharing top spot.

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-That's nice, isn't it?

-That IS nice.

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Thank you very much. So, at the end of our first round,

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the pair we have to say goodbye to, I'm afraid, is John and Louis.

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I'm so sorry. We will see you again next time, though,

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and I'm sure you'll go much, much further.

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But meantime, thank you very much, John and Louis.

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APPLAUSE

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

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And so we are down to three pairs.

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Well done, everyone, for surviving our chemical elements round, there.

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Christine, sulfur. That was your friend.

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I don't know where that came from.

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Yeah, where did that sulfur come from?

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Where did that sulfur come from? What, the brimstone?

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-I was just thinking that.

-But the big story, Nicky, was seaborgium.

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Very well done indeed.

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But congratulations to all of you, best of luck,

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our category for Round Two today is...

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It's a people round.

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

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

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please step up to the podium.

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OK, and the question concerns...

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Famous people with law degrees. Richard.

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Going to give you six clues on each pass to famous people,

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all of whom also happen to hold law degrees.

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There's going to be 12 in all to guess at home. Very best of luck.

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Thanks very much indeed. So, who are these people with law degrees?

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Here's our first board of six clues.

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Let's read those again.

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Maria.

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Right, there's a couple of them that I'm fairly sure about.

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But I'm trying to decide which one would be the more obscure.

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So I think I'll go for the Spanish singer who had a UK number one

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with Begin The Beguine in 1981,

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and I'll go for Julio Iglesias.

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Julio Iglesias, says Maria. Let's see if that's right.

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

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It is Julio Iglesias.

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Not bad, 19.

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-19 for Julio Iglesias.

-Very strong start to the round.

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He's one of those annoying guys who can clearly do everything.

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When he was studying for his law degree,

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he was also playing for the Real Madrid junior team.

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And then he got an injury, and while he was recuperating,

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one of the nurses in the hospital gave him a guitar, and he

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taught himself to play guitar, and his career was launched.

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Wow. Thanks very much indeed.

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Now, Samir.

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Who would you like to go for?

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This is a really tough board.

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I think I'm going to play it safe and go with the Nobel Peace Prize

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with Frederik Willem de Klerk in 1993 - Nelson Mandela.

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Nelson Mandela, says Samir.

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Let's see if that's right, let's see how many of our 100 people

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went for Nelson Mandela.

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It is right.

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Look at that, 6 for Nelson Mandela.

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That's a great score.

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Very well played. 1952, he and Oliver Tambo set up

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South Africa's first-ever black-run law firm.

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Thank you very much indeed, Richard. Now, Nicky.

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This is all your board.

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Yeah. OK. Well, I know the second one is the lovely Bob Mortimer.

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But I think that'll be quite a high score, so the only other one I know

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is the top one, which I believe is Andrea Bocelli,

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-so I'll go with that.

-OK, Andrea Bocelli.

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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 that.

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It is Andrea Bocelli.

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That's a good answer. Look at that - 10.

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Very well done indeed.

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It's another very strong answer, very well played.

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Yeah, he studied at the University of Pisa and he practised law

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for a year before becoming who he became.

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Now, the Scottish actor who played King Leonidas.

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-It was Gerard Butler.

-Gerard Butler.

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That's right, would have scored you 14 points.

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You're quite right about Bob Mortimer,

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and you're quite right that he's lovely as well.

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Would have scored you 55. Now, this is the best answer on the board.

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The answer to this one is Dick Button.

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A pointless answer - very well done if you said that.

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-It's the one to press, isn't it?

-Isn't it just?

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Imagine being called Dick Button. In America, it's probably fine,

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-it's not a problem.

-I bet it's not.

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But being called Dick Button over here...

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Well, luckily, in 1948, they were altogether more innocent times,

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-weren't they?

-They were.

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I bet only a handful of people sniggered.

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LAUGHTER

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Thank you very much indeed, Richard.

0:23:280:23:30

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

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6 is the best score of that pass, Samir and Paddy, well done,

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looking like strong contenders for the head-to-head at this stage.

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Then at 10, we find Nicky and Rob, and then to 19, Maria and Christine,

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not that far ahead, but, Christine, we need a low score from you.

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Best of luck with that. We're 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, let's put six more clues up on the board, and here they come.

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I'll read them all again.

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Rob. Ideally, you'd be scoring 8 or less with this,

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-to keep yourself safe.

-I don't think that's going to happen.

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I'm going to go for the second one down, the US talk show host,

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and I think it's Jerry Springer.

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OK. Jerry Springer, says Rob.

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Here's your red line. If you can get below that with Jerry Springer,

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you're in the next round. Let's see how many people said it.

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Is it right?

0:25:020:25:04

It is Jerry Springer.

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Oh, look at that, 10. I think that's good enough,

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takes your total up to 20.

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That's a great answer, Rob, well played.

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Yeah, born in Highgate Tube Station.

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-I didn't know that.

-It's a very long wait for that Kennington train.

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Yeah. In a handbag?

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His mum wasn't even pregnant when they got onto the platform.

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No, it was when it was being used as an air raid shelter,

0:25:320:25:34

-of course.

-Thank you very much indeed, Richard.

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Now, Paddy. If you can possibly score 13 or less,

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you can help yourself to a place in the next round.

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Again, not sure if that's going to happen.

0:25:430:25:45

There's a couple that I think I know, but I'm going to try

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the Australian actress - I think that's Rebel Wilson.

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Rebel Wilson, says Paddy. Here's your red line.

0:25:510:25:53

A little bit higher, but let's see if you can get near that

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or beyond it with Rebel Wilson.

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It's right.

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Ooh, look at that, 14!

0:26:070:26:08

You equal Rob and Nicky on 20 there.

0:26:110:26:14

-Exciting, isn't it?

-Isn't it?

0:26:140:26:15

Goodness me. Yes, Rebel Wilson.

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She's got a brother called Ryot, - this is all true -

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and she's got two sisters, who are called Liberty and Annachi.

0:26:200:26:23

Oh, God.

0:26:230:26:25

And parents called Derek and Pam.

0:26:250:26:27

LAUGHTER

0:26:270:26:29

There we are. Thank you.

0:26:290:26:31

Ooh, this is getting very exciting!

0:26:310:26:33

It's like everyone coming together,

0:26:330:26:35

a meeting of strands here, Christine.

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The only one I knew was Rebel Wilson.

0:26:370:26:40

I don't actually know any of them, so I'm just going to have to guess.

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I don't even know who the 44th President is.

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I'll just guess for the 44th President, I don't even know

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if he was, but I'll just have to go for Hillary Clinton.

0:26:510:26:54

You're going to go for Hillary Clinton,

0:26:540:26:56

-the wife of the 44th President.

-I don't know any of them,

0:26:560:26:58

-I might as well.

-Here is your red line.

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-To be honest, pointless is what we want.

-Yeah.

0:27:000:27:03

It's an imaginary red line. You're going to go for Hillary Clinton,

0:27:030:27:06

let's see how many people said Hillary Clinton.

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-Bad luck.

-Never mind.

-Not Hillary Clinton.

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That scores you 100 points, takes your total up to 119.

0:27:150:27:18

Yeah, he was the 42nd President,

0:27:180:27:19

-this one is even more recent - Michelle Obama.

-Oh!

0:27:190:27:24

Michelle Obama, and she would have scored you 7 points.

0:27:240:27:26

However, I wish you'd gone for the top one, the French artist,

0:27:260:27:29

who is Henri Matisse, cos that would have scored...

0:27:290:27:32

1 point. Can you imagine that?

0:27:320:27:34

Triple lockdown!

0:27:340:27:37

The American author...

0:27:370:27:38

-John Grisham?

-It's John Grisham.

0:27:380:27:40

26 points for that. And the Cuban political leader?

0:27:400:27:42

-Fidel Castro.

-Fidel Castro. And he would have scored 42.

0:27:420:27:45

So Henri Matisse is the best answer up there,

0:27:450:27:47

-well done if you said that.

-Thank you very much indeed.

0:27:470:27:50

So, at the end of our second round,

0:27:500:27:51

the pair we have to say goodbye to, with their high score of 119,

0:27:510:27:54

I'm afraid, Christine and Maria, it is you.

0:27:540:27:56

But that was very exciting.

0:27:560:27:58

Really, very well done. You've done twice as well today as you did last

0:27:580:28:01

time. But thank you so much for coming, it's been great having you,

0:28:010:28:04

Christine and Maria. APPLAUSE

0:28:040:28:07

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

0:28:090:28:12

Congratulations, Nicky and Rob, Samir and Paddy,

0:28:160:28:19

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

0:28:190:28:22

jackpot, which currently stands at £1,250.

0:28:220:28:25

Well, here we are in the head-to-head,

0:28:250:28:27

which means you can now start playing as teams.

0:28:270:28:29

You can chat before you give your answers, and the first pair to win

0:28:290:28:32

two questions will be playing for that jackpot.

0:28:320:28:34

Very best of luck to both pairs. Let's play the head-to-head.

0:28:340:28:37

Here is your first question, and it concerns...

0:28:420:28:46

Mm-mm. Not fish.

0:28:490:28:50

We're going to show you five such creatures now

0:28:500:28:52

together with their names, which we have taken alternate letters out of.

0:28:520:28:56

Can you identify one of these five, please?

0:28:560:28:58

Thank you very much. Let's reveal our creatures from the deep,

0:28:580:29:01

and here they are. We have got...

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There we are. Five marine creatures that are not fish.

0:29:340:29:36

Nicky and Rob, you're our low scorers, so you'll go first.

0:29:360:29:39

OK, we're going to be a bit brave or daft, one or the other, not sure.

0:29:430:29:48

We'll try B,

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and we'll say Christmas tree worm.

0:29:500:29:54

Christmas tree worm. Samir and Paddy, talk us through that board.

0:29:550:29:59

We think A is sea urchin, B we didn't know,

0:30:000:30:04

C is walrus, D is porpoise.

0:30:040:30:05

Unfortunately, we didn't know E, which is probably the only thing

0:30:070:30:09

that can beat that, so...

0:30:090:30:11

..we'll go for A, sea urchin.

0:30:120:30:14

OK, sea urchin. So we have Christmas tree worm and sea urchin.

0:30:140:30:18

Nicky and Rob, big punt you've taken on Christmas tree worm.

0:30:180:30:23

Let's see if it's right, let's see how many of our 100 people said

0:30:230:30:25

Christmas tree worm, if it is right.

0:30:250:30:28

It is a worm!

0:30:290:30:31

And look at that, 3!

0:30:370:30:38

That is festive. Samir and Paddy, meanwhile,

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have gone for sea urchin for A.

0:30:470:30:49

Also quite festive, I think.

0:30:490:30:51

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

0:30:510:30:53

It's right.

0:30:560:30:57

57 for sea urchin. Very well done indeed, Nicky and Rob,

0:31:000:31:03

after one question, you are up 1-0.

0:31:030:31:05

Very well played. The Christmas tree you can work out,

0:31:050:31:07

but then it's that last word,

0:31:070:31:10

I'm sure lots of people at home were guessing Christmas tree something.

0:31:100:31:12

Christmas tree worm is a terrific answer, well played.

0:31:120:31:15

C is, of course, a walrus.

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That would have scored 94 points.

0:31:180:31:21

A walrus at the moment is just literally, he or she,

0:31:210:31:23

is just swimming around in the, "Ahh, it's very cold,"

0:31:230:31:26

literally just going, "Pom, pom, pom, pom, po-pom.

0:31:260:31:32

"Po-pom, pom."

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That's sometimes what I think it's like to be inside your head.

0:31:330:31:36

LAUGHTER

0:31:360:31:38

I am the walrus. LAUGHTER

0:31:380:31:40

Very good. Anyway, it's a weird thought.

0:31:400:31:42

D is a porpoise, of course.

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And porpoise would have scored you 44.

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And this last one, you can work out from the shape,

0:31:480:31:50

and the letters as well. It's a sunstar.

0:31:500:31:53

-So not a senator.

-It's not a senator.

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A sunstar. Can have up to 13 legs.

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Look at that. That's too many.

0:31:590:32:02

Thank you very much. OK, here is your second question.

0:32:020:32:04

Samir and Paddy, you get to answer it first,

0:32:040:32:06

but you have to win it to stay in the game,

0:32:060:32:08

so good luck. Our second question is all about...

0:32:080:32:10

-Richard.

-Five clues now, and all of the answers have a floral word

0:32:130:32:16

in there somewhere. Very best of luck.

0:32:160:32:18

Thank you. Let's reveal our five clues, and here they are.

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I'll read those all again.

0:32:490:32:50

Samir and Paddy, you will go first.

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THEY CONFER QUIETLY

0:33:190:33:21

I think we're going to go for the third one,

0:33:280:33:30

name of a style of denim shorts.

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Daisy shorts?

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Daisy shorts, say Samir and Paddy. Daisy shorts.

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Now then, Nicky and Rob, talk us through that board.

0:33:370:33:40

Top one we think is Poison Ivy.

0:33:400:33:43

We think it's poppies.

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We think the denim shorts are Daisy Dukes.

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Claude Monet is probably the water lilies.

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And the last one will be roses, War of the Roses.

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We'll go for Daisy Dukes, please.

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Daisy Dukes, say Nicky and Rob.

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So, we have Daisy shorts and Daisy Dukes.

0:33:580:34:01

Samir and Paddy first said Daisy shorts. Let's see if that's right.

0:34:010:34:05

Nope. Not Daisy shorts.

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Nicky and Rob have gone for Daisy Dukes, let's see if that's right.

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If it is, it will win you that second point

0:34:140:34:16

and take you through to the final.

0:34:160:34:18

It IS right.

0:34:200:34:22

24. 24. Which means, very well done, Nicky and Rob, after two questions,

0:34:260:34:31

you are straight through to the final, 2-0.

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And the best answer on the board again, Nicky and Rob,

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very well played, been a terrific performance.

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

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The top answer is Poison Ivy.

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Yep.

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32 points for that.

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Then you're quite right, it is poppies.

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59. You were right again, it's water lilies.

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48. And you're right again, Wars of the Roses,

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which is 85. Closely followed by the Wars of the Celebrations.

0:34:570:35:01

LAUGHTER

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Thank you very much indeed, Richard.

0:35:030:35:06

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

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I'm afraid, Samir and Paddy, I'm so sorry,

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your second appearance on the show, through to the head-to-head

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and all the glory that that entails, but I'm afraid, Nicky and Rob,

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they just took the best answer on each board,

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nothing you could really do about that.

0:35:190:35:21

I'm afraid you didn't get a sniff at the trophy, I'm sorry to say,

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but it's been great having you on. Samir and Paddy,

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thanks so much for playing.

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APPLAUSE

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But for Nicky and Rob, it's now time for our Pointless final.

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Congratulations, Nicky and Rob,

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you've fought off all the competition and you have won

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our coveted Pointless trophy.

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You now have a chance to win our Pointless jackpot, and at the end of

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

0:35:500:35:55

Very well done. We seem to have a pattern here,

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that's just emerged in the last few shows,

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of people coming through to the head-to-head, being knocked out,

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coming back through to the head-to-head, as the lowest scorers,

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and coming through to the final. That's consistency.

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It's good, it's very reassuring. And we've had a pointless answer

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from you, what more could we ask for?

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Apart, of course, from a pointless answer in this last round.

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As always, you choose a category from the four that appear behind me.

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Let's see what they look like today.

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So, we were both alive in 1980, weren't we?

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-Yes.

-Do you think?

-Why not?

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-1980.

-Yep, very best of luck, three very different questions here,

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we are looking for any of the following, please.

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We're looking for any of the players who played in the 1980 FA Cup final

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between Arsenal and West Ham,

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that's anyone who played or came on as a substitute.

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We are looking for any act who had a UK number one single

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or album in 1980, according to officialcharts.com.

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Or we are looking for anybody, according to IMDb,

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credited with appearing in The Empire Strikes Back.

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So, FA Cup final players, UK number one artists - singles or albums -

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and the cast of The Empire Strikes Back.

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-Very best of luck.

-Thanks very much. As always,

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you've got up to one minute to come up with three answers,

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

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to be pointless. Are you ready?

0:37:120:37:14

-Yes.

-Yes.

-Marvellous. Let's put 60 seconds up on the clock.

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There they are, your time starts now.

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Arsenal, West Ham?

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1980? You mentioned Kenny Sansom?

0:37:210:37:23

-He used to play for Arsenal?

-Kenny Sansom, yeah.

0:37:230:37:25

-Did Billy Bonds still play for West Ham in 1980?

-Never heard of him.

-OK.

0:37:250:37:28

UK number one artists 1980.

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Aneka. No, 1981.

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1980, come on.

0:37:380:37:42

Is there anything from Bowie?

0:37:420:37:44

-1980?

-He's a bit obvious.

0:37:440:37:46

Pink Floyd? Another Brick In The Wall was Christmas 1979.

0:37:490:37:52

What about the cast of The Empire Strikes Back?

0:37:560:37:59

-I've never seen it.

-Oh!

0:37:590:38:01

-THEY CHUCKLE

-That's the second film.

0:38:010:38:03

UK number one artists 1980 - The Police?

0:38:030:38:05

Ten seconds left.

0:38:070:38:09

So Kenny Sansom... Sansom.

0:38:090:38:11

-Billy Bonds...

-Do you want to go for Aneka?

0:38:130:38:16

No, 1981.

0:38:160:38:18

OK, that is your time up, and I now need your three answers.

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We'll go for two from the FA Cup final players

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and one UK number one artist.

0:38:250:38:29

Kenny Sansom and Billy Bonds in the FA Cup.

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Kenny Sansom and Billy Bonds.

0:38:310:38:34

And then Police?

0:38:340:38:36

-And The Police?

-OK.

0:38:360:38:38

OK, for a UK number one artist.

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

0:38:400:38:43

-It's got to be Billy Bonds, hasn't it?

-Billy Bonds.

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Billy Bonds goes last.

0:38:460:38:48

OK, least likely to be pointless?

0:38:480:38:50

-Police, probably.

-Police.

-The Police we will put first.

0:38:500:38:53

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

0:38:530:38:56

then, and here they are.

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Well, three good answers on the board there.

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Are any of them pointless, I wonder?

0:39:040:39:06

And if they are, they will win you that jackpot. 1,250 quid.

0:39:060:39:09

What would you like to do with that, Nicky?

0:39:090:39:11

I'd love to take my husband and my daughter away somewhere nice,

0:39:110:39:14

maybe a European city break, with that money.

0:39:140:39:17

Very nice. Rob, how about you?

0:39:170:39:19

I think I'd split mine between my two daughters.

0:39:190:39:22

One is an impoverished student, and the other is just impoverished,

0:39:220:39:25

so I'm sure they could find a good use for it.

0:39:250:39:29

OK, well, very good. Very, very best of luck.

0:39:290:39:31

Your first answer was The Police.

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In this case, we were looking for any UK number one artists from 1980,

0:39:330:39:36

from the singles or album chart.

0:39:360:39:38

Now, if The Police is right and it's pointless, it wins you £1,250.

0:39:380:39:42

Let's see how many people said it.

0:39:420:39:43

It is right.

0:39:460:39:47

Now, if this goes all the way down to 0,

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it will win you that jackpot of £1,250.

0:39:510:39:53

Down it goes through the 20s and into the teens.

0:39:530:39:56

Into single figures now, very exciting.

0:39:560:39:58

Oh, 4. APPLAUSE

0:39:580:40:00

4.

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I'm afraid not a pointless answer.

0:40:040:40:06

Only two more shots at today's jackpot.

0:40:060:40:07

Your next answer was Kenny Sansom.

0:40:070:40:10

In this case, we were looking for FA Cup final players from 1980.

0:40:100:40:13

It has to be pointless for you to win.

0:40:130:40:16

So, for £1,250, let's see how many people said Kenny Sansom.

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Ooh, bad luck.

0:40:230:40:25

I'm afraid not Kenny Sansom, an incorrect answer.

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Which means everything is now riding on your last answer,

0:40:280:40:30

your third and final answer, Billy Bonds.

0:40:300:40:33

This is the one you put last,

0:40:330:40:34

you thought it was your best shot at a pointless answer.

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Let's find out, and if it's pointless, it will win you £1,250.

0:40:360:40:40

How many people said Billy Bonds?

0:40:400:40:41

It's right.

0:40:440:40:46

Now, The Police was your first correct answer, that scored you 4.

0:40:460:40:50

Your next answer, Kenny Sansom, was incorrect, but Billy Bonds,

0:40:500:40:53

absolutely right, taking us down into single figures, passes 4,

0:40:530:40:56

still going... Oh.

0:40:560:40:57

APPLAUSE

0:40:570:41:00

Two brilliant answers there, two brilliant low scores.

0:41:020:41:06

I'm afraid you didn't find that pointless answer you needed to win

0:41:060:41:09

our jackpot so that will roll over to the next show,

0:41:090:41:11

but it's been fabulous having you on. Really good across both shows.

0:41:110:41:14

We've seen a proper amount of you on each show as well, which is good.

0:41:140:41:17

And you get to take home a Pointless trophy each,

0:41:170:41:20

so very, very well done. Nicky and Rob.

0:41:200:41:22

APPLAUSE

0:41:220:41:24

Yeah, it really has been a brilliant performance,

0:41:260:41:28

today has been sensational, very well played.

0:41:280:41:30

Let's take a look at the first category.

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Alvin Martin of West Ham.

0:41:350:41:36

Frank Lampard, not that one, it's his dad.

0:41:360:41:39

Frank Stapleton of Arsenal. John Devine, Arsenal defender.

0:41:390:41:42

You could have had Brian Talbot, David Cross, David Price,

0:41:420:41:44

Geoff Pike, Paul Allen, Phil Parkes, the West Ham goalie, Ray Stewart,

0:41:440:41:48

Sammy Nelson, Stuart Pearson, all of those were pointless answers.

0:41:480:41:51

Well done if you said any of those.

0:41:510:41:52

Now these acts, the UK number one artists.

0:41:520:41:54

Lots of pointless answers here as well.

0:41:540:41:56

Barbra Streisand had a UK number one single and album.

0:41:560:41:59

Dexys Midnight Runners, number one with Geno in 1980.

0:41:590:42:01

Paul McCartney had a number one album.

0:42:010:42:03

St Winifred's School Choir, how soon we forget.

0:42:030:42:07

Lots of other answers as well here.

0:42:070:42:08

Albums - AC/DC, Deep Purple, both of them would have won you the money.

0:42:080:42:12

Boney M, Detroit Spinners,

0:42:120:42:14

Don Maclean, ELO, Fern Kinney, Gary Numan, Johnny Logan, Johnny Mathis,

0:42:140:42:18

Odyssey, Olivia Newton-John, Peter Gabriel, Rod Stewart,

0:42:180:42:20

Rose Royce, The Pretenders, The Shadows,

0:42:200:42:23

lots of pointless answers there.

0:42:230:42:24

And The Empire Strikes Back.

0:42:240:42:26

Anthony Daniels, who plays C3PO, is a pointless answer.

0:42:270:42:30

Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian, John Ratzenberger,

0:42:300:42:33

Michael Sheard, who's Mr Bronson in Grange Hill.

0:42:330:42:36

In fact, everybody in that film was a pointless answer,

0:42:360:42:38

apart from Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher,

0:42:380:42:40

Alec Guinness, Peter Mayhew and Dave Prowse.

0:42:400:42:43

So lots of pointless answers out there.

0:42:430:42:45

So tough in that 60 seconds.

0:42:450:42:47

Thank you very much, Richard. And thank you, Nicky and Rob.

0:42:470:42:50

I'm so sorry you didn't win our jackpot today.

0:42:500:42:52

That will roll over onto the next show,

0:42:520:42:55

when we will be playing for £2,250.

0:42:550:42:57

APPLAUSE

0:42:570:42:59

Join us then to see if someone can win it.

0:43:000:43:03

Meanwhile, it's goodbye from Richard...

0:43:030:43:04

Goodbye.

0:43:040:43:05

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

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


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