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Episode 55

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


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APPLAUSE

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Thank you very much indeed. Hello. I'm Alexander Armstrong and welcome to Pointless,

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the show where the aim of the game is to score as few points as you can,

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and you do that by coming up with the answers no-one else can think of.

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Let's meet today's players.

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And couple number one.

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Hi, I'm Philippa and this is my husband, Chris, and we're from South Shields.

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Couple number two.

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Hello, my name's Andy.

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This is my lifelong friend, Mark, and we're from Southend in Essex.

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Couple number three.

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Hi, my name's Stephanie. I'm from Sheffield.

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This is my friend, Beth, and she's from Manchester.

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And, finally, couple number four.

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I'm Helen. Hello.

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This is my daughter, Claire, and we're from Woking.

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And these are today's contestants.

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APPLAUSE

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Thanks very much, all of you.

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A very warm welcome to Pointless.

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Lovely to have you all there.

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We'll get a chance to chat to each of you 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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If, at first, he doesn't succeed,

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he changes the rules and declares victory.

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

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Hiya. Hey, everybody.

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-Hiya.

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Ah, this is a good group, isn't it?

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-Yeah. I think so.

-I instinctively...

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We know the first two podiums already,

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Philippa and Chris and Andy and Mark,

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although they got knocked out very early on, both teams, but we know them.

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We know them like brothers and sisters and welcome,

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four new sisters on the podiums three and four.

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This is going to be great, right?

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-Oh, I think so.

-We've got Sheffield, we've got Manchester,

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we've got Woking, we've got Southend.

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What are we missing, right? Nothing.

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Nothing at all. Nothing at all, apart from an update on the jackpot.

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-Oh, yeah.

-Which I can now bring to you.

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The story is, Natalie and Jan won the jackpot last time,

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so we start off with a jackpot of £1,000.

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-That's nice. There we are.

-That is nice.

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-And two jackpot wins in a row as well.

-Yes.

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And these things often go in runs as well.

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Yeah. And then as often, don't.

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-Yeah, sometimes...

-It can take some money off.

-Sometimes they don't.

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I'd hedge my bets a bit on that.

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We should start charging £1,000 to every winning couple who doesn't win.

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Oh, that would add some jeopardy, wouldn't it?

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That would be really good. "And your category is Latvian pottery."

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Yes!

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Thank you very much indeed.

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

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APPLAUSE

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As ever, the pair with the highest score at the end of each round will be eliminated,

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so just keep your scores nice and low and you will be fine.

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Best of luck to all four pairs.

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Our first category today is...

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

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who is going to go second

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

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OK. And the question concerns...

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-Richard.

-Yeah, we are simply going to give you seven clues

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on each board to famous people who were born or raised in Yorkshire.

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Who are they, please?

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Thanks very much. Let's reveal our first board

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of seven Yorkies, and here they are.

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I will read those all one last time.

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Philippa, welcome back. Good to have you with us again.

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Remind us what you do, Philippa.

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So I am an accountant,

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but I'm currently just finishing a year of maternity leave.

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A year. Oh, must be nice to have a year off.

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-How old is your baby now?

-So just coming up to 11 months.

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-11 months, OK.

-Yeah.

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Oh, that's going to be quite tough, that first day back.

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-Yeah, I think it's kind of a big break to have a full year of work.

-Yeah, yeah.

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So it feels like you're starting a new job again.

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Do they introduce you back into work gently?

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-No, no.

-No, straight back in the deep end.

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-Straight back in, yeah.

-Good luck with that.

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Now, Philippa, what are you going to go for on our board?

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So I think I only know a couple and I think they are both quite obvious,

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so I'm going to go for

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magician and television personality who married

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his assistant Debbie McGee and say Paul Daniels.

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Paul Daniels, says Philippa. Let's see if it's right,

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

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Wow, 87.

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87 for Paul Daniels.

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Yeah, he was the first-ever magician from outside the US to be given

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the Hollywood Magician Of The Year award in 1983.

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Gives you some indication of what a talented magician he was.

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-He was an extraordinary magician.

-Yeah, exactly.

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-Quite apart from being an entertainer, he really, really... He could really do it.

-Amazing.

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Mark, welcome back.

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Good to have you here from Southend.

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-Remind us what you do, Mark.

-I work in project and programme management.

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Very good. Now, Mark, your interests when the management is behind you.

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-Yes.

-What do you like getting up to?

-Well, I'm a published author twice over.

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What about that? Tell us about your books.

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Well, my first book was A Man And A Pram,

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about my 5,500 mile walk across three continents around the world.

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Did you say A Man With A Pram?

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-A Man And A Pram.

-A Man And A Pram.

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-Yes, indeed.

-Well, what was in the pram?

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My backpack, because I found it was easier to push than carry.

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-Also you found traffic stopped for you more readily as you went across.

-Yes.

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-Very clever.

-Absolutely.

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Very clever, a pram pack.

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How many miles did you say?

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5,500 in total, I walked from London to Moscow, Melbourne to Sydney,

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then across America, LA to New York and then I finished off Land's End back to London.

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How extraordinary. How long did the whole thing take you?

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It's 14 months.

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-That's good going.

-Imagine if he said a week and a half.

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-Motorised pram.

-Yeah.

-Yeah.

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Now, what would you like to go for, Mark?

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OK, I'm looking at this and I'm thinking

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I really should have spent more time in Yorkshire, but just looking down the list,

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I'm going to go for the author of Wuthering Heights as Emily Bronte.

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Emily Bronte, says Mark.

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

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87 is the highest score, which we pass.

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71 for Emily Bronte.

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Quite a high score there, too.

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Yeah, another big scorer. It's amazing her name recognition.

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It's her only ever novel and she is so famous.

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Amazing to think what she would have achieved as well.

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She died at 30. Imagine the school days she could have

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ruined for everyone else with four or five other novels.

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-Stephanie, welcome.

-Thank you.

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-Good to have you here. What do you do, Stephanie?

-I'm a legal adviser.

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-In Sheffield?

-I am indeed, yeah.

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What... You advise people to do what?

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Or not to do what?

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Just trade union members, usually advice, family law, probate,

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-things like that.

-I see.

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Very good indeed. And what are your interests, Stephanie?

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I just like going out for dinner, holidays,

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you know, all the extravagant things.

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Perfect. Perfect. Now, Stephanie, what would you like to go for?

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This is slightly embarrassing

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because I am actually from Yorkshire,

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but they were like the two answers that I knew.

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So I'm going to go for Brian Blessed, Flash Gordon and Tarzan.

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OK, Brian Blessed, says Stephanie.

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

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It is Brian Blessed.

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And it's our lowest score so far. Very well done indeed, Stephanie.

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30 for Brian Blessed.

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He was born in Mexborough, Brian Blessed.

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In 2011, York University,

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they had a study space they wanted a name for and the students named it

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the Brian Blessed Centre For Quiet Study.

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-That's nice, isn't it?

-Oh, yes.

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I presume he's heard about that.

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I imagine he has.

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Good luck with the quiet study. There we go.

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Thank you very much indeed. Now then, Helen, welcome to Pointless.

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Good to have you. From Woking.

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Helen, what keeps you busy in Woking?

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Well, I've just recently retired.

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I'm a nurse and I just recently retired and I now like travelling.

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That's fun. Have you made lots of travel plans for your retirement?

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-I have.

-There are various places you are longing to go to?

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Yes. No, I've been to quite a few places this year.

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I've been to Greece, south of France, Mexico and Ireland.

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Nice of you to stop off and see us.

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But I'm hoping to go to Australia next year.

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Very good. Good luck with that.

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Now, Helen, this board is all yours.

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Would you like to fill in all our blanks for us?

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Well, I would love to, but I think I just know, I know one definitely,

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Jeremy Paxman.

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The other one I'm going to try and take a punt on and that's the bottom one,

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and that's William Wilberforce.

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William Wilberforce, says Helen.

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

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It's right. Well, 87 was our highest score and you pass that.

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30 is our low, you land at 45. Not bad at all.

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Let's fill in this Yorkshire board, shall we?

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-The author...

-JB Priestley.

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JB Priestley. Turned down a knighthood and a peerage, JB Priestley.

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42 points for him.

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-The female pilot?

-Amy Johnson.

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Is Amy Johnson. She would have scored 40

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and you're quite right about Jeremy Paxman

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and he would have scored 50 points.

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Amazing he's been doing University Challenge over 20 years.

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I know. I didn't know that. There we are.

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Thank you very much indeed, Richard. So we are halfway through the round,

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-let's take a look at those scores. 30, Stephanie, well done.

-Thank you.

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Best score of the pass. Then up to 45 where we find Helen and Claire,

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then up to 71, Mark and Andy, and then Philippa and Chris are on 87.

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So, Chris, we need a low score from you. Good luck with that.

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We're going to come back down the line.

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Can the second players please step up to the podium?

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OK, let's put seven more clues up on the board and here they are.

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Famous people from Yorkshire, each and every one of them.

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I'll read those all again.

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-Claire, welcome to Pointless.

-Yes, thank you.

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Lovely to have you here. Now, what do you, Claire?

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I work for an airline at Heathrow Airport.

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So you are based at Heathrow?

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-Yeah, I'm on the ground.

-You never get airside?

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Oh, no, I'm airside, but not actually in the air.

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Oh, so you see lots of happy people about to get on flights...

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-Absolutely.

-Talking excitedly about holidays.

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-Yeah.

-Trying to control their children,

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and then you wave them off and you go back. Oh, that's it.

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So what bit do you do?

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What's your role?

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I'm the supervisor, so if there's any problems,

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I'm the person who you'd come to.

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-So you're at the gate?

-I'm at the gate and I'm at check-in.

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Different shifts, different days.

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Ah. Ah, well, that's fun, though.

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Yes, it is. Every day is different.

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-I bet it is.

-Yeah.

-My goodness.

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Now, Claire, you are on 45.

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The high scorers are Chris and Philippa on 87,

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so 41 or less gets you through.

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What would you like to go for?

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Um...

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I'm going to go for the Labour Prime Minister.

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And it's going to be Harold Wilson.

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Harold Wilson. Here is your red line. If you get below this red line

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with Harold Wilson, you're into Round Two. How many people said it?

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It's right.

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83. There we go.

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That takes your total up to 128.

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Yeah, well played to our 100 there,

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that's a big score for Harold Wilson.

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-Born in Huddersfield.

-Thank you very much, Richard.

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-Now, Beth.

-Hello.

-Welcome to Pointless.

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-Thank you.

-Good to have you here. What do you do, Beth?

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-I'm a legal executive.

-Are you in the same sort of...?

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We worked at the same firm, but then I moved to the Manchester office.

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When did you move to the Manchester office?

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-Last year.

-And they said to you, "You've got to go to Manchester"?

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No. It's a different job that I applied for and got the, yeah,

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-got the move.

-I see. OK. And the move has been all right?

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-Yeah, it's quite jolly.

-It's nice, Manchester, plenty going on there.

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-Yeah, there's lots going on.

-Good. Good.

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-Now, what are your interests, Beth?

-Lots of eating and drinking

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-and lounging around.

-Perfect.

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I'm not a hobby person.

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-"What are you doing?" Lying around is one of the...

-The best hobbies!

-..the best hobbies you can have.

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30 is your score, so 97 or less is your target.

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I think I'm going to go for the playwright and author

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and say Alan Bennett.

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Alan Bennett, says Beth.

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Here is your red line, lovely and high.

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Get below that with Alan Bennett and you are through.

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Had a small panic there.

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47 for Alan Bennett.

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Not bad at all. 77 is your total.

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Yeah, and he's another Yorkshire playwright

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who turned down a knighthood, Alan Bennett.

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Born in Armley in Leeds.

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Thank you very much, Richard.

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Andy, welcome back to Pointless.

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Remind us what you do, Andy.

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Yeah, I'm an orthotics technician.

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So I manufacture all casting devices.

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These are sort of insoles for people's shoes, to correct their posture.

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That's it. Bespoke for people, yeah.

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Yeah, brilliant. And what are your interests, Andy?

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Loads over the years. Mostly re-enactments.

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Andy would be brilliant in a re-enactment!

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-Amazing.

-What sort of...?

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I used to be in a...

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-Civil War?

-Yeah, American Civil War.

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Very good. What sort of things do you wear?

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What do you do to your beard, for example?

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Pretty much grey as we were Confederates.

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OK. Do you ever plait the beard, weave it?

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No, that wasn't in the Confederate army.

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It was probably a Viking thing, I think.

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Still, I don't think anyone is going to mind.

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Absolutely not, yeah.

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So when you do that, I mean, is it basically a scrap?

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Is it hard not to get your...?

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Yeah, it's all taken from all the drill books of the times,

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so you learn how to line up and present your muskets.

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Yeah, yeah, all the lining up and all the kit and everything,

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-and then you just go... Rrr!

-Yeah, basically.

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Do you ever find yourself getting a little bit cross?

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-All the time.

-Your blood is up?

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Yeah, that's it. Especially on the losing side, yeah.

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Interesting. Now, Andy, what would you like to go for?

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-Your current score is 71, so if you can score 56 or less...

-OK.

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..you are into the next round.

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I think there's a couple I'm OK with, but to be absolutely sure,

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I think I'll go with the player who has captained,

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managed the England national football squad is Kevin Keegan.

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Kevin Keegan is what Andy is going to go for.

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There is your red line coming on now.

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Get below that red line and you're through.

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61 for Kevin Keegan.

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Taking your total up to 132,

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still very much in the game.

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Yeah, born in Armthorpe, South Yorkshire.

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He is the only English player to win the Ballon d'Or twice.

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Yeah. Name another. You can't.

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-I cannot.

-Good luck. There isn't one.

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Good. Thank you. Chris, welcome back.

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Here from South Shields. Also an accountant, we discovered last time.

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Now then, Chris, what do you like getting up to when you're on holiday?

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What are the sort of things you like to do? What would you ideal holiday be?

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My ideal holiday, somewhere with nice food, my family,

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somewhere where it is not too much time on a plane with two young kids,

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-so somewhere...

-Oh, yes.

-I don't know if that place exists.

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Sort of place where if you were getting on an aeroplane,

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you would hope someone nice would wave you off at the gate,

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someone who looked after you from the minute you checked in.

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That's right, yeah.

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That's the kind of holiday. Yeah. OK, now, you are on 87.

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This is exciting. 44 is what you have to score.

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Above 44, we say goodbye to Chris and Philippa.

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Below 44, we say, hello, Round Two.

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Um...

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I think I know a few, I'm just trying to work out

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which one would be the lowest scorer.

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Um, I'll go for the bottom one,

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so the frontman of Pulp is Jarvis Cocker.

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Jarvis Cocker. Here is your red line.

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Get below that red line, you are into the next round.

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

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You've done it. Just! You needed 44, you got 43.

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130 is your total.

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APPLAUSE

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Goodness me, look at those top three scores there. 128, 130, 132.

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That is very, very close.

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If you'd gone for the one above, which is Patrick Stewart,

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we'd be in lockdown, because that

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would have scored you 45 points.

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The Pop Art movement, A Bigger Splash?

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-David Hockney.

-David Hockney.

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Would have scored you 25, would have seen you through,

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and this next one would have seen you through, actually.

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-Geoff Boycott.

-Geoff Boycott, yeah.

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Would have scored you 33.

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

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So at the end of our first round, the pair we have to send home

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with a high score of 132, Andy and Mark, I'm sorry it's you.

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Nothing wrong with either of your answers,

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they were just quite high scorers, I'm afraid.

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But it's been great having you on the show,

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thank you so much for coming along and playing. Andy and Mark.

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APPLAUSE

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

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And so we are suddenly down to three pairs.

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Obviously at the end of this round,

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we have to say goodbye to another pair. Philippa and Chris!

0:18:460:18:48

Ooooh!

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-Just.

-Well done. Well done.

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Just made it into Round Two.

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Great to have you with us. Stephanie, our lowest

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individual scorer of that round, and Stephanie and Beth

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our lowest combined scorers in fact. So very well done on that. Brilliant.

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Our category for Round Two today is...

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

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who is going to go second, and whoever is going first, 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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..countries with consecutive vowels in their name as they could.

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Right. Richard.

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Yes, simply looking for any country in the world

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whose usual short form name in English contains anywhere in its name just two vowels in a row.

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Don't have to be in the right order, just two vowels next to each other,

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anywhere in their name, please.

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As always, by country, we mean a sovereign state

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-that is a member of the UN in its own right.

-Thank you very much indeed.

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-Philippa?

-I'm not a very good speller,

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so I'm going to give it my best shot, but I'm going to say Paraguay.

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Paraguay, says Philippa.

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Paraguay is getting you a nod from Chris as well.

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Let's see how many of our 100 people went with Paraguay.

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Oh, look at that, down to two!

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Very well done indeed, Philippa.

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That's a lovely, lovely low score.

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2 for Paraguay.

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That's a very good answer, yeah.

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It's got a U and an A next to each other at the bottom there.

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And it's named after... Paraguay is named after the Paraguay River,

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and the Paraguay River is named after the Paraguay people,

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and Paraguay means the people who live near the river.

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LAUGHTER

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So... Come on, Paraguay, put some work in.

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LAUGHTER

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Thank you, Richard. Stephanie.

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I am going to go with Belgium.

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Belgium. Now, hiding close to home. It's the last place we will look.

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

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It's right.

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Look at that. Belgium down to 10.

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Yeah, they hold the world record for a democracy going

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without an elected government,

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if you remember that time they couldn't form a government.

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589 days they went without a government.

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Doesn't seem to have done them that much harm, I have to say.

0:21:150:21:18

-Good civil service.

-Belgium?

-Yeah.

-Yeah, just let them get on with it.

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Yeah, fine. Thank you very much indeed, Richard.

0:21:210:21:24

Now, Helen.

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-Croatia.

-Croatia, says Helen.

0:21:260:21:28

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

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It's right.

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10 is our high score, 2 is our low.

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Croatia...

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Look at that, down to 2.

0:21:400:21:42

Very well done indeed, Helen.

0:21:420:21:44

Yeah, that manages to pack two lots of different consecutive vowels

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into just seven letters.

0:21:500:21:51

-I know.

-That's really good going for the Croatians.

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-It is.

-They've got over 1,000 islands, Croatia.

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And, you know, also just so many consecutive vowels as well.

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Those are the two big exports from Croatia -

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islands and consecutive vowels.

0:22:020:22:04

Yeah. We're halfway through the round,

0:22:040:22:06

let's take a look at our scores.

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Only two scores between the three pairs.

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2 is the low score, Helen and Claire, Philippa and Chris.

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Very well done indeed. And then 10 is where we find Stephanie and Beth.

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So, Beth, yes, you know.

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-You know what I'm going to say. Good luck.

-Thank you.

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We come back down the line now.

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Can the second players please step up to the podium?

0:22:210:22:24

-So then, Claire...

-Yes.

-Remember,

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any country with consecutive vowels in its name.

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Uruguay.

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Ah.

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Uruguay. Well, here is your red line.

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If you can get below this red line with Uruguay,

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you will be going straight through to the head-to-head.

0:22:410:22:43

How many of our 100 people said Uruguay?

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It's right.

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And look at that, down you go to 4.

0:22:540:22:58

4 for Uruguay, taking your total up to 6.

0:22:580:23:00

It's the only country in the world whose name in English

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has the same letter three times in its first five.

0:23:030:23:07

That fact you can have. That's even better than the Paraguay fact.

0:23:070:23:09

I think I'll keep them together.

0:23:110:23:13

My Uruguay and Paraguay facts, keep them in the same little box.

0:23:130:23:16

And Paraguay named Uruguay.

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They said, "We're Paraguay, Uruguay."

0:23:190:23:20

They just said that they had it, you know, "You take that."

0:23:200:23:23

Uruguay could do nothing about it.

0:23:230:23:24

Uruguay went, "There's a lot of Us there in the first five letters,"

0:23:240:23:27

and Paraguay said, "Honestly,

0:23:270:23:28

"that will come in handy one day, I promise.

0:23:280:23:30

-"Someone will remark upon that at some point."

-Yeah.

0:23:300:23:33

Thank you very much indeed, Richard.

0:23:330:23:35

Now then, Beth.

0:23:350:23:36

Yes, the moment has come.

0:23:360:23:38

Beth, do you know what?

0:23:380:23:40

I reckon there will be some pointless answers.

0:23:400:23:42

-Somewhere.

-I'm going to say Mauritania.

0:23:420:23:45

-Mauritania.

-Yeah.

-Yeah.

-I don't know if that's even a country.

0:23:450:23:49

I know why you're saying it, I can see why you are saying it.

0:23:490:23:51

-Yeah.

-We can try it. Let's see what happens. Come on.

0:23:510:23:54

There's no red line for you as you are the high-scorers.

0:23:540:23:56

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

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Look at that.

0:24:010:24:02

We've just got to hope it goes a long way down,

0:24:060:24:08

and it does!

0:24:080:24:09

Goes all the way down -

0:24:090:24:10

very well done - to zero, Beth.

0:24:100:24:12

It's a pointless answer, it adds £250 to today's jackpot,

0:24:120:24:16

takes your total up to £1,250, scores you nothing,

0:24:160:24:19

which is exactly what you needed cos it leaves your total at 10.

0:24:190:24:22

-Very well done.

-Yeah, very well played, Beth.

0:24:220:24:24

That's a terrific answer.

0:24:240:24:25

Used to be part of French West Africa

0:24:250:24:27

until it gained independence.

0:24:270:24:28

It's an answer we don't often get on the show.

0:24:280:24:30

-No, we don't.

-So very nicely done.

0:24:300:24:32

Overlooked. Yeah, very good.

0:24:320:24:34

Well done. Now, Chris, we have a game on our hands.

0:24:340:24:38

7 is what you have to score.

0:24:380:24:41

-I mean 7 or less, you understand.

-Right!

0:24:410:24:43

I'm going to go for Eritrea.

0:24:440:24:46

Eritrea, says Chris.

0:24:460:24:48

Here is your red line.

0:24:480:24:49

If you get below that, you are through to the head-to-head.

0:24:490:24:52

How many people said Eritrea?

0:24:520:24:53

It's right.

0:24:560:24:57

You've done it! Down to 3 for Eritrea.

0:25:030:25:05

Very well done indeed. Takes your total up to 5.

0:25:050:25:07

That is so good.

0:25:070:25:08

Very nicely played. Before we read the pointless answers,

0:25:110:25:14

there's so many 1-point answers.

0:25:140:25:15

I'll try and read them all out, but there's loads of them -

0:25:150:25:17

loads of answers and lots of low scorers.

0:25:170:25:19

1 point for Cambodia, Guinea, Antigua and Barbuda,

0:25:190:25:22

Macedonia, Ukraine,

0:25:220:25:23

Haiti, Gambia, Indonesia, Estonia,

0:25:230:25:25

Serbia, Namibia, Mongolia,

0:25:250:25:27

Albania, Guinea-Bissau, Ecuador,

0:25:270:25:29

Armenia, Vanuatu - Vanuatu! -

0:25:290:25:31

Equatorial Guinea, Colombia,

0:25:310:25:33

Saudi Arabia, Somalia and Georgia.

0:25:330:25:35

Those are your 1-point scorers.

0:25:350:25:37

Let's take a look now at the pointless answers.

0:25:370:25:39

Very well done if you said any of these.

0:25:390:25:41

Also could have had Cote d'Ivoire, East Timor,

0:25:530:25:55

Micronesia, Mozambique,

0:25:550:25:57

St Lucia, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe,

0:25:570:25:59

and Sierra Leone, and of course Mauritania.

0:25:590:26:01

Thank you very much indeed, Richard.

0:26:010:26:03

So, the pair we have to send home with their high score of 10...

0:26:030:26:06

I mean, that's a very low score to be calling a high score,

0:26:060:26:08

but I'm afraid it is our high score.

0:26:080:26:10

Belgium, I'm afraid, was the big one there.

0:26:100:26:12

And a pointless answer from you as well, Beth.

0:26:120:26:14

But I'm afraid we have to say goodbye to you now.

0:26:140:26:16

-We'll see you again next time.

-Thank you!

-Look forward to that.

0:26:160:26:19

Beth and Stephanie, thank you.

0:26:190:26:20

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

0:26:220:26:25

Congratulations, Helen and Claire, Philippa and Chris.

0:26:300:26:32

You are now one step closer to the final and a chance to play

0:26:320:26:35

for that jackpot which currently stands at £1,250.

0:26:350:26:40

Well, we are now at the head-to-head.

0:26:400:26:41

This means you can start playing as a team,

0:26:410:26:43

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

0:26:430:26:45

to win two questions will be playing for that jackpot.

0:26:450:26:48

Now, Philippa and Chris, you have not been this far before.

0:26:480:26:52

It was Round Two we had to say goodbye to you last time.

0:26:520:26:55

Helen and Claire, straight through,

0:26:550:26:57

straight through on your first appearance on Pointless

0:26:570:27:00

to the head-to-head.

0:27:000:27:01

There's only one point dividing you, that's how close it's going to be,

0:27:010:27:04

so very, very best of luck to both pairs.

0:27:040:27:06

Let's play the head-to-head.

0:27:060:27:07

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

0:27:130:27:16

-Claire already thrilled about that.

-Excellent!

-Richard.

0:27:190:27:22

We're going to show you five pictures of people who've won

0:27:220:27:24

the Formula 1 World Championship,

0:27:240:27:26

can you name the most obscure of these, please?

0:27:260:27:28

Thanks very much indeed.

0:27:280:27:29

Let's reveal our five Formula 1 champions, and here they come.

0:27:290:27:32

We've got...

0:27:330:27:34

There we are. Five Formula 1 champions.

0:28:010:28:04

Helen and Claire,

0:28:040:28:05

you are our low-scorers, so you'll go first.

0:28:050:28:07

OK. I know the faces of all of them.

0:28:090:28:12

C, I just can't think of the name.

0:28:120:28:15

What one do you want to go for?

0:28:170:28:18

A.

0:28:180:28:20

OK, A, Jackie Stewart.

0:28:200:28:22

A, Jackie Stewart, say Helen and Claire.

0:28:220:28:25

Now then, Philippa and Chris,

0:28:250:28:26

do you feel like talking us through that board?

0:28:260:28:28

-Not particularly.

-Well, I don't know any, so...

0:28:280:28:32

I don't know many. I think... We think we know B.

0:28:340:28:37

I think... Well, that might be Fernando Alonso.

0:28:370:28:40

I would be totally guessing the others, so we'll go for B,

0:28:400:28:45

-Fernando Alonso.

-B, Fernando Alonso.

0:28:450:28:47

So we have Jackie Stewart and Fernando Alonso.

0:28:470:28:50

Helen and Claire said Jackie Stewart.

0:28:500:28:52

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

0:28:520:28:53

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

0:28:530:28:56

I hope I'm right.

0:28:560:28:57

It is Jackie Stewart.

0:28:590:29:00

42 for Jackie Stewart.

0:29:030:29:06

Meanwhile, Philippa and Chris have gone for B and Fernando Alonso.

0:29:090:29:13

Let's see if that's right,

0:29:130:29:15

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

0:29:150:29:17

It is Alonso.

0:29:190:29:20

And that wins you the point. Very well done indeed.

0:29:220:29:25

Down it goes to 14.

0:29:250:29:26

Good answer from Philippa and Chris.

0:29:260:29:29

You only knew one, but it was good enough. And it means that,

0:29:290:29:32

after one question, you are up 1-0.

0:29:320:29:34

It's a lovely answer, very well played.

0:29:340:29:35

Yeah, the best answer on the board is C,

0:29:350:29:37

which is Jacques Villeneuve.

0:29:370:29:40

Son of Gilles Villeneuve, would've scored you 8 points.

0:29:400:29:43

Next to him is Sebastian Vettel.

0:29:430:29:47

And he would have scored you 17 points.

0:29:470:29:49

Had an extraordinary career.

0:29:490:29:50

He was the youngest person ever to score points in a Formula 1 race,

0:29:500:29:53

the youngest person ever to be Formula 1 world champion,

0:29:530:29:55

youngest person to be two-time world champion,

0:29:550:29:57

to be three-time world champion, and youngest person to be

0:29:570:30:00

four-time world champion.

0:30:000:30:02

That's pretty good going, isn't it?

0:30:020:30:03

That's good. Still only 14 as well, which is amazing.

0:30:030:30:06

Amazing. Incredible what he's done.

0:30:060:30:08

And the final one, of course, is James Hunt.

0:30:080:30:12

And he would have scored you 47.

0:30:120:30:14

Thank you very much indeed. OK, now, here comes your second question.

0:30:140:30:17

Philippa and Chris, you get to answer it first.

0:30:170:30:19

But, Helen and Claire, you have to win it to stay in the game.

0:30:190:30:21

A little bit of pressure on you now.

0:30:210:30:23

Good luck. Our second question today is all about...

0:30:230:30:27

-Richard.

-Yes, simply five clues now to facts about paper.

0:30:290:30:32

Can you give us the most obscure answer?

0:30:320:30:34

This is exciting.

0:30:340:30:35

Five facts about paper.

0:30:350:30:37

Here are the clues.

0:30:370:30:39

We have got...

0:30:390:30:40

I'll read those all again.

0:31:020:31:03

There we are. Philippa and Chris,

0:31:230:31:25

you will go first.

0:31:250:31:27

SHE WHISPERS

0:31:270:31:29

Could be.

0:31:290:31:31

We only really know the top one, and we don't know the others,

0:31:310:31:35

so we're going to take a guess at the third one down

0:31:350:31:39

and say that a name used in printing to describe

0:31:390:31:42

a unit of 500 sheets of paper is a ream.

0:31:420:31:45

A ream. A ream, say Philippa and Chris.

0:31:450:31:49

Now then, Helen and Claire, do you want to talk us through that board?

0:31:490:31:53

Origami for the top one.

0:31:530:31:54

Litmus paper for the acidity levels.

0:31:570:32:01

-BOTH:

-And Ryan O'Neal.

0:32:010:32:02

Which would you like to go for?

0:32:050:32:06

I think we should go for Ryan O'Neal.

0:32:060:32:08

Yeah. We'll go for Ryan O'Neal.

0:32:080:32:10

You are going to go for Ryan O'Neal for Paper Moon.

0:32:100:32:13

So, we have ream and we have Ryan O'Neal.

0:32:130:32:16

Philippa and Chris went for ream.

0:32:160:32:18

Let's see if that's right for 500 sheets.

0:32:180:32:20

It is ream.

0:32:230:32:24

53 for ream.

0:32:270:32:28

Meanwhile, Helen and Claire have gone for Ryan O'Neal.

0:32:320:32:35

Let's see if that's right for Paper Moon,

0:32:350:32:37

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

0:32:370:32:39

It is right.

0:32:410:32:42

And it gets you back in the game.

0:32:440:32:46

Well done. Down to 36.

0:32:460:32:48

Well done, Helen and Claire.

0:32:480:32:49

After two questions, it's one-all.

0:32:490:32:51

You would have scored even fewer for litmus. I mean, not crazily fewer,

0:32:510:32:55

it would've scored you 34.

0:32:550:32:57

Origami is obviously a very big scorer up at the top there.

0:32:590:33:02

Would have scored you 86.

0:33:020:33:03

And the best answer is MIA,

0:33:030:33:06

and she would have scored you 8 points.

0:33:060:33:09

Thanks very much indeed, Richard. So here comes your third question.

0:33:090:33:12

This is the decider. Whoever wins goes through to the final

0:33:120:33:14

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

0:33:140:33:17

Our third question is all about...

0:33:170:33:19

-Richard.

-We are going to show you the names now of five

0:33:220:33:24

of the most requested composers on Desert Island Discs,

0:33:240:33:27

but they are in anagram form.

0:33:270:33:29

Whichever team unpicks them and gives us the best answer

0:33:290:33:31

is going through to play for the jackpot. Good luck.

0:33:310:33:33

Thanks very much indeed.

0:33:330:33:34

Let's reveal our five anagrams, and here they are.

0:33:340:33:36

We've got...

0:33:370:33:38

There we are. Helen and Claire will go first.

0:33:530:33:56

-Go with Tchaikovsky, I think.

-No,

0:33:580:34:00

I think that's easier cos it's got "sky" in it.

0:34:000:34:03

I think we should go...

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-OK, if you want to. Well, we only know the easy ones.

-Yeah.

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OK, we're going to go for Tchaikovsky, at the bottom.

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Tchaikovsky for "havoc sky kit".

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And, Philippa and Chris, what would you like to go for?

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We'll go for Schubert.

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-First one.

-For the first one, Schubert.

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So we have Tchaikovsky and Schubert.

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Helen and Claire said Tchaikovsky.

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

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It's right.

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42 for Tchaikovsky.

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Philippa and Chris have gone for Schubert for "butchers".

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

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It is Schubert.

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And, yes,

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that is a better score.

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21. Very well done indeed, Philippa and Chris.

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That means, after three questions, you are through to the final, 2-1.

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Yeah, Schubert is the best answer on the board.

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You couldn't have beaten it.

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The most requested composer are on Desert Island Discs

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-is number two...

-Mozart.

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Mozart, yes, would have scored you 64 points.

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Next to that, "lager" is Elgar.

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Which would have scored you 37.

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And the second-most requested composer on Desert Island Discs...

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-Beethoven.

-Beethoven. And he would have scored you 48.

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Thank you very much indeed.

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

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I'm afraid to say, Helen and Claire, our low-scorers.

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But the good news is we get to see you again next time.

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-BOTH:

-Thank you.

-And I'm sure

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they'll do just as well then, if not better.

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-But thanks very much indeed, Helen and Claire. Thank you. BOTH:

-Thank you.

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But for Philippa and Chris, it's now time for our Pointless final.

0:35:480:35:51

Congratulations, Philippa and Chris.

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You fought off all the competition

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and you have won our coveted Pointless trophy.

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You now have a chance to win our Pointless jackpot.

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

0:36:100:36:15

Well, I have to say, your first answer of the show was Paul Daniels.

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How far we've come since then!

0:36:190:36:21

-I know.

-My goodness.

0:36:210:36:22

I thought we were going home.

0:36:220:36:23

Once I'd said that, I was like, "That's it."

0:36:230:36:25

Well, fabulous to have you with us.

0:36:250:36:27

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

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I think something for Chris on sport, probably.

0:36:300:36:33

-I think that's our best chance.

-Yeah, maybe.

0:36:330:36:35

OK. Chris, do you want to nominate something for Philippa?

0:36:350:36:37

Reality TV maybe, or celebrity something.

0:36:390:36:42

-Famous Yorkshire-born magicians.

-LAUGHTER

0:36:420:36:45

Let's keep our fingers crossed that something on this board

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appeals to you. Today's selection looks like this. We've got...

0:36:480:36:51

Yeah... We know what we are going for.

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We'll go Euro 2016 squads.

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OK. Euro squads it is.

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OK, very good luck. Real chance here, I think, with this question.

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We are looking for any of the following, please.

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We are looking for any of the players in the 23-man squads

0:37:110:37:14

at Euro '16 of Wales,

0:37:140:37:17

of Northern Ireland

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and of Ireland, please.

0:37:190:37:21

So any of the 23 players in the Wales,

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Northern Ireland or Ireland squads at Euro 2016.

0:37:240:37:27

-Very best of luck.

-Thanks very much, Richard.

0:37:270:37:29

Now, as always, you've got one minute to come up

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with three answers, and all you need to win that jackpot is for just one

0:37:310:37:34

of those answers to be pointless. Are you ready?

0:37:340:37:37

-Yep.

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

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There you are. Your time starts now.

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OK, so I think of...

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Obviously, Jonny Williams in the Wales squad, I think.

0:37:440:37:47

And Conor Washington might be a good one.

0:37:470:37:49

Northern Ireland.

0:37:490:37:50

Daryl Murphy, Republic of Ireland.

0:37:520:37:54

I think Northern Ireland is a good one to go for,

0:37:570:37:59

if I can think of some more Northern Irish players.

0:37:590:38:01

Yeah, just have a think.

0:38:010:38:02

They all sound good to me.

0:38:020:38:03

I don't know any of them, so...

0:38:030:38:05

You just go ahead and think.

0:38:050:38:08

I'm at a bit of a blank.

0:38:080:38:09

Steven Davis.

0:38:090:38:11

So you said...

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Hal Robson-Kanu -

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he scored a few goals, so he's probably quite well-known.

0:38:180:38:21

Who else?

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Neil Taylor.

0:38:230:38:24

In the Wales squad.

0:38:250:38:26

We'll definitely go Conor Washington.

0:38:260:38:28

Conor Washington, Neil Taylor...

0:38:280:38:30

-Ten seconds left.

-What was the first one you said?

0:38:300:38:32

Daryl Murphy might be a good one.

0:38:320:38:34

Daryl Murphy.

0:38:340:38:35

Or shall we go Jonny Williams instead of Neil Taylor?

0:38:360:38:40

-Sounds good.

-OK, that is your time up.

0:38:400:38:42

Let's have your three answers

0:38:420:38:43

and which category you are answering.

0:38:430:38:45

So Jonny Williams.

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-Jonny Williams.

-For Wales.

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-Conor Washington.

-Conor Washington.

0:38:490:38:51

For Northern Ireland.

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And Daryl Murphy for Republic of Ireland.

0:38:530:38:55

Daryl Murphy. Of those three,

0:38:550:38:56

which is your best shot at a pointless answer?

0:38:560:38:58

-I think Conor Washington, probably.

-Connor Washington we put last.

0:38:580:39:01

Least likely to be pointless?

0:39:010:39:02

Jonny Williams. I've got a horrible feeling that's not his name, but...

0:39:020:39:06

Jonny Williams. OK, we'll put him first.

0:39:060:39:07

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

0:39:070:39:11

and here they are. We have got...

0:39:110:39:12

Well, three answers there.

0:39:150:39:17

What if one of these turns out to be pointless

0:39:170:39:19

and wins that jackpot for you, £1,250?

0:39:190:39:21

A nice jackpot to be taking home.

0:39:210:39:23

Philippa, what would you like to do with that?

0:39:230:39:25

So we've had a lot of work done on the house recently,

0:39:250:39:28

and we've had loads of support from our family,

0:39:280:39:31

so we would like to treat them, I think.

0:39:310:39:33

-That's nice.

-Yeah.

-Very nice.

0:39:330:39:35

What sort of level of treats are we thinking here?

0:39:350:39:37

I mean, if it was a huge jackpot, it would be something bigger,

0:39:370:39:40

but maybe we'll all go for a nice meal or we'll go away somewhere.

0:39:400:39:45

-Something like that.

-Chris, what would you like to add to that?

0:39:450:39:47

-No, I agree with that.

-You couldn't really add to that,

0:39:470:39:50

-"Yeah, I'd like a motorbike!"

-Go away somewhere for a weekend, yeah.

0:39:500:39:53

OK, well, very best of luck. Three good answers on the board there.

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Jonny Williams was your first answer.

0:39:550:39:57

In this case, we were looking for members of the Welsh squad

0:39:570:40:00

of the Euro 2016 finals.

0:40:000:40:01

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

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If it is pointless, it will win you £1,250.

0:40:040:40:07

It's right.

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All it has to be now is pointless

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and you leave here £1,250 the richer.

0:40:140:40:16

Down it goes, through the teens.

0:40:160:40:19

Jonny Williams takes us into single figures,

0:40:190:40:21

still going down, down it goes to 1!

0:40:210:40:24

OK.

0:40:280:40:30

That's a very good first answer.

0:40:300:40:32

Down to 1. Superb low score there.

0:40:320:40:34

Irritatingly, we only accept pointless answers

0:40:340:40:37

in this last round, but it's good.

0:40:370:40:39

I think it sets the scene very well for your subsequent answers.

0:40:390:40:42

Daryl Murphy was your next answer.

0:40:420:40:43

In this case, we were looking for players

0:40:430:40:45

in the Republic of Ireland squad for Euro 2016.

0:40:450:40:48

If Daryl Murphy is pointless, it will win you £1,250.

0:40:480:40:52

How many of our 100 people said Daryl Murphy?

0:40:520:40:54

It's right.

0:40:580:40:59

Your first answer, Jonny Williams,

0:40:590:41:01

took us all the way down to 1.

0:41:010:41:02

Daryl Murphy now takes us

0:41:030:41:05

down through the 20s and the teens,

0:41:050:41:06

into single figures, down it goes.

0:41:060:41:08

Daryl Murphy still going down...

0:41:080:41:10

You've done it! Very well done indeed!

0:41:100:41:12

Superb. That's fantastic.

0:41:120:41:15

-Very well done.

-Thank you.

0:41:150:41:17

-Brilliant.

-Thank you so much. Thank you.

0:41:170:41:20

Well done. Well done.

0:41:200:41:23

Very well done. Congratulations.

0:41:230:41:24

Daryl Murphy was a pointless answer,

0:41:240:41:27

which means you go home with our jackpot of £1,250.

0:41:270:41:30

Very well done, Philippa and Chris.

0:41:300:41:32

Very nicely done. Very well played, Chris. Remind us, Chris,

0:41:360:41:39

who Daryl Murphy signed for after the Euros?

0:41:390:41:42

I can't remember. Oh, it's Newcastle.

0:41:420:41:43

That's exactly who he signed for.

0:41:430:41:45

Very well played. Conor Washington would have scored you 3 points.

0:41:450:41:48

Would have scored you 3 points, so well done, Daryl Murphy.

0:41:480:41:51

Lots of pointless answers in the different categories.

0:41:510:41:54

I know people got some at home.

0:41:540:41:55

Let's go through the Wales squad first.

0:41:550:41:57

There's a name here you mentioned, you talked yourself out of,

0:41:570:41:59

it was Neil Taylor. He was a pointless answer.

0:41:590:42:01

James Chester. Andy King,

0:42:010:42:03

a pointless answer, the Leicester midfielder.

0:42:030:42:05

You also could have had David Cotterill,

0:42:050:42:07

George Williams at Fulham and Owain Fon Williams as well.

0:42:070:42:10

All of those were the pointless answers.

0:42:100:42:12

Let's take a look at the Northern Ireland squad.

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Another former Fulham player there, Aaron Hughes.

0:42:150:42:17

Jamie Ward, Roy Carroll, Stuart Dallas.

0:42:170:42:19

You could have had Alan Mannus, Conor McLaughlin,

0:42:190:42:22

Corry Evans, Lee Hodson, Luke McCullough.

0:42:220:42:24

Michael McGovern, a pointless answer.

0:42:240:42:25

Paddy McNair, a pointless answer as well. And Shane Ferguson.

0:42:250:42:28

And finally, the Ireland squad.

0:42:280:42:31

Lots of names here.

0:42:310:42:33

Ciaran Clark, David Meyler, James McCarthy...

0:42:330:42:35

Johnny Walters is a pointless answer,

0:42:350:42:37

Aiden McGeady is a pointless answer. Cyrus Christie, Daryl Murphy,

0:42:370:42:40

James McClean... Jeff Hendrick is a pointless answer.

0:42:400:42:43

Kieren Westwood, Richard Keogh, Shane Duffy,

0:42:430:42:45

Stephen Quinn and Stephen Ward, all of those are pointless answers.

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Very well done if you said one at home.

0:42:480:42:50

Thanks very much indeed, Richard.

0:42:500:42:51

And thanks once again to our winning pair, Philippa and Chris,

0:42:510:42:54

who go away with today's jackpot of £1,250.

0:42:540:42:57

Join us next time when we'll be putting

0:42:590:43:01

more obscure knowledge to the test on Pointless.

0:43:010:43:03

Meanwhile, it's goodbye from Richard.

0:43:030:43:05

-Goodbye.

-And it's goodbye from me. Goodbye.

0:43:050:43:08

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.