Pointless Celebrities – S08E05 "Writers" (10 Oct 2015)

Pointless Celebrities - S08E05 "Writers" (10 Oct 2015)



APPLAUSE Thank you very much indeed. Hello, I'm Alexander
Armstrong, and welcome to this special writers' edition of Pointless Celebrities – the show where
the aim of the game is to score as few points as you can, by coming up with the answers no-one else
could think of. Let's meet today's Pointless Celebrities. APPLAUSE Couple number one. I'm Germaine Greer, and I'm working on a new
book to be called Women For Life On Earth. I'm Kathy Lette, an author. I'm working on the TV adaptation of my latest
book, called In Trouble. APPLAUSE Couple number two. I'm Mark Billingham and I'm a crime writer. I'm Val McDermid, and so am I. LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE Couple number three. I'm Mark Watson, I'm an author, comedian – one of those sort of people. And I'm Ian McMillan, I'm a poet and broadcaster working on a rhyme for purple. APPLAUSE And finally, couple number four. I'm Freya North, and I'm currently working
on my 15th novel. My name is Tony Parsons, and I'm a novelist
and a journalist. APPLAUSE And these are today's contestants, thanks
very much. We'll get to find out more about all of you
throughout the show, so that just leaves one more person for me
to introduce. Responsible for more head-scratching than
nits in a primary school, – it's my Pointless friend, it's Richard.
– Hiya. APPLAUSE Evening. – What a line-up this is.
– I know. They're frighteningly clever, aren't they? Millions of books sold over there. – Millions. Terrifying, isn't it?
– Unbelievable. Normally on a show like this, the Cheeky Girls
or something will be on and you can rely on someone easy to knock
out. – It's like the group of death up there.
– I know. Thank you very much indeed, Richard. Now, as usual, all of today's questions have been put to 100 people before the show. Our contestants here are looking for those all-important Pointless answers – those are answers that none of our 100 people
gave. Find one of those and we will add £250 to
the jackpot. As today's show is a celebrity special, each of our celebrities is playing for a nominated
charity. We start off with a jackpot of £2,500. APPLAUSE Right, if everyone's ready, let's play Pointless! OK, all you have to remember, really, is that
the pair with the highest score at the end of each
round will be eliminated, so just make sure you are not that pair. And remember, there is no conferring in Rounds
One and Two. Best of luck. Our first category today is… Can you all decide in your pairs who's going
to go first and second? And whoever's going first, please step up
to the podium. OK, let's find out what the question is. Here
it comes. We gave 100 people 100 seconds to name as many…countries that begin with C, O, U, N, T, R or Y as they could. C, O, U, N, T, R or Y. Richard! Yeah, any country in the world that's a sovereign
state and a member of the UN in its own right. We won't accept countries that begin with
"Republic of" or "The". Any other country of the world that begins
with one of those letters. – Very best of luck.
– Thank you very much indeed, Richard. Germaine, welcome back to Pointless. You have a new book – do you know when it's
going to be out? Well, I haven't managed to persuade anyone
to publish it yet! – Give me a break…
– Here's your chance! – What's it about?
– It's called Women For Life On Earth, which was the slogan of the Welsh women who were the first to arrive at Greenham Common. But I think what is really important about
feminism in the 21st century is that it has to be connected with the struggle to keep life on this planet. So you're saying in the first chapter someone
gets murdered… No! I don't do people getting murdered. Well, there's your publisher problem. LAUGHTER I probably do species getting eliminated. OK, that could work. Er, Germaine. Would you like to go for a country that begins with any of those letters? Yes. I'll go for Niger. Niger, says Germaine. Let's see if Niger is right, let's see how many of our 100 people said
Niger. It's right. Look at that! 11! Very well done. – Boo!
– Good start! Germaine dissatisfied with that, but it's a good score. Yeah, very good answer, Germaine, very good
start. – Said it was going to be a good show!
– Mark, welcome back. – Hello. – Great to have you back on the show.
– Thank you. – I want to ask you about this The Other Half project you're doing at
the moment. – My detective likes country music because
– I – like country music, which is why I wear ludicrous country shirts, and I'm working with a country band called
My Darling Clementine, and I've written a story based around their
songs and we're touring it round, doing a show, – and taking the heartache up and down the
country. – Lovely. – Now, Mark.
– Yes. – A country. A country, please. Well, as this is an old-style Pointless question I feel honour-bound to give an old-style Pointless
answer. So I'm going to have to say Tuvalu. Tuvalu, lovely Tuvalu. Excellent. Let's see how many of our 100 people said
Tuvalu. Well, Niger scored 11, our only score so far. Tuvalu, once upon a time a Pointless answer… and it's STILL a Pointless answer! Look at that! Very well done indeed. And that is Pointless, so it adds £250 to
the jackpot, which takes the total up to £2,750, and it scores Mark 0. Absolutely fantastic, very well done. Yes, very well played, Mark. Tuvalu. Er, Mark, welcome. You're a prolific comedy writer. – You've written five novels, I think?
– Yeah. Did you find, just moving from comedy writing
to volume writing, was that quite a daunting step to take? Yeah, but in a way, I'm quite a thoughtful,
melancholy person, I quite like a long project, and the thing
with stand-up is, it's very transitory. I quite like the feeling of writing something
big, having a long-term thing to concentrate on. So writing actually suits me better than comedy, it's just I've ended up being more
of a comedian. Well, listen, what are you going to go for? In that case, Nauru. – Is it "na-roo" or "ny-roo"?
– Nauru, Nauru. That was the first you gave, and it sounds
good to me. Let's see if Nauru's right, let's see how many of our 100 people said
Nauru. It's right. It's sometimes a pointless answer. It is again! It is again! – Mark, well done!
– CHEERING AND APPLAUSE Another pointless answer adds another £250
to today's jackpot, which takes the total up to £3,000, scoring our other Mark nothing. That pause was absolutely horrible. LAUGHTER – Wow, how about that?
– What about that? – Yeah, very good. Omo Yoran, that's good
morning in Nauruan. – Omo Yoran. – Thanks very much, Richard. Tony, welcome.
– Thank you. Talk to me about Max Wolfe. This is a series
you've started. Yeah, Max Wolfe. A few years ago, my career felt as though it was pretty much
washed-up so I asked my wife if I could cash in my pension and write a book without a contract, and she
said, "Go for it," and… it went to number one. You know, believe in yourself, follow your
dream, cash in your pension, what more can I tell
you? Beautifully put. Now, Tony, I'm going to bring us back to Earth,
back to THE Earth, in fact, with a country beginning with any
of those letters. – Well, stiff competition. I'll go for Yemen.
– Yemen says Tony. Let's see how many of our 100 people said
Yemen. It's right. Our high score, at this point,
is 11 until now. Oh, Tony! APPLAUSE – Oh! Yemen, 60.
– It's one of those ones where you see the Y. – Yeah, man.
– Yeah. LAUGHTER Thanks very much, Richard. Well, we're halfway through the round, let's take a look at those scores. Only three scores between the four pairs. Zero, the best score there. Very well done, Mark W and Mark B. Then up to 11, where Germaine and Kathy are
looking pretty strong as well on account of 60 for Yemen
there, Tony, I'm so sorry. – Yeah, well, it's stiff competition now.
– Yeah, absolutely. So, yeah, Freya, you've got a bit of a mountain
to climb there. So, best of luck, we're going to come back
down the line now. Can the second players please step up to the
podium? – There we are. Freya, welcome to Pointless.
– Thank you. Now, Freya, where do you do your writing? Well, if I'm feeling inspired, I tend to do it from the converted stable
in my back garden, and if I'm not feeling inspired, I tend to do it from the Welwyn Garden City
Library. But are you generally good at discipline? Do you make yourself settle down and work? I only have a limited amount of time in-between
the school run, so that's when I make sure that I maximise
my word count. Very good. Well, Freya, yes, you've got a bit of a job
ahead of you here. 60, quite a high score there. We want a lovely low-scoring country from
you, if possible. – The Central African Republic.
– Oh! Beloved to Pointless. – Can I have that?
– You can have that. There's no red line for you as you are the
high-scorers but let's see how many of our 100 people said Central
African Republic. It's absolutely right. Once upon a time, this was a pointless answer every time it
came up. Let's see where it is now. It gets 2. Very, very well done indeed, Freya. APPLAUSE 62 is your total. Very well played, Freya, might have kept yourself
in the game there. – It's always lovely to hear the Central African
Republic. – Mmm. – Thank you very much indeed. Ian!
– Yes? Ian, a warm welcome to Pointless. It's wonderful
to have you here. You have been, I keep seeing the words "poet
in residence". You're obviously, famously, at Barnsley, you
were the poet in residence, but you were then the poet in
residence at the ENO. – Yes, the English National Opera.
– Yeah. I enjoyed doing it but I realised… At the moment, I'm writing an opera, a libretto, in Yorkshire dialect because the idea is can
the flat vowels that I employ be sung on a long note? Well, they can, cos in Italian, they are. The flat "ah", an Italian "ah", sounds wonderful. It's proving quite difficult, to be honest
with you. We never have these conversations with the
Cheeky Girls, do we? – No, never.
– LAUGHTER – It's a new one.
– Ian, so you're on nothing. Our high-scorers at the moment are Freya and Tony on 62, so 61 or less sees you comfortably
through. The trouble is, I'm like a bloke who turns
up to party with the shirt that everybody else is wearing cos
every one that's been said, I've thought of and thought I was really
clever, so I realise now I should have gone first but all I can
say is the word Chad. And why wouldn't you? Chad. Here is your red
line. Get below that with Chad, and you're through
to Round Two. Let's see how many of our 100 people said
Chad. – It's not a country.
– It IS a country. – Oh!
– It also gets you into Round Two. Still going down, look at that, Ian. It's beautiful, 7. – Oh, Chad! I love Chad.
– Brilliant. APPLAUSE – 7 for Chad takes your total up to 7.
– Very well played, Ian. It's no Central African Republic, but it's
very good. – Val, welcome back!
– Thank you. Tell me about the Harrogate crime-writers'
festival that you set up. Well, we started it, I think, 13 or 14 years
ago and at that time, there wasn't really a dedicated crime-writing
festival in the UK. The first year, everybody was a bit sceptical
about it and I had to go around duffing people up,
basically, to get them to come, but they had such a good time that after that,
we were beating them off with a stick, and it's become a very popular
festival. Wonderful. OK, now, listen, you're on nothing. 62 remains the high score, Tony and Freya
over there. What have you got for us, Val? Well, Mark started so well with a country
beginning with T-U, I thought I'd follow him and go for Turkmenistan. – Wonderful.
– Wow. There's your red line, Val. Get below that with Turkmenistan and you are
through to the next round. Let's see how many people said Turkmenistan. Through you go. 3! Very, very well done indeed, Val. APPLAUSE 3 for Turkmenistan. Goodness me, 3 points between the pair of
them, that is a strong podium there. Thank you. Kathy, welcome. You've been so
patient. Now, Kathy, – a number of your books have been adapted
for television, film. – Yes. – Opera?
– Opera, that's right. I've got a book turned into an opera. It was called How To Kill Your Husband (And Other Handy
Household Hints), which women liked a lot, yeah. But when you're writing, are you ever aware
of the potential for…? – I only write because it's cheaper than therapy.
– Right. And I've actually cannibalised my entire life
to this point, so I've written 13 novels so I've told my
husband I have to have an affair to get some more
material, you know. He thinks he should have the affair because
it will give me more angst, hence a better book, but, you know, I am looking for a candidate,
so I'm feeling a little frisson here with you boys, we'll
see how the day pans out. – What? With BOTH of us?
– Well, I'll be very… – LAUGHTER
– It could be a long book. – So, Kathy…
– Yes. – ..on that note, what are you going to go
for? You're on 11, you have to score 50 or less
to remain with us. Well, I'm thinking T, I'm thinking perhaps
Tanzania. Tanzania. There is your red line. If you can get below that with Tanzania, you are through to the next round. Let's see how many of our 100 people said
Tanzania. It's right. Phew. You're through. Down it goes to 7, very well done indeed. 18 is your total. APPLAUSE – Very well done.
– Very well played, Kathy, another good answer. In fact, good answers from everyone. Here are the pointless answers that we haven't
seen. Eh, Cabo Verde, which is the new name for
the Cape Verde islands. Cote D'Ivoire, there's Nauru, very well played,
Mark. There's a couple more. Timor-Leste, which is the official name of
East Timor, Togo and Tuvalu. – Those were all the pointless answers.
– Thanks, Richard. At the end of our first round, the pair who
are heading home, I can't bear this, with their high score of
62, it's Freya and Tony. I'm… Yeah, I really feel like I've let Freya down,
you know, I feel like one of those clod-hopping celebrities,
you know, that's let down a brilliant professional dancer, although I know that's a different show. – Although your analysis is absolutely correct.
– Yeah. LAUGHTER Listen, Freya and Tony, it's been wonderful
having you on the show. Thank you so much for playing. Excellent, excellent contestants. Freya and
Tony. APPLAUSE But for the remaining three pairs, it's now
time for Round Two. And so now we are down to three pairs. Sadly, we'll have to say goodbye to another
pair at the end of this round. Best of luck to
all three pairs. Our category for Round Two today is…. Famous People. Germaine's furious. Can you all decide in your pairs who's going
to go first, who's going to go second? And whoever's going first, please step up
to the podium. And the question concerns… Richard. On each pass, we're going to show you six
pairs of celebrities. In each case, the surname of one is also the
first name of the other. Can you tell us their names, please? Very
best of luck. OK, let's look at our first board of six,
and here they are. We have got… ALEXANDER READS OPTIONS I'll read those all again. There we go. Kathy? – I'm not sure which one is the most obscure.
– Mm. I'll go for… Arlene Phillips. OK, Arlene Phillips Idowu. OK. Let's see if that's right and if it is, let's see how many of our 100
people said Phillips. It is right. 48. APPLAUSE I don't know, it might be, it might be a good
score. They may all be around that kind of area. – 48.
– Yeah, well played, Kathy. The founder of Hot Gossip and silver medallist at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Thanks very much indeed. Now then, Val. See, I'm drawn towards Debbie, the Blondie
singer, but I kind of think that quite a lot of people
are going to know that, so I think I should go with my other bent,
as it were, and go for Jeremy Brett. Brett. Brett Anderson, Jeremy Brett. Let's see if that's right and if it is, let's see how many of our 100
people said Brett. That's a good answer, 48's our only score
at the moment and you've passed that. Very well done indeed, 17 for Brett. APPLAUSE Very well played, Val, Jeremy Brett and Brett
Anderson. Ian, you are the last person to have this
board, so if you fancied it, you could talk us through all of the remaining answers then pick which
one you want to submit. It's really hard because, in each of the pairs, there's a well-known one and one that's not
quite so well known. – Yeah.
– So I'm going to go with… Moira Stuart and Stuart Broad. OK, Moira Stuart, Stuart Broad. Let's see if that's right, let's see how many of our 100 people said
that. Well, 48's our high score and 17 our low. Ooh, 46! APPLAUSE Do you know what, interestingly, Ian, I don't
know if it was the Moira or the Broad end of that that was… I think Moira Stuart's more famous than Stuart
Broad, isn't she? – I don't know.
– Surely. Let's fill in the rest of this board. Now, Val, you were tempted to go for the top
one, which of course is Debbie Harry, Harry Kane. Would have scored an awful lot more points,
though, your instincts were right. 66 for that. The next best answer on the board is actually
Larry… – Grayson.
– Larry Grayson. – Yeah.
– Yeah, Grayson Perry. Would have scored you 35. And right at the bottom there, the biggest
scorer of all, – Lenny Henry, Henry Cooper, 81 points.
– Thanks very much indeed. We're halfway through the round, let's look
at those scores. 17, very well done, Val. Oh, they're so good! Then up to 46, where we find Ian and Mark
W, and then at 48, Kathy and Germaine. Right, we're going to come back down the line. Can the second players please step up to the
podium? OK, let's put six more shared names up on
the board, and here they are. We have got… I'll read those all one last time. Mark. I'm, I'm quite… I'm quite confident with
them. – I think I'll have Greg Norman and Norman
Foster. – Norman, says Mark. So you want to be scoring one or less to avoid
becoming – the new high-scorers.
– I'll do my best! There's your red line – get below that, you are definitely in the head-to-head. Norman, let's see how many of our 100 people
said Norman. It is good, Mark, it's very good. It's 30, look at that, 30. The second lowest score so far. APPLAUSE – Takes your total up to 76.
– Well played, Mark, very nice answer. The Great White Shark, Greg Norman was known
as. There we are, thank you very much, Richard. – Now, Mark.
– Yes. OK, I am going to say, I'm going to go for
the bottom one and say James Joyce, Joyce Grenfell. Joyce, Joyce, well, let's see. So, there's your red line – if you get below that red line you're into
the head-to-head. Let's see how many people said Joyce. Well, you're through. It did what it had to
do. 29, much of a muchness there. APPLAUSE 29, taking your total up to 46. Very well played. OK, now, thank you very much. We now have
a game on our hands here. Germaine, you have to score 27 or less to remain with us. The board is all yours,
why not talk us through it? One I absolutely don't know, one which would be a suicidal guess, and one I'm sure of. – I'm going to go for number two…
– Yeah. And I'm going to say Lee. Spike Lee, Lee Evans. Now, here's your red line. If you can get
below that with Lee, you are in the head-to-head. That would be
heroic. Let's see. Spike Lee, Lee Evans, is it right,
how many people said it? Oh, it's right. Still going down… Oh, no, 44! APPLAUSE 44 takes your total up to 92. That's not a blaze of humiliation. It's not
a blaze of glory, but not a blaze of humiliation either. Somewhere in the middle, I would say. Er, the rest of this board looks like… Xander, you know the top one? – Kelly.
– Matthew Kelly, Kelly Osbourne. – It's the next best answer there, 34 points.
Bobby? – Charlton. Bobby Charlton, Charlton Heston, would have
scored you 68. – And Carmen…?
– Miranda. – Carmen Miranda and Miranda Hart for 56. So the best answer there – Joyce. Thank you very much indeed. So at the end
of our second round, the pair who are heading home with their high
score of 92, I'm afraid it is Germaine and Kathy. I'm so sorry, you… Pretty slim pickings
on that board. – Please come back and play again.
– We will. – We will. – Thank you so much, Germaine and Kathy!
– Bye! APPLAUSE But for the remaining two pairs, it's now
time for the head-to-head. Congratulations, Val and Mark B, Ian and Mark W, you are now one step closer
to the final and a chance to play for our jackpot, which currently stands at… £3,000. APPLAUSE Now, to decide who's going to the final and
play for that jackpot, you are now going to go head-to-head. The difference is you can now confer before you give your answers, and the first
pair to win two questions will be playing for that jackpot. We've had pointless answers from each of you, we've had low scores from each of you – just the…galaxies of knowledge. – Anyway, there we go.
– LAUGHTER Let's play the head-to-head! Here comes your first question, and it concerns… LAUGHTER Species
Of Penguin. What better than to show five pictures of
different penguins and ask you to tell us what sort of penguin
they are, please. – OK, thank you, Richard.
– A pleasure. Let us reveal our five penguins, and here
they come. We've got… Aw! There we are. Five penguins. Val and Mark B, you've been our low-scorers
throughout, so you get to answer first. – MARK W:
– I think we know three. – MARK B:
– Oh, I so know B, I just can't… All right, we're going to say C is the Blue
penguin. The Blue penguin. The Blue penguin, C. Now, Ian and Mark W, do you feel up to talking
us through the other penguins? – Presumably, King and Emperor, we think,
there. – Yeah. The funny thing, A, I think Macaronic. You'd be insane to gamble on it, though. – The Macaronic penguin.
– Macaronic… I mean, basically, we've got to go for one
of these two. I think we have. Is a King penguin or an Emperor penguin more
well-known? I think more people know the Emperor penguin. – Yep.
– Yes. – King.
– King. You're going to go for King. OK, so we have Blue penguin and we have King
penguin. Val and Mark B went for Blue penguin for C.
Let's see if it's right. Let's see how many of our 100 people said
Blue penguin. It is right. Come on. – 34!
– APPLAUSE 34 for Blue penguin. Now then, Ian and Mark W have said that D
is the King penguin. Let's find out how many of our 100 people
said King. Oh! Look at that! Yay! – There we are.
– APPLAUSE We are… Which means very well done. Val and Mark B, after one question, you are
up 1-0. Now, Mark, there is a Macaroni penguin, which
is what was going around in your head, but that's
the Magellanic penguin. – Ah!
– That's not unlike what you said, Ian. 11 points. – He said the Genobo penguin.
– Oh, you should have said it! – It is the Genobo penguin.
– No, it isn't. No, it's not. LAUGHTER You should have said it because it would have
been funny. It is the Gentoo penguin. Gentoo penguin. 17 points. Gentoo penguin. And E was, of course, the Emperor penguin. It would have scored fewer points, but still
wouldn't have won the game for you – 70 points. Thank you very much, indeed. OK, this bruising contest continues with question
two. And here it comes. It concerns… Themes From Westerns. Richard. We're going to play you five themes from Westerns. We need you to tell us the film or TV show that each of these come from, please. Fabulous. OK, so let's reveal our five themes
from Westerns, and here they come. Here is A. THEME A PLAYS B… THEME B PLAYS C… THEME C PLAYS D… THEME D PLAYS And E… THEME E PLAYS So there we are, five themes from Westerns. Now then, Ian and Mark W, you get to go first
this time and you've got to be as ruthless as Val and
Mark B were last time. I think B is less well-known. – My dad liked it, shall we go for B?
– Mmm. – Right. Well, I think it's Rawhide. Rawhide. Rawhide, say Ian and Mark W. OK, now Val and Mark B. I think they're absolutely right with Rawhide. C is The Good, The Bad And The Ugly. D is The Lone Ranger – and I think we are going for E…
– Yeah. ..which is The Big Country. The Big Country say, Val and Mark. We have Rawhide versus The Big Country. Now, Ian and Mark W said Rawhide for B. Let's see if that's right, let's see how many
of our 100 people said it. It is right. – AUDIENCE GASPS
– 71. – APPLAUSE
– Gosh! 71. Val and Mark B have gone for The Big Country
for E. Let's see if that's right and, if it is, let's see how many of our 100 people said
The Big Country. – Oh!
– Oh, a surprise twist! A surprise twist, which means, Ian and Mark
W, you are back in the game after two questions.
Oh! Heat and light… – We thought it was that, as well.
– I thought it was The Big Country. – Oh…
– Shall we have a little listen to it again? – It's 1-1. Have a little listen to E. THEME E PLAYS – # The Big Country.
– The Big Country. # Now, you thought it was The Big Country – I thought it was High Chaparral. – It is, of course…
– The Magnificent Seven. – The Magnificent Seven. – ALL:
– Oh… The Magnificent Seven, and would have scored
you 17 points. Let's go to A, and this is… THEME A PLAYS – Dances With Wolves.
– Oh… John Barry, Dances With Wolves. Six points for that. C, you're absolutely right, was The Good,
The Bad And The Ugly. It would have seen you into the final if you'd
said it. 58 points. And you are absolutely right about D, as well, that would have seen you into the final, too. The Lone Ranger, because it would have scored
you 36 points. The William Tell Overture by Rossini. – Mmm.
– Game on. – Wow, there we go. Brilliant. OK, it all comes down to our third and final
question. This is the decider. Best of luck to both
pairs. Our third question concerns… LAUGHTER – Er, Bottoms, Richard.
– Five questions now concerning bottoms. The pair that gives us the most obscure answer
will be going through and playing in today's final, so very, very, very best of luck to both teams. Thanks very much, indeed. Let's reveal our five clues, and here they
are. I'll read those all one last time. Now, Val and Mark B will answer first. We
are going to take a punt on the BOTTOM answer and say that Eddie was played by Adrian Edmondson. Adrian Edmondson, say Val and Mark B, for
Eddie. Now, Ian and Mark W. I think we've got to
go for the Bottomless Pit. We've got to decide which Pitt it is. So Pitt the Younger and Pitt the Elder, is
our choice. Let's both say at the same time and see what
happens. – Yeah, all right.
– After three. – BOTH:
– One, two, three. – Pitt the Younger.
– Younger. Oh, I just said Younger. You both went for the Younger. OK, so you're going to say Pitt the Younger. We have Adrian Edmondson, and we have Pitt
the Younger. I think they know it's wrong. Val and Mark B said Adrian Edmondson played
Eddie in the BBC sitcom Bottom. Let's see if that's right. Let's see how many
people said it. It's right! It's right. It's right. – 24.
– APPLAUSE OK, now, Ian and Mark W have said Pitt the
Younger… Don't do that with your hand, I don't like
that. ..was born in 1769. Is it the right Pitt? How many people said
it if it is right? It's right! It's the right Pitt. – And it wins!
– CHEERING AND APPLAUSE Five for Pitt the Younger. Very well done, indeed. Ian and Mark W, after three questions, that's 2-1 to you, you are through to the
final. Richard… Now, Queen would not have won you the points. Queen would have scored you 51. You would've got 34 for Conservative, Virginia
Bottomley. And you would've got 38 for the Shakespeare
play, which is A Midsummer Night's Dream. William Pitt the Younger, that's the best
answer up there. Well, the pair leaving us at the end of the
head-to-head round is Val and Mark B. I mean, exemplary play all the way through
the show today. I mean, just wonderful. Thank you so much, Val, Mark Billingham, lovely
having you here. – Thank you.
– Thank you. – APPLAUSE But for Ian and Mark Watson, it is now time for our Pointless final! Congratulations, Ian and Mark, you've seen
off all the competition and you have won our coveted Pointless trophy. You now have a chance to win our Pointless
jackpot for your charities, and at the end of today's show,
the jackpot stands at £3,000. There we are. APPLAUSE As always, you get to choose your category
from the four we put up on the board. Let's see what today's
selection looks like. We've got… What's your strong point, Mark, in that list? – I don't know anything about jazz, really.
– All right. – Austen On Film, I wouldn't be confident.
– No. – I suppose the Year 2006 because…
– You were alive. I was alive, I definitely was around. I think the Year 2006 is both wide and narrow
at the same time – and that'll help us, I think.
– Yeah, exactly. – We were looking for something wide and narrow,
weren't we? – We are. – Always.
– That's what we said. – Yes, we did. – So we'll go for the wide and narrow one.
– OK. – The Year 2006. – The Year 2006.
– Very best of luck. Three different questions here, all from the Year 2006. We are looking for… Any act who had a number-one single in the UK's singles' charts in 2006. We are looking for any player in the FIFA
World Cup England squad from 2006, and we are looking
for any UK Cabinet ministers in May 2006 – they had a re-shuffle then. So any UK number
one-act from 2006. Any member of that World Cup England squad
or any UK Cabinet members, 5th May 2006. Very, very best of luck. Thank you very much, indeed. Now, as always, you've up to one minute to
come up with three answers and all you need to win that jackpot for your
charities is for just one of those answers to be pointless.
Are you ready? – Yeah.
– Yeah. OK, let's put 60 seconds up on the clock. There they are, your time starts now! – Go on, then.
– Right, oh, blimey. I wish I hadn't said sport… That World Cup was the one in Germany where
we lost on penalties to Portugal and Rooney got
sent off. – That doesn't help, Rooney is going to come
up. – Yes. You've got to think about the goalkeepers. There will be three goalkeepers, and the reserves… – So the reserve goalkeeper…
– David James was probably the main… – Oh, crikey.
– Rob Green? – Quite likely but I don't know. I remember Walcott was in that World Cup squad because he was picked very early. – He didn't play much.
– That's right, so maybe Walcott. Oh, crikey. What about the Cabinet? 2006. Um, and as for actually who had a number one,
that's… – UK Cabinet members as of the 5th May 2006.
– Yeah. You work on that, I'll think about the England
squad. 2006, number ones is hard, isn't it? We might almost go for two footballers. Ten seconds left. Or Cabinet members… We don't have to name them until it stops,
is that right? I would say we are less than fully prepared
at this point. Um… OK. Yeah, I think that went really well. XANDER CHUCKLES There's your time up. I now need your three
answers. MARK LAUGHS I think with the Cabinet members, it's the
guy who left the note. – Who's that?
– I think it is Liam Byrne. – Liam Byrne. Do you want to nominate him as one of your
answers? – We want to nominate Liam Byrne, and footballers…
– Theo Walcott. Theo Walcott. OK, so Liam Byrne, Theo Walcott
and finally…? – Shall we try a third-choice goalkeeper?
– Third-choice goalkeeper. Who's that Birmingham goalkeeper, what's his
name? – Jack Butland.
– Yes, I think it might have been him. – Let's try him! It could have been Butland. Liam Byrne, Jack Butland and Theo Walcott. Of those three, which is your best shot at
a pointless answer? Liam Byrne because people don't remember Cabinet
members. – Liam Byrne, we'll put him last, then, shall
we? – Yeah. What shall we put first, your least likely
to be pointless? – I don't think Butland is right.
– He's least likely. OK, so Butland goes first and Theo Walcott
in the middle. OK, let's pop those up on the board in that
order, then, and here they are. We have got… If one of these is pointless, what are you doing with your jackpot? What charities are you playing for? Ian? I'm doing it for a charity based in Barnsley
called Creative Recovery, who use creative work to help people with
alcohol and drug addictions and with mental-health
problems because, as we all know, the arts is a great way to
make yourself feel – more like a human being.
– Yeah. Very good. Mark? My charity is the Against Malaria Foundation, which pays for and puts up mosquito nets all
over malaria-affected areas and saves quite a few lives, which makes
me feel even worse about my choices now. APPLAUSE Two fantastic charities there. Please can one of these answers be pointless, so you can take that jackpot home to share
between them. OK, in the first instance we were looking for FIFA World Cup England
squad members from 2006. Jack Butland was your answer. Let's see if it's right and, if it is, how
many people said it. If it's pointless, it'll win the jackpot. Oh, not Jack Butland! – That was a gamble, that was.
– It was a gamble, but it was a good gamble. OK, your second answer was Theo Walcott. Once again, we are looking for England squad members from the FIFA World
Cup 2006. Let's see if it's right and see if it's pointless. If it's both of those things, you will leave
here with £3,000. It is right! Jack Butland turned out to be incorrect. Theo Walcott absolutely on the money. Down through the 20s, through the teens, into
single figures, Still going down. Still going down! Two for Theo Walcott. APPLAUSE That's more like it. Only one more shot at
today's jackpot. Everything now riding on your third and final
answer, which is Liam Byrne. We were looking for Cabinet members in 2006
after the 5th May reshuffle. If Liam Byrne is right, and if it's pointless,
it wins you £3,000. Let's see how may people said it. Liam Byrne,
please be pointless. No! Oh, bad luck. Bad luck. APPLAUSE Bad luck. Three good efforts there, but unfortunately
you didn't manage to find that all-important pointless
answer. I'm afraid you don't win today's jackpot of
£3,000. However, as it is a celebrity special, we
are going to donate £500 to each celebrity pair for their respective
charities. You do, of course, get to take home a Pointless
trophy to remember it. APPLAUSE It really was a terrific show and a valiant effort in this final round,
as well. Jack Butland, he was 13 in 2006. – That's probably…
– One of the reasons he wasn't taken. Liam Byrne, funnily enough, Ian, when that
question came up and I always play along, the first name that
came into my head, but he didn't join the Cabinet until 2009. Let's take a look at the UK number ones, you
didn't have a go at these, but I know some people at home would have
done. You also could have had Akon, My Chemical
Romance, Nelly, Shayne Ward, Notorious BIG – lots of
answers there. Before we look at the football one, any other answers that have come to your mind? I know you were looking for who the goalies
were in that. – It's not Robert Green, is it?
– It's not Rob Green. Let's take a look at some of the pointless
answers. – Joe Cole.
– Yeah. Paul Robinson was a pointless answer. Peter Crouch, Sol Campbell. – The other goalie was Scott Carson.
– Carson. Stewart Downing, a pointless answer, and Wayne
Bridge. Those Cabinet ministers, again, lots of names
you will know here. You could've had Stephen Timms, Valerie Amos
– lots of pointless answers. Well done if you got any at home. This author special has been terrific, I'm sorry you just fell short at the last
hurdle. Thanks very much. Unfortunately, we have to
say goodbye to Ian and Mark, but we have loved having you on the show. Thank you so much for playing – brilliant,
brilliant contestants. APPLAUSE Join us next time, when we'll be putting more obscure knowledge to the test. – Meanwhile, it's goodbye
from Richard… – Goodbye. And it's goodbye from me, goodbye.

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