Connect charity special [with programme link]
Friday, 12 November 2010
Update: for the next few days, you can watch the special episode here.
This Monday night on BBC Four, our normal Only Connect tournament will be paused for a special Children In Need edition. With celebrities!
But don’t panic. We’re not going all ITV on you. We haven’t replaced our regular brilliant quizzers with halfwits from reality TV. (Much as I love halfwits from reality TV…). These are Only Connect-style celebrities: clever writers and broadcasters with sound knowledge and excellent quizzing skills. Team captains are the scientist, historian and broadcaster Adam Hart Davis, and the former poet laureate Sir Andrew Motion.
The questions are as hard as ever - no dumbing down here - but the mood is a little looser, more lenient and more fun. The recording was very entertaining, the guests were clever and funny, and it was far harder than usual to keep up my traditional stern façade. I do absolutely recommend it as an episode, I think (hope) it will be a really light-hearted and entertaining show without compromising at all on the standard of quizzing and questions.
And if you enjoy it, I do hope you will consider making a donation to Children In Need, helping to ease and improve the lives of disadvantaged children and young people all over the UK.
Oh - and I’ll be wearing Pudsey ears. Not my choice. I was harangued into it by the giggling producer. I look absolutely ridiculous.
But not as ridiculous as I’ll look if nobody donates anything. So please do consider giving what you can to this great BBC appeal.