Victoria Coren Mitchell - Writer, Broadcaster & Poker Player

New, festive Only Connect tonight

Monday, 21 December 2009

Tonight on BBC Four at 8.30, the winners of series one (The Crossworders) will play the winners of series two (The Rugby Boys) in an EPIC CHRISTMAS BATTLE.

It wasn’t actually intended as an epic Christmas battle. It just happens to be screened at Christmas. The repeat is actually at half past midnight on Christmas Eve (or Christmas Day, depending on how you look at it). I wish I’d known; I would have insisted on a tinsel hat and a snowman on the desk.

“In a generally dumbed-down television landscape, Victoria Coren’s panel quiz stands tall: serious, free of gimmicks and downright hard.” - Sunday Times

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Hardhhhat at 9:56 am on December 21st, 2009

Hey thanks for the advanced notice I’ll keep a look out for it - been off the screens too long :)

David B at 5:13 pm on December 21st, 2009

And another date for your diaries - series 3 proper begins January 4th in its usual post-UC timeslot.

glasgow rich at 8:20 pm on December 21st, 2009

So you’re the Rage Against The Machine of this year’s christmas quiz shows? But with extra swear words to be sure.

I can’t tell you the violence I perpetrated on myself in a fit of fury when I realised the adverts for ‘Heads or Tails with Justin Lee Collins’ weren’t just some sick joke!

Colm at 12:08 am on December 22nd, 2009

Hi Vicky & Phoebe,

Thanks a million for the soundtrack CD, a perfect companion to your fantastic book.

Also, many, many thanks for getting it over to me in Ireland before Christmas, a most unexpected surprise.

Hope you all have a fantastic Xmas & best wishes for 2010.


Clyde at 6:41 pm on December 22nd, 2009

I would also like to thank you very much for the lovely parcel that i received through my door today. The arrival of your book and CD certainly cheered my day!

MarkP at 9:49 pm on December 22nd, 2009

First I would like to say thanks for the CD which arrived yesterday.
I would also mention a rather strange piece of synchronicity, last night’s episodes of University Challenge and Only Connect both featured questions where the answer was ‘golgi’.

Bngr at 10:55 pm on December 24th, 2009

Missed the original airing but just in time to set the video for later. Yay.

Fitch at 1:12 pm on December 25th, 2009

A very Merry Christmas and a great New Year to you Victoria. Hope you have a really successful year ahead. All the best


qunfuz at 1:43 am on December 27th, 2009

Robin here, Toria, Giles’s friend. Probably the wrong place to say it, but I wanted to say well done and thank you for the Muslim Eton piece in the Guardian. We need lots more pieces like that.

danny maris at 3:08 am on December 27th, 2009

Thank goodness for BBC I Player which enabled me to watch it. You were looking very elegant again.

Enjoyable as ever.

Paul Dettman at 2:19 pm on December 27th, 2009

Ah, heady days. We saw the last Only Connect of the series from our cottage near Bergerac in France back in September. Although the TV guide very definitely noted that there was one more episode to come the next week, and the host mentioned it too, we held off the wine in anticipation of this episode at the due hour, one week (minus 30 minutes) later. Needless to say we were disappointed, by some pointless documentary about Scotland as it goes.

It was well worth the wait and we look forward to series 3!

Victoria Coren at 7:03 pm on December 27th, 2009

Thanks Robin! How lovely to hear from you.

Happy Christmas all xx

Victoria Coren at 7:11 pm on December 27th, 2009

Nb. Particularly reassuring to get a nice comment about my Observer column this week, since the comments on the site are so ESPECIALLY nasty that most of them have been removed by a moderator before I even saw them. Ah, it’s always a happy Christmas on Comment Is Free…

Andrew at 12:36 am on December 28th, 2009

Just keep telling them how you see it Vicky - there are GOOD reasons why some people get to write columns and other people (like me) only get to comment on them!

I may not always agree with what you write but your arguments are always well made and give me something to think about.  Some folks - of course - are incapable of thought and most of them are apparently ‘Comment Is Free’ addicts!!

C Scott at 12:02 pm on December 28th, 2009

I just read the article and the comments showed me why I won’t be wasting my time on the Graun/Obs website in the coming year. As I said on CiF, I can only suggest, Victoria, that you take your talents somewhere they will actually be appreciated!

It was an excellent article, amongst the best of the year, and most of the comments clearly demonstrate the wonderful diversity of humourlessness & idiocy amongst Graun/Obs readers who think they’re a bit clever. They’re not.

All the best to you for the new year, and do keep up the good work!

Perry at 2:59 pm on December 29th, 2009

Ah the Rugby Boys won! I missed the final, glad they won it. By far my favourite part of the series was when the largest one of the three Rugby Boys rubbed it in the Chessman’s faces, just a little bit, when they got a question based on Chess wrong. A little rude, but I probably would have done the same.

glasgow rich at 7:39 pm on December 29th, 2009

I enjoyed the Guardian article and thought it was a good discussion piece. I do however wonder what evolution the internet can make to encourage discussion among those with brains instead of being crowded out by the incessant catterwauling of the impotently minded.

When logging out of my email I stupidly clicked the provider’s link to the latest on the Akmal Shaikh story. The comments beneath it made me feel more deflated, depressed and hopeless than I already felt. I suppose that’s obviously the intent of those who comment. And probably why those specific comment opportunities are largely ignored by people with decent intentions.

John at 2:12 pm on December 31st, 2009

With regards to the royal WE debate - it’s the perception of fairness within society that irritates many people.
When we see inequalities, we want some assurances.  When we listen to opinion, we demand a referendum.  When we allow Simon Cowell, then a refund is required.  We want simple answers to socio-debacle-mathematics.

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