Victoria Coren Mitchell - Writer, Broadcaster & Poker Player

New Only Connect!

Saturday, 21 September 2013

  DON’T MISS: the new series of Only Connect starts on BBC Four this Monday night at 8.30. But be warned, the flax is as twisted as ever…

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Jan at 7:33 pm on September 21st, 2013

Excellent news - we have really missed our Monday fix. Rarely able to answer anything…maybe get something on the wall, but enjoy watching the quizzers reason out an answer.

The Tim at 10:11 pm on September 21st, 2013

It’s about time they changed the symbols again.

Matt Hoskins at 11:55 am on September 23rd, 2013

How about typographic symbols -
Eroteme (Question Mark)
Schwa (Upside down e)
Caret (^)

James with the crooked mouth at 7:08 am on September 24th, 2013

Woo! Back to my Monday night game of “Count the Circumflex in the OC credits”. Back up to four, this series.

jim carr at 10:22 am on September 26th, 2013

no need to change the symbols,simply call them by their proper names:
1. two fish knives.
2.big pussycat.
3.piece of string.
4.big worm.
5.three toblerones.
6.loose eyelash.

The Tim at 5:50 pm on September 30th, 2013

...and that’s just the contestants

Finn Morgan at 8:10 pm on October 7th, 2013

I love Only Connect but is there any chance of making a junior version that I could be on (I’m 14)?

elizabeth roberts at 8:59 am on October 10th, 2013

Not to do with Only Connect (which I love) but about your Observer column and the bit about your father and phone company.  Equally weird was on Watchdog this Monday when a company insisted that they could only speak to the holder of an insurance policy, who was 6 months’ old.  Went on in the much the same way as yours until the baby yelled into the phone and the operator politely asked him to stop shouting!

Jan at 9:36 am on October 12th, 2013

OC just gets better and better – your excellent hosting is a joy.  Such fun attempting the solutions then, getting a line on The Wall or shouting a ‘missing vowel’ answer before the contestants =  happiness! 
Also, belatedly found your interview with The Telegraph.  Admire your response to the inevitable and impertinent question of offspring.  Beautifully express the delight of sharing life with one’s true love. 
Ps if it helps – always blue for irises 

Rob H at 4:15 pm on October 22nd, 2013

Dear Victoria,
              In your Dad’s book More Like Old Times, Half Nelson, “Ask any cricketer why a score of 111 is Nelson, or any chippie what he calls his screwdriver” I know the first bit but what does a chippie call his screwdriver?

Victoria Coren at 10:28 pm on October 24th, 2013

Hi Rob. I’m afraid I don’t know! Maybe it’s guessable in the context, but it sounds like not. Sorry… I’m curious myself now.

David Bodycombe at 2:07 am on October 27th, 2013

The screwdriver puzzle is a curious one. The best solution I’ve found is that it’s called a ‘beater’, because the screwdriver is used - apart from its obvious primary purpose - as an unofficial hammer, chisel, tin opener and whatever else job needs doing.

jim carr at 2:32 pm on October 28th, 2013

I believe a chippie calls his screwdriver Tina. The workmans friend from nutbush.(although that might just be a rumour!)

Jan at 3:03 pm on November 3rd, 2013

I’m looking forward to the P L Travers documentary. The books are so much more amusing ...and darker than anyone would believe from seeing the Disney version. Kid’s favourite quote ‘don’t care was made to care - don’t care was hung’ !

DerekT at 6:17 pm on November 4th, 2013

It’s Monday and I’m checking the TV listings. Only Connect is the sole programme I see worth watching, but turning the telly on just for 1 prog feels wrong.
Is there any way you can influence the scheduling, or sell it to Dave so that it is on every hour of every day?
Oh dear i feel a rant coming on….

Paul Smith at 9:05 pm on November 4th, 2013

What kind of cheese was that Michael guy thinking of getting from a BILLY goat?

Robert Cracknell at 7:44 am on December 18th, 2013

Many congratulations on this show. Through your intelligent, unfussy and friendly mediation, the contestants are relaxed, real and therefore interesting. I don’t know whether this show is a mere spark in the dying embers of civilisation, or a green shoot of its recovery – in view of the amount of youthfulness in it, I dare to hope the latter.

(Pity about the title, though – the only thing you want to connect those dim self-obsessed Schlegels to is the mains.)

There’s more I’d like to say, but your limits supervene….

Robert Cracknell

Victoria Coren

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