New Only Connect Starts Monday!
Sunday, 5 September 2010
T -32 hours for a new series of Only Connect!
But you don’t know what time I’m writing this, so a simpler way of putting it would be: at 8.30pm on Monday, the quiz returns.
It kicks off with the Epicureans v. the Courtiers, two brilliant teams; it’s one of those episodes where I didn’t want either side to be knocked out. Interesting biographical note about the Epicureans: their captain is married to the captain of the Crossworders, our series 1 champions and subsequent Champion of Champions team. Mr and Mrs Stainer are clearly the Posh and Becks of the quizzing world. If they have a child, I imagine its first words will be “Red Rum, Isaac Newton, how many fingers had Anne Boleyn?”
There’s one part of the new series where I definitely want feedback. A change has been made to the way in which the questions are asked. I won’t tell you what it is in advance, but I will tell you that I woke up in the middle of the night with this idea, about three months ago, and fell so in love with it that I DEMANDED its instigation, like Mariah Carey insisting on white kittens in the dressing room. There were some sceptics but I shouted and stamped my feet until it was done. I said that everyone would love it. Secretly, I had no idea. So… I hope it makes you smile.
UPDATE: Now the show’s been aired and it’s too late to spoil any surprises: here is the original cartoon that inspired the idea, by “Stephen Friz Frizzle” (or so he claims his name is on Twitter, anyway @frizfrizzle…).