Sunday, 14 September 2008
Only Connect starts tomorrow (Monday) night on BBC Four at 8.30pm. It got a nice write-up in the Times (a section of which is on the home page) so I hope some people will watch it.
My original plan was only to present the pilot or practice episode of this programme, just as an experiment, because I wasn’t sure I actually wanted to be a quiz show host but thought it would be fun to have done it once. Unfortunately I found it ADDICTIVE and couldn’t give it up.
I know some of the answers by myself, but there is something phenomenally enjoyable about having them all written down just in case. I might be baffled by one of the questions – but it only takes a quick glance at the notes and I’m soon cackling “Ha ha ha, you fools, the answer is of course 16th century Bavaria”. Now I know how it feels to be Jeremy Paxman. (Although not Stephen Fry who, I suspect, really does know absolutely everything in the world).
To celebrate the launch of the quiz, here is my favourite triv question:
Which is the only London underground station whose name does not contain any of the letters in the word ‘mackerel’ ?