Victoria Coren Mitchell - Writer, Broadcaster & Poker Player

Only Connect

Saturday, 17 October 2009

Hurray, a new series has been commissioned! 17 parts this time, which means we can have the full competition with eight first round matches, quarter finals, semis and final - plus (if my maths is correct, which it usually isn’t) a couple of specials.

  But how is your maths? And your history, geography, music, pop culture, Eng lit… most importantly, how is your lateral thinking ?

  You know what I’m asking. Many of you did a brilliant job of solving the connecting walls I posted on this site a couple of months ago, and even constructing your own. If you find, watching Only Connect, that you can do it - that you can get a few questions right per show, and find a few groups on the wall - why not have a go at coming along to take part? All you need is a couple of equally smart friends and something that connects the three of you. Anything that might give you a good team name. Maybe you’re all rubber fetishists. Or scared of sheep. Or you all despise the novels of DH Lawrence. (If so and someone drops out, I’ll join you.)

  There’s a small audition procedure, obviously. You might think you can take the heat of the connecting kitchen, but we’ll be the judge of that. Well - I won’t. But a brilliant, dedicated team of expert connector-finders will. If you’re up for it, up to it and can rope in a couple of like-minded hopefuls, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to stake your claim.

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David at 8:41 pm on October 19th, 2009

Is that you confessing just to the hatred of DH Lawrence novels, or to the rubber and sheep issues too?
I gots to know.

Victoria Coren at 10:17 pm on October 19th, 2009

Oh, just the Lawrence. I LOVE sheep.

Phil at 12:02 pm on October 21st, 2009

Me and a friend are fans of the show so we’re looking for a third party to rope in and, of course a mutual connection. We’re thinking of either going the honest route and asking a like minded compadre, or getting in a ringer and making the connection a fairly broad one. At present “Carbon based life forms” and “Pretending to not like the Xfactor whilst secretly sky plussing it” seem generic enough.
I don’t watch Xfactor by the way… nor do I want Stacey to win

Jen at 2:38 pm on October 21st, 2009

I can’t pretend not to like it but I do make dismissive comments about the world and his wife using it as a basis for status updates and tweets…no, that’s too long winded a connection…

Can we approve of mild foot fetishes in postal delivery persons?

Joanna at 10:00 pm on October 25th, 2009

All my smart friends have been on it already - they were the mathematicians of last season :(

AndrewH at 11:49 pm on November 1st, 2009

I’ve been in a few quiz teams and have won several times, but I’m not sure I’d be good enough for OC.  I can’t help feeling it’s for people who are too old for University Challenge!  Anyway, this reminded me about the final of the last series - what happened there?  After battling through to the final and winning, there didn’t seem to be any acknowledgement of the winners’ accomplishment.  No trophy, no presentation, barely any congratulations…why not?  Had the budget run out and you couldn’t afford any prizes?

Victoria Coren at 6:02 pm on November 2nd, 2009

What? Unless I’ve gone mad, there absolutely was a trophy. The handover happened on an elegantly low-lit stage under the final credits. We don’t make a huge great performance of the handover because it isn’t that sort of show; we’re confident that our teams and viewers revel in the demonstration of knowledge and logic FOR KNOWLEDGE AND LOGIC’S SAKE - no need for big cash prizes, boats, caravans, swelling notes on the trombone, confetti from the ceiling… But there certainly is a trophy and I believe it was handed over during the credit sequence!

AndrewH at 12:11 am on November 10th, 2009

I must have missed that, it must have been very low-key.  I’m glad they got a trophy.  I’d have wanted a ‘Bendy Bully’ at the very least !

Victoria Coren

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