Victoria Coren Mitchell - Writer, Broadcaster & Poker Player

Only Connect Applications Open!

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

The gates are now OPEN to applicants for a new series of Only Connect! The flyer is below, along with the original blog post I wrote about applying for previous series:

OC flyer

  Are you quite clever, good at lateral thinking, over 18 and UK-based? Then why not consider having a go on Only Connect? If you think “Lord, going on a TV quiz is not for me!” then do read on for a moment before you commit to that decision… You could be just the right person.

You now have until February to apply with a team - although it looks like this time you can also apply individually, as a solo quizzer, and be matchmade with a team. (Details further down).

  It’s not like going on a big glitzy game show. It’s a small, quiet enterprise - our contestants are people who like doing crosswords and reading books on trains, and our production team are warm, welcoming, friendly people. Getting in touch does not commit you to being on the show. You’ll just get an application form and (if your application looks good) the chance to do a little test, locally to where you live. It’s fun: you get a private go at the quiz, with the people who make it, and if you wouldn’t be good on the programme then they’ll simply tell you. So nobody ever looks foolish.

  If you do make it onto the show, of course you’re never alone on there - you’re always playing as a team of three, so that’s another reason why it’s a fairly safe gamble.

  So much modern television would have us believe that everyone’s a show-off, desperate to be in the spotlight. But Only Connect is not a vanity exercise; it’s for people who are happy to turn up and talk about history or Shakespeare or music or maths without necessarily getting a fake tan, new teeth and hair extensions first. [That does not include the host]. If you’re a bit squeamish about appearing on TV, that doesn’t mean you’re not perfectly suited to us!

  If you have a couple of quizzy or clever friends, relatives or colleagues then you have a team (don’t worry about the connection or the team name; our production can help with that) - or if there’s only one or two of you, get in touch anyway as the perfect quizzer could be waiting to join you. This page will tell you how to get an application form:

  Good luck, and hope to see you in the spring!

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Jonboy at 2:08 pm on December 22nd, 2015

Roman numerals!! (OC, 21.12.15). Eight is VIII, not V111.

Bert Arter at 6:23 am on January 8th, 2016

Nice intro to “Only Connect” but I am not brainy enough to apply. Sad because I would love to meet you.xx

Chris Webb at 12:28 pm on January 19th, 2016

I sometimes get 4 or 5 in that quiz that precedes OC. What’s it called, EXQWIZ or similar. You know, the one with Mr Grumpy asking the questions. Fewer with the OC questions, though.

The Tim at 10:14 pm on January 23rd, 2016

You really should do a special with the roles reversed when the question panel answer questions by the viewers.

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