Victoria Coren Mitchell - Writer, Broadcaster & Poker Player

Only Connect Series 11

Monday, 13 July 2015

  …starts tonight!

8.30pm on BBC Two, and it will continue in that slot on Monday nights for the next 29 weeks. The series was all filmed and recorded before I went on maternity leave, so I shall now be eight months pregnant on television until March 2016. Marvellous.

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Jade-Louise Smith at 9:44 am on July 14th, 2015

I have missed having OC. Although admittedly I can’t answer most of the questions I do enjoy watching it. Your intro/closing speechs were as brilliant as ever. I have to say you did look lovely

Ray at 11:02 am on July 14th, 2015

8 months pregnant but looking radiant. Was the pedestal your idea or the production team?

Tim Nixon at 6:39 am on July 15th, 2015

Great to see Only Connect back, and you looked stunning. I hope you are enjoying motherhood.

LizB at 8:28 pm on July 20th, 2015

Dear Victoria, congratulations on birth of your baby !
Watching Only Connect tonight I can not believe I heard you say “the exact same” !!! English please not American English !! Kindest regards

paul at 10:54 pm on July 27th, 2015

after hearing potential bad news, spent best time watching 3 new Only Connect episodes (2 on I player). Felt as old as you did when nobody had heard of the great John Noakes (I’m 46). Thanks for being consistently wonderful and welcome back.

Victoria Coren M at 11:37 pm on July 27th, 2015

What a nice message Paul, thank you very much. How lovely to think of us being the sort of show people would watch to cheer themselves up - I can’t think of a better compliment really. I’m very sorry to hear you had potentially bad news; I wish you luck and hope the sun comes out. Best wishes, VCM

Dave (not that Dave) at 5:52 am on July 28th, 2015


Sarah at 5:50 pm on August 9th, 2015

Victoria. I am so glad Only Connect is back. A great way to end a horrible working day!! My partner and I met each other watching your show in a pub years ago, when we got competitive at the bar over speedy answers. Glad we can be nostalgic all over again for another series. Thank you!

Mike Jones at 1:45 pm on August 10th, 2015

Welcome back, and thanks for hosting such a fabulously uplifting and quirky programme that celebrates nerdiness in all its forms.

Victoria Coren M at 6:05 pm on August 19th, 2015

Hi Sarah - what a lovely romantic Only Connect story! HOW SPEEDY WERE YOUR ANSWERS? If speedy, I think you should find a third wheel and submit a team for the next series. I’d very much enjoy hearing the how-we-met story on air… #OurTune

Kenneth S at 7:09 pm on August 24th, 2015

Skipping straight over the pregnancy fact (though congrats and how is everyone?).

I have been away from tthe blog for a few years, though never stopped watch OC, even through the wintery BBC 3 days of the past like 9 / 10 series?

My question is this, now that you have moved to a DRASTICALLY longer format with one win required from a potential two games to process yadda yadda:

A) how has it been working, you know a lot longer / more?

B) how has it impacted on things back stage, like your version of the QI Quiz Elves?

C) if you still have time to answer, do you think the longer format brings “more” out of people, are we seeing better quizzers as a result of more exposure?

I will leave you alone to enjoy, what i have recently experienced myself, “peace and quiet” of parenthood.


Chris hand at 8:22 am on August 25th, 2015

Hi Victoria,
After watching last night’s ‘Only Connect’, I thought you might enjoy this - Burl Ives singing your favourite song:

Victoria Coren M at 6:34 pm on August 30th, 2015

Thanks for the song, Chris!

Kenneth: I don’t think the new structure makes much difference to the quizzing itself. It just means that our teams get a bit more value out of their trip to Cardiff, with two goes at the game, and we get more juicy TV quizzing out of their excellent brains. It’s definitely improved things, but more the fairness and entertainment value; the quizzing strength is, I would say, unaffected.

Lucy at 10:24 am on September 13th, 2015

Our very nerdy & OC/poker loving household would love to know how we might negotiate a signed picture? We are constructing a wall of amazing women which is frankly incomplete without you. Happy to offer all the cake in exchange for this treasure (as a keen feeder & baker this offer should be taken very seriously…) Please & thank you, dear Vicky.

Victoria Coren M at 11:26 pm on September 17th, 2015

Hi Lucy - I don’t really have any, I’m afraid! Sorry. Fact is, I should probably be off the cake anyway. But thank you very much for the thought.

Tracy Dawn at 3:39 pm on September 18th, 2015

Hi Victoria, really enjoying the series son far. Feel so chuffed when I actually manage to get a question right. Is the quiz book still in the pipe line? Thanks, Tracy

Sarah at 5:56 pm on September 19th, 2015

I would love to say we were speedy enough to be some sort of competition on the show but alas I think that could be overly optimistic. Especially as drinks had been consumed. Nevertheless it’s great to be watching it again. We will definitely have to have the OC theme tune incorporated into our wedding some how #OurTune could totally take off. Without intending to be completely bathetic, I think it’s safe to say OC will always have an honourable place in our household. I only expand on this because I didn’t think you would hear the story. Thanks again for the great show!!! *goes back to binge watching on iPlayer*

The Tim at 3:47 pm on September 26th, 2015

I see you’ll be appearing on BBC1 & 2 simultaneously on Monday at 8.30 due to Room 101 replacing Panorama.

Clive at 10:44 am on October 14th, 2015

I’m not sure if I like Only Connect, it makes me feel thick. I can get that any time.

It’s not as odd seeing it on BBC2 as it is Family Guy, there are a lot of migrant TV shows these days.

Will you be seeing the new Bond film, VCM, or giving it a miss since you didn’t like the last one? I suppose everything has to come with a babysitter these days.

Malcolm W Sharrock at 8:42 pm on October 31st, 2015

Hello Victoria! 

Love the TV show! Would love to know whether you have any interest in videogames-they often crop up in questions on the show and I remember you giving the answer of GLADOS from PORTAL as if everyone should know it! (Btw you always look lovely on TV-preggers or not!!)

Very best wishes!

Cameron at 8:34 pm on November 16th, 2015

My my Vicky tonight’s edition was damn hard. We didn’t get a single one right. Mind you it doesn’t help when a homophone only works if you have an English accent. It’s not the first time either. Also, last week saw a sequence regarding consecutive stations on the Northern Line! Now come on how are those of us in Scotland supposed to know that? I look forward in the next series to questions regarding the consecutive tracks on Billy Connolly’s first solo album, Albion Rovers goalkeepers and The Broons! You’re still gorgeous though.

Pam Burn at 7:53 pm on August 25th, 2017

Palmerston was a PM with 10 letter!

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