Victoria Coren Mitchell - Writer, Broadcaster & Poker Player

Only Connect special

Friday, 11 November 2011

  The normal Only Connect tournament (currently at the semi-final stage) pauses on Monday night for a Children In Need special - in the usual slot, 8.30pm on BBC Four.
  We’ve got some totally brilliant star quizzers joining us to play this charity event - all of whom travelled to Cardiff for the quiz, for no fee, and I’d like to thank them all very much for that.

  The two teams you’ll see battling for connecting supremacy on Monday:


Nick Hornby (captain)
John Lloyd
Joan Bakewell


Ian Hislop (captain)
John Sessions
Simon Singh

  If nothing else, I think they’ll prove that British culture is not yet reduced entirely to pop star wannabes with empty heads and plastic tits… hurray for our flag-waving intellectuals!

  If you enjoy the programme, I do hope you’ll feel able to make a donation to Children In Need; here’s how.

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Victoria's Biggest Fan at 3:54 pm on November 11th, 2011

I have to say I am looking forward to this show so much; however vicky, would you ever consider having a craic at being a contestant yourself?

The Tim at 5:05 pm on November 11th, 2011

I trust you’ll be wearing the Pudsey ears - VBF, it wouldn’t be the same without Victoria as host and her poker face.

Fingers D at 9:16 pm on November 11th, 2011

You’ve got to admit an ‘empty heads and plastic tits’ special would be pretty funny
‘And at the end of that round the Spray Ons have no points, while Reality Zed also have no points’

Fingers D at 2:54 pm on November 13th, 2011

Aha, I see John Lloyd is on…do you know him through Tim Henman?

Victoria N at 11:23 pm on November 13th, 2011

Ian Hislop is brilliant…please get him to dress up as Pudsey, because that would just be amazingly surreal :P
It is great to see ‘Only Connect’ supporting Children In Need. I am really looking forward to this episode!

The Tim at 5:20 pm on November 14th, 2011

Fingers D, I think it’s the John Lloyd who produces QI.

dg at 9:14 pm on November 14th, 2011

Looking very attractive tonight, VC, if you don’t mind me saying. Did you do something different with your eyes? Oh, and VBF, the word is crack. If you’re ever in any doubt about which spelling to go for, go for ‘crack’ - it’s *always* right.

psychofant at 4:20 pm on November 15th, 2011

“...british culture is not yet reduced entirely to pop star wannabes with empty heads and plastic tits”  but surely victoria, life isnt all goethe and cabbage soup? (3/10/11)

benbutton at 5:10 pm on November 15th, 2011

The Tim… Do you listen to Johns’ Museum of blah blah on radio 4?

The Tim at 10:46 pm on November 16th, 2011

BenButton, I’m afraid I missed the show - hope you got my tweet by the way.

SloeLoris at 12:11 am on November 17th, 2011

Oh Victoria…you *can* go off people, you know.  I was fine when you failed to spot traditionally-dressed Welsh ladies, even though I lost an entire Toblerone on a bet because of it.  But now (the other) Mrs Loris is dropping increasingly unignorable hints about wanting to incorporate novelty Pudsey ears into areas of our relationship where novelty Pudsey ears have previously never been - not the bare idea of them.  I blame you for this.  Please tell me they are special BBC celebrity ears, not available to the general public, and thus destined to remain forever in the realms of fantasy?  Please?

Jason Twigg at 3:06 pm on November 17th, 2011

Surely the first three rounds were the “missing ears” rounds.

Some people may find you less formidable when wearing the ears, but I think you looked pretty fabulous either way!

BenButton at 6:44 pm on November 17th, 2011

The Tim, no I didn’t get a tweet from you… and I just checked. Nada. I don’t tweet very much to be honest. I largely find it lonely and confusing and life already has too much of that kind of thing going on. You should give The Museum of Curiosity a bash on the i-player. It’s oddly like Q.I. with Mr Fry being replced by messers Lloyd and Gorman.
Regarding the children in need episode, the Free Speakers were hopeless at the connecting wall. GAH! It was super to see Ian being less of a grumpy guts for once though.

fingers d at 8:47 pm on November 17th, 2011

That was a great show - I really enjoyed it. You were on form and looked too cute in those Pudsey Ears. Did they come with the dress?

Peter Cunningham at 8:49 am on December 2nd, 2011

I noted in your last episode (for third place) one link round covered the 4 stages in srummaging. The answer was given was ‘rugby’. However there are 2 codes of rugby (rugby union and rugby league). Rugby League does not involve this 4 stage method of preparing to srummage.

So if one of the teams had given the answer as Rugby League would this have been accepted?

If it had been then it was incorrect. So the only answer that would have been correct is Rugby Union and not just the word RUGBY.

Victoria did make the point during this programme that at this stage of the competition answers had to be very precise.

So if Victoria had not been briefed correctly through your research team she would not be aware of these differences perhaps!

Rugby league fans do watch this programme.

David B at 11:29 pm on December 3rd, 2011

@Peter C: The model answer on VC’s screen said “They are the four words spoken during the formation of a scrum in Rugby Union” so she would have been ready to pounce had anyone mentioned League. But yes, for the sake of an extra word we probably should have put it on the on-screen caption.

Bear in mind that the only thing we require the contestants to say is the fourth item (in this case ‘Engage’). So even if their reasoning is that they’re movements in synchronised water polo, it matters not a jot as long as they say “Engage” as their answer.

So please rest assured that both the research team and the host are aware of the two different codes. Indeed, during filming I heard VC’s constant moans that the wrestle tackle ban has ruined the game.

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