She was followed by Robert Llewellyn. I loved the first few series of Red Dwarf – Robert joined the regulars from series 3 after – and I was also a devotee of Scrapheap Challenge, so Robert was burdened with my support tonight. Mind you I don’t think he made life any easier for himself by taking what looked like a decidedly left field subject in the shape of electric cars. In the end I though that 8 points was not a bad score at all on these questions, but the fact was that it left him with a mountain to climb in the second round.
Michael Buerk – or Mike – as John called him throughout the show, offered the Aubrey and Maturin novels of Patrick O’Brien. I’ve never read any, and I’m afraid that I haven’t even seen the film of Master and Commander, so I’m afraid that I sank without trace on this round. Not so Michael Buerk. He managed a good 14, and looked comfortably in pole position after this.
Cerrie Burnell is an actress currently to be seen on the Ceebeebies channel. I’m afraid that’s about as much as I ca tell you there. Still, she was offering as a specialist subject the Life and Work of Augustus Boal – about whom I could tell you even less. A Brazilian writer, I believe. Cerrie got stuck in a bit of a pass spiral, and though she extricated herself from it before the end of the round she was, as you might say, holed below the waterline, and sinking fairly rapidly. Still her score of 7 was certainly not the worst this year.
A quick turn around for Cerrie then, as she went first in the last round. To be honest for three of the contenders the GK rounds became a bit of a pass fest, with only Elaine C. Smith showing commendable restraint on this score. Cerrie added 8 passes to her total, but this was at least less than the 9 correct answers she managed. Robert Llewellyn also scored 9 in his round, but he only passed 7 times. Elaine C. Smith only passed three times, and she jogged along well enough to score a very respectable 14, setting the winning post on the score of 26. So Michael Buerk needed 12 to be certain. Well, although John was delighted to point out to Michael that he had, in fact, passed o less than 8 times, he also added 14 correct answers to his score, for a comfortable win with 28 points. Well done.
|Elaine C. Smith||Joni Mitchell||Paul O’Gorman Leukaemia Research Centre||12 - 3||13 - 3||25 – 6|
|Robert Llewellyn||Electric Cars||NSPCC||8 - 3||9 – 7||17 - 10|
|Michael Buerk||Aubrey and Maturin novels of Patrick O’Brien||Action for Children||14 - 1||14 - 8||28 - 9|
|Cerrie Burnell||Life and work of Augustus Boal||Scope||7 - 6||9 – 8||16 - 14|