Mastermind returns on Friday . I've been over to the BBC's own Mastermind website and a quick perusal of the specialist subjects leaves me in something of a dilemma - to take the wiki challenge or not ?
For the uninitiated the wiki challenge is an idea we came up with on this very blog during the last series ( which for all intents and purposes will hereinafter be referred to on this blog as Gary's series ). Basically, you look at the BBC website to find out what the specialist subjects are this week, then check out the wikipedia entry for the subject before the show, and see how many questions you can answer. This idea was based on the theory that in most cases you can find at least 10 answers to any set of specialist questions of a specialist set on that subject's appropriate page on wikipedia.
The BBC website only lists 3 subjects for Friday
The Novels of Jane Austen
The Life of Elizabeth I
Now, I have to say that all three of those subjects strike me as subjects I could possibly do well enough on without doing any wiki work - and there's no way on this earth that I shall be passing up the opportunity to test my Fawlty Towers knowledge. My uncle Dennis, a decent quizzer in his own right, always said that he would only ever do Mastermind if he could use Fawlty Towers as his specialist subject , but I doubt very much it's him. I was with my cousin Ben , his son, at the weekend, and he never mentioned it, and I'm sure he would have done otherwise. So unless I can find out the other subject which the website didn't mention, then I imagine that I'll leave the challenge for next time.
For once I don't think that I know for certain who any of the contenders will be in this series, but as always I'm greatly looking forward to it.