Saturday, 7 June 2014

Can you help me with a bit of information?

This is a bit of a strange request, but there we are, if you don’t ask, you don’t get. I’ve been trying to compile a list of venues where the Mastermind Grand Finals were all recorded. Magnus Magnusson’s wonderful “I’ve Started So I’ll Finish” has been invaluable for the first 25 years, but there are still a few I haven’t been able so far to find out. For the Magnus years these are: -

As for the Radio 4 years – 1998 – 2000, I am presuming that they might have been recorded in Broadcasting House in London – but I don’t know. So if anyone can put me right on that I’d be grateful.

Discovery Mastermind I haven’t a clue – again, if you know I’d be really grateful if you could drop me a line. As for the Humphrys years, well I know where 2003 was filmed, and also 2007/8 and 2009. As for the others, well, I’m guessing that prior to 2013 they might have been filmed in TV Centre in White City in London – but I don’t know. Likewise with 2013 and 14, I guess that it was in media City in Salford – but I don’t know. So if you do know any of these, could you just drop me a line? I’d be really grateful.


Stephen Follows said...

The 2000 Radio 4 final was certainly in BH, on the stage of the Radio Theatre (not that it was filmed, but I know what you mean). I think the others probably were as well.

andrewteale said...

My parents were in the audience for the Discovery Mastermind final, which was filmed at Granada Studios in Manchester.

I think all the Humphreys finals up to at least 2012 were at Granada. The 2014 final was at MediaCityUK. Not sure about 2013.

Londinius said...

Thanks very much Stephen and Andrew.

That's a big help/ Just out of interest, not all the Humphrys finals up to 2012 were in Granada - for example-
2003, the first, was actually in the Lowry in Salford Quays
2007/8 - my final, was in the Saltire Centre Glasgow Caledonian University
- and when my school wouldn't allow me to go and present the bowl for the 2009 final, I'm sure that it was held in Television Centre in White City in London.

Thanks very much for your help.

Stephen Follows said...

How petty of your school, David! You'd think they'd be proud of you.

Londinius said...

Well, it was just one of those things. At least they let me have the time for the three shows - and in fact two days for the final - and I'll always be grateful for that. The only thing which I was really rather surprised and a bit put out about was that after the final was broadcast I never had so much as a letter of congratulation from the Governors, which struck me as strange. Especially since two of them turned up to the official reception in the Mayor's Parlour in Neath when that happened. Still, there we are, these things happen.

Stephen Follows said...

I presume they just wanted the free prosecco.