Sunday, 20 January 2013
The question Round Britain Quiz (possibly) dared not use ...
... or, as is equally likely, I didn't send it in - can't remember now. Or maybe it just wasn't good enough. You'll have to ask Paul Bajoria.
Look, let's not keep going on about it. The point is I found an old attempt at a Round Britain Quiz question and decided to share it with the nation - or that small but significant proportion of same whose eyes habitually slide over these musings.
If you are reading this in America, then all you need to know is that Round Britain Quiz is a longrunning programme on BBC Radio 4 where each week two teams from different regions strive to answer questions which require the making of unlikely and unexpected connections between a varied series of high and low cultural references. When, as is often the case when faced with anything relating to popular music, a team fails, the listener then has the chance to feel all smug and superior - until, that is, another strand in the same question exposes the limitations of that hypothetical listener's supposedly mature and eclectic sensibility.
Anyway, as I say, let's not go on about it. Please. And let's not even so much as mention that singularly annoying regular competitor who, having been firmly informed by quizmaster Tom Sutcliffe that no, it's not a film (or whatever) will immediately volunteer the name of a film (or whatever), as though there might have been some error, or as though he or she alone has been vouchsafed the information that the mere act of further utterance automatically secures points.
But let's not sink down into a morass of bitterness and accusation; it's a quiz designed to captivate and entertain, which it does. Excepting Mrs Pentherby, as it were. Besides, I can get all that by returning to the subject of Barry Manilow. So here is the Round Britain Quiz-type question - which now seems ridiculously easy to me, now that I look over it. Answers in comments below ... if you dare.
Babs's two Brices; a feverish singer (not Peggy Lee) and George's post-swim humiliation; Bowie's clownish PA; Mr Derek's (or Mr Roy's) narrative-interrupting companion in fugitive mode.
What's the link with the detective formerly known as Sam?