First, Mastermind. That guy, John Humphreys is dreadful at it. I’m not sure whose idea it was to have a little banter between quizzer and quizee after the specialist and before the general knowledge rounds but it leads to dreadful results. If say, the specialised subject were “Stalin and the gulags”, John Humphreys would probably begin by saying “Stalin, not a nice chap then?”
And then, University Challenge.
Him: Oh, it’s that guy, geometric shapes, whatchamacallhim.
Him: No, no the Garnier logo.
Me: Ah, Mondrian.
You’re right about John Humphreys, I’m afraid. Very cringe-worthy.
I love University Challenge. I know the answers to about 0.001% of the questions, but I still shout at the TV. like it’s the contestants that are the ignoramuses, when I know the answer to a music question and they’re floundering – “It’s Delius, you fool!”