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11 Jul 2016 21:17 #1240749 by Diable Rouge
Hurrah, first episode of new series just over!
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12 Jul 2016 02:30 #1240819 by Squarewheelbike

Ciarraíoch wrote: Hurrah, first episode of new series just over!


And UC, my happiest hour of the week on iPlayer is back!
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12 Jul 2016 04:23 #1240829 by Gerontophile
Thanks for letting me know about these. A happy hour spent getting oh so many wrong.
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22 Jul 2016 14:56 #1245517 by Kryvbas Gripper Rih
I am sure it's been mentioned before, but the banter between Coren and the teams at the start of the show is both the most excruciating television of the year, and the most unmissable bit of the show.

Every single show they cut off a missing vowels round and I scream that they could have had another round of questions if they didn't waste so much time showing the cringe small-talk earlier. Argh.

We always turn off after the final score is announced, being unable to force ourselves to any more of the 'jokes' that accompany the lead up to the final credits.
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22 Jul 2016 15:23 #1245534 by Mumpo
Yep, us too. Sound firmly muted for the opening monologue too.

At least she hasn't ordered any teams to sing... yet.
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22 Jul 2016 16:55 #1245617 by Patrick Thistle
How else will you know they are virginal nerds without the awkward banter?
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23 Aug 2016 13:55 #1255750 by irony towers
If you like Only Connect, there's a chance you also like crosswords.

If you like Only Connect and you also like crosswords, I'm hoping you'll like this .
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23 Aug 2016 14:03 #1255758 by Patrick Thistle
Not sure if it was the most recent episode or not but the one we played on iPlayer last night included a shout out to Portmanmoor Road in Splott where apparently they film it.

I like Victoria Coren Mitchell but her delivery of the banter and patter is terrible. Endearing but terrible.
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23 Aug 2016 14:10 #1255761 by Your Usual Table
The odd thing is she's much funnier on other shows, particularly when presenting Have I Got News For You.
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23 Aug 2016 15:59 - 23 Aug 2016 15:59 #1255793 by Evariste Euler Gauss
I absolutely fucking *adore* VC-M. I have never read anything she's written, or watched any telly she's been on, without feeling a little bit better about the world after doing so. I loved her "For Richer For Poorer" poker autobiography, and I love her Observer columns. Her OC banter is OK, and sometimes much better than that.
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06 Jan 2017 22:06 #1289629 by Diable Rouge
It just seems completely wrong for it to be moved to Friday, breaking up the Quizzy Monday Golden Hour.
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06 Jan 2017 22:47 #1289636 by Evariste Euler Gauss
I sympathise. Not personally affected though as we always record it and watch it later, in fact usually several weeks later.
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06 Jan 2017 23:25 #1289645 by Gangster Octopus

Diable Rouge wrote: It just seems completely wrong for it to be moved to Friday, breaking up the Quizzy Monday Golden Hour.

Wot? When the fuck did that happen?
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07 Jan 2017 19:47 #1289752 by Diable Rouge
Started this week - moreover, the time of broadcast varied this week depending on which country of the UK or Ireland you're in, due to rugby.
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07 Jan 2017 19:58 #1289755 by Mumpo
Just... what??!!

I've watched the last couple of episodes on iPlayer so I wasn't aware of this scheduling travesty. However I did wonder why an episode was being shown late on Friday evening. It was on this afternoon (Saturday) as well, wasn't it?

I mean why break up the partnership with University Challenge?

Mad.

Anyway there's a little extra game I like to play when watching OC. I listen to the theme tune, of course, to get in the mood; then, like any sane person, I mute the volume before VCM has a chance to speak. Then, I have to lip-read her and try to toggle the sound back on the instant before she says "On my right..."

Try it. It's fun.
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09 Jan 2017 15:48 #1289988 by tracteurgarçon
Was it just me or did anyone else think there were some terrible questions in this week's episode?

Questions about films one of which won't be released for another two years and a couple of other really tenuous ones.

I'm all for cryptic questions but surely there has to be a limit to the obscurity otherwise they're just impossible to anyone other than the setter.
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11 Jan 2017 16:50 #1290574 by Gangster Octopus

tracteurgarçon wrote: Questions about films one of which won't be released for another two years

That one was particularly stupid, wasn't it.
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11 Jan 2017 21:54 #1290660 by Various Artist
Thirded. It was ridiculous that being able to answer that question depended on being able to name a hypothetical sequence of films.

And yes, it's patently bollocks that the programme has been moved from its happy home on Mondays as University Challenge's slightly warped and a touch unruly younger sibling, to a nothing Friday slot where it's allegedly and completely needlessly meant to be complementing QI instead.
Or, in Wales, Saturday, where it complements neither – Sport Wales kicks it out of even the Friday night slot that it has moved to in much of the rest of the UK, so it's 24 hours later again west of the Severn Bridge. At least, on regular BBC Two. The only small mercy is that it's still available in the Friday slot if you go to BBC Two HD.
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05 Feb 2017 23:34 #1296465 by Fussbudget
Not overly impressed with Victoria Coren's comment on the (spoiler alert?) Martinique/Réunion/Brittany/Mayotte connecting group that they are administrative regions of France "even though only Brittany is actually in France, the others are abroad". Well no, by very definition they are all in France.
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06 Feb 2017 11:18 #1296537 by nmrfox
I wonder if the quality had dipped a bit. I'm not overly enamoured with this new format which seems to be given teams a second chance. In the first round I'm ok with it, but now we are further down the line, giving losing teams another go just seems to be stretching it on and on. And agree with the earlier comments, it feels totally out of place on a Friday night.
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