Eggheads (TV series)
|Presented by||Dermot Murnaghan (2003–)
Jeremy Vine (2008–) (second half of each series)
Barry Simmons (2008–)
Pat Gibson (2009–)
Dave Rainford (2012–)
CJ de Mooi (2003–12)
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||14|
|No. of episodes||1210 (as of 11 November 2013)|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production company(s)||12 Yard
BBC Scotland (2010–)
|Original channel||BBC One (2003–4)
BBC Two (2005–)
|Original run||10 November 2003– present|
Eggheads is a BBC quiz show which pits a team of five "Eggheads" (made up from seven highly regarded quiz and game show champions, rotating each episode) against a series of teams of five "challengers" who in each episode attempt to beat the Eggheads through a series of rounds.
The program was first broadcast in 2003, and co-presented by Dermot Murnaghan and Jeremy Vine. For the 2008 series, Jeremy Vine was brought in to present on nights when Murnaghan was hosting the spinoff series Are You an Egghead?. This happened again from October 2009 while Murnaghan presented the second series of the spinoff show. Since the spin-off show finished, Jeremy Vine has continued to host the second half of each series, which broadcasts 52 weeks a year. Episodes generally air weekdays.
The show is played in five rounds: the first four are each on a specific category whilst the final round is a general knowledge round. In each of these first four rounds, the Challengers are given a category and must choose a member of their own team to play and an Egghead against whom they wish to compete. The players for that round then leave the studio to go into the "question room" outside (which in 2009, was reported by the Telegraph actually to be a pair of wooden benches behind a curtain). The challenger is given the choice of going first or second, and both players are then asked in turn three questions each, which have multiple choice answers. If after these three questions there is no winner, the round then goes into sudden death with each question now having no possible answers given. The player who wins each round is then eligible to play in the final round whilst the losing players have to sit in their respective "question rooms" and are not allowed to participate in the final general knowledge round. The general knowledge round is then played in exactly the same format as the head-to-head rounds, and now gives the challengers the opportunity to win the prize money. If the Eggheads win the final round, the prize money increases by a "rollover" system with another £1,000 added to the prize each day.
There are nine possible subjects in the head-to-head rounds: Arts & Books, Film & Television, Food & Drink, Geography, History, Music, Politics, Science, and Sport. Music and Film & Television were introduced in Autumn 2008 through a split of the Entertainment category. Subjects can appear in any order.
The quiz champions who compete on the show as the titular "Eggheads" are:
- Kevin Ashman (2003–present): Eight times winner of British Quiz Championship, six times winner of European Quizzing Championships, four times winner of World Quizzing Championships, 1989 winner of Fifteen to One, 1999 winner of Fifteen to One: Champion of Champions, 1995 Mastermind (including all-time record score), 1996 Brain of Britain (including all-time record score), 1998 Brain of Britain: Brain of Brains, 1998 Brain of Britain: Top Brain, ten times Brain of London, twice Gold Medallist for quizzing at the Mind Sports Olympiad, two times Master Brain, winner of Sale of the Century, Quiz Night, Trivial Pursuit and The Great British Quiz. Captain of the England quiz team and ranked the number one quizzer in the world.
- CJ de Mooi (2003–2012): 2002 Beat the Nation, 2001 winner of 100% and 2000 contestant of The Weakest Link as well as having been Mensa chess champion. He "tweeted" that he would not be in the Series 13 recordings of the show from 2012, in order that he pursues a full-time acting career. However, he continued to appear in Series 13 episodes of the show until Vine took over presenting duties from Murnaghan halfway through the series. His last appearance on the show was on 31 August 2012. On 29 August 2013, Eggheads producer Robert Dean announced on Twitter that CJ would be returning to the Eggheads team.
- Daphne Fowler (2003–present): 2001 winner of Fifteen to One, 1997 Brain of Britain and 1988 winner of Going for Gold.
- Chris Hughes (2003–present): 1983 Mastermind, International Mastermind and 2005 Brain of Britain.
- Judith Keppel (2003–present): first British winner of £1,000,000 on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?.
- Barry Simmons (2008–present): winner of Are You an Egghead?, semi-finalist on Mastermind, 2013 champion of Brain of Britain, £64,000 winner on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, winning member 2006 Masterteam and now member of the Scotland Quiz Team.
- Pat Gibson (2009–present): winner of Are You an Egghead? Series 2, two times winner (2007, 2010) of British Quiz Championship, three times winner (2007, 2010, 2011) of World Quizzing Championships, 2005 winner of Mastermind, 2010 winner of Mastermind: Champion of Champions, 2006 winner of Brain of Britain, £1,000,000 winner on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, amassing 21 international quizzing medals, and ranked the second strongest quizzer in the UK, behind Kevin Ashman.
- Dave Rainford (2012–present) A previous contestant on Are You An Egghead and £250,000 winner on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, nicknamed "Tremendous Knowledge".
Sixth, seventh and eighth Eggheads
In May 2008, auditions began for a sixth person to join the Eggheads team. These auditions were developed into a spin-off show, Are You an Egghead?, presented by Dermot Murnaghan. This began airing on BBC2 on 20 October 2008. On 2 December 2008, Barry Simmons, who had once been a contestant on the regular show, won the Are You an Egghead? final and became the sixth Egghead. He made his first appearance on the team on the regular show the same day. Since the addition of Simmons as an Egghead, the Eggheads team has operated on a rotating basis, still featuring five Eggheads (out of the six or seven) per show.
Pat Gibson won the second series of Are You an Egghead? and became the seventh Egghead to join the team, as of 25 November 2009. His first appearance as an Egghead was on the Celebrity Eggheads show on 7 December 2009.
Dave Rainford made his debut on 27 September 2012, replacing CJ De Mooi. He was previously seen on Are You an Egghead? in both series. In Series 1 he was beaten in the semi-finals by Barry and, in Series 2, he was beaten in the quarter-finals by David Edwards.
Teams who have defeated the Eggheads
On 11 November 2013, The Crooked Spires became the 101st team to defeat the Eggheads in 1210 episodes winning £5,000. Therefore, the BBC have now paid out a total of £1,210,000 in prize money.
The highest amount any team has won to beat the Eggheads is £75,000 in Series 8, Episode 14 by Beer today, Gone tomorrow.
On 15 December 2008, a special edition of Eggheads began, airing 5 shows of Celebrity Eggheads, ending on 19 December 2008 presented by Dermot Murnaghan.
On 7 December 2009, 10 more editions of Celebrity Eggheads began. These were also the first shows to feature Pat Gibson, the seventh Egghead. The first nine episodes aired on consecutive weekdays, with the tenth episode airing later in March 2010.
From 13 December 2010, 10 Celebrity Eggheads episodes were aired for a third series.
Then, from 12 to 23 December 2011, including a show on Sunday 18 December, the format returned for a fourth series.
From 10 to 21 December 2012, a further ten episodes aired.
From 9 December 2013, a further ten episodes are scheduled to be aired.
|Series||Start date||End date||Episodes||Host||Eggheads||Landmark|
|1||10 November 2003||19 December 2003||30||30||Dermot||Chris, Daphne, CJ, Kevin and Judith|
|2||6 September 2004||16 November 2004||30||60||Dermot||Chris, Daphne, CJ, Kevin and Judith|
|3||23 May 2005||7 November 2005||30||90||Dermot||Chris, Daphne, CJ, Kevin and Judith|
|4||8 November 2005||12 December 2005||25||115||Dermot||Chris, Daphne, CJ, Kevin and Judith||100th episode on 22 November 2005|
|5||10 April 2006||6 June 2006||40||155||Dermot||Chris, Daphne, CJ, Kevin and Judith|
|6||25 September 2006||5 March 2007||25||180||Dermot||Chris, Daphne, CJ, Kevin and Judith|
|7||6 March 2007||10 September 2007||80||260||Dermot||Chris, Daphne, CJ, Kevin and Judith||250th episode on 27 August 2007|
|8||11 September 2007||28 February 2008||80||340||Dermot||Chris, Daphne, CJ, Kevin and Judith|
|9||29 February 2008||23 March 2009||160||500||Dermot (Episodes 1–80)
Jeremy (Episodes 81–160)
|Chris, Daphne, CJ, Kevin, Judith and Barry||Barry's debut on 2 December 2008
500th episode on 23 March 2009
|10||24 March 2009||26 February 2010||155||655||Dermot (Episodes 1–75)
Jeremy (Episodes 76–155)
|Chris, Daphne, CJ, Kevin, Judith and Barry||600th episode on 11 November 2009|
|11||1 March 2010||6 April 2011||160||815||Dermot (Episodes 1–80)
Jeremy (Episodes 81–160)
|Chris, Daphne, CJ, Kevin, Judith, Barry and Pat||Pat's debut on 1 March 2010
750th episode on 26 October 2010
|12||7 April 2011||13 April 2012||160||975||Dermot (Episodes 1–80)
Jeremy (Episodes 81–160)
|Chris, Daphne, CJ, Kevin, Judith, Barry and Pat|
|13||16 April 2012||14 March 2013||140||1115||Dermot (Episodes 1–60)
Jeremy (Episodes 61–140)
|Chris, Daphne, CJ, Kevin, Judith, Barry, Pat and Dave||1,000th episode on 18 May 2012
CJ's final episode on 31 August 2012
Dave's debut on 27 September 2012
|14||9 April 2013||TBA||140||1255||Dermot (Episodes 1–60)
Jeremy (Episodes 61–140)
|Chris, Daphne, Dave, Kevin, Judith, Barry and Pat|
- Jeremy Vine set to return to BBC2 The Guardian, 7 August 2008
- Are you as clever as an Egghead Beonscreen.com
- Eggie Hunt - Updated Quizzing, 14 May 2008
- Radio Times
- "£75,000 Winners of Eggheads quiz show on BBC 2 at 6:00pm September 28th, 2007".
- "Celebrity Eggheads on BBC 2 at 6:00pm December 10th, 2012". Digiguide.tv. 2012-12-10. Retrieved 2013-03-04.
- Eggheads at BBC Programmes
- Eggheads at 12-Yard Productions
- Eggheads at UKGameshows.com
- Eggheads at Challenge.co.uk
- Celebrity Eggheads at BBC Programmes