As many of you will know, Pointless is my absolute favourite quiz show and if Elaine’s not on a late shift, we always sit and watch it together... to try and find some really obscure answers and see if we would have won the jackpot... had we been on the show... which clearly we weren’t...
Firstly though, seeing as she’s far too modest, I must mention arguably Elaine’s best ever movie spot from Sunday. We were watching the Jean Harlow film Dinner at Eight... now neither of us is an expert in vintage Hollywood cinema; in fact, this was probably the first of Jean’s movies that Elaine’s actually seen...
Anyway, on hearing the voice of the society hostess Millicent Jordan, Elaine looked up and said it sounded just like the Good Witch from the Wizard of Oz. Some of you may already know the answer, but for us it needed two minutes on Google to confirm that actress Billie Burke was indeed responsible for both Millicent and Glinda.
Impressed is an understatement!
It was always going to be hard to match such a quality piece of trivia, but I came pretty close last night when I found what would have been a winning answer to the Pointless jackpot question to name any Goal of the Season winner from 1970 onwards...
Elaine was on the computer (well it was a football question) when I shouted over... “Mickey Walsh... Blackpool... that’s my only answer...”
And here’s the reveal....
Richard Osman actually said: “Full marks for obscurity if you said Mickey Walsh, who won it in 1975 for Blackpool. That’s a terrific answer!”
Whether it’s terrific enough to beat Elaine’s finest hour, I’m not sure, but this is the goal from February 1975 that has stuck somewhere in my mind for the last 38 years...
All my own work... almost.