Preview – Mastermind: The Grand Final

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96 contestants, of whom I happened to have been one of them, have now been whittled down to six. Sadly, I wasn’t one of them, getting knocked out in the first heat. Everyone else in my heat got through to the semi-finals and all three lost, which was a shame.

However, let’s not downplay the achievements of the six finalists: Lynn Edwards: covering Alfred Hitchcock films; Frances Slack, answering questions on the history of Leningrad; Isabelle Heward, tackling the films of Billy Wilder; Mohan Mudigonda, who’s dealing with Seinfeld; Steven Marc Rhodes, facing questions on the architect Inigo Jones; and lastly (and the one I’m supporting as he, like me, is a Teessider) John Cockerill, whose specialist subject is the short films of Laurel and Hardy.

Who will win the glass bowl? More importantly, who will become the Mastermind champion?

Mastermind is on BBC Two at 19.30.