Thanks to all who took part. Here are the first part of the answers you’ve been waiting for, including sound or video links where appropriate.
ROUND 1: What connects…
1.The “Halloween” and “Star Trek” franchises?
Michael Myers wears an inside-out William Shatner mask.
3. The opening scene of 1970 film “Some Will, Some Won’t” with the climax of the 1978 version of “The 39 Steps”?
Wilfrid Brambell and Robert Powell can both be seen hanging off a minute hand on Big Ben.
4. Martin Scorsese, who had a very effective 3D take on the answer to (3) a few years back, with the answer to (2)?
He’d featured a “hanging from clock hand” scene in “Hugo”, and was a huge Archers fan – his long time editor, Thelma Schoonmaker ended up marrying Powell!
5. Ronald Reagan and Arnold Schwarzenegger?
They’ve both been governors of California.
ROUND 2: What’s next in sequence?
6. Sked, (Mackinlay), Holmes…
Titford. Early leaders of UKIP.
7. Jeroboam, Methuselah, Salmanazar, Balthazar…
Nebuchadnezzar. Biblical wine bottle sizes.
8. Henry VI.1, Henry VI.2, Henry VI.3…
Richard III. Shakespeare history plays.
9. Messidor, Thermidor, Fructidor, Vendémaire…
Brumaire. Second month of autumn in the French Republican Calendar.
10. Jonathan A., Christopher P., Willard D., James Tiberius K., S., James Tiberius K., John H., Rachel G…
Jean-Luc P. Captains of the USS Enterprise in Star Trek.
ROUND 3: Odd one out:
11. Macbeth, Othello, Hamlet, Falstaff?
Hamlet. The rest are Verdi operas.
12. Captain Kirk, General Kirk, Admiral Kirk? (Clue: time travel)
General Kirk. The other two, in Star Trek, time travelled, but Gen. Kirk merely headed up the time travel project in Irwin Allen’s Time Tunnel.
13. Fawlty Towers, Do Not Adjust Your Set, Monty Python, At Last the 1948 Show?
DNAYS. It featured some Pythons, but not John Cleese.
14. The Frogs, Into the Woods, Company, Mame, Anyone Can Whistle?
Mame, which is by Jerry Herman. The others are by Stephen Sondheim.
15. Sir Robin Day, David Dimbleby, Harry Enfield, Sue Lawley?
Harry Enfield, who has done a Question Time spoof as presenter. The others actually presented it, at least once.
ROUND 4: Christmas Music:
16. Who wrote perennial Christmas favourite Hansel and Gretel?
Engelbert Humperdinck (NOT the UK Eurovision entrant!)
17. Which 4 carols comprise the core of Helly-Hutchinson’s carol symphony?
Oh Come All Ye Faithful, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, The First Noel, Good Christian Men Rejoice!
18. The Beatles are the only band to have had 4 Christmas No. 1s. But what is the proof that they love Bach of Christmas Oratorio fame? (Hint: the answer comes in two parts)…
1) Blackbird, from the White Album, is based on Bach’s “Bourrée in E Minor”.
2) At the very end of “All You Need is Love”, the trumpeter who had done the descant for Penny Lane plays Bach’s “Two Part Invention in F”.
19. Perennial Christmas crooner Perry Como sang “Christmas Dream”, the song that opens “The Odessa File”. But who composed it?
Time Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
20. In “Bing Crosby’s Merrie Olde Christmas”, who is his neighbour and what song do they sing as a duet?
David Bowie. Little Drummer Boy.
ROUND 5: Morecambe and Wise, and their guests:
21. Who interrupted a show with an urgent news bulletin from the Chancellor, and has also presented Top Gear, Antiques Roadshow and TV AM?
22. Who also co-founded TV AM and appeared in a sailor’s suit with a load of colleagues?
23. Who said: “You’re playing all the wrong notes!” only to be told, “I’m playing all the right notes, but not necessarily in the right order, I’ll give you that!”
24. Who, on winning her first Oscar, received a telegram saying “Stick with us, kid, and we’ll get you another!”?
25. Who attempted to sing “Windmills of your mind” in 1973 whilst Ernie got stuck, Don Quixote like, in the prop windmill?