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  1. neilold

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    Years ago when I was VP of the only fools and horses fanclub, I applied to be on, never got through mind. My method was what I've described above and learning the entire series script pretty much word for word
     
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    I watched every episode several times first so that I had a good feel for each one. I then watched them all again but paused every time I heard or saw something that they could ask as a potential question obviously discounting any drugs, sex or swearing references so for example one episode where the characters try and score drugs I only found 21 potential questions but for others there were as many as 50. I then went through the questions again and what looked like a likely Mastermind question as it could complete a joke or was an interesting incident or line and put them in bold.

    I then listed every actor who had any kind of role in the series and looked through the technical side of things such as directors and writers and learned all of them too.

    If you're a big Inbetweeners fan I can send you my list of questions but there were nearly 1000 in total.

    Had I been doing it about Red Dwarf the first question I'd have drawn up would probably be, Lister starts smoking whilst him and Rimmer are about to fix a blocked vending machine, Rimmer asks him if that's a cigarette he's smoking, what does Lister sarcastically say it is. But that wouldn't be a very likely question but I might mark something down such as, 'What film does Kryten take Camille to see at the cinema, afterwards she says it will be their film. There are numerous references to the film throughout the episode.' This would be a very likely question imo.
     
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    I didn't target any episode, spent equal time on all of them really. Of the 18 episodes they only asked questions about 7 of them and two of those episodes had 2 questions. There were only 3 questions which were relevant to the entire series, most of them were just one liners so a RD example would be, when Rimmer is watching the year of Earth news they are reporting on England's underwater hockey tour of where?
     
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    Oh, interesting methodology. I appreciate the ibsight. The thing is you can still be a massive fan and be underprepared
     
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    Red Dwarf is actually a massive subject to undertake for Mastermind. Every episode is 30 minutes long and there's already 69 episodes and 6 more to come which is nearly 40 hours of TV. The Inbetweeners is only 9 hours of TV so I guess they have to go a bit deeper with the questions. I can't wait to see the Red Dwarf set.
     
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    There was 60 or so only fools episodes for me to remember of which a score or so were fifty minutes long, equally as bad, if not worse!
     
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    Was there any nice snacks backstage?
     
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    Yes, I've done 8 different shows now and the food backstage at Mastermind is definitely the best.
     
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    You sound a veteran. What's the best you did, and what did/do you win.?

    personally I think the general knowledge section can be cruel. Yes its a great leveller that suits the format. But it can unfairly punish the hardcore specialist who then comes a cropper due to its sheer scope of possibilities
     
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    The best is the Chase where I won £12,000. That was aired back in September. I won a show on Fifteen to One as well but you just get a trophy for that.

    Agreed re. General Knowledge round. Every contestant should get the same questions really but that doesn't make for good TV.
     
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    Thats all very impressive. You should try and go on the crystal maze next.
     
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    It was, we had a prize pool of £36,000 split between the 3 players who got to the final chase.

    Normally I'm not too hungry before recording sessions cos of nerves but it's almost always just sandwiches whilst Mastermind bring in a very nice hot selection as well as sandwiches.
     
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    Do you think I could go on mastermind and have my specialist subject be Tex Rimmer?
     
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    It was Mark we faced, he kept making mistakes in the final chase, we only set a target of 17 but he got 11 wrong I think so we won. No money in Mastermind so probably wasn't worth all the effort but an enjoyable experience nonetheless.
     
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    How is the real studio experience different to how it is on TV? I assume there's no music or sound effects. And how do breaks work? I assume it's not live. So does Bradley just say "see you after the break" and then seconds later he says "welcome back"? The contestants always look annoyed when he says he'll give the answer after the break, but what difference does it make to the people in the studio. Or do you really all stand there waiting through an imaginary ad break?
     
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    I can't recall any music or sound effects at the Chase, there definitely was during Mastermind though.

    The breaks were usually a couple of minutes in length but on my show they went to breaks before players came up, never before an answer was about to be revealed. I did Countdown years ago and you can hear the clock during the rounds which is a little distracting.
     
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    But mostly, the studio experience is pretty much what you see on TV just there's more breaks and a lot of sitting/standing around on recordings.
     
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    So what do you all do during the breaks? Does Bradley or the Chaser chat to you?
     
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    The breaks aren't long, usually the production team come over and bring you water and chat to you and someone else will be chatting to Bradley. Mark didn't speak to us outside of the recording but I've since met Shaun Wallace who says he'll always make the effort to have a chat with the contestants at the end of the recording.
     
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    I thought Wallace died?
     

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