The current producer of long-running BBC TV quiz show Mastermind has laid down the law on applicable subjects, revealing that people hoping to to sit in the black chair and have an easy run of questions about Fawlty Towers or Roald Dahl books can forget about it.
Contestants hoping to answer questions on the career of Dahl, the exclamations of Basil Fawlty and the generations of the Blackadder family are out of luck now, as producer Mark Helsby says the programme's question setters have literally run out of new things to ask people about such limited run TV programmes and popular books, with Father Ted and the Chronicles of Narnia also now on the list of obvious, easy subjects that will only win their applicants a place in the studio's coveted recycling bin.
Helsy explained his dilemma to the Radio Times, saying: "Thirty-two people wanted to do Fawlty Towers last year. 19 wanted Blackadder and 22 wanted Father Ted," although that's nothing compared to the 262 people who applied hoping that answering questions on the Harry Potter series as their specialist subject would win them the... the whatever the prize is. Probably a trophy. [Radio Times]