Tuesday, 28 September 2021

Doctor all clued up

A DOCTOR who appeared on University Challenge wearing a hat has reached the semi-finals of another TV quiz show.

A DOCTOR who appeared on University Challenge wearing a hat has reached the semi-finals of another TV quiz show.

Marianne Fairthorne, from Shiplake, competed in the latest episode of BBC4’s Only Connect on Monday night.

Dr Fairthorne has a collection of more than 50 hats and hoped to wear several on this week’s episode, as she did when she represented the London School of Economics on University Challenge four years ago.

However, Only Connect’s producers said she could not wear headgear that shadowed her face or had a brim.

The 31-year-old was captain of a team called Festival Fans.

The trio, who picked their name because they regularly attend music, literary and beer festivals, were pitted against another team of three called Francophiles.

Each team had to find connections between a series of seemingly unconnected clues.

Despite losing the quiz 26-20, each team starts out on the show with two lives so Festival Fans will still compete in the semi-finals later this year.

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