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Contestant Call for Series 5 of BBC4’s Only Connect!

December 2010 Posted on Mon, December 13, 2010 19:03:19

smiley Right all you quiz fans…

The fifth series of our favourite BBC4 quiz show, Only Connect is about to get underway and the show is looking for contestants.

If you’ve always wanted to appear on a quiz show, why not go for it?!

Here are the details:


Victoria Coren presents the fifth series of the popular BBC Four quiz
show ONLY CONNECT where, as in life itself, knowledge will only take
you so far: patience and lateral thinking are also vital. It’s all about making
connections between things which may appear, at first glance, not to
be connected at all.

We’re looking for teams of three players who share a common passion,
ability or profession, to pool their combined wits to solve fiendish conundrums
and vexing puzzles.

ONLY CONNECT: the quiz where general knowledge meets lateral

To request an application please email: onlyconnect<at>presentable<dot>co<dot>uk including a telephone number.

The application deadline will close Wednesday 26th January 2011, so
get them in as soon as possible.

If you applied for a previous series, but were unsuccessful, you are welcome to apply again for the new series.
Auditions will be held in regional centres throughout the UK.

All applicants must be aged 18+ and U.K. Residents.

‘How To Become A Quizzing Genius’ Number 15 in Lulu Bestsellers List

December 2010 Posted on Sat, December 04, 2010 15:39:15

smiley I was really thrilled to discover that the e-book version of ‘How To Become A Quizzing Genius’ had made it to No. 15 in one of the Lulu bestsellers chart last month!

Writing this book has been a real labour of love and I have found the whole experience of writing a book very exciting.

I am really grateful to everyone who has helped make the book a success!

If anyone would like to purchase a copy of the book in either e-book or paperback form, just visit

I have tried my absolute best to make the book useful for people who genuinely want to improve their quizzing skills!

The book describes never-before-revealed techniques for learning huge amounts of general knowledge in the shortest time possible.

And don’t expect the book to be full of memory-enhancing mnemonics – in fact, I caution against the overuse of mnemonics in the book!

The book is beautifully-illustrated with full-colour photographs throughout and a great read for people who love to quiz!

To celebrate Christmas, the book is available with 5% discount so if you are thinking of buying a copy, please do!

Hopefully with your support, I can get the book to No. 1 in the Lulu bestsellers chart!

Jamie smiley