Having a crack at the Eggheads

Taking on the Eggheads
Taking on the Eggheads

Two youth group leaders recently came within a question of beating the cream of Britain’s quizzing talent in a hit BBC television show.

Donald and John Armour - who are leaders at the 268th Glasgow Company Boys’ Brigade, in Bishopbriggs - appeared on television screens across the UK on Thursday, September 25.

The pair were taking part in the BBC 2 general knowledge quiz show Eggheads, hosted by former newsreader Dermot Mornaghan.

They were joined in the studio by fellow Boys’ Brigade stalwarts Stuart Rankin (from the 15th Coatbridge Company), Alan Brown (from the 45th Glasgow Company) and Brian Horne (from the 163rd Glasgow Company).

Filmed in Glasgow, the show pitches teams of contestants up against a group of notoriously bright trivia buffs.

Four initial rounds see challengers take on the Eggheads individually, with the loser of each contest playing no further part in proceedings.

A fifth and final round is comprised of the surviving members of each team answering a series of multiple choice questions, followed by a sudden death decider if they cannot be separated.

The Boy’s Brigade team came up against a team including Judith Kepple - the first person to ever win the jackpot on ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire’.

They also had to take on Mastermind winner (and points record holder) Kevin Ashman and Brain of Britain champ Chris Hughes.

Filling out the impressive team were ‘Are You An Egghead’ winners Pat Gibson and Dave Rainford.

Despite their opponent’s impressive pedigree, the Boys’ Brigade quzzers did well - negotiating their way through to a tense sudden death at the end of the show.

Sadly, however, they capitulated at the final hurdle, leaving without the prize money on offer.

John Armour told the Herald: “Taking part in Eggheads was a great experience. We had a great team spirit despite being narrowly beaten by the Eggheads.

“Visiting the BBC’s studios in Pacific Quay and having the opportunity to see behind the scenes of a quiz show was fascinating.”

If you think you have what it takes to beat the Eggheads the BBC are currently looking for teams to take them on.

Just go to www.bbc.co.uk/showsandtours