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Charlie Cooper’s mind blown by Mastermind contestant picking This Country as specialist subject – and she crushes it

Charlie Cooper was all of us after a contestant on Mastermind chose This Country as her specialist subject and absolutely nailed it, getting just two questions wrong.

Operations Manager Alison Lyndon-Parker barely broke a sweat as she sat in the black chair, confronted by Mastermind host John Humphrys.

Alison knew it all – the name of the vicar’s 1980s failed Christian boyband, the celebrity Kerry and Kurtan spotted at the local Co-op and the name of Martin Mucklowe’s biker gang.

If Kerry and Kurtan ever made another pal, it would be Alison.

Charlie shared a clip of Alison on Instagram, and admitted even he didn’t know all the answers.

‘Absolutely mad that someone chose This Country as a specialist subject on Mastermind,’ he wrote. ‘Even madder I got 2 questions wrong.’


Alison topped the leader board with 10 correct answers and then won the episode with a total of 19 points, proving to be a general knowledge wizard too.

This Country ended after its third series in 2020 but has seen its popularity continue to surge as viewers discovered the BBC Three mockumentary in lockdown.

Following cousins Kerry and Kurtan Mucklow (played by real life siblings Charlie and Daisy May Cooper), This Country won a Bafta for best Scripted Comedy in 2018, while Daisy also won the best  Female Performance in a Comedy.

Bridesmaid director Paul Feig is now taking This Country to the States with a US reboot, starring Sean William Scott as the vicar which, as Daisy recently summed up, ‘is a bit mad’.

This Country is available to stream on BBC iPlayer where you can also watch Alison crush her competition on Mastermind.


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