A Mastermind contestant was crowned champion as she showed off her impressive knowledge on Buffy The Vampire Slayer.
Marianne McKillop revealed that the supernatural series, starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, was her specialist subject on tonight’s instalment.
And the English teacher proved that she could have basically starred on the show herself with her knowledge opposite quizmaster Clive Myrie.
During the episode Marianne was up against Gillian Burgoyne a retired nurse whose specialist subject was the saxophone, chartered accountant Dean Ward, who answered questions on Margaret Thatcher, and investor Daniel Howard, an expert on venomous snakes of Africa.
She correctly answered 10 questions, with no passes and only two wrong answers, which put her in front of her co-stars at the halfway point.
Marianne had to then wait her turn for the general knowledge round, and was eventually told that she had to beat a score of 19.
Like a total pro, she made it look easy as she racked up points, eventually netting 20 points.
This means that she will go through to the semi-finals.
Speaking after the episode, Marianne told the cameras of her love for Buffy: ‘I used to love watching it when I was at university.
Can you correctly answer all of these Buffy questions?
Q1: What collective nickname for Buffy and her friends is used by Xander in the episode What’s My Line part one and is a reference to a Hanna-Barbera cartoon?
Q2: In Harvest, Giles, the school librarian, discovers that Sunnydale is built on a portal between realities that was known by the Spanish as Boca del Inferno, which he says translates roughly as what?
Q3: The show’s theme tune was performed by what band, who appeared in the episode Empty places?
Q4: Which cult of vampires, whose symbol is a sun and three stars, was prophesied to bring the Anointed to the Master?
Q5: In the vampire Spike’s first episode, he takes issue with another vampire who claims to have been present at the crucifixion and says that if every vampire who said they were there actually had been, it would have been life which event?
Q6: Which actress plays Faith, the Slayer who gained her powers after her predecessor Kendra was killed by the vampire Drusilla?
Q7: In Real Me, when Giles becomes the owner of the Magic Shop, Buffy questions the wisdom of this and says most magic shop owners in Sunnydale have the life expectancy of what?
Q8: What’s the name for the rite of passage undergone by each Slayer on reaching the age of 18 in which she’s stripped of her powers and placed in a room with a vampire?
Q9: Which fear demon, known as the Dark Lord of Nightmares, is accidentally summoned in the episode, Fear Itself, although when it appears, it’s very small, so Buffy treads on it?
Q10: The final episode of season five, in which Buffy gives her life to save her sister, ends with a shot of her gravestone. What’s the title of this episode?
Q11: In I Only Have Eyes For You, the ghosts of two lovers who died in 1955, possessed Buffy and Angel to recreate their final moments. One of the ghosts is called James, what’s the name of the other?
Q12: In Once More With Feeling, which demon causes the people of Sunnydale to sing about their inner feelings and sings to Dawn, ‘Something’s cooking, I’m at the griddle, I bought Nero his very first fiddle?’
A1: The Scooby Gang. A2: The Hellmouth. A3: Nerf Herder. A4: The Order of Aurelius. A5: Woodstock. A6: Eliza Dushku. A7: A Spinal Tap drummer. A8: Tento di Cruciamentum. A9: Gachnar. A10: The Gift. A11: Grace Newman. A12: Sweet.
‘In recent months I’ve started rewatching it with my 12-year-old daughter, Catriona.
‘We love the fact that it turns some of the horror movie tropes on its head and you’ve got a wisecracking female hero. So what’s not to love?’
Discussing her relaxed demeanour in the chair, she added: ‘I found myself smiling in the black chair because, after all the preparation, here I am!
‘It was easier just to smile and enjoy it than to sit and worry about things.’
Mastermind airs on Mondays, at 7.30pm, on BBC Two.
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