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Only Connect: Data Wizards crowned champions as they take home the trophy in nail-biting final

We have a new winner (Picture: BBC/Parasol/RDF Television/Patrick Olner/Tall and Short Photography)

Series 17 of Only Connect aired its final tonight, and a new winner has been crowned.

The episode saw the Data Wizards go up against the Golfers in a series of very tense rounds.

However, it was the Data Wizards who came out on top, and took home the coveted trophy.

There really wasn’t much in it at the end, as the trio finished with 23 points, just beating the Golfers’ 20 points.

Claire Turner, Tim Brown and Jonathan Cairns were delighted to be announced the champions, following a nail-biting final.

Contestants faced some challenging rounds as host Victoria Coren Mitchell tested them to the max on all things maths, geography, music and even eight-syllable words.

The Data Wizards did it (Picture: BBC)

Data Wizards succeed last year’s winners the Puzzle Hunters in the BBC Two show where brain-boxes must use ‘patience, lateral thinking and sheer inspiration to make connections between groups of four things that may at first appear not to be linked’.

At the end of the show, though, presenter Victoria offered some words of encouragement to both teams.

She said: ‘The trophy is yours to take home, Wizards, many congratulations.

‘But, much more importantly, thank you for playing, for coming along and being good sports which is, frankly, the only important thing.’

The quiz show has proved to be quite the hit with viewers in recent months, with a whopping 2.79million tuning in at the end of last year.

The Golfers narrowly missed out on the trophy (Picture: BBC)

This meant Only Connect overtook EastEnders in the Monday night ratings for the first time, toppling Danny Dyer and co. to become the most-watched show in its time spot.

Its increase in viewership shows just how far the show has come since it began 13 years ago on BBC Four.

The fiendishly difficult quiz show has gone from curiosity piece to bonafide institution, which fans love playing along with at home.

It’s become event TV for the nation’s quiz geeks after moving to BBC Two in 2014, and the Monday line-up alongside University Challenge and MasterMind has become one of the most thrilling nights on the box.

Following its recent success, the show’s co-creator Chris Stuart told Metro.co.uk he’s keen to try the show’s format out on a very different audience.

‘We were really attracted by the notion of a children’s version. I think that could work very well,’ he said. ‘It has that sort of potential if there were any interest. Absolutely.’


Credit: Original article published here.

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