Cheshire West and Chester Council museum staff challenge the Eggheads
27 January 2016Museum staff from Cheshire West and Chester Council took part in one of the toughest general knowledge quiz shows, the BBC’s Eggheads.
A group of five colleagues from the Grosvenor Museum, Gillian Roe, Judy Peters, Mari Elliott, Phil Cox and Richard Euston appeared on the BBC2 show on January 26.
Eggheads, which is presented by Jeremy Vine, is a general knowledge quiz show, in which a team of five from all over the UK battle to beat the formidable Eggheads.
The group had to coin a name which would both be original, punchy and reflected their working environment. They decided to combine a popular exhibit in the Museum called The Period House, which stands on Bunce Street, with Bash Street Kids from the Beano to create the name ‘The Bunce Street Kids’.
Before the team travelled to Glasgow to compete in the quiz, they prepared and had their first outing as a team at a Council sponsored Children in Need event. From there the team tried various pub quizzes with increasing success.
The Eggheads show is played in five rounds; the player who wins a round earns a place in the final round, while the losing players are eliminated. The general knowledge round is then played the same way as the previous rounds but it gives the challengers the opportunity to win the prize money. ‘The Bunce Street Kids’ did an exceptional job of getting to the final round before they were eliminated by the Eggheads.
Gillian Roe, a Visitor Assistant for Cheshire West and Chester Council and the team leader said: “A team of us from in the museum shared a common interest in random quiz questions and as a consequence of that we decided we would like to enter our team for Eggheads, we submitted our application and very quickly found ourselves being called for filming.
“We had a lovely day in Glasgow at the BBC studios, where we were treated like stars; it was at that moment we realised that we were slightly more nervous than we first anticipated, and that the Eggheads are quite unbeatable due to their wide range of knowledge. We were very disappointed to lose to the Eggheads but we had a wonderful experience.”
Councillor Louise Gittins, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Wellbeing said: “This is a fantastic achievement for the group; the team really did give the Eggheads a run for their money, ‘The Bunce Street Kids’ team did exceptionally well!”
The team consisting of Andrew Schofield, the reserve player for the team, Gillian Roe, Richard Euston, Judy Peters, Phil Cox and Mari Elliott who are all part of Visitor Services Team for West Cheshire Museums based at Grosvenor Museum, Chester, with Jeremy Vine and the Eggheads.