The BEST episodes of Only Connect

Every episode of Only Connect ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Only Connect!

Victoria Coren Mitchell hosts the series where knowledge will only take you so far. Patience and lateral thinking are also vital.

Last Updated: 4/10/2024Network: BBC TwoStatus: Continuing
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Orienteers v Chessmen
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#1 - Orienteers v Chessmen

Season 10 - Episode 27 - Aired 3/30/2015

In the series finale, the Orienteers and Chessmen battle it out to be named Only Connect champions. So join Victoria Coren Mitchell if you want to know what connects Diarmuid Ua Duibhne, White Death, Robin Hood and King Charles II.

Bibliophiles v Gamesmasters
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#2 - Bibliophiles v Gamesmasters

Season 10 - Episode 19 - Aired 1/26/2015

A team of book lovers take on three video gamers in a bid to secure a place in the quarter-finals. So join Victoria Coren Mitchell if you want to know what connects Queen Elizabeth II, Romeo Beckham, Mark and Carol Thatcher, and Macduff.

007s v Junipers
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#3 - 007s v Junipers

Season 15 - Episode 23 - Aired 2/24/2020

Victoria Coren Mitchell asks the questions as the 007s take on the Junipers in the third of the quarter-final matches, with a place in the semi-finals at stake. They must use patience, lateral thinking and sheer inspiration to make connections between groups of four things that may appear at first not to be linked, with one set of clues consisting of Harris, Dean Martin, Inspector Morse, and Frank Duckworth.

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Dicers v Birdwatchers
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#4 - Dicers v Birdwatchers

Season 14 - Episode 24 - Aired 4/1/2019

The Dicers take on the Birdwatchers in the last quarter-final and 300th episode of the quiz. They compete to draw together the connections between things which, at first glance, seem utterly random. So join Victoria Coren Mitchell if you want to know what connects Twelve Oaks, Miss Maudie Atkinson’s house, Thornfield Hall and Manderley.

Athenians v Bookworms
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#5 - Athenians v Bookworms

Season 11 - Episode 20 - Aired 11/30/2015

The Athenians and Bookworms return for a last chance to make it to the quarter-finals. So join Victoria Coren Mitchell if you want to know what connects The Cradle Will Rock, The Pilgrim's Progress, the New Statesman and the Mr Men.

Cricketers v Escapologists
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#6 - Cricketers v Escapologists

Season 13 - Episode 22 - Aired 1/15/2018

Victoria Coren Mitchell asks the questions as round two losers the Cricketers and the Escapologists return for one final chance to stay in the competition. Among the challenges facing the players is to determine what connects Robin Masters, Madeline Magellan, Temperance Brennan and Jessica Fletcher.

Ticket Collectors v Walruses
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#7 - Ticket Collectors v Walruses

Season 16 - Episode 10 - Aired 11/23/2020

Victoria Coren Mitchell hosts as first-round losers the Ticket Collectors and the Walruses get another chance to stay in the competition and reach the second stage. The contestants must use patience, lateral thinking and sheer inspiration to make connections between four things that may appear at first not to be linked, with one set of clues comprising Alfonso Valiente, Lionel Richie, Papa, and Antony Kidman.

Scientists v String Section
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#8 - Scientists v String Section

Season 11 - Episode 21 - Aired 12/7/2015

The Scientists and the String Section return in the first of the quarter-finals. So join Victoria Coren Mitchell if you want to know what connects Memoir: My Life, Song: Your Life, Film: September and Novella: The Life of Ivan Denisovich.

Bridges v Puzzle Hunters
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#9 - Bridges v Puzzle Hunters

Season 16 - Episode 18 - Aired 1/18/2021

A family team take on three puzzle hunters for a last chance to make the quarter-finals. They compete to draw together the connections between things which at first glance, seem utterly random. So join Victoria Coren Mitchell if you want to know what connects the Netherlands, A Gentleman in Russia, Goodbye to Germany, Down and Out in France, and the United Kingdom

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Final
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#10 - Final

Season 15 - Episode 28 - Aired 3/30/2020

Victoria Coren Mitchell asks the questions in the final of the quiz, with two teams battling it out to succeed last year's winners the Dicers and be named champions. The teams 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, with one set comprising Take On Me, Super Mario 64, Voyage of the Dawn Treader, and Mary Poppins.

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Orwellians v Turophiles
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#11 - Orwellians v Turophiles

Season 15 - Episode 24 - Aired 3/2/2020

Victoria Coren Mitchell asks the questions as the Orwellians take on the Turophiles in the last of the quarter-final matches, with a place in the semi-finals at stake. They must use patience, lateral thinking and sheer inspiration to make connections between groups of four things that may appear at first not to be linked, with one set of clues consisting of Colman's Mustard, Torino FC, Lamborghini, Merrill Lynch.

Durhamites v Pyromaniacs
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#12 - Durhamites v Pyromaniacs

Season 14 - Episode 18 - Aired 2/18/2019

Both teams playing tonight have won a game and lost a game so this is their last chance to stay in the tournament, They compete to draw together the connections between things which, at first glance, seem utterly random. So join Victoria Coren Mitchell if you want to know what connects Steinhauer, Trotsky, Musk and Edmonds.

Final
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#13 - Final

Season 13 - Episode 37 - Aired 4/30/2018

Victoria Coren Mitchell asks the questions in the grand final of the quiz, as the Belgophiles take on either the Escapologists or the Inquisitors to succeed last year's winners the Verbivores and be named Only Connect series champions. The teams 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, with one question asking what comes next in the sequence Caloris Montes, Skadi Mons, Mount Everest. Last in the series.

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Semi-Final 2
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#14 - Semi-Final 2

Season 12 - Episode 36 - Aired 3/31/2017

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Cluesmiths v Yorkers
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2 votes

#15 - Cluesmiths v Yorkers

Season 11 - Episode 13 - Aired 10/5/2015

The Cluesmiths take on the Yorkers. So join Victoria Coren Mitchell if you want to know what connects Seborga, Forvik, Christiania and Sealand.

Collectors v Mixologists
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#16 - Collectors v Mixologists

Season 11 - Episode 10 - Aired 9/14/2015

Two teams who lost their first heats return for one last chance to make it to the quarter finals. So join Victoria Coren Mitchell if you want to know what connects Darkness Visible, the Dementors, a bell jar and a black dog.

Road Trippers v Athenians
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#17 - Road Trippers v Athenians

Season 11 - Episode 7 - Aired 8/24/2015

A trio of road trippers take on three fans of Greece in this edition. So join Victoria Coren Mitchell if you want to know what connects Elizabeth and James, Menace II Society, Harvard Connection and I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles).

Linguists v Oxonians
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#18 - Linguists v Oxonians

Season 10 - Episode 18 - Aired 1/19/2015

Three linguists square up to a team from Oxford in a bid to make it to the quarter-finals. So join Victoria Coren Mitchell if you want to know what connects Muscoidea, uncomplimentary, unproprietary and unoriental.

Relatives v Exhibitionists
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#19 - Relatives v Exhibitionists

Season 9 - Episode 5 - Aired 5/12/2014

Two first-round losers return as a family team play a trio of art enthusiasts.

Board Gamers v Bakers
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#20 - Board Gamers v Bakers

Season 8 - Episode 13 - Aired 12/23/2013

Board Gamers v Bakers: Three board game aficionados take on a trio of bakers in the series finale.

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Press Gang v Bakers
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#21 - Press Gang v Bakers

Season 8 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/14/2013

Press Gang v Bakers: Quiz show in which connections must be made between things which appear utterly random at first glance. The press gang take on a team of bakers.

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The Final
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#22 - The Final

Season 11 - Episode 27 - Aired 1/18/2016

In the grand final, two teams battle it out to be named Only Connect series champions. So join Victoria Coren Mitchell if you want to know what connects Foke, Hombay, Egantic and Leakfast.

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Vikings v Inquisitors
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#23 - Vikings v Inquisitors

Season 13 - Episode 31 - Aired 3/19/2018

Victoria Coren Mitchell asks the questions as the Vikings take on the Inquisitors in the first of the quarter-final matches, with a place in the semi-finals at stake. They must use patience, lateral thinking and sheer inspiration to make connections between groups of four things that may appear at first not to be linked, with one set of clues consisting of Turn Around, Look Back in Anger, Cha, and Call Me Baby.

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Belgophiles v Escapologists
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#24 - Belgophiles v Escapologists

Season 13 - Episode 32 - Aired 3/26/2018

Victoria Coren Mitchell asks the questions as the Belgophiles take on the Escapologists in the second of the quarter-final matches, with a place in the semi-finals at stake. They must use patience, lateral thinking and sheer inspiration to make connections between groups of four things that may appear at first not to be linked, with one set of clues consisting of Ethel, Yogh, Thorn, and Long S.

Orwellians v Junipers
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#25 - Orwellians v Junipers

Season 15 - Episode 8 - Aired 10/28/2019

A team of George Orwell fans take on three gin drinkers in the last of the opening heats. They compete to draw together the connections between things which, at first glance, seem utterly random. So join Victoria Coren Mitchell if you want to know what connects Mary the Mutant, Krusty the Clown, Chandler Bing and Scaramanga.