The WORST Episodes of Only Connect

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: May 24, 2020

Network: BBC Two

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

Crossworders v  Edinburgh Scrabblers

#1 - Crossworders v Edinburgh Scrabblers

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 17, 2008

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Bankers v Lapsed Psychologists

#2 - Bankers v Lapsed Psychologists

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Dec 15, 2008

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Crossworders v Lapsed Psychologists

#3 - Crossworders v Lapsed Psychologists

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Dec 22, 2008

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Cambridge Quiz Society v Oxford Librarians

#4 - Cambridge Quiz Society v Oxford Librarians

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Jul 13, 2009

Three lads from the Cambridge Quiz Society battle a trio of Oxford Librarians.

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Chessmen v Charity Puzzlers

#5 - Chessmen v Charity Puzzlers

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Aug 3, 2009

Three chess players take on a team who write puzzles for charity in the connections quiz.

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Mathematicians v Cambridge Quiz Society

#6 - Mathematicians v Cambridge Quiz Society

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Aug 10, 2009

Three mathematicians pit their skills against the wits of the Cambridge Quiz Society.

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Chessmen v Rugby Boys

#7 - Chessmen v Rugby Boys

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Aug 17, 2009

Three chess players pit their wits against the brawn of the Rugby Boys.

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Chessman v Mathematicians

#8 - Chessman v Mathematicians

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Aug 24, 2009

Three chess players take on three mathematicians in the battle for third place.

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Cambridge Quiz Society v Rugby Boys

#9 - Cambridge Quiz Society v Rugby Boys

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Aug 31, 2009

We discover what connects Spock, Lisa Simpson, Brachiosaurus and Adolf Hitler.

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Choir Boys v Brasenose Postgrads

#10 - Choir Boys v Brasenose Postgrads

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 18, 2010

Three members of the Brighton and Hove Gay Men's Chorus square up to a trio of postgraduates of Brasenose College, Oxford.

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Exeter Alumni v Gourmands

#11 - Exeter Alumni v Gourmands

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 8, 2010

Three former flatmates and graduates of Exeter University pit their wits against a news producer, a civil servant and an IT consultant who share a passion for fine food. Who will win the battle as they compete to draw together the connections between things, which, at first glance, seem utterly random?

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Insurers v Gamblers

#12 - Insurers v Gamblers

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Feb 15, 2010

A team of insurance professionals face off against a trio of committed gamblers. Who will win the battle as they compete to draw together the connections between things, which, at first glance, seem utterly random - such as Prince of Darkness, Bambi, Grocer and Tarzan?

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Booksellers v Bowlers

#13 - Booksellers v Bowlers

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Feb 22, 2010

Three senior managers from a national bookstore face off against a team drawn together by their love of London's retro bowling alleys. Who will win the battle as they compete to draw together the connections between things, which, at first glance, seem utterly random?

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Archers Admirers v Exeter Alumni

#14 - Archers Admirers v Exeter Alumni

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Mar 1, 2010

In the first of the quarter-finals, three fans of the Archers radio series take on the combined knowledge of three flatmates who all met up at Exeter University. They compete to draw together the connections between things, which, at first glance, seem utterly random - from Castor and Pollux to Brahma to Yoshi to Orville the Duck.

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Brasenose Postgrads v Hitchhikers

#15 - Brasenose Postgrads v Hitchhikers

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Mar 8, 2010

In the second of the quarter-finals, three postgraduate students from Brasenose College, Oxford, pit their wits against a trio of Douglas Adams fans who call themselves the Hitchhikers, in honour of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. They compete to draw together the connections between elements which, at first glance, seem utterly random: P J Tracy, Nicci French, Ellery Queen and Grant Naylor.

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Neuroscientists v Strategists

#16 - Neuroscientists v Strategists

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired Mar 15, 2010

In the third of the quarter-finals, three studying for their PhDs at Oxford set out to challenge the brainpower of the strategists, a team unified by their love of sophisticated strategy board games. They compete to draw together the connections between things, which, at first glance, seem utterly random - from maypoles to horse racing to spoken theatre to mince pies.

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Gamblers v Bowlers

#17 - Gamblers v Bowlers

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired Mar 22, 2010

In the last of the quarter-finals, three committed gamblers take their chances against a team unified by their love of ten-pin bowling. They compete to draw together the connections between things, which, at first glance, seem utterly random - from birdsong to breakout to shotgun to takeover.

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Archers Admirers v Gamblers

#18 - Archers Admirers v Gamblers

Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired Mar 29, 2010

How will they respond to the threat of cavalier risk-taking from a team of confirmed Gamblers? They'll compete to draw together the connections between elements which at first glance seem utterly random, including purple dye and the Jules Rimet trophy.

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Gamblers v Strategists

#19 - Gamblers v Strategists

Season 3 - Episode 15 - Aired Apr 12, 2010

In the series final, cunning and tactics combine with logic, recall and tangential inspiration, as three committed Gamblers resist the temptation to take too many risks and the Strategists fight the impulse to err on the side of caution. Whose approach will win out in this battle of the giants? They'll compete to draw together the connections between elements which at first glance seem utterly random, from Captain Scarlet to Reg Cox to Marty Hopkirk to Arnold J Rimmer.

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Epicureans v Courtiers

#20 - Epicureans v Courtiers

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 6, 2010

A team of three old university pals with a shared love of exotic foods and fine dining pit their wits against a trio of Ulstermen from the Northern Ireland Court Service. They compete to draw together the connections between things which, at first glance, seem utterly random, from USS Constitution to Edmund II to Cromwell's cavalrymen to Raymond Burr.

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Radio Addicts v Taxonomists

#21 - Radio Addicts v Taxonomists

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 20, 2010

A doctor, a teacher and an accountant with a shared passion for radio square up to a trio of professional taxonomists - three women who make companies more successful through their precise use of language.

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Brit Poppers v Geocachers

#22 - Brit Poppers v Geocachers

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 27, 2010

Three stalwarts of the Camden music scene (including the man who discovered Blur) pit their wit and wisdom against a husband, wife and pal who share a love of geocaching, the craze for treasure-hunting using GPS. They compete to draw together the connections between things which, at first glance, seem utterly random, from Mao to David Hume to Casanova to Philip Larkin.

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Fantasy Writers v Bridge Players

#23 - Fantasy Writers v Bridge Players

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 4, 2010

Three fantasy writers, captained by a man who has written for Doctor Who, lock horns with a trio of bridge players, each with post-grad qualifications from Oxford University. They compete to draw together the connections between things which, at first glance, seem utterly random, from monocaine to the helmet of Perseus to Siegfried's cloak to James Bond's Aston Martin.

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Mensans v Bloggers

#24 - Mensans v Bloggers

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 11, 2010

Three friends who originally met through British Mensa pit their wits against a team drawn together by their love of TV blogs and forums. They compete to draw together the connections between things which, at first glance, seem utterly random, from mice to Madeleine to Gabriel.

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Mountain Men v In-Laws

#25 - Mountain Men v In-Laws

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 18, 2010

Three dedicated hill walkers from Derbyshire face off against a family threesome of husband, wife and brother-in-law. They compete to draw together the connections between things which, at first glance, seem utterly random, from Race for Life to the Sanctuary Spa to the Oaks Stakes to the Orange Prize for Fiction.

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