The WORST Episodes of Only Connect

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 7, 2019

Network: BBC Two

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

Philosophers v Hitchhikers

#1 - Philosophers v Hitchhikers

Season 3 - Episode 4

Three philosophy students pit their wisdom against a trio of Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy fans.

star 6.50
2 votes
Genealogists v Oscar Men

#2 - Genealogists v Oscar Men

Season 12 - Episode 24

The Genealogists and Oscar Men return for their last chance to make it into round three. 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 three arrowheads, red hexagon containing two white triangles, blue spread eagle and black horse.

star 6.50
2 votes
Vikings v Parishioners

#3 - Vikings v Parishioners

Season 13 - Episode 13

A team of Vikings takes on a squad of parishioners in the lateral thinking general knowledge quiz. As ever, host Victoria Coren Mitchell will be asking contestants to make connections between things that at first do not appear to be linked, including a comedian, an identical twin, and a `history boy'.

star 6.50
4 votes
Eco-Warriors v Snake Charmers

#4 - Eco-Warriors v Snake Charmers

Season 13 - Episode 14

Victoria Coren Mitchell presents as the Eco-Warriors take on the Snake Charmers in a round two game of the quiz testing general knowledge and lateral thinking. The players must make connections between four things that may at first not appear to be linked, with one set of clues comprising Pressed, Stained, Little Hood and American.

star 6.50
2 votes
Fire-Eaters v Eurovisionaries

#5 - Fire-Eaters v Eurovisionaries

Season 12 - Episode 9

A new round of heats begins as some spicy food lovers take on three fans of Eurovision and attempt to connect 'From the roots' (Greek), 'We can' (Spanish), 'We ourselves' (Gaelic) and 'Party of Wales' (Welsh).

star 6.67
3 votes
Surrealists v Verbivores

#6 - Surrealists v Verbivores

Season 12 - Episode 26

star 6.75
4 votes
Wrestlers v Genealogists

#7 - Wrestlers v Genealogists

Season 12 - Episode 16

Two more teams who lost their first heats return as highest-scoring losers and attempt to connect Lou Gehrig: Horse, Louis Van Gaal: Tulip, Wellington: Duke and Otto von Bismarck: Chancellor.

star 6.80
5 votes
Science Writers v Travel Writers

#8 - Science Writers v Travel Writers

Season 1 - Episode 4

star 7.00
5 votes
Urban Cyclists v Country Walkers

#9 - Urban Cyclists v Country Walkers

Season 1 - Episode 6

star 7.00
3 votes
Mathematicians v Wordsmiths

#10 - Mathematicians v Wordsmiths

Season 2 - Episode 2

Three maths graduates take on a team of wordsmiths, one of whom is an avid proofreader.

star 7.00
1 votes
Neuroscientists v Rugby Fans

#11 - Neuroscientists v Rugby Fans

Season 3 - Episode 5

Three neuroscientists hailing from Australia, South Africa and Canada scrum down against the intellectual brawn of three rugby fans, as they compete to draw together the connections between many disparate elements that, at first glance, seem utterly bereft of associations. So what connects cream, quotation marks, tennis matches and yellow lines?

star 7.00
2 votes
Bardophiles v Taverners

#12 - Bardophiles v Taverners

Season 12 - Episode 7

Two teams who lost their first heats return as highest scoring losers in this show and attempt to connect Betjeman, Alsatian, Liberty Cabbage and Windsor.

star 7.00
8 votes
Lapsed Physicists v Belgophiles

#13 - Lapsed Physicists v Belgophiles

Season 13 - Episode 5

A team of former physicists takes on a trio united by their love of Belgium in the quiz testing general knowledge and lateral thinking. The players must make connections between four things that may at first not appear to be linked, with one set of clues consisting of Oscar the Grouch, Central Line, the top stripe on the Netherlands' flag and French portion of EE Telecom.

star 7.00
4 votes
Maltsters v Oscar Men

#14 - Maltsters v Oscar Men

Season 12 - Episode 15

Two teams who lost their first heats return as highest-scoring losers in this show and attempt to connect Mother-in-law, Court-martial, Lord Lieutenant and Poet Laureate.

star 7.14
7 votes
Stewards v Parishioners

#15 - Stewards v Parishioners

Season 13 - Episode 1

Victoria Coren Mitchell hosts the series where knowledge will only take you so far. Patience and lateral thinking are also vital. Three Tolkien fans take on a church team in the first of the series. 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 pat: bone, rub: disease, Nut: spread and salmon: bacteria.

star 7.14
7 votes
Psmiths v Oscar Men

#16 - Psmiths v Oscar Men

Season 12 - Episode 28

star 7.17
6 votes
Beekeepers v Oscar Men

#17 - Beekeepers v Oscar Men

Season 12 - Episode 30

star 7.17
6 votes
Wrestlers v Clareites

#18 - Wrestlers v Clareites

Season 12 - Episode 10

A team of wrestling fans take on a trio from Clare College, Cambridge and attempt to connect single-fingered rock-climbing hold, Spanish monkey, North American glandular fever and single-channel sound reproduction.

star 7.20
5 votes
Part-Time Poets v Oscar Men

#19 - Part-Time Poets v Oscar Men

Season 12 - Episode 11

A team of poets take on three fans of the Oscars and attempt to connect the Nabateans, Makka Pakka, Alley Oop and Old Mother Shipton.

star 7.20
5 votes
Shutterbugs v Korfballers

#20 - Shutterbugs v Korfballers

Season 12 - Episode 19

star 7.25
4 votes
Fire-Eaters v Korfballers

#21 - Fire-Eaters v Korfballers

Season 12 - Episode 25

star 7.25
4 votes
Fire-Eaters v Verbivores

#22 - Fire-Eaters v Verbivores

Season 12 - Episode 29

star 7.25
4 votes
Eco-warriors v Escapologists

#23 - Eco-warriors v Escapologists

Season 13 - Episode 4

A team of environmentalists takes on a trio who enjoy tackling escape rooms in the quiz testing general knowledge and lateral thinking. The players must make connections between four things that may at first not appear to be linked, with one set of clues consisting of Polonius, Waymar Royce, Reg Cox and Abel. Victoria Coren Mitchell hosts.

star 7.29
7 votes
Bankers v Bookkeepers

#24 - Bankers v Bookkeepers

Season 1 - Episode 7

star 7.33
3 votes
County Councillors v Science Writers

#25 - County Councillors v Science Writers

Season 1 - Episode 9

star 7.33
3 votes