Lapsed Local Psychologists Win First Round of Only Connect

Chiswick pair emerge champions in BBC Four's new lateral quiz

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A team of local 'lapsed psychologists' have won the first round of BBC Four's new lateral thinking quiz.

Jack Waley-Cohen and Richard McDougall, both from Chiswick, appeared on the inaugural episode of Only Connect.

Jack, a former President of the Oxford University Quiz Society won Countdown three times before being eliminated because of "operant" not being in the 9th edition of the Concise Oxford Dictionary. He is also a winner of The Weakest Link, a show created by fellow Chiswick resident Fintan Coyle, but was first off in his Champions Show.

The show, presented by Victoria Coren, is a quiz in which knowledge will only take you so far, as patience and lateral thinking are also vital. It is all about making connections between things which may appear, at first glance, not to be connected at all.

Only Connect is notable for being the first BBC Four quiz to feature actual members of the public and, strangely, uses the same title as one of the most unpopular Radio 4 panel games in living memory although that version of Only Connect was hosted by Arabella Weir.

Repeats of the show are being aired this week on BBC Four however the lapsed psychologists can be seen via BBC iplayer at

September 17, 2008