Father and daughter make pointless TV appearance
by Graham Tutthill
Dover Master Baker Jeff Vane and his daughter Alice appeared on
television this week in the quiz programme Pointless.
Jeff is the third generation of bakers in his family and runs
two shops in the town. Alice, who has taken part in many amateur
dramatic productions in the area, has also been a singer with the
Kingsdown Band and has performed at various venues with the band
and as a soloist. She is currently living in British Columbia in
Contestants on Pointless have to think of obscure answers and
gain as few points as possible to progress through the quiz for a
chance of reaching the final and winning the jackpot.
The programme is introduced by Alexander Armstrong with Richard
Osman in charge of facts and figures.
Jeff and Alice first appeared on the BBC 1 programme on Friday
and got through the first two rounds reaching the head-to-head
semi-final, but were beaten.
On Monday, the father and daughter team
got off to a good start when Alice came up with a pointless answer.
Asked for a word ending with “ball”, she said mirrorball, and was
delighted (left) as the scoreboard went all the way down to
zero, adding £250 to the £13,000 jackpot
Alice looked worried when it came to Jeff’s turn and he said
baseball, but it got them into the next round.
But a cricketing question in the head-to-head resulted in them
scoring more points than their opponents, and they were beaten.
Contestants only get two attempts to reach the final, and it was
the end of the pointless road for Jeff and Alice.
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