Jeremy Vine talks missing Eggheads after fire evacuation at hotel ‘Found that staggering’

Jeremy Vine announces Eggheads will move to Channel 5

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Jeremy Vine, 55, has recalled being left completely stunned during a suspected fire evacuation while filming for Eggheads. The host, who has asked around 40,000 questions, admitted that the contestants were nowhere to be seen.

I found that staggering

Eggheads, which features a mixture of champions from Who Wants To Be A Millionare?, Mastermind and the infamous Weakest Link, are all put together in a bid to compete to win the ultimate title and prize money.

During the Eggheads downtime, you may assume that the contestants can be found relaxing as they prepare to film the show, which is shot in Glasgow.

But, host Jeremy has recalled the time he was unable to locate the stars, who were set to appear on the programme.

“When we were filming in Glasgow there was a suspected fire at the hotel, when we were evacuated it turned out that none of the Eggheads were in their rooms because they were all out at local quizzes,” he said.

The dad-of-two went on to say: “I found that staggering.”

Jeremy went on to discuss trying to communicate the answer with those that take part and go up against the Eggsheads: “There have been occasions when the challenger is in the question room and I can see the answer, I’ve tried to telepath the answer to them, but it’s never worked!”

While Kevin Ashman may be Jeremy’s all-time favourite Egghead, having served from 2003 until 2013 without answering a single question incorrectly, he also has a soft spot for a former Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? top prize winner.

“I have to admit, I have a soft spot for Judith Keppel. She teases me and I tease her,” Jeremy told this week’s Radio Times.

He went on to add: “We have a lovely relationship on and off-camera. I caught up with her the other day and she’s delighted it’s coming back.

“She’s a real quiz legend as the first person to have won one million on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? – and the only woman.

“Banter is a big part of the show and the chat that the Eggheads have. For those of us who aren’t quizzers, I’m amazed at how much collective knowledge they have.”

Jeremy claimed that the BBC, who had been hosting the show since it first aired on the network back in 2003, scrapped the quizzing show as they wanted to attract a younger audience, while research showed that Eggheads had the oldest audience across the whole of British television.

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Following the decision, Eggheads was quickly picked up by rival broadcaster, Channel 5, with the regular Eggheads making the move too.

Jeremy also announced that the show will still maintain the same set and nothing will change but they will honour the late Dave Rainford and “drink a pint and toast” him once the set is reconstructed.

Last month, a spokesperson for the BBC confirmed the news saying: “We sometimes have to make difficult decisions in order to grow new shows and we would like to thank the Eggheads and Jeremy Vine, and wish them well with their next chapter.”

While Daniel Pearl, commissioning editor of Channel 5, shared that he was over the mood as they prepared to welcome the show as the network “grows its audience rapidly”.

Shortly after it was confirmed that the Beebs had said goodbye to the show, viewers instantly took to social media to share their thoughts on the popular show,

“Good on Channel 5 to bring Eggheads back later this year. Bad decision by BBC could easily have shared the year with House of Games so we have new series, not more repeats. Well done Jeremy,” tweeted one.

While a second chimed in adding: “Excellent news. After being ditched by The BBC Eggheads is moving to Channel 5. Life [is] worth living again.”

A third said: “@theJeremyVine Hi Jeremy Congratulations Eggheads Is Back Looking forward to it On Channel 5.”

Read the full interview in this week’s Radio Times – out now. 

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