First bit of priceless telly of 2008; last night's edition of Celebrity Mastermind. Having just retaken his seat after facing questions on the Just William books, Rick Wakeman watches his fellow competitor Ian Lavender take to the black chair. As ever, John Humphrys commences by asking the participant his name.
Before he can reply, Wakeman yells: "Don't tell him Pike!"
It may have been rehearsed and unoriginal, but I laughed like an inhabitant of a home for the deranged. Lavender looked a mixture of amused and peeved. The audience applauded.
Wouldn't have happended under Magnus Magnusson.
Tim Vine won the episode thanks to an impressive general knowledge round (despite the celeb questions being so much easier than the ones Kevin Ashman, Fred Housego and co would have ever needed to answer), although he was bizarrely slipshod on his specialist subject. He chose to face questions on Elvis Presley and failed to know that Elvis a) was managed by Colonel Tom Parker; and b) owned Graceland. These are surely facts that everyone, including Presley haters, know about Elvis Presley.