Victoria Coren Mitchell Hair – Victoria Coren Mitchell was furious when she was approached to direct a weird little television quiz show called Only Connect. ‘No,’ I said, ‘I’m not interested in hosting a quiz; I’m an intellectual!’ I yelled. ‘I am not a game show host. I am not Lennie Bennett [the pinnacle of television host cheese].’ As a result, I said quite loftily, ‘OK, I’ll host the pilot, but I’m not doing a series.’
If this seems like Victoria Coren Mitchell is a bit of a madam, it shouldn’t since she isn’t. She’s fun, a good laugh, voluble, pleasant, and self-deprecating, but not in a showbizzy sense of “look at me, am I not being self-deprecating, please adore me.”
Her introduction to Only Connect is a tale she tells herself about how her passion for the most interesting, charming, smart, and downright strange quiz blossomed immediately. “Of course, I did the pilot and was instantly smitten; I adored it. When it became a series, I was clawing at the door, pleading for admission.” This was in 2008 when BBC4 discovered a niche for Only Connect, a game show in which teams must identify the most obscure, abstract links between topics.
It was soon found by an audience devoted to the point of insanity. By 2014, Only Connect had become such an out-of-kilter success that BBC2 bolstered its cushions, and the show found a home on Mondays at 8.30 pm after University Challenge — with audiences exceeding two million. This week marks the commencement of the show’s 12th season.
Robert Moth made the following connection between the wig and her recent appearance: “I was wearing glasses the previous week, and now I’m wearing a wig… Is this a job assigned by the taskmaster? Is this a recurring ‘what’s the link’ scenario?
“Is Victoria Coren Mitchell’s wig on #onlyconnect connected to taskmaster???” Zoe London speculated. Ravishing Rachel typed: “Something about the way the fringe and layers are positioned gives me the impression that @VictoriaCoren’s new hairdo is a wig. Perhaps this has to do with #Taskmaster? #OnlyConnect”
On the other side, @notmyconcern said: “@victoriacoren has been rummaging in Cher’s wig closet.” Coren Mitchell herself had teased viewers on the day of the show with the following tweet: “Can you identify the moment in tonight’s Only Connect when Hermione Granger is easily confused for Herman Goering? 8 pm, BBC Two.”
And it was undoubtedly a wig since Coren Mitchell was seen today at the Chelsea Flower Show with ‘natural’ hair. Taskmaster will make a triumphant return to C4 on Thursday, September 23, at 9 pm. Among the competitors is Victoria Coren Mitchell.