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County stars struggle on Celebrity Mastermind and Pointless Celebrities

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: December 29, 2013

By Phil Norris

  • Prue Leith

  • Emma Samms

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Two Cotswolds-based celebrities put in losing performances on prime-time BBC quiz shows this evening

Celebrity chef Prue Leith, who lives near Stow, came last in Celebrity Mastermind while actress Emma Samms, from Stroud, was eliminated in the first round of Pointless Celebrities.

Prue answered questions on war time food in Britain on Mastermind and scored six points in the specialist subject round. In the general knowledge, she scored a further six points for a total of 12.

This put her in fourth position. The show was won by BBC breakfast presenter Mike Bushell with 23 points.

In second place was Red Dwarf and Murder in Paradise star Danny John-Jules who scored 17 points while presenter Gail Porter was third with 16 points.

Former Dynasty and The Colbys star Emma Samms was partnered with actress Stephanie Beacham in Pointless Celebrities straight after on BBC One.

They were set the challenge of finding words ending in 'atch' in a 1980s-themed edition of the show.

Unfortunately Emma chose 'vatch', which isn't a word. That scored her the maximum 100 points penalty. Stephanie Beacham didn't help her as she chose another non-existent word 're-latch'.

Explaining her choice to presenter Alexander Armstrong, Emma said she thought vatch was valid because she had see the word around where she lives.

And she may have been thinking of The Vatch, which is an area of Stroud.

On twitter, Emma wrote of her appearance on Pointless: "I won't be watching. If you do, you'll understand why! #pointless"

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  • GlosAnarchy  |  December 29 2013, 10:08AM

    relatch latch [lach] Show IPA noun 1 verbs 2 verb phrases 2 noun 1. a device for holding a door, gate, or the like, closed, consisting basically of a bar falling or sliding into a catch, groove, hole, etc. verb (used with object) 2. to close or fasten with a latch. verb (used without object) 3. to close tightly so that the latch is secured: The door won't latch. Verb phrases 4. latch on, to grab or hold on, as to an object or idea, especially tightly or tenaciously. to include or add in; attach: If we latch the tax on, the bill will come to over *100. 5. latch onto, Informal. to take possession of; obtain; get. to acquire understanding of; comprehend. to attach oneself to; join in with: The stray dog latched onto the children and wouldn't go home. Origin before 950; 1930–35 for def 5; Middle English lacchen, Old English lǣccan to take hold of, catch, seize; akin to Greek lázesthai to take Related forms relatch, verb (used with object)

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