Berkhamsted Group | 23.01.2017

Chemistry teacher, Mr Kirwan challenges the Eggheads on BBC2

Chemistry teacher, Mr Kirwan challenges the Eggheads on BBC2

Mr Kirwan, pictured third from left on the front row, joined by a team representing St Albans Cricket Club 

Berkhamsted School’s Chemistry teacher Mr Nick Kirwan has competed in the prime-time quiz show, Eggheads hosted by Jeremy Vine. 

Taking on Britain’s most formidable quiz team, Mr Kirwan teamed up with four fellow members of St Albans Cricket Club for four rounds of specialist subjects before the final round of general knowledge. 
Filming took place in the BBC Scotland studios in Glasgow back in November 2016, but excited pupils and members of staff had to wait until last Friday (23rd January) to find out the outcome of the quiz. 

It was not Mr Kirwan’s first appearance on television. Back in 1999 when he was teaching at Sandringham School his lesson was filmed for a BBC Breakfast news piece on science in education, and he was interviewed by a young Susanna Reid. 


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Spoiler Alert! 

After a successful audition the team met up for several pub quizzes and established Mr Kirwan would be saved for the final round where the challengers faced general knowledge questions against the Eggheads to win the £7,000 cash prize. 

Mr Kirwan could only look on as his teammate tied 2-2 in the science round before eventually defeating the Egghead in sudden death. 

In the final, Mr Kirwan’s first moment to shine came when he correctly provided the answer to Namibia’s former name. 1-0 to the challengers. 

Millennials and pop music fans would have watched with amusement when the challengers were faced with the question: ‘Work’ was a worldwide hit for which singer in 2016? Katy Perry, Taylor Swift or Rhianna.’  Mr Kirwan’s desperate glance toward his teammate told the story, while he pondered the three choices asking out loud ‘who is big worldwide?’ 

The challengers unfortunately answered incorrectly, and the dream was soon to be over. 

Mr Kirwan said “Although the prize on offer was £7,000 the money was never a personal concern. We all agreed long before the day that if we had won, the money would go straight to the cricket club to help pay for new covers or other improvements. 

“It was a fun experience challenging ourselves against the Eggheads. I hope to leave the message with my pupils to be adventurous, and always be open to trying new experiences. 

“Finally, thank you to all the staff at the studio in Glasgow for looking after us so well. Thank you also to the Eggheads who were a very friendly bunch.”

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