Yeates quiz queen appears on Eggheads

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Yeates Office Manager, Wendie Dunford, will be flexing her brain power on Friday 12th October when she appears on the hit BBC quiz show Eggheads.

It was a bit like X Factor for quizzers! - Wendie Dunford

Wendie Dunford filmed the episode earlier this year with her team the Raglan Orphans.

The BBC Two show pits a team of five 'eggheads' (made up from highly regarded quiz and game show champions) against a series of teams of five 'challengers'.

Wendie, who works at Yeates Removals and Storage in Clevedon, said: “We flew to Scotland to film and it was really exciting to be on set. Everyone was so friendly and they really made us feel at ease. Jeremy Vine was lovely and he looks much better in real life than he does on TV - I must admit I had a bit of a crush!”

She added: “It was all such good fun and the hour in hair and make-up was also a real treat. We actually filmed the episode several months ago now but we were sworn to secrecy about how we did so that we don’t spoil the show for anyone when it’s aired.“

The Raglan Orphans had to go through two rounds of auditions to secure their place on the show – the second at a Bristol hotel where they had to complete quiz sheets and film a screen test. Forty year old Wendie said: “There were lots of teams coming and going all day when we did the Bristol audition – it was a bit like X Factor for quizzers!”

Wendie has always enjoyed quiz nights and has played in a variety of teams at venues across the area. She added, “I seem to have a capacity to remember information that in everyday life is pretty useless – unless of course you are in a quiz team!”

The Raglan Orphans chose their name after their regular quiz venue, The Raglan Arms in Weston, burnt down last year. Team captain Pete is no stranger to TV fame having appeared on other shows including Perfection and Red or Black. Another Raglan team member has also just filmed Mastermind so it seems the Weston based quizzers are on a roll.

Mum of two, Wendie added: “I have definitely been bitten by the TV quiz show bug after appearing on Eggheads. Now I am hoping to apply to go on The Chase because I think that would be really good fun. My two daughters are very excited about seeing me on the TV and although I am keen to do other shows I think on Friday I will be watching through my hands cringing!”

Yeates Managing Director James Griffin said: “Wendie has been really disciplined and hasn’t let slip how her team did so we will all be watching on Friday cheering her on. However, even if she does really well I think she can expect a bit of ribbing from the lads on Monday morning!”

Wendie and her team the Raglan Orphans will appear on Eggheads at 6pm on Friday 12th October.

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Yeates appears on Eggheads