This is just bizarre. I was idly watching Celebrity Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? on ITV1, watching Martin and Gary Kemp of Spandau Ballet struggle with a question about which city hosted the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest. Martin decided to phone a friend. Then this happened:
MARTIN KEMP: Let’s phone Rob.
GARY KEMP: Yeah…
CHRIS TARRANT: Who’s he?
MARTIN: Rob Grant. He was one of the writers of Red Dwarf. He’s a good friend of mine, and I lived next door to him for about ten years.
CHRIS: But will he know anything about this?
MARTIN: We have played these games, many times, during Christmas and he’s pretty good at general knowledge.
GARY: Does he watch a lot of TV?
MARTIN: He watches *loads* of rubbish!
GARY: He does? He’s our man.
So then, Chris phoned him.
ROB GRANT: Hello?
CHRIS: Chris Tarrant. How are you?
ROB: Hello, Chris! Good.
CHRIS: You sound… kinda timid at the moment, which is not like you.
ROB: I’m… yes. I’m slightly nervous.
CHRIS: No, no, don’t be. I’ve got Martin and Gary here. They’re doing OK, actually, they’ve got £10,000 here on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. They’re stuck on a particular question; it’s worth £20,000. Martin thinks you’ll probably know it.
ROB: Oh… GOD!
CHRIS: Yeah, I thought you’d be pleased.
So, Martin Kemp and Rob Grant are bessie mates! This much is True. Their friendship is pure Gold. Erm, and other Spandau Ballet songs.
For the record, Rob knew the answer, Helsinki, but took his sweet time to get to it. The Kemps chickened out, and fled with a meagre £10,000 for their so-called “charities”. The moral? ALWAYS TRUST ROB GRANT.
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