When everyone else in the room can see it

In this game show, why does the host Mel get just as stressed as the contestant Lindsey? Watch and find out!

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Transcript

Mel Giedroyc: OK, here is the second password. Have a look. Here we go. Oh, it’s a nine-letter password. We'll give you a hint: it’s a fictional character. Lyndsey, your team went first last time so, Troy, over to you. Let’s have your first letter, please.

Troy: I’ll have a ... E, please.

Mel: Have we got an E?

Troy: Oh!

Mel: No E. Right, Lyndsey.

Lyndsey: I'll go for an A, please.

Mel: An A? Very good. So it stays with you, Lyndsey. What do you think?

Lyndsey: I will go for an I next.

Mel: An I? Yeah!

Lyndsey: Please.

Mel: Have we got an I? Yes, we do! Well done! Still with you, Lyndsey.

Lyndsey: OK, I’ll go for an S, please.

Mel: S, S, S, S. Let’s have a look. Is there an S? Oh! Phew!

Lyndsey: A ... M, please.

Mel: M?

Lyndsey: M for 'mother'.

Mel: M for the mothership. There she is behind you. Yes, we do.

Lyndsey: I’ll go for O, please.

Mel: An O? Hmm, does that open things up for you, Lyndsey?

Lyndsey: Not really!

Mel: Your mum knows what it is!

Lyndsey: I’m sure she does. Erm, I’m going to go for an N next.

Mel: N.

Lyndsey: Yes.

Mel: N for 'next'. No N. Could you hear that weird slapping sound behind you?

Troy: I thought it was a seal!

Mel: What’s your next letter choice, Troy?

Troy: Let’s just do a D.

Mel: Do a D, let’s do a D!

Mel: Right. Now, come on ...

Troy: Let’s do a P, please.

Mel: OK!

Troy: Oh. It's good you know it!

Mel: Let’s try for a P. No P!

Troy: Surprise!

Mel: Lyndsey!

[Lots of laughter from the audience]

Lyndsey: H, please.

Mel: H! Let’s have a look. Have we got an H in this fictional character? No, we haven’t. Troy, Troy, my love, please, I beg of you! Please!    

Troy: Let’s do a C.

Mel: A C!

Troy: One of us has got to get it!

Mel: No! Lyndsey!

Lyndsey: F.

Mel: F! Have we got an F in this ... in this, in this password? Possibly, we don’t know yet. No, there’s no F. Now, Troy. Come on, Troy!

Troy: This is stressing me out.

Mel: It’s stressing us out as well, Troy!

Troy: Erm, U.

Mel: U! Come on, let’s do it. Let's do it. Have we got a U? Yes!

Troy: Oh, yeah. Yes, it’s Q!

Mel: Is there a Q in this password? Yes!

© BBC

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Submitted by Miguelitorico1996 on Mon, 07/02/2022 - 16:47

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Not really, but if I was part of the audience, I would have been stressed and laughing all the time with the latest letter choices they made.

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Submitted by OlaIELTS on Fri, 08/05/2020 - 16:21

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Yes. It has happened.
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Submitted by Abfalter Cristian on Thu, 20/09/2018 - 13:29

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Very funny and a good exercise in the same time .

Submitted by Ice Queen on Wed, 22/08/2018 - 08:26

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I was laughing until my cries while watching))) funny video
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Submitted by Dee on Sat, 04/08/2018 - 10:54

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It's good for brain exercise
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Submitted by saragv03071991 on Tue, 29/05/2018 - 20:32

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It is a wonderfoul page love it
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Submitted by Shree99 on Fri, 18/05/2018 - 07:26

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I have never experienced such a situation

Submitted by julio arnaud on Thu, 17/05/2018 - 03:07

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I can't remember anything similar now.