Mastermind appearance for Bexhill man

Michael Teague on holiday in Greece
Michael Teague on holiday in Greece

A Bexhill resident will be starring on Mastermind on Friday night (December 11).

Michael Teague, of Beaconsfield Road, will be on BBC Two at 8pm answering questions on general knowledge and his specialist subject, music producer Joe Meek.

The 63-year-old retired civil servant said he was delighted with how it went but gave nothing away about the result.

“I thoroughly enjoyed it, you get some people who panic and forget everything but I was very pleased with myself as I think I kept a cool demeanor and didn’t panic,” he said.

“I think I faced up to John Humphrys well too.

“I’m going to be watching but I’m more nervous about watching it and seeing myself of the television than I was when I was actually doing it.”

Michael said he has wanted to do Mastermind since it started in 1972 when he was a student.

So he went for it and after answering general knowledge questions in a telephone interview and a face-to-face one in London, the Bexhillian was picked.

The former Londoner chose Joe Meeks as his specialist subject as he was a big fan and his passion was reignited after seeing the biopic of his life, Telstar.

“I always fancied having a go so I thought, ‘let’s see what it’s like’,” he said.

“I thought I hadn’t seen anyone do John Meeks before so I thought I would put him as my first choice.

“It was great fun and I had never been to Salford or BBC Media City before so that was a first.

“Unfortunately it was the very same day tube drivers striked back in June.

“So from Victoria to Euston, which should be a 10 minute journey on the tube, took an hour in a cab, so we missed our train but managed to get the next one and still got there on time.”

Michael is a keen pub quiz player and says he was part of the team to first ever win the Hastings and district pub quiz league in 1986.

He is also a regular at the Traffers Bar’s quiz night.

Fellow ‘at the bar’ team member Paul Gilchrist said the whole group were really proud of Michael.

“I’ve been doing the Traffers pub quiz for two or three years now since I retired,” Michael said.

“Our team is quite a frequent winner, on a couple of occasions I have been the only person available and twice I’ve won it on my own against teams of five or six.

“Which is quite satisfying but I guess I shouldn’t blow my own trumpet.”

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