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Richard Osman Created a Special Only Connect Board for Girlfriend Ingrid Oliver and It’s Brilliant



Get yourself a man who makes you gameshows IRL (Picture: Getty/Twitter @ingridoliver100)

We’ve come to know and love Richard Osman as the gameshow king and it seems he loves them so much, he created one for his girlfriend IRL.

Fans were crushed when the Pointless star announced that he would be stepping down from the iconic show back in April.

But after 13 years on the BBC programme, it won’t be easy to shake his love of gameshows, so much so that he’s even taking it home with him.

Proving himself to be a lover of Only Connect – first broadcast in 2008 and hosted by Victoria Coren Mitchell – the author put together his own unique board for partner Ingrid Oliver to complete.

Honestly, Friday nights sound like a right hoot round theirs, can we join in?

Ingrid took to her Twitter page to share her boyfriend’s creation, writing: ‘So @richardosman made me an Only Connect wall and I am sharing it here for your quizzing pleasure.’

So @richardosman made me an Only Connect wall 🤓 and I am sharing it here for your quizzing pleasure.

— Ingrid Oliver (@ingridoliver100) August 7, 2022

Naturally, fans were all up in the replies trying to figure out the correct answer, with the aim of the game being that a team is given a wall of 16 clues and they must work out the solution – which will be four groups of four connected items.

Richard’s makeshift wall included words such as ‘club’, ‘calf’, ‘Jonathan’, ‘breakaway’, and ‘Danny’.

Even presenter Victoria – who is married to comedian David Mitchell – was a fan of Richard’s game, joking: ‘I love everything about this. It’s also complicated by the fact that when I was about 7 I had a crush on a boy called Jonathan Marl.’

Totally here for Richard’s masterpiece, one follower wrote: ‘No greater love hath a man for a woman than to send her an Only Connect wall. Now don’t let me hear any of you muttering that romance is dead.’

We know and love Richard for his work on BBC’s Pointless (Picture: PA)

Others branded it ‘top quizzing’ and thanked the TV star for filling the Only Connect void in their lives since the previous series ended.

So… want the answers?

Being the woman of the people she is, Ingrid shared the solutions later that night, revealing that Jordan, Jonathan, Donnie, and Dannie were all names from New Kids on the Block.

Meanwhile, Viscount, Club, Breakaway, and Bourbon were all names of chocolate biscuits, and joey, pup, whelp, and chick were all young animals.

Richard started dating Ingrid in December 2021 (Picture: Getty)

Finally, Calf, Alak, Marl, and Oreo contain letters 1, 2, 3 and 5 of US States.

Despite leaving some Twitter users well and truly stumped, plenty got it right, earning praise from Ingrid herself.

‘Well done if you got it. Particularly impressed with the New Kids on the Block knowledge out there’, she tweeted.

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Richard – who has been in a relationship with British actress Ingrid since December 2021 – appeared in his final episode of Pointless alongside Alexander Armstrong at the end of July.

He delivered a heartfelt message to his longtime co-star as he bid an emotional farewell, revealing that a new presenter will take his place in September.

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Paul Mescal Receives Apology From BBC After Broadcaster Makes Rather Awkward Blunder



Irish actor Paul Mescal has been called British…again (Picture: Gilbert Flores/Variety via Getty Images)

His tweet clarifying his nationality may have been the most liked post in Ireland three years ago, but the BBC has had to apologise after getting a crucial fact about Oscar nominee Paul Mescal wrong.

Earlier this week the Irish actor was announced as one of the nominees for the upcoming Academy Awards.

The 26-year-old, who is from Maynooth, was given the nod for his leading role in indie flick Aftersun in the Actor in a Leading Role category.

In March, Paul will be going up against Austin Butler (Elvis), Brendan Fraser (The Whale), Bill Nighy (Living) and fellow Irishman Colin Farrell (The Banshees of Inisherin) in the prestigious category.

But when covering the nominations, the national broadcaster made a rather awkward error.

In text appearing on screen, the BBC reported: ‘2023 Oscar nominations: British actors Paul Mescal and Bill Nighy are nominated for leading role.’

The BBC has apologised for this mistake (Picture: eyeswideshut/ Twitter)

It has now apologised for the mistake, issuing a statement that read: ‘In text running across the screen we reported that Paul Mescal was one of two British actors who had been nominated for an Oscar for a leading role.’

‘The text should have said that Paul Mescal is Irish. We apologise for the mistake.’

When the mistake was made, plenty of people pointed it out and reminded the media outlet that Paul is very much Irish.

‘BBC news seems to not know Paul Mescal is IRISH,’ one person wrote.

Another added: ‘The BBC should know that Paul Mescal isn’t British.’

Plenty of people called out the BBC oversight (Picture: Twitter)

This person pointed out that Paul is very much Irish (Picture: Twitter)

Paul was one of several Irish Oscar nominees (Picture: Twitter)

It wasn’t the first time this has happened though.

Back in 2020, when Paul picked up an Emmy nomination for his breakthrough role in Normal People, outlets including The Guardian called him British.

It lead the actor to tweet ‘I’m Irish’, which ended up becoming the most-liked post in his home country that year.

Paul picked up an Oscar nomination for his starring role in Aftersun (Picture: A24 via AP)

The message quickly racked up over 130,000 likes as well as over 12,000 retweets and over 1,600 replies.

His Oscar nomination helped break a record for Ireland too, with the country securing 14 nominations in the upcoming awards ceremony.

Other actors to get nods included Barry Keoghan, Brendan Gleeson and Kerry Condon.

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When his nomination was announced Paul said it was ‘truly a special moment for everyone involved in Aftersun’.

‘To be recognised by the Academy is such an insane honour and I’m so utterly grateful.’

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How Many Legs Are in the Carabao Cup Semi-finals? All the Rules Explained



Only four teams remain in the competition (Picture: Michael Regan/Getty Images)

The Carabao Cup semi-finals continue tonight with Nottingham Forest welcoming Manchester United at the City Ground.

The winner of the tie will face either Newcastle United or Southampton in the final at Wembley on February 26.

With the regulations changing from one competition to another, here is your full lowdown of the rules in play across the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup 2023.

Are the Carabao Cup semi-finals played over two legs?

Yes, the Carabao Cup semi-finals will take place over two legs.

Newcastle beat Southampton 1-0 in the first leg of the first semi-final on Tuesday night, with the return leg scheduled for Tuesday, January 31 at 8pm.

Southampton and Newcastle played out an entertaining first leg (Picture: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Manchester United will host Nottingham Forest in the second leg of their semi-final on Wednesday, February 1 at 8pm.

VAR is in use for the first time in the Carabao Cup this season, having not featured in earlier rounds to ensure fairness across every tie.

Will extra-time and penalties be used in the Carabao Cup semi-finals?

If the score is level after the end of both legs then extra-time, and if required penalties, will be used to determine the winner.

This is the first time this season that matches finishing level in the Carabao Cup will head to extra-time, with ties previously proceeding straight to penalties in the event of a draw after 90 minutes.

The away goals rule will also not be in use for the two semi-finals.

The English Football League scrapped the rule ahead of the 2018/19, which up until that point only came into effect following the conclusion of extra-time.

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How many substitutes are allowed in the Carabao Cup?

Managers will be able to use up to five substitutes across three windows during the game (half-time not included).

An extra substitution is permitted in extra-time, whilst both teams can also use two concussion substitutes if required.

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