January 30 In a Bletchley Park intelligence veteran named Nancy Wilkinson was crowned the first winner of Mastermind after selecting French literature, European antiques and the history of music as her specialist subjects. These days, however, would-be Mastermind champions are seeking a slightly less high-brow route to the final. So many applicants now want to be quizzed on pop culture topics such as Harry Potter, Blackadder and the Chronicles of Narnia that producers are having to turn down their requests, it emerged yesterday.
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Want to read more? Subscribe now and get unlimited digital access on web and our smartphone and tablet apps, free for your first month. You are currently logged out. In its defence, the BBC cited the topics also in the competition in that round: Mastermind Ten: The show is well loved and even survived a change of .