Family lawyers found themselves shouting at the TV last night watching the latest episode of BBC Two quiz show Only Connect.
The show, hosted by Victoria Coren Mitchell (pictured above), asks teams to make connections between apparently unconnected things.
‘Grounds for divorce’, said the Godyn family after being shown three out of four clues: desertion, adultery and unreasonable behaviour. ‘Is the right answer,’ replied Coren Mitchell.
‘Wrong answer!’ replied Richard Lumb on Twitter:
Wrong answer! There is only one ground for divorce, the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage. These are the "facts", one of which has to be proved to establish the irretrievable breakdown. @VictoriaCorenpic.twitter.com/AdoSsXBM99— Richard Lumb (@rimalu35) September 27, 2021
Lumb wasn’t the only one to shout at the telly, it appears:
I was watching whilst drafting Replies on a divorce bill so I WAS SHOUTING!— Jon Lord (@LordJon1) September 27, 2021
The exchange caught the attention of Coren Mitchell, who replied:
Lumb agreed: 'Exactly. Pedantry perhaps but guaranteed to stir the lawyers on Twitter into indignant action.'
Coren Mitchell apologised:
But sorry for that misleading shorthand; should have been put differently.— Victoria Coren Mitchell (@VictoriaCoren) September 28, 2021
The fourth clue, in case you were wondering, was '2 years separation with consent, 5 years without consent'. Nonetheless, the show may want to give family law a miss in the next episode, just to be on the safe side.