Having had a look through next weeks issue of TV and Satellite Week (other tv listings magazines available free via my local County Council library scheme), there isn't much going on in TV quiz world.
Saturday sees the long awaited return of Stars In Their Eyes on ITV at 7pm within inspired choice of Harry Hill hosting. It is up against The Voice on BBC1 which returns with a new judge, Rita Ora who may have pulled in some extra viewers based on what she wore (or didn't) on The One Show earlier this week. Either way, one of them will be recorded to watch later.
If you are an early bird at the weekends then at 6am Saturday is the vastly underrated Cleverdicks on Sky Atlantic and on 6am Sunday is the marvellous Interceptor on Challenge.
Sunday 7pm on ITV has a potentially funny show with a Family Misfortunes show. A good chance that you will hear Turkey as an answer during the programme.
C4 has a repeat of 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown at 10pm which will be worth watching for the comedy aspect rather than the potential of long words and great mental arithmetic.
Monday sees the big quiz hitters of University Challenge and Only Connect but at 10.40pm ITV you can see a part of Gameshow history as the first episode of The Cube is repeated. And on Watch, we see a new series of Masterchef New Zealand to feast the eyes with.
The only other series worthy of a mention is on Wednesday 8pm on TLC when the Aussie version of Beauty And The Geek is aired.
As I said not much happening but I do heartily recommend visiting www.bothersbar.co.uk on Saturday to follow their unique coverage of German show, Schlag Den Raab.
Enjoy your weekend and blog speed.
The Spanish team to win the first five European Cups? Liverpool wasn't it?
Contestant misses out on 90k DonD payout (doesn't this happen on every show?)
Argos to stock Burger Rings in their jewellery section following Aussie WWTBAM answer
Why didn't the UK version follow the Australian Hot Seat version!!
Katherine Jenkins happy to be mentioned on University Challenge
The funniest answers of all time (courtesy of the wonderful Radio Times)
Daily Mail takes the mick of 2014 in their satirical quiz
Matt DeSanto made Wheel of Fortune history recently as he won every puzzle in the show and made an amazing one letter answer.
If you want to watch him in action, view a video here courtesy of the best Orlando newspaper with Sentinel in the name - the Orlando Sentinel.
It is also here on the Today programme with another amazing WoF guess from another contestant.
And if that didn't bring a smile to your face then watch this video from our friends at 9 News in Australia who highlighted an over eager contestant (like that has never happened before!!) on US The Price Is Right.
Be careful as the video is in a playlist which may contain other videos which I have no control over the content so if that isn't a warning then I don't know what is.
So what interesting quizzes and gameshows are on telly next week?!!
Pointless Celebrities has a FA Cup special (BBC1, Sat 3rd Jan - 6.05pm) so I wonder who will reach the third round and maybe get to the final. As long as it isn't Robbie Savage then I am happy, he did play six games for Brighton and Hove Albion back in the day. My betting is on a round where they draw balls out of a hat.
Well, Shane Richie proves his flexibility combining both acting, singing and game show host roles in the almost-new National Lottery show, Win Your Wish List. My first impressions of the show was that I was needing a bucket for the #PDAs on offer (that's public displays of affection for those not hip and trendy to know young-speak) but avoid that and it's not that bad a show. The key is speaking clearly so expect some teams with regional accents to appear soon to have you reaching for the subtitles button soon.
Earlier on Saturday, ITV fill their schedule with reruns of Ejector Seat (11.25am) and the wonderful (although would have been more wonderful had I appeared on it) The 21st Question with the lovely Gethin Jones at 12.25pm. Tipping Point fills the mid afternoon slot followed by the family friendly Big Star's Little Star hosted by Stephen Mulhern who is just finishing up his panto role in Crawley this year. I believe Beil Ruddock is one of the Big Stars on the show - hopefully he will have more clothes on then he had on in his recent appearances on A League Of Their Own. Take Me Out returns but I really don't consider it to be worthy of a mention.
Sunday 4th January sees nothing much of interest apart from the spectacular Fun House on Challenge. I so wanted to ride those go-karts!!
As most of the country goes back to work on Monday 5th January, the quiz schedules return to normal so expect to see your daily dose of Countdown, Deal Or No Deal, Tipping Point, The Chase, Pointless, Eggheads but of course, don't miss your weekly fix of University Challenge and Only Connect on BBC2 and the always moving show in the BBC1 schedule, A Question of Sport.
If you are lucky enough to have Sky on Demand/Showcase thing on your tellybox then available now is The Fanatics. Another Sky attempt to get a hit game show maybe (but a real shame Cleverdicks didn't make it as I liked the show). Maybe it's an attempt to be a longer version of Mastermind but who knows as the first show includes Doctor Who, Boxing and The London Underground. The first show is to be aired on Sky1 on Wednesday 7th January 8pm.
Finally a new show from the other side of the pond starts on History Channel (Sky 529), Friday 9th January at 9pm with a double bill. It is called Pawnography and features the staff of Pawn Stars in a game show format which I haven't watched or know about so no idea on how good it will be.
And as ever if that doesn't fill your thirst for knowledge there is Defectors on Challenge at 5am next Saturday 10th January to get your teeth into.
Have a great weekend!!
Where have the last nine months gone? I thought it was more like four months since I last updated my blog but my word, doesn't time fly.
So what has happened to me, why have I become so quiet in the quiz world? Well, I was made redundant in my job and have found a great new job so most of my time has been taken up updating CVs, speaking to recruitment agencies and attending job interviews.
I'm no longer working in London so not able to help TV companies with pilots and runthroughs as much as I had been. I hope this will change in 2015 once I'm more settled in my current role (although it is a very busy one).
My views on quiz world. I don't think that much has happened, not many new shows seeing the light of day although I do like The Great Culture Quiz on Sky Arts. Anita Rani runs a tight ship in not giving contestants much time answering questions.
I've missed the great Schlag Den Raab coverage on Bothers Bar but plan to catch their spectacular Christmas show very soon.
Pressure Pad - love the show, just worry about the knowledge of the contestants.
Only Connect - so glad it is on BBC2 now, and I seem to be answering more questions (maybe I should apply again next year).
Release The Hounds - hilarious gameshow, more of it please.
Keep It In The Family - a great family show, love it.
It's that time of the week, where I post a selection of quizzes that I have found and thought yes that's better than the usual personality tests where I am compared to a character of a TV show that I've never watched. These were found about a few weeks ago but forgot to publish the blog post!! D'oh.
Quizzes of the Week
Test your Motoring knowledge
Jokes by American Comedians
That American Science Quiz
American Mensa Quiz / Answers
And finally, a Wikipedia link to a version of Take Me Out in China but it isn't Take Me Out, it's called If You Are The One.
I am hoping this will include my appearance on The Chase in 2010. I forgot to set the Sky+ to record it and there was no ITV+1 or ITV Player in those days. So really hope to watch it again sometime. Some of the questions aren't futureproof but at least we should be able to answer these ones now!!
via the wonderful Challenge website.
We are pleased to confirm that The Chase is coming to Challenge!
From Monday 7th April at 8pm, tune in to watch The Chase Series 1 and 2.
Hosted by Bradley Walsh, contestants must answer general knowledge questions and play their tactics right in order to get themselves into the Final Chase, where they could win a cash pot worth thousands of pounds.
However, standing in the way is their common enemy, the Chaser, one of the finest quiz brains in the country. An intellectually dominating and supremely self-confident quiz genius, they will chase contestants down the board in a tense and thrilling test of knowledge to try to catch them and throw them out of the game.
The Chase isn't just a quiz; it's a race, where the contestants must avoid being caught by the Chaser.
Stay ahead of the Chaser and they share the pot; get caught and they lose the lot!
1 in 4 Americans unaware that Earth circles Sun
via the easy to read Globalpost.com
Americans are enthusiastic about the promise of science but lack basic knowledge of it, with one in four unaware that the Earth revolves around the Sun, said a poll out Friday.
The survey included more than 2,200 people in the United States and was conducted by the National Science Foundation.
Ten questions about physical and biological science were on the quiz, and the average score -- 6.5 correct -- was barely a passing grade.
Just 74 percent of respondents knew that the Earth revolved around the Sun, according to the results released at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Chicago.
Fewer than half (48 percent) knew that human beings evolved from earlier species of animals.
The result of the survey, which is conducted every two years, will be included in a National Science Foundation report to President Barack Obama and US lawmakers.
One in three respondents said science should get more funding from the government.
Nearly 90 percent said the benefits of science outweigh any dangers, and about the same number expressed interest in learning about medical discoveries.
Only because I know someone that works there, I thought I'd create a post for this. And I have a penchant for film quizzes too. If you are in London with nothing else to do to fill your quiz void then this might just fill this for you.
via the very thin Barbican website.
Barbican Film Quiz 7pm / Registration from 6.30pm
20 March 2014 / Cinema Cafe & Bar, Beech Street
£2 per person, cash only
Payable upon registration (exact change appreciated if possible) subject to availability
Do you know your DiCaprio from your De Niro, or your Bullock from your Blanchett?
If the answer is yes, then get yourself along to the Cinema Cafe for a quiz filled to the brim with the best film trivia in London. Team registration is from 6.30pm on the night, so please see our registration details below for how to enter your team.
Teams must register to enter. There will be a registration desk signposted in Cinema Cafe from 6.30pm. The quiz will begin at 7pm.
Teams are between 2–6 people. Space in the cafe is limited and tables and chairs are available on a first come, first served basis, so please arrive early to avoid disappointment.
The quiz will last approximately 1 hour 45 minutes. Please arrive promptly at the advertised start time
Mr Quiz Worthing