Quick Quiz Quiz!

Here are 7 quiz questions about British quiz and panel TV shows

1  What does QI stand for?

stephen fry QI

2  Which show has created more millionaires – ‘Who Wants To Be a Millionaire’ or ‘The Million Pound Drop’?

Which sports quiz (1995 – 2006) took it’s title from a quote by commentator Kenneth Wolstenhome during the 1966 World Cup?

they think it's all over

4  Since it began in 1962 this quiz’s theme tune has been ‘College Boy’ by Derek New, what is the show?

5  Which BBC quiz shares a title with a 1992 Charles & Eddie hit?

6  What three things do ‘Mastermind’ contestants list when they first sit on the chair?

7  Angus Deaton used to be the regular host of ‘Have I Got News For You’ before being sacked, but has he hosted a majority or minority of total episodes?

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‘War and Peace’ Cast: Where You Know Them From

Whether it’s a sweaty six-pack swinging a scythe, an ‘Avengers Assemble’ approach to Dickens or a 130 year-old Dowager Countess raising her eyebrow, costume dramas are catnip to winter audiences who want to feel engaged in something cosy but vaguely high-brow while scraping the bottom of the Quality Street.

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They sell us a simpler world where posh folk huff and whimper with suspiciously good dental work, where men are dashing and emotionally repressed while women have heaving bosoms and are more generally repressed. We might roll our eyes at their rigid social niceties, unchallenged sexism and casual snobbery but are quietly comforted by a soft-focused time where things appeared to have sense, order and nice costumes.

And so here is the BBC’s new adaptation of ‘War and Peace’, Tolstoy’s hefty tale of five Russian families during the Napoleonic Wars. At 1,225 pages it has become synonymous with tedium but audiences are tuning in not only because it’s an easy shortcut to bluffing your way through the classic (writer Andrew Davies has chopped it to just six hour-long episodes) but also because of the stellar cast.

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Photograph: Mitch Jenkins/BBC

But are there a few faces you can’t quite place? Check out where you might recognise the cast from after the break!

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Quick Christmas Song Quiz

Here’s 5 questions all about Christmas Songs!

1  According to Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ what sound fills the air?

mariah carey christmas all i want for christmas is you

2  What song did the old man in the drunk tank sing in The Pogues’ ‘Fairytale of New York’?

3  What Christmas snack did Dean Martin bring in ‘Let It Snow’?

4  Which family member might think the “old songs are the best” in Slade’s ‘Merry Xmas Everybody’?

slade merry xmas everybody

5  What Christmas task is Bing Crosby doing while dreaming of a ‘White Christmas’?

6  Which Christmas song begins with whispers of “Happy Christmas Kyoko. Happy Christmas Julian”?

7  According to Wham’s ‘Last Christmas’ what was written in the note he sent with the present?

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Quick British TV Quiz

Here’s 5 questions all about British TV!

1  According to the closing credits of ‘Only Fools and Horses’ which street is “magnifique”?

del boy rodney only fools and horses

2  Harry Enfield famously played a sulky teenager called Kevin but what was the name of his best friend?

kathy burke harry enfield kevin perry

3  Which classic BBC sitcom featured a bank manager, a bank clerk, a butcher, an undertaker, retired shop assistant, and a dodgy dealer?

4  The names of four  X Factor UK winning acts have names beginning with ‘L’ -what are they?

5  Dublin band’s song ‘Perfect World’ is the theme tune to which popular weekly show?


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Quick EastEnders Quiz

15 tricky questions about EastEnders – how many can you get?

1 Which royal figure’s portrait hangs in the Queen Vic?

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2  How many surviving biological grandchildren did Stan Carter have when he died? Name them!

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3  Which two names appeared in a love-heart in the closing moments of the EastEnders live week? 

4 What item of clothing links a 2012 live segment of the show and Nancy Carter’s first appearance?

5 In 2003 Tracey the barmaid had a one-night-stand with a hot male local, but who was it?

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6  How are Chloe Jackson, Rebecca Miller and Bex Fowler related?

7 What is the blood relationship between Liam Butcher and Ian Beale?

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8 She’s been Mrs Evans, Mrs Butcher, Mrs Wicks, and Mrs Beale – but what was Pat’s maiden name?

pat butcher eastenders

9 There have been four sets of twins amongst the regular characters since EastEnders began in 1985 – name them!

10 If you find Helen in the Minute Mart and Tracey in the Vic, who do you find in the caff?

11 What underground line is Walford East tube station on?

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12 What items were used to kill the following characters? Heather Trott, Archie Mitchell, Den Watts. 

13 How many drum beats are in the famous EastEnders ‘duff duff’?

14  Two EastEnders houses have names above the door – but which families live in ‘Rosedene’ and ‘Pytchley’?

15 What landmark was added to the opening credits in 2000?

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Quick Quiz

5 more pop-culture questions for you!

1  Which Disney character’s name means ‘bear’ in Hindi?

2  In an episode of ‘Friends’ two characters dress up as Princess Leia in a gold bikini. One really wears it and one is imagined – who are they?

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3  Which British sitcom’s theme tune is Irving Berlin’s 1923 song ‘What’ll I Do?’?

4  Of the Disney princesses what makes Aurora, Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Tiana, Rapunzel, Merida, Anna and Elsa different from the others?

5  Who played the parts of Jimmie Dimmick in ‘Pulp Fiction’, Mr Brown in ‘Reservoir Dogs’ and a mining company employee in ‘Django Unchained’?

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Five more pop-culture questions for you

1 Which kids TV character had the biggest selling single of 2000 and even had the Christmas No 1?

2  The soundtracks for ‘Notting Hill’ and ‘Billy Elliot’ both features solo singles by members of which boyband?

billy elliot julia roberts notting hill jamie bell

3  A British genealogy series that’s been running since 2004 and the title of the Spice Girl’s 1997 Comic Relief single – what is the question?

 Which TV drama’s title was inspired by a 1858 medical book by Henry Gray?  

5  Helen Mirren won an Oscar for playing Queen Elizabeth in 2006 but Freya Wilson played the same person in which Oscar-winning 2010 film?

helen mirren the queen

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Seven more pop-culture questions for you

1 What colour are ‘Mr Men’ characters Mr Perfect, Mr Bump and Mr Grumpy?

2  Which member of Take That won ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ in 2002?

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3  How was ‘The Simpsons’ character Robert Terwilliger better known?

Lisa Kudrow played a waitress called Ursula in the 90s sitcom ‘Mad About You’ but what was her surname?

lisa kudrow mad about you

5  Prince, Seal, Pink, Nelly and Sade.  Which one uses the name on their birth cert?

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Seven more pop-culture questions for you

1  Which character was created first Huckleberry Hound or Huckleberry Finn?

2  In ‘the Simpsons’ is Ralph Lisa or Bart’s classmate?

ralph wiggum the simpsons

3  Which two Tom Hanks movies have the word ‘Saving’ in the title?

4  Danny DeVito, Tim Burton and Wes Anderson have all directed adaptations of which author’s books?

5  Adele’s ‘Hello’, Martin Solveig’s ‘Hello’, Lionel Richie’s ‘Hello’ – which song’s first lyric is actually ‘Hello’?

6  A 2014 Tom Cruise film was called ‘All You Need Is Kill’ while it was in production, it was called ‘Live. Die. Repeat’ when released on DVD but what was it called while it was in cinemas?

7  In ‘Outside’ George Michael sings “I think I’m done with the sofa, I think I’m done with the hall, I think I’m done with the…” What household item or piece of furniture does he mention next?

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Seven more pop-culture questions for you

1 According to the opening lyrics of Robbie Williams’ ‘Let Me Entertain You’, is hell or heaven here?

robbie williams let me entertain you

2  Who did Forrest Gump buy that box of chocolates for?

forrest gump chocolate box bench

3  In 2013 a book called ‘The Cuckoo’s Calling’ was released by Robert Galbraith but what was the author’s real name?

4  Hugh Laurie’s character in ‘Blackadder III’ and ‘Blackadder Goes Forth’ had the same name, what was it?

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5  The title of the book (and play) ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time’ is actually taken from a quote by which fictional detective?

6  The classic songs ‘Waterloo Sunset’ and ‘Dancing Queen’ both take place on which day of the week?

7 ‘Allo Allo’, ‘Dad’s Army’, and ‘Goodnight Sweetheart’ were all sitcoms that were (partly or wholly) set in World War II.  Two of them lasted for longer than the actual war, which one didn’t?

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