Quiz Ball

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== Broadcast ==
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BBC1, 22 December 1966 to 23 December 1972 (72 episodes in 8 series)
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BBC1, 22 December 1966 to 23 December 1972 (64 episodes in 8 series)
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as ''Champions' Quiz Ball'': 24 July to 11 September 1970 (8 episodes in 1 series)
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Current revision as of 00:41, 19 September 2019

Contents

Host

David Vine (1966-8)

Barry Davies (1970)

Stuart Hall (1970-2)

Frank Skinner (non-broadcast pilot)

Co-hosts

Announcer: John Witty (1966-8)

Broadcast

BBC1, 22 December 1966 to 23 December 1972 (64 episodes in 8 series)

as Champions' Quiz Ball: 24 July to 11 September 1970 (8 episodes in 1 series)

Synopsis

Two teams consisting of players from a top flight football club and a celebrity supporter have a football match in the form of a general knowledge quiz. Teams chose whether to take four easy questions, three medium questions, two hard questions or one tough question to score a goal. The opposition can opt to take a tackle question a limited number of times in order to block the run, but a wrong answer meant conceding a goal. Whoever had the most goals at the end of the show was the winner.

Champions

1966-67 Arsenal
1967-68 West Bromwich Albion
1970 Celtic
1970-71 Derby County
1971 Dunfermline Athletic

We do not know the winner of two "Home Nations" series shown in 1972.

Champions' Quiz Ball

Celtic

Inventor

George Woolley

Theme music

Tony Hatch

Trivia

The first three series of Quiz Ball were straight knockout tournaments contested by 16 clubs. The next three series were contested by 8 clubs. A group phase between England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland confused everyone in series 7; series 8 was a straight knockout between these sides.

Lostshows.com tells us that nearly all of the episodes have been wiped from the archives with only 6 of them surviving. These are the episodes that survived:

Series 1: Episode 1 (which can be viewed on the BBC iPlayer)
Series 2: Episode 11
Series 3: Episode 6
The 1970 Challenge Match
Series 5: Episode 5
Series 8: Episode 4

Web links

BBC programme page, which includes a 1966 episode as part of a game show collection.

Fan page giving every show result via archive.org

See also

Weaver's Week review of the very first episode

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