Jeremy Vine


ITV, 29 December 2019


“For one night only, the cleverest contestants go head to head in a battle of the brains. They have got all the answers except one - who will be Quizmaster 2019?”

An ITV press release came fluttering our way.

This new factual entertainment show hosted by Jeremy Vine pits high-profile contestants on major TV quiz programmes against each other to find out who is king or queen of TV game shows.
Quizmaster, a 90-minute peak time special, sees 15 previous contestants on Who Wants to be a Millionaire, Mastermind, The Chase, Fifteen-to-One, and University Challenge compete in a high-stakes battle to become ultimate quiz champion.
The 15 competitors do battle across a series of rounds, each one designed to test a different aspect of their quiz knowledge, catch out other contestants, or beat the clock.
Among the familiar faces competing are actor Shaun Williamson, who won Celebrity Mastermind, Isabelle Heward who won Mastermind in 2017, Egghead Pat Gibson who won £1 million on Who Wants to be a Millionaire, and his Eggheads teammate Kevin Ashman, a former Mastermind champion who holds the record for the highest score ever, Ailsa Watson who was Fifteen-to-One Grand Final winner in 2015, as well as Eric Monkman and Bobby Seagull, who achieved success on University Challenge.
Contestants are eliminated in each round, until just two remain to go head-to-head in a climactic final.

This programme has not yet aired. A full review will appear here after broadcast.


Not to be confused with the 2002 Australian game show of the same name, which was piloted in this country as Ruthless and hosted by A Song for Europe ghost Christopher Price.


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