The Great British Quiz


Janice Long (original host)

Philip Hayton


BBC 1, 31 January 1994 to 24 October 1995 (111 episodes in 3 series)


Off-beat afternoon quiz that was mostly memorable for its Irish-jig theme music and its very bizarre sculpted set designed by a renowned (read: anonymous) provincial architect. Think giant coloured shoelaces.

Two teams of three competed in a competition with highest scoring teams on a leader board coming back for a series of knockout finals. The 1995 winning team won a holiday to Newcastle - no, not in this country, but in Australia - well, it was only fair that the overall prize should be something exotic! Links to Britain in some of the questions were very tenuous. During the Philip Hayton-era at least, the show was essentially a remake of Masterteam, albeit with a few additional features (and of course a former newsreader as host once again). One of the additional features was a 'What Am I?' type of round, which has also been seen on other shows, ie the teams having to ask Hayton yes/no questions in order to establish who or what was the answer. Other than that, no other features particularly stick in the memory - buzzer, individual and team rounds were trotted out one after the other. So not exactly the most original or unusual or quizzes, but at least the 'Masterteam' format was an effective one, so 'The Great British Quiz' was certainly watchable, if nothing else.


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