Transatlantic Quiz



Lionel Hale (original)

Louis Allen (USA, 1979-86)

Anthony Quinton (UK, 1979)

Gordon Clough (UK, 1984-1986)


Original team captains: Denis Brogan (UK) and Christopher Morley (USA)

1979-86 teams: Shana Alexander and Brendan Gill (USA), John Julius Norwich and Irene Thomas (UK)


BBC/NBC for BBC Home Service and NBC Blue Network (USA), 1941 to 26 October 1947

BBC-tv, 26 November 1945 and 10 to 24 June 1946

BBC Radio 4, 7 November to 15 December 1976, 15 September to 20 October 1979, 11 October 1981 to 31 March 1986


By the magic of undersea cable, two teams of (what would nowadays be called) celebrities - one in London, the other in New York - competed in this weekly live radio quiz, answering questions on each other's country and culture.

It was broadcast by the BBC Light Programme and the North American Service, with Lionel Hale as the quizmaster at the London end and Alistair Cooke in New York.

After many years in abeyance, the format was revived in 1976, and became a regular fixture again in the 1980s. The UK team at this time was the resident London pairing on Round Britain Quiz.

Given the difficulty of sending TV pictures across the Atlantic in those pre-satellite days, the TV version only featured the London team in vision.

See also

Round Britain Quiz was loosely based on this format.

Round Europe Quiz


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