What Do You Know? (1)



Franklin Engelmann


Pilot as "Do You Like It?", BBC Light Programme, 15 May 1953

BBC Light Programme, 2 August 1953 to 16 July 1967 (431 episodes in 15 series)

BBC Television (one-off simulcast), 25 June 1955


The forerunner of Brain of Britain.

Originally there were several different parts to the show, including Beat the Experts in which people famous in a particular field listened to a short play and were asked to point out the two deliberate mistakes. There was a memory test interlude called Hear Hear too.

The most popular part, which soon took over nearly the whole show, was called Ask Me Another and originally involved two celebrities (including the likes of Joyce Grenfell and Anona Winn) and one member of the public. Contestants scored one point for their first correct answer, then could go and say "ask me another" - a second question for two points, a third for three, and so on. But if the contender got their question wrong, they scored nothing from their turn, and the other players could try to answer for two bonus marks.

By 1956, the celebrity contestants had been dropped and it became purely a quiz for members of the public, competing for the title "Brain of Britain", while "Beat the Experts" was replaced by "Beat the Brains", in which listeners could send in questions to try to stump the panel. At some point in the early 1960s, the scoring system became the more familiar one point per correct answer and a bonus for five in a row.

In 1968 Brain of Britain became the title of both the main quiz and the whole programme.

A version of the original quiz also transferred to television as Ask Me Another.


John P. Wynn

Theme music

Opening theme: Fanfare 1 and 2 EMI EP 35

Closing theme: Flying Squad by R. Hanmer


The pilot was one of a short series of pilots from the same team. Very short, in fact - it comprised two programmes, the other being the much less successful Radio Flitch.


Creator John P. Wynn, producer Joan Clark and host Franklin Engelmann celebrate the 200th episode in 1960.


To correct something on this page or post an addition, please complete this form and press "Send":
If you are asking us a question, please read our contact us page and FAQ first.

Name: E-mail:   
A Labyrinth Games site.
Design by Thomas.
Printable version
Editors: Log in