Britain's Brightest Family



Anne Hegerty


Gameface for ITV, 10 January 2018 to 20 May 2021 (44 episodes in 4 series, 2020-21 as Britain's Brightest Celebrity Family)


Anne Hegerty from The Chase hosts a family quiz with differences.

The family - a young captain, and two older relatives - answer questions on the buzzers. Unlike most other shows, this quiz isn't straightforward trivia, but uses pictures and graphics throughout.

The show opens and closes with a team round. One player buzzes in, and nominates another member of their team to answer the question. To show this, the nominated player's chair goes a little way up.

Britain's Brightest Family Going up.

In between, each player has a solo round. The subjects - words, mathematics, and logic puzzles - allow for more variety in the questions.

Scoring is also unusual: ten points for each correct answer, but if someone gives an incorrect answer, the points go to the other side automatically.

Anne Hegerty is at her best when talking to the families, firm and supportive. The show is light and brisk, helped by questions that are a cut above the trivial norm.

Shine brighter?

Buoyed by a decent reception, and Hegerty's success on I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!, a second series was shown in 2019. There were some changes in the format. Quick-fire questions on the buzzers still came first and last. There's now just one head-to-head round, and it's questions about a single topic of the producers' choice.

A multiple choice round involved all six players tapping answers to the same questions. There was a memory round, to remember a sequence of shapes in true The Krypton Factor style. The final quick-fire round was timed, rather than for five questions, and still played for double points.


2018 Curtis Family (Alex, Chris, Brendan)
2019 Lee Family (Richard, Nathan, Rae)
2020 Williamson Family (Sophie, Shaun, Guy)
2021 Wright Family (Amelia, Matthew, Elliot)

Theme music

Medina Sound, credited for Music.


The participants in the 2020 Celebrity series were Shaun Williamson, Lucy Fallon, John Barnes, Matt Le Tissier, Scarlett Moffatt, Curtis Pritchard, Dr. Ranj Singh, and Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen.

Web links

Wikipedia entry

See also

Weaver's Week review


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