Pop Quiz



Mike Read (1981-4, 1994 special)

Chris Tarrant (1994 series)

Mike Read (again, 2008, 2011)


BBC1, 4 July 1981 to 28 December 1984 (42 episodes in 4 series + 5 specials)

Special: BBC1, 4 January 1994

BBC1, 21 May to 9 July 1994 (8 episodes in 1 series)

Red TV, 14 June 2008 to 30 August 2008 (12 episodes in 1 series)

Vintage TV, 15 to 29 December 2011 (3 episodes in 1 series)


Pop quiz where the contestants were celebrities, ie pop stars - generally two teams of three in the original version and the team captains included the likes of Alvin Stardust, Andy Fairweather-Low, B A Robertson, Dave Edmunds, Noddy Holder, Rick Dees and Dave Gilmour.

Duran Duran find Mike's questions about as easy as a nuclear war
Classic-era host Mike Read

In January 1994, Read came back to present a one-off special for the Top of the Pops 30th anniversary. In the rest of 1994, Mr Pilot at the time, Chris Tarrant, presented a further new series.

Image:Pop_quiz_chris_tarrant.jpgRevival host Chris Tarrant

In June 2008, after a 14 year break, Pop Quiz returned to Red TV, with Mike Read back at the helm, under the slightly less descriptive title of The Mike Read Show. This was changed later in the series to "Mike Read's Pop Quiz". Unlike the original, the revival features six civillians into two teams of three and filmed inside a studio comparison to the size of Channel Five's Brainteaser.


A Mike Read Pop Quiz game was available at the time, which came with a free poster of the Readmeister himself to Blu-tak to your toilet bedroom wall.

There was also one of those travel card games that were popular in the 80s (remember the Blockbusters "Gold Run" game?) and a series of tape cassette/book combos.

A series of tape cassette/book combos

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