Can you beat the quiz show hosts in our Bank Holiday pub quiz?

The News Quiz, Pointless and the Eggheads' quizmasters try their hand at our quiz. But can you top their scores? Grab a pen and give it a go…

You’ve probably sat at home yelling at quiz contestants, thinking you can do a better job than them and scoop a hefty cash prize. But what about the quizmasters themselves? How would you fare against them?


First, let’s meet the teams…

The News Quiz

Rebecca Front: “I’m a terrible hypochondriac. Whenever a medical question comes up, I know the answer.”

Sandi Toksvig: “I’m most comfortable having the answers in front of me, smirking and saying, I can’t believe you don’t know the answer to this!”

Pub quiz team name: The Wild Guessers


Alexander Armstrong: “On Pointless I get very excited when I know an answer and really struggle not to blurt it out and show everyone how clever I am!”

Richard Osman: “If, like me, you’re not sporty but you’re good at learning facts then a quiz show is exercise for the brain. Keep-fit for clever people.”

Pub quiz team name: The Excellent Contestant


Dermot Murnaghan: “I don’t fancy our chances with such stiff competition! As the great philosopher Clint Eastwood once said, “A man’s got to know his limitations.”

Jeremy Vine: “I waslked into a pub while a quiz was going on with one of the Eggheads, and it fell deathly silent. It was like a scene from Gunfight at the OK Corral.”

Pub quiz team name: Fried or scrambled?

RT Pub Quiz Round 1: News and views

1. Benedict XVI resigned as Pope this year. From which country is his replacement?

2. If you were born on 28 June, what star sign would be you?

3. Which UK constituency did Margaret Thatcher contest twice and lose?

4. According to the Chinese calendar, 2013 is the year of the what?

5. In the USA, ZIP codes are celebrating their 50th anniversary, but what does ZIP stand for?

6. According to custom, women may propose marriage to men only in leap years. If a lady is a stickler for tradition, what year would she next be able to get on bended knee?

7. In February, it was confirmed that the body of Richard III had been dug up in a car park in Leicester. How many years did he reign?

8. Which horse won this year’s Grand National?

9. The Shard, which opened to the public this year, is the tallest building in western Europe. To the nearest thousand, how many panels of glass does it have?

10. Which new Monopoly playing piece is being introduced to the famous board game in 2013? Bonus point: what is it replacing?

Round 2: Picture quiz

These images are taken from the opening sequences of TV programmes. Can you identify which ones?











Round 3: Lucky dip

1. Who played James Bond in Diamonds Are Forever?

2. “If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don’t feel like going into it. If you want to know the truth” is the first line of which famous novel?

3. Who was the Greek god of wine?

4. Who sang: “People dancing all in the street/ See the rhythm all in their feet/ Life is good, wild and sweet/ Let the music play on”?

5. In the periodic table, what is the chemical symbol for copper?

6. What is the capital of Saudi Arabia?

7. Liverpool FC’s signature song, You’ll Never Walk Alone, stems from which Broadway and West End musical?

8. What was the name of the landlady of 221b Baker Street?

9. According to the Bible, who was the youngest of Joseph’s 11 brothers?

10. In which television quiz show was the scorer and timekeeper referred to as the “Dark Lady”? Bonus point: what was her name?


Round 1

1. Argentina 2. Cancer 3. Dartford 4. Snake 5. Zone Improvement Plan – chosen to suggest that the mail travels more efficiently, and therefore more quickly, when senders use the code in the postal address 6. 2016 7. Two 8. Auroras Encore 9. 11,000 10. Cat. Bonus point: Iron

Round 2

1. Only Fools and Horses 2. MasterChef 3. Who Wants to Be a Millionare? 4. Peep Show 5. Torchwood (starring John Barrowman) 6. Gladiators 7. Who Do You Think You Are? 8. BBC News 9. Brainiac 10. Game of Thrones

Round 3

1. Sean Connery 2. The Catcher in the Rye 3. Dionysus 4. Lionel Richie (All Night Long) 5. Cu 6. Riyadh 7. Carousel 8. Mrs Hudson 9. Benjamin 10. Mastermind. Bonus point: Mary Craig

And now… the final scores:

The Wild Guessers: 17

The Excellent Contestant: 24

Fried or Scrambled? 16


Add yours up and let us know @RadioTimes how you got on!