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Television: Entertainment

This page covers quizzes, game shows, panel shows, etc. For other forms of television entertainment, see Reality Television and The Eurovision song Contest.

Titles

Theme tune specially recorded by Element Four (Paul Oakenfold and Andy Gray) Click to show or hide the answer
Series that launched Sheena Easton's career; also ended Fanny Cradock's TV career when she criticised the menu chosen by Devon housewife Gwen Troake Click to show or hide the answer
"Can I have a P please Bob?" was a 'catchphrase' (of sorts) on Click to show or hide the answer
Presented by Robin Ray, Joe Melia, Peter Wheeler, Robert Robinson, Bob Holness Click to show or hide the answer
"Say what you see" was a catchphrase on Click to show or hide the answer
ITV daytime game show, 1987–97: had six presenters; Jeremy Beadle was the first, and Dave Spikey the last; used a computer named Wordsworth Click to show or hide the answer
Game show, including dramatised action in the fictional Arlington Grange Click to show or hide the answer
Longest–running 'musical' programme on British TV Click to show or hide the answer
The first programme broadcast on Channel 4 (1982); broadcast its 6,000th episode in September 2014, and was simultaneously honoured by Guinness World Records for "most series broadcast for a TV game show" Click to show or hide the answer
The 1p Club is associated with Click to show or hide the answer
BBC, 1986–93 (based on an American show of the same name): married couples compete to win time in which to win prizes; hosted by Paul Daniels Click to show or hide the answer
The famous "class sketch", featuring John Cleese, Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett, first appeared in 1966 on Click to show or hide the answer
Made Arthur Negus a TV personality Click to show or hide the answer
BBC daytime quiz, 1987–96: presented by Henry Kelly, featured contestants from various European countries. Revived on Five, 2008–9 (with John Suchet) Click to show or hide the answer
Presented by Jackie Rae 1967, Bob Monkhouse 1967–71 and 1975, Norman Vaughan 1972, Charlie Williams 1973–4; catchphrase "Bernie, the bolt!"; featured "dumb blonde" hostess Anne Aston, who appeared to struggle with mental arithmetic Click to show or hide the answer
Amazon's motoring programme, presented by Messrs. Clarkson, Hammond and May (from 2016) Click to show or hide the answer
Simon King, David Myers Click to show or hide the answer
Californian–born Ann Maurice is (Channel 5 and UK Style, 1999–) Click to show or hide the answer
Sky 1 travel documentary featuring Karl Pilkington (who is referred to in the title), Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant. (The latter two stay in London and send the reluctant Pilkington on foreign journeys) Click to show or hide the answer
First British quiz show to be sold to the USA Click to show or hide the answer
Channel 4 comedy talk show: presented by Australian comedian Adam Hills, co-presented by Alex Brooker and Josh Widdecombe; first ran alongside Channel 4's coverage of the London 2012 Paralympics Click to show or hide the answer
ITV variety show, 1982–5, hosted by Jimmy Tarbuck: Tommy Cooper died during his act in April 1984 Click to show or hide the answer
ITV daytime chat show, first broadcast in 1999; features an all–female panel, with one "anchor" (originally Kaye Adams or Nadia Sawalha, alternating) Click to show or hide the answer
John Torode and Gregg Wallace are judges on Click to show or hide the answer
Created by Bill Wright, based on his experience of being interrogated by the Gestapo during World War II; first shown in 1972 Click to show or hide the answer
Given the unofficial Latin motto Ludus non nisi sanguineus ("It's only a bloody game")
Created by Eric Morley in 1951: Sweden's Kerstin 'Kiki' Hakansson was the first winner, Rosemarie Frankland (1961) was the first UK winner Click to show or hide the answer
"Paranormal reality series" (Wikipedia), investigating purported paranormal activity in many locations in the UK, Republic of Ireland, and elsewhere; originally on Living TV (2002-10); main presenter is Yvette Fielding; series 1–6 (2000–5) also starred medium Derek Acorah Click to show or hide the answer
Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem was the "house band" on Click to show or hide the answer
Included Pigs in Space – a recurring sketch, featuring Captain Link Hogthrob and Dr. Julius Strangepork Click for more information
Stone Fox Chase, by Area Code 615, was the theme tune to Click to show or hide the answer
BBC4 quiz show, 2008–, hosted by Victoria Coren; title taken from the epigraph to E. M. Forster's Howard's End Click to show or hide the answer
The Clapometer was (originally) a feature of Click to show or hide the answer
BBC2 quiz show, 2009–, hosted by Alexander Armstrong: object is to give correct answers that members of the public have not given Click to show or hide the answer
"The weekend starts here" – slogan of Click to show or hide the answer
Popular ITV football preview, 1985–92, featuring former players Ian St. John and Jimmy Greaves Click to show or hide the answer
"From Norwich, it's the Quiz of the Week" Click to show or hide the answer
Channel 4 show, 1985–7, that made stars of Ben Elton, Harry Enfield, Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie (succeeded for one series by Friday Night Live) Click to show or hide the answer
Created by Roger Fluck and Peter Law; working title Rubber News Click to show or hide the answer
ITV's short–lived rival to BBC's A Question of Sport (1987–90; series 1 & 2 hosted by Nick Owen; team captains included Jimmy Greaves, Emlyn Hughes, Andy Gray) Click to show or hide the answer
American game show (1941–46) with the '$64,000 question' Click to show or hide the answer

Janice Nichols: 'Oi'll give it foive' Click to show or hide the answer

First broadcast from a converted church in Manchester, on 1 January 1964 Click to show or hide the answer
Channel 4's influential music programme, 1982–7: presenters included Jools Holland, Paula Yates, Leslie Ash and Muriel Gray Click to show or hide the answer
Jennifer Paterson, Clarissa Dickson–Wright Click to show or hide the answer
Don Murray–Henderson (1962–72), Jim Pope (1972–2001) and Roger Tilling (since 2001) have successively been the announcers on Click to show or hide the answer
First broadcast 1977: Geoff Capes, Jamie Reeves and Gary Taylor have been the three British winners (to date) Click to show or hide the answer
BBC panel show: shares its name with Top Ten hits for both Eurythmics and Charles & Eddie Click to show or hide the answer

People

Canadian presenter of consumer programmes for ITV (1962–7) and BBC (1967–72); Esther Rantzen started as a researcher on the latter, and went on to appear on it as a presenter; it was cancelled when he advertised margarine on ITV Click to show or hide the answer
Presenter of The South Bank Show (from 1978) Click to show or hide the answer
Original presenter of Ready Steady Cook (replaced by Ainsley Harriott 2000) Click to show or hide the answer
BBC TV presenter, 1950s and 60s, credited with popularising "do it yourself" (DIY) in the UK; died in 2003 aged 91 Click to show or hide the answer
Appeared naked in the one–off Channel 5 game show Naked Jungle, 2000 – described it as his worst ever career move Click to show or hide the answer
Versatile presenter – BBC 1994–2010, chief presenter of ITV's football coverage 2010–15; half Croatian, all Brummie, fluent in Serbo–Croat Click to show or hide the answer
First found fame as 'The Joan Collins Fan Club' Click to show or hide the answer
Found fame as the original presenter of Bargain Hunt Click to show or hide the answer
That was the week that was: presenter Click to show or hide the answer
Host of Double your Money and Opportunity Knocks! Click to show or hide the answer
Presenter of Extreme Fishing (Channel 5, 2008–11) Click to show or hide the answer
Presenter of Blockbusters, 1983–93 Click to show or hide the answer
Creator, director and chief writer of The Thick of It (BBC, 2005–) Click to show or hide the answer
Former footballer (goalkeeper) and BBC sports presenter: an appearance on BBC TV's Wogan, in 1991, turned him (by his own account) into a laughing stock. Believes that human beings originated in a breeding programme run by a race of reptilians called Anunnaki from the constellation Draco; described the Queen Mother as "seriously reptilian" in 2001 Click to show or hide the answer
Made the novelty Cuban singer Margarita Pracatan a household name in the UK, on one of his many television–based shows (i.e. using television programmes as a source) in the 1990s Click to show or hide the answer
Punched Russell Harty on his chat show Click to show or hide the answer
BBC newsreader, winner of the first series of Strictly Come Dancing Click to show or hide the answer
Original presenter of Mastermind (1972–97) – catchphrase "I've started so I'll finish"; died in 2007 aged 77 Click to show or hide the answer
The Choir (from 2006 – including The Choir: Military Wives, 2011) – presenter and choirmaster Click to show or hide the answer
The only person to score a maximum 433 on 15 to 1 (1999) Click to show or hide the answer
Paul Daniels's glamorous assistant and second wife Click to show or hide the answer
Host of Trivial Pursuit (BBC, 1990) Click to show or hide the answer
Famously asked Debbie McGee what had first attracted her to the millionaire Paul Daniels; also suggested to George Best that it was all that running around after girls that made him so thirsty Click to show or hide the answer
Creator and conductor of the Black & White Minstrels Click to show or hide the answer
The other guest when Grace Jones punched Russell Harty Click to show or hide the answer
Shot to stardom after taking his Reggae Reggae Sauce to the Dragons' Den in 2007 (real name Keith Valentine Graham) Click to show or hide the answer
That was the week that was: producer Click to show or hide the answer

General

Antiques Roadshow Presenters: 1979–83 Click to show or hide the answer
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Also presented in 1979 Click to show or hide the answer
1981–2000 Click to show or hide the answer
2000–7 Click to show or hide the answer
2008– Click to show or hide the answer
2008: the first item valued at over £1m was a replica of the Click to show or hide the answer
The Apprentice (UK version) Sir (Lord) Alan Sugar's male aide Click to show or hide the answer
Female aide, series 1–4 Click to show or hide the answer
Female aide, series 5 Click to show or hide the answer
Ask the Family Original presenter Click to show or hide the answer
Presenters of the 2005 'revival' Click to show or hide the answer
Big BreakTheme song (Snookering you tonight) sung by Click to show or hide the answer
Blankety Blank Presenters 1979–83 Click to show or hide the answer
1979–83 Click to show or hide the answer
1984–90 Click to show or hide the answer
BullseyeCo–presenter (to both Jim Bowen and Dave Spikey) Click to show or hide the answer
Call My Bluff Original presenter Click to show or hide the answer
Original team captains Click to show or hide the answer
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Later presenter (1980s) Click to show or hide the answer
Replaced Robert Morley as team captain Click to show or hide the answer
Replaced Patrick Campbell as team captain Click to show or hide the answer
Presenter of the 1996 revival Click to show or hide the answer
The first (regular) female team captain (1996 revival) Click to show or hide the answer
The other team captain in the 1996 revival Click to show or hide the answer
Candid CameraOriginal UK presenter and link man Click to show or hide the answer
Catchphrase Original presenter (1986–99) Click to show or hide the answer
Presenter from 2013 Click to show or hide the answer
The Chase Presenter Click to show or hide the answer
The Beast Click to show or hide the answer
The Dark Destroyer Click to show or hide the answer
The Governess (Frosty Knickers) – joined 2010 Click to show or hide the answer
The Sinner Man (Sarcasm in a Suit) – joined 2011 Click to show or hide the answer
The Vixen (The Bolton Brainiac) – joined 2015 Click to show or hide the answer
Come DancingOriginal bandleader Click to show or hide the answer
Countdown Original presenter – the first face seen on Channel 4 Click to show or hide the answer
His 'assistant' Click to show or hide the answer
Replaced Whiteley after his death in June 2005 Click to show or hide the answer
Replaced Lynam 18 months later (Jan 2007) Click to show or hide the answer
Replaced O'Connor Jan 2009 Click to show or hide the answer
Replaced Vorderman Jan 2009 Click to show or hide the answer
Replaced Stelling Jan 2012 Click to show or hide the answer
Full–time Dictionary Corner expert, since 2003 (first appeared 1992) Click to show or hide the answer
The Crystal Maze Replaced Richard O'Brien as presenter Click to show or hide the answer
Deal or No Deal Number of boxes (up to the end of 2013, after which an extra one was added) Click to show or hide the answer
Maximum value Click to show or hide the answer
Minimum value Click to show or hide the answer
First £250,000 winner (broadcast January 2007) Click to show or hide the answer
Eggheads Presenter: 2003–14 Click to show or hide the answer
Presenter: 2008 to date Click to show or hide the answer
The three ever–present Eggheads (to date) Click to show or hide the answer
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Left in 2012; returned in 2014; left again in 2016 Click to show or hide the answer
Retired in 2014 Click to show or hide the answer
Joined in 2008 (winner of Are You an Egghead?, 2008) Click to show or hide the answer
Joined in 2009 (winner of Are You an Egghead?, 2009) Click to show or hide the answer
Joined in 2012 (nicknamed 'Tremendous Knowledge') Click to show or hide the answer
Joined in 2014 Click to show or hide the answer
Joined in 2016 (winners of Make Me an Egghead) Male Click to show or hide the answer
Female Click to show or hide the answer
Family Fortunes Presenters: 1980–3 Click to show or hide the answer
1983–5 Click to show or hide the answer
1987–2002 Click to show or hide the answer
2002 Click to show or hide the answer
(One–off special) 2005 Click to show or hide the answer
2006– Click to show or hide the answer
15 to 1 Original presenter (1988–2003) Click to show or hide the answer
Presenter 2014– Click to show or hide the answer
The Frost Report Resident singer Click to show or hide the answer
The Generation Game Stood in when Bruce Forsyth was ill (1975) Click to show or hide the answer
Replaced Forsyth as presenter, 1978 Click to show or hide the answer
Larry Grayson's assistant Click to show or hide the answer
Forsyth's assistant on his return, 1990–4 Click to show or hide the answer
Forsyth's second replacement (1995–2002) Click to show or hide the answer
Give us a Clue Original team captains Men Click to show or hide the answer
Women Click to show or hide the answer
Going for Gold Presenter (BBC, 1987–96) Click to show or hide the answer
Presenter (Channel 5, 2008–9) Click to show or hide the answer
The Good Old Days Chairman Click to show or hide the answer
Theatre Click to show or hide the answer
Have I Got News for You Chairman (1990–2002) Click to show or hide the answer
Contestant replaced by a tub of lard Click to show or hide the answer
First guest presenter Click to show or hide the answer
Youngest guest presenter (2003, aged 17) Click to show or hide the answer
Oldest guest presenter (2012, aged 85) Click to show or hide the answer
Most frequent guest presenter (26 times, to July 2015; Jo Brand 14, Jack Dee 13, Kirsty Young 12, Jeremy Clarkson 11) Click to show or hide the answer
The Hit Man and Her The Hit Man Click to show or hide the answer
Her Click to show or hide the answer
Judge JudyJudge Judy's surname Click to show or hide the answer
Juke Box Jury Name of the theme tune Click to show or hide the answer
Original presenter (1959–67) Click to show or hide the answer
Presenter of the 1979 revival Click to show or hide the answer
Presenter of the second revival (1989–90) Click to show or hide the answer
Panel on 7 December 1963 Click to show or hide the answer
Panel on 4 July 1964 Click to show or hide the answer
The Krypton Factor Original presenter (1977–95) Click to show or hide the answer
Mastermind Theme tune Click to show or hide the answer
Presenters 1972-97 (BBC1) Click to show or hide the answer
1998-2000 (BBC Radio 4) Click to show or hide the answer
2001-2 (Discovery Channel) Click to show or hide the answer
2003- (BBC2) Click to show or hide the answer
First winner (1972) Click to show or hide the answer
Retired ambassador, won in 1977 Click to show or hide the answer
London taxi driver, won in 1980 Click to show or hide the answer
Tube train driver, won in 1983 (later an Egghead) Click to show or hide the answer
Actor, won in 1991 Click to show or hide the answer
Stage name of the 1991 winner Click to show or hide the answer
Million Pound Drop (Channel 4, 2010–) Presenter Click to show or hide the answer
Mr & MrsPresenter Click to show or hide the answer
The Muppet Show Creator of the Muppets Click to show or hide the answer
Drummer Click to show or hide the answer
Hecklers Click to show or hide the answer
Pigs in Space: name of the spacecraft Click to show or hide the answer
Miss Piggy: "Never eat more than you can ... " Click to show or hide the answer
Never Mind the Buzzocks Replaced Mark Lamarr as presenter, 2006 Click to show or hide the answer
New FacesOriginal presenter Click to show or hide the answer
Winner who went on to present it Click to show or hide the answer
Noel's House Party Fictional village in (or near) which set Click to show or hide the answer
The Old Grey Whistle Test Original presenter (1971) Click to show or hide the answer
Later presenter (1971–8) Click to show or hide the answer
Only Connect Presenter Click to show or hide the answer

The six Egyptian hieroglyphs that contestants on Only Connect use to choose questions are:

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Pointless Main presenter Click to show or hide the answer
His "pointless friend" Click to show or hide the answer
Points for a wrong answer Click to show or hide the answer
A Question of Sport Original presenter (1970–8) Click to show or hide the answer Click for more information
Original team captains Click to show or hide the answer
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Special guest on the 200th edition (1986) Click to show or hide the answer
The Price is Right Presenters 1984–8 Click to show or hide the answer
1995–2001 Click to show or hide the answer Click for more information
2006–7 Click to show or hide the answer
QITook over as host (from Stephen Fry) in 2016, to become "the first female host of a prime time comedy panel show" Click to show or hide the answer
Ready Steady GoSlogan Click to show or hide the answer
Hostess (known as 'Queen of the Mods') Click to show or hide the answer
Male presenter Click to show or hide the answer
Shooting StarsScore keeper Click to show or hide the answer
Played by Click to show or hide the answer
A Song for EuropeOriginal presenter (1966) Click to show or hide the answer
Spitting ImageImpressionist who voiced Margaret Thatcher's puppet (and others including Roy Hattersley, the Queen Mother, Alan Bennett, and David Attenborough) Click to show or hide the answer
Stars on SundayPresenter ('The Bishop') Click to show or hide the answer
Sunday Night at the London PalladiumOriginal presenter Click to show or hide the answer
Bandleader Click to show or hide the answer
Supermarket SweepPresenter Click to show or hide the answer
Take Your PickOriginal presenter Click to show or hide the answer
Voice–over (also on Pathe News) Click to show or hide the answer
They Think It's All OverOriginal team captains Click to show or hide the answer
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This is Your LifeFirst person to say no Click to show or hide the answer
Through the KeyholePresenter (original version – 1987–2008, on ITV, Sky 1, BBC1 and BBC2) Click to show or hide the answer
Original "location presenter" (1987–2003) – "Who lives in a house like this?" Click to show or hide the answer
Today's the DayPresenter (former newsreader) Click to show or hide the answer
Today with Des and MelDes O'Connor's co–presenter Click to show or hide the answer
Top of the PopsFirst broadcast Click to show or hide the answer
First record played (Rolling Stones) Click to show or hide the answer
First No. 1 (Beatles) Click to show or hide the answer
First presenter Click to show or hide the answer
Other original presenters Click to show or hide the answer
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First female presenter Click to show or hide the answer Click for more information
Main presenter of the final show (30 July 2006) Click to show or hide the answer
Last No. 1 (Shakira feat. Wyclef Jean) Click to show or hide the answer
Main presenter, 2004–6 – unable to present the final show because she was appearing in Love Island Click to show or hide the answer
Dance troupes 1964–8 Click to show or hide the answer
1968–76 Click to show or hide the answer
1976 Click to show or hide the answer
1976–81 Click to show or hide the answer
1981–3 Click to show or hide the answer
Theme tunes (selected) 1970–7 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
1981–6 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
1986–91 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
Treasure Hunt Presenter of the original Channel 4 series (former BBC newsreader) Click to show or hide the answer
Replaced Anneka Rice as "sky–runner" (former tennis star) Click to show or hide the answer
Presenter of the 2002 BBC revival Click to show or hide the answer
"Sky–runner" in the 2002 BBC revival Click to show or hide the answer
University Challenge Presenter: 1962–87 (ITV) Click to show or hide the answer
Presenter: 1994– (BBC) Click to show or hide the answer
Most wins (four each, up to and including 2017) Click to show or hide the answer
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The Very Hungry Frenchman (BBC, 2012)The eponymous chef Click to show or hide the answer
The Weakest LinkNumber of contestants that start each show Click to show or hide the answer
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Number of questions to win £1 million 1998–2007 Click to show or hide the answer
2007–14 Click to show or hide the answer
Value of the first question 1998–2007 Click to show or hide the answer
2007–14 Click to show or hide the answer
First £1m winner (November 2000) Click to show or hide the answer
Second £1m winner (April 2001) Click to show or hide the answer
Found guilty (2003) of cheating in 2001 Click to show or hide the answer
Ingram's coughing accomplice Click to show or hide the answer
Third £1m winner (September 2001) Click to show or hide the answer
Fourth £1m winner (April 2004): later joined Judith Keppel as an Egghead Click to show or hide the answer
Fifth and last £1m winner (September 2006): previously finished third, behind Fred Housego, on Mastermind in 1980 Click to show or hide the answer
Winner Takes AllHost, 1975–86 Click to show or hide the answer
Creator, and host 1987–8 Click to show or hide the answer
Presenter of the Challenge TV revival (1997) Click to show or hide the answer

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