Preview – How Quizzing Got Cool: TV’s Brains of Britain

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Who loves a quiz? I know I do – I’ve even been on Mastermind. I didn’t win, but still it was a fun experience (read here about it).

This documentary narrated by comedian Ben Miller explores how some quiz contestants became famous in their own right, the history of TV quizzes and the rivalry between the BBC and ITV. It starts with the first quiz Have a Go presented by Wilfred Pickles – a man originally hired by the BBC during WWII because they hoped his northern accent would confuse the Nazis.

Among those interviewed include Only Connect’s Victoria Coren Mitchell; Who Wants to be a Millionaire? host Chris Tarrant; Eggheads Kevin Ashman, Judith Keppel and Lisa Thiel; Chasers Paul Sinha, Shaun Wallace and Mark Labbett; Sale of the Century’s Nicholas Parsons, and Mastermind’s working class hero – taxi driver Fred Housego.

How Quizzing Got Cool: TV’s Brains of Britain is on BBC Four at 21.00.