Tuesday March 31, 2020

Your starter for ten: where have all the quiz shows gone?

The 1980s and 1990s were a golden age for TV quizzes on Irish television. So why are there no modern-day equivalents around any more?

1st March, 2020
Gay Byrne used to front an Irish version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? but quizzes have disappeared from Irish television. Picture: PA

Q. What do the quiz shows Mastermind, Only Connect and University Challenge have in common?

A. The BBC considers them all worthy of prime-time broadcast.

Yes, Monday night is very much quiz night on BBC One. John Humphrys, Victoria Coren and Jeremy Paxman all invite the viewer to go head-to-head with the participants. From the comfort of your sofa, prepare to be upset, amused or downright depressed at the brightness of the on-screen participants.

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