Just about ev­ery­thing in a big fat quiz

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Television -

In 2004, Chan­nel 4 brought to­gether a num­ber of Bri­tish celebs for the first ever Big Fat Quiz (Mon­day, C4, 9pm, The Big Fat Quiz of Ev­ery­thing)..

The show fea­tured comic Jimmy Carr as host and three teams made of two pan­elists each.

Carr asked the teams ques­tions per­tain­ing to events that had hap­pened that past year.

Some ques­tions were pre- taped by big names and a few were pre­sented in adorable dra­matic rep­re­sen­ta­tion by Mitchell Brook Pri­mary School’s the­atri­cal troupe.

The show was a mas­sive suc­cess, whichen­suredthat it would soon be a yearly thing.

Over the years, though, the­p­ro­gram­me­has­reached lev­els of both leg­end and in­famy. In 2006, dur­ing his hey­day as the en­fant ter­ri­ble of Bri­tish com­edy, Rus­sell Brand teamed up with The Mighty Boosh’s Noel Field­ing.

The two odd­balls called them­selvesTheGothDe­tec­tives and­be­gan­thetra­di­tion of pur­posely writ­ing sur­real an­dridicu­lous an­swersin an ef­fort to amuse the au­di­ence as op­posed to try­ing to win the game.

This even led to the pair even­tu­ally per­form­ing a Goth De­tec­tives- themed show for the Teenage Can­cer Trust event at the Royal Al­bert Hall in 2007.

This tongue- in- cheek spirit has con­tin­ued through­out the years and not only led to funny mo­ments, but also a bit of con­tro­versy.

Back i n 2012, James Cor­den made head­lines when he and his League of Their Own pal Jack White­hall got slightly ine­bri­ated on­the­p­ro­gramme, an­de­ven had pizza de­liv­ered, wash­ing it down it with red wine.

At one point, it seemed the two drunk comics were hell­ben­ton­mak­ingth­e­most randy and puerile jokes imag­in­able.

In ad­di­tion to the an­nual year-end shows, Chan­nel Four has also pro­duced some spe­cials.

Timed to co­in­cide with therun-up­tothe­broad­caster’s 30th-birth­day cel­e­bra­tions in 2012, three episodes were­broad­cast, each­fo­cus­ing ona­nen­tiredecade: the1980s, 1990s and 2000s.

In the past few years, the show seems to have calmed down­some­what, which­might ex­plain why they brought on a ram­pag­ing di­nosaur and let The Great Bri­tish Bak­ing Show co-host Mel Giedroyc spark a food fight dur­ing last year’s The Big Fat Quiz of Ev­ery­thing.

Still, the show is a win­ner and­for an­houran­da­half­pro­vides us view­ers with a large slice of es­capism and mad­ness. The fact that it prob­a­bly takes two to three times as long to shoot and the comics go stir-crazy af­ter be­ing held for hours in the same stu­dio per­haps con­trib­utes to this.

Thisshow, the­firstofthree edi­tions, sees Carr in charge of three teams who an­swer ques­tions about ev­ery­thing from the last 100,000 years of hu­man his­tory.

Al­though to keep things slightly more man­age­able, the quiz is split into cat­e­gories such as art, lit­er­a­ture, tele­vi­sion, mu­sic, ge­og­ra­phy, politics, sci­ence and celebrity.

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