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Vote Now: Britain’s favourite quiz show!

logoWe love a quiz show here in Britain. Whether it’s through our unending thirst for knowledge, our competitive desperation to out-know everyone else or just to pass an hour at bedtime (my marriage has never been more on fire than when the Mrs and I are tackling a trivia challenge or an arrow-word under the duvet), the thrill of answering general knowledge questions correctly gives us a little bit of a buzz.

The best place to compete in quizzes for the vast majority of the UK’s population is from the non judgemental comfort of our own living room armchairs.  We pour scorn on the contestants on the various quiz shows who don’t know that the chemical symbol for Potassium isn’t as easy as it seems, who can’t tell the Kardashian sisters apart or worse, go for a lower offer on The Chase. Of course, we could do better every single time; ‘where do they get these people?’ we ask ourselves incredulously as we sip on our Ovaltine and tut at John Smith missing out on a perfectly easy Pointless answer.

Of course, for the contestants themselves, as highlighted in our interview with The Chase contestant Charlie Gardner, it’s a lot more tricky than it looks. But for us viewers, quiz shows are a thrilling mix of education, entertainment and competition that are a staple of our television schedules. With so many popular formats on our screen, our friends at Quiz Britain, a popular site which draws together everything remotely quizzing related, are running a poll to find out what our favourite quiz show of all time is. I spoke to Ian Woolley, the ‘Mastermind’ (see what I did there?) behind Quiz Britain, to find out more…   Continue reading

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Eggheads: EXCLUSIVE Interview with new Egghead Lisa Thiel

BimrRqRCIAAs4NAWhen I was a wee tyke of a lad, and gangs of miscreants yelled ‘egghead’ at me on the playground, the connotations of their cries were largely negative. If only, as I sat mopping up my tears with the sleeve of my second-hand, fraying jumper, I knew that by 2014, it would have become cool to be known as an Egghead.

Nowadays, it’s a hard earned title, held by only the creme de la creme of the quizzing world. Those unfamiliar with the show Eggheads should know that it’s a quiz show airing on BBC2 which sees a team of amateur quizzing wannabes trying to outsmart an expert panel in all things general knowledge for a cash prize. And, in coming episodes, following a very public but successful audition on spin off show, Revenge Of The Egghead which saw her pit her wits against the frustratingly endearing CJ de Mooi, Lisa Thiel makes her debut as the newest Egghead. She was gracious (and blackmailed) enough to give PauseliveAction an exclusive interview about her debut on the hit show. So without further ado, let’s crack ‘er open and see what’s beneath the shell of the latest Egghead…   Continue reading

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Dragons Den: Cordially rejected

webANXdragonsdens111The last time I saw Dragon’s Den was when I heard that James Caan was joining and I tuned in excitedly, expecting a Hollywood legend to be shooting applicants down in a true Mafia style. After that bitter disappointment, I haven’t caught much of the show since, and still can only associate it with too many close ups of the mechanics of an elevator and that irritating Levi Roots ‘Reggae Reggae Sauce’ song.

I happened to find myself sitting in front of an episode last night as I was too lazy to find anything more active to do in the hour that I was waiting for Downton Abbey to start. I was surprised by how enthralled I became, to the point that I became concerned that, due to no ad breaks on the Beeb, I would have no window of opportunity for a much needed toilet break before the start of Downton. It turns out watching people’s dreams bursting mercilessly into flames can be entertaining, in a macabre sort of way.

The first joy was that the legend that is Duncan Bannatyne (I don’t know if I have ever mentioned this in a post before, but I find that forename incredibly strong and rugged) was still on the panel, alongside Peter Jones, Deborah Meaden, Chrissie Watts from Eastenders and Paul Sinha from The Chase. Or, as it later transpired, two folk going by the names Kelly Hoppen MBE and Piers Linney.   Continue reading

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The Chase: Interview with contestant Charlie Gardner

Charlie and BradleyIn my long running quest to expose every intimate avenue of ITV’s quizzing daytime hit The Chase, I’ve heard from two of its titans: the fearsome ‘Governess’ Anne Hegerty (see HERE) and the monstrous ‘Beast’ aka Mark Labbett (see HERE)

But what is it like to come up against a quizzing genius on a show watched by millions? I was lucky enough to spend some time chatting to one of the contestants from the most recently televised episode of the show in which comedian Paul Sinha, affectionately known as ‘The Sinnerman’ took down a team vying for £8000 with only five seconds remaining.

It was a close call, and Charlie Gardner, who had the unenviable ‘Seat 4’ position, has endured hell since her crushing defeat. “It’s been bleak. I’ve hardly eaten anything but spaghetti since,” she told me through hysterical sobs. “And it’s all down to Paul Sinha!”   Continue reading

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The Chase: An exciting day at the office

We review a lot of thrilling television at PauseLiveAction. Game Of Thrones cannot end an episode these days without killing off a main character as brutally as possible and  Waterloo Road has been held atshaun gunpoint, burnt down and bulldosed in as many years. Casualty remains the most eventful hospital in the world whereas Coronation Street recently was not content with having Tina McIntyre fall off of a balcony; they had to show her getting her head caved in with an iron pole for good measure.

And yet all of these exciting television moments may well have been trumped tonight by a humble teatime quiz show. The reason it’s foolish to miss an episode of The Chase isn’t necessarily because every episode promises a rollercoaster ride or a Fanny Chmelar moment but that you run the risk of missing the episode where the contestants win big.   Continue reading

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The Chase: Exclusive interview with Anne ‘The Governess’ Hegerty

small_YLyxuNddaTZ-SZ_EhCwS4ppER9ISZY2hwiSZPhcxdWoOne of ITV’s most acclaimed teatime successes of all time is currently occupying the prime time pre-X Factor slot and holding up well against its titan rival (some dancey thing).

I recently highlighted the many successes of The Chase in a blog post for Pauseliveaction and have since caught up with the exquisitely humble ice maiden herself, Anne Hegerty – the quiz show’s top performing chaser and most fearsome opponent.

The dynamics, personalities, intellect and foibles of the show’s pantomime villains, the Chasers, is, alongside the magnificent host, Bradley Walsh (Danny Baldwin off Corrie), the show’s greatest strength and they have become the biggest stars, even in the celebrity editions.  Continue reading

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The Chase: A winning formula

The ChaseThose who follow my various musings on different platforms will no doubt have picked up on the subtle hints that I leave expressing my enjoyment of ITV’s hit quiz show ‘The Chase’

Whilst I am a self confessed trivia and quizzing nut, I rarely invest any time in television shows based around general knowledge as a successful formula is very difficult to hit and, more often than not, represents the hobby of quizzing as boring and tedious. For a quizzing show to work, it has to attract the casual viewer; those with a non specific interest in the idea of quizzing as there are simply insufficient quiz fanatics in the world to generate ratings which a mainstream television show requires in order to be fruitful. Finally, The Chase came along and delivered the ideal teatime quiz experience.

The premise of the show is refreshingly simple. A mix of four people from varying backgrounds and levels of quirkiness team up to attempt to overthrow a ruthless quiz and trivia expert. They answer questions on topics varying from the height of film stars, to the musings of philosophers and from little known facts about the greatest works of fiction to the achievements of skiers with unfortunate names.

Building up a cash prize based on the contestant’s levels of bravery and notions of good teamplay, those who survive the original battle with The Chaser, then combine their knowledge (or lack of) to try and outrun them once more and take the money home.

I have often heard a casual viewer who has seen the odd episode here and there bemoan the imbalance of knowledge when comparing the Chaser and the contestant, complaining that ‘nobody ever wins’

Those who invest the time in the show, however, will know that the beauty of the Chase is that absolutely anything can happen. With a contestant victory at least once in a week, some of the best teams are conquered by the Chaser whereas some of the underdogs you’d never imagine could beat the knowledge of a trivia genius leave the show a few thousand pounds richer.

What makes the show so unpredictable is that the contestants are not up against a formulaic system or a computer but their victory depends largely on the performance of a human being who, whilst having an impressive bank of knowledge, is as fallible as the rest of us and just as prone to slip ups, bad days and sheer bloopers. (Who can forget Paul Sinha, the registered GP, getting his bones mixed up resulting in a tidy tune of £100,000 being won on a celebrity edition of the show?)   Continue reading

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