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TV3 quiz show looking for people

November 2, 2013 in Culture, Quiz Show

No, that headline doesn’t mean TV3 are launching a new show in which they hunt down missing persons.

Here’s a press release which came my way yesterday:

Would you like to witness the newest and most exhilarating quiz show on TV?

TV3’s brand new game show ‘The Lie’ is looking for audience members.

It’s the general knowledge game with no questions. All you have to do is spot ‘The Lie’!

‘The Lie’ is a brand new, exciting game show that gives contestants the chance to win big money; all they have to do is survive a nail-biting series of rounds, risking an increasing amount of cash on their ability to spot the lie.
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Blog awards shortlisting

September 15, 2013 in Culture, Housekeeping

blog_awards_2013_badge_shortlist12 months ago, I had one of the best nights of my year when I attended the Irish Blog Awards in the county town of Kildare.

I had some good news over the weekend as the blog has been shortlisted again this year in two categories! That’s not to say I can book my tickets yet. Unlike the Booker Prize or the Oscars, the blog awards shortlist is actually the second-last step on the selection of finalists for the big night. That list of finalists is due to be published on September 29th.

For the record, the blog has been shortlisted in Best Sport/Recreation and Best Podcast categories. The latter is a nomination for After the Fact, the show I host on Claremorris Community Radio, which is podcast each week.

Finally, the odds on my needing to get out the suit in October are further improved by the fact that Mrs TQ.net has also been shortlisted. Her fantastic site leavingcertenglish.net has made the cut in the Best Science/Education category!

Huzzah, I say!

Division: not for me

September 2, 2013 in Quiz Show

Division logoA few weeks back I posted an excited notice of an upcoming quiz show which will air on RTÉ this Winter. Yet, after applying and going through an interview, I contacted the show’s production company early last week to ask for my name to be taken off the list of potential contestants.

Why this change of heart? Put simply, Division is reality television crossed with a quiz show.

The show’s format sees an initial 32 strangers entering a studio and drawing a card, which will be either red or blue, from a hat. The red and blue teams, thus formed, go their separate ways and wait for round one’s quiz category to appear. When it is revealed each group has five minutes to decide who will be their representative in a one-v-one quiz on the topic. No-one knows anything about anyone else so, obviously, the producers are hoping for some on-screen banter, self-promotion or maybe even an argument. The sort of thing that’s no doubt referred to as ‘good tv’ in media circles.

By hook or by crook the nominees are selected and they come to the studio centre to face sudden-death questions. Someone will win, someone will lose. The important thing is that, following this outbreak of quizzing, the entire team represented by the loser will be eliminated. Gone, just like that.

The winning team is disbanded and the red and blue cards are used once more to divide the remaining 16 into two teams of eight. Rinse and repeat until you end up with just two survivors and, ultimately, a winner.

Hopefully, just reading that summary will inform you as to why I withdrew. This isn’t really a quiz show. It’s as if one took the ‘Fastest Finger’ round from the start of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire and thought “Let’s expand that round, introduce some conflict, and diminish the actual answering of questions”…
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Start your engines

August 19, 2013 in Quizzes

Dutch_Grand_PrixAs the school Summer holidays come to an end, the world of quizzing starts to gear up.

The IQO is just as much a part of this increase in quizzing activity. It will host two Grand Prix events over the coming months, one each in September and October.

On September 7th, what is fast becoming the IQO’s base in Dublin, the Addison Lodge will be the venue for the first of these. In conjunction with the British Quiz Association, this event will see attendees taking part in this year’s British Quizzing Championship. That’s right, you’ll be going up against some of the best in the business in their own championship!

So what will it involve? It’s a two-part paper, just like the World Quiz Championships. Here’s the skinny from the BQA:

The first part is Art & Culture (“think WQC ‘Culture’ and ‘History’ together”), Civilisation (“think WQC ‘World’ with politics and business”), Entertainment (“includes what’s in ‘Media’ in WQC”). The second paper features Lifestyle, Physical World (“sciences, including nature and physical geography”), and Sport/Games.

The day will also feature this month’s Hot 100 World Rankings quiz. For more info on that, please visit www.worldquizrankings.com.

It’s open to all and starts with registration in the venue at 10.30am. Paper 1 will begin at 11 am.
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At last, a new quiz show for Irish TV

August 6, 2013 in Quiz Show

Apologies for the lack of a blog post last week. I was away on holidays (in Kerry) and the blog was at the back of my mind, to tell you the truth. Of course, there’s not much going on at the moment anyway, this being the quizzing off-season (aka the Summer). I did take part in a game of Pointless (the board game) which I ended up losing, as my mate Kevin clearly knows more about Mr. Men characters than I do.

tv-quizWaiting me upon my return was an email from Vision Independent Productions, a Dublin-based tv production company. They tell me that they are just weeks away from filming a first episode in a new quiz show they’re making for RTÉ.

The show will be called Division and will feature 32 contestants in each episode. In their words “over the course of 4 rounds of multiple choice questions, on different topics from a broad selection, the 32 contestants will be whittled down to just 2 people.” These final pair will take part in a fifth and final round, for the episode’s grand prize.

At this stage they are going to film one episode, at the start of September. This first episode will be broadcast on RTÉ, with the decision on whether a full series will be commissioned being made afterwards. By the way, the prize up for grabs in show #1 will be a holiday for two in the USA!

Let’s hope the show does prove a success. The lack of quiz shows on Irish TV is baffling to me. So many of us love taking part in quizzes and even more love watching quiz shows. As of right now, we have to get our fix watching UK-produced shows. My excitement two years ago, on the announcement of an Irish version of Mastermind, turned a bit sour when it became clear that TV3 would only be producing celebrity and junior versions of that famous franchise. Nothing for regular, grown-up, quiz devotees to have a go at.

Anyway, back to Divsion. Part of the reason the production company got in contact is that they are still looking for contestants for this first episode. If you’d like to take part (and, honestly, I do myself) you’ll have to download this application form, fill it in and return it to irishquizshow@gmail.com.

The closing date for applications is August 26th so, if you’re interested, get on it!

World Quizzing Championship: this Saturday

May 27, 2013 in Grand Prix, Quizzes

Dublin Marked on MapSaturday next, June 1st, is the date for this year’s World Quizzing Championships.  This event takes place in 36 countries during the course of the day, with the results in the many venues being sent back to the International Quizzing Association for collation.  The new world champion will then be announced in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Following last year’s successful Athlone event, the IQO will once again host a World Championship heat here in Ireland.

A full day of quizzing will take place in the Addison Lodge, Botanic Road, Dublin. Here is the timetable for the day’s events:

11:00-11:30 Registration
11:30-12:30 World Championship Paper 1
12:30-13:00 Correcting Paper 1
13:00-13:45 Break for lunch
13:45-14:45 World Championship Paper 2
14:45-15:15 Correction Paper 2
15:30-17:00 Fun social team quiz (questions by yours truly)

These events will then be followed by the AGM of Irish Quiz Organisation and some informal team v team quizzing.

It promises to be a great day and all are welcome!  Admission for the full day is just €10.  If you’d like to take part, you can register in advance via this page: wqc2013.eventbrite.ie.  That’s not compulsory though; you can simply pay on the day should you choose.

I hope to see you all there!

The world’s biggest (mystery) quiz

January 22, 2013 in Quizzes

big-big-quiz“On a day in March…” begins one of the explanatory blurbs on thebigbigquiz.com, the home site of what promises to be not just Ireland’s but “the world’s biggest table quiz”.

Furthermore, it will all be for charity, with each cause involved being promised more than €3,500 from the night of the quiz.

Aside from those facts, I can’t tell you much more as the site is vague to the point of fogginess. There’s talk of the questions being broadcast on television to “over 1,000 venues” and “100,000 participants”, which sounds great.

So far I have been unable to get any more info. Emails have been sent to the address on the site and via their Facebook page, to no avail. A phone call to the number listed on the site goes through what sounds like a forwarding process before ending with an engaged tone. I couldn’t even leave a message. :-(

So far, this is a quiz with way more questions than answers.

Answers from Tartu

November 12, 2012 in EQC, Quizzes

Here are the answers to the questions I posted during the weekend.

So how do you think you did? Could you keep up with the quizzers at the European Quizzing Championships?

If so, drop me an email and I’ll sort you out for a place on next year’s squad. :-)

Update: Fancy giving the full Individual Quiz a go? Click here to download the paper (PDF, 5.4 MB).

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