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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!

Wedding (Singer) answers

January 7, 2011 in Quizzes

So here we go, the answers to yesterday’s 1980s themed questions, as asked at my friend’s wedding.

Obviously, how well (or otherwise) you did in these will give away your age!

In our case, I’m pleased to report that we didn’t let the good name of MacGyver down. We scored 19/20, which was good enough for us to be declared joint-winners with the law-abiding citizens of the Hill Street Blues table. Both tables received a free bottle of Prosecco to celebrate their tremendous knowledge. :-)

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Wedding (Singer) quiz

January 6, 2011 in Quizzes

Last Friday, New Year’s Eve, I was an attendee at the wedding of my good friend Niall and his lovely wife Catherine.

A really nice touch, well if you’re me anyway, was the holding of a quiz for the first hour or so of the wedding banquet. :-)

As we took our seats in the dining room, we noticed the Lewis Carroll-esque box you see here. Upon opening this we discovered 20 cards, each containing a trivia question. As the theme of the banquet was 1980s TV (I was sitting at the MacGyver table, for instance) most of the questions related to this.

However, the quiz also featured four questions about the bride and groom. These were a clever addition, in my opinion, as they were obviously google-proof.  That said, our table actually did well on these questions, even managing to correctly guess how many stitches Catherine had to receive after a nasty fall, aged 5.

It was seven, just in case anyone ever asks…

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Playing along at home

October 12, 2009 in Games, Quiz Show

PlayYourCardsRightAs you must now be aware, this blog primarily concerns itself with my experiences on the table quiz circuit. By now you also know that’s just as  glamourous as it sounds!

Well, just like any good pro (or determined amateur), I find that it’s impossible to put the brain to rest just because you’re not actually taking part in a competitive event.

The sport similie breaks down at this point though as I’ve never been the type who prepares for quizzing like it’s a sporting event.  I’ve known some – reading through almanacs and encyclopaedia on their spare time. One day, when I was in college, I popped into a service station to pick up some sweets to find a quizzing acquaintance working the till.  It had been a quiet afternoon for him, obviously, as he had a copy of that year’s Who’s Who open on the counter.  Not my idea of a fun read.

So, obviously I play along with other quizzing endeavour when I can.  Here are some of my favourites.

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