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Fingers On Buzzers

Fingers on Buzzers is brought to you by comedian and keen amateur quizzer Lucy Porter, alongside The Chase's very own Jenny Ryan. Whether you’re a Pointless armchair aficionado, nostalgic for the days of Going for Gold, or a bona fide Mastermind, this is the podcast for you.  Jenny and Lucy speak to a host of people who work behind the scenes of our favourite TV quiz shows, including James Harkin (QI), Roger Tilling (the ‘Voice’ of University Challenge) and Jenny Hawker (Only Connect); plus we hear from epic winners and losers of quiz shows past and present, from Bullseye and Blockbusters to Britain's Brightest Family and everything in between.  Lucy and Jenny will also discuss the BIG issues including the etiquette of pub quizzing, new quizzing technology and how questions have changed with the times. All the BIG questions will be asked (and answered.) What IS the difference between quiz shows and game shows? With the help of experts and enthusiasts alike, Jenny and Lucy get to the bottom of that and much, much more besides. There's also plenty of opportunities to play-along, as week-by-week Jenny coaches plucky layperson Lucy on the ‘quiz syllabus’, and in-turn Lucy tests the mettle of general knowledge guru Jenny with a weekly pop-quiz.  Whether you're an Only Connect know-it-all, still dine-out on your Fifteen To One appearance from 1993, or only indulge in Trivial Pursuits on December 25th, this podcast is for you. 

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11 Lucy's Unruly Buzzer & Someone Give Jenny An Award!

On this week's episode Lucy & Jenny discuss quiz audiences and the difference between quizzing with and without them & TV Quiz warm-up stalwart Mark Olver gives a glimpse of how to work the crowd. Our quiz queens go head to head with another fabulous listener quiz (pop your questions in the comments below) and speak to David Lea of The Quiz League of London. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

42mins

9 Nov 2018

Rank #1

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20 The Vixen Vs Basil Brush Round 2 - BOOM BOOM

In this episode, things turn dark as Lucy and Jenny come face to face with their quizzing nemeses and scores get settled.In Lucy's case comedian Rob Deering has provided some heartbreaking quiz moments for her, including pipping her to the post as winner of The Weakest Link and also as quiz partner on BBC Pointless.Whilst for Jenny, who'd have thought her Waterloo would come in the form of fellow fox, Basil Brush! Not that he's gloating mind... BOOM BOOM!See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

33mins

12 Jul 2019

Rank #2

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28 Ben Shephard reaches Tipping Point

In this final episode of season two, Lucy and Jenny wrap-up the history of quiz with a look at some classic and forgotten quiz shows of the noughties. We hear from David Smith, a man who has achieved something that Lucy - as of yet - can only dream of, when he speaks about appearing on Only Connect, which aired the evening before.This week's Harry Potter themed listener quiz brings-out Lucy's competitive streak, so it's lucky the wonderful Ben Shephard was on-hand to calm things down. Ben gives some fabulous insights about Tipping Point and shows that his love of quiz goes well beyond asking the questions, plus he tells us about being on the receiving end of a fierce mic drop, courtesy of the one and only Gordon Burns.See you later in the year for Series three!See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 1min

6 Sep 2019

Rank #3

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09 Did Quizzing Change Your Life? And Bring Back Pop Quiz!

In this week's episode, Jenny & Lucy discuss how quizzing has changed their lives and hear from someone whose quizzing resulted in marriage! Tell us how quizzing changed your lives in the comments below!Our hosts also have a good chat with Mike Read and relive the glory 'Pop Quiz'. The Fingers On Buzzers team are campaigning to bring the show back, so let us know what you think.Like the show? Want to spread the word and support this podcast? Please Subscribe and Review us on iTunes / Apple PodcastsGot a comment, request, suggestion, question or a listener quiz? Get in touch! Email us on quiz@fingersbuzzers.com Tweet us on @fingersbuzzers Like us on FacebookProduced by: Amanda RedmanArtwork by: Brendan AppletonMusic by: Justin Edwards & Kevin MacLeod (Happy, Happy Game Show).Voice Over: Pete DonaldsonSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

38mins

26 Oct 2018

Rank #4

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10 Rick Edwards talks Impossible & Justice For Barbra.

In this episode, Lucy & Jenny discuss TV quiz sets through the ages and hear from broadcaster Tom Hourigan, whose appearance on The Weakest resulted in bright blue shirts selling-out across the country & presenter of Impossible, Rick Edwards says why he loves being at the helm of TVs most eccentric quiz.Leave a quiz question in the comments below and we'll put them to future guests!Like the show? Want to spread the word and support this podcast? Please Subscribe and Review us on iTunes / Apple PodcastsGot a comment, request, suggestion, question or a listener quiz? Get in touch! Email us on quiz@fingersbuzzers.com Tweet us on @fingersbuzzers Like us on FacebookProduced by: Amanda RedmanArtwork by: Brendan AppletonMusic by: Justin Edwards & Kevin MacLeod (Happy, Happy Game Show).Voice Over: Pete DonaldsonSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

43mins

2 Nov 2018

Rank #5

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21 Tim Vine's Quiz Joke Cupboard & The History Of Quiz

In this episode Lucy and Jenny introduce a brand new segment in which they explore the history of quiz, plus they speak to the person who put the sting in Anne Robinson's tail - writer Adam Bostock-Smith, who wrote those epic put-downs for The Weakest Link.And comedian Tim Vine has a route around the cupboard under the stairs and pulls-out some jokes he used for 90s quiz show 'Whittle'.Plus as always, our hosts go head-to-head with a quiz set by one of the listeners.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

38mins

19 Jul 2019

Rank #6

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15 Richard Herring's Pointless Reveries & Other Memorable Contestants.

It's the end of term, so we thought we'd treat you to a slightly longer edition. A quiz show is nothing without it's contestant - celebrity or otherwise - so Lucy & Jenny talk about those who are remembered for all the right, but mostly all the wrong reasons. Comedy legend Richard Herring re-lives some of his quiz show appearances and injustices - he will always shudder whenever he hears 'Shaddup your face' - which is presumably often. Plus, Thomas De Bock takes us through the TV quiz show scene in Belgium. In this week's listener quiz - courtesy of Chris Walsh - Jenny & Lucy keep their buzzers a mystery... put your guesses as to what they might be in the comments below! So in short: Herring, Belgium, legendary contestants and Joe Dolce ... there's an awful lot of Joe Dolce for some reason. FOB is back for a Christmas special on Friday 21st December 2018! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

51mins

7 Dec 2018

Rank #7

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16 It's a Christmas Quiz-tacular!

Lucy and Jenny are full of quiz-mas cheer in this seasonal extra episode and have a good old reminisce about the quiz-based board games that cause family feuds after the roast turkey. And there's also a festive themed quiz, so pour yourself a generous glass of port and play along at home. A very happy Christmas from everyone at Fingers On Buzzers - thank you so much for listening and we'll be back in early 2019! Lucy, Jenny & Amanda X See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

15mins

21 Dec 2018

Rank #8

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27 The Universally Challenging 1990s

In this episode Lucy and Jenny get some back stage gossip from former University Challenge contestant Gareth Aubrey and talk to producer Chris Curley about bringing back Blockbusters to a whole new audience ... the FOB team very much remember it the first time round and so revel in this week's history of quiz and we reach the 1990s!See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

39mins

30 Aug 2019

Rank #9

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17 IMPOSSIBLE CELEBRITIES PT1

Hello and welcome to series 2 of Fingers On Buzzers! Well, nearly... the full series starts on Friday June 28th and promises some pretty awesome guest, such as: Henry Kelly, Rev Richard Coles, Tim Vine and Basil Brush!But before all of that, we thought we'd give you something to be going on with - this episode is the first part of what happened when Lucy and Jenny went up to Glasgow for Lucy to film Impossible Celebrities!Here's a little peak behind the curtain and you'll hear part two on June 28th!See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

17mins

31 May 2019

Rank #10

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03 - Never Mind the Bulwarks & The Dream Pub Quiz Team

The discussion topic for hosts Lucy Porter and Jenny Ryan this week is one most listeners are familiar with – the pub quiz! We discuss memories of pub quizzing, tactics for success (who knew Lucy was so competitive?) and start a search for the best pub quizzes around. Got a recommendation for a great pub quiz? Get in touch on Twitter or Facebook.Guest-wise, we are joined by Britain’s Brightest Dad aka Brendan Curtis – victor of the 2018 series of Britain’s Brightest Family – who chats with us about being catapulted into the air on TV while answering questions. We are also delighted to be joined by the series producer of the toughest quiz show on telly Jenny Hawker to talk all things Only Connect (and Haribo.)No let-up in the quest to become better quizzers, as the Quiz Syllabus takes us through Nautical Terms and US State Capitals. Oof!Thank you to our guests: Jenny Hawker of Only Connect, and Brendan Curtis.Get in touch: Facebook / Twitter @FingersBuzzers / fingersbuzzers@gmail.comProduced by: Amanda RedmanArtwork by: Brendan AppletonMusic by: Justin Edwards & Kevin MacLeod (Happy, Happy Game Show).Voice Over: Pete DonaldsonSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

38mins

14 Sep 2018

Rank #11

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24 The Law Of Quiz & Basil's Brush With The Law

In this episode, Jenny and Lucy hear from a listener, desperate to locate a recording of his late fathers Fifteen-to-One appearance, The Chase lawyer Olivia Van der Werff talks about briefing Basil Brush & the ladies delve into the psychedelic world of 1960s quiz.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

41mins

9 Aug 2019

Rank #12

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23 We Are The Champions, Aasmah Mir's Mastermind

In this episode, Lucy and Jenny chat with two people who are well and truly top of their games; Radio 4's Aasmah Mir talks about winning Celebrity Mastermind and they also speak to current Brain of Britain David Stainer. The history of quiz continues a-pace as our hosts talk the scandals of the 1950s and as always, they pit their wits against listener quiz questions.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

43mins

2 Aug 2019

Rank #13

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04 Help, I'm a Serial Quizzer and Some Rappers Delight.

Technology has had positive and negative effects on the world of quiz, so Lucy and Jenny dig into that thorny topic. Whatever happened to Bamber Boozler? Have Lucy’s children been hypnotised by HQ’s Sharon Carpenter? Let’s find out.Guests on this episode are notorious ‘serial quizzer’ Jon Stitcher talking us through his compulsion to quiz on telly, and Quiz Queen Jane Allen, founder member of the International Quizzing Association, who chats with us about the quiz scene across the world, from Croatia to India.On the Quiz Syllabus, Lucy challenges Jenny on vexillology with questions on Flags of the World, and Lucy is tested in turn on Rappers’ Real Names. Which flags contain the colour purple? What are our Wu Tang Clan names? Tune in and find out!See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

30mins

21 Sep 2018

Rank #14

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19 Going For Gold Special: with Henry Kelly.

In this special episode, Lucy and Jenny chat all things Going For Gold and hear from a past contestant who shares some very fond memories of his time on the show. Our hosts dissect what was to be a pioneering quiz format, enjoy a gold themed listener quiz AND talk to the man himself; the legend that is Mr Henry Kelly... altogether now 'The heat is on.....'See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

45mins

5 Jul 2019

Rank #15

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22 From Musician To Quizzer, with Alan Leach & Mikill Pane

In this episode we hear about the (seemingly) well worn path from musician to quizzer when we speak to Mikill Pane and Alan Leach.Mikill is a rapper, DJ and radio presenter, but he's also a recent pub quiz convert and talks to Lucy and Jenny about his new favourite leisure time activity. Alan Leach may be well known for his Britpop fame as drummer in Shed Seven, but since then he's moved into the world of comedy quizzing and is taking a show to this year's Edinburgh Fringe.Lucy and Jenny crack-on with their history of quzzing by taking a look at the 1940s. And as always our hosts go head-to-head in a listener's quiz.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

46mins

26 Jul 2019

Rank #16

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07 Kids TV Quiz SPECIAL! From Quizzing on Crackerjack to Britain's Brainiest Kid

In this special episode, Jenny and Lucy look back to their first tentative steps into the world of general knowledge and it's apparent that our 'Vixen' has always had a touch of 'Chaser' in her. Whilst Lucy is most keen to reunite with a winning quiz team of her youth - they got in the local paper, you know! There's a look at kids TV quizzes past and present and we hear from former contestants of Britain's Brainiest Kid, Ask The Family AND from one chap who won a rather disappointing prize after a quizzing appearance on Crackerjack way back in 1968.Like the show? Want to spread the word and support this podcast? Please Subscribe and Review us on iTunes / Apple PodcastsGot a comment, request, suggestion, question or a listener quiz? Get in touch! Email us on quiz@fingersbuzzers.com Tweet us on @fingersbuzzers Like us on FacebookProduced by: Amanda RedmanArtwork by: Brendan AppletonMusic by: Justin Edwards & Kevin MacLeod (Happy, Happy Game Show).Voice Over: Pete DonaldsonSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

34mins

12 Oct 2018

Rank #17

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06 Simon O'Hagan & You had me at “Chase spreadsheet”

Quiz isn’t just a mind sport, it’s a mind game – Lucy and Jenny discuss the psychology of quizzing. How do you prepare mentally and physically to succeed in your quizzing exploits? Can you drink and quiz?We chat to Jack Yeo, who has turned his obsession with TV quiz shows into a career behind the scenes in game show development – he tells us about that, and how his analysis of statistics means he knows the best tactics for contestants to take on The Chase.Our second guest is journalist Simon O’Hagan, who tells us about the challenges of setting the weekly quiz for the Independent magazine, the joy of finding great questions, and the art of writing an interesting and fun quiz.The Quiz Syllabus topics today are designed to really challenge each other on our weaker areas. Lucy poses some stumpers on Battles, while Jenny sets questions on Sporting Trophies.Get in touch: Facebook / Twitter @FingersBuzzers / fingersbuzzers@gmail.comProduced by: Amanda RedmanArtwork by: Brendan AppletonMusic by: Justin Edwards & Kevin MacLeod (Happy, Happy Game Show), Mad Moments Go (The Winner).Voice Over: Pete DonaldsonSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

37mins

5 Oct 2018

Rank #18

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05 Come & See What You Would've Won!

Lucy and Jenny discuss how the quiz world is becoming more ‘woke’ – why should so many questions be about dead white men? University Challenge have recently been making efforts to redress the balance with more questions about women and figures from BAME history, but is this enough? Is quiz classist? Join in the debate over at our Facebook page.We are joined by a contestant from one of our favourite shows of yore, Bullseye. Trevor Browning proved a hit when he appeared on the show in 1986 – you can watch his moment of glory here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1kKbDkbzXoWe also chat with Julia Hobbs, question producer on The Chase, for an insight into how a question goes from the writer’s brain to our TV screens.The Quiz Syllabus gets tough this week, with two topics that always come up in quizzes, but that we don’t remember much about between us – Traditional Anniversary Gifts, and Dukedoms. Spoiler alert - we don’t do very well.Get in touch: Facebook / Twitter @FingersBuzzers / fingersbuzzers@gmail.comProduced by: Amanda RedmanArtwork by: Brendan AppletonMusic by: Justin Edwards & Kevin MacLeod (Happy, Happy Game Show).Voice Over: Pete DonaldsonSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

40mins

28 Sep 2018

Rank #19

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26 A Busman's Holiday for Elton Welsby

In this latest instalment, Lucy and Jenny reminisce about all things 1980s .... as long as it's TV quizzes from that era and go head-to-head in the second part of listener Steve's lyrical quiz. And the one and only Elton Welsby talks about his time fronting iconic show, Busman's Holiday!See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

35mins

23 Aug 2019

Rank #20