Fingers On Buzzers

Fingers On Buzzers

By 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. 

Episodes

38 Getting Ready to FOOTBALL RAMBLE

The FOB podcast mash-ups continue a-pace and this week Jenny and Lucy are joined by Pete Donaldson and Jim Campbell from TOP football podcast, The Football Ramble! Although sport might not be everyone's choice in the pub quiz, we all know general knowledge knows no boundaries and there's some in-depth reminiscence about spot-based TV and radio quiz shows and Jim and Pete bring their A-game in a quizzing showdown with our hosts, but who will be victorious? Can brawn defeat brains?You'll also find out which footballer would be best in a pub quiz team, why there's a board game all about Jason Donovan and which member of Football Ramble would win rear of the year!   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/05/2049m 16s

37 Quizzing with The Scummy Mummies

It's a podcast crossover special, with the wonderful Helen Thorn and Ellie Gibson, otherwise known as 'The Scummy Mummies'.In a lively (and slightly x-rated at times) chat about quiz, we hear just why Going For Gold saved Ellie through the 1980s and some lovely stories of quiz TV from Helen's native Australia. Then it all gets competitive when our guests go head-to-head with Lucy and Jenny and we find out, which podcast is the best! Although, no one was keeping score really, so we'll probably just call it a draw.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/05/2045m 14s

36 The Vixen & The Beast - With Mark Labbett

After the nation was gripped by ITV's new Quiz 'Beat The Chaser', the Fingers On Buzzers team decided it was high-time that Jenny went head-to-head with one of her fellow Chasers on the show; and so the imposing figure of 'The Beast' agreed to drop-in for a chat with 'The Vixen'.We hear from Mark Labbett about the importance of personality in TV quizzing, the lack of female representation and which of his TV colleagues he would (and wouldn't) want on his quiz team. Plus, Lucy and Jenny give some invaluable insights into making quizzing fun for ALL the family ... which is no mean feat, as we are all discovering. And a BIG thank you to Hassan Aslam for supplying this week's listener quiz, which was initially used to raise money for Age UK, Ealing ageuk.org.uk/ealing/Don't forget to check-out the team's social media for details on their retro quizzing watch-alongs - the next one is on Sunday 10th May 2020. @FingersBuzzers @Jenlion @lucyportercomic @amandakredman  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/05/2051m 52s

35 Gavin Inskip's La-De-Da Quiz

This episode of Fingers On Buzzers was recorded the last time the gang were able to converge in the same room, drink fizz and talk quiz. Joining them in this Utopian scenario is quiz master extraordinaire Gavin Inskip. Gavin truly puts the entertainment into his quizzes, which subjects range from porn-hub to Brexit and everything in between.The gang provide some very useful tips on how to make quizzes fun for all the family (you should probably steer clear of porn-hub in a family scenario ... and Brexit come to think of it) which will come-in especially handy if you're listening during lock-down.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/05/2035m 44s

34 FOB LIVE: With Kate Thornton

It's International Women's Day! Well, it was when this was recorded anyway.Yes, on March 8th 2020, an international female collective of hosts Jenny, Lucy and special guest Kate Thornton gathered in front of a live audience for some quiz based japes. Journalist, TV and podcast presenter, Kate joined the gang for another live show, this time in aid of child.org and took part in quizzes referring to her stint as the youngest presenter of 'Smash Hits' magazine, her first, unforgettable encounter with the Spice Girls and a twitter spat between Nick Knowles and Kay Burley on whether it was Kate's suggestion that 'Candle In The Wind' should be used to commemorate Princess Diana ... spoiler alert no one really knows.Kate then rounds-off proceedings nicely by hosting her very own specially devised quiz show format!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/04/2049m 41s

33 Michael Sheen talks 'Quiz'

This episode is the first of Lucy & Jenny's quarantine records and what a start it is!This was recorded in the week that ITV's show 'Quiz' brought 'appointment' TV back into our lives.'Quiz' documents the story of Charles & Diana Ingram, who were found guilty of cheating their way to a million pounds on 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire' back in 2001.A huge draw to the series is Michael Sheen's spot-on portrayal of host Chris Tarrant and the FOB team were beyond thrilled to be able to speak to Michael just before the final episode of 'Quiz' aired.Michael has always been a lover of the quiz genre, relishing being quiz master and contestant alike and his inside information regarding 'Quiz' just goes to show how exciting he found the whole process of filming it.We hear about the time Michael's family almost appeared on a TV game show, how he became the most excitable contestant to have ever been on 'Pointless', plus 'Chris Tarrant' pops in for this week's listener quiz.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/04/2039m 54s

32 Alan Connor's Guide to Quiz & Hide The Slipper

We're still reaching into a time when we were on the cusp of social distancing and so managed to get Lucy & Jenny together to record some quiz-based hi-jinx. In this episode writer and Only Connect writer Alan Connor joins our hosts to talk about some of the fun and games to be had in these times of self isolation, and Lucy & Jenny also give more advice on how to be the master of quiz in your own home. Plus, listener Alison Cooper provides a listener quiz, which will tax even the quizziest of brains.Everyone at Fingers On Buzzers continues to wish our lovely listeners well at this very strange time. See you next week! X  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/04/2038m 1s

31 Richard Osman's Quizzing Life

Lucy and Jenny are back in the 'studio' for this episode, which was recorded at a time before self-isolation was our way of life.Our hosts give some invaluable advice about hosting your own quiz (which will probably come in rather handy right now), as well as enjoying a stunning listener quiz courtesy of Andrew Stubbs!And if that all wasn't enough, Mr Quiz himself RICHARD OSMAN appeared at a safe distance from down -the - line to talk about his glittering career in the world of TV quiz shows. We hear about the shows he wished he'd produced ... and one or two he wished he hadn't and why you should never give-up on an idea you love.As always - but especially at this time, the Fingers On Buzzers gang wish everyone out there a very safe and happy week... we'll be back next Friday! X  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/04/2048m 30s

30 FOB LIVE : With Nick Helm

Welcome to Fingers On Buzzers series three!This was recorded back in a simpler time, when all we had to worry about was storm Ciara and isolation was only something we had to do after spicy food.So, Lucy and Jenny appeared less than 2 meters in front of a packed audience at The Bill Murray comedy venue in London for some live, quiz-based hilarity.Regular listeners may spot that this episode is somewhat of a departure from the norm - not only in format - but also language wise and that's largely thanks to our brilliant guest, comedian Nick Helm... although Lucy probably sets the tone fairly early on.Although it's not one to play in front of the kids, we guarantee it will help in these difficult times and bring a smile into your socially distant household.... Enjoy!Everyone at FOB Towers hope all of our listeners (and non listeners) are safe and well and look forward to seeing you when we are able to venture out into the wild again.Love, Lucy, Jenny and Producer Amanda.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/03/2057m 39s

29 Lucy & Jenny's Open Quizmas House

As we all know, Christmas is the time of year where the nation come together to quiz.Whether it's to watch celebrities battling it out on festive TV versions of our favourite shows to win cash for charities, or getting cosy with a game of Trivial Pursuit, at this time of year a good ol' quiz is the best way to pass time with the family.And so the Fingers On Buzzers family gathered to drink mulled wine and record some quizzy chat for your listening pleasure.Lucy and Jenny get nostalgic over classic TV quiz seasonal specials and are joined by a host of celebrities who have graced the the last 2 series of Fingers On Buzzers, with lots of them popping-by to pose some general knowledge questions to Lucy & Jenny, so please play along at home!And because Christmas is the time for giving, our hosts set a quiz of their own, giving you the chance to win a pair of tickets to the very first Fingers On Buzzers live show on Sunday February 9th at The Bill Murray in Islington, with special guest, comedian and former Celebrity Mastermind contestant, Nick Helm.If you know the answers to all 3 questions, then please send them to: fingersbuzzers@gmail.com by midnight on 23rd December 2019.The winner will be selected at random from the correct answers on Christmas Eve.If you're pipped at the post, then you can buy tickets here:https://www.angelcomedy.co.uk/event-detail/54962686/Thanks so much for all your support and input during 2019, Lucy and Jenny will be back with more Fingers On Buzzers in early 2020, but until then have a very happy Christmas and new year from everyone at Fingers On Buzzers! X  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/12/1952m 23s

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.
06/09/191h 1m

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.
30/08/1939m 30s

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.
23/08/1935m 59s

25 The Endurance Of Paul Ross

In today's episode; Jenny & Lucy don their flares and platforms to talk all things 1970s quiz, including the role of the feckless youth in the TV quizzes of the day. The one and only Paul Ross talks about the TV shows he probably wouldn't do again and we also hear from Nick Gates, who many will know as 'the guy from Bothers Bar' - who of course discuss all things quiz on their brilliant website:- bothersbar.co.ukAND no 'Fingers On Buzzers' would be complete without a listener quiz, this week provided by the mysterious 'Sparrowhawk' Ohhhhhhh!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/08/1942m 0s

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.
09/08/1941m 6s

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.
02/08/1943m 4s

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.
26/07/1946m 36s

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.
19/07/1938m 43s

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.
12/07/1933m 35s

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.
05/07/1945m 47s

18 Impossible Celebs PT2: With Rev Richard Coles

We're back! And what happened in Glasgow definitely doesn't stay in Glasgow as Lucy and Jenny bring us the second part of their behind the scenes look at Lucy's appearance on Impossible Celebrities. We find out if Jenny's coaching influenced her performance and there's green room chat with fellow contestant Rev. Richard Coles and comedian Stephen Bailey, who was forced to cheer from the sidelines.Plus, Jenny and Lucy go head-to-head with another fantastic listener quiz!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/06/1929m 43s

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.
31/05/1917m 28s

COMING SOON ON FINGERS ON BUZZERS S2....

Lucy & Jenny are BACK and recording the start of series two in a secret(ish) location.Have a listen to the trailer for an amuse bouche of what's to come, plus you can get your little grey cells primed with a little quiz set by our hosts.FINGERS ON BUZZERS SERIES TWO IS COMING SOON.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/05/192m 9s

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.
14/01/1915m 1s

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.
14/01/1951m 32s

14 Come and See What You Would Have Won.

It's all about the 'merch'! If you have a Blockbuster's jacket, or drink your ale from a Bullseye tankard, then Lucy & Jenny want to hear from you! They also talk cash prizes with Ailsa Watson, who hit the jackpot on Fifteen-to-one and Lucy has her eyes on the prize of an appearance on Only Connect, when our hosts chat with Mike Turner - he writes the walls on the show. And listener Bernie sets a spectacular quiz, which sees our Lucy and Jenny go head-to-head on the subject of US presidents.... if you can 'Trump' that, then pop your questions in the comments below.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/01/1940m 9s

13 The Charlie Baker Money Maker & A Theme Of Themes.

Host of Q Live - the money maker himself -Charlie Baker, drops by to talk the future of quizzing and lack of quiz theme tunes with Lucy and Jenny, who start the episode with a lament at the loss of a good theme song! Ex UC contestant Julia Lemagnen gets Lucy all a quiver with her reveries of Bamber and a familiar name writes this week's listener quiz ....  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/01/1939m 49s

12 Do You Want To Share, Or Shaft? And Other One-Series Quizzing Wonders.

In this episode Jenny and Lucy discuss those unloved, discarded quiz shows which saw the smallest light of day, they also speak to TV exec Tamara Gilder, who as well as being behind some of telly's greatest hits, has also worked on some classic one-series-wonders. Fifteen-to-One is hardly a flash in the quizzing pan though and Paul Easton regales with his tale of appearing on the show.And canny listener Nick Tozer pits our hosts head-to-head with a double themed quiz no less!Don't forget to put your quiz questions in the comments below!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 Donaldson  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/01/1939m 54s

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.
14/01/1942m 20s

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 Donaldson  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/01/1943m 19s

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 Donaldson  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/01/1938m 29s

08 The Jeopardy Of Quizzing & Lucy Gets Commissioned!

In this episode, Jenny and Lucy talk about injustice in quiz - unfairness be gone! We also speak to Joel Hess about his Jeopardy! appearance - it was a lifelong ambition, but did the experience live up to it?Listener Josh pits our hosts against each other with his brilliant general knowledge quiz, and the Quiz Syllabus looks at French culinary terms.Plus, we hear from TV show developer Daniel Nettleton, who is one of the brains behind TVs newest quiz 'Chase The Case' - can Lucy finally get her show 'Cakey Cakey Dance-off' commissioned?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 Donaldson  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/01/1935m 42s

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 Donaldson  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/01/1934m 23s

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 Donaldson  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/01/1937m 25s

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 Donaldson  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/01/1940m 17s

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.
14/01/1930m 47s

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 Donaldson  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/01/1938m 52s

02 James Harkin Vs The Bolton Brainiac

Your hosts Lucy Porter and Jenny Ryan have a hot discussion topic this week: quiz show hosts. What makes a great quiz show host? Who are the best examples, and what makes them shine?Our guests are serial quiz show contestant James MacGregor, who joins us to talk about his team’s appearance on Eggheads, and James Harkin, star of the hit podcast No Such Thing As A Fish, senior QI Elf and all-round fact magnet.We press on with the Quiz Syllabus – Lucy has all the answers with her quiz on Heraldry, and Jenny sets some testing questions on UK Christmas Number Ones. Very festive!Thank you to our guests: James MacGregor of the Liverpool Quiz League and James Harkin of QI and No Such Thing As A FishGet in touch with us! Facebook / Twitter / fingersbuzzers@gmail.comProduced by: Amanda RedmanArtwork by: Brendan AppletonMusic by: Justin Edwards & Kevin MacLeod (Happy, Happy Game Show).Voice Over: Pete Donaldson  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/01/1942m 36s

01 - Roger Tilling’s Milking Stool & A Blockbusters Epic Fail.

In today’s episode, your hosts Lucy Porter and Jenny Ryan discuss what the difference is between a game show and a quiz show. What defines a quiz show? Could it be evening dress and pipe-smoking? Do cargo nets make it a game not a quiz? Join in the discussion on our Facebook page.For a blast of nostalgia, we are joined by Dermot Finch, who didn’t exactly make a great account of himself when he appeared on Blockbusters as a sixth former. Thankfully he not only has fond memories of Bob Holness but he’s even uploaded the show for your extreme viewing pleasure: https://vimeo.com/13579742Our second guest, giving us a glimpse behind the curtain of quiz show production, is Roger Tilling aka the Voice of University Challenge. Roger shares with us some behind-the-scenes tidbits and tells us about his biggest pronunciation challenges – all in those inimitable mellifluous tones.And Lucy and Jenny will start to work their way through the Quiz Syllabus, testing each other on those topics which, with a bit of attention, will make you a better quizzer. Every episode will feature mini-quizzes on two topics - listen out at the end of the show for next week’s subjects so you can get some revision in! This week, Lucy sets Jenny a champagne cork-popping pop quiz on Wine Bottle Sizes, and Jenny attempts to ease Lucy in with a warm-up set of questions on British Comedians.Thank you to our guests: Dermot Finch and Roger TillingGet in touch with us! Facebook / Twitter @FingersBuzzers / fingersbuzzers@gmail.comProduced by: Amanda RedmanArtwork by: Brendan AppletonMusic by: Justin Edwards & Kevin MacLeod (Happy, Happy Game Show).Voice Over: Pete Donaldson  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/01/1934m 31s

Fingers On Buzzers - The Trailer. Episodes from Sept 14th 2018.

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.    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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