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Original language(s)  English
Production company(s)  Hotsauce TV
Presented by  Jimmy Carr
Genres  Comedy, Game show
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Country of origin  United Kingdom
Running time  90–130 minutes
First episode date  28 December 2004
Number of episodes  25
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No. of episodes  25 (as of 6 January 2017) (list of episodes)
Producer(s)  Anthony Cavenney (2004) Jane Goldman (2004–06) Emily Dean (2005–06)
Writers  Jimmy Carr, Shaun Pye, Jim Pullin, Fraser Steele
Locations  Television Centre, London (2004–2012), Elstree Studios (2013), The London Studios (2014–)
Similar  8 Out of 10 Cats, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Would I Lie to You?, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, QI

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The Big Fat Quiz of the Year is an annual British television programme broadcast in the last or first week of the year on Channel 4. Essentially, the show is a comedy panel game in the style of a pub quiz. Three teams, of two celebrities each, are asked questions relating to the events of the year just gone by, which they write answers to on an electronic board in front of them. At the end of each round, they then display their answers, scoring a point for each correct one.

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The first edition was broadcast in December 2004. There has been another at the end of each year, as well as a special edition in November 2007 for Channel 4's 25th anniversary celebrations and three themed special editions in September 2012, to celebrate Channel 4's three decades. A second set of "decades" editions screened in September 2013 as well as a 10th anniversary special in January 2015 and a Big Fat Quiz of Everything in January 2016, followed by a series of three episodes in August 2016. Repeats can usually be found days later on Channel 4's sister-channel E4 and/or 4seven. Stand-up comedian Jimmy Carr has been the host and quizmaster of each edition to date. Channel 4 has made full episodes of The Big Fat Quiz of the Year available to view on All 4.

2004

For the first Big Fat Quiz, broadcast on 28 December 2004, the three teams of celebrities were:

  • Cut to the Funk: Simon Pegg and Liza Tarbuck (41 points)
  • BJ and The Bear: David Walliams and Rob Brydon (43 points)
  • The Winners: June Sarpong and Jonathan Ross (winners with 49 points)
  • Louis Walsh, Nadia Almada and Dame Kelly Holmes all made live appearances to read out the answers for the months of April, June and August respectively. Recorded questions from Bono, Derren Brown and The Bear from Bo' Selecta! were shown too along with films of Richard and Judy discussing events. The children of Mitchell Brook Primary School in Neasden acted out news stories that happened throughout the year, such as Ricky Gervais winning two Golden Globe Awards for The Office and the Momart fire.

    2005

    In 2005, Big Fat Quiz of the Year was shown on Boxing Day. The teams were:

  • The A-List: Sharon Osbourne and Jonathan Ross (winners with 39 points)
  • The Double Ds: Denise van Outen and David Mitchell (33 points)
  • Can't Cook, Don't Need to 'Cos I'm Sat Next to Gordon Ramsay: Gordon Ramsay and Rob Brydon (30 points)
  • Guest questioners in the studio included Jordan & Peter Andre and David Tennant. There were also recorded questions by several celebrities including Richard and Judy, Charlotte Church, Cameron Diaz, Toni Collette, Derren Brown and Kevin Pietersen. The mystery guests were Walter Wolfgang and a woman genuinely named Sue Doku. This year's quiz saw the debut of Jon Snow giving fake news stories based on song lyrics, with "I Predict A Riot" and "Crazy Chick". The children of Mitchell Brook Primary School acted out the birth of David and Victoria Beckham's third child and Jacques Chirac insulting British food on the eve of the G8 Summit.

    2006

    In 2006 the show was broadcast on 27 December. The three teams were:

  • Raven Spawn/Rod's Progeny/The Goth Detectives: Russell Brand and Noel Fielding (winners with 39 points)
  • Rob & Dave: Rob Brydon and David Walliams (37 points)
  • The Conventionally Attractive Team: Jonathan Ross and Cat Deeley (38 points)
  • Guest questioners in the studio included Boy George, Myleene Klass & Matt Willis and Guy Goma (famous for incorrectly appearing as a guest on BBC News 24). Pre-recorded questions were asked by Lily Allen, Carol Vorderman, Courtney Love, Girls Aloud, and Sacha Baron Cohen (in his Borat guise). Channel 4 News reporter Jon Snow returned to give fake news reports about songs of the year, reporting on "Patience" and "America". The children of Mitchell Brook Primary School acted out The Da Vinci Code plagiarism claim and parents rebelling against Jamie Oliver's school dinners campaign. Ian McKellen gave dramatised readings from the autobiographies of Jade Goody and Kerry Katona.

    Russell Brand and Noel Fielding spent much of the show giving deliberately wrong - and surreal - answers, leaving them trailing far behind the other two teams. This was until towards the end when Jimmy Carr bowed to the pressure of the studio audience, and gave them 22 points for answering one question correctly, which was the amount needed to bring them back into contention at the time and ensuring that they subsequently won the quiz. This led Walliams and Brydon, who came last as a result, to exaggerate their chagrin at the turn of events that had seen Brand and Fielding emerge on top.

    During a discussion about the Bob Skeleton event at that year's Winter Olympics, the suggestion arose that a character with that name could be the star of Brand and Fielding's next show together. The pair subsequently became known as the Goth Detectives (opposed to their original name, which arose from a joke Jimmy Carr made about their supposed parentage), which was suggested for the show's title. Though it began as a joke, the pair eventually performed a Goth Detectives themed show for the Teenage Cancer Trust event at the Royal Albert Hall on 28 March 2007.

    The Big Fat Anniversary Quiz

    A special edition of the show, celebrating Channel 4's 25th anniversary, was broadcast on 2 November 2007. The three teams were:

  • The CarrDees / CarrJack: Alan Carr and Jack Dee (winners with 34 points)
  • A&D: Carol Vorderman and Frank Skinner (30 points)
  • The Speccy Nerdy Fucknuts/ "Team Three" : Richard Ayoade and David Mitchell (26 points)
  • This show aired on 2 November 2007. Carr and Dee emerged victorious at the climax, and so had to take part in a special challenge which replicated the finale of The Crystal Maze. The pair had to collect silver and gold pieces of paper being blown around in a glass dome.

    Vic Reeves and Joanna Fisher, who was a member of 1980s Channel 4 programme Minipops both came into the studio to ask bonus questions. Jon Snow read out a fake news report on The Snowman. Quentin Tarantino, Anna Friel, Jonathan Ross, Ram John Holder, Derren Brown, Jo Frost, Jools Holland and others appeared on pre-recorded filmed questions. The children of Mitchell Brook Primary school acted out classic Channel 4 programmes The Word and TFI Friday.

    2007

    The 2007 show aired on 30 December 2007. The teams were:

  • The Goth Detectives: Russell Brand and Noel Fielding (17 points)
  • The Shadow Cabinet: Rob Brydon and David Mitchell (winners with 38 points)
  • Fulham: Jonathan Ross and Lily Allen (36 points)
  • Guest questioners in the studio were Christopher Biggins, Cerys Matthews and John Smeaton, a baggage handler at Glasgow Airport who helped foil a terrorist attack. Pre-recorded questions were asked by Take That, Gordon Ramsay and Thom Yorke. Jon Snow returned with a faux news report on "Umbrella". John Hurt read out extracts from the autobiographies of Peter Andre and 50 Cent. The children of Mitchell Brook Primary School returned to act out David Beckham's move to LA Galaxy and when a judge criticised The Jeremy Kyle Show. Paul Croft, the man who had a tattoo of Dumbledore done on his back before J.K. Rowling announced that Dumbledore was gay, was the mystery guest.

    This was the first time that Rob Brydon had been on the winning team, despite having appeared on the panel every year since the first show in 2004. Also, it was the first time (and, as of the 2012 edition, the only time) that the previous year's winning team - the Goth Detectives - had both returned to defend their title.

    2008

    The Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2008 aired on 28 December on Channel 4 at 9:00 pm. The teams were as follows:

  • Dara 'n' Dave: Dara Ó Briain and Davina McCall (winners with 36 points)
  • Normal & Hooch/Chubb Lock: Sean Lock and James Corden (32 points)
  • Michael McIntyre and Claudia Winkleman/Same Difference: Michael McIntyre and Claudia Winkleman (29 points)
  • Due to the furore caused by his and Russell Brand's infamous phone call to actor Andrew Sachs, which resulted in his three-month suspension from the BBC at the end of the year, this was the first occasion that Jonathan Ross did not appear. He also declined his customary executive producer credit. Despite Big Fat Quiz not being a BBC programme, Ross himself had thought it inappropriate to do any broadcasting work during the corporation's censure (the same reason that was given for his decision to temporarily concede hosting duties of the British Comedy Awards - broadcast on ITV - around the same time).

    This was also the first year that Rob Brydon was absent, leaving host Jimmy Carr as the only regular fixture throughout the Big Fat Quiz of the Year's entire run to date (although neither Brydon nor Ross had been panellists for the special Channel 4 anniversary edition).

    In-studio guest questions came from Strictly Come Dancing contestants Jodie Kidd and Mark Foster, and 2008 Olympics Team GB gold medalists Christine Ohuruogu and James DeGale. Pre-recorded guest questions came from Katy Perry, the Fonejacker, Alan Carr, Sarah Silverman and Sir Alan Sugar. Jon Snow gave news reports on "That's Not My Name" and "I Kissed A Girl". John Hurt read from the autobiographies of Les Dennis and Christopher Biggins. The children from Mitchell Brook Primary School also returned acting out the divorce of Paul McCartney and Heather Mills and Jay-Z headlining that year's Glastonbury Festival.

    2009

    The 2009 show was recorded on 7 December and aired on 1 January 2010. The teams were:

  • The Moral Minority/Jedward: Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand (28 points)
  • The Newlyweds: Rob Brydon and Claudia Winkleman (29 points)
  • Ignorance & Want/Dancing Queens: David Mitchell and Charlie Brooker (winners with 32 points)
  • Peter Andre appeared as a guest questioner and musical comedian Tim Minchin asked a question in song format about Google Street View. Newsreader Jon Snow again appeared with news reports on "Poker Face" and "Bonkers" and the children of Mitchell Brook Primary School also reprised their regular slot, acting out the Parliament expenses scandal and Kanye West invading the stage at the MTV Video Music Awards. Other guest questioners included Sir David Attenborough, cricketer Stuart Broad, actor David Tennant and rapper 50 Cent. Swansea cagefighters Daniel Lerwell and James Lilley, who successfully fended off a homophobic attack in a nightclub (they were dressed in drag for a stag night), were the mystery guests.

    Ross and Brand made a number of references to the Sachsgate scandal of 2008 which occurred last time they appeared together. There was also a discussion about changing Brooker and Mitchell's team name to The Curmudgeons after they refused to dance to the Lady Gaga song "Poker Face".

    Mitchell and Brooker were the eventual winners and were asked by Jimmy Carr after their victory if they wanted to do a dance. Despite pressure from the audience, they kept up their premise of not dancing.

    2010

    The 2010 show was recorded on 13 December and aired on 3 January 2011. The teams were:

  • Posh & Specs/ Chatty and Fatty : Michael McIntyre and Alan Carr (25 points)
  • Wagner: Jonathan Ross and Ruth Jones (winners with 28 points)
  • The Electric Moccasins / Robson & Jerome: Richard Ayoade and Noel Fielding (12 points)
  • Guest questions were provided by Nicole Scherzinger, Jack Black, Simon Pegg, Russell Brand, Seth Rogen, the cast of Misfits and Will Ferrell. The children of Mitchell Brook Primary School made their annual appearance acting out news stories, which included The Stig scandal and the Icelandic volcano eruption, as did Jon Snow with his fake news report of Lady Gaga and Beyoncé's "Telephone". Lola, the cat put in a wheelie bin in August by Mary Bale appeared as a mystery guest. Louie Spence posed a question in the form of a dance routine representing the story of the trapped Chilean miners.

    2011

    The 2011 show was recorded on 14 December and aired on 27 December 2011. The teams for this year were:

  • Nexus-6: David Mitchell and Eddie Izzard (winners with 28 points)
  • Les Be Friends: David Walliams and Miranda Hart (4 points)
  • The Lisping Ninnies: Jonathan Ross and Jamie Oliver (26 points)
  • Guest questions were provided by Cee Lo Green, Michael Sheen, Tulisa, Lee Evans, Muppet drummer Animal, Rastamouse, Downton Abbey star Jim Carter, Lenny Kravitz, and Professor Brian Cox. The children of Mitchell Brook Primary School made their annual appearance acting out news stories, which included the arrival of a cat at 10 Downing Street and Cheryl Cole's firing from The X Factor, as did Jon Snow with his fake news reports of popular songs (Rebecca Black's "Friday" and Jessie J's "Price Tag"). "Supergran" Ann Timson, who was seen in a February 2011 viral video fending off four burglars with just her handbag, appeared as a mystery guest. The Only Way Is Essex cast members Lydia Rose Bright, Lauren Goodger, and Kirk Norcross appeared to present a question about the show.

    2012

    The 2012 edition aired on 30 December 2012. The teams, which did not take team names, were:

  • Jack Whitehall and James Corden (9 points)
  • Russell Howard and Jonathan Ross (30 points)
  • Richard Ayoade and Gabby Logan (winners with 45 points)
  • The in-studio final bonus questions were provided by Team GB and Paralympics GB athletes Nicola Adams, Natasha Baker, Sophie Christiansen, Hannah Cockroft, Helen Glover, Ed McKeever, Etienne Stott, and Peter Wilson. The Great British Bake Off finalists Brendan Lynch, James Morton, and John Whaite provided a live guest question. Recorded guest questions were provided by PSY, Gerard Butler, Usain Bolt, Jessica Ennis, Felix Baumgartner, Kylie Minogue, Cheryl Cole, Simon Callow, Jenson Button, Tom Daley, Warwick Davis, and Charles Dance (doing a dramatic reading from Fifty Shades of Grey). The children of Mitchell Brook Primary School once again made an appearance acting out the Diamond Jubilee Concert. Providing the song lyric as news story segment was Jon Snow, reporting on "Call Me Maybe". The mystery guest was Gary Connery, the stunt-double for the Queen, who skydived out of a helicopter during the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony.

    During the show, Whitehall and Corden had pizza delivered and ate it with red wine.

    2013

    The 2013 edition was recorded on 10 December and aired on 26 December 2013. The teams, which did not take team names, were:

  • Jack Whitehall and Jonathan Ross (12 points)
  • Dara Ó Briain and Kristen Schaal (joint winners with 30 points)
  • Richard Ayoade and Noel Fielding (joint winners with 30 points)
  • Danny Dyer appeared in the studio to provide a live guest question. Pre-recorded guest questions were provided by Russell Brand, Anchorman 2 stars Steve Carell, Will Ferrell, and Paul Rudd, Olly Murs, Christine Ohuruogu, Louis Walsh, Richard Osman, The Great Gonzo (promoting Muppets Most Wanted), Harry Hill, Sophie Ellis-Bextor. Educating Yorkshire teachers Mr Mitchell and Mr Burton, The Great British Bake Off series 4 runner-up Ruby Tandoh, Rizzle Kicks, and astronaut Chris Hadfield. The children of Mitchell Brook Primary School returned to act out Edward Snowden's spy leaks. Jon Snow reported on "Wrecking Ball" and Charles Dance read from the autobiography of Lauren Goodger. The mystery guest was Natalie Holt, who threw eggs at Simon Cowell on the final of Britain's Got Talent.

    The show was dedicated to comedy agent and producer Addison Cresswell, who died on 22 December 2013.

    Also, Jonathan Ross brought most of a turkey, a loaf of bread and champagne. He ended up making sandwiches for the others.

    2014

    The 2014 edition was recorded on 1 December and aired on 26 December 2014. The teams were:

  • The Its: Micky Flanagan and Mel B (25 points)
  • Mother & Son: Sarah Millican and Kevin Bridges (winners with 36 points)
  • Two Nasal Men / Global Issues: Richard Ayoade and David Mitchell (31 points)
  • Pre-recorded guest questions came from Michael Palin, Tom Daley, the cast of The Inbetweeners, Game of Thrones actress Natalie Dormer, Lily Allen, Rio Ferdinand, Pixie Lott and Status Quo members Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt. Paralympic gold medallists Kelly Gallagher and Charlotte Evans provided the in-studio guest question. Charles Dance read from the autobiography of Joey Essex. The children of Mitchell Brook Primary School acted out the Bernie Ecclestone trial. Jon Snow gave his news report about "All About That Bass". The mystery guest was Dean Farley, the jogger who ran into David Cameron.

    Mel B's performance received notable negative attention on social media and in the press as having brought down the show by being perceived as sour and humourless.

    The Big Fat Anniversary Quiz (2015)

    The second Big Fat Anniversary Quiz was recorded on 29 September 2014 and aired on 2 January 2015, to mark the tenth anniversary of the series. The teams that took part were:

  • The Goth Detectives: Russell Brand and Noel Fielding (29 points)
  • Jonathan Ross and Warwick Davis (winners with 39 points)
  • Jack Whitehall and Claudia Winkleman (22 points)
  • Pre-recorded guest questions came from Ian McKellen, Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry, Chico, Gregg Wallace, Ellie Simmonds, Peter Andre and Abbey Clancy. Louie Spence provided the in-studio guest question in the form of an interpretive dance about the 2013 horse meat scandal. Charles Dance read from the autobiography of Jay-Z. The children of Mitchell Brook Primary School acted out the launch of the Large Hadron Collider in 2008. Jon Snow gave his news report about "Sex on Fire". The mystery guest was Jon Morter, who started the Facebook campaign to make Rage Against The Machine's "Killing in the Name" the Christmas number 1 in 2009. A Dalek also appeared in the studio to ask the final bonus question, and to "exterminate" Carr at the end of the quiz. Brand and Fielding referenced their past name as the "Goth Detectives" several times. They got many of their correct answers from an ongoing text conversation with members of the live studio audience. The ruse was discovered when Carr took Brand's phone, called one of the numbers, and an audience member answered. Chico also appeared via text, responding to Jack Whitehall.

    2015

    The 2015 edition was recorded on 14 December 2015 and aired on 26 December 2015. The teams, which did not take names, were:

  • Rob Brydon and Jo Brand (winners with 43 points)
  • Richard Ayoade and Greg Davies (31 points)
  • Claudia Winkleman and David Mitchell (35 points)
  • Pre-recorded guest questions came from Quentin Tarantino, Rita Ora, Simon Pegg, Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, Josh Groban, Olly Murs, Katie Price and Heston Blumenthal. The Great British Bake Off winner, Nadiya Hussain, provided the in-studio guest question. The children of Mitchell Brook Primary School acted out Jeremy Clarkson's dismissal from Top Gear. Jon Snow reported on Drake's "Hotline Bling". Charles Dance read from "List of the Lost", the debut novel by Morrissey. The mystery guest was Cecilia Bleasdale, who took a photo of a black and blue dress which appeared white and gold on the photo, leading to the dress becoming an internet meme.

    2016

    The 2016 edition was recorded on 5 December 2016 and aired on 26 December 2016. The teams, which did not take names, were:

  • David Mitchell and Sarah Millican (winners with 45 points)
  • Romesh Ranganathan and Mel Giedroyc (28 points)
  • Rob Delaney and Richard Ayoade (40 points)
  • Pre-recorded guest questions came from Professor Green, Bryan Cranston and James Franco, The Vamps, Sadiq Khan, Ryan Tedder and Zach Filkins from OneRepublic, Miranda Hart, Gemma Chan, Michelle Keegan and Rick Astley. In-studio guest questions were provided by Mark-Francis Vandelli from Made in Chelsea and Pamela Anderson. The children of Mitchell Brook Primary School acted out Traingate. Jon Snow reported on Justin Timberlake's "Can't Stop the Feeling". Charles Dance read from Rylan's autobiography. The mystery guest was Zac Alsop, who posed as a fencer and blagged his way on to one of Team GB's 2016 Olympics victory parade floats in Manchester.

    A running gag on the episode was host Jimmy Carr inquiring about contestant Romesh's father, not realizing that the latter has already passed away, and the other contestants repeatedly chiding the host about not knowing it.

    The Big Fat Quiz of Everything

    The Big Fat Quiz of Everything is a spin-off series to the annual. These quizzes ask questions based on various subjects including history, geography, films, television, music, science, technology, art, literature, sports and games.

    The Big Fat Quiz of Everything Specials

    2016 Special

    The first special was recorded in October 2015 and aired on 5 January 2016. The teams were:

  • Cops and Wobbers: Jonathan Ross and Chelsea Peretti (winners with 41 points)
  • The Custard Junkies: Jack Whitehall and Mel Giedroyc (30 points)
  • The Ladder Collars: Noel Fielding and Richard Ayoade (38 points)
  • Pre-recorded guest questions came from Little Mix, Gareth Malone, Paul Whitehouse, Joey Essex, Jessica Ennis-Hill, Dom and Steph Parker from Gogglebox, Kevin McCloud, Darcey Bussell and Alesha Dixon. Chris Kamara provided the in-studio guest question. The children of Mitchell Brook Primary School acted out The Great Fire of London. Jon Snow reported on Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody".

    2017 Special

    The second New Year special was recorded in October 2016 and aired on Friday 6 January 2017. The teams were:

  • Walliams: Jonathan Ross and David Walliams (winners with 39 points)
  • Foreign Twerkers: Katherine Ryan and Aisling Bea (34 points)
  • Humanity's Last Hope: Noel Fielding and Richard Ayoade (32 points)
  • Pre-recorded guest questions came from Joe Wicks, Nick Hewer, Joey Essex, Laura and Jason Kenny, Derren Brown, Ollie Locke from Made in Chelsea and Darcey Bussell. Jonnie Peacock provided the in-studio guest question in the form of sporting celebrations. The children of Mitchell Brook Primary School acted out the Napster lawsuits. Jon Snow reported on The Weather Girls' "It's Raining Men". Charles Dance read confusing movie reviews from Amazon customers. The London Philharmonic Choir appeared to sing popular hip-hop and rap tunes in a choral style for the final question.

    The Big Fat Quiz of Everything Series

    A three-part series of The Big Fat Quiz of Everything was recorded in June and July 2016 at The London Studios.

    Episode 1

    The first episode aired on 15 August 2016.

    The teams for this episode were:

  • David & Claudia: Claudia Winkleman and David Mitchell (winners with 38 points)
  • The Awesome Clams: Mel Giedroyc and Kristen Schaal (31 points)
  • One and a Half Condoms: Jonathan Ross and Bob Mortimer (31 points)
  • Pre-recorded guest questions came from Buzz Aldrin, Deborah Meaden from Dragons' Den, Joey Essex, Rylan Clark, Warwick Davis and David Haye. The in-studio guest questions were asked by First Dates maitre d' Fred Sirieix (who proceeded to open a large bottle of champagne and serve it to the contestants and the studio audience) and Strictly Come Dancing pair Kevin and Karen Clifton, who performed a series of dances in a minute for the contestants to guess. The children of Mitchell Brook Primary School acted out the Watergate scandal. Jon Snow reported on the Village People's "YMCA".

    Episode 2

    The second episode aired on 22 August 2016.

    The teams for this episode were:

  • The Sultans of Bhunai: Noel Fielding and Richard Ayoade (winners with 25 points)
  • TGGTTB :) "Two Great Guys Trying Their Best"/ "The Ancient Fucks": Adam Buxton and Jonathan Ross (23 points)
  • Tits and Teeth: Aisling Bea and Rob Beckett (20 points)
  • Pre-recorded guest questions came from Jodie Kidd, Dr. Christian Jessen, Joey Essex, Ronan Keating, Jerry Springer and Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards. The children of Mitchell Brook Primary School acted out the Wars of the Roses. Jon Snow reported on The B-52's "Love Shack". The Mariachis appeared to play TV themes in a mariachi style for the final question.

    Episode 3

    The third episode aired on 28 August 2016.

    The teams for this episode were:

  • The Twins: Alan Carr and Romesh Ranganathan (24 points)
  • Darsea O Perettiain: Dara Ó Briain and Chelsea Peretti (joint winners with 27 points)
  • The Phrologists: Noel Fielding and Eddie Izzard (joint winner with 27 points)
  • Pre-recorded guest questions came from Jess Glynne, Made in Chelsea's Jamie Laing, Ricky Wilson, Ray Mears and Joey Essex. The children of Mitchell Brook Primary School acted out Henry VIII's dissolution of the monasteries. Jon Snow reported on Sir Mix-a-Lot's "Baby Got Back". Two sloths appeared in the studio for a question about the seven deadly sins, and three human statues replicated famous historical statues for the final question.

    The Big Fat Quizzes of the Decades

    In 2012, three Big Fat Quizzes were recorded as part of Channel 4's 30th anniversary celebrations, each representing one of the past decades. The shows were recorded on 30 August, 12 September and 19 September.

    The Big Fat Quiz of the '80s

    The show was recorded on 12 September 2012 and aired on 16 September 2012. The teams, which did not take team names for this special, were:

  • Jason Manford and Stephen Mangan (joint winners with 29 points)
  • Jonathan Ross and Adam Buxton (joint winners with 29 points)
  • Micky Flanagan and Carol Vorderman (28 points)
  • In-studio guest questions were provided by Kriss Akabusi and Samantha Fox, who presented the final bonus question. Recorded guest questions were provided by Su Pollard, Michael Fish, Clare Grogan, Roland Rat, Nik Kershaw, The Proclaimers, Anne Charleston, Charles Dance (doing a dramatic reading from the autobiography of The Krankies), and Sonia. The children of Mitchell Brook Primary School made an appearance acting out Live Aid. Providing the song lyric as news story segment was original Newsround anchor John Craven, reporting on "Thriller". Bunty Bailey, the actress who played the female love interest in a-ha's "Take on Me", appeared as a mystery guest. The four winners were "presented" a Sinclair C5 by Samantha Fox.

    The Big Fat Quiz of the '90s

    The show was recorded on 19 September 2012 and aired on 23 September 2012. The teams, which did not take team names for this special, were:

  • Phill Jupitus and Alan Davies (winners with 42 points)
  • Dara Ó Briain and Claudia Winkleman (31 points)
  • Jack Whitehall and Denise van Outen (28 points)
  • The in-studio final bonus questions were provided (after a fashion) by Mr Blobby. Recorded guest questions were provided by Zig and Zag, Chesney Hawkes, B*Witched members Lindsay Armaou and Keavy Lynch, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, Vic and Bob (Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer), Linford Christie, and Charles Dance (doing a dramatic reading from the autobiography of Melanie Brown). The children of Mitchell Brook Primary School made an appearance acting out the launch and repair of the Hubble Space Telescope. Providing the song lyric as news story segment was former BBC Nine O'Clock News presenter Michael Buerk, reporting on "I'm Too Sexy". John Simmit and Nikky Smedley, the portrayers of Teletubbies Dipsy and Laa-Laa (respectively), appeared as mystery guests.

    The Big Fat Quiz of the '00s

    The show was recorded on 30 August 2012 and aired on 30 September 2012. The teams were:

  • Big Gay Al and His Big Scottish Pal: Kevin Bridges and Alan Carr (20 points)
  • Team Three: Sarah Millican and David Mitchell (winners with 24 points)
  • The Indoor Kites/Hot Shame: Richard Ayoade and Noel Fielding (14 points)
  • The in-studio final bonus questions were provided by the Cheeky Girls. Dragons' Den dragon Duncan Bannatyne provided a live guest question. Recorded guest questions were provided by Gregg Wallace, Nick Bateman, Peter Andre, half of McFly, Gareth Gates, Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, and Charles Dance (doing a dramatic reading from the autobiography of Katie Price). The children of Mitchell Brook Primary School made an appearance acting out the cheating scandal on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?. Providing the song lyric as news story segment was Channel 4 News presenter and Big Fat Quiz regular Jon Snow, reporting on "It Wasn't Me". Howard Davies-Carr and his two sons Harry and Charlie, stars of the popular viral video Charlie Bit My Finger appeared as mystery guests. Big Brother voiceover announcer Marcus Bentley read the final scores.

    2013 Decades Specials

    Due to the success of the Decades specials in 2012, Channel 4 commissioned two additional Decades specials to air in the autumn of 2013.

    The Big Fat Quiz of the '80s (2013)

    The show aired on 22 September 2013. The teams, which did not take team names for this special, were:

  • David Mitchell and Phill Jupitus (winners with 30 points)
  • Alan Carr and Sarah Greene (20 points)
  • Jack Dee and Jason Donovan (19 points)
  • Anneka Rice provided a live guest question. The mystery guest was Stelios Havatzios, the 1980s Athena Baby in the L'Enfant poster. Recorded guest questions were provided by Toyah Willcox, Kim Wilde, Jim Bowen, Bob Carolgees, Carol Decker, Trevor and Simon (Going Live!), Tony Robinson, Gordon Burns and Charles Dance (doing a dramatic reading from the autobiography of Chas & Dave's Chas). The children of Goldsmith Community Hall made an appearance acting out Operation Deepscan. Providing the song lyric as news story segment was John Craven, reporting on "Total Eclipse of the Heart".

    The Big Fat Quiz of the '90s (2013)

    The show aired on 29 September 2013. The teams, which did not take team names for this special, were:

  • Jonathan Ross and Jo Brand (29 points)
  • Sue Perkins and Lee Mack (winners with 36 points)
  • Bob Mortimer and Richard Ayoade (26 points)
  • Diane Youdale (the one-time Gladiator Jet) provided a live guest question. The mystery guest was Todd Watkins, who gained fame for kissing a 77-year-old woman on a The Word segment called "The Hopefuls". Recorded guest questions were provided by Mr. Motivator, Goldie, Andi Peters, Tony Mortimer, Melinda Messenger, Daniela Nardini, Sally Gunnell, The Shamen's Mr. C, the members of Hanson and Charles Dance (doing a dramatic reading from the autobiography of Vanilla Ice). The children of Goldsmith Community Hall made an appearance acting out the cloning of Dolly the sheep played by Hannah MacDonald. Providing the song lyric as news story segment was Martyn Lewis, reporting on "Livin' la Vida Loca". In the penultimate round, Carr announced that he had hired the gunge tank from Noel's House Party and the losers would be gunged, however Ross convinced Carr himself to go in it and was gunged by Jet.

    References

    The Big Fat Quiz of the Year Wikipedia


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