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The Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2010

8/10
Author: Jackson Booth-Millard from United Kingdom
26 January 2011

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If you are a fan of pub quizzes, and have a good knowledge of the news events in the world, entertainment, film and music, sport, technology and science, politics and much more in the year gone by, then this is a great show to watch and have fun with. Hosted by Jimmy Carr, with celebrity panellists in three teams, the players were Richard Ayoade, Alan Carr, Noel Fielding, Ruth Jones, Michael McIntyre and Jonathan Ross this quiz focused on the year 2010 with all sorts of questions to answer about the past twelve months. These questions are asked as they are, with video and sound clips, with pictures (including Say What You See), and by celebrity and mystery guests on screen or in the studio, so it really does feel like a proper quiz that you can take part in. Events in the year 2010 that were questioned and joked about included: Cheryl Cole becoming sick from malaria, Wagner on The X Factor, Michael McIntyre's autobiography, Alan Carr going back on tour, Jonathan Ross's comic books, Ruth Jones's biopic about Hattie Jacques, Richard Ayaode's first directed film Submarine, full body scanners introduced at all airports, Vernon Kay admitting intimate texts to female fans, footballer John Terry found out to be having an affair with the girlfriend of footballer Wayne Bridge, Yosemite Bear seeing a double rainbow and becoming a YouTube star with his reaction, Gordon Brown throwing tantrums and objects when he was in 10 Downing Street, Ricky Martin coming out as gay, the banning of party drug Mephedrone aka Meow Meow, the volcanic ash cloud covering Iceland and causing problems for air travel, the launch of the Apple iPad, scientists trying everything including nylon tights, golf balls, rubber tyres and human hair to stop the oil spill in the gulf of Mexico, Gordon Brown calling a woman a "bigoted woman", the divorce of Ashley Cole from Cheryl Cole after his texted nude images and affairs were found out, taxi driver Derrick Bird going on a gun rampage and killing twelve people and himself in Cumbria, the YouTube sensation seeing Rhona Williams in her Renault Clio being pushed by a large truck that didn't notice her on the motorway, Anna Chapman revealed as a Russian spy, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Studios, Florida where you can eat Chocolate Frogs and drink Butterbeer, the longest game of tennis at Wimbledon between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut that went on for over 11 hours, the change in government where Gordon Brown resigned as Prime Minister and Nick Clegg and David Cameron formed a coalition, the cat who was filmed on security camera being thrown into a wheelie bin by passer-by Mary Bale and causing shock and controversy, George Michael drink driving his car into a branch of Snappy Snaps and someone afterwards writing on the damaged wall "Wham", the controversy and irritation of people blowing the instrument the vuvuzela during the World Cup, Paul the octopus who correctly predicted the results of the World Cup football matches, gunman Raoul Moat on the run from the police and Paul Gascoigne showing up with chicken, a dressing gown and lager to help the situation, The Stig (Ben Collins) on Top Gear revealing his identity in his autobiography, vajazzling, the films Toy Story 3, Alice in Wonderland and Kick-Ass, Wayne Rooney caught having an affair with two young women, the Pope visiting Britain and cardinal Walter Kasper saying the nation was like "a third world country", the poor condition hotel rooms before the start of the Commonwealth Games, Lady Gaga at a ceremony wearing a dress entirely made of meat (grilling steak), Ann Widdecombe on Strictly Come Dancing, Jack Duckworth dying on Coronation Street after 30 years leaving with the ghost of dead wife Vera, This Is England '86, Matt Smith becoming the new Doctor Who, Big Brother ending on Channel 4 with Ultimate Big Brother which brought back memorable past contestants such as Nikki Grahame, Nadia Almada and voted winner Brian Dowling, Sherlock with Benedict Cumberbatch, The Inbetweeners, The Queen Victoria pub burning down in EastEnders followed by the departure of Peggy Mitchell (Barbara Windsor), Wonders of the Solar System with Professor Brian Cox, Glee and their song "Don't Stop Believin'", Pineapple Dance Studios with Louie Spence, The Trip with Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, Junior Apprentice (now Young Apprentice) with 16-17 year old business people competing for a £25,000 investment from Lord Sir Alan Sugar; I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! with Gillian McKeith, the 33 Chilean miners trapped for several days after an accidental cave collapse and all rescued by the government, George W. Bush releasing his memoirs, students rioting and protesting on the streets about increased tuition fees, the song "Telephone" by Lady Gaga feat. Beyoncé, the engagement of Prince William and Kate Middleton, James 'Jim' Naughtie accidentally swearing on BBC Radio 4 with the "C" word when speaking about Jeremy Hunt and Dick Van Dyke falling asleep on his surfboard and being rescued by porpoises. Other celebrity and special mystery guests in the show included the children of Mitchell Brook Primary School in Neasden who act out well known news stories, Jack Black, Russell Brand, Will Ferrell, Darryl Mann with Lola the cat who was thrown into the wheelie bin, the cast of science-fiction comedy drama Misfits (Antonia Thomas, Robert Sheehan, Lauren Socha, Iwan Rheon and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett), Jamie Oliver, Simon Pegg, Seth Rogen, Nicole Scherzinger, Jon Snow who reads news related to lyrics from songs of the year, Louie Spence who performs an interpretive dance that represents a news story and historian David Starkey describing a celebrity story as if it was an ancient historical event. The jokes and the questions are what make this show so much fun, they always choose the right celebrity panellists, and it also works as a funny way to reminisce on the recent events you remember for good or for bad, a great comedy quiz show. Very good!

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The Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2011

8/10
Author: Jackson Booth-Millard from United Kingdom
3 January 2012

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If you are a fan of pub quizzes, and have a good knowledge of the news events in the world, entertainment, film and music, sport, technology and science, politics and much more in the year gone by, then this is a great show to watch and have fun with. Hosted by Jimmy Carr, with celebrity panellists in three teams, the players were Miranda Hart, Eddie Izzard, David Mitchell, Jamie Oliver, Jonathan Ross and David Walliams this quiz focused on the year 2011 with all sorts of questions to answer about the past twelve months. These questions are asked as they are, with video and sound clips, with pictures (including Say What You See), and by celebrity and mystery guests on screen or in the studio, so it really does feel like a proper quiz that you can take part in. Events in the year 2011 that were questioned and joked about included: Wayne Rooney having a hair transplant, Lady Gaga arriving at an awards ceremony inside a giant egg, Sir Elton John and David Furnish with sperm donation and a surrogate mother having baby Zachary, work experience student Tom Cowan accidentally shot by Ashley Cole with an air rifle, 10 Downing Street getting cat Larry to be chief mouse catcher, the rude and sexist comments of Richard Keys and Andy Gray during women's football, Baby Gaga ice cream made of human women's breast milk being banned, The Lion King re-released in 3D, Jamie Oliver ending his appearances in the Sainsbury's adverts, Midsomer Murders producer Brian True-May suspended for a racist comment with reasons not to use black actors in the show, Charlie Sheen ranting and being weird during interviews following being fired from Two and a Half Men, the super injunction broken and revealing the identity of footballer Ryan Giggs who had been having an affair with model and former Big Brother housemate Imogen Thomas, the song and internet hit video "Friday" by Rebecca Black which was described as "the worst song ever", the London 2012 Olympics countdown clock in Trafalgar Square stopping, the song "Whip My Hair" by Willow Smith, David Walliams married to model, the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton which saw sister Pippa Middleton as bridesmaid become a hit with her bottom and Grace Van Cutsem covering her ears in a photo of the couple kissing, Playboy creator Hugh Hefner being jilted at the altar by bride-to-be Crystal Harris on their wedding day, Cheryl Cole fired from the American version of The X Factor by Simon Cowell apparently because of her Geordie accent causing confusion, a Twitter use unknowingly tweeting the noise of the shooting of Osama Bin Laden, Harold Camping incorrectly predicting and dating the end of the world also known as the Rapture, the films The Hangover Part II, The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn and Black Swan, the chaotic riots in major cities as many youths generated looting and arson and one person took a photo of themselves stealing a bag of Tesco Value Basmati Rice, the closure of the New of the World due to the phone hacking scandals with the final headline "Thank You & Goodbye", David Haye losing his big fight and giving the excuse that his toe was broken, the hiding place of Colonel Gaddafi who was killed, the birth of David and Victoria Beckham's fourth baby Harper Seven, Downton Abbey winning five BAFTAs and two Emmys, Made in Chelsea, The Only Way Is Essex which had the cast go to Marbella and created catchphrases "shut up" (in the Essex accent), vajazzling, "well ream" and "well jell", Geordie Shore, Desperate Scousewives, The Great British Bake Off that saw a squirrel and its penis cause controversy, The Killing, My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, Sunita on I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!, The Jonathan Ross Show, Frozen Planet with Sir David Attenborough, Doctor Who, Russell Grant "fired from a cannon" on Strictly Come Dancing, Fresh Meat, the reforming of band Steps, Matt Baker causing controversy on The One Show asking Prime Minister David Cameron "how do you sleep at night?", Bruce Forsyth finally being knighted by the Queen, David Walliams swimming the Thames River and raising £1.2 million for Sport Relief, particle physics scientists re-examining the Albert Einstein theory of the speed of light and discovering neutrinos may be faster (which they weren't), farmer Alan Graham forcing Rihanna off his land after stripping during her music video shoot, the song "Price Tag" by Jessie J, a viral clip of a fan at a Beyoncé concert singing badly when she passed her the microphone, the popular internet clip of Fenton the dog chasing deer across a road with his owner shouting after him, the death of Jimmy Savile, Dr Conrad Murray found guilty of the involuntary manslaughter of Michael Jackson, six volunteers completing a 520 day stay in a box to simulate the manned shuttle journey to Mars and a black macaque monkey stealing a camera from photographer from David Slater and taking his own photo. Other celebrity and special mystery guests in the show included the children of Mitchell Brook Primary School in Neasden who act out well known news stories, The Muppets' Animal (Eric Jacobson), Jim Carter who plays butler Carson in Downton Abbey, Tulisa Contostavlos who became a new The X Factor judge, Professor Brian Cox, Lee Evans, Cee Lo Green, Lenny Kravitz, The Only Way Is Essex stars Lydia Rose Bright, Lauren Goodger and Kirk Norcross, Rastamouse (Reggie Yates), Michael Sheen, Jon Snow who reads news related to lyrics from songs of the year and Ann Timson aka 'Supergran' who foiled a robbery of a Rolex store using her handbag to hit the thieves. The jokes and the questions are what make this show so much fun, they always choose the right celebrity panellists, and it also works as a funny way to reminisce on the recent events you remember for good or for bad, a great comedy quiz show. Very good!

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