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The Big Fat Quiz of the 00s
24 January 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This edition of the show that plays out like a pub quiz was part of the series of programmes for the 30th anniversary of Channel 4, but this one was not about the channel programmes like before, it was the first part of three shows based on the popular decades that brought about many talked about events in the 1980's, the 1990's and the 2000's, and this was a great show to watch and have fun with. Hosted by Jimmy Carr, with celebrity panellists in three teams, the players were Richard Ayoade, Kevin Bishop, Alan Carr, Noel Fielding, Sarah Millican and David Mitchell, this quiz decade the 2000's with all sorts of questions to answer about the ten years about headlines, music, lifestyle (fads, fashions, technology, trends and toys), television, movies, sport, toys and games and people. 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 2000's that were questioned and joked about included: the whale in the River Thames, the Harry Potter franchise, the MPs expenses scandal, Jimmy Carr's K2 tax avoidance scheme, the Credit Crunch, the attempted heist of the Millennium Dome Star Diamond, French fries changing their name to Freedom fries due to the Iraq War, the smoking ban in July 2007, Major Charles Ingram and coughing Tecwen Whittock cheating on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, the 9/11 attacks and George W. Bush continuing to read a children's story in a school after being told, the death of Michael Jackson, Garage music, So Solid Crew, Craig David and his number one hit song "7 Days", the song "It Wasn't Me" by Shaggy, the Crazy Frog with his song and video causing controversy having genitals and causing high irritation, the "wardrobe malfunction" caused by Justin Timberlake exposing the breast of Janet Jackson at the 2004 Super Bowl, "Charlie Bit My Finger - Again!" with 3 year old Harry being bit on the finger by 1 year old Charlie becoming the most watched clip on YouTube with 130 million views, the trend of charity wristbands for causes like testicular cancer and anti-bullying, the launch of Facebook, the bad reputation of Burberry fashion, the Atkins Diet promoted by Dr Robert Atkins, the book The Da Vinci Code, television damaged by people playing with the Nintendo Wii remotes, Dragons' Den, Lord Sir Alan Sugar in 2005 saying that the Apple iPod would fail but in fact became an international success, The Apprentice, Judy Finnigan having her top pop open revealing her bra covered breasts at the National Television Awards 2000, Celebrity Love Island, What Not to Wear with Trinny and Susannah, Ali G, Top Gear, Total Wipeout, The Catherine Tate Show, Doctor Who, Shameless; I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!, Big Brother and Celebrity Big Brother, Harry Hill's TV Burp, Gavin and Stacey, Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares, Planet Earth, Come Dine with Me, Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes, Wife Swap, Peep Show, 55,000 complaints made before the broadcast of Jerry Springer: The Opera, endurance game show Touch the Truck with Dale Winton, Popstars with the bizarre Britney Spears performance by Darius Danesh, the films Gladiator, Kill Bill and Brokeback Mountain, Tiger Woods having an affair with up to 120 women, distance runner Paula Radcliffe gaining fame, England manager Fabio Capello banning players from inviting their wives and girlfriends to games, the victory of England in the Ashes (cricket), the popularising of freerunning aka parkour (including in Casino Royale), Dame Ellen MacArthur setting a World Record for sailing (and crying) around the world, singing taxidermy including Big Mouth Billy Bass, Madonna turning 50 in 2008, Sarah Palin running for vice president, the invention of MySpace by Tom Anderson, David Blaine capturing the attention of the public doing pointless stunts (standing on a pillar, standing in a block of ice, being sealed in a transparent box for 44 days and being inside a water tank, and attempting to hold his breath for the longest time), Paris Hilton with her show Best British Friend and her catchphrase TTYN "talk to you never", the graffiti street art of Banksy, Mamma Mia! being the biggest box office film of the decade (Avatar came out in late 2009 and made all its money in 2010), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows being the biggest selling book of the decade and James Blunt: Back to Bedlam being the being the bestselling album of the decade (presumably because of the number one song "You're Beautiful"). 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, Peter Andre, Dragons' Den's Duncan Bannatyne, "Nasty" Nick Bateman, the voice of Marcus Bentley who famously narrates for Big Brother, Charles Dance who reads passages from celebrity autobiographies of the year (Katie Price), The Cheeky Girls who became stars auditioning on Popstars: The Rivals and with their hit song "The Cheeky Song (Touch My Bum)", Howard Davies-Carr with his two boys Charlie and Harry who starred in the most watched internet video of the decade, Gareth Gates who became a star on Popstars, McFly members Dougie Poynter and Harry Judd, Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, Arlene Phillips, Jon Snow who reads news related to lyrics from a song of the decade and MasterChef's Gregg Wallace. The jokes and the questions are what make this show so much fun, they chose the right celebrity panellists, and it also works as a funny way to reminisce on the years good and bad for a great channel, a great comedy quiz show. Very good!


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