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A Question of Sport is a British television sports quiz show. It is described as the "world's longest running TV sports quiz", featuring "some of the biggest names from the sporting world".

A Question of Sport
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GenreSports quiz show
Created byNick Hunter
Presented byCurrent:
Sue Barker (1997–present)

Former:
Stuart Hall (1968: pilot)
David Vine (1970–1972) and (1974–1977)
David Coleman (1979–1997)
StarringTeam Captains:
Current:
Matt Dawson (2004–present)
Phil Tufnell (2008–present)

Former:
Cliff Morgan (1968 pilot–1975)
Henry Cooper (1968 pilot–1979)
Fred Trueman (1976–1977)
Brendan Foster (1977–1979)
Emlyn Hughes (1979–1981, 1984–1988)
Gareth Edwards (1979–1981)
Willie Carson (1982–1983)
Bill Beaumont (1982–1996)
Ian Botham (1988–1996)
John Parrott (1996–2002)
Ally McCoist (1996–2007)
Frankie Dettori (2002–2004)
Theme music composerRichie Close
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series49
No. of episodes1,228 + pilot
(as of 11 October 2019)

Landmarks:
4 March 2013:
1,000th episode[1]
Production
Executive producer(s)Gareth JM Edwards
Producer(s)Dave Gymer
Production location(s)dock10 (studios HQ1 and HQ2 on rotation), MediaCityUK[2]
Running time30 minutes
Release
Original networkBBC One
First shown in2 December 1968 (1968-12-02)
Original release5 January 1970 (1970-01-05) –
present
External links
A Question of Sport
BBC Studios

It is also available on BBC iPlayer, for seven days after its most recent broadcast.

HistoryEdit

First editionEdit

A pilot edition of 'A Question of Sport' was broadcast on 2nd December 1968 and was presented by Stuart Hall.

The first edition of A Question of Sport was broadcast on 5 January 1970.

Presenter David Vine was joined by captains Henry Cooper and Cliff Morgan.

The teams were composed of George Best, Lillian Board, Tom Finney, and Ray Illingworth.[3]

40th anniversaryEdit

On 8 January 2010, the BBC broadcast a 40th anniversary special.

Joining Sue Barker, Matt Dawson, and Phil Tufnell, were Pat Cash, David Coulthard, Laura Davies, and Michael Johnson.[4]

1,000th episodeEdit

On 4 March 2013, A Question of Sport marked its 1,000th episode.

Each captain was joined by two former captains. Dawson was joined by Willie Carson and John Parrott, while Tufnell was joined by Bill Beaumont and Ally McCoist.

Tufnell's team won.[5][6][7][8]

RoundsEdit

The rounds regularly played during series 48, include:[9]

Picture BoardEdit

Twelve numbered squares each reveal a sportsperson to be identified during this one minute round.

One Minute RoundEdit

Each team is asked nine questions in sixty seconds.

Sports ActionEdit

Contestants are asked questions about a montage of sporting action.

Observation RoundEdit

Sports action is shown and contestants are asked questions about details of what they have just seen, e.g. "What colour hat was a certain person wearing?" or "How many balls were there?"

Mystery GuestEdit

Each team tries to identify a sportsperson in unfamiliar circumstances and using unconventional camera angles.

Home or AwayEdit

Each contestant can answer a one-point "home question" on the sport they participate or participated in or can answer an "away question" on a different sport for up to three points—away questions require three answers, a point per correct answer.

Buzzer RoundEdit

The teams play head-to-head, answering as many questions as possible in a minute.

Sprint FinishEdit

The captains have sixty seconds to act out up to ten sporting terms for the remaining members of the team to guess.

Presenters and captainsEdit

Current presenter and captainsEdit

Sue Barker has presented A Question of Sport since 1997. Barker won the 1976 French Open tennis tournament and reached a World Ranking of 4.

The current captains are Matt Dawson and Phil Tufnell.

Dawson is a Rugby World Cup winner, winning 77 caps, and scoring 16 tries. He played club rugby for Northampton Saints and subsequently Wasps.

Tufnell played 42 Test matches and 20 One Day Internationals for the England cricket team. He played county cricket for Middlesex.[10][11][12]

Former presentersEdit

A Question of Sport was first broadcast in January 1970, with David Vine at the helm for the first five series.

David Coleman succeeded Vine—remaining as presenter until 1997.[13]

Former captainsEdit

A Question of Sport's first captains were boxer Henry Cooper and rugby union player Cliff Morgan.

Over the history of the show, some captains have had long tenures, these include: rugby union player Bill Beaumont making 319 appearances and footballer Ally McCoist making 363 appearances.[14][15]

Former captains, include:

3 rugby union players:
Bill Beaumont, Gareth Edwards, and Cliff Morgan

2 cricketers:
Ian Botham and Fred Trueman

2 jockeys:
Willie Carson and Frankie Dettori

2 footballers:
Emlyn Hughes and Ally McCoist

1 boxer:
Henry Cooper

1 long-distance runner:
Brendan Foster

1 snooker player:
John Parrott

Guest captainsEdit

Over the years there have been several guest captains standing in for one of the regulars when they have other commitments. Following Ally McCoist's departure, several guests, including Phil Tufnell, sat in the captain's chair before Tufnell was eventually selected as McCoist's permanent replacement:

Featured sportspeopleEdit

Many Olympic and Paralympic champions, World champions, and otherwise prominent sportspeople have appeared, these include:[16]

Notable momentsEdit

TransmissionsEdit

Series Start date End date Episodes
Pilot 2 December 1968 1
1 5 January 1970[21] 18 May 1970[22] 20[22]
2 11 January 1971[23] 5 April 1971[24] 13[24]
3 20 March 1972[25] 19 June 1972[26] 14[26]
4 8 January 1974[27] 2 April 1974[28] 13[28]
5 10 July 1975[29] 28 August 1975[30] 8[30]
6 3 May 1976[31] 21 June 1976[32] 8[32]
7 18 April 1977[33] 6 June 1977[34] 8[34]
8 8 January 1979[35] 2 April 1979[36] 13[36]
9 7 January 1980[37] 18 March 1980[38] 11[38]
10 27 February 1981[39] 15 May 1981[40] 12[40]
11 5 January 1982[41] 30 March 1982[42] 13[42]
12 12 January 1983[43] 30 March 1983[44] 11[44]
13 29 December 1983[45] 8 May 1984[46] 14[46]
14 31 December 1984[47] 11 April 1985[48] 15[48]
15 5 December 1985[49] 1 May 1986[50] 20[50]
16 11 December 1986[51] 14 May 1987[52] 21[52]
17 3 December 1987[53] 26 April 1988[54] 21[54]
18 25 October 1988[55] 11 April 1989[56] 24[56]
19 24 October 1989[57] 1 May 1990[58] 26[58]
20 23 October 1990[59] 23 April 1991[60] 26[60]
21 15 October 1991[61] 21 April 1992[62] 26[62]
22 27 October 1992[63] 20 April 1993[64] 26[64]
23 19 October 1993[65] 30 May 1994[66] 28[66]
24 11 October 1994[67] 2 May 1995[68] 26[68]
25 20 October 1995[69] 3 May 1996[70] 27[70]
26 1 October 1996 30 May 1997 29
27 7 October 1997 1 May 1998 26
28 4 November 1998 21 June 1999 27
29 6 September 1999 2 July 2000 30
30 16 October 2000 21 May 2001 32
31 5 September 2001 24 July 2002 29
32 18 October 2002 15 August 2003 31
33 3 October 2003 13 August 2004 42
34 17 September 2004 15 July 2005 41
35 10 September 2005 8 September 2006 27
36 15 September 2006 18 May 2007 34
37 15 September 2007 11 June 2008 36
38 5 September 2008 12 June 2009 42
39 2 October 2009 27 August 2010 35
40 29 November 2010 1 August 2011 36
41 8 August 2011 20 August 2012 35
42 1 September 2012 31 July 2013 36
43 21 October 2013 13 August 2014 30
44 20 August 2014 15 July 2015 30
45 12 August 2015 5 August 2016 34
46 24 August 2016 31 May 2017 34
47 16 August 2017 23 May 2018 33
48 18 July 2018 12 April 2019 36
49 21 June 2019 2020 36

97 episodes (mainly ones from Series 1–25) were wiped from the BBC archives. The episodes that survived in the archives are:[71]

  • Series 4: Episodes 2 & 11–12
  • Series 5: Episodes 1–2 & 8
  • Series 7: Episode 8
  • Series 8: Episodes 1–5, 7–11 & 13
  • Series 9: Episodes 1–2, 4–7 & 9–11
  • Series 10: All 12 episodes
  • Series 11: All 13 episodes
  • Series 12: Episodes 1, 4–6 & 8–11
  • Series 13: Episodes 1–8, 10–11 & 13–14
  • Series 14: Episodes 1–5, 7, 9–12 & 14–15
  • Series 15: All 20 episodes
  • Series 16: All 21 episodes
  • Series 17: Episodes 1–16 & 18–21
  • Series 18: All 24 episodes
  • Series 19–21 & 24: All 26 episodes
  • Series 22: Episodes 1–7, 9, 12–22 & 24–25
  • Series 23: Episodes 1–2, 4–5 & 7–28
  • Series 25: Episodes 1–18 & 20–27

Spin-offsEdit

The A Question of Sport format has been applied to various other areas of knowledge. The following spin-off series were all made by the BBC:

Series Start date End date Episodes
1 19 April 1971 24 May 1971 6
Series Start date End date Episodes
1 24 April 1988 28 August 1988 18
Series Start date End date Episodes
3 January 2000[72] 1
1 8 April 2000 3 June 2000 9
28 December 2000[73] 1
2 28 April 2001 28 July 2001 12
Series Start date End date Episodes
1 5 July 2001 29 August 2001 8

Roslin also hosted a one-off special, A Question of EastEnders, in 2000. Another one-off special, "A Question of Comedy" was to have been aired on 16 March 2007 as a part of Comic Relief 2007, but after a scandal involving contestant Jade Goody it was replaced with a special edition of Top Gear.

A Question of Spit was a short segment aired in 1988 as part of the inaugural Red Nose Day telethon, featuring Daley Thompson, Barry McGuigan and Mike Gatting forming a team, with their opponents being their own Spitting Image puppets, captained by an Emlyn Hughes puppet. The quiz was hosted by the Spitting Image puppet of David Coleman, with the real Coleman and the puppet Steve Davis also making an appearance.

On 21 March 2012, One Media Radio's Final Whistle produced a one off end of year special entitled, Final Quizzle: Final Whistle does A Question of Sport. Presented by Barry Landy, the show featured two teams consisting of Stuart Hodge, Rory Wilde, Phil Peacock, Steve Sanders, Ben Mouncer and Lewis Davies and included rounds such as 'Tiger's Eighteen Holes' and 'Whelan or Fortune'.

In November 2012, One Media Radio's Head of Sport Edmund Doc Crosthwaite confirmed that Final Quizzle would return for a one off Christmas special on 12 December 2012.

A Question of Sport Relief is a special version of the show usually presented by a guest presenter on Sport Relief night since 2002. The 2002, 2004 and 2006 versions were hosted by Stephen Fry. 2008's version was hosted by Jimmy Carr after Fry had to pull out having broken his arm.

BBC One Scotland aired a one-off A Question of Scotland as part of Children in Need 2008, with Jackie Bird as quizmaster.

The CBBC programme Dick and Dom In Da Bungalow made a parody called A Question of Muck as part of the creamy muck muck grand finale game.

The CBBC programme The Saturday Show did a segment called A Question of Busted featuring the pop band Busted answering questions about themselves it was presented by Fearne Cotton who in each segment was dressed as Sue Barker.

In popular cultureEdit

The What Happened Next? round was spoofed in an episode of A Bit of Fry & Laurie as David Coleman (Fry) asks Emlyn Hughes (Laurie) to guess what happened after the action stopped in the previous sketch. The host's refusal to confirm whether the given answer is correct then leads into another round of the game, with the question of what happened following the original What Happened Next? sketch.

The show was one of many British TV shows reinterpreted by Chanel 9, a recurring sketch on The Fast Show, where it was titled Questo Sporta and featured the mystery guest round.

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