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UK Radio Station of the Year 2003BBC Radio 4

Round Britain Quiz


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Radio's most cryptic quiz was first transmitted in 1947 and involves six teams from around the UK competing to answer Nick Clarke's puzzling questions. They call for a certain degree of lateral thinking and draw upon knowledge in fields as diverse as literature, science, geography, popular culture and politics.

Nick Clarke and the Round Britain Quiz team will be back with another series soon. If you would like to e-mail us your suggestion for a question to be included in a future edition of the programme, click below.

rbq@bbc.co.uk

Contestants from the last series

MICHAEL SCHMIDT DIANA COLLECOTT
Michael Schmidt
MICHAEL SCHMIDT is a poet, critic, publisher and teacher of creative writing, who runs the successful Manchester poetry press Carcanet. Born in Mexico, he is now one of Britain’s most active ambassadors for poetry. His recent Harvill Anthology of 20th Century Verse in English was widely praised, and he is also the author of Lives of the Poets.
Diana Collecott
DIANA COLLECOTT is founding co-director of The Basil Bunting Poetry Centre at the University of Durham. A Senior Fulbright Scholar, she has also held research fellowships at Yale University U.S.A. and Kansai University, Japan. She has an international reputation for her work on the poet H. D. She has been a regular Round Britain Quiz panellist since 1998.
  POLLY DEVLIN BRIAN FEENEY
Polly Devlin
POLLY DEVLIN OBE is a writer and conservationist. Her first job was as a writer for Vogue magazine for which she became features editor. She has also been a columnist for The Sunday Times, The New Statesman, and The Observer. She has written two highly-acclaimed autobiographical books, The Far Side of the Lough and All of Us There and a novel, Dora.
Brian Feeney
BRIAN FEENEY is a respected historian, a columnist with the Irish News and co-author of Lost Lives, the stories of the men, women and children who died as a result of the Northern Ireland troubles.
  PHILIPPA GREGORY BRIAN J. FORD
Philippa Gregory
PHILIPPA GREGORY’s latest novel is The Other Boleyn Girl. She is a regular contributor to newspapers, magazines and radio programmes, and is perhaps best known as the author of A Respectable Trade, set in her home town of Bristol, which was dramatised by the BBC in 1998.
Brian J. Ford
BRIAN J. FORD is a scientist and writer who, in addition to his many books, has contributed entries on science to the Encyclopaedian Britannica and the Guinness Book of Records. and television host. He is a champion of the drive for better public understanding of science.
  FRED HOUSEGO MARCEL BERLINS
Fred Housego
FRED HOUSEGO won the BBC Mastermind title in 1980, when he drove a London taxi cab for a living. Since then he has built a successful career as a broadcaster, with regular appearances in quizzes and the TV series History on Your Doorstep, and as the host of regular radio phone-ins. He still drives a cab.
Marcel Berlins
MARCEL BERLINS is one of Britain’s most respected legal journalists. He has presented Radio 4’s Law in Action since 1988; he writes a regular legal column for The Guardian, and also devises a weekly quiz for the same newspaper.
  PATRICK HANNAN PETER STEAD
Patrick Hannan
PATRICK HANNAN, journalist, broadcaster and TV producer, currently presents a daily news programme on BBC Radio Wales. He is familiar to Radio 4 listeners not just for Round Britain Quiz but as the host of programmes such as Tea Junction. He was awarded an MBE in 1994 for services to broadcasting.
Peter Stead
PETER STEAD is a historian and writer, currently Visiting Professor at the University of Glamorgan. He has written extensively on Dylan Thomas, Richard Burton, Welsh rugby and singing, and in addition to RBQ he has enjoyed his clashes with David Starkey on Radio 4’s The Moral Maze.
  ALAN TAYLOR MICHAEL ALEXANDER
Alan Taylor
ALAN TAYLOR is currently writer at large for the Sunday Herald. His illustrious journalistic career has included the Managing Editorship of The Scotsman. His most recent book is The Assassin’s Cloak, an anthology of extracts from the world’s greatest diarists.
Michael Alexander
MICHAEL ALEXANDER is Berry Professor of English Literature at the University of St Andrews. He is also an author and translator whose most recent book is A History of English Literature.

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