Did we like it?
There’s so little to watch on BBC1 before 9pm nowadays (and most shows are totally unwatchable eg Davina, docubores, DIYbores, EastEnders) so it’s a nice surprise to be able to recommend this amusing early evening quiz show.
What was good about it?
• The format and set was much better than the similar That’ll Test ‘Em.
• Danny Wallace didn’t exactly convince us that he’s much of a comic (a dearth of jokes in the script) but his ad libbing was okay and he held the show together well.
• Richard Bacon was on it, and we love him, but he was overshadowed by the wonderful Shelley Rudman (Britain’s Winter Olympics medallist), who was a lively, nutty and thick guest and deserves to get a lot more TV work.
• The French oral exam, with subtitles, worked brilliantly, thanks to the severity of Mademoiselle Virginie. “Do you speak French?” she asked Richard Bacon. “A pea,” he replied. Shelley did a little better, coming out with lines such as “I have play at athletics.”
• The terrifying pupils who posed the maths question.
What was bad about it?
• The third contestant was Richard Hammond, that eager-to-please twerp from Top Gear and that ITV1 talk show flop.
• The pathetic boast that the winner could donate “a massive £2,000” to a school of their choice.