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Question: Which light entertainment comedy series was set in a fictional village called Walmington-on-Sea?

Answer: Dad’s Army

Question: Frankie Howard played a Roman slave in which film and TV comedy?

Answer: Up Pompeii.

Question: The TV show ‘Celebrity Squares’ was based on which simple game often played on a sheet of paper?

Answer: In the UK it is called: Noughts and Crosses. In America it is called: Tic Tac Toe.

Question: What popular British TV show in the 1980’s poked fun at politicians and celebrities?

Answer: Spitting Image

Question: As what were Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie collectively known?

Answer: The Goodies

Question: Who hosted BBC TV’s film review progamme from 1972 to 1999? The programme changed its name each year to incorporate the year; Film ’72, Film ’73 etc

Answer: Barry Norman

Question: What was the surname of Del Boy and Rodney in Only Fools and Horses? 

Answer: Trotter

Question: Who was the creator of the TV series Dad’s Army and co-wrote the programme with BBC Executive David Croft?

Answer: Jimmy Perry


Watch a famous clip from Dad’s Army – Don’t Tell Him Pike

One of Britain’s favourite sitcoms from the 1970s & 80s – courtesy of the BBC


Question: In the TV series Dad’s Army, what was Captain Mainwaring’s first name? 

Answer: George   

Question: Which was Britain’s longest running TV sitcom show?

Answer: Last of the Summer Wine

Question: Name the British TV comedy series with the catchprase, I don’t believe it!

Answer: One Foot in the Grave

Question: Which cartoon series featured the characters Choo Choo & Benny? 

Answer: Top Cat   

Question: Who played Nigel in the Young Ones?

Answer: Nigel Planer

Question: With whom did John Cleese write the sitcom, Fawlty Towers?

Answer: Connie Booth She is John Cleese’s former wife and played the part of Polly in the sitcom Fawlty Towers.

Question: In which British sitcom did Jennifer Saunders appear as PR agent Edina Monsoon?

Answer: Absolutely Fabulous   

Question: Name the British actor who was born in Berlin but was best known for playing a Spaniard.

Answer: Andrew Sachs He played the Spanish waiter in Fawlty Towers 

Question: Who sang the signature tune of the Dad’s Army TV series, Who Do You Think You Are Kidding Mr Hitler?

Answer: Bud Flanagan Flanagan and Allen were a British singing and comedy double act popular during World War II.  Bud Flanagan died a few days after making the recording for Dad’s Army.  

Question: What was the name of Reggie Perrin’s shops in the TV series The Fall & Rise of Reginald Perrin?

Answer: Grot   

Question: Who was the British Big Band leader that became a major TV & Radio light entertainment star in the 1950s and 1960s with his catchphrase Wakey Wakey and had a son with the same name who became Managing Director of BBC TV?

Answer: Billy Cotton He fought as a teenager in WW1 having falsified his age; then he became a professional footballer for Brentford & Wimbledon before becoming a racing driver winning the last race ever held at Brooklands in 1939. Ten years later he finished eighth in the British Grand Prix.

Question: Who, along with Richard Curtis, co-wrote the British TV series Blackadder (except the first series)?

Answer: Ben Elton

Question: What was the name of the comic character that was depicted as an acrobatic old man by actor Richard Hearne and was a favourite on British TV during the 1950’s and 60’s?

Answer: Mr Pastry This character and Richard Hearne’s performance was apparently admired by no-less-than Buster Keaton!

Question: What was the name of Keith Harris’ puppets?

Answer: Orville the Duck and Cuddles the Monkey

Question: On the BBC TV’s children’s programme Blue Peter, what was John Noakes’s dog called?

Answer: Shep   

Question: In which cartoon TV programme would you find the dog, snowy?

Answer: Tin Tin.

Question:Name the hit single that came from the TV comdey series It Ain’t Half Hot Mum?

Answer: Whispering Grass Performed by Windsor Davies and Don Estelle, the record spent three weeks at No 1 in the British Charts.


Watch a performance of Whispering Grass by Windsor Davies & Don Estelle from the TV series It Ain’t Half Hot Mum

Courtesy of BBC TV


Question: Paul O’Grady was originally famous for his drag act.  What was the name of the character he played?

Answer: Lilly Savage 

Question: In the TV series Thunderbirds, what was Lady Penelope’s chauffeur called? 

Answer: Parker   

Question: Name the popular 1960’s BBC TV comedy sketch show that starred Peter Cook and Dudley Moore?

Answer: Not Only … But Also

Question: Which character did Robert Vaughn play in The Man From U.N.C.L.E.?

Answer: Napoleon Solo.

Question: In the cartoon series Captain Pugwash, what was the name of his ship?

Answer: Black Pig.

Question: Name the British actress from Liverpool who played Samantha Jones in the romantic comedy series Sex and the City?

Answer: Kim Cattrall  Kim was born in Liverpool and was brought up partially in Liverpool and partially in Canada. 

Question: Who was the popular British TV magician of the 1960s who first introduced Basil Brush to TV audiences?

Answer: David Nixon