Mike Read’s Pop Quiz

Pop Quiz is a British television quiz programme that originally aired on BBC1 from 4 July 1981 to 28 December 1984 with a Top of the Pops special on 4 January 1994 hosted by Mike Read.

It was then revived from 21 May to 9 July 1994 on the same channel but this time hosted by Chris Tarrant. It was revived again on Red TV from 14 June to 30 August 2008 with Mike Read returning as host; he also hosted two specials on BBC Four in December 2016 and January 2017.

The teams are made up of three pop stars with one acting as team captain, although no permanent team captains. Guests who have appeared as captains include Bev Bevan, Dave Edmunds, Robert Plant, Phil Lynott, Bob Geldof, Roger Taylor, Cliff Richard, Midge Ure, George Michael, John Taylor, David Gilmour and Ian Gillan.

The show has both team and individual rounds. The individual rounds see each player given a song then asked a question about the song (like a guest player on the recording) or asked to name a song where a certain lyric appears. Team rounds include a naming a list of number one hits by a group, a compilation of songs of a particular theme where the teams guess the artists and a quick-fire round.


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