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Pop Quiz

Pop Quiz
Genre Quiz show
Presented by Mike Read (1981-4, 1994, 2008 & 2011)
Chris Tarrant (1994)
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 7
No. of episodes 65 (inc. 6 specials)
Running time 30 minutes (1981-4 & 1994)
60 minutes (2008 & 2011)
Original channel BBC1 (1981-4 & 1994)
Red TV (2008)
Vintage TV (2011)
Picture format 4:3 (1981-4 & 1994)
16:9 (2008 & 2011)
Original release 4 July 1981 (1981-07-04) – 29 December 2011 (2011-12-29)

Pop Quiz was 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 and again from 15 to 29 December 2011 on Vintage TV.


  • Format 1
    • Rounds 1.1
  • Transmissions 2
    • Series 2.1
    • Specials 2.2
  • External links 3


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 and Roger Taylor.


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.



Series Start date End date Episodes
1 4 July 1981 29 August 1981 8
2 3 April 1982 19 June 1982 11
3 9 April 1983 25 June 1983 11
4 26 May 1984 9 October 1984 12
5 21 May 1994 9 July 1994 8
6 14 June 2008 30 August 2008 12
7 15 December 2011 29 December 2011 3


Date Entitle
29 December 1981 Christmas Special
28 December 1982 Christmas Special
24 December 1983 Christmas Special
24 December 1984 Christmas Special
28 December 1984 Duran Duran vs. Spandau Ballet
4 January 1994 Top of the Pops 30th Anniversary Special

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