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Series / A Question of Sport

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As the title may imply, A Question Of Sport is a Panel Show about sport, made by The BBC.

The show started in 1968 and has been on continuouslynote  since 1970 - the longest-running game show in Britain. As of March 2013 it's aired 1000 episodes.

Follows the format you'd expect of panel shows, with a host, two teams (consisting of two guests and a captain) and various quiz rounds.



The rounds generally played are:
  • Picture Board - Contestants pick a square from a numbered grid which will correspond to a photo of an obscured sports personality, of whom they have to guess the identity.
  • What Happened Next? - Sporting footage is played and contestants will have to figure out what hilarity ensued.
  • Mystery Guest - A montage is shown of a sports star dressed in disguise, who has to be identified. This round can be quite funny, as when [Ally McCoist] failed to recognise his own boss.
  • Observation - A montage of sporting action, followed by detail-based questions ("How many football players were seen wearing yellow shorts?").
  • Home Or Away - Standard quiz questions. Contestants can choose "Home" questions, which are easier (usually about their own sports) but worth less, or "Away" questions, which are harder but worth more.
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  • Captain's Challenge - A newer round, where team captains engage in some sort of wacky challenge.


  • Celebrity Star: This show has the honour of being the only quiz show where a member of the royal family, Princess Anne, appeared as a panelist.
  • Crossover: The series crossed over with its more raucous comedy counterpart, They Think It's All Over, in 2002 and 2004 for Sport Relief. Sue Barker captained the Question of Sport team for both specials, accompanied by Ally McCoist and John Parrott in 2002 and by Ally again and Frankie Dettori in 2004. Rounds imported from A Question of Sport for both specials included the Picture Board, "What Happened Next?", and the One-Minute Round.
  • The Points Mean Nothing: Averted, with competitive sportsmen as panellists. Less of a thing as the show has got more comedic in recent years, but the Bill Beaumont / Ian Botham era was very competitive.