Continuing this week is the new comedy panel show hosted by funny man Marcus Brigstocke.

The What in the World Quiz sees two teams go head to head over four rounds of scientific questions and challenges, covering such diverse topics as poisonous plants, sailing stones and light refraction.

To use the host’s own words, the What in the World Quiz “cuts a neat incision down the middle of planet Earth, lets the facts slop out all over the floor and goes poking around in its guts”. To help him in this bizarre quest, Marcus employs the services of the two regular team captains, Lee Hurst and Dominic Holland. Each week, Lee and Dominic are joined by an academic of their own choosing to guide them through the quagmire of scientific facts.

Throughout the series, Marcus, Lee and Dominic plough the fields of science, the natural world, new technology and the upper limits of human achievement – all in the name of entertainment.

Crammed with information and full to bursting with a plethora of facts, the show is sure to teach every member of the family something they did not already know – so viewers had better pay attention! The quiz comprises four rounds in which the two teams examine archive footage, answer intriguing questions and attempt to get scientific with resident ‘experimentalist’ Dr Chris Smith.

In Round 1, World of Extremes, Dominic and Mark are shown three images and asked to identify which is the most extreme – be it the quickest, the deadliest, the smallest, the loudest, the highest or the smelliest. Round 2, Time Bomb, is a quickfire question round – but with a difference. The time given to each team is decided according to the other team’s response to a preceding question.

Next up is Experimental – a challenge that sees the teams use their drawing skills and scientific knowledge to predict the result of a live studio experiment. Then, rounding the programme off is Factoid Frenzy, in which the teams are shown a clip containing all manner of facts and figures, before being asked a series of questions based on what they have seen. Each correct response wins three points, while an incorrect answer loses three – meaning that anything could happen.

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