Continuing this week is the 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. This week’s show touches on a diverse range of topics, including the world’s longest beard, the furthest distance a kangaroo can jump and the quantity of water the average man will drink in his life. And in a studio experiment, Dr Chris Smith attempts to make a glass bowl disappear.

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. This week, Lee is joined by a child genius while Dominic teams up with a professor of physiology from Oxford University.

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!

Round 1 is World of Extremes. Dominic is confronted by the world’s longest beard, the longest feathers and the furthest distance a kangaroo can jump. But which of these random lengths is actually longest? Lee, meanwhile, turns his mind to cosmic matters when he is presented with three mind-boggling statements. According to Marcus, the space shuttle was once hit by a piece of chicken; NASA invented Velcro; and in space, no one can hear you scream. But which claim is false?

Round 2 is the quick-fire question round, Time Bomb. Lee and his partner must decide which is the quickest – the formation of a nuclear cloud, a sun setting or a man swimming under ice. The answer they choose determines the amount of time Dominic’s team has to answer as many questions as possible. Questions fly thick and fast and there is even a spot of cheating before the tables are turned and Lee’s team is put in the hot seat.

Next up is Experimental – a challenge that sees the team members using their scientific knowledge to predict the result of a studio experiment. The ‘Naked Scientist’, Dr Chris Smith, is on hand to explain basic physical phenomena such as why things burn and how light works. One of his tricks this week is to make a glass bowl disappear – but can the teams work out how he did it?

All of which high-spirited malarkey brings the contest to the fourth and final round, Factoid Frenzy. 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. This week’s welter of facts includes the startling knowledge that the average man will drink 20 tonnes of water in his lifetime, while 11 nuclear warheads are actually classed as missing. But just how much of this eye-opening trivia can the teams retain?

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