The What in the World? Quiz

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 features sleepy sloths, the speed of mud and a man who smashes melons with his head. And in a studio experiment, Dr Chris Smith constructs a vacuumcleaner bazooka.

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 Dr Andy Fabian, a professor of astronomy at Cambridge University. Dominic’s teammate is Andy’s wife, Dr Carolin Crawford, lecturer in maths and astronomy at Cambridge.

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 and Carolin must identify which animal sleeps the longest in an average day – a sloth, a squirrel or an elephant. The pair are determined to avoid the obvious answer of sloth, even when Marcus urges them to reconsider. “I can tell you that a sloth only bothers to come out of its tree to either have a wee or a poo,” he says. Lee and Andy, meanwhile, must decide on the relative speeds of a cheetah, an office on wheels and mud. “Implausible though it sounds, we’re going for the mud,” Lee declares.

Round 2 is the quick-fire question round, Time Bomb. Lee and Andy are asked to choose which is the quickest – a man smashing 40 melons with his head, a man rolling ten cars on their backs or a sunrise. Their answer determines how much time Dominic and Carolin have to answer a series of questions, before Lee and Andy are themselves put in the hot seat.

Next up is Experimental, where the team members must use their scientific knowledge to predict the result of a studio experiment. The ‘Naked Scientist’, Dr Chris Smith, has fashioned a contraption out of a vacuum cleaner and a long plastic tube. “This is a homemade vacuum bazooka,” he says. The teams must guess which object will fly further out of the device – a stick of rock or a humble sausage painted yellow.

Lee and Andy are dismayed to see their choice of the stick of rock shatter all over the floor when fired from the tube, while Dominic and Carolin are left celebrating when their annointed sausage flies all the way across the studio. “There are kids up and down the country now making one of these,” Dominic jokes as he eyes up the bazooka. Marcus, meanwhile, is more concerned by what is happening off-stage. “You’ve killed the sound man!” he bellows at Chris.

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. Lee and Andy have built a solid lead over their rivals as they enter the final round – can they possibly snatch defeat from the jaws of victory?

The What in the World? Quiz is a new prime-time quiz show presented by comedian Marcus Brigstocke. Brigstocke presides over two teams led by comedians Lee Hurst and Dominic Holland. Each week, Lee and Dominic are joined by different guest experts from the world of science and nature.

The ten-part, half hour episodes feature four rounds that will test them on everything from, the natural world and new technology through to the upper limits of human achievement. The What in the World? Quiz is crammed full of information and bursting with a plethora of facts and general knowledge.

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?

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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