1001 Things You Should Know

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1001 Things You Should Know
GenreGame show
Created byBeth Davies
Gail Harman
Martin Lau
Joe McVey
Daniel Twist
Directed byJohn L. Spencer
Presented bySandi Toksvig
Theme music composerRage Music
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series2
No. of episodes60
Executive producer(s)Suzy Lamb
Sarah Woolley
Producer(s)Louise Smith
Production location(s)BBC Pacific Quay
Editor(s)Tim Daish
Neil Patience
Robin Stokes
Camera setupMultiple-camera setup
Running time30 minutes (inc. adverts)
Production company(s)Thames Scotland
Original networkChannel 4
Picture format16:9
Audio formatStereo
Original release12 November 2012 (2012-11-12) –
31 May 2013 (2013-05-31)
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1001 Things You Should Know is a British game show that aired on Channel 4 from 12 November 2012 to 31 May 2013 and hosted by Sandi Toksvig.


Three contestants compete in each show. They are offered a choice of 12 categories, and in each category, an expert (either a celebrity from a Channel 4 show or just a field expert) asks them a question, the answer of which it is thought people 'should know'. There is no prize money awarded for answering this question correctly, but the contestant can then answer a (harder) related cash question for money. Wrong answers lock a contestant out of the game, and the question is open to 'steals'.[1][2][3][4][5][6]

In round one, correct answers to the cash question are worth £100. In round two, with fewer categories left to choose from, correct answers are worth £300, whilst in round three they are worth £601.

The categories include: Film, Geography, Music, Celebrity, Sport, Art, Food & Drink, History, Television, Human Body, Science, Nature, Maths, Politics, Animals and Mystery. (The Mystery category is the only category that appears on every show.)

Final round[edit]

The final round involves the three categories the contestants have thus far avoided, and the player in the lead gets the first choice of category. The player in 3rd place answers first, and must correctly answer 2 questions, the first of which is the one they should know. An incorrect answer to either puts them out of the game. However, if the leading player gets both questions correctly, they'll automatically win the game even if other players have also answered correctly. If no-one answers both questions correctly in the final round, then, there is no returning champion, and 3 new contestants will compete in the next show instead.

In Series 2, this was altered, as instead of all 3 contestants picking their categories, only the person who banked the most money picks which category everybody gets.

The winner of the game gets the chance to answer a single question in order to win the entire prize pot built up by the 3 contestants. If this question is not answered correctly, the prize pot rolls over to the next show. The champion from each show returns for the following show to compete against two new contestants, regardless of whether they win the jackpot or not.

Category Experts[edit]

Series 1[edit]

Category Experts
Animals Adrian Hallgarth (A falconer), Mark Evans, Ian Turner (Deputy Head Warden at Longleat Safari Park)
Art Lord Bath, Celia Sawyer, Gordon Watson (Four Rooms)
Celebrity Max Clifford, Jameela Jamil, Ollie Locke (Made in Chelsea)
Film Wendy Cook (Works at Hyde Park Picture House, Leeds), Karen Krizanovich (Film critic), Oliver Phelps
Food & Drink Simon Rimmer, Tom & Henry (The Fabulous Baker Brothers), Simon Baggs (A farmer), Sue Lawrence
Geography Jasmine Harman, Brendan Sheerin, David West (Seaplane pilot)
History Tony Robinson, Dr Christopher Mason (Historian), Phil Harding, Jonathan Brown (Works at Edinburgh Castle),
James McSherry (Works at Imperial War Museum North), Tessa Dunlop
Human Body Dr Dawn Harper, Gemma Raby (One Born Every Minute), Dr Christian Jessen
Literature Gavin Pilgrim (Owner of London's oldest book shop), Cecelia Ahern, Susie Dent, Laila Rouass
Maths Rachel Riley, David Fishwick (Founder of Bank on Dave!)
Music Sara Cox, Russell Watson, Starboy Nathan, Nicola Benedetti
Mystery Kevin McCloud, Laila Rouass, Tim Lovejoy, Nick Hewer, Iain Logie Baird (Works at the National Media Museum),
Dr Tim O'Brien (Astrophysicist), Angela Saini, Tony Robinson, Ollie Locke (Made in Chelsea)
Nature Adrian Hallgarth (A falconer), Simon Watt (Inside Nature's Giants)
Politics Cathy Newman (Channel 4 News), Neil Kinnock, Jon Snow
Science Angela Saini, Dr Jimmy Nicholson (Educating Essex), Dr Tim O'Brien (Astrophysicist),
Dr James Logan (Embarrassing Bodies), Dr Christian Jessen
Sport John McCririck, Gareth Thomas, Ade Adepitan, Maxine McCarthy (Boxer)
Television Jennifer Metcalfe, Javone Prince, Kay Mellor

Series 2[edit]

Category Experts
Books Cecelia Ahern, Benjamin Zephaniah, Barbara Taylor Bradford
Celebrity Jamie Laing (Made in Chelsea), Jameela Jamil
Film Karen Krizanovich (Film critic), Brian Cox, Oliver Phelps, Jenny Beavan
Food & Drink Simon Rimmer, Tom & Henry (The Fabulous Baker Brothers), Lisa Faulkner, Hero Hirsh (Cheesemonger of the Year at the World Cheese Awards), Luigi Corvi (Owner of Glasgow's Oldest Fish and chips Shop)
Geography Brendan Sheerin, Liam Dutton (Channel 4 News Weather Forecaster), Jasmine Harman
History Phil Harding, Tony Robinson, Jonathan Ferguson (Curator at Royal Armouries Museum), Dr Christopher Mason (Historian)
Music Frankie Sandford, Una Healy & Mollie King of The Saturdays, Lawson, Nicky Byrne, Peter Oundjian
Mystery Sarah Beeny, Anita Rani, Amanda Lamb, David Fishwick (Founder of Bank on Dave!)
Nature Garth de Jong (Works at Dublin Zoo), James Scott (Works at Sea Life), Sally Eaton (Lichenologist at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh)
Politics Cathy Newman, Jon Snow, Ann Widdecombe
Science Dr Dawn Harper, Lesley Gilchrist (One Born Every Minute), Dr James Logan (Embarrassing Bodies), Dr Robin Hoyle (Director of Science at Glasgow Science Centre)
Sport Louis Smith, Nicola Adams, Dame Sarah Storey, Martin Offiah
Television Jennifer Metcalfe & Nick Pickard, Tim Lovejoy, Sharon Rooney (My Mad Fat Diary), Javone Prince


Series Start date End date Episodes
1 12 November 2012 21 December 2012 30
2 22 April 2013 31 May 2013 30


  1. ^ "1001 Things You Should Know". channel4.com. Retrieved 2 December 2013.
  2. ^ "Thames 1001 Things you should know". thames.tv. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 2 December 2013.
  3. ^ "Interview Extra | Sandi Toksvig, 1001 Things You Should Know". tvchoicemagazine.co.uk. Retrieved 2 December 2013.
  4. ^ "1001 Things You Should Know Episode Guide". tvguide.com.uk. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 2 December 2013.
  5. ^ "1001 Things You Should Know(2012– )". imdb.com. Retrieved 2 December 2013.
  6. ^ "Watch 1001 Things You Should Know Free Online". ovguide.com. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 2 December 2013.

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