Anna Ptaszynski

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Anna Ptaszynski
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Ptaszynski, second from right, with the other hosts of No Such Thing as a Fish
NationalityBritish
Occupation
  • Podcaster
  • Researcher
Known for

Anna Ptaszynski is a British podcaster, television host, and television writer. She is one of the four regular hosts of the podcast No Such Thing as a Fish, together with Dan Schreiber, Andrew Hunter Murray, and James Harkin. She was also a presenter of the BBC Two television show No Such Thing as the News, and she is a researcher and writer for the television show QI.

Early life and education[edit]

Ptaszynski is the oldest of four children. Her parents are Judith Terry and theatre impresario Andre Ptaszynski, who was Chief Executive of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Group.[1]

Career[edit]

Before working at QI and No Such Thing as a Fish, Ptaszynski worked in Scottish politics, Australian advertising, selling fruit wine, and hay-baling.[2] Ptaszynski is a researcher, writer, and script-editor for the BBC quiz show QI.[3][4]

Ptaszynski has been one of the four regular hosts of the podcast No Such Thing as a Fish since it was launched as a spinoff of the BBC quiz show QI in March 2014.[5][6] 5 years later, at the end of 2019, episodes of No Such Thing as a Fish had been downloaded over 250 million times, with 1.5 million listeners every week.[2][7] Ptaszynski has gone on several national and international tours to record live tapings of No Such Thing as a Fish.[8][9]

Ptaszynski was a co-author of three books published by the podcast's co-hosts: The Book of the Year 2019, The Book of the Year 2018, and The Book of the Year 2017.[2][10] Along with the other main hosts of No Such Thing as a Fish, Ptaszynski hosted No Such Thing as the News, a BBC Two television program based on the podcast.[11]

Facts shared by Ptaszynski on No Such Thing as a Fish have been cited in media outlets Daily Express, and she has published facts in The Telegraph.[12][13][14] Ptaszynski has been noted for her dry humour on the podcast.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Guardian, Aug 4 2020, André Ptaszynski obituary,
  2. ^ a b c "No Such Thing As A Fish's 'THE BOOK OF THE YEAR 2019' Out Now". Broadway World. 25 November 2019. Retrieved 22 March 2020.
  3. ^ Johnston-Flint, Rosa (18 January 2019). "There's No Such Thing as a Fish Interview". Culture Calling. Retrieved 22 March 2020.
  4. ^ Graham Lawton; Tiffany O'Callaghan (December 2014). "QI's little helpers". New Scientist. 224 (3000–3001): 40–41. doi:10.1016/S0262-4079(14)62445-3.
  5. ^ Sawyer, Miranda (22 March 2014). "No Such Thing As a Fish; Freakonomics – podcast reviews". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 March 2020.
  6. ^ Abit, April Joy (11 March 2019). "No Such Thing as a Fish". The Medium, University of Toronto Mississauga. Retrieved 22 March 2020.
  7. ^ Henley, Rowena (1 November 2019). "'QI' Elf Anna Ptaszynski Reveals Her Favourite Ever Fact & What It's Like Working With Stephen & Sandi". Bustle. Retrieved 22 March 2020.
  8. ^ Westbrook, Caroline (1 July 2017). "EXCLUSIVE The No Such Thing As A Fish Team talk QI, podcasts and men with two penises". Metro UK. Retrieved 22 March 2020.
  9. ^ Gibsone, Harriet (8 March 2019). "Anna Ptaszynski: 'I dreamed I served a baby for lunch'". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 March 2020.
  10. ^ Fane Saunders, Tristram (2 November 2017). "The QI Elves, aka No Such Thing as a Fish, talk their new book and share 10 of their weirdest facts". The Telegraph. Retrieved 22 March 2020.
  11. ^ "No Such Thing as the News". BBC. 20 May 2016. Retrieved 22 March 2020.
  12. ^ Saunders, Josh (24 February 2020). "Climate change shock: How worms could be answer to planet's future". Daily Express. Retrieved 22 March 2020.
  13. ^ Wilson, Olivia (27 February 2020). "Michael Jackson myth: Why Japanese police don't wear white gloves because of Thriller star". Checker Express. Retrieved 22 March 2020.
  14. ^ Ptaszynski, Anna (23 December 2015). "How to have interesting dinner party chat this Christmas - from a real-life QI elf". The Telegraph. Retrieved 22 March 2020.
  15. ^ Betts, Marc (23 March 2019). "Review: No Such Thing As A Fish at Norwich Theatre Royal". Eastern Daily Press. Retrieved 22 March 2020.