Hard Quiz

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Hard Quiz
Hard Quiz ABC Logo.png
Presented by Tom Gleeson
Country of origin Australia
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 42 (as of 17 October 2018)
Production
Running time 30 mins
Release
Original network ABC
Original release 19 October 2016 (2016-10-19) – present
Chronology
Related shows The Weekly with Charlie Pickering
The Einstein Factor
External links
Website

Hard Quiz is an Australian television comedy quiz show, which premiered on ABC on 19 October 2016.[1][2] Hosted by Tom Gleeson, the show is a spin-off of his "Hard Chat" segment on the satirical television news program The Weekly with Charlie Pickering.

Gleeson has claimed he was surprised by the success of the program, saying he had given up hope of being a star.[3]

The third season premiered on 21 February 2018 and, following a mid-season hiatus, resumed on 19 September 2018.[4]

Format[edit]

Hard Quiz features four contestants, each of which have selected a specialist subject area. The contestants in turn each receive 5 questions regarding their specialist subject areas ("The Experts' Round"), followed by questions from a subject Gleeson chooses ("Tom's Round") and then general knowledge questions ("The People's Round"). Contestants receive 5 points for answering a question correctly, and lose 5 points for answering a question incorrectly. During the Experts' Round, a contestant may attempt to answer a question from another contestant's subject area. This is known as "The Steal". If a Steal is successful, the contestant receives 10 points but will only lose 5 points for an incorrect Steal attempt (in season 1, a failed Steal resulted in the contestant losing 10 points). The contestant with the lowest score at the end of each of Tom's Round and The People's Round is eliminated from the show. In the event of a tie for lowest scorer, the tie is broken with a Hard-Off, where Gleeson presents two options for a given question (often pertaining to the relative difficulty of two given tasks or physical hardness of two materials), which the first contestant to buzz in then answers. If the answering contestant chooses correctly, the other contestant is eliminated and vice versa if the answer given is incorrect. The final two contestants answer questions regarding their chosen subject area in a best of 5 penalty shootout-style format, with the winner receiving a trophy – the Hard Quiz brass mug.

Series Overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
Season premiere Season finale
One 10 19 October 2016 21 December 2016
Two 18 2 August 2017 29 November 2017
Three TBA 21 February 2018 TBA

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (2016)[edit]

Names in Bold are the winners

No.TitleOriginal air dateAustralian viewers
1"Episode 1"19 October 2016 (2016-10-19)681,000[5]
Quizzers:
Sue - Flags Expert
Liz - Brat Pack Expert
Miles - Doctor Who Expert
Mark - British Army Field Marshals Expert
2"Episode 2"26 October 2016 (2016-10-26)532,000[6]
Quizzers:
Lucy - War of the Roses Expert
James - Military Aviation Expert
Pierre - Punk Rock Expert
Renae - Richard Gasquet Expert
3"Episode 3"2 November 2016 (2016-11-02)595,000[7]
Quizzers:
Nicolas - Seinfeld Expert
Steve - Capital City Expert
Alan - Michael Collins Expert
Lara - Human Body Expert
4"Episode 4"9 November 2016 (2016-11-09)634,000[8]
Quizzers:
Frances - The Simpsons Expert
Duncan - Beethoven Expert
Allan - Cold Chisel Expert
Cherie - Australian medical inventions Expert
5"Episode 5"16 November 2016 (2016-11-16)572,000[9]
Quizzers:
Andy - World War II aircraft Expert
Michael - Summer Olympics Expert
Holly - Eurovision Expert
Jason - Nintendo Expert
6"Episode 6"23 November 2016 (2016-11-23)593,000[10]
Quizzers:
Joanna - The Beatles Expert
Joel - Australian Prime Ministers Expert
Michelle - Microbes Expert
Wes - Oscar-Winning Film Directors Expert
7"Episode 7"30 November 2016 (2016-11-30)592,000[11]
Quizzers:
Elyce - Comedy Expert
Paul - FIFA World Cup Expert
Tom - Wombat Expert
Nathan - The Chronicles of Narnia Expert
8"Episode 8"7 December 2016 (2016-12-07)543,000[12]
Quizzers:
Angie - J. R. R. Tolkien Expert
Sebastian - Elton John Expert
Tom - Renaissance art Expert
Mac - Frasier Expert
9"Episode 9"14 December 2016 (2016-12-14)632,000[13]
Quizzers:
Sally - Harry Potter Expert
TK - 1980s computers Expert
Josh - Australian Reality television Expert
Claus - Charles Darwin Expert
10"Episode 10"21 December 2016 (2016-12-21)553,000[14]
Quizzers:
Kim - Downton Abbey Expert
Kieren - Cricket Expert
Rowena - The Brady Bunch Expert
Daniel - European languages Expert

Season 2 (2017)[edit]

Names in Bold are the winners

No.TitleOriginal air dateAustralian viewers
11"Episode 1"2 August 2017 (2017-08-02)643,000[15]
Quizzers:
Zoe - Princess Diana Expert
Walter - Friends Expert
Peter - Apollo Expert
Andrew - Banknote Expert
12"Episode 2"9 August 2017 (2017-08-09)631,000[16]
Quizzers:
Ed - South Park Expert
Simon - Titanic Expert
Sam - wives of Henry VIII Expert
Rebecca - Matthew Reilly Expert
13"Episode 3"16 August 2017 (2017-08-16)646,000[17]
Quizzers:
Peter - Queen Victoria Expert
Caroline - Simon & Garfunkel Expert
Jamie - Thomas the Tank Engine Expert
Nick - Rachmaninoff Expert
14"Episode 4"23 August 2017 (2017-08-23)683,000[18]
Quizzers:
Alex - Astronomy Expert
Andrew - Hawke & Keating Expert
Lyn - Rabbitohs Expert
Alex - Princess Bride Expert
15"Episode 5"30 August 2017 (2017-08-30)668,000[19]
Quizzers:
Robyn - Tom Hanks Expert
Conan - George Orwell Expert
Peter - Australian venomous animals Expert
James - Commercial Aviation Expert
16"Episode 6"6 September 2017 (2017-09-06)641,000[20]
Quizzers:
Andy - Saturday Night Live Expert
Paul - Southern cassowary Expert
Paran - Sigmund Freud Expert
Margaret - The West Wing Expert
17"Episode 7"13 September 2017 (2017-09-13)667,000[21]
Quizzers:
Ilona - Pterosaur Expert
Bill - Albert Einstein Expert
Daniel - Red Bull Air Race Expert
Alyssa - Dynasty Expert
18"Episode 8"20 September 2017 (2017-09-20)630,000[22]
Quizzers:
Jen - Amelia Earhart Expert
Jim - The Rockford Files Expert
Will - Thermodynamics Expert
Carolyn - Grace Kelly Expert
19"Episode 9"27 September 2017 (2017-09-27)616,000[23]
Quizzers:
Jay - Babe Ruth Expert
Brett - Billy Joel Expert
Rowan - Cold War Expert
Megan - The Mighty Boosh Expert
20"Episode 10"4 October 2017 (2017-10-04)697,000[24]
Quizzers:
Angela - Pride and Prejudice Expert
Pawel - Formula One Expert
Greg - Grammar Expert
Caitlin - Judy Garland Expert
21"Episode 11"11 October 2017 (2017-10-11)653,000[25]
Quizzers:
Cheryl - Australian Explorers Expert
Paul - Happy Days Expert
Arthur - Bangladesh Cricket Team Expert
Jacob - Hunter S. Thompson Expert
22"Episode 12"18 October 2017 (2017-10-18)591,000[26]
Quizzers:
Emilia - ABBA Expert
Rob - Apple Inc. Expert
Cam - Board Game Expert
Rebecca - Shirley Temple Expert
23"Episode 13"25 October 2017 (2017-10-25)665,000[27]
Quizzers:
Sarah - Buffy the Vampire Slayer Expert
Matt - The Smashing Pumpkins Expert
Andrew - Julio-Claudian dynasty Expert
Peter - Oasis Expert
24"Episode 14"1 November 2017 (2017-11-01)659,000[28]
Quizzers:
Jared - NBA Expert
Ross - Quentin Tarantino Expert
Peter - WWII Weapons Expert
Jess - Sex and the City Expert
25"Episode 15"8 November 2017 (2017-11-08)678,000[29]
Quizzers:
Markos - James Bond Expert
Simon - Birds of Australia Expert
Phil - Greg Norman Expert
Robyn - KISS Expert
26"Episode 16"15 November 2017 (2017-11-15)598,000[30]
Quizzers:
Carolyn - Roger Federer Expert
Geoff - Robin Hood Expert
Greg - Caravaggio Expert
Andrew - Madonna Expert
27"Episode 17"22 November 2017 (2017-11-22)664,000[31]
Quizzers:
Charles - Horse Expert
Daniel - French and Saunders Expert
Sarah - Terry Pratchett Expert
Mark - John F. Kennedy Expert
28"Episode 18"29 November 2017 (2017-11-29)639,000[32]
Quizzers:
Neel - Avatar: The Last Airbender Expert
Bronwyn - Phil Spector Expert
Paul - 1975 Australian Constitutional Crisis Expert
Jamie - The Oscars Expert

Season 3 (2018)[edit]

Names in Bold are the winners

No.TitleOriginal air dateAustralian viewers
29"Episode 1"21 February 2018 (2018-02-21)550,000[33]
Quizzers:
Leon - Vintage Australian Washing Machines Expert
Mark - Premier League Expert
Tom - Winston Churchill Expert
Evelyn - Audrey Hepburn Expert
30"Episode 2"28 February 2018 (2018-02-28)526,000[34]
Quizzers:
Dave - Benedict Cumberbatch Expert
Paul - Led Zeppelin Expert
Kelly - United States Geography Expert
Velvet - One Direction Expert
31"Episode 3"7 March 2018 (2018-03-07)534,000[35]
Quizzers:
Colleen - Homer's The Odyssey Expert
Kevin - John Farnham Expert
Vivien - Australian Insects Expert
Lisa - The French Resistance Expert
32"Episode 4"14 March 2018 (2018-03-14)630,000[36]
Quizzers:
Georgina - Mary MacKillop Expert
John - The Rolling Stones Expert
Theja - Sachin Tendulkar Expert
Julia - Miss Marple Expert
33"Episode 5"21 March 2018 (2018-03-21)608,000[37]
Quizzers:
Greg - Tour de France Expert
Leigh - Wicked Expert
Sue - Edward III of England Expert
Ben - "Weird Al" Yankovic Expert
34"Episode 6"28 March 2018 (2018-03-28)672,000[38]
Quizzers:
Peter - Jimi Hendrix Expert
Mark - Rolex Expert
Anna - Futurama Expert
Colleen - Russian Revolution Expert
35"Episode 7"11 April 2018 (2018-04-11)570,000[39]
Quizzers:
Winnie - Origami Expert
Tim - Fawlty Towers Expert
Dianne - Eleanor of Aquitaine Expert
Andrew - Mountain pygmy possum Expert
36"Episode 8"18 April 2018 (2018-04-18)557,000[40]
Quizzers:
Evie - Star Trek Expert
Tim - Black Sabbath Expert
Chris - Nikola Tesla Expert
Alison - Piano Expert
37"Episode 9"25 April 2018 (2018-04-25)567,000[41]
Quizzers:
Michael - Abraham Lincoln Expert
Rob - WWE Expert
Gemma - The Goonies Expert
Matthew - Great white shark Expert
38"Episode 10"19 September 2018 (2018-09-19)672,000[42]
Quizzers:
Ross - Elon Musk Expert
Kate - The Strokes Expert
Kogu - A-League Expert
David - Human eye Expert
39"Episode 11"26 September 2018 (2018-09-26)649,000[43]
Quizzers:
James - Star Wars Expert
Anthony - Ned Kelly Expert
Nicole - Bon Jovi Expert
Bec - Australian Macropods Expert
40"Episode 12"3 October 2018 (2018-10-03)646,000[44]
Quizzers:
Maree - Alfred Hitchcock Expert
Stuart - Ironman World Championship Expert
Maddy - Tripod Expert
Andrew - Freemasonry Expert
41"Episode 13"10 October 2018 (2018-10-10)686,000[45]
Quizzers:
Zara - Justin Timberlake Expert
Suzanne - Radiohead Expert
Alex - Barack Obama Expert
Paul - Classic Holden Cars Expert
42"Episode 14"17 October 2018 (2018-10-17)704,000[46]
Quizzers:
Liv - Thunderbirds Expert
Matt - Sydney Swans Expert
Brad - Rubik's Cube Expert
Mark - Nuclear physics Expert
43"Episode 15"31 October 2018 (2018-10-31)TBD
Quizzers:
Jim - Skateboarding Expert
Amanda - Maria Montessori Expert
Nicole - Duran Duran Expert
Martin - Stanley Kubrick Expert

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