Have You Been Paying Attention?

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Have You Been Paying Attention?
HYBPA Title Card.jpg
2019 Title Card
GenreGame show
Presented byTom Gleisner
StarringEd Kavalee
Sam Pang
Country of originAustralia
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons9
No. of episodes211 (list of episodes)
Executive producersSanto Cilauro
Tom Gleisner
Michael Hirsh
Rob Sitch
Production locationsMelbourne, Victoria, Australia
EditorPhil Simon
Running time30 minutes (2013–2014)
60 minutes (2014–)
(Both inc. adverts)
Production companyWorking Dog Productions
Original networkNetwork Ten
Picture format576i (SDTV), 1080i (HDTV)
Audio formatStereo
Original release3 November 2013 (2013-11-03) –
External links
Production website

Have You Been Paying Attention? (abbreviated on social media as HYBPA? and stylised on-screen as Have you been paying attention? in sentence case) is an Australian panel game television quiz show on Network 10. The series, which is produced by Working Dog Productions, is a mix of news and comedy which sees host Tom Gleisner quiz five guests (of whom Ed Kavalee and Sam Pang are permanent panellists) on the week's top news stories.[1][2]

Despite a disappointing start in ratings, and initially a change in timeslot and format, the series has proven to be a consistent performer for Network Ten, having its ratings increase with successive seasons and receiving critical acclaim.[2][3] The show won two Logies in 2017 for Best Entertainment Program and Most Outstanding Entertainment Program, one in 2018 for Most Popular Comedy Program and two in 2019 for Most Outstanding Entertainment Program and for Most Popular Comedy Program.


The series sees the host ask guests a range of news-related questions. In turn, guests frequently give humorous or satirical answers, but only correct answers are awarded points. The series has also become known for its banter between its serious moderator and its not as serious contestants. In addition to questions regarding the previous week's events, the contestants are also quizzed in various other games. Generally, two of these segments are played in each episode.

Regular segments[edit]

  • General questions: News events from the past week which can be grouped into the categories of Showbiz or Sport.
  • Guest Quizmasters: Once (occasionally twice) an episode, a guest quizmaster (often a sportsperson or TV personality) joins to ask a series of questions, usually related to the guest in some way. Most episodes also include one or more "video quizmasters", who ask a question by pre-recorded video; these guests are generally not famous but have done something notable or newsworthy in the previous week which is the focus of the question.
  • Around the Grounds: News events around Australia.
  • Animal News: News events (often amusing) featuring animals.
  • Individual test: Each contestant is asked an individual question, often with two possible answers.
  • Rapid Recall: This is the final round and segment of the show and sees contestants required to answer as quickly as possible as the segment is timed. This is the only segment during the show where the scores are not readily shown.

Individual tests[edit]

Each episode includes a segment where contestants are each asked an individual question. A wide variety of games have been used, including:

  • Over or Under: Each contestant individually watches a clip from RBT and must guess if the person is "over or under" the legal blood-alcohol limit (.05%, as per Australian law).
  • Trash or Treasure: Each contestant individually watches a clip from Antiques Roadshow and must guess if the item the person has is worth under £1000 (trash) or is worth over £1000 (treasure).
  • Going, Going, Gone: A series of questions about famous items being sold over the past week and contestants must answer what it is famous for, or which famous person used or owned it.
  • Either/Or: The original variation of the above three and is used primarily to test the contestants' understanding of complicated (or amusing) names in the news. Many versions of this game have been developed, such as Rapper or Restaurant / Oui or Non / Tennis Player or IKEA Furniture etc.).
  • Binge This: Contestants are shown short clips from various online streaming service programs, and must determine what happens next in each scenario. These are often in a foreign language and have unexpected twists.
  • The Bold and the Beautiful: Each contestant is shown a clip from the long-running American soap and has to predict what happens next.
  • Identify These International Versions of Well Known Reality TV Formats: Each contestant individually watches a short clip (and often a clip that appears weird context) from an international version of a well known reality television format. Contestants are awarded 10 points for correctly guessing the format and 10 points if they can guess the country the clip is from (e.g., if a clip from the Israeli version of Survivor was shown, a contestant would receive 10 points for answering Survivor and/or 10 points for answering Israel).


Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 8 3 November 2013 (2013-11-03) 22 December 2013 (2013-12-22)
2 26 + 1 Special 23 February 2014 (2014-02-23) 29 September 2014 (2014-09-29)
3 28 + 1 Special 11 May 2015 (2015-05-11) 23 November 2015 (2015-11-23)
4 27 + 1 Special 9 May 2016 (2016-05-09) 21 November 2016 (2016-11-21)
5 29 + 1 Special 8 May 2017 (2017-05-08) 27 November 2017 (2017-11-27)
6 27 + 1 Special 14 May 2018 (2018-05-14) 19 November 2018 (2018-11-19)
7 28 + 1 Special 13 May 2019 (2019-05-13) 25 November 2019 (2019-11-25)
8 29 + 1 Special 4 May 2020 (2020-05-04) 23 November 2020 (2020-11-23)
9 TBA 3 May 2021 (2021-05-03)




Contestant Appearances Show wins
Ed Kavalee 197 70
Sam Pang 188 10
Celia Pacquola 52 7
Kitty Flanagan 42 3
Jane Kennedy 39 6
Urzila Carlson 38 13
Marty Sheargold 38 9
Mick Molloy 37 1
Anne Edmonds 34 7
Glenn Robbins 33 6
Peter Helliar 23 9
Melanie Bracewell 23 1
Kate Langbroek 19 3
Dave Hughes 16 3
Abby Coleman 15 3
Amanda Keller 15 12
Tony Martin 14 0
Susie Youssef 13 3
Denise Scott 13 0
Cal Wilson 13 6
Fifi Box 10 5
Lloyd Langford 10 1
Hayley Sproull 10 0
Lehmo 9 1
Ash London 8 3
Chrissie Swan 7 3
Lawrence Mooney 7 3
Dilruk Jayasinha 7 3
Troy Kinne 7 0
Hamish Blake 7 0
Tim McDonald 7 0
Michala Banas 6 5
Wil Anderson 6 2
Santo Cilauro 6 0
Neroli Meadows 5 2
Rachel Corbett 5 1
Monty Dimond 5 0
Akmal Saleh 5 0
Georgie Carroll 5 0
Geraldine Hickey 4 1
Sarah Harris 4 1
Tegan Higginbotham 4 1
Merrick Watts 4 0
Josh Lawson 4 0
Gen Fricker 4 0
Celeste Barber 3 1
Luke McGregor 3 0
Ivan Aristeguieta 3 0
Ronny Chieng 3 0
Dane Simpson 3 0
Nick Cody 2 0
Julia Morris 2 0
Arj Barker 2 0
Andy Lee 1 0
Sara Pascoe 1 0
Jen Kirkman 1 0
Anjelah Johnson 1 0
Aaron Chen 1 0
Joel Creasey 1 0
Dave O'Neil 1 0

Production and broadcast[edit]

The series was first commissioned by Network Ten on 25 October 2013, with the first season to consist of eight episodes which would air over the final four weeks of ratings season and first four weeks of summer ratings.[6]

In February 2014, it was reported in an interview with host and co-executive producer Tom Gleisner that Network Ten had given the series an "open-ended" run for its 2014 season.[1] The second season premiered on 23 February 2014 in the new timeslot of 6pm Sunday.[1] On 9 April 2014, part way through the second season, it was announced that the show would be moved from the 6pm Sunday timeslot to 9.30pm Monday, and expanded to a one-hour format. The later timeslot would allow the series to include more adult themes. Following a six-week hiatus, the show returned on Monday 19 May 2014.[7][8][3] Beginning on 14 July, season two moved an hour earlier to 8:30pm as a result of the low ratings of 24: Live Another Day which previously occupied the timeslot.[9]

On 29 September 2014, it was reported that a Year in Review special had been commissioned which would air later in the year.[10] The special aired on 17 November 2014, reviewing the top news stories of the past 12 months.[11] The special saw the introduction of guest quizmasters to the format, which have since become a recurring feature of the series.[3][11]

On 14 November 2014, the series was renewed for a third season,[12] which premiered on 11 May 2015.[13]

A second Year in Review special aired following the third season, premiering on 23 November 2015.[14]

On 26 October 2015, the series was renewed for a fourth season,[15] which premiered on 9 May 2016.[16] In October 2016, part of the set was revamped to include illuminating buzzers and minor changes in graphics.[citation needed]

A 2016 Year in Review special premiered on 21 November 2016.[17]

In October 2018, Working Dog Productions agreed with Ten Network Holdings to sell international rights to the format to the network's parent company, CBS Studios International.[18]


The series is filmed at Network Ten studios in South Yarra, Melbourne in front of a live studio audience.[19] The series was originally filmed on a Saturday,[1] but successive seasons saw filming moved from Mondays to Sundays.[20] Filming the day prior to airing, the series aims to be as current as possible.[1][20] When the show aired at 6pm on Sundays, multiple endings were filmed in case the removal of inappropriate or potentially offensive answers resulted in a different winner during post-production.[20]

Impact of the COVID–19 pandemic on Season 8 (2020)[edit]

In 2020, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Season 8 was recorded with only Gleisner and a handful of production crew filming the show from the South Yarra studio, with all of the contestants working from home and video conferencing in to enforce social distancing. There was also no live studio audience.[21]

International versions[edit]

CBS Studios International (owned by Network 10 parent ViacomCBS) owns the format for international distribution, their first non-United States format for distribution internationally.

New Zealand[edit]

A New Zealand version, Have You Been Paying Attention? New Zealand, first aired on 24 July 2019 on TVNZ 2, hosted by Hayley Sproull, starring comedian and HYBPA? Australia regular Urzila Carlson and ZM radio host Vaughan Smith.[22]


In September 2020, it was announced the format rights had been sold to Cyprus, marking it as the second international sale of the format, and will be titled as ΔΩΣΕ ΒΑΣΗ!.[23]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipients and nominees Result Refs.
2016 Logie Awards of 2016 Best Entertainment Program Have You Been Paying Attention? Nominated
Most Outstanding Entertainment Program Nominated
2017 Logie Awards of 2017 Best Entertainment Program Won
Most Outstanding Entertainment Program Won
2018 Logie Awards of 2018 Most Popular Comedy Program Won
2019 Logie Awards of 2019 Most Popular Comedy Program Won
Most Outstanding Entertainment Program Won


The series came under criticism as a result of jokes relating to the death of King of Thailand Bhumibol Adulyadej during the episode airing on 17 October 2016 (Season 4 Episode 23). As a result, Network Ten issued a formal apology to Thailand's Ambassador to Australia Chirachai Punkrasin, and the footage in question was removed from Network Ten's website, social media, and was removed from the episode for future broadcasts.[29]


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  2. ^ a b Ratliff, Elissa (8 October 2016). "It's time you paid attention to the greatest show on Australian TV right now". Mamamia. Retrieved 19 October 2016.
  3. ^ a b c Vickery, Colin (15 September 2015). "Have You Been Paying Attention? was a ratings basket case but now it is a consistent performer". The Courier-Mail. Retrieved 18 October 2016.
  4. ^ Knox, David (9 July 2015). "Tom Gleisner, Working Dog's working host". TV Tonight. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
  5. ^ Knox, David (30 September 2016). "Have You Been Paying Attention?: Oct 3". TV Tonight. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  6. ^ Idato, Michael (25 October 2013). "Ten beckons Working Dog for 'least-rich quiz show'". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 12 October 2016.
  7. ^ "HYBPA Coming soon to Mondays 9.30pm". Working Dog Productions. Archived from the original on 24 April 2014.
  8. ^ Vickery, Colin (9 April 2014). "Channel 10's Have You Been Paying Attention? to move from Sunday night slot to a mystery one-hour late spot". news.com.au. Retrieved 12 October 2016.
  9. ^ Knox, David (10 July 2014). "Bumped: 24, Have You Been Paying Attention?". TV Tonight. Retrieved 18 July 2014.
  10. ^ Knox, David (29 September 2014). "Have You Been Paying Attention?: Sept 29". TV Tonight. Retrieved 13 October 2014.
  11. ^ a b Knox, David (1 November 2014). "Have You Been Paying Attention?: Year In Review special". TV Tonight. Retrieved 1 November 2014.
  12. ^ Knox, David (14 November 2014). "TEN 2015 highlights: Celebrity, Drama, Sport". TV Tonight. Retrieved 16 November 2014.
  13. ^ Knox, David (27 April 2015). "Returning: Have You Been Paying Attention?". TV Tonight. Retrieved 27 April 2015.
  14. ^ Knox, David (21 November 2015). "Have You Been Paying Attention: Year in Review". TV Tonight. Retrieved 21 November 2015.
  15. ^ Knox, David (26 October 2015). "Axed: Wonderland". TV Tonight. Retrieved 26 October 2015.
  16. ^ Knox, David (8 May 2016). "Have You Been Paying Attention?". TV Tonight. Retrieved 18 October 2016.
  17. ^ Knox, David (21 November 2016). "Have You Been Paying Attention?: Nov 21". TV Tonight. Retrieved 30 November 2016.
  18. ^ Carmody, Broede (23 October 2018). "CBS snaps up Ten's Have You Been Paying Attention?". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 7 September 2019.
  19. ^ "Have You Been Paying Attention? – Studio Audience". Eventfinda. Retrieved 18 October 2016.
  20. ^ a b c Knox, David (17 November 2014). "Alternate endings all the fun of Paying Attention". TV Tonight. Retrieved 17 November 2014.
  21. ^ Quinn, Karl (25 April 2020). "Have You Been Paying Attention, The Weekly return to a grave new world". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 11 June 2020.
  22. ^ "Have You Been Paying Attention? NZ (@HYBPANZ) | Twitter". twitter.com. Retrieved 27 June 2019.
  23. ^ Knox, David (8 September 2020). "Have You Been Paying Attention? gets adaptation in Cyprus". TV Tonight. Retrieved 8 September 2020.
  24. ^ Knox, David (8 May 2016). "2016 Logie Awards: winners". TV Tonight. Retrieved 19 October 2016.
  25. ^ Knox, David (28 March 2017). "Logie Awards 2017: nominees". TV Tonight. Retrieved 28 March 2017.
  26. ^ Knox, David (27 May 2018). "Logie Awards 2018: nominees". TV Tonight. Retrieved 28 May 2018.
  27. ^ Knox, David (26 May 2019). "Logie Awards 2019: nominees". TV Tonight. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  28. ^ Knox, David (30 June 2019). "Logie Awards 2019: winners". TV Tonight. Retrieved 30 June 2019.
  29. ^ Bowden, Ebony (19 October 2016). "Thai ambassador puts Have You Been Paying Attention? on notice over 'disrespectful' skit". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 20 October 2016.

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