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Genre Quiz show
Presented by Gyles Brandreth
Starring Jay Rayner
Adam Shaw
Natalie Haynes
Colin Paterson
Jim White
Ayan Panja
Simon Calder
Greg Foot
Chris Packham
Tessa Dunlop
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 15
Executive producer(s) Phil Parsons
Producer(s) Barrie Kelly
Editor(s) Nathan Carpenter
Location(s) London, England
Running time 30 minutes
Original channel BBC Two
Picture format 16:9
Original release 27 July 2009 (2009-07-27) – 14 August 2009 (2009-08-14)
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Knowitalls was a British quiz show hosted by Gyles Brandreth. It was first shown on BBC Two in 2009.

Filming took place between 15 and 21 June 2009. It was first broadcast on 27 July 2009. The show's strapline is that it's "the quiz without questions". The team that wins overall will win £15,000, the Knowitalls trophy and the title of "Britain's Biggest Knowitalls".



At the beginning of the show, before the title sequence, the 2 teams of 3 are shown locked away in separate rooms with Gyles saying in a voiceover:

"Completely on their own. Two teams with no books, no phones and no Internet. They've been given today's subjects and just one hour to pool everything they know before they try to prove that they are today's Knowitalls."


Each show has three experts sitting on a desk at one end of the studio. Each expert has their own specialist subject.

They are:

Round 1 - 45 Second Subject[edit]

Each player from each team has just 45 seconds to impress the experts with their knowledge of the subject given just one hour previously. They receive 1 point for an interesting fact and 2 for an astounding fact that impresses the expert. There are also bonus points if the player can find three words that the expert has chosen, which are shown on screen to the viewers at home. They get 1 point for each fact or 5, if they spot all three. No player can do 2 subjects.

Round 2 - 7 Second Sensation[edit]

One player from each team comes out to give one astounding fact about a subject chosen by one of the experts. The players have just 7 seconds to give their fact. The fact chosen by the expert as the more astounding wins the team 5 points. However, if neither player's fact is true, neither team scores. As with round 1, no player can do 2 subjects.

Round 3 - Quick-Fire[edit]

All 3 members of the team come out in front of the experts. They have 90 seconds to get as many key words as possible. Every subject given by an expert has 3 key words. If any of the key words are shouted out, then the team wins 5 points. They can pass to the next expert if they want to. The team with the most points at the end of the round wins the game.



Tournament overview with scores. The show order is shown in the number in the brackets

Round 1   Quarter-Finals   Semi-Finals   Final
 (4)Janet's Team 78  
 Justine's Team 68      (10)Janet's Team 78  
 (6)Tim's Team 70    Tim's Team 75  
 Jim's Team 65        (13)Janet's Team 88  
 (1)James' Team 76        Brian's Team 98  
 Jennifer's Team 96      (9)Jennifer's Team 64
 (5)Stuart's Team 41    Brian's Team 76  
 Brian's Team 88        (15)Brian's Team 99
 (3)Bob's Team 57        Keith's Team 91
 Keith's Team 67      (12)Keith's Team 94  
 (2)Barry's Team 63    Barry's Team 84  
 Liz's Team 41        (14)Keith's Team 67
 (7)Shahna's Team 34        Kevin's Team 63  
 Matt's Team 78      (11)Matt's Team 60
 (8)David's Team 57    Kevin's Team 78  
 Kevin's Team 63  


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