The Book Quiz

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The Book Quiz is a BBC Four quiz programme. The first series, first broadcast in 2007, was hosted by David Baddiel with a second 2008 series hosted by Kirsty Wark.

Critical reception[edit]

Rupert Christiansen, writing for The Daily Telegraph, offered The Book Quiz as an example of the BBC's "dumbed-down arts coverage", calling it "breezy drivel" that does "little more than twitter."[1] Alex Larman's review on guardian.co.uk said it was "hard to think of a more misconceived programme", "a very poor thing indeed" that seems to be "designed for, and by, people who don't read books."[2]

Guest appearances[edit]

Series number (Year) Episode number Airdate Guests
Series 1 (2007) 1 17 July Joan Bakewell - Richard Herring - India Knight - John Simpson
2 24 July Stella Duffy - Daisy Goodwin - Michael Gove - Simon Hoggart
3 31 July Natalie Haynes - Jon Ronson - Lionel Shriver - Mark Thomas
4 7 August Kate Adie - Gyles Brandreth - Germaine Greer - Anthony Horowitz
5 14 August Val McDermid - Julie Myerson - Brian Sewell - Toby Young
Series 2 (2008) 1 24 March Giles Coren - Wendy Holden - Anthony Horowitz - Miranda Sawyer
2 31 March David Aaronovitch - Daisy Goodwin - Simon Hoggart - A.L. Kennedy
3 7 April Margaret Jay - Anne McElvoy - David Nicholls - Tim Yeo
4 14 April James Delingpole - India Knight - Rod Liddle - Kate Mosse
5 21 April Giles Coren - Wendy Holden - Margaret Jay - David Nicholls
6 28 April David Aaronovitch - James Delingpole - Daisy Goodwin - India Knight
7 5 May David Aaronovitch - Giles Coren - Daisy Goodwin - Wendy Holden

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rupert Christiansen (27 March 2009). "Arts coverage on the Beeb is breezy drivel". Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 12 September 2010. 
  2. ^ Alex Larman (2 May 2008). "Why does BBC4's Book Quiz have none of the right stuff?". guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 12 September 2010. 

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