We Need Answers
|We Need Answers|
|Created by||Mark Watson
|Directed by||Steve Smith|
|Presented by||Mark Watson
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||2|
|No. of episodes||16 (list of episodes)|
|Location(s)||Stephen Street Studios|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Original network||BBC Four|
|Original release||12 February 2009– 23 February 2010|
We Need Answers was a British television panel game presented by comedians Mark Watson, Tim Key and Alex Horne. The show featured a pair of celebrities answering questions which had previously been texted in by the public, or the audience by text message.
In We Need Answers, Watson acted as the main host, Key as the question master, and Horne as the studio expert, as well as the man responsible for the computer graphics and sound effects used in the show.
During the show, correct answers scored two points, wrong answers scored nothing, and one point was given to an answer which was "quite right", or partly correct. Recurring themes in the series included "Sad Questions", relating to morbid topics and accompanied by sad music.
The quiz was split into the following rounds:
- Burning Issues and Fiddly Questions: Key asked questions to each contestant in turn, some of which were based around a general theme covering the episode.
- You or Him/Her: The contestant could each answer a question about themselves, or try and score double points by answering questions about their opponent. In the first series this round always featured Horne explaining the doubling rule.
- The Physical Challenge: The contestants took part in a physical challenge based on a question texted to them.
- Quick fire Meltdown Round: A round of quick fire questions on buzzers, with all the questions scoring double points. It was a timed round with a time on the bottom of the TV screen depicting the faces of the contestants. The round ended when the face hit each other. At the end of this round, the contestant with the lowest score lost and left the studio wearing "The clogs of defeat. The winner received a certificate.
- Big Money/House Prize Showdown: The winner could choose to answer a special question for a small cash prize or, in the second series, an item from one of the hosts' houses.
"We Need Answers" first saw the light as a late night comedy show at the Canal Cafe Theatre in London. After a year's development it was taken to Edinburgh Fringe for two years running, sponsored by 63336. The contestants in Edinburgh were exclusively standup comedians, who were at the festival with their own shows.
In its inaugural year at the fringe, 2007, the competition featured the likes of Daniel Kitson, Simon Amstell, Henning Wehn, Brendon Burns & Lucy Porter taking part in the quiz, which took the format of a traditional sporting tournament over the month; heats leading to quarter & semi finals. The grand final was between Josie Long & Paul Sinha, with Sinha proving to be the ultimate winner.
In late 2008 the BBC produced a pilot at Ginglik, London, before launching Series 1 on BBC4 early 2009.
|1||12 February 2009||Reading||Germaine Greer and Michael Rosen|
|2||19 February 2009||Motoring||Julia Bradbury and Robert Llewellyn|
|3||26 February 2009||Wine||Jilly Goolden and Jay Rayner|
|1||1 December 2009||Women (and Steven Gerrard)||Jenni Murray and Martin Offiah|
|2||8 December 2009||Love (and sleeping around)||Vanessa Feltz and Simon Bird|
|3||15 December 2009||Poetry, God, Politics and Geography||Miranda Hart and Ian McMillan|
|4||22 December 2009||Christmas||Kirsten O'Brien and Neil Innes|
|5||29 December 2009||Language||Tracy-Ann Oberman and Jake Arnott|
|6||5 January 2010||The Sun and Vegetables||Sophie Grigson and Kelvin MacKenzie|
|7||12 January 2010||Celebrities||Camilla Dallerup and Terry Christian|
|8||19 January 2010||Medicine||Sue Perkins and Phil Hammond|
|9||26 January 2010||Youth and Kings and Queens||Jennie Bond and Rick Edwards|
|10||2 February 2010||Media and Eating||Esther Rantzen and John Inverdale|
|11||9 February 2010||Nature [feat. Giraffes]||Aggie MacKenzie and Peter Tatchell|
|12||16 February 2010||Music and Fauna and Smut||Rowan Pelling and DJ Nihal|
|13||23 February 2010||Exploring Ireland||Sharon Horgan and Benedict Allen|
No More Women
The game is typically played in the car or on public transport. It should be played in a relaxed and respectful way. It is possible to play the game without equipment. Each player in turn declares the name of a famous person and a category into which that person falls, to which no subsequent answer may belong (e.g. "Marie Curie - no more women"). The game ends when a player names somebody who falls into one of the previously chosen categories, or is unable to come up with a name at all.
Watson, Key and Horne once played the game live on stage one Sunday afternoon at London's Canal Cafe Theatre in 2006.
- 63336 gets on TV, www.63336.com Retrieved on 30 November 2009.
- We Need Answers up for award www.63336.com Retrieved on 30 November 2009.
- YouTube video of BBC pilot, www.youtube.com Retrieved on 30 November 2009.
- We Need Answers on BBC 4 at 2:05am December 23rd, 2009
- We Need Answers on BBC 4 at 10:30pm December 30th, 2009
- BBC - Press Office - Network TV Programme Information BBC Week 1 Tuesday 5 January 2010
- BBC - Press Office - Network TV Programme Information BBC Week 2 Tuesday 12 January 2010
- BBC - Press Office - Network TV Programme Information BBC Week 3 Tuesday 19 January 2010
- BBC - Press Office - Network TV Programme Information BBC Week 4 Tuesday 26 January 2010
- BBC - Press Office - Network TV Programme Information BBC Week 5 Tuesday 2 February 2010
- We Need Answers on BBC 4 at 3:30am February 10th, 2010
- BBC - Press Office - Network TV Programme Information BBC Week 7 Tuesday 16 February 2010
- BBC - Press Office - Network TV Programme Information BBC Week 8 Tuesday 23 February 2010
- No More Women Explanation Retrieved on 14 December 2009.