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The Very Best British Quiz Shows, Ranked

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If you love to shout trivia answers at your telly, this list of quiz shows is for you. The top British quiz shows ask questions about a variety of topics, including history, pop culture, and geography. This is a list of the best British quiz shows, including everything from The Chase to Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? to Fifteen to One.

What series will you find on this list of the best British quiz shows? The Weakest Link challenges contestants to answer a series of questions to earn money - but if they answer incorrectly, presenter Anne Robinson will boot them out with the famous line, "You are the weakest link. Goodbye." Jeopardy, the show on which players must answer with a question, is popular in the UK and around the world. Other good quiz shows featured on this list include Blockbusters, Going for Gold, and Are you Smarter than a 10 Year Old?

Which English quiz show is your favorite? Give the greatest competitions a thumbs up to move them to the top of the list, and add any notable series that are missing.


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    The Chase

    The Chase is a British television quiz show, broadcast on ITV and hosted by Bradley Walsh. Contestants play against an opponent, known as the "Chaser", who plays for the bank. The Chasers are Anne Hegerty, Mark Labbett, Paul Sinha and Shaun Wallace. Labbett and Wallace have both been Chasers since series 1, while Hegerty joined in series 2 and Sinha in series 4. A team of four contestants individually attempt to amass as much money as possible, which will later be added to a prize fund if the contestant survives their individual chase. The Chaser's job is to catch each contestant during their individual chase, eliminating that person from the game and preventing the money from being added  ...more
    • Actors: Bradley Walsh
    • Premiered: 2009
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    Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? (ITV, 1998) is a British television quiz show, created and formerly produced by David Briggs. The show features a quiz competition in which contestants attempt to win a top prize of $1,000,000 by answering a series of multiple-choice questions of increasing difficulty (although, for a time, most of the questions were of random difficulty)  ...more
    • Actors: Chris Tarrant, Jeremy Clarkson
    • Premiered: 1998

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    Pointless is a quiz show produced by Endemol UK for the BBC, hosted by Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman. Contestants on the programme are tasked with finding obscure answers to questions. The series began airing on BBC Two on 24 August 2009, and was later moved to BBC One in 2011. To date, there have been twelve series, plus six celebrity series. The format has been exported to other European countries.  ...more
    • Actors: Alexander Armstrong
    • Premiered: 2009

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    Countdown is a British game show involving word and number puzzles. It is produced by ITV Studios and broadcast on Channel 4. It is presented by Nick Hewer, assisted by Rachel Riley, with regular lexicographer Susie Dent. It was the first programme to be aired on Channel 4, and 70 series have been broadcast since its debut on 2 November 1982. With over 6,000 episodes, Countdown is one of the longest-running game shows in the world, along with the original French version, Des chiffres et des lettres, which has been running on French television continuously since 1965. Countdown was initially recorded at The Leeds Studios for 27 years, before moving to Granada Studios in 2009, and then over  ...more
    • Actors: Rachel Riley, Des O'Connor, Des Lynam, Jeff Stelling
    • Premiered: 1982
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