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The Very Best British Quiz Shows, Ranked 

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Updated October 16, 2019 3k votes 586 voters 28.7k views 30 items

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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Very Best British Quiz Shows, Ranked
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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 to ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Bradley Walsh

Premiered: 2009

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Pointless is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very Best British Quiz Shows, Ranked
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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 on Wikipedia

Actors: Alexander Armstrong

Premiered: 2009

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Who Wants to Be a Millio... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best British Quiz Shows, Ranked
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Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (GSN, 2002) is an American television game show based on the same-titled British program and developed for the United States by Michael Davies. 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 on Wikipedia

Actors: Meredith Vieira, Terry Crews, Cedric the Entertainer

Premiered: 2001

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University Challenge is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best British Quiz Shows, Ranked
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University Challenge is a British quiz programme that premièred in 1962. University Challenge aired for 913 episodes on ITV from 21 September 1962 to 31 December 1987, presented by quiz master Bamber Gascoigne. The BBC revived the programme on 21 September 1994 with Jeremy Paxman as quiz master. The current holders are Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, who won the 44th series in 2015. The show is produced by Granada. It was filmed at Granada Studios in Manchester from its inception until the studios closed down in 2013; it is now filmed at MediaCityUK in Salford. ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Angus Deayton, Bamber Gascoigne

Premiered: 1962