Here’s a fun thing that turned up on Youtube the other day, an entire episode of C4 quiz championship Grand Slam from 2003.
It’s still really nice from a production perspective – looks striking, decent Paul Farrer soundtrack. I still dislike the kick-a-contestant-when-they’re-down round starting rules, and Switch-Switch-Passing (which doesn’t happen here). Clearly some of the questions in the words and numbers rounds are much easier than others. I think the final gets to the heart of why I don’t think chess clock quizzes really work – you can’t claw back a victory from them, you can only hope your opponent messes up (it’s ‘not losing’ rather than ‘winning’). It takes seven minutes for the quiz to actually start.
I still enjoyed it at the time and still think it’s a basically entertaining watch though.