Britain’s Brightest Family – ITV

Anne Hegerty oversees proceedings as families from across the country take part in second run of the knock-out tournament - Britain's Brightest Families

Anne Hegerty oversees proceedings as families from across the country take part in a second run of the knock-out tournament – ITV’s Britain’s Brightest Families

Back quizzing after I’m a Celebrity…, Anne Hegerty returns to her role as quizmaster in the second run of the show searching for the nation’s cleverest family.

A new memory round and a quick-fire round will keep your grey cells ticking over nicely…

TV Times rating: ***

Delightfully candid Anne tells us about the quiz show’s new revamp…

We’ve rejigged Britain’s Brightest 

Some viewers will be disappointed we’ve got rid of the bouncing chairs this series – they did malfunction a bit!

We’ve got a new memory and speed round, and added a studio audience to perk things up. I do enjoy the warm-up guy who comes on before filming.

He asks the audience to test me on anything – I’ve had to demonstrate several times that I can spell ‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’!

Not all quiz shows work…

so glad Britain’s Brightest Family got a second series. I think it’s popular because most people are part of a family and like to play along.

Plus we have a fantastic slot – Wednesdays at 8pm – which is right between the two Coronation Street episodes. We’re the filling 
in the Corrie sandwich!

The responsibility not to lose viewers for the second Corrie weighs heavy.

I guessed the winning family 
before we started…

We’ve got 
16 tremendous families – not a lot stumps them – but I’m pretty good at knowing instantly who’s the best.

Maths flummoxes most people… Particularly the adult family members who haven’t done it 
for years. I do it myself when I’m 
on The Chase.

I distrust maths questions and think, ‘I’m not going to get this,’ which I must stop. 
It’s bad to
be defeatist.

Being a quizmaster is my 
dream job…

Whoever knew that such a job even existed? 
I didn’t. I still have moments 
of pinching myself, thinking, ‘This is ridiculous! I’m a £12-an-hour proofreader. What am I doing here?’

I wasn’t taught how to 
quiz at school, although 
I loved watching school teams compete on TV’s Top of 
the Form. I’m not good at puzzles 
or crosswords and can’t play card games, but I’m curious and have what I call a sticky memory – if 
I study something obsessively, 
facts just stick in my mind.