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 Family…
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…
I’m 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
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.