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The News Quiz

"A tongue-in-cheek review of the week's news"
Left to right: Alan Coren, Jeremy Hardy, Francis Wheen, Linda Smith, Simon Hoggart, Andy Hamilton.
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Behind the scenes at The News Quiz

This satirical panel game, which celebrated its 25th anniversary in the autumn of 2002, was originally chaired by film critic Barry Norman and guests came exclusively from Fleet Street.

Barry Took sat in the hotseat for 17 years during the '80s and '90s, and during his tenure the teams were drawn almost exclusively from the satirical magazines Private Eye and Punch, with Richard Ingrams (editor of Private Eye) and Alan Coren (editor of Punch) as team captains.

Simon Hoggart took over in 1996 and Alan Coren also put in regular appearances. The team members were drawn from a greater variety of backgrounds. In latter years these have included Francis Wheen, Jeremy Hardy, Linda Smith and Andy Hamilton. Appearances have also been made by the likes of Charles Kennedy, Edwina Currie and David Steel.

Newsreaders Corrie Corfield, Brian Perkins, Peter Donaldson and Charlotte Green read out newspaper clippings sent in by listeners and these are often so bizarre as to test the newsreaders' professionalism and often lead to fits of giggles.

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