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Eurovision hopeful takes on Britain once again


Category : TV Entertainment
Date : 18.03.2004
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James Fox, winner of BBC ONE's Making Your Mind Up, will take on Britain once again as he takes part in Test the Nation: The Great British Test.

 

On Saturday 20 March ex-Fame Academy student James will see if he can out perform the other celebrities and prove he is number one when it comes to knowledge of Britain.

 

Will ex-champion jockey and BBC Sport's presenter Clare Balding be able to 'reign' the others in and be 'first past the post'; will TV chef Paul Rankin 'stir things up'; or will ex-HearSay star Myleene prove she is top of the 'Klass'.

 

The Bill star Roberta Taylor could come through in the 'nick' of time; leaving ex-England cricket captain Adam Hollioake 'bowled' over by her intellect; pushing presenter Jenni Falconer out of the spotlight and leaving Casualty star Chris Colquhoun 'nursing' his sorrows.

 

So far Northern Ireland proves to be the brainiest British nation, coming top in four out of the previous six tests, failing only in the romantic stakes where they came bottom in the Relationship Test.

 

Can Belfast continue the success? Will Londoners think they are 'capital' when it comes to knowledge? Will Cardiff be singing from the hill-tops or will Edinburgh be king of the castle?

 

The battle of the sexes also hots up. So far men have proven to be full of brains as well as brawn – beating women in all of the tests except the Relationship test.

 

Could Test the Nation: The Great British Test divide the sexes and the nations? Will the North, South divide become greater?

 

On 20 March the nation will know as Anne Robinson and Phillip Schofield lead the nation through the test, giving viewers the chance to take part sat on the sofa, via their computer on www.bbc.co.uk/testthenation, through BBCi by pressing the red button on their remote and now via mobile phone.

 

The highest scorer on the End of the year test 2003 took part using his mobile; and he was one of more than 54,000 people that texted their answers – receiving their results before the second part of the show.

 

The studio will consist of six groups of 50 members including B & B landladies, the Chefs, Tour Guides, Truckers, Accountants and Record Breakers.

 

Test the Nation: The Great British Test – sample questions

 

1. What connects Preston, Stirling and Lisburn?

 

A. Golden Jubilee cities***
B. Garrison towns
C. Lace museums
D. Toffee factories


2. "Britain is the only country in the world where the food is more dangerous than the..." - Jackie Mason, US comedian.

What's the missing word?

 

A. Traffic
B. Sex ***
C. Beer
D. Army

 

3. Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in Britain. What is the second highest?

 

A. Scafell Pike
B. Snowdon
C. Ben Macdhui***
D. Ben Doon

 

4. Where has the population grown fastest in the last 20 years?

 

A. Scotland
B. London
C. Wales
D. Northern Ireland***

 

5. "... and... make Britons fight" - Matthew Prior, English poet.

What and What?

 

A. Queen & Country
B. Beer & Football
C. Pudding & Beef***
D. Pride & Prejudice


6. Which of the following cities is not twinned with Glasgow?

 

A. Nuremberg
B. Turin
C. Vladivostok***
D. Havana

 

7. Who appears on the back of a Bank of England £10 note?

 

A. George Stephenson
B. James Watt
C. Charles Darwin ***
D. The Queen

 

8. What connects Mayfair, Southend Pier and Brighton Pavilion?

 

A. Designed by Nash
B. George IV lived there
C. Crown Estate properties
D. Monopoly Squares***



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Date : 18.03.2004
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