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Which writer's first published novel, 'Jumping The Queue' appeared when she was aged 70? And in a special televised ceremony at the end of 1999, who was named Sports Personality of the 20th Century?

Russell Davies chairs the latest heat of the longest-running general knowledge quiz on British radio, this week from the BBC's Maida Vale studios. Competitors from Swindon, Reading, London and Petersfield in Hampshire try for a place in the 2013 semi-finals.

As always, there's a chance for a listener to 'Beat the Brains' by devising questions that may outwit all four contestants.

Producer: Paul Bajoria.

Release date:

28 minutes

Last on

Sat 29 Dec 2012 23:00


JILL GOODWIN, from Swindon, retired from the insurance industry;

PADDY HAYES, a research scientist from Reading;

SIMON MASON, a school teacher from Petersfield in Hampshire;

JONATHAN PERRY, from London, working in the financial sector.

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