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What surname is shared by a Danish composer of six symphonies, and an actor whose roles include Frank Drebin in 'Police Squad'? And what was the name of the first-ever space station, launched in 1971?

Russell Davies has the answers to these and many other general knowledge questions - and will be hoping the contestants do too, as they compete for a place in the 2014 Brain of Britain Final. The first batch of semi-finalists are from London, Surrey and Wearside - and they've all proved their mettle by winning their heats over the past few months, or being so narrowly beaten they've qualified for a semi-final place.

As always there's a chance for a Brain of Britain listener to win a prize by suggesting tricky questions with which to 'Beat the Brains'.

Producer: Paul Bajoria.

Release date:

28 minutes

Last on

Sat 8 Mar 2014 23:00


AZEEZ FESHITAN, self-employed, from Willesden in London;

ELIZABETH GORE, a researcher, also from London;

FIONA SOMERVILLE, a headhunter from Kingswood in Surrey;

DAVE TAYLOR, a retired transport manager from Sunderland.

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