For Facts Sake

Brendan O’Carroll has all the answers in the brand new BBC One panel show

Q&A with Brendan O’Carroll

We record For Facts Sake in the same studio that we record Mrs Brown's Boys and it did feel strange walking around the studio without high heels.Brendan O’Carroll
Date: 09.10.2018     Last updated: 09.10.2018 at 11.51

Brendan, can you tell us a little bit about the show?
It's an idea I have had for a long time. I am a fact and trivia nut and one of things about the show that has always interested me is how a false fact often gets more traction than a true one. So I thought that if we could do it like a game night at home, then add the magic ingredient of audience members, we just might have some fun. We did, lots of fun.

Were you nervous stepping out of Mrs Brown’s shoes and hosting your own show?
No, not nervous as I am a stand up comedian so going in front of the live audience was fantastic. But we record For Facts Sake in the same studio that we record Mrs Brown's Boys and it did feel strange walking around the studio without high heels.

Are there any panel show hosts who have inspired you?
Absolutely. Bradley Walsh and Rob Brydon. They have a unique style in that they try not to get in the way of the show, hosting but interjecting with comic stingers when the gaps arise.

How do you think Mrs Brown would do on the show?
Terrible. Agnes thinks manual labour is the Spanish Ambassador.

Who was the most competitive out of the team captains?
Ha! Take your pick. We are a competitive family. When playing Trivial Pursuit in our house you need to say the answer exactly as it is on the card.

Did any of the captains surprise you with their general knowledge?
Nope.

What was the most interesting fact you learnt from the show?
The density of custard... I love custard, but I had no idea I could build my driveway with it.

Finally, can you tell us an interesting or unusual fact?
Oh my God, where do I start? I have a head full of trivia. One fifth of all the fresh water in the world is in Canada... In 1898 the German pharmaceutical company Bayer trademarked 'Heroin'... Crayola make enough crayons each year to circle the earth six times... Earth is at it's closest to the sun every January 2-3... George Washington is the only president to unanimously win every electoral college vote. SOMEBODY STOP ME!!!