Meet The Teams
Elizabeth-Jane Burnett is a writer and academic. Swims was a Sunday Times Poetry Book of the Year and her poetry has been highly commended in the Forward Prize. Other publications include A Social Biography of Contemporary Innovative Poetry Communities and The Grassling. She is Programme Leader for Creative Writing at Newman University, Birmingham.
Stephen Maddock is Chief Executive of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Before joining the CBSO he worked at the BBC Proms for seven years. He is a lapsed violinist, singer and conductor, as well as a quiz and crossword addict and a proud Man City fan. He lives in Solihull with his wife and two children.
Paddy Duffy is a filmmaker and broadcaster. He's the author of two books on Irish politics and culture, and a familiar face and voice on TV and radio in his native Ulster. A specialist in American politics, his work as a TV producer includes the BBC's landmark series Inside Obama's White House and Guardian columnist Gary Younge's travelogue Angry, White & American. A keen quizzer from the age of 8, Paddy is a member of the Irish international quiz squad, and an active member of the Quiz League of London.
Freya McClements captained the team from Magdalen College, Oxford, which won University Challenge in 2004. A former staff journalist with the BBC in Northern Ireland, she now writes for the Irish Times and continues to make documentaries for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio Ulster. She is the author of the short story collection The Dangerous Edge of Things, and her second story collection is due for publication in 2018.
NORTH OF ENGLAND
Adèle Geras was born in Jerusalem and lived in Manchester for 43 years before moving to Cambridge in 2010. She has published more than 90 titles for young readers and a collection of poetry. Her Young Adult novel, Troy, was shortlisted for the Whitbread Award and Highly Commended for the Carnegie Medal. She has also written six novels for adults, the most recent of which is Love Or Nearest Offer.
Stuart Maconie is one of Britain’s best known authors and broadcasters. He hosts The Freak Zone on BBC 6Music as well as a daily show with Mark Radcliffe. His many bestselling non-fiction titles include Pies and Prejudice, Cider With Roadies, Adventures on the High Teas and Long Road from Jarrow: A journey through Britain then and now. He is also a keen walker and President of the walkers’ rights body the Ramblers.
Alan McCredie is a photographer and filmmaker. He is the author of three books 100 Weeks of Scotland, This Is Scotland and Scotland The Dreich. He is also a guest lecturer in Photography at Edinburgh College, and is currently in the midst of a long form photo-story project on Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum Theatre entitled A View From The Wings. He is married with two children and is a Perthshire lad lost to the post-industrial wilds of Leith, which he is very happy about.
Val McDermid is the broadcaster and writer known as the queen of the psychological thriller. A former journalist, her novels include The Skeleton Road, The Wire In The Blood, A Place of Execution and Splinter The Silence. Her latest novel is the Karen Pirie cold case novel Broken Ground. Originally from Kirkcaldy, Val is a devotee of Raith Rovers FC.
SOUTH OF ENGLAND
Marcus Berkmann is a writer and critic who contributes regularly to Private Eye, The Oldie and the Daily Mail books pages, and has written books about cricket, quizzes, fatherhood, middle age and Star Trek.
Paul Sinha is a stand-up comedian, professional quizzer and sports fanatic. Born in the UK to Bengali parents, he qualified as a doctor in the 1990s before establishing himself on the stand-up comedy circuit. His own comedy series can be heard on Radio 4, as can his regular appearances on panel shows such as The News Quiz. He is also well known to audiences of ITV's quiz show The Chase, as the Chaser and general knowledge expert, The Sinnerman.
Myfanwy Alexander is a writer and broadcaster, casting a satirical eye over life in Wales and beyond from her home in Montgomeryshire.
David Edwards is a son of Barry and a former physics teacher. He was the first person ever to be both Mastermind champion (in 1990) and winner of the jackpot on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. Before joining Round Britain Quiz he set questions for the programme, and also appeared as a panellist on the Radio 4 quiz series X Marks The Spot.