Meet The Teams
Elizabeth-Jane Burnett is a writer and academic whose most recent book is the nature-writing memoir The Grassling. Her earlier poetry collection Swims was a Sunday Times Poetry Book of the Year and her poetry has been highly commended in the Forward Prize. 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 TV producer and broadcaster. He's the author of two books on Irish politics and culture, and a familiar voice on radio in his native Ulster and across Ireland. His television work ranges from the BBC's landmark series Inside Obama's White House to University Challenge, and has worked with such disparate figures as Martina Navratilova and most of UK entertainment's top Jeremys. Paddy is also a captain of the Irish international quiz squad, and an active member of the Quiz League of London.
Freya McClements is Northern correspondent with The Irish Times and the co-author of the award-winning Children of the Troubles (2019). She was the captain of the team from Magdalen College, Oxford, which won University Challenge in 2004.
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 books for children and young adults, and six novels for adults, the latest of which is called Love or Nearest Offer. Early in 2021, her historical novel for adults, Conviction, will be published by Michael Joseph under the pseudonym Hope Adams.
Stuart Maconie is one of Britain’s best known authors and broadcasters. He hosts The Freak Zone on BBC 6Music as well as a weekend 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 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 a broadcaster and writer known as the queen of crime. A former journalist, her novels include The Skeleton Road, The Wire In The Blood, A Place of Execution and Broken Ground. Her latest novel, How The Dead Speak, features Tony Hill and Carol Jordan. Originally from Kirkcaldy, Val is a devotee of Raith Rovers FC.
SOUTH OF ENGLAND
Marcus Berkmann is a writer and columnist who contributes regularly to Private Eye, Saga magazine and the Daily Mail books pages. His latest book is Berkmann’s Cricket Miscellany (Little, Brown).
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.