Meet The Teams
Frankie Fanko is a freelance translator and keen quizzer. After appearing on the BBC’s Make Me An Egghead in 2016 she went on to become an Only Connect series champion, Brain of Britain and Mastermind finalist and, most recently, the first female champion on Radio 4’s general knowledge music quiz Counterpoint. She lives in Market Harborough with her husband and daughter.
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 and Trump Takes On The World to quiz shows such as University Challenge and The Hit List. Paddy is also a captain of the Irish international quiz squad, and enthusiastic player of an ever-growing number of quiz tournaments online.
Freya McClements is
Northern Editor of 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 and now sets questions for a number of other broadcast quizzes.
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 seven novels for adults, the latest of which, Dangerous Women, has just been published by Michael Joseph under her 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 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. His latest book The
Nanny State Made Me is now in paperback. He is a keen walker and President
of the walkers’ rights body The Ramblers.
Alan McCredie is a photographer and film-maker. He is the author of several books including 100 Weeks of Scotland, This Is Scotland and Scotland The Dreich. He has collaborated on many more, including Snapshot by Daniel Gray and My Scotland with his RBQ team-mate Val McDermid. He is also a guest lecturer in Photography at Edinburgh College. 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 originally hailing from Kirkcaldy, her novels
Skeleton Road, The Wire In The Blood, A Place of Execution
and Broken Ground. Her most recent bestseller is 1979,
the first Allie Burns thriller.
SOUTH OF ENGLAND
is a writer and columnist who contributes regularly to Private Eye, Saga
magazine and the Daily Mail books pages. His latest book Berkmann’s Pop
Miscellany was published by Little, Brown in 2021.
Paul Sinha is a stand-up comedian, professional quizzer and broadcaster. 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 the host of the new ITV quiz show Paul Sinha's TV Showdown
and is also well known to audiences of The Chase
and Beat The Chasers
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.