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Programme 1, 2019

Tom Sutcliffe returns with a new series of the longest-established radio quiz show of them all. This week's edition was recorded at the Harrogate Literature Festival.

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The 2019 season of radio's longest-running quiz show gets under way with a special edition recorded before an audience at the Harrogate Literature Festival. The North of England (Stuart Maconie and Adele Geras) are on home turf, while the visitors are the defending RBQ champions Wales (Myfanwy Alexander and David Edwards). Tom Sutcliffe asks the questions, hands the teams hints where required, and awards the points.

Any hopes the teams may have had that the questions might have got easier are dispelled as, from the off, they face problems such as: If you met an arrow-maker, Hull Truck's local hero, Thatcher's last Lord Chancellor and the Rovers' long-term landlord, why might you mistake them for a glam-rock group?

The remaining teams from the Midlands, the South of England, Northern Ireland and Scotland join in over the next couple of weeks, all of them hoping to break the apparent Welsh stranglehold on the series title in recent years.

As always, the series includes a generous selection of the questions listeners have suggested since we were last on air.

Producer: Paul Bajoria

28 minutes

Questions in today's programme

Q1  Why might the Prince of the Apostles, a man from Tarsus and the Theotokos all gather at Heathrow?

Q2  If you met an arrow-maker, Hull Truck's local hero, Thatcher's last Lord Chancellor and the Rovers' long-term landlord, why might you mistake them for a glam-rock group?

Q3  from Kieran Sidley: (Music) In which of these pieces would you find the others, and why?

Q4  from Steve Donnelly: Who or what connects the party to which only Pearl and Rose were invited, a slippy moment on a popular children's TV show, a former street urchin whose life was ended by Jack the Ripper, and a Scot whose opening shout launched a long career?

Q5  from Graham Holliday: If four colourless Presidential residences equal one colourless D.M.Thomas; four distressed George Bernard Shaws equal one distressed Elvis Presley; and four diminutive Anthony Trollopes equal one diminutive Rodgers & Hart - what game is being played?

Q6  (Music & voices)  Why might these three together host a major music festival?

Q7  How might an ornamental amphibian, a British Formula One champion, Jackie Collins's second novel, four digits you need to withdraw cash, and Peter Pan's nemesis, help to keep you decent?

Q8  from Mark Caltonhill: What actively connects an upper sea-port in China, an Anatolian river, and the Hungarian village of Kocs fifty miles north-west of Budapest?

This week's teaser question

Eight Spaniards and a 1960s American singer with a conscience might easily find a line they weren't supposed to cross. Why?

The answer will appear next week!

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