Try our TV quiz to find out how much of a gogglebox you were in 2021

From Strictly to Squid Game, how much of a gogglebox were you in 2021? Try our TV quiz of the year to find out

What with boxsets, streaming, catch-up channels and hidden delights on Freeview, we’ve all been glued to the telly again this year, and not just because of lockdowns. But were you really paying attention? 

Take CHRISTOPHER STEVENS’ quiz to find out… 

1. Which actress, who has played a forensics expert in a BBC drama since 2004, turned real-life detective for a Channel 4 show, In The Footsteps Of Killers?

a. Emilia Fox of Silent Witness

b. Gillian Taylforth of EastEnders

c. Rosie Marcel of Holby City

d. Tamzin Outhwaite of New Tricks

2. In BBC1’s haunted house sitcom Ghosts, Laurence Rickard plays two characters. Name one of them.

a. Julian Fawcett MP

b. Robin the Caveman

c. Headless Humphrey

d. Lady Fanny Button

3. Channel 4 scooped up the Dave channel’s most popular show, and promptly screened three new series of it. What is the show?

a. Meet The Richardsons

b. Taskmaster

c. Comedians Giving Lectures

d. Late Night Mash

The Tudor drama, Anne Boleyn, stirred controversy, with a black actress cast in the title role and a lesbian kiss between the Queen and Jane Seymour

4. Lord Mountbatten’s daughter Lady Pamela Hicks recalled her pet mongoose, Naola, stealing chocolates from a guest. Who was the guest?

a. Judy Garland

b. Margaret Thatcher

c. Johnny Rotten

d. The Queen

5. Omid Scobie, biographer to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, dropped a hint on A Very Royal Baby about the identity of one of Archie’s godparents . . . but who might it be?

a. Sarah Ferguson

b. Richard Branson

c. Oprah Winfrey

d. Donald Trump

6. The Tudor drama, Anne Boleyn, stirred controversy, with a black actress cast in the title role and a lesbian kiss between the Queen and Jane Seymour. Who played Anne?

a. Thandiwe Newton

b. Sophie Okonedo

c. Jodie Turner-Smith

d. Gugu Mbatha-Raw

7. The daughter of which chef was a contestant on Strictly?

a. Gordon Ramsay

b. Monica Galetti

c. Jamie Oliver

d. Gino D’Acampo

8. Which former Strictly judge was exploring the Wild Coasts Of Scotland?

a. Bruno Tonioli

b. Len Goodman

c. Arlene Phillips

d. Darcey Bussell

Pictured: Nikita Kuzmin and Tilly Ramsay perform in this year’s BBC Strictly Come Dancing

9. Reviewing his past encounters during lockdown, Louis Theroux discovered one of his interviewees was now a global celebrity. ‘It’s odd to see how much I seemed to somewhat like him,’ mused Louis. Who was it?

a. Professor Jordan Peterson

b. Tiger King Joe Exotic

c. Professor Chris Whitty

d. Piers Corbyn

10. Gregg Wallace gets everywhere. Where did he do a travelogue in January?

a. South Africa

b. Vietnam

c. Greenland

d. Argentina

11. The biggest hit of the year for Netflix was Bridgerton. Which beloved British Dame supplies the voiceover, as Lady Whistledown?

a. Judi Dench

b. Prue Leith

c. Maggie Smith

d. Julie Andrews

12. And which Bridgerton star is hotly tipped to be the first black 007?

a. Martins Imhangbe

b. David Oyelowo

c. Rege-Jean Page

d. Idris Elba

13. In a BritBox documentary, Secrets Of The Krays, a cousin of the twins described how Ronnie once brought a superstar home… and ordered her to sing Over The Rainbow to his mum. Who was it?

a. Barbra Streisand

b. Judy Garland

c. Greta Garbo

d. Ella Fitzgerald

14. Benoit Blin and Cherish Finden are judges on what food show?

a. Celebrity MasterChef

b. Cooking With The Stars

c. Bake Off: The Professionals

d. Crazy Delicious

15. Which actress, previously best known for period dramas, sent critics into raptures as a tough detective in a small U.S. town?

a. Helena Bonham Carter

b. Keira Knightley

c. Anya Taylor-Joy

d. Kate Winslet

16. Joanna Lumley played a monstrous mother in two shows —one a murder drama, the other a comedy. Name either of them.

a. Motherland

b. Finding Alice

c. Hitmen

d. Baptiste

Joanna Lumley played a monstrous mother in two shows this year —one a murder drama, the other a comedy…

17. A baby photo of which former Prime Minister showed him in a lacy smock on The Great British Sewing Bee?

a. Winston Churchill

b. David Cameron

c. Gordon Brown

d. Boris Johnson

18. Shaun ‘The Dark Destroyer’ Wallace, Anne ‘the Governess’ Hegerty and Mark ‘the Beast’ Labbett travelled across the U.S. on The Chasers’ Road Trip. They met Katie, who had a better memory than theirs. But who or what was Katie?

a. A toy robot

b. A mongoose

c. A goldfish

d. An orangutan

19. There’s a new Chaser, Irishman Darragh Ennis. What is his nickname?

a. The Psycho

b. The Menace

c. The Hipster

d. The Leprechaun

20. With echoes of Notting Hill, Rose Matafeo played a woman who falls in love with an A-list celeb but doesn’t realise who he is. What was the show called?

a. Almost Famous

b. Celeblind

c. Starstruck

d. Never Heard Of You

21. ‘Rita, I’m pleased to meetya,’ declared Fern Britton to her horse as she went pony-trekking. Fern was reliving her childhood holidays — in which county?

a. Caithness

b. Gwynedd

c. Co Down

d. Cornwall

22. We never really found out who the corrupt ‘H’ was in Line Of Duty — but who played DCI Jo Davidson in the sixth and final series?

a. Keeley Hawes

b. Kelly Macdonald

c. Vicky McClure

d. Jessica Raine

23. Filmmaker Michael Waldman window-shopped in a London street where rents are £2 million a year. Where was he?

a. The Old Kent Road

b. Coventry Street

c. Mayfair

d. Bond Street

24. Which squeaky-voiced comic joined Susan Calman in Great Yarmouth for a sandcastle-building competition?

a. Joe Pasquale

b. Alan Carr

c. Tom Allen

d. Michael McIntyre

Phoebe Dynevor and Ruth Gemmell in the biggest hit of the year for Netflix ‘Bridgerton’

25. Documentary maker Ken Burns paid homage to an author who narrowly avoided being blown up by a mortar bomb in World War I. Who was the writer?

a. Ernest Hemingway

b. F. Scott Fitzgerald

c. John O’Hara

d. Dashiell Hammett

26. Gyles Brandreth celebrated a literary heritage when he visited Ponden Hall, a B&B in Yorkshire that partly inspired a 19th-century classic. What is the novel?

a. Vanity Fair

b. Great Expectations

c. Wuthering Heights

d. Pride And Prejudice

27. Which former Young Ones star played Julie Hesmondhalgh’s horrid hubby in The Pact and Lizzy McInnerny’s nasty spouse in Back To Life?

a. Alexei Sayle

b. Nigel Planer

c. Adrian Edmondson

d. Christopher Ryan

28. Suranne Jones was a detective with claustrophobia and a fear of water, stuck on a nuclear submarine. What was the name of the show and the sub?

a. Stake Out

b. Vigil

c. Watcher

d. Lurker

29. Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen revived Changing Rooms. Who is the new presenter, also the hostess of Naked Attraction?

a. Anna Richardson

b. Sue Perkins

c. Mel Giedroyc

d. Miriam Margolyes

30. Sophie Okonedo joined the cast of which deliriously hallucinogenic drama on Sky Atlantic, co-starring Mackenzie Crook and David Morrissey?

a. Game Of Thrones

b. Succession

c. Britannia

d. Westworld

31. Which quiz show host has been top of the UK’s fiction bestseller charts for the entire year?

a. Alexander Armstrong

b. Bradley Walsh

c. Anne Robinson

d. Richard Osman

32. Iblis, one of the main attractions at Chester on Secret Life Of The Zoo, refuses to go outside when it’s raining. What sort of animal is he?

a. A mongoose

b. An Asiatic lion

c. A snow leopard

d. A giraffe

33. Two shows have been urging us to chuck out excess clutter: BBC1’s Sort Your Life Out and Channel 5’s Big House Clearout. Name either of the presenters.

a. Nadiya Hussain

b. Bradley Walsh

c. Stacey Solomon

d. Nick Knowles

34. The Netflix mega-hit Squid Game is an import from South Korea. Name one of the Saturday night music contests based on a Korean format.

a. I Can See Your Voice

b. The Masked Singer

c. The Masked Dancer

d. The Hit List

Pictured: Netflix’s mega-hit Squid Game

35. BBC America’s low-budget, disjointed fantasy thriller The Watch starred Richard Dormer as Commander Sam Vimes and was based on the books of which author?

a. Neil Gaiman

b. Terry Pratchett

c. J. K. Rowling

d. J. R. R. Tolkien

36. Piers Morgan presented his last edition of Life Stories by interviewing the woman who will replace him. Who?

a. Kirstie Allsopp

b. Sandi Toksvig

c. Mel Giedroyc

d. Kate Garraway

37. New York actress Lorraine Bracco is the foul-mouthed mother in Tim Renkow’s sitcom Jerk. Who did she play in The Sopranos (and for a bonus point, what role in the gangster drama did she turn down)?

a. Dr Jennifer Melfi

b. Janice Soprano

c. Big Paulie

d. Carmela Soprano

38. In a clip unearthed for a tribute show, which Blankety Blank presenter told Sheila Ferguson of The Three Degrees, ‘If I ever get you in that dressing room, it’ll be One Degree under!’

a. Les Dawson

b. Terry Wogan

c. Paul O’Grady

d. Bradley Walsh

39. Which former football manager shared a pint with landlord Mick Carter (Danny Dyer) on EastEnders?

a. Sven-Goran Eriksson

b. Harry Redknapp

c. Bryan Robson

d. Kevin Keegan

40. Bertie Carvel plays DCI Adam Dalgliesh in a new adaptation of which literary dame’s detective novels?

a. Agatha Christie

b. Hilary Mantel

c. P. D. James

d. Ngaio Marsh

In a clip unearthed for a tribute show, which Blankety Blank presenter told Sheila Ferguson (pictured) of The Three Degrees, ‘If I ever get you in that dressing room, it’ll be One Degree under!’

41. Which novelist adapted his thriller, Crime, for a BritBox serial starring Dougray Scott as alcoholic DI Ray Lennox?

a. Will Self

b. Jo Nesbo

c. Lee Child

d. Irvine Welsh

42. Name and shame the chef who urged us to crumble cheesy Wotsits into a plate of macaroni cheese ‘to add flavour’.

a. Mary Berry

b. Gordon Ramsay

c. Nadiya Hussain

d. Nigella Lawson

43. Actor Alan Cumming chauffeured which actress around the Highlands for a road trip on Lost In Scotland?

a. Joanna Lumley

b. Miriam Margolyes

c. Penelope Keith

d. Felicity Kendal

44. Matt Berry plays vampire Laszlo on comedy What We Do In The Shadows. What is the name of his washed-up thespian, due to return next year in a new series now set in the States?

a. Steven Toast

b. Richard Bacon

c. Alan Weetabix

d. Nigel Cornflake

45. Many thought German baker Jurgen was a cert to win The Great British Bake Off, but the crown went to another contestant. Who was he, and which country is his home?

a. Pablo from Colombia

b. Donald from the U.S.

c. Vladimir from Russia

d. Giuseppe from Italy


1. a Emilia Fox of Silent Witness

2. b Robin the caveman and c Headless Humphrey

3. b Taskmaster

4. d The Queen

5. c Oprah Winfrey

6. c Jodie Turner-Smith

7. a Gordon Ramsay

8. d Darcey Bussell

9. b Tiger King Joe Exotic

10. a South Africa

11. d Julie Andrews

12: c Rege-Jean Page

13. b Judy Garland

14. c. Bake Off: The Professionals

15. d Kate Winslet in Mare Of Easttown

16. b Finding Alice and a Motherland

17. a Winston Churchill

18. d An orangutan

19. b The Menace

20. c Starstruck

21. d Cornwall

22. b Kelly Macdonald

23. d Bond Street

24. a Joe Pasquale

25. a Ernest Hemingway

26. c Wuthering Heights by

Emily Bronte

27. c Adrian Edmondson

28. b Vigil

29. a Anna Richardson

30. c Britannia

31. d Richard Osman

32. b An Asiatic lion

33. c Stacey Solomon and d Nick Knowles

34. a I Can See Your Voice and b The Masked Singer and c The Masked Dancer

35. b Terry Pratchett

36. d Kate Garraway

37. a Psychotherapist Dr Jennifer Melfi (after turning down the role of Tony Soprano’s wife, d Carmela)

38. a Les Dawson

39. b Harry Redknapp

40. c P. D. James

41. d Irvine Welsh

42. c Nadiya Hussain

43. b Miriam Margolyes

44. a Steven Toast

45. d Giuseppe from Italy


Under 10 — Ask for a licence fee refund. 

10-20 — You’ve got a good balance between TV and the rest of your life. 

21-30 — Better replace the batteries in your remote. 

31-40 — Your viewing habits are out of control. 

41-45 — You’re after my job. 

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