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  From Great Britain To The USA    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Many television shows that first aired on British television made the journey across the Atlantic for US remakes. Some were more successful than others. Here are ten.
Average, 10 Qns, darksplash, Oct 15 20
Oct 15 20
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  Nordic Noir and Beyond    
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
Match the plot to these crime series which have taken Europe by storm.
Average, 10 Qns, Plodd, Jul 18 16
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  All Irish TV    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
All of these questions relate to TV produced in Ireland.
Average, 10 Qns, liamwalsh, Dec 12 23
Dec 12 23
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  Ireland On The Small Screen    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The island of Ireland has had an understated history in terms of television output. Here we look at 10 shows, factual, fun, and drama, based in the Emerald Isle.
Average, 10 Qns, darksplash, Nov 25 20
Nov 25 20
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  US and UK TV Mixture 2    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
A selection of TV trivia down the ages from both sides of Atlantic Ocean.
Average, 10 Qns, EnglishJedi, Oct 22 14
EnglishJedi gold member
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  Television With Subtitles    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Take a look at the different types of shows that have been popular on Indian television. Some of these can be entertaining even without the subtitles.
Average, 10 Qns, zorba_scank, Feb 26 15
zorba_scank gold member
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  Drama in the Palace    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Another American TV quiz? Fear not. Chinese TV has more viewers by far and we thought this market deserved representation. Join us as we explore palace intrigue on Chinese TV. (Knowledge of Chinese TV is not needed to have fun with this quiz.)
Average, 10 Qns, purelyqing, Aug 24 22
purelyqing gold member
Aug 24 22
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  State the Show or State the Show (Down Under)    
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
This is a Southern Hemisphere sequel to my "State the Show" series. Match the television series with the area in Australia or New Zealand where it takes place.
Average, 10 Qns, bernie73, Jun 28 20
bernie73 gold member
Jun 28 20
117 plays
  Surfing the Waves in New Zealand    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz is all about television shows, and the actors on them. The hitch, all of these shows originated in New Zealand
Average, 10 Qns, Shadowmyst2004, Feb 22 15
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  Indian Reality Shows    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This is all about reality shows of India. I tried my best. Please enjoy!
Average, 10 Qns, 2585, Jul 06 17
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trivia question Quick Question
Larry Emdur hosted which game show that first aired on the Seven Network in 1990?

From Quiz "Australian TV Shows Vol.8"

TV By Country Trivia Questions

1. "The Legend of Haolan" is a 2019 television series set in the Warring States period about a girl, Haolan, who had an unfortunate beginning but rose to become queen and was mother to the man who would unify China. Who was her son?

From Quiz
Drama in the Palace

Answer: Qin Shi Huang

"The Legend of Haolan" is a fictional account of Qin Shi Huang's mother. Forced to marry an older man, Li Haolan attempts to escape her fate by begging her first love to marry her. Her stepmother learns of this and orders Haolan's death. Haolan survives the ordeal but learns that her reputation has been besmirched by her stepmother, who claimed that Haolan had eloped with a stranger. Haolan's stepmother then sells Haolan into slavery. She is bought by a merchant Lu Buwei, who has close ties to Ying Yiren, a prince of Qin and a royal hostage of Zhao. Vowing revenge on her family, Haolan forms a partnership with Lu Buwei and they scheme to gain entry into the imperial court. Lu Buwei gifts Haolan to Ying Yiren and she eventually bears Ying Yiren a son, Ying Zheng, who would become Qin Shi Huang. This question was plotted by Phoenix Rising team member purelyqing.

2. From hesitant beginnings in 1962, which Irish television talk show went on to become the world's second longest-running late-night talk show?

From Quiz Ireland On The Small Screen

Answer: The Late Late Show

"The Late Late Show" was made by the Republic of Ireland's national broadcaster, Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTE). Mostly broadcast live weekly on a Friday night, it was to become a staple of the broadcaster's output. It was frequently the biggest ratings winner with its mixture of 'hard' interviews and soft focus pieces. Despite the often laid back nature, it was also able to stir up controversies. In 1966, host Gay Bryne picked a couple from the studio audience for a fun quiz and asked the husband what colour of nightgown his wife wore on their honeymoon. The question was condemned by Thomas Ryan, Bishop of Clonfert. In 1989 plans to interview two former nuns who had come out as lesbians led to a High Court challenge. In 1991, Byrne courted controversy again when he interviewed three of the "Birmingham Six; men jailed for the fatal bomb blast at a pub in England. (The six were later exonerated). The show has had several main hosts, Gay Byrne (1962-1999); Pat Kenny (1999-2009, and 2013) and Ryan Tubridy (from 2009). Other shorter term hosts included Frank Hall, Gerry Ryan and Miriam O'Callaghan.

3. Featuring a family headed by a racist, misogynist, father figure, what name was given in the USA for a remake of the British comedy "Till Death Us Do Part"?

From Quiz From Great Britain To The USA

Answer: All In The Family

It was a show of its time that could never be made now. Between 1965 and 1975, 54 episodes of "Till Death Us Do Part" were broadcast in the UK. It starred Warren Mitchell as the head of a working class family who dominated it with his racist rants. The show was remade as "All In The Family" over 205 episodes between 1971 and 1979. It had the same working class setting, with Carroll O'Connor as the head of the family. Mickey Rooney reportedly turned down the role, considering it "un-American". Many of the themes had never been explored in US comedy before, and it made many people uncomfortable. Yet, the "New York Times" described "All In The Family" as " of the finest, most influential shows in television history."

4. What are the initials for what has, historically, been the main Irish broadcaster?

From Quiz All Irish TV

Answer: RTE

Radio Telfis Eireann is the radio and television broadcaster in Ireland funded from licence fees, advertising and commercial revenue. BBC is the British Broadcasting Corporation. CBC is the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. NBC is the National Broadcasting Corporation (US).

5. Until the economic reforms were launched by the government in 1991, Indian television was restricted to the channels broadcast by the state. What is the name of the state owned national channel?

From Quiz Television With Subtitles

Answer: Doordarshan

Doordarshan was launched on the 15th of September, 1959 and is fully owned by the Indian government. The channel included a daily news broadcast and shows on the developmental work carried out by the government. Weekends were devoted to children's shows in the morning followed by a movie in the evening. There were also weekly shows featuring Hindi film songs called "Chitrahaar" and "Rangoli". The viewership of Doordarshan declined steadily after the introduction of channels by private broadcasters post 1991.

6. Who stars as Jane March on "The Blue Rose?"

From Quiz Surfing the Waves in New Zealand

Answer: Antonia Prebble

All four actresses appeared on the show. The show, about an office temp that took a job in a big city law firm, ran for just 13 episodes before being cancelled in 2013.

7. Which children's TV show marked its 44th year in November 2013 with more than 4,300 episodes behind it?

From Quiz US and UK TV Mixture 2

Answer: Sesame Street

The long-running US TV children's show "Sesame Street" first aired on NET on November 10, 1969. A survey in 2009 estimated that more that a remarkable 95% of American pre-school children watched the show before they were three years old. Of the alternatives, "Captain Kangaroo" enjoyed a 30-year run on CBS, airing from 1955 until 1984. "Blue Peter" has aired on BBC channels since its debut in October 1958 and thus celebrated its 55th anniversary in 2013 with more than 4,800 episodes behind it. The first program ever shown on BBC when the channel launched in 1964, "Play School", ran for 24 years before closing in 1988.

8. There was a reality show which had totally completed thousand episodes. What is the name of the reality show?

From Quiz Indian Reality Shows

Answer: Sa Re Ga Ma Pa

"Sa Re Ga Ma Pa's" first episode was held on May 1st 1995. The host of the show at the start was Sonu Nigam.

9. The 2013 Chinese TV series "The Legend of Lu Zhen" is about a lady-in-waiting who was granted what political title by a fictionalised version of Emperor Wucheng of the Northern Qi Dynasty?

From Quiz Drama in the Palace

Answer: Prime Minister

"The Legend of Lu Zhen" starred Zhao Liying as the titular character and was an adaptation of the novel "Female Prime Minister" by Zhang Wei. The story began with Lu Zhen being framed for the murder of her father by her jealous stepmother and her subsequent acquittal. When the stepmother's original plan to get rid of her failed, Lu Zhen was forced to flee to avoid being married off as a concubine. She then met Prince Gao Zhan (who later became Emperor Wucheng) and used their relationship to secure herself a role at the court of his elder half-brother Emperor Xiaozhao. Despite becoming friends with the Emperor, she played a prominent role in securing the throne for Gao Zhan and was granted the title of prime minister as he was unable to marry her and make her his empress. Phoenix Rising's Fifiona81 successfully schemed to include this question in the quiz.

10. Down with this sort of thing: Set on an island off the west coast of Ireland, which TV comedy was the story of a sticky-fingered parish priest, his dimwit curate and their drunken and lecherous elder companion?

From Quiz Ireland On The Small Screen

Answer: Father Ted

And we should not forget the housekeeper whose sole aim in life was to keep the priests and their visitors constantly plied with a cup of tea - whether they wanted one or not. While the setting and many of the values were Irish, the show was made by a British production company for Channel 4 television in the UK, albeit with Irish writers.. Like many of the best-loved comedies, it had a short shelf life: just 25 episodes were broadcast in three seasons from 1995. That meant the comedy never had a chance to go off the boil, and many of its best bits were faithfully recalled many years later (such as the opening words of the question.) The portrayal of the Catholic church may not have been too kind, but "Fr Ted" came at a time when a raft of controversies had damaged its once dominant position in Irish society. Co-creater Graham Linehan told "The Guardian" newspaper in 1995: "The show isn't really about priests. It just uses the priesthood as a secret society for us to make up funny things." The show earned a host of British Academy of Television and Theatre Arts (Bafta) awards.

11. "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" was a breakthrough comedy when it opened in the UK. It featured a team of comedians performing totally improvised storylines. When it transferred to the USA, who was the first host?

From Quiz From Great Britain To The USA

Answer: Drew Carey

Comedian Drew Carey hosted the US show between 1998 and 2007. Aisha Taylor hosted a revival in 2013. In all 352 US episodes were broadcast. In the UK, Clive Anderson hosted the television adaptation of what was created as a radio show for 136 episodes between 1988 and 1999. In the show, the comedians were given subjects to improvise on the host, and in the last round by the audience. They had to 'riff' off each others to keep the comedy going. The secret was to always agree with the preceding comedian and to take their flight of fancy onwards. Several of the stand-up comedians appeared in both shows.

12. "Quicksilver" was a quiz show hosted by Bunny Carr from 1965 to 1981. How could contestants pass on a particular question? (HINT: This became the show's "catchphrase".)

From Quiz All Irish TV

Answer: By saying "Stop the Lights".

"Stop the Lights" has become a saying in Ireland as an expression of mock amazement.

13. In "The Kids from Owl," a children's show that aired in New Zealand in the 1980s, what did OWL stand for?

From Quiz Surfing the Waves in New Zealand

Answer: Organisation for World Liberty

OWL was a government organization that used children with disabilities as its operatives to save the world. The OWL operatives of course always bested the evil forces of SLIME or the Southern Latitude's International Movement for Evil.

14. The US TV Western series "Bonanza" was set on the Ponderosa ranch, but in which state is the ranch located?

From Quiz US and UK TV Mixture 2

Answer: Nevada

Debuting on NBC in September 1959 and running for 430 episodes, by the time "Bonanza" finished in January 1973 it was the second longest-running Western TV series (after only "Gunsmoke"). The Cartwright family's home Ponderosa Ranch is located on the outskirts of Virginia City in northern Nevada, near Lake Tahoe. The series was set in the 1860s, encompassing the period of the American Civil War.

15. This is a reality show from which India got its new popping and locking master. What is the name of this reality show?

From Quiz Indian Reality Shows

Answer: Dance India Dance

It started in 2008. The winner of the first season was Salman Khan.

16. "The Empress of China" is a fictional account of the only female emperor in Chinese history. The TV series takes place during which dynasty that may have been a favorite of Neil Armstrong?

From Quiz Drama in the Palace

Answer: Tang

The series is based on events that occurred in the 7th- and 8th-century Tang Dynasty. The Neil Armstrong clue was a reference to Tang being the drink of astronauts. The series ran for 96 episodes on Hunan TV and was one of the most expensive series in Chinese TV history. Fan Bingbing starred as the Empress and her production company produced the series. Fan Bingbing plays Wu Ruyi, the character based on the real life Wu Zetian. It follows her rise, fall, and re-entry to the royal court. She goes from consort to nun to co-ruler to outright ruler over the course of the series. This question was placed in the quiz by Phoenix Rising member tazman6619 who cannot stand the taste of Tang.

17. Which television comedy set in Northern Ireland told of the growing pains of four young local teenagers and an English lad who had been dropped into their midst?

From Quiz Ireland On The Small Screen

Answer: Derry Girls

First broadcast in 2018, "Derry Girls" was set in Northern Ireland's second largest city. It was story of four teenagers rebelling against their families and the struct regime of their Catholic secondary school. Along for the ride was the English-born cousin of one of the characters. The show was set several years in the past when Northern Ireland's Troubles were ongoing. It also pointed at some of the absurdities of a divided society in Northern Ireland. Two seasons, running to 12 episodes, had been shown at the time this question was written. The show won a handful for awards in its first season. To cement its place in the cultural heritage of Derry-Londonderry, a giant mural of the five main characters was painted on a gable wall.

18. When the British period piece "Upstairs Downstairs" was remade for US television, it was renamed for a posh city residential area. What name was given to the new show?

From Quiz From Great Britain To The USA

Answer: Beacon Hill

Exploring class distinctions was long a popular thread in British television drama and was probably exemplified best by "Upstairs Downstairs" and "Downton Abbey". Each explored the lives and experiences of upper class families and their servants in the same household. "Upstairs Downstairs" ran for 68 episodes from 1971 to 1975.. It featured the lives of those in one house between 1903 and 1930. It was a ratings success and was sold to markets worldwide. The US show swapped London's Belgravia for the Boston suburb of Beacon Hill. Boston had long had a reputation of upper class snobbery, as an old poem recounted: "Here's to dear old Boston, Home of the bean and the Cod, Where the Lowells speak only to Cabots, And the Cabots speak only to God." Just 13 episodes of "Beacon Hill" were made and broadcast in 1975.

19. "The Late Late Show" was required viewing on Saturday nights for the Irish public. From its origin in 1962, who was the iconic host who finally gave up the reins in 1999?

From Quiz All Irish TV

Answer: Gay Byrne

With its mix of interviews, debate, light entertainment and current affairs this was truly RTE's flagship production. My favourite was the annual toy show just before Christmas every year.

20. Shaktimaan was the first indigenous superhero to feature in a television show. What does Shakti translate to?

From Quiz Television With Subtitles

Answer: Power

"Shaktimaan" was produced by Mukesh Khanna who also played the title role as well as that of his alter ego. Originally aired on Doordarshan, reruns were also telecast on other private channels. Shaktimaan worked as a photographer for a daily newspaper and had attained his special powers through deep meditation.

21. Jono Kenyan plays Dave, a 24-year-old bartender in which show?

From Quiz Surfing the Waves in New Zealand

Answer: "Step Dave"

Titular character Dave meets the woman of his dreams, but unfortunately for the young and carefree bachelor she has three children. That's how he became "Step Dave."

22. Virginia Stride and Gordon Rollings were the first presenters of which long-running UK children's TV show?

From Quiz US and UK TV Mixture 2

Answer: Play School

Although it wasn't supposed to be (there was a power cut that blacked out the scheduled first night) "Play School" was the first programme shown on the new BBC2 channel when it launched belatedly on the morning of April 21, 1964. Virginia Stride and Gordon Rollings were the first of more than 40 presenters of the show in its 24-year run on UK TV.

23. Who is the girl who won the second "Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Li'l Champs"?

From Quiz Indian Reality Shows

Answer: Anamika

She sang the song "Vande Matra"m in last episode. She had a dream of becoming like Lata Mangeshkar.

24. When an English priest moves from a big city to a parish in Ireland there are bound to be culture shocks and misunderstandings. Which drama wove together relationships in a very rural area?

From Quiz Ireland On The Small Screen

Answer: Ballykissangel

"Ballykissangel" was pure escapism on a Sunday night in the television schedules. Drama there was, but not of a nightmarish kind and initially 10 million viewers found comfort in the slow-paced daily life of a remote village. Made by the British Broadcasting Corporation for initial showing in the UK, it was picked up by RTE, the Irish Broadcaster and also shown in New Zealand and by some PBS affiliates in the USA. First shown in 1986, six seasons followed until dwindling viewer numbers led to the show being axed in 1991.

25. In 1996, British television saw a slice of life in rural Ireland with the broadcast of "Ballykissangel". What did Americans call it when it was transplanted to the land of the free?

From Quiz From Great Britain To The USA

Answer: Hope Island

"Ballykissangel" was set in a small village in Co Clare and showed the reactions of local people when a Catholic priest from England was sent to their parish. Fifty-eight episodes were shown over five years. "Hope Island", meanwhile, was set on an island off the coast of Washington and showed how local, insular, people reacted on the arrival of a minister from afar. It ran to 22 episodes in 1999 and 2000.

26. This rural soap opera featured on Irish television from 1965 to 1979. Which family did it feature (also the name of the series)?

From Quiz All Irish TV

Answer: The Riordans

Gabriel Byrne who went on to become a Hollywood star in films such as "Excalibur" and "The Usual Suspects" made his screen debut in "The Riordans" and its spin-off "Bracken".

27. Hilariously named, "Shark in the Park" is a show about what?

From Quiz Surfing the Waves in New Zealand

Answer: Police procedural

The show follows a group of police officers from the Wellington station as they live both their professional and private lives. It was for three non-contiguous seasons.

28. Hit 1970s-80s US TV sitcom "Happy Days" is set in which city?

From Quiz US and UK TV Mixture 2

Answer: Milwaukee, WI

"Happy Days" debuted on ABC in January 1974 and ran for eleven seasons and 255 episodes before finishing in September 1984. Set in Milwaukee, WI in the period between the mid-1950s to the mid-1960s, it presented an idealized version of life in an American mid-West city. Guest stars lined up to appear in one of the most popular sitcoms of the period. Those who appeared on it include singer Frankie Avalon, Morgan Fairchild, Tom Hanks, Lorne Greene, Cheryl Ladd, Penny Marshall, Robin Williams and Milwaukee Braves baseball legend Hank Aaron.

29. Which talent show has Sajid as the judge in 2010?

From Quiz Indian Reality Shows

Answer: India's Got Talent

It is a show which started in 2009. The first winner of the show was 'The Prince Group'.

30. "The Imperial Doctress" was a television series based on the story of a female physician of the Ming Dynasty, a time when the Forbidden City was built in which capital?

From Quiz Drama in the Palace

Answer: Beijing

Tan Yunxian's family had served as court physicians to the Ming rulers for several generations. Played by Cecilia Liu (known for her roles in the television series "Chinese Paladin 3" and "Scarlet Heart") the 50-episode series tells of Tan Yunxian's struggles to undertake medical training after her grandfather was falsely accused of malpractice and the family tradition of becoming a doctor was abandoned. The plot has her romantically involved with two brothers, who are royal siblings and also physicians, in a convoluted love triangle. The series covers some 22 years of Tan's life and recounts how she rose to become the most famous female doctor of the Ming Dynasty. Cecilia Liu won the Most Influential Actress award in 2016 for her portrayal of Tan Yunxian and was nominated as Best Actress in the 22nd Huading Awards the following year. The historical person of Tan Yunxian lives on through her book "Sayings of a Female Doctor", but apart from that, the storyline of the series is highly fictionalised. The Forbidden City was constructed between 1406 and 1420; it served as the Imperial residence until 1924, and is where "The Imperial Doctress" series was set. This question was implanted into the quiz by Phoenix Rising's VegemiteKid.

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