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Like I've Never Been Gone Trivia Quiz


To mark the end of what have come to be known as "the noughties", this quiz looks at the people, programmes and themes which have made a triumphant return during the decade.

A multiple-choice quiz by doublemm. Estimated time: 5 mins.
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Author
doublemm
Time
5 mins
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Multiple Choice
Quiz #
320,661
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
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Question 1 of 10
1. Although becoming rapidly unpopular in the 1990s, the talent show genre made a striking comeback following the turn of the millennium. With songs such as "Love Machine", "Call the Shots" and "Sound of the Underground", which of these acts is amongst the elite group of talent show winners which have gone onto successful musical careers? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. Born from comic strips in the 1960s, superhero films made a triumphant return at the start of the 21st century. This is seen not only in the amount they earned, but in the many sequels which followed. Which 21st century superhero film produced sequels called "X2" and "The Last Stand"? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. Some people wait decades before making their glorious comeback, but others simply cannot wait. Which female tennis player returned to the court after only two years of retirement, and became the first unseeded player to win the women's singles title at the US Open? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. If this next character could talk (which it actually can!), it would say "it's like I've never been gone". This is because, in 2008, it returned to the television for a new series as well as starring in a film the same year. He originally featured in a TV series in the 80s alongside David Hasselhoff. What is this iconic character's name? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. Breaking up in 1996 and breaking the hearts of many teenage girls in the process, which British "man-band" made an exceptionally successful comeback in 2005 with such songs as "Patience" and "Rule the World"? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. After his career "flatlined" in the 90s, this actor returned to the success he had in the 80s when he gained the part of Jack Bauer in the TV series, "24". What is this actor's name? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. The classic sci-fi series, "Doctor Who", thrilled audiences from 1963 until its cancelation in 1989. After unsuccessful attempts to revive the show in the 90s, in which year did "Doctor Who" reappear on British TV screens, reclaiming its place at the top of the ratings charts?

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Question 8 of 10
8. Johnny Cash's comeback has been described as "incomparable". This is not just in terms of musical success, but in the circumstances in which Cash returned, as he was on his deathbed. Which film was released in 2005 to pay tribute to the "Man in Black"? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. In 2009, Lance Armstrong made his return to competitive cycling in an attempt to raise global awareness of cancer - a disease which he had previously suffered from. This return was highly anticipated due to Armstrong's record achievements prior to retiring. His success at the Tour de France in particular led him to being given what nickname? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. Throughout the second half of the 20th century, there have been hundreds of vampire-themed films, but their success has been limited to that of a cult film, rather than the global success enjoyed by the 1931 film, "Dracula". Aside from the obvious example of "Twilight", the "Blade" trilogy has been at the forefront of re-popularising the vampire genre in the noughties. Which actor played the title character in all three "Blade" films? Hint



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1. Although becoming rapidly unpopular in the 1990s, the talent show genre made a striking comeback following the turn of the millennium. With songs such as "Love Machine", "Call the Shots" and "Sound of the Underground", which of these acts is amongst the elite group of talent show winners which have gone onto successful musical careers?

Answer: Girls Aloud

The talent show has existed for many, many years, and although shows such as "Opportunity Knocks" and "New Faces" enjoyed success in the 70s and 80s, their appeal began to dwindle in the 90s.

The big change came in 1999, when a series called "Popstars" debuted on New Zealand TV. This was followed up by the British show, "Pop Idol" in 2001 - a show whose popular format was reproduced in almost 50 territories. This produced successful acts such as Will Young (winner of the first British version of "Pop Idol") and Kelly Clarkson (winner of "American Idol").

Girls Aloud were the winners of ITV's "Popstars: The Rivals" series in 2002.

A name synonymous with the talent show is Simon Cowell - judge on the original "Pop Idol" series as well as "American Idol". He quickly became known as TV's "Mr Nasty" following his many blunt criticisms of contestants. Cowell later went on to create "The X Factor", which was to be the replacement of "Pop Idol" in the UK.

The most notable winner of "The X Factor" to date is Leona Lewis, who, more than any other talent show winner, is noted for her faultless vocal performances and stunning vocal range.
2. Born from comic strips in the 1960s, superhero films made a triumphant return at the start of the 21st century. This is seen not only in the amount they earned, but in the many sequels which followed. Which 21st century superhero film produced sequels called "X2" and "The Last Stand"?

Answer: "X-Men"

X-Men, like many other superhero characters, first appeared on the scene in the early 60s. They join the Hulk, Iron Man, the Fantastic Four and Captain America in the group of superheroes which feature in Marvel Comics, created by Stan Lee.

Before breaking through to the big screen, the X-Men enjoyed some success in their animated TV series, which ran from 1992 to 1997.

The X-Men are a group of "mutants" who use their powers to benefit the world. Characters which featured in the TV series include Storm, Wolverine, Cyclops and Professor Xavier. All of those listed featured prominently in the 2000 film, however, other characters such as Jubilee are only given minor roles.

The X-Men films did exceptionally well in theatres and two sequels were made - "X2: X-Men United" in 2003 and "X-Men: The Last Stand" in 2006. In the same decade, successful films were made featuring the superheroes, the Fantastic Four, the Hulk, Iron Man, Helboy, Spiderman and Catwoman.

Although there were superhero films created in the years before 2000, few can be compared to the later films in terms of their success. Possible exceptions to this may be the "Batman" and "Superman" series of films, which included several sequels and featured many high-profile actors. Still, the more technologically advanced films of the noughties proved triumphant once again, with "The Dark Knight" not only outselling all of the previous "Batman" films, but becoming the most successful action hero film ever.
3. Some people wait decades before making their glorious comeback, but others simply cannot wait. Which female tennis player returned to the court after only two years of retirement, and became the first unseeded player to win the women's singles title at the US Open?

Answer: Kim Clijsters

Kim Clijsters is a Belgian player and a former world number one. She announced her retirement in the summer of 2007 and returned in 2009 to claim the US Open title (a title she was also awarded in 2005).

Despite Kim's two Grand Slam titles both being on hard court, she should not be put down as a one trick pony, having reached the finals of the French Open in both 2001 and 2003.

Clijsters is an accomplished athlete in the doubles' game as well as in singles', having won both Wimbledon and the French Open doubles tournaments.

In 2009, Clijsters partnered Tim Henman in an Exhibition match against Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf to celebrate the new roof being installed over Wimbledon centre court.

Clijsters' return came at a time when the women's game in tennis arguably lacked a dominant figure, following the shock retirement of Justine Henin in 2008.
4. If this next character could talk (which it actually can!), it would say "it's like I've never been gone". This is because, in 2008, it returned to the television for a new series as well as starring in a film the same year. He originally featured in a TV series in the 80s alongside David Hasselhoff. What is this iconic character's name?

Answer: KITT

The original series of "Knight Rider" began in 1982 and ran for four years. As mentioned in the question, it starred David Hasselhoff as Michael Knight. This was to be the first major stepping stone in Hasselhoff's career - he would go onto star in "Baywatch", release several successful songs, as well as becoming a judge on "America's Got Talent".

KITT was a high-tech car capable of several things such as speech and high-speed turbo boosts. There were actually two different KITTs - one which featured in the 1980s series (Knight Industries Two Thousand) and one which featured in the 2008 series and the 2008 film (Knight Industries Three Thousand).
5. Breaking up in 1996 and breaking the hearts of many teenage girls in the process, which British "man-band" made an exceptionally successful comeback in 2005 with such songs as "Patience" and "Rule the World"?

Answer: Take That

Take That was founded in 1990 in Manchester. They had a long string of hits including "It Only Takes A Minute", "A Million Love Songs" and "Could it be Magic". It soon emerged that Gary Barlow was a talented songwriter and he went on to write many number one hits. The band used their cheesy pop appeal to gain support from legions of young girls and mothers.

The break up came following the departure of Robbie Williams. Robbie went on to have a very successful solo career and for a while it seemed like Take That were down and out. In 2005, Take That entered the public eye once again after they released their "Greatest Hits" album and featured in the ITV show, "Take That: For the Record". Shortly after this, they announced their return into the world of pop and quickly followed with tracks such as "Patience" and "Shine". Their 2007 track, "Rule the World" failed to get to the number one spot (peaking at number two), but its longevity in the charts led to it becoming the fifth biggest selling single in the UK charts that year.

Take That have taken on a completely new image, moving away from the typical cheesy boy band image. They and their songs have been used to promote several things, such as the Robert De Niro film, "Stardust", the supermarket Morrisons, and the shop Marks & Spencer.
6. After his career "flatlined" in the 90s, this actor returned to the success he had in the 80s when he gained the part of Jack Bauer in the TV series, "24". What is this actor's name?

Answer: Kiefer Sutherland

Sutherland had success in the 80s with "The Lost Boys" and in 1990 with "Flatliners". However, as the 90s progressed, Sutherland had little success in gaining "big" new roles and he gradually sank into the background.

In 2001, he arrived back on the scene and it was like he'd never been gone! He had landed the part of Jack Bauer in Fox's "24" - an award winning TV show whose plot twists captivated the ever-growing audience. As well as his many acting roles, Sutherland has done many voice-overs, such as Bron in "The Land Before Time X", Samson in "The Wild", and General W.R. Monger in the 2009 film, "Monsters vs Aliens".
7. The classic sci-fi series, "Doctor Who", thrilled audiences from 1963 until its cancelation in 1989. After unsuccessful attempts to revive the show in the 90s, in which year did "Doctor Who" reappear on British TV screens, reclaiming its place at the top of the ratings charts?

Answer: 2005

As mentioned above, the original series began in 1963 and debuted on 23rd of November - the day after the Kennedy assassination. Since then, and as of 2010, there have been 11 Doctors. In chronological order they are:
- William Hartnell (1963-66)
- Patrick Troughton (1966-69)
- John Pertwee (1970-74)
- Tom Baker (1974-81)
- Peter Davison (1981-84)
- Colin Baker (1984-86)
- Sylvester McCoy (1987-89) (McCoy also featured in the 1996 television film, "Doctor Who", as did the 8th Doctor, Paul McGann)
- Christopher Eccleston (2005)
- David Tennant (2005-2010)
- Matt Smith (from 2010)

"Doctor Who" is about a man (the Doctor) who travels through time in his spaceship, the TARDIS (Time And Relative Dimension(s) In Space), facing many enemies and fighting evil. Some of the Doctor's adversaries have become as famous as he himself, most notably the Cybermen and the Daleks.

The Doctor's return in 2005 was met with huge support from the British public, young and old alike. The success of the revitalised programme is shown in the many celebrity appearances (e.g. Kylie Minogue, Peter Kay, Cathrine Tate and Billie Piper).

The series had two spin-offs - "Torchwood" (an anagram of "Doctor Who") in 2006 and "The Sarah Jane Adventures" in 2007.
8. Johnny Cash's comeback has been described as "incomparable". This is not just in terms of musical success, but in the circumstances in which Cash returned, as he was on his deathbed. Which film was released in 2005 to pay tribute to the "Man in Black"?

Answer: "Walk the Line"

Cash was diagnosed with a degenerative nerve disorder in 1997. He continued to release works from his "American Series" and many of his tracks were accompanied by a newer, darker style. Several of his tracks following the turn of the millennium reflected his response to his illness.

As well as working in the studio in his delicate condition, Cash even performed live on a few occasions. Several of his laidback songs became immediately iconic before his death, such as "Hurt" - a cover of the 1995 Nine Inch Nails' song. This track was used in a Nike Air advert. The track, "A Satisfied Mind" was also played in the second volume of "Kill Bill".

"Walk the Line" starred Joaquin Phoenix as Johnny Cash and Reese Witherspoon as June Carter Cash. Witherspoon earned an Academy Award for her performance. The film also won three Golden Globes and 2 BAFTAs.
9. In 2009, Lance Armstrong made his return to competitive cycling in an attempt to raise global awareness of cancer - a disease which he had previously suffered from. This return was highly anticipated due to Armstrong's record achievements prior to retiring. His success at the Tour de France in particular led him to being given what nickname?

Answer: Mellow Johnny

The name Mellow Johnny comes from the French, Maillot Jaune, meaning yellow jersey. This is in reference to Armstrong's achievements in the Tour de France, which he won 7 times in succession between 1999 and 2005. He is the only man to ever achieve this. Lance also owns a bike shop called "Mellow Johnny".

Much of Armstrong's success followed the news that he only had a 40% chance of survival after being diagnosed with testicular, lung and brain cancer in 1996. His work afterwards has done much to raise awareness and funds for cancer, such as the launching of the Livestrong wristband in 2004.
10. Throughout the second half of the 20th century, there have been hundreds of vampire-themed films, but their success has been limited to that of a cult film, rather than the global success enjoyed by the 1931 film, "Dracula". Aside from the obvious example of "Twilight", the "Blade" trilogy has been at the forefront of re-popularising the vampire genre in the noughties. Which actor played the title character in all three "Blade" films?

Answer: Wesley Snipes

The character, Blade, was created in 1973 and featured in Marvel comics. He also featured in several episodes of the animated series, "Spiderman".

The first "Blade" film was released in 1998 and the sequels were "Blade II" in 2002 and "Blade Trinity" in 2004.

Blade is half-vampire himself and claims to have all of their [vampire's] strengths, but none of their weaknesses, except the thirst. He uses traditional weapons such as silver and garlic to hunt other vampires.

By far the most popular vampire in film is Dracula, who has been portrayed in over 170 films - more than any other fictional character. The image of Count Dracula is so strong that his appearance has come to be taken as the typical appearance of all vampires - black cape, pale skin and slicked back hair.

It is the original representations of vampires in films such as "Blade" that have made them stand out from the crowd rather than just being seen as cheap copies.

Another film which has helped make the vampire genre popular in the noughties is the "Twilight" series, which has attracted many fans through its Harry Potter-like fantasy world as well as the attractive teen actors who portray the characters.
Source: Author doublemm

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