1 Which of these epithets was not used to describe Peter Capaldi’s spin doctor Malcolm Tucker in The Thick of It?
a Pol Potty Mouth
b Gorbals Goebbels
c A thin, white Mugabe
d Aberdeen Adolf
2 In February, complaints were made to the BBC because Cerrie Burnell, a new continuity presenter on CBeebies’ Discover and Do and The Bedtime Hour, lacked what?
a A complete head of hair
b The lower half of her right arm
3 In August, it was revealed that the average TV viewer watches how many adverts a day?
a 29 b 36 c 43 d 51
4 David Peace’s Red Riding quartet of novels was adapted into a TV trilogy by Channel 4. Which book in the series was missed out due to production costs?
a 1974 b 1977 c 1980 d 1983
5 Which show featured the characters David Sowerbutts, the midwife Joy Aston and the clown Mr Jelly?
a Hope Springs
c Life of Riley
1 Whose exhibition of new oil paintings at the Wallace Collection was called “deadly dull”, “amateurish” and “not worth looking at”?
a David Hockney
b Damien Hirst
c Tracey Emin
d Lucian Freud
2 The US military authorised full co-operation with the makers of which film, with one senior figure saying: “If we were going to fight aliens that’s how we would do it”?
a Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
b Monsters v Aliens
c Star Trek
d GI Joe: the Rise of Cobra
3 An editor from Conservative Party HQ altered the dates on which painter’s Wikipedia entry to substantiate a claim David Cameron made about how old the artist was when he died?
4 What word completes this lyric from Lady Gaga’s hit “Poker Face”: “I won’t tell you that I love you/Kiss or hug you/Cause I’m bluffin’ with my . . .”?
5 Which orchestra did BBC Music Magazine report may be the oldest in Britain, “having had fully contracted players as early as 1851”?
a Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
b Royal Scottish National Orchestra
c The Hallé
d Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra
1 What price did the former KGB operative Alexander Lebedev pay for the Evening Standard?
a £10 b £1 c 10p d 1p
2 Which former Conservative MP was appointed the new chairman of ITV in November?
a Archie Norman
b George Weston
c Richard Olver
d Ian Lang
3 In the 2009 MacTaggart Lecture, James Murdoch used which adjective to describe the scope of the BBC’s “activities and ambitions”?
4 What did the retiring newsreader Peter Sissons claim should be a condition of the job?
a Nice hair
b Political neutrality
c Front-line reporting experience
d A cheerful demeanour
5 Which website was the first to break the news of Michael Jackson’s death on 25 June?
b The Huffington Post
c Perez Hilton
1d Aberdeen Adolf
2b Lower half of
her right arm
1b Damien Hirst
2a Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
5a Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
2a Archie Norman
4c Front-line reporting experience