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Quiz Ball

INSANELY COMPLICATED parlour game panel joust, ostensibly resembling a knock-out tournament but forever sagging under the weight of one too many rules and too too many outbursts from host STUART HALL. Each week two professional football teams, composed of players, management and “celebrity supporters”, answered questions in order to move across an electronic scoreboard designed like a pitch, but not in a sensible way from end to end but in any manner of means involving “long ball” questions, passes, penalties, goal kicks and whatever else dreamt up on the spot by Hall, DAVID “THE GUV’NOR” VINE or BARRY DAVIES. “Internationals” were also staged, but only involving the home nations. Ultimately became too incomprehensible, or Hall’s head burst, or nobody bothered turning up, and got axed.

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  1. John Harvey

    June 10, 2010 at 2:16 am

    It’s where the phrase “route one” to describe the long ball game came from.

  2. David Smith

    June 10, 2010 at 2:36 am

    Sort-of remade by C4 in 1992, with an American football flavour and hosted by Will Buckley, who looked about 12.

  3. T Baker

    May 3, 2011 at 9:01 am

    Wasn’t that complicated.We all watched it aged 8 or 9 and loved it.

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