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5801 2010102520101030Russell Davies welcomes the first competitors in the latest series of the long-running general knowledge quiz, to find who will be crowned the 58th Brain of Britain.
As ever, 48 of the brightest quiz contestants from around the UK will be joining Russell for the knockout competition.
Each of the twelve heats sends a winner forward to the semi-finals, where they will be joined by the four highest-scoring runners-up of the series.
This year's contestants include civil servants, teachers and IT professionals alongside a novelist, a gardener and a postman.
Most are completely new to the contest, while one or two are having another go after being pipped at the post in previous years.
Only one of them can be named the 58th Brain of Britain, at the end of the Final which will be broadcast in the new year.
The nationwide general knowledge quiz, chaired by Russell Davies 
5802 2010110120101106(2/17) The contestants in the second heat of the nationwide general knowledge contest are from Derbyshire, West Yorkshire and the West Midlands.
Russell Davies is in the chair.
Producer Paul Bajoria.
Russell Davies continues the hunt for the 58th Brain of Britain.
5803 2010110820101113(3/17) The contestants in the third heat of the nationwide general knowledge contest come from London, Middlesex, Surrey and Cardiff.
Russell Davies asks the questions.
Producer Paul Bajoria.
Russell Davies continues the hunt for the 58th Brain of Britain.
5804 2010111520101120(4/17) Russell Davies chairs the evergreen general knowledge quiz, this week's contest coming from Manchester.
Contestants from Herefordshire, Carrickfergus, Teesside and Cheshire play for a semi-final place.
Producer: Paul Bajoria.
Russell Davies continues the hunt for the 58th Brain of Britain.
5805 2010112220101127(5/17)
Russell Davies welcomes four more contestants bidding to become Brain of Britain, in the fifth heat of the current series, from the BBC Radio Theatre in London.
Producer: Paul Bajoria
Presenter Russell Davies.
The nationwide general knowledge quiz, chaired by Russell Davies 
5806 2010112920101204(6/17)
Four more contestants join Russell Davies in Manchester for the latest heat in the long-established general knowledge contest.
This week they are from Swansea, Manchester, Northwich in Cheshire and Middle Rasen in Lincolnshire.
The winner goes through to the 2011 semi-finals, with a chance of being named the 58th annual Brain of Britain.
Producer: Paul Bajoria.
The nationwide general knowledge quiz, chaired by Russell Davies 
5807 2010120620101211(7/17) Russell Davies welcomes four contestants to the BBC Radio Theatre in London, for the seventh heat in the current series of the evergreen general knowledge quiz.
This week's competitors come from South Wales and the South East of England.
As always, there's an opportunity for a listener to outwit them, in 'Beat the Brains'.
Producer: Paul Bajoria.
The nationwide general knowledge quiz, chaired by Russell Davies 
5808 2010121320101218(8/17)
Four contestants from the North of England join questionmaster Russell Davies in Manchester for the latest heat of the nationwide general knowledge quiz.
Which of them will win a place in the series semi-finals?
Producer: Paul Bajoria.
The nationwide general knowledge quiz, chaired by Russell Davies 
5809 2010122020101225(9/17) Four more contestants join questionmaster Russell Davies at London's BBC Radio Theatre, for the latest heat in the general knowledge quiz.
This week's quartet hail from Pevensey in East Sussex, High Wycombe, Cheltenham and the Rhondda.
One of them will win a place in the series semi-finals in the new year.
Producer: Paul Bajoria.
The nationwide general knowledge quiz, chaired by Russell Davies 
5810 2010122720110101(10/17) Russell Davies is in the questionmaster's chair for the tenth heat in the current series.
At stake is another automatic place in the semi-finals, which begin in the new year.
This week's competitors are from Widnes, Coventry, Chesterfield and Greater Manchester.
The nationwide general knowledge quiz, chaired by Russell Davies.
5811 2011010320110108(11/17)
Russell Davies welcomes another four competitors to the BBC Radio Theatre in London, for the penultimate heat in the quest for the 2011 Brain of Britain champion.
This week's contenders are from London, Surrey and Worcestershire.
A listener also gets the chance to win a prize by suggesting questions to outwit the participants, in 'Beat the Brains'.
Producer: Paul Bajoria.
The nationwide general knowledge quiz, chaired by Russell Davies.
5812 2011011020110115(12/17)
The quest for the 2011 Brain of Britain champion reaches the twelfth and last heat, with Russell Davies in the questionmaster's chair.
Today's contest will decide who completes the line-up in the semi-finals which begin next week.
The programme comes from Manchester, with contenders from Liverpool, Kidderminster, Leicester and Beeston in Notts.
Producer: Paul Bajoria.
The nationwide general knowledge quiz, chaired by Russell Davies.
5813 2011011720110122(13/17)
The semi-final stage of the 2011 general knowledge contest gets under way, with competitors from Lancashire, Buckinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Leicestershire vying for a place in the Final.
Russell Davies asks the questions.
Producer: Paul Bajoria.
The nationwide general knowledge quiz, chaired by Russell Davies.
5814 2011012420110129(14/17)
Russell Davies welcomes a further four semi-finalists to BBC Maida Vale to contest a place in the 2011 Brain of Britain Final.
This week's contenders come from Widnes in Cheshire, Bakewell in Derbyshire, Northwich in Cheshire and Sutton in Surrey.
Which word for a lamentation, or warning against the morals of the times, is taken from the name of a Hebrew prophet?
On a coat of arms, what's the name given to the centre point of the escutcheon or shield?
Wembley Stadium was first built for which exhibition, that took place in 1924?
You can find the answers to these, and many other questions, in this week's programme.
Producer Paul Bajoria.
The nationwide general knowledge quiz, chaired by Russell Davies.
5815 2011013120110205(15/17)
Competitors from Walsall, London, Cardiff and Beeston in Notts join Russell Davies for the third semi-final of the 2011 contest.
The winner will go through to the Final in two weeks' time.
As ever, a listener has the chance to win a prize by outwitting the contenders with his or her own ingenious questions, in 'Beat the Brains'.
Among the questions asked in this week's programme:
Which city became the capital of Pakistan when it gained independence and remained so until the late 1950s?
Princess Mary, the daughter of Charles I, was the first person to hold which official title?
In the celebrated Morecambe and Wise sketch featuring Andre Previn, which piece was it that was being played with 'all the right notes, but not necessarily in the right order'?
Producer Paul Bajoria.
The nationwide general knowledge quiz, chaired by Russell Davies.
5816 2011020720110212Russell Davies asks the questions of four more competitors, who have come successfully through the heats to fight for the last remaining place in the 2011 Final.
This week's quartet are from Merstham in Surrey, Malvern in Worcestershire, Warrington in Cheshire, and Winchester.
Just one of them will get to join the winners of the three previous semi-finals, in competing to be named the 58th Brain of Britain.
Among the questions they face this week:
Which celebrated jazz pianist, who worked closely with Louis Armstrong in the 1920s, was nicknamed 'Fatha'?
'Young Scarface' was the alternative title for which famous British film thriller of 1947, directed by the Boulting Brothers?
In physics, what's the anti-particle to the electron called?
Producer Paul Bajoria.
The nationwide general knowledge quiz, chaired by Russell Davies.
5817 LAST 2011021420110219Russell Davies chairs the 2011 Final of the evergreen general knowledge contest.
The Finalists are from Northwich in Cheshire, Prescot in Lancashire, Beeston in Nottinghamshire, and Winchester.
All have come through heats and semi-finals to face this last hurdle for the silver trophy and the title Brain of Britain, in the 58th contest since the programme was devised.
Among the questions they face in the Final are:
The best-known Shakespearean character named Valentine is one of the Two Gentlemen of Verona; but what's the other gentleman of Verona called?
Which is the longest river in Scotland?
The actor Peter O'Toole won accolades for portraying the same King of England in two very different films during the 1960s.
Which king?
Producer: Paul Bajoria.
The nationwide general knowledge quiz, chaired by Russell Davies.
5901 2011111420111119(1/17)
The quest begins for the 59th Brain of Britain champion, as competitors from all over the UK line up to face Russell Davies' general knowledge questions.
The first heat, from the BBC Radio Theatre in London, features competitors from as far apart as London and Inverness.
They are the first of 48 appearing in this year's heats, most of them taking part for the first time, some returning for another go - but all hoping they can progress through to the Final in spring, and add their names to the illustrious list of Brains of Britain down the years.
As usual, in the current series, there's a chance for listeners to outwit the contestants by submitting questions with which to win a prize and 'beat the brains'.
Producer: Paul Bajoria.
The nationwide general knowledge quiz, chaired by Russell Davies.
5903 2011112820111203(3/17)
Competitors from East Anglia, the West Midlands and London join Russell Davies at the BBC Radio Theatre for the third heat in the quest for the next Brain of Britain.
From which port, in 1588, did the Spanish Armada set sail? And which singer fronted the Jeff Beck Group in 1968 and 1969 before going on to sing with The Faces?
There's also a chance for a Brain of Britain listener to win a prize and outwit the contestants with questions of his or her own.
Producer: Paul Bajoria.
With competitors from East Anglia, the West Midlands and London.
5904 2011120520111210(4/17)
Russell Davies chairs the latest heat in the contest to become the 59th Brain of Britain.
The competitors tackling the age-old general knowledge quiz this week are from Scotland and North-West England.
As always, there's also a chance for a Brain of Britain listener to 'beat the brains' with teasing questions of his or her own.
Producer: Paul Bajoria.
Competitors from Scotland and North West England battle it out.
5905 2011121220111217(5/17)
What name is given to the curved surface of a liquid as it stands in a tube, caused by surface tension? And what kind of creature is a great curassow?
Russell Davies is in the questionmaster's chair for the fifth heat in the current series.
Aiming to become the 59th Brain of Britain champion are competitors from Aberdeenshire, the West Midlands, Berkshire and Essex.
Today's winner will progress to the semi-finals in the new year.
There'll also be a chance, as usual, for a Brain of Britain listener to outwit the contestants with questions of his or her own.
Producer: Paul Bajoria.
With competitors from Aberdeenshire, the West Midlands, Berkshire and Essex.
5906 2011121920111224(6/17)
Arranged alphabetically, which is the last book of the Old Testament?
If the contestants' general knowledge is up to scratch in this week's Brain of Britain contest, the answer to this question may help them in their bid to become the 59th proud holder of the Brain of Britain title.
Russell Davies is joined by four contestants from the North of England in this sixth heat of the series.
Producer: Paul Bajoria.
Chaired by Russell Davies.
With four contestants from the North of England.
5907 2011122620111231Would you know which organ of the human body is affected by Gerstmann Syndrome? Or what official post was held by Bernard de Launay, who became the first prominent casualty of the French Revolution?
Russell Davies is in the chair for another heat of the evergreen general knowledge contest. This week, contestants from South Wales, London and the Home Counties compete for a place in the semi-finals.
A Brain of Britain listener will also be hoping to win a prize by outwitting the contestants with questions of his or her own devising.
Producer: Paul Bajoria.
Chaired by Russell Davies. With contestants from South Wales, London and the Home Counties
5908 2012010220120107(8/17)
Russell Davies hosts the eighth heat of the current series of the evergreen general knowledge quiz, featuring competitors from East Lothian, West Yorkshire, Merseyside and Nottinghamshire. This week the programme comes from the BBC studios in Salford.
The winner will go through to the semi-finals and will be one step closer to the coveted title of 'Brain of Britain 2012'.
As ever, a Brain of Britain listener gets the chance to outwit the contestants with devious questions of his or her own, in 'Beat the Brains'.
Producer: Paul Bajoria.
Competitors from East Lothian, West Yorkshire, Merseyside and Nottinghamshire do battle.
5909 2012010920120114(9/17)
Which major battle took place at Drumossie Moor near Inverness? And if Shakespeare was known as the 'Swan of Avon', which writer was the 'Swan of Usk'?
Russell Davies puts these and many other questions to the competitors in today's ninth heat of the general knowledge quiz, each of them aiming for a place in the semi-finals and a further step towards the coveted title 'Brain of Britain 2012'. Today's contestants come from London, Stevenage and Edinburgh.
Producer: Paul Bajoria.
Contestants from London, Stevenage and Edinburgh compete for a place in the semi-finals.
5910 2012011620120121(10/17)
The canvas entitled 'Nude Descending A Staircase', first exhibited in 1912, was the first major success of which artist?
Russell Davies puts this and many other questions to the competitors in the tenth heat of the 2012 contest. This week's programme comes from the BBC's new Salford studios, with quiz enthusiasts from Cheshire, the West Midlands and Edinburgh bidding for a semi-final place.
Producer: Paul Bajoria.
Contestants from Cheshire, the West Midlands and Edinburgh bid for a semi-final place.
5911 2012012320120128(11/17)
The 2012 contest reaches the penultimate heat, from Salford, with Russell Davies in the chair. This week's competitors come from Hull, Glasgow, Bristol and Leeds.
Among the questions they face will be: What's the usual title given to the poem by Robert Browning that begins 'Oh, to be in England, now that April's there'?
And: Which physicist gave his name to zones of highly energised charged particles trapped at high altitude in the earth's magnetic field?
The winner today takes one of the last remaining places in the semi-finals, and takes a crucial step closer to the coveted title of Brain of Britain 2012.
Producer: Paul Bajoria.
Competitors from Hull, Glasgow, Bristol and Leeds vie for a place in the semi-finals.
5912 2012013020120204(12/12)
The 2012 general knowledge contest reaches its twelfth and final heat, with one automatic place remaining in the semi-finals which begin next week. Which of today's four competitors will win through?
Russell Davies is in the chair, at the BBC's Maida Vale studios.
Producer: Paul Bajoria.
Competitors vie for the last automatic place in the semi-finals.
5913 2012020620120211(13/17)
Can you remember who was awarded the BBC Sports Personality of the Year trophy for 2011, just a few weeks ago? Russell Davies puts the contestants on the spot in Brain of Britain, and you can hear how they get on in this week's programme.
The time-honoured general knowledge quiz reaches the semi-final stage this week, with four competitors who have come unscathed through the heats continuing their progress towards the title Brain of Britain 2012.
The first batch of semi-finalists are from County Fermanagh, Merseyside, London and Sussex.
Producer: Paul Bajoria.
First semi-final, with competitors from County Fermanagh, Merseyside, Sussex and London.
5914 2012021320120218(14/17)
The 2012 series of the general knowledge contest reaches the second semi-final, with competitors from Elgin in Morayshire, London, Twickenham and Sale in Cheshire bidding for a place in the Final next month.
Russell Davies is in the questionmaster's chair. Among the questions facing this week's contestants are the name of the country of which Goodluck Jonathan is the President; and which well-known painting had the not-very-revealing original title 'Arrangement in Grey and Black', when exhibited in 1872?
As usual, there's also a chance for a Brain of Britain listener to win a prize by outwitting the contestants with question suggestions of his or her own.
Producer: Paul Bajoria.
Second semi-final, with competitors from Elgin in Morayshire, London, Twickenham and Sale.
5915 2012022020120225(15/17)
The third semi-final of the grand-daddy of general knowledge quizzes features competitors from Windsor, Glasgow, Tottenham and Farnsfield in Nottinghamshire. Each of them has come unscathed through the heats stage, and now plays for a place in the grand 2012 Final the week after next.
Russell Davies puts questions from every conceivable field of knowledge. Which war was formally ended by the Treaty of Paris of 1856? In the Beatles' first film 'A Hard Day's Night', which Irish-born actor played the grandfather?
As always, there's also a chance for a listener to win a prize with his or her suggestions for fiendish questions to defeat the contestants' combined brainpower.
Producer: Paul Bajoria.
Third semi-final, featuring competitors from Windsor, Glasgow, Tottenham and Farnsfield.
5916 2012022720120303(16/17)
The fourth and last semi-final of the 2012 series will determine who takes the remaining place in the grand Final. The competitors are from Reigate, Inverness, Disley in Cheshire and Neath in South Wales.
Russell Davies asks the questions, which include: What's the name of the man-eating water monster who plagues the hall of King Hrothgar in the Old English poem Beowulf? And which sea-area in the Met Office shipping forecast extends furthest west?
The answers could prove crucial in the contest to discover who'll take a step closer to the 2012 'Brain of Britain' title.
Producer: Paul Bajoria.
The last semi-final to determine who takes the remaining place in the grand final.
5917 LAST 2012030520120310(17/17)
Russell Davies is in the chair, as the 2012 season of the longest-lived general knowledge contest of them all reaches the Final. The four competitors who have come unscathed through heats and semi-finals line up for the last hurdle, which will determine who is named the 59th 'Brain of Britain'. This year the Finalists are from London, South Wales and Nottinghamshire.
They can expect the questions to be especially challenging in the Final contest. They'll be asked, among many other questions, to name Dickens's mistress who was the subject of an acclaimed biography by Claire Tomalin in the 1990s; and the Pope who instigated the First Crusade with an uncompromising sermon in the year 1095.
As always, the champion takes home the handsome silver 'Brain of Britain' trophy.
Producer: Paul Bajoria.
Russell Davies chairs the grand 2012 final of the general knowledge quiz.
6001 2012112620121201The nationwide general knowledge quiz, chaired by Russell Davies.
(1/17)
The most venerable radio general knowledge quiz of them all returns for the 2012-13 season, with Russell Davies welcoming 48 competitors from all over the UK hoping to be named the 60th Brain of Britain.
In the first programme the contestants are from the Isle of Wight, Cornwall, South Wales and Aberdeen.
History, music, science, geography, literature, mythology, popular culture, and all points in between, lurk in Russell's pack of questions. This is the quiz where you can't save yourself with clever tactics, hedging your bets, making your opponents go first, or voting them off! The winner will be the contestant who knows the most correct answers - who will go through to a place in the series semi-finals in the new year.
As always, the programme includes the 'Beat the Brains' feature, in which the competitors tackle a pair of questions suggested by a listener trying to outwit them.
Producer: Paul Bajoria.
6002 2012120320121208The nationwide general knowledge quiz, chaired by Russell Davies.
(2/17)
What does the musical instruction 'da capo' mean? And which national newspaper features the motto 'Without fear and without favour' on its front page?
Russell Davies is in the questionmaster's chair for the second heat in the current series of the evergreen general knowledge quiz. This week he's welcoming competitors from London, Hampshire and Kent to the BBC Radio Theatre.
As always they'll need the widest possible knowledge of science, history, the arts, current affairs, music and popular culture, to stand a chance of making it through to the series semi-finals in the new year, and possibly being named the 60th Brain of Britain champion.
There will be a chance for listeners to try to outwit the contestants by suggesting their own intriguingly tricky questions, in the 'Beat the Brains' feature.
Producer: Paul Bajoria.
6003 2012121020121215The ever-popular nationwide general knowledge quiz, chaired by Russell Davies.
(3/17)
Which film actor was known as 'The Great Stone Face'? And which Welsh rugby coach is credited with first using the phrase 'get your retaliation in first'?
The competitors in Brain of Britain will have to come up with the answers, and many others, as they face Russell Davies' questioning in the third heat of the current series. The programme comes from Salford and the contestants this week hail from Liverpool, Norwich, Leeds and Lincoln. If their general knowledge carries them through to the next stage in the new year, they'll stand a real chance of becoming the sixtieth holder of the prestigious quiz title, 'Brain of Britain'.
As always, a Brain of Britain listener stands to win a prize, as the competitors try to answer a pair of fiendish questions he or she has devised.
Producer: Paul Bajoria.
6004 2012121720121222The nationwide general knowledge quiz, chaired by Russell Davies
(4/17)
Which explorer gave the Pacific Ocean its name? And which film actor played both Sergeant Bilko in 1996 and Inspector Clouseau in 2006?
Russell Davies asks the questions in this fourth heat of the current series of Britain's longest-running general knowledge contest. The competitors are from Chorley in Lancashire, Stoke-on-Trent, Birmingham and Aberdare. They'll each be hoping they can win through to the semi-finals in the new year, with a chance of becoming the sixtieth holder of the coveted Brain of Britain title.
There's also a chance for a listener to win a prize by devising questions tricky enough to stump the combined brainpower of the contestants.
Producer: Paul Bajoria.
6005 20121229 (5/17)
Which writer's first published novel, 'Jumping The Queue' appeared when she was aged 70? And in a special televised ceremony at the end of 1999, who was named Sports Personality of the 20th Century?
Russell Davies chairs the latest heat of the longest-running general knowledge quiz on British radio, this week from the BBC's Maida Vale studios. Competitors from Swindon, Reading, London and Petersfield in Hampshire try for a place in the 2013 semi-finals.
As always, there's a chance for a listener to 'Beat the Brains' by devising questions that may outwit all four contestants.
Producer: Paul Bajoria.
6006 2012123120130105Which of Ian Fleming's original James Bond novels is narrated by a female character? And which is the largest lake in Italy? The contestant whose general knowledge is good enough to cope with these questions could be taking another step towards the title of Brain of Britain 2013 - with Russell Davies in the chair.
This week's four contenders come from the West Country and the Home Counties. They're bidding for a semi-final place in this, the sixtieth series of the ever-popular general knowledge contest. As usual, the questions cover every imaginable subject, from literature and music to geography, medicine and science.
There'll also be the customary chance for a Brain of Britain listener to outwit the contestants with some cunning questions of his or her own devising.
Producer: Paul Bajoria.
(6/17)
 
6007 2013010720130112(7/17)
What did the 'P.G.' stand for in the name of the writer P.G. Wodehouse? And what's a Wheatstone Bridge used for in an electrical circuit?
Brain of Britain returns to Media City in Salford for another heat featuring competitors from the North of England. This week's four contestants come from Westhoughton in Lancashire, Nuneaton, Derby and Haydon Bridge in West Yorkshire. They compete for a place in the semi-finals of this 60th season of the time-honoured general knowledge quiz.
Russell Davies is in the questionmaster's chair, and he'll also be selecting a pair of questions mailed to Brain of Britain by a listener, hoping to confound the combined brainpower of the contestants in order to win a prize.
Producer: Paul Bajoria.
 
6008 20130114  
6009 2013012120130126(9/17)
Can you name the city, a World Heritage Site since 1985, that was the ancient capital of the Nabataeans? And who was the author of 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes'?
These are just two of the questions faced by the competitors in this week's ninth heat of Brain of Britain 2013, with Russell Davies in the chair. This week they hail from Dorset, Berkshire and Hertfordshire.
As always, a listener also stands to win a prize, if he or she can 'beat the brains' with questions of their own.
Producer: Paul Bajoria.
 
6010 2013012820130202(10/17)
What was the name of Mussolini's mistress? And which word was once described as the 'great Australian adjective'?
The answers to these and many other questions can be found in the tenth heat of Brain of Britain, with Russell Davies in the chair. This week's competitors come from London, Maidenhead and Cardiff, and they'll each be hoping their general knowledge will win them a place in the 2013 semi-finals and a further step towards the coveted title.
Producer: Paul Bajoria.
 
6011 2013020420130209(11/17)
Russell Davies asks the questions in the eleventh heat of the 2013 series of the evergreen general knowledge quiz. IN this episode the competitors come from Staffordshire, Gloucestershire, North Yorkshire and Leeds. At stake is a coveted place in the semi-finals which begin after two more heats.
The contestants will face Russell's questions on everything from music and literature to science, sport, history, mythology, etymology, popular culture and current affairs.
There's also a chance for a listener to win a prize by stumping the assembled brains with questions of his or her own devising.
Producer: Paul Bajoria.
Nationwide general knowledge quiz chaired by Russell Davies 
6013 2013021820130223(13/17)
Russell Davies asks the questions, in the first of this year's semi-finals of the evergreen general knowledge quiz. Today's competitors have all come successfully through the heats, and are vying for a place in the grand Final and the chance to take the title of 'Brain of Britain 2013'.
In addition to the twelve outright heat winners, the four top-scoring runners-up across the series also have another chance to try for a place in the Final.
The questions get tougher as the contest proceeds: so they will need all the knowledge they can muster, as Russell's questions cover every imaginable field from history and mythology through to sport and popular culture.
There will also be the chance for a listener to win a prize by defeating the combined brainpower of the contestants.
Producer: Paul Bajoria.
6014 2013022520130302(14/17)
In the metamorphosis of arthropods and other organisms, what is meant by the word 'exuvia'? And what's the Spanish word for summer?
Russell Davies tests the general knowledge of four more semi-finalists who have come successfully through the heats of this year's competition. One of them will win a place in the Final and a real chance of taking the title 'Brain of Britain 2013'.
The questions get tougher as the contest proceeds: so they will need to draw on all their reserves of knowledge of every field from history and mythology, science and geography, literature and music, to current affairs and contemporary culture.
There will also be the chance for a listener to win a prize by coming up with questions that could stump the contestants.
Producer: Paul Bajoria.
6015 2013030420130309(15/17)
The book 'Ten Days That Shook The World', by John Reed, is an eyewitness account of which event? And what was the subject of the public inquiry over which the High Court judge Lord Mersey presided in 1912?
These are among the questions faced by the semi-finalists, in the third semi-final of Brain of Britain 2013, with Russell Davies in the chair.
The winner will take a place in the series Final in just a couple of weeks' time, so the stakes are high. As always, there's also a chance for a listener to outwit the combined brainpower of the contestants, by suggesting devious questions of his or her own.
Producer: Paul Bajoria 
6016 2013031120130316The tension mounts as Russell Davies welcomes the last of this year's semi-finalists in the nationwide general knowledge quiz. One of them will take the last remaining place in next week's Final, and stand a real chance of becoming the sixtieth holder of the title Brain of Britain.
Russell's questions will test their knowledge in every field. Will they know with which disease the immunologist Edward Jenner infected his subjects in the attempt to make them immune to smallpox? Or what the Modified Mercalli Intensity Scale is used to measure?
As always, a listener will get the chance to win a prize by 'Beating the Brains', if his or her questions can stump the combined brainpower of the contestants.
Producer: Paul Bajoria 
6017 LAST 2013031820130323(17/17)
Russell Davies chairs the general knowledge quiz as it reaches the climax of its 2013 series, at the BBC Radio Theatre in London. Forty-eight contestants have been whittled down to just four Finalists, who are about to find out which of them will be named the 60th Brain of Britain.
These contestants being the creme de la creme, they face the toughest questions of the series in their bid to lift the trophy. The broadcaster and Professor of Classics at Cambridge University, Mary Beard, will perform the championship ceremony.
The Finalists this year come from London, Leeds, Lancashire and Portsmouth. Will they be stumped by the interval questions set especially to bamboozle them, by last year's Brain of Britain champion?
Producer: Paul Bajoria 
6101 2013120920131214(1/17)
Russell Davies welcomes the first four contestants in the quest for the 2014 Brain of Britain.
Forty-eight competitors from all over Britain take part this winter, with the eventual winner being named the sixty-first Brain of Britain champion in the spring of 2014. The longest-running general knowledge quiz on British radio is still the title every serious quiz contestant wants to win.
Whether it's science, history, music, mythology, popular culture, literature or sport, there's no telling what the next question will be about, and no clever strategies to resort to if you don't know the answer. There's a point for every correct answer and a bonus point for getting five right in a row. There are no other rules!
The programme also offers the chance for a listener to 'Beat the Brains' by suggesting questions which might be more than a match for the combined knowledge of the contestants.
Producer: Paul Bajoria 
6102 2013121620131221(2/17)
Competitors from Oxfordshire, West Sussex, London and Kent join Russell Davies for the second heat in the current series of the longest-lived general knowledge quiz on British radio.
The eventual winner after heats, semi-finals and Final will be named the sixty-first Brain of Britain in the spring of 2014.
As always, the contestants will also pool their brainpower to tackle questions from a listener hoping to win a prize by 'Beating the Brains'.
Producer: Paul Bajoria.
 
6103 2013122320131228(3/17)
Russell Davies is in Salford this week, for the third heat of the contest to find the 61st Brain of Britain champion. The competitors come from Sunderland, County Durham, Cheshire and Greater Manchester. As always, there will also be the chance for a listener to challenge the contestants with questions of his or her own, in the 'Beat the Brains' feature.
Producer: Paul Bajoria 
6104 2013123020140104(4/17)
How is the colour silver referred to in heraldry? And which cult movie was based on a 1951 story called The Sentinel?
The competitors in the fourth heat of Brain of Britain won't stand a chance of making it through to the semi-finals of the tournament unless they can answer these and many other questions put to them by Russell Davies. The programme this week comes from Media City in Salford, and the competitors are all from Scotland and the north of England. One of them may be going all the way to lifting the trophy as the 61st Brain of Britain champion at the end of the series.
Producer: Paul Bajoria 
6105 2014010620140111(5/17)
Which philosopher's best known work is the 'Critique of Pure Reason'? Russell Davies has the question, and will be hoping one of this week's contestants has the answer, as they start their bid for the title Brain of Britain 2014.
This week's contenders are from London, Berkshire and Cornwall. The winner will take a place in the series semi-finals, and move a step closer to the 61st Brain of Britain title which will be awarded in the spring. The questions cover the widest possible range of general knowledge, from history, science, mythology and the Classics to film, music and popular culture.
As always there'll be a chance for a listener to win a prize with questions designed to outwit the contestants, in 'Beat the Brains'.
Producer: Paul Bajoria 
6106 2014011320140118(6/17)
Russell Davies welcomes competitors from Thames Ditton, Portsmouth, Twickenham and Henley on Thames, in the latest heat of the nationwide general knowledge quiz. This week's contest comes from the BBC's Maida Vale studios.
The winner will take his or her place in the series semi-finals, and move a step closer to being named the 61st Brain of Britain champion in the spring.
As always they'll have to prove the breadth of their general knowledge, with questions covering everything from Classical mythology to information technology, and from classic literature to current affairs.
Producer: Paul Bajoria 
6107 2014012020140125Russell Davies asks the questions in the seventh heat of the nationwide general knowledge quiz.
6108 2014012720140201(8/17)
What traditional size of paper gets its name because it is produced by folding a standard sheet eight times? And John Lennon's childhood home in Liverpool was named after which range of hills?
Russell Davies asks these and many other questions in the latest heat of the prestigious general knowledge quiz, now in its 61st season. The four contestants taking part today are competing for a semi-final place which will take them a step nearer to the coveted title of Brain of Britain 2014.
They come from Brighton, St Austell, Hedgerley Green in Buckinghamshire, and Kingswood in Surrey.
Producer: Paul Bajoria 
6109 2014020320140208(9/17)
The name of which chemical element derives from the Greek word for 'lazy'? And to which province of Canada does Cape Breton Island belong?
Russell Davies puts these and a plethora of other general knowledge questions to today's competitors, who come from Cardiff, Ayrshire, Northumberland and North Yorkshire. They're hoping to win a place in the 2014 semi-finals which begin in a few weeks' time.
Russell's questions cover history, music, science, literature, mythology, popular culture and more besides. There's also a chance for an ingenious listener to 'Beat the Brains' with questions of his or her own devising - with a prize on offer if the contestants' combined brainpower can't work them out.
Producer: Paul Bajoria 
6110 2014021020140215(10/17)
Competitors from London, Buckinghamshire and Surrey join Russell Davies for the latest heat in the 2014 series of the prestigious general knowledge quiz. At stake is a place in next month's semi-finals and a chance to go forward to take the 61st Brain of Britain title.
Russell's questions cover everything from history and mythology, music and theatre, literature and popular culture, to medicine, the natural world, technology and geography. The time-honoured format couldn't be simpler: each question is worth a point and the contestant with the most points takes the semi-final place.
There's also a chance for a listener to win a prize by 'Beating the Brains' with ingenious questions of his or her own.
Producer: Paul Bajoria 
6111 2014021720140222(11/17)
How often would a hebdomadal meeting take place? And in which town do the football team St Mirren play their home games? Russell Davies puts these and many other general knowledge questions to today's competitors, who come from Leeds, Accrington, Grimsby and York.
Today's winner will become the eleventh person to go through automatically to the semi-finals - but with just two weeks to go before the semi-finals begin, they'll all be trying to score as many points as they can, in the hope of securing one of the sought-after places for the highest-scoring runners-up.
As always, a Brain of Britain listener gets the chance to win a prize by outwitting the contestants with quiz questions of his or her own devising.
Producer: Paul Bajoria 
6112 2014022420140301(12/17)
Russell Davies welcomes competitors from East Yorkshire, Worcestershire, Lancashire and North Wales to Media City in Salford for the last of the 2014 heats. Up for grabs is the last of the automatic places in this year's Brain of Britain semi-finals.
As well as competing with one another to answer the questions, the contestants have to grapple with puzzles submitted by a listener, who'll win a prize if they can't answer the questions successfully.
Producer: Paul Bajoria.
6113 2014030320140308(13/14)
What surname is shared by a Danish composer of six symphonies, and an actor whose roles include Frank Drebin in 'Police Squad'? And what was the name of the first-ever space station, launched in 1971?
Russell Davies has the answers to these and many other general knowledge questions - and will be hoping the contestants do too, as they compete for a place in the 2014 Brain of Britain Final. The first batch of semi-finalists are from London, Surrey and Wearside - and they've all proved their mettle by winning their heats over the past few months, or being so narrowly beaten they've qualified for a semi-final place.
As always there's a chance for a Brain of Britain listener to win a prize by suggesting tricky questions with which to 'Beat the Brains'.
Producer: Paul Bajoria 
6114 2014031020140315Russell Davies chairs the second semi-final of the nationwide general knowledge quiz.
(14/17)
Competitors from Portsmouth, Bolton, Ormskirk and Leeds face Russell Davies' questions, in the second semi-final of radio's most venerable general knowledge quiz. They have all won their respective heats, or been among the top-scoring runners-up, and now stand a real chance of a place in the 2014 Final.
Can they identify the New York jazz club whose address in its heyday was 1678 Broadway? Or the name given to the constant expressing the quantity of electric charge carried by a mole of electrons?
They'll also be called upon to pool their knowledge and see if they can deal with the listener's cunning questions chosen this week to 'Beat the Brains'.
Producer: Paul Bajoria.
6115 2014031720140322Russell Davies chairs the third semi-final of the nationwide general knowledge quiz.
(15/17)
The third semi-final of the nationwide general knowledge quiz comes from the Radio Theatre in London, with Russell Davies in the chair. The competitors have all either won their heats or been among the top-scoring runners-up in this year's series. Today's winner will go through to the grand Final, and into the home straight in the race for the title of 61st Brain of Britain.
6116 2014032420140329Russell Davies chairs the fourth semi-final of the nationwide general knowledge quiz.
(16/17)
Which star, noted for roles in Alfred Hitchcock films, is the mother of the actress Melanie Griffith? And with which waterway is the nautical mirage known as the Fata Morgana most closely associated?
These are among the general knowledge questions Russell Davies puts to the semi-finalists in today's contest, which will decide who gets the one remaining place in the 2014 Final. Today's competitors are from Bristol, Bromley in Kent, Skipton in North Yorkshire, and Oswestry in Shropshire.
As ever, there'll also be a chance for a listener to win a prize by stumping the contestants with questions of his or her own devising.
Producer: Paul Bajoria 
6117 2014033120140405The 2014 final of the nationwide general knowledge quiz, chaired by Russell Davies.
(17/17)
The four competitors who have come through heats and semi-finals unscathed now face each other in the 2014 Final - with the 61st annual Brain of Britain title at stake.
Russell Davies asks the questions in what promises to be a nail-biting contest between four of the brightest and most determined quizzing minds in Britain. As usual the questions fall entirely at random, and the only rule is that a contestant's turn is over once he or she has answered five correctly in a row.
There's also the usual interval in which the Brains pool their knowledge to tackle a pair of questions as a team rather than as rivals - and, by tradition, the questions for the Final have been set by the reigning Brain of Britain champion.
The programme comes from the BBC Radio Theatre in London.
Producer: Paul Bajoria.
199801 1998081319980816Robert Robinson chairs round one of the nationwide general knowledge contest.
Including Beat the Brains, in which listeners put their own questions to the contestants.
199802 1998082019980823Robert Robinson chairs round two of the nationwide general knowledge contest.
Including Beat the Brains, in which listeners put their own questions to the contestants.
199803 1998082719980830Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest.
Including Beat the Brains, in which listeners put their own questions to the contestants.
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199813 1998110519981108Robert Robinson chairs the first semi-final of the nationwide general knowledge contest.
/ Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest.
Including Beat the Brains, in which listeners put their own questions to the contestants.
199814 1998111219981115Robert Robinson chairs the second semi-final of the nationwide general knowledge contest.
199815 1998111919981122Robert Robinson chairs the third semi-final of the nationwide general knowledge contest.
199816 1998112619981129Robert Robinson chairs the fourth semi-final of the nationwide general knowledge contest.
/ Robert Robinson chairs the fourth semi-final of the nationwide general knowledge contest, featuring the highest-scoring runners-up.
199817 LAST 1998120319981206Robert Robinson chairs the final the nationwide general knowledge contest.
/ Robert Robinson chairs the final of the nationwide general knowledge contest.
199901Beat The Brains1999080919990828Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest, including `Beat the Brains', in which listeners put their own questions to contestants.
First round - the south of ENGLAND.
199902Beat The Brains1999081619990904Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest, including `Beat the Brains', in which listeners put their own questions to contestants.
First round - the south of ENGLAND.
199903Beat The Brains1999082319990911Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest, including `Beat the Brains', in which listeners put their own questions to contestants.
First round - Midlands and East Anglia.
199904Beat The Brains1999083019990918Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest, including `Beat the Brains', in which listeners put their own questions to contestants.
First round - the south of ENGLAND.
First round - Midlands and East Anglia.
199905Beat The Brains1999090619990925Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest, including `Beat the Brains', in which listeners put their own questions to contestants.
First round - the north-west of ENGLAND.
1999 Beat The Brains1999072619990814Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest, including `Beat the Brains', in which listeners put their own questions to contestants.
1999  1999080219990821 
1999 Beat The Brains1999092019991009Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest, including `Beat the Brains', in which listeners put their own questions to contestants.
First round - the north-west of ENGLAND.
First round - north of ENGLAND.
1999 Beat The Brains1999092719991016Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest, including `Beat the Brains', in which listeners put their own questions to contestants.
First round - north west of ENGLAND.
1999 Beat The Brains1999100419991023Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest, including `Beat the Brains', in which listeners put their own questions to contestants.
Round One: Scotland.
First round - north of ENGLAND.
1999 Beat The Brains1999100419991127Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest, including `Beat the Brains', in which listeners put their own questions to contestants.
Round One: Scotland.
First round - north of ENGLAND.
1999 Beat The Brains1999101119991002Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest, including `Beat the Brains', in which listeners put their own questions to contestants.
First round - west of ENGLAND.
Round One: Wales.
1999 Beat The Brains1999101119991030Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest, including `Beat the Brains', in which listeners put their own questions to contestants.
First round - west of ENGLAND.
Round One: Wales.
1999 Beat The Brains1999101819991106Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest, including `Beat the Brains', in which listeners put their own questions to contestants.
First semi-final.
Round One: Scotland.
1999 Beat The Brains1999102519991113Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest, including `Beat the Brains', in which listeners put their own questions to contestants.
Second semi-final.
Round One: Wales.
1999 Beat The Brains1999110119991120Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest, including `Beat the Brains', in which listeners put their own questions to contestants.
Third semi-final.
First semi-final.
1999 Beat The Brains1999110819991127Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest, including `Beat the Brains', in which listeners put their own questions to contestants.
Fourth semi-final.
Second semi-final.
1999 Beat The Brains1999111519991204Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest, including `Beat the Brains', in which listeners put their own questions to contestants.
Third semi-final.
/ Robert Robinson chairs the final of the nationwide general knowledge contest, including `Beat the Brains', in which listeners put their own questions to contestants.
1999 Beat The Brains1999112219991211Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest, including `Beat the Brains', in which listeners put their own questions to contestants.
Fourth semi-final.
200001 2000080720000826Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest, including Beat the Brains, in which listeners put their own questions to contestants.
First round - LONDON and the South of ENGLAND.
200001 2000092520001014Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest, including Beat the Brains, in which listeners put their own questions to contestants.
First round - the North of ENGLAND.
Round 1: West of ENGLAND.
200001 2000100220001021 
200001 2000100920001028Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest, including Beat the Brains, in which listeners put their own questions to contestants.
Round 1: Wales and Northern IRELAND.
Round 1: West of ENGLAND.
200001 2000101620001104Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest, including Beat the Brains, in which listeners put their own questions to contestants.
Round 1: Scotland.
The first semi-final.
200001 2000102320001111 
200002 2000081420000902Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest, including Beat the Brains, in which listeners put their own questions to contestants.
First round - LONDON and the South of ENGLAND.
First round - Home Counties.
2000021st Semi-final2000103020001111Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest, including Beat the Brains, in which listeners put their own questions to contestants.
The first semi-final.
200003 2000082120000909Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest, including Beat the Brains, in which listeners put their own questions to contestants.
First round - the Midlands.
200003 2000110620001125 
200004 2000082820000916Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest, including Beat the Brains, in which listeners put their own questions to contestants.
First round - LONDON and the South of ENGLAND.
First round - the Midlands.
200005 2000090420000923Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest, including Beat the Brains, in which listeners put their own questions to contestants.
First round - the North West.
2000054th Semi-final2000112020001209Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest, including Beat the Brains, in which listeners put their own questions to contestants.
The fourth semi-final.
200006 2000112720001216Robert Robinson chairs the final of the nationwide general knowledge contest, including Beat the Brains, in which listeners put their own questions to contestants.
200006First Round - The Midlands2000091120000930Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest, including Beat the Brains, in which listeners put their own questions to contestants.
First round - the Midlands.
200007 2000091820001007Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest, including Beat the Brains, in which listeners put their own questions to contestants.
First round - the West of ENGLAND.
First round - the North West.
2000  2000072420000812Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest, including Beat the Brains, in which listeners put their own questions to contestants.
First round - Home Counties.
2000  2000073120000819 
2000  20001202  
200101 2001080620010825Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest.
This first round match is between contestants from LONDON and the Home Counties.
2001011st Round London And Home Counties2001072320010811Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest.
This first round match is between contestants from LONDON and the Home Counties.
200102 2001073020010818Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest.
This first round match is between contestants from the South of ENGLAND.
2001041st Round South Of England2001081320010901Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest.
This first round match is between contestants from the South of ENGLAND.
200105 2001082020010908 
2001061st Round Midlands And East Anglia2001082720010908Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest.
This first round match is between contestants from the Midlands and East Anglia.
200107 2001090320010915Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest.
This first round match is between contestants from the Midlands and East Anglia.
200108 2001091020010922Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest.
This first-round match is between contestants from the West of ENGLAND / Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest.
This first round match is between contestants from the Midlands and East Anglia.
200109 2001091720011006Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest.
This first-round match is between contestants from the North of ENGLAND.
200110 2001092420011013Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest.
This first-round match is between contestants from North-West ENGLAND / Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest.
This first-round match is between contestants from the West of ENGLAND.
200111 2001100120011020Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest.
This first-round match is between contestants from Scotland / Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest.
This first-round match is between contestants from the North of ENGLAND.
200112 2001100820011027Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest.
This first-round match is between contestants from North-West ENGLAND / Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest.
This first-round match is between contestants from Wales and Northern IRELAND.
200113 2001101520011103Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest.
This first semi-final is between contestants from LONDON, the Home Counties and the South of ENGLAND / Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest.
This first-round match is between contestants from Scotland.
200114 2001102220011110Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest.
The second semi-final is between participants from the Midlands and the West of ENGLAND / Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest.
This first-round match is between contestants from Wales and Northern IRELAND.
200115 2001102920011117Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest.
The third semi-final is between participants from the North and North-West of ENGLAND, Scotland, Wales and IRELAND / Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest.
This first semi-final is between contestants from LONDON, the Home Counties and the South of ENGLAND.
200116 2001110520011124Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest.
The second semi-final is between participants from the Midlands and the West of ENGLAND.
200117 2001111220011124Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest.
The last semi-final is between the highest-scoring runners-up / Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest.
The third semi-final is between participants from the North and North-West of ENGLAND, Scotland, Wales and IRELAND.
200118 2001111920011201Robert Robinson chairs the final of the nationwide general knowledge contest.
200119 2001112620011208 
200201 2002090220020907 
200202First Round - South Of England2002090920020914Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest.
This first-round match is between contestants from the South of ENGLAND.
200203 2002091620020921 
200204 2002092320020928 
200205 2002093020021005 
200206First Round - Midlands And East Anglia2002100720021012Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest.
This first-round match is between contestants from the Midlands and East Anglia.
200207First Round - North West England2002101420021019Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest.
This first-round match is between contestants from the north west of ENGLAND.
200208First Round - North West England2002102120021026Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest.
This first-round match is between contestants from the north west of ENGLAND.
200209First Round - West England2002102820021102Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest.
This first-round match is between contestants from the west of ENGLAND.
200210First Round - West England2002110420021109Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest.
This first-round match is between contestants from the west of ENGLAND.
200211First Round - North England2002111120021116Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest.
This first-round match is between contestants from the north of ENGLAND.
200212First Round - Scotland And Wales2002111820021123Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest.
This first-round match is between contestants from Scotland and Wales.
200213First Semi Final2002112520021130Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest.
The first semi-final is between contestants from LONDON, the South and the Home Counties.
200214Second Semi Final2002120220021207Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest.
The second semi-final is between contestants from the Midlands and north west of ENGLAND.
200215Third Semi Final2002120920021214Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest.
The third semi-final is between contestants from the west and the north of ENGLAND and Wales.
200216Fourth Semi Final2002121620021221Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest.
The fourth semi-final is between the highest-scoring runners-up.
200217 LASTFinal2002122320021228Robert Robinson chairs the final of the nationwide general knowledge contest to decide the Brain of Britain 2002.
200301 2003062320030628Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest.
Includes Beat The Brains where listeners put their own questions to the contestants.
200302Round One, South Of England2003063020030705Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest.
Includes Beat The Brains where listeners test the contestants.
200303Round One, Home Counties2003070720030712Today's first round programme features contestants from the Home Counties.
200304First Round - Home Counties2003071420030719A nationwide general knowledge contest in which listeners compete to become this year's Brain Of Britain.
Chairman: Robert Robinson First Round: The Home Counties Mrs Pauline Saringer (a Retired Teacher) David Stedman (a Publisher) Dr Robert Waller (a Teacher) Neil Crockford (a Freelance Translator) The programme includes 'Beat The Brains' in which listeners put their own questions to the contestants.
200305 2003072120030726 
200306 2003072820030802Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest.
200307 2003080420030809Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest.
2003081st Round North West England2003081120030816A nationwide general knowledge contest in which listeners compete to become this year's Brain Of Britain, chaired by Robert Robinson.
Today's round comes from the North West of ENGLAND.
Today's contestants are Andrew Grealey, a Welfare Rights Officer, David Griffiths, a teacher, Patrick Gibson, a Software Designer, and Mike Kane, a Retired Chemist.
The programme includes ""Beat The Brains"" in which listeners put their own questions to the contestants.
2003091st Round North Of England2003081820030823Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest, beginning in the North of ENGLAND.
This week's contestants are Barry Simmons, an IT systems developer; David Fairburn, a lorry driver; Joe Shelley, a retired teacher; and Edward Pearce, a writer and journalist.
200310 2003082520030830Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest.
2003111st Round West Of England2003090120030906Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest.
Today's first round features contestants from the West of ENGLAND: Anthony Hutchings - a Fish Wholesaler David Wilson - an Artist Ken Smith - an Office Cleaner.
2003121st Round Scotland And Northern Ireland2003090820030913Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest.
Today's first round sees Scotland take on Northern IRELAND.
Contestants: Hamish Cameron - a Computer Manager Jane Ann Liston - a Local Councillor Dr.
Bill Harvey - a Civil Servant Elizabeth Stuart - A Charity Manager.
2003131st Semi Final London South And Home Counties2003091520030920Robert Robinson chairs the first semi-final of the nationwide general knowledge contest for LONDON, South, and Home Counties.
The cotestants are: Chris Perrin - a Civil Servant Fred Filby - a Retired Engineer David Good - a Software Developer David Stedman - a Publisher The programme includes Beat The Brains, in which listeners put their own questions to the contestants.
2003142nd Semi-final Midlands And North West England2003092220030927Robert Robinson chairs the second semi-final of the nationwide general knowledge contest for the Midlands, and North West ENGLAND.
The cotestants are: Robert Ackerman - a Retired Academic Alan Heathcote - a Retired Accountant John Grantham - a Retired Teacher David Griffiths - a Teacher The programme includes Beat The Brains, in which listeners put their own questions to the contestants.
2003153rd Semi-final2003092920031004Robert Robinson chairs the third semi-final of the nationwide general knowledge contest.
200316Last Semi Final2003100620031011Robert Robinson chairs the last semi-final of the nationwide general knowledge contest.
Featuring the highest scoring runners up: Neil Crockford - a Freelance Translator Philip Duffy - a Civil Servant Barry Simmons - an IT Systems Developer Hamish Cameron - a Computer Manager Includes Beat The Brains, in which listeners put their questions to contestants.
Programme devised by John P.
Wynn.
Questions set by Kevin Ashman.
200317Final2003101320031018Robert Robinson chairs the final of the nationwide general knowledge contest.
If you would like to be considered as a contestant for Brain Of Britain 2004, please write now requesting an audition to: Brain Of Britain, BBC, Broadcasting House, LONDON W1A 1AA and you will be contacted in the New Year.
200401 2004071220040717Today's contestants are:
John Bates, an Editor
Dr Peter Hayward, a Clinical Psychologist
David Harper, a Data Processor
Ian Godfrey, a Blue Badge Tourist Guide
The programme includes Beat The Brains, in which listeners put their own questions to the contestants.
200402 2004071920040724A nationwide general knowledge contest in which listeners compete to become this year's Brain of Britain.
This first round comes from LONDON.
Philip Wardle - a Journalist
Azeez Feshitan - a Lecturer
Mrs.
Judith Baldwin- a Committee Secretary
Gavin Fuller - a Database Supervisor.
200403 2004072620040731Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest in which listeners compete to become this year's Brain of Britain.
Today's contestants are:
Patrick Yarnold - a Retired Diplomat
Christopher Ratcliffe - a Tour Driver
Mrs.
Anne Miller- a Retired Librarian
Miss Dawn Townsend - a Housewife
200404 2004080220040807This first round game features contestants from the Home Counties.
200405 2004080920040814 
200406First Round - South Of England2004081620040821Contestants:
Mrs Julie Aris, Audit Manager
Olav Bjortomt, Journalist
Mrs Pamela Buckingham, Retired Teacher
David Hodder, Retired Civil Servant.
200407 2004082320040828Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest for those who fancy themselves as 'Boffins of Blighty'.
200408 2004083020040904Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest.
200409 2004090620040911A nationwide general knowledge contest in which listeners compete to become this year's Brain of Britain, chaired by Russell Davies.
First Round - North of ENGLAND
Featured contestants:
Christopher Gibson, Teacher
Ray Ward, Librarian
Mike Harris, Local Government Officer
Mark Kerr, Chartered Surveyor
The programme includes 'Beat the Brains' in which listeners put their own questions to the contestants.
200410First Round - North Of England2004091320040918chaired by Russell Davies.
Featured contestants:
Norman Clark, Retired Teacher
Nick Mills, Software Tester
Graham Sharp, Retired Insurance Executive
Ian Welham, Retired Teacher.
200411First Round - West Of England2004092020040925A nationwide general knowledge contest in which listeners compete to become this year's Brain of Britain, chaired by Russell Davies.
First Round - West of ENGLAND and Wales
Featured contestants:
Miss Anne Roberts, Retired
Christopher Braunholtz, Retired Civil Servant
Geoffrey North, Computer Analyst
Gwyn Jones, a Retired Civil Servant.
200412First Round: Scotland And Northern Ireland2004092720041002Contestants:
Mrs Dilys Hartland, Teacher
David Wilson, Solicitor
Nicholas Price, University Teacher
John McDonnell, Postal Worker
The programme includes 'Beat the Brains' in which listeners put their own questions to the contestants.
200413 2004100420041009Russell Davies is chairman of a nationwide general knowledge contest in which listeners compete to become this year's Brain of Britain.
The programme includes 'Beat the Brains' in which listeners put their own questions to the contestants.
200414 2004101120041016 
200415 2004101820041023 
200416 2004102520041030Russell Davies chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest.
200417Final2004110120041106 
200501 2005080820050813Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest.
200502 2005081520050820 
200503 2005082220050827 
200504 2005082920050903 
200505 2005090520050910Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest.
200506 2005091220050917Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest.
200507 2005091920050924Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest.
200508 2005092620051001Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest.
200509 2005100320051008Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest.
200510 2005101020051015Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest.
200511 2005101720051022Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest.
200512 2005102420051029Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest.
200513 2005103120051105 
200514 2005110720051112Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest.
200515 2005111420051119Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest.
200516 2005112120051126Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest.
200517 LAST 2005112820051203 
200601 2006090420060909Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest.
The first round edition comes from London.
200602 2006091120060916Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest.
The first round edition comes from London.
200603 2006091820060923Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest in a first round Home Counties heat.
200604 2006092520060930Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest in a first round Home Counties heat.
200605 2006100220061007Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest in a first round South of England heat.
200606 2006100920061014Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest in a first round South of England heat.
200607 2006101620061021 
200608 2006102320061028 
200609 2006103020061104 
200610 2006110620061111 
200611 2006111320061118 
200612 2006112020061125 
200613 2006112720061202 
200614 2006120420061209 
200615 2006121120061216Robert Robinson chairs the third semi-final of the nationwide general knowledge contest.
200616 2006121820061223Robert Robinson chairs the fourth semi-final of the nationwide general knowledge contest.
200617 LAST 2006122520061230 
200701 2007091020070915 
200702 2007091720070922 
200703 2007092420070929 
200704 2007100120071006 
200705 2007100820071013 
200706 2007101520071020 
200707 2007102220071027 
200708 2007102920071103Peter Snow chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest.
200709 2007110520071110 
200710 2007111220071117 
200711 2007111920071124Peter Snow chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest.
200712 2007112620071201Peter Snow hosts the last of this year's heats in the nationwide general knowledge quiz, from the BBC Radio Theatre in London.
200713 2007120320071208 
2007142nd Quarter Final2007121020071215 
200715 2007121720071222 
200716 2007122420071229Peter Snow hosts the last quarter-final in the nationwide general knowledge quiz.
200717 LAST 2007123120080105 
200801 2008092920081004Robert Robinson introduces the new series of the perennial general knowledge quiz.
The first heat features contestants from Scotland and the North of England.
200802 2008100620081011Robert Robinson introduces the perennial general knowledge quiz.
The second heat features four contestants from the London area.
200803 2008101320081018Robert Robinson introduces the perennial general knowledge quiz from the BBC Radio Theatre in London.
200804 2008102020081025Robert Robinson introduces the fourth heat of the perennial general knowledge quiz.
200805 2008102720081101Robert Robinson introduces the fifth heat of the perennial general knowledge quiz.
200806 2008110320081108Robert Robinson introduces the sixth heat of the perennial general knowledge quiz.
200807 2008111020081115Robert Robinson introduces the perennial general knowledge quiz from the BBC Radio Theatre in London.
200808 2008111720081122Robert Robinson introduces the perennial general knowledge quiz.
This eighth heat features contestants from the south east of England.
200809 2008112420081129Robert Robinson introduces the ninth heat of the perennial general knowledge quiz.
200810 2008120120081206Robert Robinson introduces the tenth heat of the perennial general knowledge quiz.
200811 2008120820081213The penultimate heat of the general knowledge contest, chaired by Robert Robinson.
The penultimate heat of the perennial general knowledge contest, chaired by Robert Robinson at the BBC's Maida Vale studio.
200812 2008121520081220Robert Robinson chairs the final heat of the perennial general knowledge contest, with four contestants from Scotland and the north of England.
200813 2008122220081227Robert Robinson chairs the first semi final of the perennial general knowledge contest.
200814 2008122920090103Robert Robinson chairs the second semi final of the perennial general knowledge contest.
200815 2009010520090110 
200816 2009011220090117 
200817 LAST 20090119 Robert Robinson chairs the perennial general knowledge contest.
200901 2009101220091017Russell Davies chairs the first heat of the perennial general knowledge contest.
200902 2009101920091024Russell Davies chairs the second heat of the perennial general knowledge contest.
200903 2009102620091031Russell Davies welcomes four more guests to take part in the perennial general knowledge contest.
Russell Davies welcomes four more guests to take part in the general knowledge contest.
200904 2009110220091107Russell Davies chairs the fourth heat of the perennial general knowledge contest.
200905 2009110920091114Russell Davies chairs the fifth heat of the perennial general knowledge contest.
200906 2009111620091121Russell Davies chairs the sixth heat of the perennial general knowledge contest, with contestants from the north of England.
Russell Davies chairs the sixth heat of the perennial general knowledge contest.
200907 2009112320091128Russell Davies chairs the seventh heat of the perennial general knowledge contest.
200908 2009113020091205Russell Davies chairs the eighth heat of the perennial general knowledge contest, with contestants from the Midlands.
Russell Davies chairs the eighth heat of the perennial general knowledge contest.
200909 2009120720091212Russell Davies chairs the ninth heat of the perennial general knowledge contest, with contestants from the south of England.
Russell Davies chairs the ninth heat of the perennial general knowledge contest.
200910 2009121420091219Russell Davies chairs the tenth, heat of the perennial general knowledge contest, with four contestants from Wales.
Russell Davies chairs the tenth, heat of the perennial general knowledge contest.
200911 2009122120091226Russell Davies chairs the eleventh heat of the perennial general knowledge contest, featuring contestants from the south of England.
Russell Davies chairs the eleventh heat of the perennial general knowledge contest.
200912 2009122820100102Russell Davies chairs the twelfth and final heat of the perennial general knowledge contest, with contestants from the north of England.
Russell Davies chairs the twelfth heat of the perennial general knowledge contest.
 
200913 2010010420100109Russell Davies chairs the first semi-final of the perennial general knowledge contest.
Russell Davies chairs the first semi-final of the perennial general knowledge contest, with heat winners Mrs Ali Arnold from High Wycombe, Ms Marie Coyle from London, Rob Hannah from Torquay and Roger Johnson from Chelmsford competing for a place in the final.
200914 2010011120100116Russell Davies chairs the second semi-final of the perennial general knowledge contest, with heat winners Dr Ian Bayley from Oxford, Bernard Fyles from St Helens, Chris Quinn from Huyton and Martin Wyatt from Accrington competing for a place in the final.
Russell Davies chairs the second semi-final of the perennial general knowledge contest.
 
200915 2010011820100123Russell Davies chairs another semi-final of the perennial general knowledge contest, with heat winners Martin Boult from Basingstoke, David Clark from Port Talbot, Jane Ann Liston from St Andrews and Anthony Payne from St Bees in Cumbria competing for a place in the final.
Russell Davies chairs another semi-final of the perennial general knowledge contest.
 
200916 2010012520100130Russell Davies chairs the last semi-final of the perennial general knowledge contest, with heat winners Jim Cook from Worcestershire, David Edwards from Staffordshire, Anne Hegerty from Manchester and Simon Pitfield from the Midlands competing for a place in the final.
Russell Davies chairs the last semi-final of the perennial general knowledge contest.
 
200917 LAST 2010020120100206Russell Davies chairs the 2010 final of the perennial general knowledge contest.
Contestants Ian Bayley from Oxford, David Clark from Port Talbot, Anne Hegerty from Manchester and Rob Hannah from Torquay compete to be this year's winner.
200D054th Semi-final2000112020001209Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest, including Beat the Brains, in which listeners put their own questions to contestants.
The fourth semi-final.
  Programme Catalogue - Details: 09 April 199019900409 Producer: R.
EDIS
Next in series: 16 April 1990
Previous in series: 18 August 1987
Broadcast history
09 Apr 1990 12:25-12:55 (RADIO 4)
11 Apr 1990 18:30-19:00 (RADIO 4)
Recorded on 1990-04-03.
  Programme Catalogue - Details: 09 April 199019900411 First broadcast on 1990-04-09
Producer: R.
EDIS
Next in series: 16 April 1990
Previous in series: 18 August 1987
Broadcast history
09 Apr 1990 12:25-12:55 (RADIO 4)
11 Apr 1990 18:30-19:00 (RADIO 4)
Recorded on 1990-04-03.
  Programme Catalogue - Details: 16 April 199019900416 Producer: R.
EDIS
Next in series: 23 April 1990
Previous in series: 09 April 1990
Broadcast history
16 Apr 1990 12:25-12:55 (RADIO 4)
18 Apr 1990 18:30-19:00 (RADIO 4)
Recorded on 1990-04-03.
  Programme Catalogue - Details: 16 April 199019900418 First broadcast on 1990-04-16
Producer: R.
EDIS
Next in series: 23 April 1990
Previous in series: 09 April 1990
Broadcast history
16 Apr 1990 12:25-12:55 (RADIO 4)
18 Apr 1990 18:30-19:00 (RADIO 4)
Recorded on 1990-04-03.
  Programme Catalogue - Details: 23 April 199019900423 Producer: R.
EDIS
Next in series: 30 April 1990
Previous in series: 16 April 1990
Broadcast history
23 Apr 1990 12:25-12:55 (RADIO 4)
25 Apr 1990 18:30-19:00 (RADIO 4)
Recorded on 1990-04-05.
  Programme Catalogue - Details: 23 April 199019900425 First broadcast on 1990-04-23
Producer: R.
EDIS
Next in series: 30 April 1990
Previous in series: 16 April 1990
Broadcast history
23 Apr 1990 12:25-12:55 (RADIO 4)
25 Apr 1990 18:30-19:00 (RADIO 4)
Recorded on 1990-04-05.
  Programme Catalogue - Details: 30 April 199019900430 Producer: R.
EDIS
Next in series: 15 April 1991
Previous in series: 23 April 1990
Broadcast history
30 Apr 1990 12:25-12:55 (RADIO 4)
02 May 1990 18:30-19:00 (RADIO 4)
Recorded on 1990-04-05.
  Programme Catalogue - Details: 30 April 199019900502 First broadcast on 1990-04-30
Producer: R.
EDIS
Next in series: 15 April 1991
Previous in series: 23 April 1990
Broadcast history
30 Apr 1990 12:25-12:55 (RADIO 4)
02 May 1990 18:30-19:00 (RADIO 4)
Recorded on 1990-04-05.
  Programme Catalogue - Details: 1995 Final19950904 Producer: R.
EDIS
Next in series: 11 September 1995
Previous in series: 28 August 1995
Broadcast history
04 Sep 1995 12:25-12:55 (RADIO 4)
06 Sep 1995 18:30-19:00 (RADIO 4)
Recorded on 1995-06-27.
  Programme Catalogue - Details: 1995 Final19950906 First broadcast on 1995-09-04
Producer: R.
EDIS
Next in series: 11 September 1995
Previous in series: 28 August 1995
Broadcast history
04 Sep 1995 12:25-12:55 (RADIO 4)
06 Sep 1995 18:30-19:00 (RADIO 4)
Recorded on 1995-06-27.
  Programme Catalogue - Details: 11 September 199519950911 Producer: R.
EDIS
Next in series: 27 May 1996
Previous in series: 1995 FINAL
Broadcast history
11 Sep 1995 12:25-12:55 (RADIO 4)
13 Sep 1995 18:30-19:00 (RADIO 4)
Recorded on 1995-07-04.
  Programme Catalogue - Details: 11 September 199519950913 First broadcast on 1995-09-11
Producer: R.
EDIS
Next in series: 27 May 1996
Previous in series: 1995 FINAL
Broadcast history
11 Sep 1995 12:25-12:55 (RADIO 4)
13 Sep 1995 18:30-19:00 (RADIO 4)
Recorded on 1995-07-04.
  Beat The Brains19970526 A nationwide general knowledge contest in which listeners compete to become this year's Brain of Britain.
First Round - North West of ENGLAND.
Chairman Robert Robinson.
Including `Beat the Brains', in which listeners put their own questions to the contestants.
  Beat The Brains1997052819990911Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest, including `Beat the Brains', in which listeners put their own questions to contestants.
First round - Midlands and East Anglia.
  Beat The Brains19970602 A nationwide general knowledge contest in which listeners compete to become this year's Brain of Britain.
First Round - North of ENGLAND.
Chairman Robert Robinson.
Including `Beat the Brains', in which listeners put their own questions to the contestants.
  Beat The Brains19970604  
  Beat The Brains19970609 A nationwide general knowledge contest in which listeners compete to become this year's Brain of Britain.
Tenth Round - West of ENGLAND.
Chairman Robert Robinson.
Including `Beat the Brains', in which listeners put their own questions to the contestants.
  Beat The Brains1997061119990904Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest, including `Beat the Brains', in which listeners put their own questions to contestants.
  Eleventh Round - Scotland19970616 A nationwide general knowledge contest.
`Eleventh Round - Scotland'.
Chairman Robert Robinson.
Including `Beat the Brains', in which listeners put their own questions to the contestants.
  Eleventh Round - Scotland19970618  
  Twelfth Round - Wales19970623 A nationwide general knowledge contest chaired by Robert Robinson.
`Twelfth Round - Wales'.
Including `Beat the Brains', in which listeners put their own questions to the contestants.
  Twelfth Round - Wales19970625 A nationwide general knowledge contest chaired by Robert Robinson.
`Twelfth Round - Wales'.
Including `Beat the Brains', in which listeners put their own questions to the contestants.
  First Semi-final19970630 A nationwide general knowledge contest chaired by Robert Robinson.
`First Semi-Final'.
Including `Beat the Brains', in which listeners put their own questions to the contestants.
  First Semi-final19970702  
  Second Semi-final19970707 A nationwide general knowledge contest chaired by Robert Robinson.
`Second Semi-Final'.
Including `Beat the Brains', in which listeners put their own questions to the contestants.
  Second Semi-final19970709 A nationwide general knowledge contest chaired by Robert Robinson.
`Second Semi-Final'.
Including `Beat the Brains', in which listeners put their own questions to the contestants.
  Third Semi-final19970714 A nationwide general knowledge contest chaired by Robert Robinson.
`Third Semi-Final'.
Including `Beat the Brains', in which listeners put their own questions to the contestants.
  Third Semi-final19970716  
  Beat The Brains1997072119990814Fourth semi-finalof the nationwide general knowledge contest chaired by Robert Robinson.
`Beat the Brains', in which listeners put their own questions to the contestants.
  Beat The Brains19970723 Fourth semi-final of the nationwide general knowledge contest chaired by Robert Robinson.
Including `Beat the Brains', in which listeners put their own questions to the contestants.
  Beat The Brains19970728 The final of the nationwide general knowledge contest chaired by Robert Robinson.
Contestants include two retired lecturers, a former secretary and a teacher.
  Beat The Brains1997073019991127The final of the nationwide general knowledge contest chaired by Robert Robinson.
Including `Beat the Brains', in which listeners put their own questions to the contestants.

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  • 28 Minutes
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  • Genre: Factual, Games & Quizzes
  • Genre: Entertainment, Factual, Games & Quizzes

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  • I'd been listing these by year , as there's only one series a year, but it was announced that the sereies starting in 2010 was the 58th, so I'm basing by count on that.

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