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Pop Quiz

1 9 8 1 – 1 9 8 4 (UK)
47 x 30 minute episodes

This Saturday evening quiz show was hosted by Radio 1 DJ Mike Read. Two teams of pop stars battled it out in rounds based around song intros, lyrics and musical general knowledge.

Team captains included Midge Ure, Gary Glitter, Roger Taylor (Queen), Roy Wood, Dave Edmunds, Alvin Stardust, Paul Jones (Manfred Mann), Hank Marvin (Shadows), Jake Burns (Stiff Little Fingers), Phil Lynott, Cliff Richard, Jon Moss (Culture Club), Bev Bevan (ELO), George Michael, Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin), Jonathan King and Paul Young.

Other guests included Ian Gillan, David Gilmour, Toyah, David Grant, Tim Rice, Phil Collins, Noddy Holder (Slade), Hazel O’ConnorSuzi Quatro, B.A. Robertson, Rick Wakeman, Cheryl Baker, Paula Yates, Bob Geldof, Glenn Tilbrook (Squeeze), Maggie Bell, Mari WilsonElvis Costello, John Entwistle, Simon Le Bon, Francis Rossi (Status Quo), Rick Parfitt (Status Quo), David Essex, Leo Sayer, Andy Fairweather Low, Lulu, Martin Kemp, Shakin’ Stevens, Martin Fry, Limahl, Nick LoweKim Wilde, Meat Loaf, Lynsey de Paul, Morrissey, Barry Gibb, Cozy Powell, Syd Little and Eddie Large.

In one episode in 1984, Duran Duran competed against Spandau Ballet.

The show returned for one year in 1994 with Chris Tarrant taking over hosting duties.