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Title: Quiz Shows

Quiz Shows
  • Introduction

What is a quiz show?
  • A quiz show has contestants.
  • The contestants have to use their knowledge to
    answer questions.
  • There is a winner.
  • They arent game shows.

Quiz show or game show?
  • Quiz shows use contestants knowledge. The
    contestants have this knowledge before they go on
    the show.
  • Game shows use contestants skills and abilities,
    to do something on the show.

Quiz show or game show?
  • Who wants to be a millionaire?
  • QI
  • Deal or No Deal?
  • All Star Mr. and Mrs.
  • Are you smarter than a ten year old?
  • Countdown
  • X Factor
  • Weakest Link

Did you get it right?
  • Millionaire
  • QI
  • Smarter than a ten year old.
  • All Star Mr and Mrs.
  • Weakest Link
  • Deal or No Deal.
  • X Factor
  • Countdown
  • Can you explain why each one is a quiz show or a
    game show?

What does a quiz show need?
  • A host
  • Contestants
  • Questions and rules to establish winners and
  • A format (the order in which things happen)
  • Something entertaining, so the audience will
  • Something unique, to make it different to other
    quiz shows.

Choose a quiz show you know, or watch an episode.
  • Describe the following
  • Who is the host?
  • Who are the contestants?
  • What is the set like?
  • What sort of questions are there?
  • What is the format?
  • What makes it entertaining?
  • What makes it unique?

Highbrow or lowbrow?
  • Quiz shows often have different approaches.
  • Some are highbrow. They expect contestants to
    have advanced knowledge, that you might gain
    through a lot of study or university education.
  • Some are lowbrow, or popular, and contestants
    need knowledge that you might gain in everyday
    life, often including knowledge about TV shows,
    sports, or celebrities.
  • Some shows are in between!

Put these in order
  • Put these shows in order from highbrow (number 1)
    to lowbrow (number 6).
  • They think its all over
  • QI
  • Mastermind
  • University Challenge
  • Millionaire
  • All Star Mr and Mrs
  • Weakest link

  • Quiz shows, like any other TV or radio show, are
    aimed at a specific group of people. Not everyone
    likes the same type of thing, so programme makers
    try to make their programme suit a smaller group
    of people the target audience.
  • The programme could be aimed at a certain age
    group children, teenagers, young people, middle
    aged people, the elderly. Or it might be aimed at
    a type of person football fans, the family,
    students, young men and so on.

What sort of audience are you?
  • Profile yourself
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Interests
  • Are there any quiz shows aimed at you, or people
    like you?

Who do you think is the target audience for these
  • Who Wants to be a Millionaire?
  • QI
  • Are you smarter than a ten year old?
  • All Star Mr and Mrs
  • The Weakest Link
  • Mastermind
  • Never Mind the Buzzcocks
  • University Challenge

Why do people like quiz shows?
  • Blumler and Katz suggested people use the media
    to satisfy their needs. This is called The Four
    Needs theory. It has four main parts
  • Escape and diversion from everyday life
  • Surveillance and information
  • Personal relationships
  • Personal identity

The Four Needs
  • 1.Quizzes provide an escape from everyday life
    the audience get involved and try to guess the
    answers, they get carried away with the drama and
    the excitement and forget about their worries
    for a while.
  • 2. Surveillance Quizzes provide information
    about the world the audience can learn things,
    and find out the answers to questions.

The Four Needs
  • 3. Personal relationships the audience can chat
    about the questions and the quiz they can
    compete or work together it provides an
    opportunity for social interaction.
  • 4. Personal identity audience members can
    compare themselves with the contestants and see
    how their knowledge or memory compares they can
    imagine they are the contestant.

Why do you watch quiz shows?
  • Decide which of Blumler and Katzs Four Needs
    you most want to satisfy when you watch quizzes,
    or other kinds of TV.
  • Escape / diversion from everyday life
  • Surveillance and information
  • Personal relationships
  • Personal identity

  • The choice of host is very important for quiz
    shows. The host is often the link between shows,
    and the person the audience most closely
    identifies with and recognises. The contestants
    change from week-to-week but the host usually
    stays the same.
  • Hosts are often chosen because they are already
    famous. Each host will convey certain ideas to
    the audience and attract a certain group of
    people to watch the show.

  • Choose three adjectives to describe each of these
    people, to sum up their appeal.
  • Steven Fry clever, witty, upper-class.
  • Fern Britten
  • Fern Cotton -
  • Chris Tarrant
  • Chris Moyles -
  • Jimmy Carr

Hybrid Genres
  • A lot of shows are hybrids a mixture of
    different types or genres.
  • This can make shows more unique or more
  • Shows can mix elements of quiz and game shows, or
    quiz and comedy, or quiz and reality TV, or quiz
    andjust about anything!

What are these shows hybrids of?
  • Never Mind the Buzzcocks
  • Quiz show (questions and answers about song
    lyrics etc)
  • game show (performing songs)
  • comedy (the hosts script, comedians on the
  • music (knowledge of bands, musicians on the
    panel, music played)
  • 8 out of 10 cats
  • Have I Got News For You

  • Choose a hybrid show you know well.
  • Describe what different elements it has, and
    explain how each one links to a different genre.

  • Quiz shows are different to game shows.
  • Quiz shows can be highbrow or popular.
  • Each host has a different appeal to the target
  • Each quiz show appeals to different target
  • The audience use quiz shows to satisfy
    different needs.
  • Quiz shows can be hybrids, using aspects of other
    genres and types of programme.

  • Explain what TV quiz shows are. Remember to
    include details about
  • How they differ from other genre
  • How they can appeal to a range of audience types
  • What we learn about the show from how the host
    and contestants are represented
  • How they have common features (set, host, format,
    theme tune etc) and how they differ from each
  • Remember to include examples of TV shows in your
  • You have 30 mins. To complete this task.
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