New Danny Wallace game show on the way

Oh goody. Another hateful BBC1 quiz show. This time, Danny Wallace is to host School’s Out, “the celebrity quiz show for BBC1 that we should all be able to win because it’s inspired by what we all learned at school.”

The marketing evil goes on:

Some things we can still remember, some still confuse us and for some we simply weren’t paying attention. Everyone went to school and every answer in this quiz we will have known, even if it was just for one day and forgotten the next. In School’s Out, three celebrities will go back to school and compete against each other, answering questions based on the school curriculum for a chance to win prizes for either their old school, their children’s school or another school of their choice. With host Danny Wallace, laden with the teacher attitude, irony and sarcasm (that we love, in hindsight) we’ll see just how far we’ve dumbed down since our school days.

Where do you start with an idea that rubbish?

“Okay, Neil Stuke from EastEnders, can you tell me the first differential with respect to theta of tan theta? You have 20 seconds, starting now! No? Okay, Tamzin Outhwaite, you can steal a bonus by telling me what the atomic mass of Molybdenum is… No? Three of the land concessions the Germans made through the Treaty of Versailles…? No…?”

It’s going to be a long, long evening.


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    I’m Rob Buckley, a journalist who writes for UK media magazines that most people have never heard of although you might have heard me on the podcast Lockdown Land or Radio 5 Live’s Saturday Edition or Afternoon Edition. I’ve edited Dreamwatch, Sprocket and Cambridge Film Festival Daily; been technical editor for TV producers magazine Televisual; reviewed films for the short-lived newspaper Cambridge Insider; written features for the even shorter-lived newspaper Soho Independent; and was regularly sarcastic about television on the blink-and-you-missed-it “web site for urban hedonists” The Tribe. Since going freelance, I've contributed to the likes of Broadcast, Total Content + Media, Action TV, Off The Telly, Action Network, TV Scoop and The Custard TV.

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