||"Wise Old Owls"
Television Appearance #2
"The Local" (August 1999)
Yorkshire Television produced a series of five, hour-long,
shows for Friday evenings in 1999 (in fact two half-hour slots either side of
the main ITN night-time news). These shows were broadcast from the studio-set of
"The Woolpack", a pivotal setting for much of the action in
the popular long running YTV soap "Emmerdale Farm". Since
the programme's premise was to re-create a night-out in the local pub, it
naturally had to feature a quiz of some sort!
The show's producer approached the Wise Old Owls and
asked if we'd supply a list of names of "quiz people" prepared to take
part in the show. It so happened the producer knew the late Steve
Crew, one of the founders of the Wise Old Owls. He was aware we ran
quizzes right across the region and so would be able to supply contestants that
were both capable and representative of Yorkshire TV's
audience. Moreover, our ability to put them directly in touch with likely
contestants obviated the need for expensive and time consuming auditions.
The quiz itself, rather than being a team affair like most pub
quizzes, was for individuals. Four contestants appeared on each of the
first four shows, the winner of each heat going through to the final
which was to form part of the fifth show. In each instance the contestants
were faced with twenty questions, all about things which had been in the news or
were otherwise topical. The questions were thrown out to all four
contestants and the fastest to the buzzer would get the chance to
answer. A point was awarded for each correct answer, and the highest score
would win (a tie break question was available for tied matches).
Chris himself appeared in the fourth and final heat broadcast
on 20 August 1999. In so doing he represented the Robin Hood in
Altofts (a pub he used to frequent on Monday evenings to take part in Tim Johnson's
excellent multi-part quiz night). Chris stormed his heat, winning with 9
points. The heat's other contestants were Paul Stone (Old Halfway House,
Horbury) 3 points, Chris Chappell (Masons' Arms, Ossett) 3 points, and
Lorna Rouse (Morley Dashers, Morley) 2 points.
The following week, i.e. the fifth and last show, the final
was staged. The other heat winners taking part were Darryl Sunderland of
Todmorden, Chris Randal of Worksop, and Julian Barker from the
British Queen in Bradford. Chris won but only after a low scoring
tie with Darrell and only then by virtue of getting the second bite at a
tie-break question! There was no prize but a handsome trophy now sits on
Chris' office bookcase! He certainly enjoyed the experience and through
going along to the TV studios got to meet a
living Yorkshire legend, the one-and-only Dickie Bird!