Last night I had a brilliant time with my old friends from BBC Strictly Come Dancing. Pretty much all the remaining celebs were there – I sat with Anita on one side and Brendan on the other. We spoke fondly of the people who have passed through the show: Kirsty, Ainsley, Daniel and so on. I ate my dessert next to Karen Clifton and we caught up with each other (I miss her). I even got a few minutes with Janette and Aljaz, two of my favourite dancers. And a chat with Bruno!
After what is now known as the “Dolcelatte Incident” a fortnight ago, where I asked which Italian cheese takes its name from the words “sweet milk” and Giovanni’s team lost to Katie’s because he said mozzarella, there was an appetite for a rematch and without a dance to learn I felt I should bring a quiz instead.
So below you see a pic taken by Brendan and the thirty questions I posed. The people in the room split into four teams. See how highly you would score in this Strictly-Eggheads quiz (kindly set by Eggheads producer Rob Dean).
***HERE WE GO!***
Strangeways, Here We Come was the fourth and final studio album released by which band?
In the song ‘Do-Re-Mi’ from the musical The Sound of Music, the note ‘re’ is described as ‘a drop of golden’?
What collective noun is used for a group of Rhino?
Where was the chef Ken Hom born?
What is the most common surname in Italy?
(Giovanni got this one straightaway)
Who, in the 19th century, invented the phonograph?
Alexander Graham Bell
Who is the Greek god of wine?
Green Eggs and Ham is a best-selling children’s book by which author?
Which fast dance, usually performed with the dancers’ stomachs touching, takes its name from the Portuguese for ‘beating’?
How many white keys are there on a standard acoustic piano?
In which year was Come Dancing launched on the BBC?
The superior rectus muscle is one of a set of muscles that control the movement of which part of the body?
What is the name of the rough skin of some sharks, used as an abrasive?
A cappuccino in Italy served ‘senza schiuma’ doesn’t have what?
(Another one Gio got, although it was put to Kellie Bright’s team)
The French singer Charles Aznavour had a UK number one hit in 1974 with which song?
La Vie En Rose
(Clue: A song that Karen and I danced to)
Which member of Westlife was a former professional footballer and joined Leeds United as a goalkeeper in 1995?
(Clue: there is a bit of Strictly history in this one)
Who played the title role in the 1967 film Dr Dolittle?
Dick Van Dyke
Early in their career, which entertainer was known as the Mighty Atom?
Which of these programmes featured Ainsley Harriott in an early acting role?
(Eek – Katie and Anton’s team gave the wrong answer)
What was the currency of the Netherlands before the introduction of the Euro?
How tall in meters is the Blackpool Tower?
(Answers: The Smiths, Sun, Crash, Tuscon Arizona, Rossi, Thomas Edison, Dionysus, Dr Seuss, Lambada, 88, 1949, Eye, Shagreen, Froth, She, Nicky Bryne, Rex Harrison, Bruce Forsyth, Red Dwarf, Guilder, 158m/518ft)