Stephen Fry and Gary Lineker make cut for ideal fantasy pub quiz team,

The ideal fantasy pub quiz team to cover all bases would include Professor Brian Cox, David Attenborough and Stephen Fry – with Gary Lineker for the sports round.

Dame Judi Dench was the top pick for the TV and movies round, while Stephen Fry was good for a double – topping the list in both history and general knowledge.

Radio DJ Tony Blackburn is the man for a music round, while current events would see Jon Snow take his seat at the table.

The study of 2,000 adults found 57 per cent enjoy settling in to enjoy a pub quiz – either in real life or done virtually.

A spokesman for Lottoland, which commissioned the study in conjunction with the launch of its new 'Who Wants To Be a Millionaire' game, said: “From pub quizzes down the local to watching game shows with your family – quizzes are a cornerstone of British life.

“Add to that the fact that hosting your own virtual quiz had, for a long while, become the most exciting part of anyone’s week this year and it just goes to show that we’re all quiz-mad here in the UK.

“One of our all time favourite quizzes has to be 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire', so we are very excited to be bringing such a British staple to our quiz-mad players this year.

“Quizzes are brilliant examples of teamwork and having faith in other people that they know what they’re talking about.

"It’s very interesting to see which celebrities the nation holds in highest esteem when it comes to their specialist subjects.”

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The study found that one in five adults think their strongest quiz round is general knowledge, while 16 per cent are hottest on music.

However, only five per cent know the most about nature – which is where, in an ideal world, David Attenborough would come in.

Six in 10 have felt the glory of winning a pub quiz, although another 45 per cent have suffered the embarrassment of finishing rock bottom.

A fifth have also been the last person standing in a tiebreaker situation and managed to get the win.

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Brits also believe the maximum that should be allowed into a pub quiz team is five, although 37 per cent would cap it at four.

It also emerged that 41 per cent like to think of themselves as someone others would be happy to have on a pub quiz team, although 24 per cent don’t see themselves that way.

Meanwhile, one in four have argued with a quiz host over an answer, according to the  data.

The survey also asked Brits to list some of the more memorable quiz team names they’ve encountered, with Agatha Quiztie, Furlough the Leader and I Am Smarticus, all featuring.

Lottoland’s spokesman added: “Our results showed Brits love a quiz, not only to show off their knowledge but also to hopefully make a few quid with a win.

“If they had these celebrities in their team, they’d no doubt scoop the winnings every week. But even without the help of Mr Fry and Professor Cox, we’re hoping to see a few lucky prize winners of our own.”


HISTORY – Stephen Fry
SCIENCE – Professor Brian Cox
NATURE – David Attenborough
SPORTS – Gary Lineker
MUSIC – Tony Blackburn
TV AND FILM – Dame Judi Dench

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