Putting the TV in TriVia: The 2012 Television Quiz

1 Whose globally televised testimony to British MPs included the declaration: "This is the most humble day of my life"?

2 Who won the 2012 series of MasterChef?

3 Who was the runner-up?

4 Which Channel Nine host interviewed Prince William and Prince Harry during the London Olympics?

5 Which legendary Australian Olympian won plaudits for his BBC commentary during the London Games?

6 Which of these members of the original cast of Dallas did not return for the series revival - Linda Gray; Victoria Principal; Charlene Tilton.

7 When Dallas legend Larry "J.R." Hagman died in November, he was also remembered for his role in a 1960s sitcom. Name that show and his character.

8 Which judge on The Voice mentored the winner of the competition, Karise Eden?

9 Which international pop act has been recruited as a judge for the 2013 series of The Voice?

10 Name the New Zealand import who co-hosted Channel Ten's Breakfast program.

11 Which Canadian singer was recruited to host a program on new station Smooth FM?

12 Ian "Molly" Meldrum gave his first interview after his accident to which news anchor?

13 Lara Bingle's brother and her best friend co-starred in her reality show. Name them.

14 Which broadcaster caused a storm of controversy after he used the phrases "died of shame" and "destroying the joint"?

15 The head of which activist group collapsed on set during a live broadcast of Q&A?

16 A post-midnight audience of more than 2 million people watched the Australian Open tennis men's final between which two players?

17 Who won the match?

18 Ten's The Project shifted to a 6.30pm start in November - how many timeslots has it had in four years on air?

19 Which female US singer was a guest at the ARIA Awards?

20 Leigh Sales won a Walkley Award for broadcast interviewing on 7.30 - name the MP she cornered when he revealed he hadn't read a crucial document?

21 Ten's reality series The Shire was set in which Sydney area?

22 Which Ten newsreader was made redundant in November after more than 30 years' service?

23 Which former Neighbours star co-hosts a radio show with Chrissie Swan?

24 The son of which Australian rock legend co-hosts Mornings on Channel Nine?

25 Golden Girl Betty White was honoured in January with a public birthday message from Barack Obama - how old was she turning?

26 A Current Affair came under fire for its exposé of the private life of which expatriate Australian author and presenter?

27 Which House Husbands star also recorded a best-selling children's album?

28 How many new episodes of Absolutely Fabulous were made to mark its 20th anniversary?

29 Name the four actors - first names all starting with J - who star in Absolutely Fabulous?

30 Name the actors who played miners Todd Russell and Brant Webb in the Beaconsfield telemovie?

31 Who won the 2012 Gold Logie?

32 Which American superstar ditched the Australian version of Celebrity Apprentice after three episodes?

33 Who won the series?

34 Name Charlie Sheen's sitcom follow-up to Two and a Half Men.

35 SBS launched a new digital network, dedicated to indigenous issues, in December. What is it called?

36 Name the co-hosts of SBS's coverage of the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest. (Bonus point: who won the 2012 event?)

37 Who hosts Ten's lifestyle show The Living Room?

38 Journalist Joe Hildebrand fronted a documentary series for the ABC called Dumb, Drunk and .. what?

39 Who portrayed Eddie Mabo's wife in the ABC telemovie Mabo?

40 Which legendary game-show host died in March?

41 The doctor portrayed in the ABC telemovie Dangerous Remedy was a campaigner against what?

42 The ABC drama The Straits was set in which Queensland city?

43 Myf Warhurst hosted a series celebrating the world of kitsch with what one-word title?

44 Which former Home and Away star hosted Ten's Don't Tell the Bride?

45 Name the British comedian and British rock band who did TV ads for Coles?

46 Which ABC current affairs host co-authored a novel titled The Marmalade Files?

47 Which Australian novel was named top of the list of must-read Australian books by viewers of The First Tuesday Book Club?

48 Who made the official presentation of the Melbourne Cup this year?

49 Which of the following artists did not perform at either the opening or closing ceremonies of the London Olympics: Paul McCartney; Elton John; the Spice Girls; Russell Brand.

50 Which American Idol judge is touring Australia in January?

51 What happened to the boyfriend of Lena Dunham's character Hannah in the first season finale of Girls?

52 Which two main characters left Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce this year in Mad Men?

53 Where is the series Homeland mostly filmed?

54 Name the Today Tonight presenter who recently left the show.

55 A few of the Chaser regulars hosted a quiz series on the Seven network. What was the name of the show?

56 Name the actors who play the four House Husbands.

57 Name the former Video Hits host who is a co-presenter on The Voice.

58 Which insurance company ran a campaign around the romance of Rhonda and Ketut?

59 Which Neighbours actor campaigned for Lite n' Easy?

60 Who won The Block?

61 Which Australian actors were both part of large-scale advertising campaigns for one of the big banks?

62 Which former AFL player appeared in Excess Baggage? Bonus point: name the winner of the series.

63 Who are the two actors who play Sue and Debbie in Puberty Blues?

64 Name the actor who plays Kalinda Sharma's husband in The Good Wife.

65 Revenge's lead character Emily Thorne is also the daughter of Madeleine Stowe's character Victoria. True or false.

66 What was the name of the actor who played Julian Assange in Ten's telemovie Underground?

67 Which Australian actor played Nina's biological father in Offspring?

68 Who was the former politician who participated in Go Back to Where You Came From on SBS?

69 What was the top-rated non-sport program in 2012?

70 Who played Kerry Packer in Howzat!? Bonus point: name the actor who played John Cornell.

71 Who was Annabel Crabb's partner in Randling?

72 What was the name of the six-part indigenous drama series that aired on the ABC?

73 Name the radio presenter who wrote and starred in the ABC comedy series Outland.

74 Name the actress who played the estranged wife of Woodley in the series of the same name.

75 Who won the Tour de France?

76 Which Australian golfer lost the British Open in deflating circumstances?

77 Which recent Australian fast bowler has been a frequent guest on Nine's cricket coverage this year?

78 How many episodes of Everybody Dance Now went to air?

79 Name the host of the rebooted Young Talent Time.

80 Which actress said she'd rather walk her French bulldog in New York than return to Australia where she is constantly referred to as her former character in Home and Away?

81 And what was the name of her original character?

82 Which famous chef shortened his recipes from 30 minutes to 15 minutes and made two separate series out of it?

83 She was loved by the Italians and a major department store before scoring the hosting role on Project Runway Australia. What's this model host's name?

84 There was a secret millionaire on two shows this year - which shows were they?

85 Who played the cameo in Modern Family that involved singing a Spandau Ballet song to Phil and Claire?

Summer quiz answers
1. Rupert Murdoch 2. Andy Allen 3. Julia Taylor 4. Leila McKinnon 5. Ian Thorpe 6. Victoria Principal 7. I Dream of Jeannie; Major Anthony Nelson 8. Seal 9. Ricky Martin 10. Paul Henry 11. Michael Buble 12. Jennifer Keyte 13. Josh Bingle; Hermione Underwood 14. Alan Jones 15. GetUp 16. Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal 17. Novak Djokovic 18. Four (7pm, 6.30pm twice, 6pm) 19. Taylor Swift 20. Tony Abbott 21. Cronulla 22. Ron Wilson 23. Jane Hall 24. Jimmy Barnes 25. 90 26. Clive James 27. Rhys Muldoon 28. Three (a fourth was made for the charity Sport Relief) 29. Jennifer Saunders; Joanna Lumley: June Whitfield; Julia Sawalha 30. Lachy Hulme and Shane Jacobson 31. Hamish Blake 32. David Hasselhoff 33. Ian "Dicko" Dickson 34. Anger Management 35. NITV - National Indigenous Television 36. Julia Zemiro and Sam Pang; Sweden 37. Amanda Keller 38. Racist 39. Deborah Mailman 40. Ian Turpie 41. Backyard abortions 42. Cairns 43. Nice 44. Kate Ritchie 45. Dawn French; Status Quo 46. Chris Uhlmann 47. Cloudstreet 48. Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall 49. Elton John 50. Mariah Carey 51. He was hit by a car 52. Peggy and Lane 53. North Carolina 54. Matthew White 55. The Unbelievable Truth 56. Rhys Muldoon, Firass Dirani, Gary Sweet and Gyton Grantley 57. Faustina Agolley 58. AAMI 59. Ryan Moloney 60. Brad and Lara 61. Simon Baker and Toni Collette 62. Robert DiPierdomenico, Ajay Rochester 63. Brenna Harding and Ashleigh Cummings 64. Marc Warren 65. False 66. Alex Williams 67. Garry McDonald. 68. Peter Reith 69. The Voice — winner announced 70. Lachy Hulme, Abe Forsythe 71. Merrick Watts 72. Redfern Now 73. Adam Richard 74. Justine Clarke 75. Bradley Wiggins 76. Adam Scott 77. Glenn McGrath 78. Four 79. Rob Mills 80. Melissa George 81. Angel Parrish 82. Jamie Oliver 83. Megan Gale 84. Big Brother and Beauty and the Geek Australia 85. Edward Norton

HOW YOU SCORED
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Written by Christine Sams, Neil McMahon, Andrew Murfett and Paul Kalina.

The great trivial pursuit
SUMMER QUIZ
Neil McMahon, Andrew Murfett and Paul Kalina  
So you think you know your television? Test your knowledge against our quizmasters Neil McMahon, Andrew Murfett and Paul Kalina.
1 Whose globally televised testimony to British MPs included the declaration: "This is the most humble day of my life"?
2 Who won the 2012 series of MasterChef?
3 Who was the runner-up?
4 Which Channel Nine host interviewed Prince William and Prince Harry during the London Olympics?
5 Which legendary Australian Olympian won plaudits for his BBC commentary during the London Games?
6 Which of these members of the original cast of Dallas did not return for the series revival - Linda Gray; Victoria Principal; Charlene Tilton.
7 When Dallas legend Larry "J.R." Hagman died in November, he was also remembered for his role in a 1960s sitcom. Name that show and his character.
8 Which judge on The Voice mentored the winner of the competition, Karise Eden?
9 Which international pop act has been recruited as a judge for the 2013 series of The Voice?
10 Name the New Zealand import who co-hosted Channel Ten's Breakfast program.
11 Which Canadian singer was recruited to host a program on new station Smooth FM?
12 Ian "Molly" Meldrum gave his first interview after his accident to which news anchor?
13 Lara Bingle's brother and her best friend co-starred in her reality show. Name them.
14 Which broadcaster caused a storm of controversy after he used the phrases "died of shame" and "destroying the joint"?
15 The head of which activist group collapsed on set during a live broadcast of Q&A?
16 A post-midnight audience of more than 2 million people watched the Australian Open tennis men's final between which two players?
17 Who won the match?
18 Ten's The Project shifted to a 6.30pm start in November - how many timeslots has it had in four years on air?
19 Which female US singer was a guest at the ARIA Awards?
20 Leigh Sales won a Walkley Award for broadcast interviewing on 7.30 - name the MP she cornered when he revealed he hadn't read a crucial document?
21 Ten's reality series The Shire was set in which Sydney area?
22 Which Ten newsreader was made redundant in November after more than 30 years' service?
23 Which former Neighbours star co-hosts a radio show with Chrissie Swan?
24 The son of which Australian rock legend co-hosts Mornings on Channel Nine?
25 Golden Girl Betty White was honoured in January with a public birthday message from Barack Obama - how old was she turning?
26 A Current Affair came under fire for its exposé of the private life of which expatriate Australian author and presenter?
27 Which House Husbands star also recorded a best-selling children's album?
28 How many new episodes of Absolutely Fabulous were made to mark its 20th anniversary?
29 Name the four actors - first names all starting with J - who star in Absolutely Fabulous?
30 Name the actors who played miners Todd Russell and Brant Webb in the Beaconsfield telemovie?
31 Who won the 2012 Gold Logie?
32 Which American superstar ditched the Australian version of Celebrity Apprentice after three episodes?
33 Who won the series?
34 Name Charlie Sheen's sitcom follow-up to Two and a Half Men.
35 SBS launched a new digital network, dedicated to indigenous issues, in December. What is it called?
36 Name the co-hosts of SBS's coverage of the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest. (Bonus point: who won the 2012 event?)
37 Who hosts Ten's lifestyle show The Living Room?
38 Journalist Joe Hildebrand fronted a documentary series for the ABC called Dumb, Drunk and .. what?
39 Who portrayed Eddie Mabo's wife in the ABC telemovie Mabo?
40 Which legendary game-show host died in March?
41 The doctor portrayed in the ABC telemovie Dangerous Remedy was a campaigner against what?
42 The ABC drama The Straits was set in which Queensland city?
43 Myf Warhurst hosted a series celebrating the world of kitsch with what one-word title?
44 Which former Home and Away star hosted Ten's Don't Tell the Bride?
45 Name the British comedian and British rock band who did TV ads for Coles?
46 Which ABC current affairs host co-authored a novel titled The Marmalade Files?
47 Which Australian novel was named top of the list of must-read Australian books by viewers of The First Tuesday Book Club?
48 Who made the official presentation of the Melbourne Cup this year?
49 Which of the following artists did not perform at either the opening or closing ceremonies of the London Olympics: Paul McCartney; Elton John; the Spice Girls; Russell Brand.
50 Which American Idol judge is touring Australia in January?

Summer quiz answers
1. Rupert Murdoch 2. Andy Allen 3. Julia Taylor 4. Leila McKinnon 5. Ian Thorpe 6. Victoria Principal 7. I Dream of Jeannie; Major Anthony Nelson 8. Seal 9. Ricky Martin 10. Paul Henry 11. Michael Buble 12. Jennifer Keyte 13. Josh Bingle; Hermione Underwood 14. Alan Jones 15. GetUp 16. Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal 17. Novak Djokovic 18. Four (7pm, 6.30pm twice, 6pm) 19. Taylor Swift 20. Tony Abbott 21. Cronulla 22. Ron Wilson 23. Jane Hall 24. Jimmy Barnes 25. 90 26. Clive James 27. Rhys Muldoon 28. Three (a fourth was made for the charity Sport Relief) 29. Jennifer Saunders; Joanna Lumley: June Whitfield; Julia Sawalha 30. Lachy Hulme and Shane Jacobson 31. Hamish Blake 32. David Hasselhoff 33. Ian "Dicko" Dickson 34. Anger Management 35. NITV - National Indigenous Television 36. Julia Zemiro and Sam Pang; Sweden 37. Amanda Keller 38. Racist 39. Deborah Mailman 40. Ian Turpie 41. Backyard abortions 42. Cairns 43. Nice 44. Kate Ritchie 45. Dawn French; Status Quo 46. Chris Uhlmann 47. Cloudstreet 48. Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall 49. Elton John 50. Mariah Carey

51 What happened to the boyfriend of Lena Dunham's character Hannah in the first season finale of Girls?
52 Which two main characters left Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce this year in Mad Men?
53 Where is the series Homeland mostly filmed?
54 Name the Today Tonight presenter who recently left the show.
55 A few of the Chaser regulars hosted a quiz series on the Seven network. What was the name of the show?
56 Name the actors who play the four House Husbands.
57 Name the former Video Hits host who is a co-presenter on The Voice.
58 Which insurance company ran a campaign around the romance of Rhonda and Ketut?
59 Which Neighbours actor campaigned for Lite n' Easy?
60 Who won The Block?
61 Which Australian actors were both part of large-scale advertising campaigns for one of the big banks?
62 Which former AFL player appeared in Excess Baggage? Bonus point: name the winner of the series.
63 Who are the two actors who play Sue and Debbie in Puberty Blues?
64 Name the actor who plays Kalinda Sharma's husband in The Good Wife.
65 Revenge's lead character Emily Thorne is also the daughter of Madeleine Stowe's character Victoria. True or false.
66 What was the name of the actor who played Julian Assange in Ten's telemovie Underground?
67 Which Australian actor played Nina's biological father in Offspring?
68 Who was the former politician who participated in Go Back to Where You Came From on SBS?
69 What was the top-rated non-sport program in 2012?
70 Who played Kerry Packer in Howzat!? Bonus point: name the actor who played John Cornell.
71 Who was Annabel Crabb's partner in Randling?
72 What was the name of the six-part indigenous drama series that aired on the ABC?
73 Name the radio presenter who wrote and starred in the ABC comedy series Outland.
74 Name the actress who played the estranged wife of Woodley in the series of the same name.
75 Who won the Tour de France?
76 Which Australian golfer lost the British Open in deflating circumstances?
77 Which recent Australian fast bowler has been a frequent guest on Nine's cricket coverage this year?
78 How many episodes of Everybody Dance Now went to air?
79 Name the host of the rebooted Young Talent Time.
80 Which actress said she'd rather walk her French bulldog in New York than return to Australia where she is constantly referred to as her former character in Home and Away?
81 And what was the name of her original character?
82 Which famous chef shortened his recipes from 30 minutes to 15 minutes and made two separate series out of it?
83 She was loved by the Italians and a major department store before scoring the hosting role on Project Runway Australia. What's this model host's name?
84 There was a secret millionaire on two shows this year - which shows were they?
85 Who played the cameo in Modern Family that involved singing a Spandau Ballet song to Phil and Claire?

Summer quiz answers
51. He was hit by a car 52. Peggy and Lane 53. North Carolina 54. Matthew White 55. The Unbelievable Truth 56. Rhys Muldoon, Firass Dirani, Gary Sweet and Gyton Grantley 57. Faustina Agolley 58. AAMI 59. Ryan Moloney 60. Brad and Lara 61. Simon Baker and Toni Collette 62. Robert DiPierdomenico, Ajay Rochester 63. Brenna Harding and Ashleigh Cummings 64. Marc Warren 65. False 66. Alex Williams 67. Garry McDonald. 68. Peter Reith 69. The Voice — winner announced 70. Lachy Hulme, Abe Forsythe 71. Merrick Watts 72. Redfern Now 73. Adam Richard 74. Justine Clarke 75. Bradley Wiggins 76. Adam Scott 77. Glenn McGrath 78. Four 79. Rob Mills 80. Melissa George 81. Angel Parrish 82. Jamie Oliver 83. Megan Gale 84. Big Brother and Beauty and the Geek Australia 85. Edward Norton

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