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Britain's Brightest Family - Anne Hegerty

Anne Hegerty oversees proceedings as families from across the country take part in second run of the knock-out tournament - Britain's Brightest Families

Anne Hegerty oversees proceedings as families from across the country take part in a second run of the knock-out tournament - ITV's Britain's Brightest Families

Back quizzing after I’m a Celebrity…, Anne Hegerty returns to her role as quizmaster in the second run of the show searching for the nation’s cleverest family.

A new memory round and a quick-fire round will keep your grey cells ticking over nicely…

TV Times rating: ***

Delightfully candid Anne tells us about the quiz show’s new revamp...

We’ve rejigged Britain’s Brightest Family…

Some viewers will be disappointed we’ve got rid of the bouncing chairs this series – they did malfunction a bit!

We’ve got a new memory and speed round, and added a studio audience to perk things up. I do enjoy the warm-up guy who comes on before filming.

He asks the audience to test me on anything – I’ve had to demonstrate several times that I can spell ‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’!

Not all quiz shows work…

I’m so glad Britain’s Brightest Family got a second series. I think it’s popular because most people are part of a family and like to play along.

Plus we have a fantastic slot – Wednesdays at 8pm – which is right between the two Coronation Street episodes. We’re the filling in the Corrie sandwich!

The responsibility not to lose viewers for the second Corrie weighs heavy.

I guessed the winning family before we started…

We’ve got 16 tremendous families – not a lot stumps them – but I’m pretty good at knowing instantly who’s the best.

Maths flummoxes most people… Particularly the adult family members who haven’t done it for years. I do it myself when I’m on The Chase.

I distrust maths questions and think, ‘I’m not going to get this,’ which I must stop. It’s bad to be defeatist.

Being a quizmaster is my dream job…

Whoever knew that such a job even existed? I didn’t. I still have moments of pinching myself, thinking, ‘This is ridiculous! I’m a £12-an-hour proofreader. What am I doing here?’

I wasn’t taught how to quiz at school, although I loved watching school teams compete on TV’s Top of the Form. I’m not good at puzzles or crosswords and can’t play card games, but I’m curious and have what I call a sticky memory – if I study something obsessively, facts just stick in my mind.


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As TV Times Highlights Editor I get to hear about all the latest TV shows coming soon. Here at TVT HQ we are in the privileged position of selecting the best programmes from across all the channels and streaming platforms. Our mission is to make it easier for our readers to decide what to watch - and give them lots of choice of genres - all the latest shows, plus some nostalgic choices we call hidden gems, too. My career began with a postgraduate degree in periodical journalism (ahem, yes old school!) in 1991 and I’ve worked in TV media since 2000.