Fern Britton reveals her regal new role on ITV’s A Right Royal Quiz, which will be shown on New Year's Eve
Ever wondered what goes on behind the monarchy’s closed doors? Whether you’re a republican, a royalist or just a royal rubbernecker this new one-off panel show about the winsome Windsors has something to keep one amused.
Warm and playfully hosted by Fern Britton ITV’s A Right Royal Quiz is full of fascinating facts, archive footage, surprise guests, and isn't afraid to lift the lid on supreme secrets and majestic traditions.
Here Fern Britton tells us about her splendid TV special starring Jennie Bond, Hal Cruttenden, Angellica Bell, Joe Pasquale and Jodie Kidd…
Tell us about your star-studded pilot panel show…
"I host two teams of two celebrities. The Regal Reds are comedian Hal Cruttenden and presenter Angellica Bell. Buckingham Blues are Joe Pasquale and model Jodie Kidd. We also have Jennie Bond, who’s virtually a royal person, as our royal expert!"
What happens during the quiz rounds?
"The quiz rounds are fun with gossip, information, royal paraphernalia facts, and people who’ve met the royal family. There’s also some fabulous archive footage. My favourite is Harry sticking out his tongue… he hasn’t changed much!"
Are you a royal family fan?
"I’ve had an obsession since I was quite young. I’m not necessarily a royalist but I love the history of it all. I’ve some Golden Jubilee plates in the downstairs loo!"
Have you met any of the royal family?
"Yes, I’ve met Prince Charles and Camilla. I also saw Diana at events –there was something about her. She had a huge presence. After she left the room there was a Disney twinkle still in the air. I’ve met the Queen a couple of times too and shaken hands, she was very nice. I’d love to meet the boys. They seem very human. I’d love to have Harry and Meghan on the show!"
Why should people tune in?
"If you’re excessively interested in the royals you’ll feel smug when you know an answer. But even if you’re not, we focus on the modern royal family, so hopefully it will be interesting. It’s light-hearted fun. Just sit in front of it and let it happen!"
A Right Royal Quiz is on ITV on Sunday 31st December at 3.30pm
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