Griff Rhys Jones is to preside over a museum-based quiz series for BBC Four.
The Quizeum has been billed as ‘part quiz, part panel show’ with the Welsh star visiting a different museum around the UK in each edition, accompanied by two teams of competing experts. The competitors will be familiar BBC Four faces, chosen for their specialism or skill relating to the museum which the quiz is visiting.
The show will feature creative quiz elements with rounds revolving around artefacts and others requiring exploration of the museum. Each programme is tailored to the museum it is set in, with favourite rounds reappearing, but new ones being introduced to showcase the artefacts on offer.
“There are spectacular treasures in all of our museums. The Quizeum will uncover the stories behind some of the lesser-known ones. From Roman penknives to Canalettos, from enamelled reliquaries to model boats, we will be looking for connections, testing history, unearthing startling facts and putting real experts on the spot. And most of all, we’re on the road exploring fabulous collections in unexpected places. This is a really exciting series to be involved with – pure joy.” – Griff Rhys Jones
Competitors who will make regular appearances throughout the series will include historian and expert on Antiques Roadshow Lars Tharp, art and cultural historian Janina Ramirez and author and historian Kate Williams.
Confirmed museums featured on the series include: the Ashmolean in Oxford, the museum of art and archaeology; the Foundling in London, the art collections held in the former Foundling Children’s Hospital; and the National Maritime Museum in London, the world’s largest maritime museum.
“We have so many fantastic museums up and down the UK and I’m delighted that BBC Four’s The Quizeum will be visiting some of these great institutions and exploring their collections, while putting our range of experts to the test. And with Griff Rhys Jones hosting, it promises to be a real treat full of fun and surprising facts!” – Channel Editor, BBC Four, Cassian Harrison
The Quizeum was commissioned by BBC Four Channel Editor Cassian Harrison and Mark Bell, Head of Arts Commissioning, BBC. The eight part series will air from spring 2015.