Big Quiz of 2017

Published: Tuesday 19th December 2017
  1. According to it's host, which is the Queen's most popular TV quiz show?
  2. Considered by many to be the greatest match in Super Bowl history which team fought back from a 25 point deficit to win Super Bowl LI in February 2017?
  3. Brothers George and Malcolm Young both sadly passed away in 2017, which Australian rock band are they most associated with?
  4. According to a 2017 survey, which bird is most likely to be run over on UK roads?
  5. Arriving in it's home port of Portsmouth in August 2017, what is the name of the Royal Navy's new £3bn aircraft carrier?
  6. Which two actors erroneously presented the 2017 Best Movie Oscar to "La La Land"?
  7. What Latin name did Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg choose for his son born in July 2017?
  8. What is the nickname of Zimbabwe's new President, Emmerson Mnangagwa, who replaced Robert Mugabe in November 2017?
  9. Which play won a record nine Olivier awards in May 2017?
  10. Which team did England beat in the final to win these 2017 sporting events, [a] UEFA European U-19 Championships, [b] Women's Cricket World Cup, [c] FIFA U-17 World Cup and [d] FIFA U-20 World Cup?
  11. Which BBC primetime TV programme was axed in October 2017 after 33 years on our screens?
  12. Which newspaper did former Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osbourne become editor of in May 2017?
  13. Of which country has actor Colin Firth become a citizen as a result of the Brexit vote?
  14. It was announced in November 2017 that Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle are to marry. In which US TV show did she star as paralegal Rachel Zane?
  15. Which disease was declared eliminated in the UK in September 2017?
  16. The actor Rodney Bewes died in November 2017, what character did he play in the 1960's sit-com "The Likely Lads" and the follow-up "What Ever Happened to the Likely Lads"?
  17. Omar, a cat from Australia, gained international fame in May 2017 as "probably" the World's longest domestic cat with a length of 120 cm (3ft 11ins). What breed was it?
  18. What was the name of the hurricane that devastated the Caribbean in August and September of 2017?
  19. Who, in February 2017, became the first female Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police?
  20. Entertainer Bruce Forsyth, who passed away in August 2017, will always be known for his catch-phrases. In which TV programme did he first use the following [a] "Oh Wasn't That a Shame", [b] "I'm in Charge", [c] "Give Us a Twirl", [d] "You Don't Get Anything for a Pair" and [e] "Keeeep Dancing"?
  21. Which break through in medical science celebrated it's 50th anniversary on 3rd December 2017?
  22. On his way to winning the 2017 Formula 1 World Championships, Lewis Hamilton won his fifth British Grand Prix in July equalling the record of which two other drivers?
  23. The radio presenter Brian Matthews died in January 2017, which programme on BBC Radio 2 had he presented for 27 years?
  24. Robert E Kelly became an internet sensation when his children appeared in the background of a live TV interview, which serious story was he being interviewed about?
  25. Announced in October 2017, who will replace actress Claire Foy in the role of Queen Elizabeth II in the third series of Netflix's "The Crown"?
  26. Who "tweeted" the results of The Great British Bake Off hours before the final was televised on 31st October 2017?
  27. Which two British musicians won nine awards between them at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards in February 2017?
  28. Tristram Hunt, the Labour MP for Stoke on Trent Central, resigned in January 2017 to take up what position?
  29. Announced in November 2017, which series of Enid Blyton books is to made into a movie?
  30. What was the name of the computer ransomeware that infected NHS computers in May 2017?
  31. Who are the chief negotiators for the UK and the EU in the Brexit talks?
  32. Which team, in March 2017, became the first non-league side since 1914 to reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup?
  33. In a Radio Times poll in September 2017 who was named as the Greatest Broadcaster of the last fifty years?
  34. Athlete Mutaz Essa Barshim from Qatar was voted IAAF Athlete of the Year for 2017 in November, in which event is his currently World Champion?
  35. Which former politician joined Russian broadcaster RT as a talk show host in November 2017?
  36. The Queen and Prince Phillip celebrated 70 years of marriage on 20th November 2017, which precious metal is associated with a 70th anniversary?
  37. February 4th 2017 marked the last live performance of which legendary heavy rock band?
  38. Which organisation was awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize?
  39. When David Beckham appeared on the 75th Anniversary edition of "Desert Island Discs" in 2017, what did he choose as his luxury item?
  40. Which country, after coming last three times and never winning, broke its Eurovision duck in 2017?
  41. December 3rd 2017 marked the 25th birthday of text messaging, what did that first text message say in 1992?
  42. Which team defeated Italy in the 2018 qualifying play-offs meaning they will miss the finals of the FIFA World Cup for the first time in sixty years?
  43. Which TV programme received the most viewer complaints in 2017 according to figures released by OFCOM?
  44. Which country released a "glow in the dark" coin into general circulation in June 2017 to celebrate its 150th anniversary?
  45. For the first time in it's 357 year history, what was different in the Changing of the Guard on November 26th 2017?
  46. In March 2017 Ed Sheehan occupied nine places in the UK top ten, which artists held the other spot?
  47. Which blockbuster of summer 2017 gave One Direction's Harry Styles his first movie role?
  48. What is the name of the volcano that in December 2017 forced an evacuation on the Island of Bali?
  49. Opened 36 years ago, which civil engineering project in Northern England was granted Grade 1 listed status in July 2017?
  50. Which former England footballer came second in his first race as a jockey in November 2017?
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13 Comments

  1. w Turnbull says:

    q 23 its Brian Matthew not Matthews, also using it’s several times when it should be its

  2. Malcolm H says:

    hi W Turnball can you help me withe spelling of pedantic? Many thanks

  3. Steve Huxley says:

    Brilliant as always

  4. Bob says:

    Thank goodness for someone who knows their grammar, Mr Turnbull, what’s the most popular abbreviation of the name Richard, it eludes me for the moment

  5. Sue says:

    Glad to see the Christmas spirit of good ewill to all is alive and well in this comments section … 🙁

    Thank you, Ken – for this quiz and all the others you have shared this year. We have loved each of them! Looking forward to 2018’s offerings. Happy Christmas.

  6. Rich P says:

    Can only echo Sues comment Ken. Great quiz as usual. Know only too well the time and effort it takes. Thank you and all the best for 2018.
    As for Mr Turnbull, no comment 🙁

  7. Bobbers says:

    Thank you, these quizzes have got me out of a ‘sticky wicket’ for New Years eve last min panic party, thank you! Happy New Year!

  8. Brigit says:

    Thank you so much for the great resource.
    You deserve a pat on the back for a job well done.

  9. Carrie says:

    Really great quiz – very accessible but a challenge to get it all right!! Thanks very much.
    ps W Turnbull could always copy and paste it into a word doc and carry out desired corrections….

  10. Tony says:

    W Turbull I hope you give Ken credit when you use his questions at your quizzes..

    Keep up the great work Ken!

  11. Paschal McIntosh says:

    Re w Turnbull’s comment, if you have nothing constructive to say, say nought.

  12. Paulus says:

    Here here to all your comments…or should that be hear hear,w Turnbull?! Thanks for all your quizzes, Ken.

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