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Pick of the Podcasts: Fingers on Buzzers, Monster and Unwinding of the Miracle

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From What’s My Line and The Generation Game to The Chase, quiz shows have been popular on British television for nearly 70 years.

We’re a nation dedicated to quizzing – and now there’s a podcast dedicated to one of our favourite TV genres.

Comedian Lucy Porter is a veteran of various panel shows, from Radio 4’s The Personality Test to Pointless Celebrities.

She has teamed up with Jenny Ryan – better known as The Vixen from The Chase – for Fingers On Buzzers.

This is a podcast all about quiz shows and the pair discuss all things quiz-related, from interviews with the cast of some of television’s biggest quiz shows, to pub-quiz etiquette and the fundamental difference between quiz shows and game shows.

There’s also plenty of opportunities to play along, as Jenny coaches plucky layperson Lucy on the “quiz syllabus”.

In turn, Lucy tests the mettle of general knowledge guru Jenny with a weekly pop-quiz.

The pair tackle different aspects of the shows – for example, what makes a good quiz show host? Who are the best examples, and what makes them shine?

The pair chat about quiz show audiences and why there’s a big difference between quizzing with one and without one. There’s also a look at some of the prizes – from the Bullseye Tanker to the famous Blockbuster Jacket.

Here’s a look at what you could have won…

Fingers On Buzzers (Apple Podcasts)

Monster (Apple Podcasts, Spotify)

One of the most intriguing serial killer cases in American history gets a fresh look in the highly-recommended second series of Monster.

The hosts dive into one of the most notorious, unsolved serial killing sprees in history. Despite sketches, cyphers and taunting letters to the press, the question still remains – who is the Zodiac Killer?

Unwinding Of The Miracle (Apple Podcasts)

A real tear-jerker. At only 37, Julie Yip-Williams was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer.

Her prognosis was terminal, but her hope was not lost. Yip-Williams wrote a memoir, The Unwinding Of The Miracle, which explores the emotions that come when you know your time is almost up.

In this new podcast Yip-Williams’ memoir is adapted into a podcast hosted by Eleanor Kagan. A beautiful and sad story.