Mike Read’s Pop Quiz Revamped for COVID-19 Era


Lightning International is bringing to the market a lockdown edition of Mike Read’s Pop Quiz amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The revamped show will feature two teams of big-name stars from the ’80s and ’90s, including Paul Young, Leee John (Imagination), Kimberley Rew (Katrina & the Waves), Dave Fenton (The Vapors), Steve Norman (Spandau Ballet) and Cheryl Baker (Bucks Fizz). It will be streamed live on YouTube, Facebook and Twitch, and the audio version aired on United DJs Radio.

For the first time, the Pop Quiz format is available for licensing to TV channels and platforms around the world. The format can be localized to different markets and tailored to specific music genres.

Mike Read commented: “We are so pleased to be able to bring together a star-studded panel of celebrities for this special lockdown edition of Pop Quiz, which has been so requested by many of the show’s fans. The program had an audience of 10 million a week for years and now we are looking to find a permanent new home, and also take it around the world to new broadcasters and platforms.”

James Ross, Lightning International CEO, added: “Great pop music never dies. And the format of Pop Quiz is legendary. Now the show is celebrating its 40th anniversary, but it is still close to the hearts of millions of viewers. The lockdown edition reveals part of the beauty of this format—its flexibility and interactivity that allows this music and entertainment format to charm its audience despite their physical lockdown.”