The Week’s Christmas quiz: looking back on 2022

How much can you remember from the past 12 months?

Nasa’s Artemis 1 on the launch pad at Kennedy Space Center, Florida
Nasa’s new Moon mission blasted off in November
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1. Which bands/singers recorded the theme tunes for the following TV series:

  • a) Friends
  • b) The Sopranos
  • c) Minder

2. Which actor did Michael Gambon replace in the role of Albus Dumbledore in the third Harry Potter film? And which actor dubbed the late Verne Troyer as the goblin Griphook, and then replaced him?

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3. What 1987 event united John Cleese, Christopher Reeve, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Cliff Richard, Tom Jones, Gary Lineker, George Lazenby and John Travolta?

4. Which Oscar-winning British actress disrobed for her first full-frontal nude scene this year, and for which film?

5. Zero Mostel, Ralph Richardson, Richard Briers, John Hurt, Nigel Hawthorne and Harry Andrews all worked on which British film in 1978?

6. Which real rock singer played the fictional rock star Pink in the 1982 film Pink Floyd: The Wall?

7. Name the British film director whose credits include Odd Man Out, The Fallen Idol and Oliver!

8. Which real-life characters were the main focus of these films?: Gorillas in the Mist; Raging Bull; The Aviator; 12 Years a Slave; Can You Ever Forgive Me?

9. Val Kilmer, Robert Pattinson, George Clooney and Keanu Reeves have all portrayed which character on the big screen?

10. In which 2001 film did Jennifer Coolidge (star of TV’s The White Lotus) attempt the “Bend and Snap”?

11. Which film director won an Academy Award for The English Patient in 1997?

12. In the 1972 film Cabaret, what is the name of the nightclub where Sally Bowles performs? And what is the name of the strip club in The Sopranos?

13. In which films would you find the following lines?

  • a)“Oh no, it wasn’t the airplanes, it was beauty killed the beast.”
  • b) “I’ll get you, my pretty, and your little dog too.”
  • c) “I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse.”
  • d) “Be afraid, be very afraid.”
  • e) “It’s awfully easy to lie when you know that you’re trusted implicitly. So very easy, and so very degrading.”

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1. a) The Rembrandts, b) Alabama 3, c) Dennis Waterman

2. Richard Harris; Warwick Davis

3. It’s a Royal Knockout

4. Emma Thompson; Good Luck to You, Leo Grande

5. Watership Down

6. Bob Geldof

7. Carol Reed

8. Dian Fossey; Jake LaMotta; Howard Hughes; Solomon Northup; Lee Israel

9. Batman

10. Legally Blonde

11. Anthony Minghella

12. Kit Kat Klub; Bada Bing!

13. a) King Kong b) The Wizard of Oz c) The Godfather d) The Fly e) Brief Encounter

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