We Need Answers. Image shows from L to R: Mark Watson, Tim Key, Alex Horne. Copyright: BBC.

We Need Answers

BBC Four panel show. 16 episodes (2 series), 2009 - 2010. Stars Mark Watson, Tim Key and Alex Horne.

We Need Answers. Image shows from L to R: Alex Horne, Mark Watson, Tim Key. Copyright: BBC.

We Need Answers

Mark Watson, Tim Key and Alex Horne lead a comic quiz show where the questions come from a txt messaging answering service

Panel Show
2009 - 2010
BBC Four
16   (2 series)
Mark Watson, Tim Key and Alex Horne
Steve Smith
Simon London

In We Need Answers, two celebrity guests take part in a knock-about quiz to find out which one of them is the smartest, the funniest, and the best at surreal physical challenges.

Led by Mark Watson, Tim Key and Alex Horne, and adapted from their award-winning Edinburgh show, all of the questions asked come from the AQA text-messaging service.

The rules are simple - contestants must match their answer to the one given by the text answering service. Questions can range from how many gerbils would have to be stacked on top of each other to reach the Moon to what night of the week is "curry night" at the Red Lion in Stockport.

Mark Watson is the main host, Tim Key poses the questions from an under-sized chair, and Alex Horne serves up the graphics and sounds.

A 13 part second series is now on TV. BBC Four boss Richard Klein says: "I am delighted that We Need Answers is back. The show is a smart way of playing with the whole entertainment quiz genre, and Mark, Alex and Tim are an anarchic but genuinely funny team on the show (even if they still don't quite understand the questions)."

Production Details

Production company
Laugh track
Live audience

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Thursday 12th February 2009 on BBC Four at 10pm
Last new broadcast
Tuesday 23rd February 2010 on BBC Four at 10pm
Length of episodes
30 minutes
Last repeat
Wednesday 24th November 2010 at 8:00pm

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