The BEST Episodes of The Big Fat Quiz of the Year

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jun 26, 2020

Network: Channel 4

The Big Fat Quiz of the Year is an annual British television programme broadcast on the last Sunday of the year on Channel 4. Essentially, the show is a comedy panel show in the style of a pub quiz. Three teams, of two celebrities each, are asked questions relating to the events of the year just gone by, which they write answers to on an electronic board in front of them. At the end of each round, they then display their answers, scoring a point for each correct one. The first edition was broadcast in December 2004. There has been another at the end of each year since, as well as a special edition in November 2007 for Channel 4's 25th anniversary celebrations.

The Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2006

#1 - The Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2006

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Dec 27, 2006

In 2006 the show was broadcast on December 27. The three teams were: Russell Brand & Noel Fielding (Originally Raven Spawn/Rod's Progeny, in reference to a Jimmy Carr joke about Fielding's supposed parentage - a raven and Rod Stewart. Later, they took on the mantle of the Goth Detectives.) Rob Brydon & David Walliams (Rob & Dave - a name that the pair claimed had been chosen after "a lot of phone calls", and the involvement of a team of hired writers) Jonathan Ross & Cat Deeley (The Conventionally Attractive Team) Guest questioners in the studio included Boy George, Myleene Klass and Matt Willis and Guy Goma (famous for incorrectly appearing as a guest on BBC News 24). Pre-recorded questions were asked by Sir Ian McKellen, Lily Allen, Carol Vorderman, Courtney Love, Girls Aloud, and Sacha Baron Cohen in his guise as Borat.

star 8.93
54 votes
The Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2007

#2 - The Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2007

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Dec 30, 2007

The show aired on 30 December 2007. The teams were: Russell Brand and Noel Fielding (The Goth Detectives) Rob Brydon and David Mitchell (The Shadow Cabinet) Jonathan Ross and Lily Allen (Fulham) Guest questioners in the studio were Christopher Biggins and Cerys Matthews. Pre-recorded questions were asked by Take That, Gordon Ramsay, Thom Yorke and Jon Snow. John Hurt read out extracts of the year's best selling autobiographies.

star 8.89
55 votes
The Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2009

#3 - The Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2009

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Jan 1, 2010

Why was Christian Bale so angry in January? What made NASA so happy in December? And which scandal prompted President Obama to call Kanye West a "jackass" in September? The biggest, fattest and funniest quiz of the year returns with a stellar line-up including David Mitchell, Charlie Brooker, Claudia Winkleman, Rob Brydon, Russell Brand and Jonathan Ross. Jimmy Carr does the quizzing, Peter Andre drops in for a surprise visit and as usual there's a glittering host of A-listers popping up to ask questions about the year's events.

star 8.68
22 votes
The Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2013

#4 - The Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2013

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 26, 2013

Jimmy Carr puts a panel of A-List celebrity teams to the test. This year's teams are Jack Whitehall with Jonathan Ross, Dara O Briain with Kristen Schaal, and Noel Fielding with Richard Ayoade.

star 8.64
39 votes
The Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2005

#5 - The Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2005

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Dec 26, 2005

* Sharon Osbourne & Jonathan Ross * Denise van Outen & David Mitchell * Gordon Ramsay & Rob Brydon Guest questioners in the studio included Jordan & Peter Andre and David Tennant and there were also recorded questions by several celebrities including Richard and Judy, Cameron Diaz, Toni Collette and Kevin Pietersen.

star 8.58
19 votes
The Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2012

#6 - The Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2012

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 30, 2012

Jimmy Carr puts another panel of celebrities to the test as they battle it out to see who remembers most about 2012. What did Prince Harry get up to in Vegas? Why were we all talking about pasties and sausage rolls? And how did Usain Bolt celebrate his amazing 200m win at the Olympics? If you know the answer to all, some or even none of the above, then join us as a host of big names, including Jonathan Ross, Russell Howard, Jack Whitehall and James Corden, vie for the coveted Big Fat Quiz crown. As usual, Jimmy will be calling on some seriously A-list question-setters, with Seth Rogen, Jack Black, Ricky Gervais, Will Ferrell, Quentin Tarantino and Sacha Baron Cohen all turning up to lend a helping hand in previous years. Play along at home or just sit back and let the celebs do all the hard work, but don't miss The Big Fat Quiz of the Year and Jimmy Carr's annoying laugh throughout the entire show which attracted numerous complaints to Channel 4.

star 8.53
30 votes
The Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2010

#7 - The Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2010

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Jan 3, 2011

Jimmy Carr puts a panel of celebrities including Jonathan Ross, Ruth Jones, Alan Carr, Noel Fielding, Michael McIntyre and Richard Ayoade to the test as they battle it out to see who remembers most about the events of 2010. Can you remember the name of instrument that was the scourge of the South African World Cup? Which unsuspecting character did Gordon Brown brand as 'ignorant' during the general election? What did 50-year-old spinster Mary Bale throw away to become Britain's most hated woman? If you know the answer to all, some, or even none, of the above then join Jimmy as he challenges a host of famous faces to win the coveted Big Fat Quiz crown.

star 8.48
23 votes
Directors: Mick Thomas
Writers: Fraser Steele (Additional Material), Jim Pullin (Additional Material), Jimmy Carr, Shaun Pye (Additional Material)
The Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2018

#8 - The Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2018

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Dec 26, 2018

Who stole the show at the Royal Wedding? What does Danny Dyer think about David Cameron? What is Kanye West's passcode? All of these questions and more will be answered on 2018's biggest, fattest, and most thoroughly GDPR-compliant quiz. Question master Jimmy Carr is joined by quizzers Richard Ayoade, Noel Fielding, Mo Gilligan, David Mitchell, Claudia Winkleman and Michelle Wolf as they battle it out to see who can remember most about the last 12 months. As always, he'll be helped by Jon Snow, Charles Dance and a whole host of celebrity question-setters to recall the year's biggest events and truly separate the Yannys from the Laurels.

star 8.18
38 votes
The Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2008

#9 - The Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2008

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Dec 28, 2008

The Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2008 aired on Sunday, December 28th on Channel 4 at 9pm. The teams were as follows: Dara Ó Briain and Davina McCall (Dara 'n' Dave) Sean Lock and James Corden (Normal and Hooch/Chubb-Lock) Michael McIntyre and Claudia Winkleman (Michael McIntyre and Claudia Winkleman/Same Difference) Guest appearances included Alan Carr, Katy Perry, the Fonejacker, Sarah Silverman, John Hurt and Sir Alan Sugar along with regulars Jon Snow and the children from Mitchell Brook Primary School, with another selection of topical school plays.

star 8.15
26 votes
The Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2015

#10 - The Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2015

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 26, 2015

Looking back on the year 2015, with host Jimmy Carr and teams consisting of Rob Brydon and Jo Brand, Richard Ayoade and Greg Davies and lastly Claudia Winkleman and David Mitchell. As always, this year features guest questions, staring Quentin Tarantino, Rita Ora, Simon Pegg, and others. Of course, there's a Mystery Guest, an act-out by the children of the Mitchell Brook Primary School and lots and lots of humour. 90 minutes of pure enjoyment whilst looking back over the somewhat terroristy 2015.

star 8.11
36 votes
The Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2014

#11 - The Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2014

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 26, 2014

Jimmy Carr tests the memories of celebrity contestants Richard Ayoade, David Mitchell, Mel B, Micky Flanagan, Sarah Millican and Kevin Bridges.

star 8.06
97 votes
The Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2011

#12 - The Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2011

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Dec 27, 2011

Jimmy Carr puts a panel of celebrities to the test including Miranda Hart, Eddie Izzard and Jamie Oliver alongside veteran quizzers Jonathan Ross, David Walliams and David Mitchell.

star 8.05
22 votes
The Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2004

#13 - The Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2004

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Dec 28, 2004

The host, Jimmy Carr, read out questions relating to events of 2004 to three teams of celebrities: Simon Pegg & Liza Tarbuck, David Walliams & Rob Brydon, June Sarpong & Jonathan Ross. Louis Walsh, Nadia Almada and Kelly Holmes all made live appearances to read out the questions for the months of April, June, and August respectively. Recorded questions from Bono and The Bear from Bo' Selecta were shown too along with films of Richard and Judy discussing events.

star 7.91
23 votes
Directors: Mick Thomas
Writers: Fraser Steele, Jim Pullin, Jimmy Carr, Shaun Pye
The Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2019

#14 - The Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2019

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired Dec 26, 2019

Jimmy Carr welcomes Dara Ó Briain, Maya Jama, Asim Chaudhry, Roisin Conaty, Richard Ayoade and Noel Fielding to the end-of-year celebrity panel game, putting their knowledge of the past 12 months to the test.

star 7.76
42 votes
The Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2016

#15 - The Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2016

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Dec 26, 2016

Starring: Richard Ayoade, Rob Delaney, Mel Giedroyc, Sarah Millican, David Mitchell and Romesh Ranganathan.

star 7.76
42 votes
The Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2017

#16 - The Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2017

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Dec 26, 2017

2017 is almost over, so what better way to make sense of the past 12 months than via the Big Fat Quiz of the Year? What calamities befell Theresa May during her conference speech? Who were Taylor Swift's unlikely musical collaborators? And how did Brenda speak for the whole nation? Quizmaster Jimmy Carr tests a panel of A-list celebrities including Richard Ayoade, Noel Fielding, David Mitchell, Big Narstie, Katherine Ryan and Roisin Conaty to see how closely they've been paying attention to the last year. A host of celebrity question setters, including Charles Dance and Jon Snow, also help to test the nation on 2017's most memorable moments. So sit back, pour yourself a nice hot mug of covfefe, and say farewell to another memorable year with the ultimate pub quiz.

star 7.72
47 votes