Entertainment & Arts

Entertainment and arts quiz of the year

Entertainment & arts quiz of the year

How much attention have you been paying to the top entertainment and arts news stories this year? Do you know the difference between the Turbine Hall and the Pyramid Stage? Or between the Tony Awards and the Turner Prize? Take the quiz now.

Ai Weiwei, Beyonce, Jeremy Clarkson

1. Doctor Who done what?

Doctor Who chief writer Steven Moffat vented his anger at a certain section of fans, saying: "You can imagine how much I hate them. It's only fans who do this, or they call themselves fans. I wish they could go and be fans of something else."

Doctor Who

1.) 1. Doctor Who done what?

What did they do wrong?

Doctor Who
  1. Ask what's inside the Daleks
  2. Publish plot details online before the show had aired
  3. Follow him around in Ood masks
  4. Point out inconsistencies in the storylines

2.) 2. One Man, five stars

The play One Man, Two Guvnors was one of the theatrical success stories of the year, winning five-star reviews across the board. Who was the leading man?

Jude Law, Kevin Spacey, Michael Sheen and James Corden
  1. Jude Law
  2. Kevin Spacey
  3. Michael Sheen
  4. James Corden

3.) 3. Top Gear controversy

Which country's ambassador complained to the BBC about "offensive, xenophobic and humiliating" remarks on Top Gear?

Top Gear presenters
  1. Israel
  2. Venezuela
  3. Mexico
  4. Japan

4.) 4. Royal art refusal

Which artist turned down the opportunity to paint a portrait of the Queen, saying: "I was very busy painting England, actually, her country."

George Shaw, Rolf Harris, Jack Vettirano, David Hockney
  1. George Shaw
  2. Rolf Harris
  3. Jack Vettriano
  4. David Hockney

5.) 5. Bjork calls in her hero

Singer Bjork released her latest album Biophilia as a series of apps. Which British TV legend provided a voiceover for the project?

  1. Sir David Attenborough
  2. Sir Bruce Forsyth
  3. Sir Trevor McDonald
  4. John Craven

6.) 6. Award-winning role

Actor Mark Rylance won a Tony Award in New York for his role in the play Jerusalem. But he gave the trophy away to a person in Wiltshire who partly inspired his character. Who was it?

Mark Rylance
  1. Plumber
  2. Taxi driver
  3. Pub landlord
  4. Builder

7.) 7. The power of art

ArtReview magazine published its list of the most powerful people in the art world in October. Who was number one?

Cindy Sherman, Ai Weiwei, Nicholas Serota, Larry Gagosian
  1. Cindy Sherman
  2. Ai Weiwei
  3. Sir Nicholas Serota
  4. Larry Gagosian

8.) 8. Charlie Sheen's TV funeral

Charlie Sheen was sacked from his sitcom Two And a Half Men - how was his character killed off in the show?

Charlie Sheen
  1. Hit by a metro train
  2. Eaten by a shark
  3. Fell off a roof
  4. Hit by a TV executive's limousine

9.) 9. Little Mix in a fix

X Factor was won by girl group Little Mix. They were originally called Rhythmix - but were forced to change after an organisation of the same name complained. Who were they?

Little Mix
  1. A children's music charity
  2. A food mixer manufacturer
  3. A music software company
  4. A fitness class franchise

10.) 10. Artist's Cardinal Sin

Before Christmas, an artist installed this sculpture of a priest with his face sawn off and replaced with blank bathroom tiles in Liverpool. Who was it?

Cardinal Sin by Banksy
  1. Damien Hirst
  2. Grayson Perry
  3. Banksy
  4. Tracey Emin

11.) 11. Beyonce's surprise guest

Beyonce stormed Glastonbury with her headline set this year. Which British musician did she bring on as a special guest during the song Baby Boy?

Beyonce at Glastonbury
  1. Roots Manuva
  2. Tricky
  3. Maxi Jazz
  4. Dizzee Rascal

12.) 12. Adele conquers the charts

Adele's album 21 was a global phenomenon and became the best-selling album of the 21st Century so far in the UK. Which album did she overtake to go into the top spot?

  1. James Blunt - Back To Bedlam
  2. Dido - No Angel
  3. Amy Winehouse - Back To Black
  4. Lady Gaga - The Fame


  1. Moffat was railing against people who published plot details online. Before the latest series began, a fan posted the entire plot of the first two episodes on an internet forum.
  2. James Corden won rave reviews for his role as the bumbling Francis Henshall in the farce, which opened at the National Theatre before a UK tour, a West End run and a Broadway transfer.
  3. Mexican ambassador Eduardo Medina Mora complained after Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond said Mexican cars were "lazy, feckless, flatulent [and] overweight". The BBC apologised.
  4. David Hockney told BBC Radio 4's Front Row: "I generally only paint people I know, I'm not a flatterer really. I've been requested and it's actually a terrific subject, but I require quite a bit of time."
  5. Bjork approached Sir David Attenborough after drawing inspiration for the album from his natural history programmes. She said: "When I was a kid, my rock star was David Attenborough."
  6. Rylance said Micky Lay, a retired builder from Pewsey, helped him research his character Johnny "Rooster" Byron. The actor handed the Tony trophy to him in a local pub.
  7. It was Ai Weiwei, who was chosen because of his political activism as much as his art. Known for his criticism of the Chinese authorities, Ai spent 81 days in prison, ostensibly for "economic crimes".
  8. He was hit by a metro train in Paris. The show had record ratings when 28.7 million people tuned in to find out what happened to Sheen's character after he was sacked amid a public meltdown.
  9. Brighton-based charity Rhythmix organises musicians to work with disabled and vulnerable children. It hired lawyers and wrote an open letter to show boss Simon Cowell asking him to intervene.
  10. Banksy made the work in response to the abuse scandal in the Catholic church. He said: "At this time of year it's easy to forget the true meaning of Christianity - the lies, the corruption, the abuse."
  11. Tricky, best known for his seminal 1995 trip-hop album Maxinquaye, popped up to join Beyonce, filling the role taken on the record by Sean Paul.
  12. It was Amy Winehouse. The Official Charts Company said Adele's 21 had sold 3.4 million copies by early December, compared with 3.3 million for Winehouse's Back To Black.

Your Score

0 - 4 : A total flop

5 - 8 : Better luck next year

9 - 12 : You're a star