Tim Vine

Tim Vine

Stand-up Tim Vine co-starred in the BBC One sitcom No Going Out and both series of ITV1’s The Sketch Show is also a TV host, having devised and presented Fluke for Channel 4, which was nominated for a Rose d’Or Award.

He was also the first man to appear on Channel Five when presenting quiz show Whittle. Tim has also starred in The Tim Vine Christmas Present for Five, Saturday Live (ITV) and The Stand Up Show (BBC1).

Tim recently became the Guinness World Record Holder for telling the most jokes in an hour – smashing the previous record with a total of 499. He has appeared on the Royal Variety Show alongside Shirley Bassey and Kylie Minogue, and hastoured the UK with his The Joke Machine Gun show.

He burst onto the stand-up circuit by winning the Perrier Best Newcomer Award for The Tim Vine Fiasco at the Edinburgh Festival in 1995. That followed a runner-up prize in the Hackney Empire New Act Of The Year competition in 1993. Tim’s solo shows in Edinburgh include Tim Vine Flat Out (1998) and I’m Vine Thanks and Tim Vine and the Minotaur (both 1999).

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Tim Vine pilots football quiz

Possible new show for ITV

Tim Vine is piloting a new football-based quiz show for ITV.

Football Genius is being made by Hat Trick, the production company behind the BBC’s Have I Got News For You.

Producers say the show will feature two teams of football-loving fans competing across a virtual pitch, ‘proving what they do and do not know about the beautiful game’.

ITV last year cancelled its sports-based panel show Play To The Whistle, hosted by Holly Willoughby and featuring  Bradley Walsh, Romesh Ranganathan and Seann Walsh, after three series because of disappointing ratings.

Vine is a football fan who supports his local club Sutton United and has even led them out onto the pitch. He was also a steward at Wembley Stadium in his youth where he watched Wimbledon beat Liverpool in the 1988 FA Cup final and said his first football hero was Paul Gascoigne. 

The Football Genius pilot is being filmed in front of a live audience in June at Sky Studios in West London. Free tickets are now available from Hat Trick.

Here's Vine on the Australian TV show Total Football in 2014:

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Published: 24 Apr 2018

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