Al Murray

Al Murray

Murray's grandfather Sir Ralph Murray was a diplomat, working at the Political< Warfare Establishment propaganda unit. And his great-great-great-grandfather was William Makepeace Thackeray.

Al wread modern history at St Edmund Hall, Oxford, where he started performing comedy.

His break came in 1994, when he was invited compere in Harry Hill's Edinburgh show Pub Internationale, and created the pub landlord character.

Nominated for the Perrier more often than anyone else, Murray was ruled out the running in 1999 for being 'too popular', until organisers relented. He was also nominated for best theatre tour in the 2008 Chortle awards.

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Al Murray to host a TV pub quiz

Producers on the lookout for contestants

Al Murray is to host a new TV series set based around a pub quiz.

The comic will be joined by EastEnders and Extras star Shaun Williamson, who will play the ‘resident barman’ in the show.

It is not known which broadcaster has commissioned the show, but programme-makers Avalon TV have put out a call for teams of three from pubs across the country to take part.

Those selected will need ‘bags of trivia and a sense of humour’.

A small-scale not-for-broadcast pilot was filmed in the summer and now the first episode will be filmed The Tabernacle in Notting Hill, West London on November 7. Free tickets to the recording are available here.

 Al Murray's Pub Quiz will be the third trivia-based TV show the Pub Landlord creator has hosted. He previously fronted   Fact Hunt for ITV in 2005  and Al Murray's Compete For The Meat for Dave in 2011.

Potential quizzers should email pubquiz@avalon-entertainment.com for more information about taking part.

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Published: 15 Oct 2018

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