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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Back of the net! ITV picks up Tim Vine's football quiz

...with Paul Sinha one of the team captains

ITV has ordered a new football-based quiz show, hosted by Tim Vine.

Paul Sinha and hockey star Sam Quek will be the team captains on Football Genius, which features two teams of fans competing across a virtual pitch, ‘proving what they do and do not know about the beautiful game'.

The fast turnaround series commission follows a successful pilot last month and ratings of almost 25million for England's World Cup win against Columbia on Saturday.

Vine is a Sutton United fan who recently launched The Football March For Men, which encourages applicants to march 26 miles on July 22 via various London football stadiums to Wembley, in aid of Prostate Cancer UK.

Quek – who was part of Great Britain’s gold-winning team at the 2016 Rio Olympics –  appeared as a guest panellist on ITV's previous sports panel show, Play To The Whistle, featuring Bradley Walsh, Romesh Ranganathan and Seann Walsh. That show was cancelled last year after three series because of disappointing ratings.

She also appeared on a celebrity edition of The Chase, the hit daytime quiz show where Sinha is a 'Chaser'. Like him, she is a fan of Liverpool FC.

Football Genius is made by Hat Trick, the production company behind Have I Got News For You. They also piloted Have I Got Sport For You for the BBC in March, with host Gary Lineker joined by another former England striker, Ian Wright, and Jon Richardson as team captains.

Lineker and Wright were previously team captains on the BBC's long-running sports quiz They Think It's All Over.

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

By Jay Richardson

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Published: 5 Jul 2018

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