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Test the Nation: Know Your English Test


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How much do you know about the English language? Anne Robinson and Phillip Schofield present a live interactive quiz designed to test the nation's knowledge of the mother tongue, from Shakespeare to text messaging, simple spelling to rhyming slang.
In the studio, seven teams of English language lovers - comprising ballroom dancers, greengrocers, receptionists, surgeons, undergraduates, BBC local radio presenters and celebrities - tackle specially recorded comprehension tests featuring the many faces of Dead Ringer Mark Perry. Contributors include Ashes hero Ashley Giles , EastEnder
David Spinx and comedian Lucy Porter. John Humphrys is also on hand to provide expert comment. Viewers can test themselves via interactive TV, online or with pen and paper. Continues after the news at 10.50pm. Director Julian Smith ; Series editor Alexandra Henderson Videoplus code for 9.10pm-12.00 (non-PDC) INTERACTIVE: digital viewers can join in using the red button; scorecards can be downloaded from www.bbc.co.uk/testthenation BBC Shakespeare DVDs: page 43


Unknown: Anne Robinson
Unknown: Phillip Schofield
Unknown: Mark Perry.
Unknown: Ashley Giles
Unknown: David Spinx
Unknown: Lucy Porter.
Unknown: John Humphrys
Director: Julian Smith
Editor: Alexandra Henderson

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