PopMaster is an all-consuming quiz that has captivated music enthusiasts nationwide for a quarter-century. Fans of the trivia game regularly pause their daily activities to compete against each other, testing their knowledge of music and artists from different eras.
Now, the legendary DJ Ken Bruce is bringing the beloved radio quiz to television for the first time. Produced by 12 Yard Productions, an ITV Studios owned indie, the new six-part series will air on More4.
In PopMaster, two contestants face off against each other in a game consisting of ten questions that cover popular music from the 1950s to the present day. Each question carries a point value of three, except for the third, sixth, and ninth questions, which are bonus questions worth six points. These bonus questions are based on a cryptic topic selected by the player at the start of the quiz. A total of 39 points can be earned.
The questions cover a wide range of musical genres and require players to identify artists based on song titles or clips, as well as correctly guess the year certain songs became hits. It's not uncommon for players to be just "one year out" on their guesses.
After both players have answered 10 questions, the winning contestant goes on to play 'Three-in-Ten', in which they have ten seconds to name three UK Singles Chart hits for one particular artist or group.
The new televised PopMaster will honour the much loved music quiz with a few surprises thrown in. Players will compete to impress with their music knowledge, with each episode winner advancing to the grand final, where only one can be crowned overall champion.
Ken Bruce said: "After all these years we are finally bring PopMaster to the telly where we'll be challenging music lovers from around the country to not only recall a range of facts and stats about chart toppers and beyond over the decades, but to do so under the glare of studio lights and with the added pressure of television cameras. I can't wait to get started - and find out whether I might have a face for TV after all!"