The BBC announced the cancellation of the long-running panel programme A Question of Sport.
The outpouring of affection for the sports quiz show, which has been on television for 53 years, resulted in the resurfacing of a classic footage.
In 2016, Paul O’Connell competed against Matt Dawson, Leon Osman, and Elinor Barker with captain Phil Tufnell and jockey AP McCoy.
After AP’s quick buzzer response won a victory, the Irish rugby coach managed to pull an incredible answer out of the bag.
Both teams had to be the first to a buzzer to answer a question, which meant they may guess a 23-letter problem in the fast fire round.
After disclosing two letters with AP’s lightning speed, Paul decided to take a chance on the solution and, to everyone’s surprise, got it correctly.
A Question of Sport has been axed after 53 years. We’ll always have this moment, when Paul O’Connell gave one of the greatest answers in quiz show history. So good pic.twitter.com/Zs9gBL9dQU
— Jack Kenmare (@jackkenmare_) December 15, 2023
‘It’s Borussia Monchengladbach no?’ asked the former rugby player to uproar from the studio as the German football club turned out to be correct.
Team captain Phil burst out laughing as the opposition cheered the remarkable response.
As Paul smiled in surprise at his own accomplishment, Matt jumped up and encouraged the audience to keep shouting.
After originally airing in January 1970, the show was cancelled owing to ‘dwindling’ ratings, although the BBC maintained the right to bring it back in the future.
A BBC spokesperson confirmed: ‘Due to inflation and funding challenges, difficult decisions have to be made, therefore Question of Sport is currently not in production at the moment.’
David Vine hosted A Question of Sport for seven seasons before handing over to David Coleman until 1997.
Sue Barker joined the crew in 1997 and stayed until 2021, with the show attracting up to four million people at the conclusion of her tenure.
However, rates have been gradually declining when Paddy McGuinness took charge, with a completely new squad captain lineup that proved unpopular.
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