Jimmy Carr introduces the teams on Big Fat Quiz of the Year

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Whether you want to remind yourself of 2021, or you want to test the knowledge of your friends and family, you’re in the right place. These 47 quickfire questions will put your memory through its paces, as we recount current affairs from the past year with fun questions and answers.

1 Prince Harry and Meghan Markle welcomed their second child this year, a daughter, what is her name?


2 What did Italian band Maneskin make headlines for in May?

Winning Eurovision

3 What was the name of the container ship that gained notoriety for blocking the Suez Canal?

Ever Given

4 Who won this year’s Great British Bake Off?

Giuseppe Dell’Anno

5 And which former Bake Off winner reached the final of Strictly Come Dancing, finishing in second place?

John Whaite

6 What was the fastest-selling album of 2021?

30 by Adele

7 In October, the World Health Organisation endorsed the first vaccine for which disease?


8 How old was Prince Phillip when he died in April?


9 What does NFT stand for?

Non-fungible token

10 Who was TIME magazine’s person of the year?

Elon Musk

11 Teams or individuals from which country won the following competitions: The Great British Bake Off, Strictly Come Dancing, Eurovision and The Euros?


12 What is the name of Daniel Craig’s final James Bond film, released this year?

No Time To Die

13 Which Caribbean country became an independent republic and named pop star Rihanna as a national hero?


14 Which pop band returned with a new album 40 years after their last new release?


15 Boris Johnson devoted a surprising amount of time in a speech to the Confederation of British Industry to talking about which cartoon character?

Peppa Pig

16 Which couple won Love Island this summer?

Millie and Liam

17 Nicki Minaj got ‘dissed’ by which prominent British doctor after she shared false information about vaccines?

Dr Chris Whitty

18 What film won Best Picture at the 2021 Academy Awards?


19 Which 90-year-old Star Trek actor became the oldest man to travel to space this year?

William Shatner

20 What was the name of the alpaca thought to have tuberculosis who was put down, despite protests to save him?


21 RuPaul’s Drag Race UK crowned two winners this year, for seasons two and three, what were the names of the Queens?

Lawrence Cheney (series two) and Krystal Versace (series three)

22 And Just Like That is the title of the much-anticipated sequel to which popular nineties/noughties sitcom?

Sex and the City

23 Harry and Meghan gave an exclusive TV interview in March, who was interviewing them?

Oprah Winfrey

24 A natural event meant I’m A Celebrity had to cease filming over a number of episodes this year – what was the event?

Storm Arwen

25 In which 2021 programme would you find the characters Viking, Harlequin, Badger and Sausage?

The Masked Singer

26 Which British music festival had to cancel their 50th birthday due to coronavirus?


27 Which surprising genre of music stormed the charts after The Wellerman Song went viral on TikTok?

Sea shanties

28 A new £50 note entered circulation in June this year, which scientist is celebrated on the new note?

Alan Turing

29 A legal dispute hit the headlines in April when Colin launched legal proceedings against Cuthbert: Who are Colin and Cuthbert?

Caterpillar cakes

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30 This year ITV announced they had axed The X Factor – what year was the show first aired?


31 Who spent nine weeks at number one in the UK with their debut single ‘Driver’s License’?

Olivia Rodrigo

32 What was Tom Daley’s quirky poolside hobby at the Olympics?


33 What sport did 13-year-old Sky Brown win an Olympic bronze medal in?


34 Captain Sir Tom Moore passed away earlier this year at the age of 100. How many laps did he walk around his garden in order to raise more than £30 million for the NHS?


35 Which American pop star filmed herself singing ‘vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine’ in a bid to get more people to sign up for their jabs?

Dolly Parton

36 This year the first female jockey won the Grand National, what was her name?

Rachael Blackmore

37 Which BBC News presenter took over from John Humphreys as the host of Mastermind?

Clive Myrie

38 Which singer performed at Joe Biden’s inauguration, surprising guests by mixing in verses from her hit ‘Let’s Get Loud’?

Jennifer Lopez

39 Who mistakenly congratulated Dermot O’Leary on his courage in coming out, mistaking him for Phillp Schofield on Good Morning Britain?

Barry Humphries, better known as Dame Edna

40 How many points did the UK get in this year’s Eurovision?


41 How old was South London tennis star Emma Raducanu when she won the US Open this summer?


42 Maisie Smith said goodbye to Albert Square and her role as Tiffany Butcher this year. How many years had Maisie been playing the role?

13 years

43 Which former Strictly Come Dancing judge became the oldest ever contestant on I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here?

Arlene Phillips

44 A painting of Marrakech by Sir Winston Churchill fetched £7 million at auction, but which celebrity was selling the artwork?

Angelina Jolie

45 Beyonce became the most decorated female artist in Grammys history this year. How many Grammys does Beyonce have?


46 Matt Hancock had to resign after being caught in an embrace with one of his aides. What was the aides’ name?

Gina Coladangelo

47 What animal represented the year 2021, according to the Chinese Zodiac?


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