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Director of public health returns to big black chair

tim allison

tim allison

Television viewers will be able to see East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s director of public health, Dr Tim Allison, answering questions on The Black Death in the semi-finals of BBC 2’s Mastermind.

Dr Allison recently took his place in the famous big black chair to compete for a place in the grand final.

Viewers will find out how he got on when the semi-final is screened on Friday 14 March, at 8pm.

Dr Allison won his place in the semi-final by winning an initial heat of the popular quiz show, in which his specialist subject was The Fiction of CS Lewis.

He chose the novels of CS Lewis because he had often played audio books of the Narnia novels to his children in the car.

His choice of subject for the semi-final was more difficult but he settled on The Black Death because of his interest in both history and health.

Dr Allison said: “Appearing on the Mastermind semi-final was an enjoyable experience and I enjoyed both answering questions in the black chair and chatting with other contestants.

“I chose The Black Death as my specialist subject because I have an interest in history and it gave me the opportunity to study books on the subject in depth that I had not read before. There is not much in common with modern public health.”

Competing for the Mastermind trophy was not Dr Allison’s first TV quiz show experience, as he first appeared on television screens as a teenager, when he was the first ever single champion of the cult quiz show Blockbusters.

 

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