The Sandwich Quiz



"Ethel Davis", played by Sandi Toksvig

Stand-ins: Nick Wilton as "Tony Deal", Andrea Arnold as "Dawn Lodge", Neil Buchanan as "Neil"


TVS for ITV, 2 January 1982 to April 1986 (as part of No. 73)


One of the best quizettes on Saturday morning kids telly. The Tokster would kick off the proceedings behind the kitchen diner by slamming the marble-effect work surface (Formica? Polyurethane? We can't be sure) and rambling the lyrics, as per below, while a tinkly Cockerney piano jingle went on in the background.

Your host Ethel Davis, with judo dude Neil Adams and top swimmer Sharron Davies

There would be two contestants astride [Um, you sure about that? - Ed.] the host Dane, usually people that happened to be hanging around the rest of the show (Gary Wilmot, the bass player from Big George etc.) Contestants answered a general knowledge question for a slice of bread, tapping the hilt of their butter knives on the counter as buzzers (this was in the days before Health and Safety). Then they had to go for one of various fillings, each one representing a different category (in some series, at least). The player who completed the most sandwiches by the end of the game was pronounced the winner.

Les Dennis and Dustin Gee pay homage to the mighty Ethel

Kind of like an edible version of DLT's Give Us a Break on Radio 1. Quack quack oops!

Theme music

"It's the daring, dazzling, death defyingly dull, devastatingly dangerous, delectable, delicatessen-able, divinely decadent Sandwich Quiz!"


Andrea Arnold, who played the roller-skating animal lover Dawn Lodge from the No. 73 crew, went on to win the award for Best Director for her short film Wasp in the 2005 Oscars.

Very occasionally Toksvig was absent, so other members of the No.73 cast filled in. When Neil Buchanan did it, it would be renamed The Chip Butty Quiz.

Web links

The ultimate Number 73 page ( copy)

TV Cream


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