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Hive Minds

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Hive Minds is a British television quiz show that has aired on BBC Four since 14 July 2015 and is hosted by Fiona Bruce


  • 1 Background
  • 2 Gameplay
    • 21 Round 1
    • 22 Round 2
    • 23 Round 3
    • 24 Round 4
  • 3 Tournament format
  • 4 Reception
  • 5 Transmissions
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links


Hive Minds was developed by Saltbeef TV - a production firm responsible for CBBC's Friday Download - with co-production from Green Inc Film & Television It was developed as a replacement for Only Connect, which had been moved to BBC Two It was filmed at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast in May 2015 and is hosted by Fiona Bruce, who fronts the BBC News at Six, BBC News at Ten, Crimewatch, Call My Bluff and Antiques Roadshow


Players must first work out the answers to questions and then find the answers hidden in a hexagonal "hive" of letters

Round 1

Two teams of three play the game For this round, each team faces four hives each; they must find an answer embedded into the hive They have twenty seconds to find it, and five points are on offer; after two seconds hexagons start disappearing from the hive Once another two have elapsed, the hive is worth a point less and decreases in value every four seconds After another eighteen seconds and eighteen hexagons have elapsed, the time expires and Bruce offers the hive to the other team, who may earn a bonus point by answering the grid Once each team has cleared two hives each, they have to find two related answers from the same hive

Round 2

For this round, each team faces two hives; five are offered, and teams take it in turns to select categories One hive remains unpicked The teams must find three answers hidden within each hive; the players are separated, and each player has to get one answer Play then passes to the next player Each team then has two passes; if any player gets a wrong answer, the whole team is locked out of the hive Each correct answer is worth one point, and two bonus points are awarded if all three answers are found, for a total of five points

Round 3

The teams each try to make one perfect hive out of one super hive basically a slightly larger hive out of answers Humour is made out of the fact that the two hives are called the A-hive and the B-hive They must find multiple answers on a single question Every answer found is worth a point; a perfect hive is worth ten

Round 4

This is a quickfire round Both teams are handed a hive, and each team try to find answers from that grid Every correct question gains a point; every wrong answer loses a point At the end of this round, the team with the highest number of points wins and goes forward In the case of a tie, one more question is asked At the end of the show, Bruce offers one hive to the viewers, and once the credits have finished, the answer is revealed

Tournament format

The show features teams playing in a double elimination tournament with occasional wild card spots, with the series winners getting a special trophy at the end, similar to Only Connect


The first episode pulled in 505,000 viewers; the show it replaced, Only Connect, pulled in 209,000 in its first episode Michael Hogan in The Daily Telegraph gave the quiz a mixed review While the questions were described as "enjoyably eclectic", and Fiona Bruce "clearly enjoyed the opportunity to flex her funny muscles", overall Hogan felt that it was "a tad too stiff and niche in appeal, while the “hive” gimmick seemed over-stretched This bee-themed quiz needs a bit more buzz" Claudia Connell in the Daily Mail was more negative, describing the show as "about as exciting as filling out your tax return", and although commended Bruce for trying to "crank up the drama", asked if there was "a special place for really boring quiz shows" the answer to one of the questions was Madeleine Albright, which caused Bruce to recite her quote that "there is a special place in hell for women who don't help other women"


Series Start date End date Episodes
1 14 July 2015 7 October 2015 13
2 8 September 2016 1 December 2016 13


  1. ^ "Hive Minds" Saltbeef TV Retrieved 15 July 2015 
  2. ^ a b c Hogan, Michael 14 July 2015 "Hive Minds, review: 'gimmicky'" The Daily Telegraph London: Telegraph Media Group Retrieved 15 July 2015 
  3. ^ "Fiona Bruce" BBC Archived from the original on 16 May 2009 
  4. ^ Campelli, Matthew 15 July 2015 "Great Ormond Street moves 14m" Broadcast Top Right Group Retrieved 15 July 2015 
  5. ^ Connell, Claudia 14 July 2015 "Tears, hugs and pizza for Great Ormond Street's little miracles" Daily Mail DMGT Retrieved 15 July 2015 

External links

  • Hive Minds at BBC Programmes
  • Hive Minds on IMDb
  • Hive Minds at UKGameshowscom

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