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Celebrity Christmas Special

Dave Gorman, Tim Harford and Konnie Huq
More Or Less
Friday, 26 December, 2008
BBC Radio 4, 1330 GMT

Konnie Huq and Dave Gorman, two of Britain's most numerate celebrities, join presenter Tim Harford for a Christmas quiz.

Not everyone is lucky enough to have a job that involves numbers so it's always useful to have some show business skills to fall back on.

Konnie Huq looked set at one time to become a Bank of England economist.

But, when that didn't work out, she became a Blue Peter presenter, retiring in January 2008 after a decade on the show.

Comedian Dave Gorman was on track for a career as a mathematician: an A grade at "A level", an "S" level and a place on a maths degree course at Manchester University.

But he lost interest, became a university drop-out and gave up his dreams of mathematical stardom.

Fortunately he realised the comic potential of perfect numbers and carved out a career as comedian instead.

He is best known to Radio 4 listeners as the presenter of the comedy show Genius.

Join Tim Harford as he gives his celebrity guests a second chance at numerical success with the More or Less Christmas numbers quiz.

Can you do better than our celebrities? Have a go at our Christmas quiz.

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BBC Radio 4's More or Less is broadcast on Friday, 26 December at 1330 GMT and repeated on Sunday, 28 December at 2000 GMT.

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