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7 questions on Viz

Viz quiz

It's the 30th anniversary of Viz, the adult comic done in the style of childhood favourites like Beano - but with added flatulence - and a roster of characters such as Fat Slags and Sid the Sexist. Test yourself on Britain's most politically incorrect comic.

30th anniversary issue

1.) Multiple Choice Question

The first issue comprised 12 stapled-together pages selling for 20p in Newcastle's bars and pubs. How much were the city's many students charged?

1979 issue
  1. 10p
  2. 20p
  3. 30p

2.) Multiple Choice Question

Which Viz character, known for his gingerbread sex dolls, was the subject of a question in a recent episode of University Challenge?

Paxman looking Paxmanlike
  1. Student Grant
  2. Fru T Bunn
  3. Finbarr Saunders

3.) Multiple Choice Question

San and Tray are the Fat Slags, two hard-drinking, chip-scoffing Geordie girls. What's the name of their long-suffering pal, with whom they regularly enjoy carnal relations?

Fat Slags and friend
  1. Baz
  2. Dick
  3. Dave

4.) Multiple Choice Question

And Modern Parents features Malcolm and Cressida - vegan middle-class types who are against competitive sports and fast food. What's their surname (double-barrelled, of course)?

Modern Parents
  1. Wright-Pratt
  2. Earnest-Burke
  3. Len-Till

5.) Multiple Choice Question

Which celebrity sold his wedding pictures to Viz?

  1. Armando Iannucci
    Armando Iannucci
  2. Shakin' Stevens
    Shakin' Stevens
  3. Johnny Vegas
    Johnny Vegas

6.) Multiple Choice Question

Much of the action takes place in the fictional town of Fulchester. A name taken from which now-defunct drama popular in the 1980s?

  1. Fresh Fields
  2. Crown Court
  3. Mind Your Language
  4. Juliet Bravo

7.) Multiple Choice Question

And finally, Tony Slattery - of Whose Line is it Anyway? - is among the public figures to feature in Viz. In what capacity?

Tony Slattery
  1. Joseph in a "cut out and keep" Nativity Set
  2. Constantly trying to ingratiate himself with the Queen
  3. Running a phoney cattery


In one strip, Slattery is left with a pair of cats to care for and has to pass up the chance to appear in a new series of Whose Line Is It Anyway? He is dischuffed to find the felines are actually fakes and belong to Baroness Spatz. Can you see where this is going?

Sham cattery


  1. Students had to pay 30p.
  2. It's Fru T Bunn. When Jesus College, Oxford, failed to answer the question, host Jeremy Paxman called them "such pure creatures".
  3. It's Baz, married to the even more long-suffering Thelma, and mates with Dave. The 2004 film chronicling Sandra and Tracey's adventures is currently at 15 in IMDB's 100 Worst Films.
  4. It's Wright-Pratt. And their children are named Tarquin and Guinevere - both boys.
  5. It was Johnny Vegas in 2002. The photos duly appeared in the next edition, but Vegas claims he never received the money. He has since divorced.
  6. It's ITV's Crown Court - which ran from 1972-84, in which court cases were played out over several afternoons. ITV's Mind Your Language was set in an English-language school in London. Fresh Fields was a sitcom set in Barnes, London. And the BBC police series Juliet Bravo took place in the fictional town of Hartley, Lancashire.
  7. It's Tony Slattery and his Phoney Cattery. Morrissey once featured as Joseph in Viz's souvenir Pop Star Nativity Set. And Billy Connolly is depicted as repeatedly trying to win the Queen's favour.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Pseudo pusscats

4 - 6 : Fradulent felines

7 - 7 : Ersatz cats

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