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Tom Gleisner
Have You Been Paying Attention
Network 10: 3 November 2013 – Present
Working Dog Productions

Have You Been Paying Attention? (stylised on-screen as Have you been paying attention?) is a topical quiz show with a mix of news and comedy. It is broadcast weekly on Network Ten.


The series sees the host ask guests a range of news-related questions. In turn, guests frequently give humorous or satirical answers, but only correct answers are awarded points. The series has also become known for its banter between its serious moderator and its not as serious contestants. In addition to questions regarding the previous week's events, the contestants are also quizzed in various other games. Generally, two of these segments are played in each episode.

Regular segments[]

  • General subject segments – News events from the past week which can be grouped into the categories of "Showbiz" or "Sport".
  • Guest Quizmasters segment – Often about ten questions in length at each interval in the program. The questions asked are usually related to the guest quizmaster.
  • Rapid Recall – This is the final round and segment of the show and sees contestants required to answer as quickly as possible as the segment is timed. This is the only segment during the show where the scores are not readily shown.

Varying Segments[]

  • Over or Under – Each contestant individually watches a clip from RBT and must guess if the person is "over or under" the legal blood-alcohol limit (0.05%, as per Australian law).
  • Trash or Treasure – Each contestant individually watches a clip from Antiques Roadshow and must guess if the item the person has is worth under £1,000 (trash) or is worth over £1,000 (treasure).
  • Going, Going, Gone – A series of questions about famous items being sold over the past week and contestants must answer what it is famous for, or which famous person used or owned it.
  • Either/Or – The original variation of the above three and is used primarily to test the contestants' understanding of complicated (or amusing) names in the news. (Several versions of this game have since been developed including "Rapper or Restaurant / Oui or Non" etc.)
  • Identify These International Versions of Well Known (Reality) TV Formats – Each contestant individually watches a short clip of an international version of a well known reality television format. Contestants are awarded 10 points for correctly guessing the format and 10 points if they can guess the country the clip is from (e.g. if a clip from the Israeli version of Survivor was shown, a contestant would receive 10 points for answering Survivor and/or 10 points for answering Israel).
  • Celebrity Questions – Added in 2015, a celebrity asks a set of questions based on them or their work. Similar to the Guest Quizmasters segment in nature.


Contestant Appearances Show wins
Ed Kavalee 140 48
Sam Pang 133 8
Jane Kennedy 39 6
Celia Pacquola 37 6
Mick Molloy 30 1
Glenn Robbins 25 3
Kitty Flanagan 25 2
Marty Sheargold 24 5
Anne Edmonds 23 3
Urzila Carlson 23 11
Kate Langbroek 19 3
Dave Hughes 16 3
Peter Helliar 16 7
Cal Wilson 12 6
Abby Coleman 11 3
Fifi Box 10 5
Susie Youssef 10 1
Lehmo 9 1
Amanda Keller 8 7
Chrissie Swan 7 3
Hamish Blake 6 0
Lawrence Mooney 6 2
Santo Cilauro 6 0
Dilruk Jayasinha 6 2
Wil Anderson 6 2
Denise Scott 6 0
Monty Dimond 5 0
Neroli Meadows 5 2
Akmal Saleh 5 0
Georgie Carroll 5 0
Tony Martin 5 0
Melanie Bracewell 5 0
Sarah Harris 4 1
Merrick Watts 4 0
Celeste Barber 3 1
Gen Fricker 3 0
Nick Cody 2 0
Julia Morris 2 0
Ivan Aristeguieta 2 0
Dane Simpson 2 0

Production and broadcast[]

The series was first commissioned by Network Ten on 25 October 2013, with the first season to consist of 8 episodes which would air over the final four weeks of ratings season and first four weeks of Summer ratings.

In February 2014, it was reported in an interview with host and co-executive producer Tom Gleisner that Network Ten had given the series an "open-ended" run for its 2014 season. The second season premiered on 23 February 2014 in the new timeslot of 6pm Sunday. On 9 April 2014, part way through the second season, it was announced that the show would be moved from the 6pm Sunday timeslot to 9.30pm Monday, and expanded to a one-hour format. The later timeslot would allow the series to include more adult themes. Following a six-week hiatus, the show returned on Monday 19 May 2014. Beginning on 14 July, Season 2 moved an hour earlier to 8:30pm as a result of the low ratings of 24: Live Another Day which previously occupied the timeslot.

On 29 September 2014, it was reported that a Year in Review special had been commissioned which would air later in the year. The special aired on 17 November 2014, reviewing the top news stories of the past 12 months. The special saw the introduction of guest quizmasters to the format, which have since become a recurring feature of the series.

On 14 November 2014, the series was renewed for a third season, which premiered on 11 May 2015.

A second Year in Review special aired following the third season, premiering on 23 November 2015.

On 26 October 2015, the series was renewed for a fourth season, which premiered on 9 May 2016. In October 2016, part of the set was revamped to include illuminating buzzers and minor changes in graphics.

A 2016 Year in Review special premiered on 21 November 2016.


The series is filmed at Network Ten studios in South Yarra, Melbourne in front of a live studio audience. The series was originally filmed on a Saturday, but successive seasons saw filming moved from Mondays to Sundays. Filming the day prior to airing, the series aims to be as current as possible. Due to the potentially offensive or inappropriate answers given by guests, alternate endings were filmed should episode winners change during post-production when such answers were excluded from airing while the show ran at 6pm.


The series came under criticism as a result of jokes relating to the death of King of Thailand Bhumibol Adulyadej during the episode airing on 17 October 2016 (Season 4 Episode 23). As a result, Network Ten issued a formal apology to Thailand's Ambassador to Australia Chirachai Punkrasin, and the footage in question was removed from Network Ten's website, social media, and was removed from the episode for future broadcasts.


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