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Episode #2.07 – Smegging Pig’s Farm

Contestants: Lee Houldsworth, Ash McColvin Dodsworth and Mark Furness
Originally broadcasted: November 4, 2015

Bonjour Mes Amis!

So we're here with episode 7 and it's time to take things old school with questions, answers, points and forfeits. The forfeits we've chosen randomly this time do include beatings, tar-and-feathering and a fair dose of dunking, though we don't actually tell the contestants who got what until after the recording was finished and we sent them on their way to what they thought was home.

Oh, and if anyone finds a knife wielding monkey while out on their travels, please post it back to the address listed on it's collar. There is a reward, though we won't be telling you what it is or who it will be going to. Thank you.

Players this week are Lee Houldsworth, Ash McColvin Dodsworth and Mark Furness.

Round 1 Mini-subjects are Doctors, Money and Food and Drink.

Round 2 Specialist subjects are:

  • The Diablo Games
  • 80's Kids Cartoons
  • and the 'Song of Ice and Fire' books.

Share and Enjoy folks, Share and Enjoy.


Episode #2.06 – Back to the Present Day

Contestants: Ed Cragg-Barber, Kath Fradley and Amanda Tymms
Originally broadcasted: October 21, 2015

Greeting from the .... from Today!

We've travelled over 5000 miles to the sunny little town of Hill Valley on this day, the 21st of October 2015 to bring you our first international episode of The Missing Monkey! The sights are fantastic, the shopping is ... useful and the films are beyond futuristic. The car is getting fitted with flying circuits as we record so the trip home will be a lot quicker and so it's time to go back to the regular business of Geeky Trivia.

Playing this week we have Ed Cragg-Barber, Kath Fradley and Amanda Tymms.

Round 1 Mini-subjects are Beards, Clones and Famous Last Words.

Round 2 Specialist Subjects are:

  • 999 / 9 Persons, 9 Hours, 9 Doors
  • Real World Cephalopods
  • and Father Ted.

As usual, Share and Enjoy, People, Share and Enjoy


Souvenir Shopping wasn't easy, but some of us got what we wanted.

Episode #2.05 – Video Games Special

Contestants: Laurie Saffin, Pete 'Haystacks' Jones and Liz Real
Originally broadcasted: October 7, 2015

Greetings Button Bashers!

It's time for the Video Games Special! With everything from inception to the latest generation. Point and click, shoot and run or just hunt for collectibles in tiny cupboards, it's time to brush off your thumbsticks and challenge your knowledge of everything that shines or goes bing.

But before we go any further, The Missing Monkey is at Play Expo at Event City on Saturday the 10th of October 2015. We'll be on the cosplay stage at 1pm so come on down and maybe you could be playing against The Missing Monkey. See you there.

(And in case you missed it, join our mailing list here and/or have a look at our Patreon here. Every penny goes to making the show the very best we can make it. Thank you.)

This time playing we have Laurie Saffin, Pete 'Haystacks' Jones and Liz Real.

Round 2 Specialist Subjects are:

  • Final Fantasy VII
  • The Discworld Games
  • and Mass Effect.

As always, if you like it then share and enjoy and tell everybody you know all about The Missing Monkey.


Episode #2.04 – The Bookworm, The Pelly And Me

Contestants: Del, Russ Smith and Si Lloyd
Originally broadcasted: September 23, 2015

And so for their triumphant return, the Bookworm vs the Monkey showdown of the century! Though we're not going to tell you which century. Probably somewhere around the 14th or 15th century looking at the weapons they've brought.

But I digress.

Tonight's short subjects are Vampires, The Long arm of the Law and Science and Technology.

Playing tonight we have the crew from the Bookworm radio podcast from Starburst Magazine, or if you want to go by name we have Del, Russ Smith and Si Lloyd.

Their specialist subjects (cunningly selected, researched and written, (even about the big umbrella thingy) were:

  • Roald Dahl
  • James Bond
  • and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

I hope you enjoy it, I hope you consider becoming a Patron of the show and I hope you find the time to share this far and wide. Tell people, tell everyone. But for now, just enjoy. :)


Episode #2.03 – JEFF THE SUPER HORSE

Contestants: Paul James, Wilf Watson-James and Joe Higton
Originally broadcasted: September 9, 2015

Greetings, Citizens of the Galactic Alliance.

Beaming right into your aural passageways here comes the latest wax cylinder recording of that popular game show, The Missing Monkey. Pluckings from the magical lottery tree of subjects this week we have Pets, Starships and The Royal Family.

Playing this week we have Paul James, Wilf Watson-James and Joe Higton.

Round 2 subjects are:

  • The King Killer Chronicles by Patrick Rothfus
  • Yes Minister and Yes Prime Minister
  • and World of Warcraft.


Episode #2.02 – Man, Don't Get Irritated

Contestants: Aliss McGregor, Tracey Kerr and George Wilkinson
Originally broadcasted: August 26, 2015

Bonjour, Mes Amis!

So we're back again and this time we're trying a new thing with round 1. Instead of 15 questions on any subject under the sun we are experimenting with splitting it up into 3 loosely connected subjects, in this case we will be tackling the brains of the players on questions about Geography, Weapons and The Periodic Table. See how they do and how well you do against them.

In case you were not aware, we are also launching a Patreon appeal to try and raise funds to make the Missing Monkey as big and as wonderful as we can. We will be bringing you content for as long as we possibly can for free but it would be wonderful if you would consider becoming a Patron, even if only for a minimum amount. Every little bit helps. You can find the Patron at and it would be marvelous if you took a glance.

This weeks players are:
Aliss McGregor, Tracey Kerr and George Wilkinson

The specialist subjects for this week are:

  • Buffy Villains
  • Eddie Izzard Stand-Up
  • and The Dresden Files.

How well do you do?

Sit back, Enjoy and once you have a second, please share as far and wide as you can.

Thank you, oh so very much.

Episode #2.01 – The Meatwind Section

Contestants: James 'Gonzo' Kilgour, Alex Powell and Judy Bartlett
Originally broadcasted: August 15, 2015

Greetings Humans!

Yes, it's been far too long, but the long wait is surely worth it because we're back! It's time once again to challenge your knowledge and wits over a 3 round quiz and see if your brains and knowledge beat the contestants in the studio.

The Players this time are:-
James 'Gonzo' Kilgour, Alex Powell and Judy Bartlett

Specialist Subjects are:-

  • Azimov's Robot Stories
  • Music Theory
  • The Discworld (in it's entirety)

I hope you enjoy it, I hope you're glad we're back because we certainly are and once again, welcome to Season 2 of The Missing Monkey!


Episode #15 – Apocalypse Special

Contestants: Friday, Russ and Graham
Originally broadcasted: March 4, 2015

Greetings Bipeds!

When the air becomes Uranious, we will all go Simultaneous, and we will all go together when we all go together, Yes we all will go together when we go.

But until then it's time to celebrate the various trials and tribulations of the end of the world, be it nuclear, genetic, zombie, or robot and we will be ready, willing and prepared. Or at least we have a plan, written down with occasional footnotes.

Playing today we close at the open with the same three lucky players that started us off in the first episode, Friday Jones, Russ Smith and Graham Willighan. And again we are lucky enough to be recording at Travelling Man in Manchester.

Round 2 Specialist Subjects ... for a given value of specialist ... are:

  • Two Thirds of the Cornetto Trilogy
  • Twelve Monkeys
  • and The Hunger Games.

Thank You so very much for listening to Series 1 of The Missing Monkey. We hope you enjoyed it and we hope you'll be back for Series 2.


Episode #14 – The Monkey Vs The Worm

Contestants: Ed, Del and Al
Originally broadcasted: February 18, 2015

Greetings Curious Humanoids!

When the studios of the Missing Monkey were destroyed by an atomic meteor strike we needed to find a new home and quickly. Thankfully enough we were given a new, if temporary, home at Travelling Man in Manchester.

Tonight's episode features the wonderful vocal talents and brainpower of The Bookworm Podcast (look just below for information about how to find them) where Ed, Del and their producer Al go head to head to head against the delights of The Missing Monkey.

Round 2 Subjects are:

  • Harry Potter
  • Castle
  • and Terry Pratchett's Witches.

Find the Missing Monkey on twitter at @DrMissingMonkey

Episode #13 – Where The Hell Are We Going Now?

Contestants: Gareth, Aliss and Joy
Originally broadcasted: February 5, 2015

Vilcommen, Bienvenue, Welcome.

It is time once again to celebrate all that is weird and wonderful in the world of Geeks and Geek knowledge. We delve into comics, Books, Tv, Films and anything that crosses our minds and gain a few insights into the minds of the various deviated imaginations you might meet along the way. Hosted as ever by the one, the only and the inimitable Big Bad Jon.

Players today are Gareth, Joy and Aliss

Round 2 Subjects are:

  • The Chrestomancy Series by Diane Wynne Jones
  • Arrow (S1&2)
  • and Norse Myths.

Episode #12 – And A Very Happy New Monkey Year!

Contestants: Ed, Savvy and Simon
Originally broadcasted: January 21, 2015

Greetings Hairy Footed Ones!

Sorry about this being late, but the new year finally kicks off in style with the latest episode of The Missing Monkey. We celebrate all that makes us happy and dance around in joy, and if you pay close attention there's a small dancing break between rounds two and three.

Players for this episode are Ed, Savvy and Simon. All of which are very knowledgeable and experienced in their own ways. Prizes on a postcard for those people to guess those ways.

Round 2 Questions are on:

  • House of Cards (US)
  • Vampire the Maskerade
  • and Firefly.

A Very Missing Monkey

Originally broadcasted: January 7, 2015

The Missing Monkey is once again missing!

We are under attack! We're under siege! We don't even have Stephen Seagull and Erika Elleniak to help us out. The massed forces of Murphy, Kelvin and Newton have all conspired to stop us from achieving the next phase of our ascendancy.

Meaning : Technical Difficulties have prevented us from having an episode to offer you tonight. We are very sorry about that. We will be back as soon as we possibly can.

Episode #11 – Twas The Monkey Before Christmas

Contestants: Tracey, Paul and Lauren
Originally broadcasted: December 24, 2014

Twas the night before Christmas
and all through the net
all the sites they were silent
and no refreshments were set

With tinsel and holly and baubles and such
one monkey got active and needed a crutch
so quizzing was done, and quizzing was had
and the monkeys did party, and then none were sad.

On Dasher, on Dancer, on Prancer and Vixen, On Comet and Cupid, on Donner and Blitzen, From the top of the podcast, to the top of your wall, We Quiz away, Quiz away, QUIZ AWAY ALL!

Yup. that should be enough Christmas for all and sundry, and so we bring to you on this fine evening the very latest and very greatest podcast to soothe the soul and amuse the spirits. Take some time out from your festivities to listen to a quick hour of fun, brought to you from the Missing Monkey.

This episode we test Tracey, Paul and Lauren on all subjects great and small and maybe you'll learn something, but hopefully you'll be amused.

Round 2 Specialist subjects include:

  • Portal
  • Black Books
  • and Blackadder.

And the lovely voice of the wonderful and brilliant Nick Doody popping in here and there.

Episode #10 – Time Travel Special!

Contestants: Flossy, Megan and Judy
Originally broadcasted: December 10, 2014

Greetings from the mid 23rd Century!

This time, for the first time (or the 47th time depending on your home dimension) we will be plumbing the depths of journeys through the vortex of time and space. We might go to Victorian England, we might visit the far flung future where all hope for humanity is lost. We might even nip to the gift shop while we're there.

Joining Big Bad Jon and sharing their knowledge of weirdly wonderful things are Mike "Flossy" Jones, Megan Pearce and Judy Bartlett. All of which have been carefully picked for their knowledge of Doctor Who, so you know we'll be avoiding the subject for as long as possible. At least until round 3.

Share and enjoy. Always, share and enjoy.

Round 2 Specialist subjects are:

  • The Fourth Doctor
  • Back to the Future
  • Bill and Ted

and Round 3 will be all about Dr Who, from the very beginning right up to that Capaldi feller.

Episode #9 – George, Don't Do That

Contestants: Frodo, George and Mark
Originally broadcasted: November 26, 2014

Greetings Tributes!

Completing our trilogy of live episodes, again recorded at IQ Games in Huddersfield. This time we've invited two previous champions of The Missing Monkey to go up against a lurker we dragged in off the street. Thrills, spills and many many giggles at the expense of all of us in the mighty episode nine.

Listen, enjoy and share with everybody you've ever heard of.

Round 2 Specialist Subjects are:

  • Dead Like Me
  • The Stainless Steel Rat
  • Stargate - Movie and Series

No Sandman question tonight, but see if you can spot the Neil Gaiman comic question when it turns up.

Episode #8 – There Is Definitely Something Down There

Contestants: Chris, Dave and Jack
Originally broadcasted: November 12, 2014

Heylo Hoomans!

So we're back at IQ Games in Huddersfield for another LIVE episode! This week we define the difference between the Generation Gaps in Geek knowledge, especially between the question setters, the players and the audience. Sometimes there's overlap, sometimes there isn't, and sometimes we relish in subjects and films that existed well before people were born, including BBJ himself.

It all goes to show that being a Geek is a huge undertaking, and well beyond the ken of mortal man.

Round 2 Specialist Subjects are:

  • Warhammer 40k: The Orks
  • Ankh Morpork, The City and Watch
  • The Board Games of Vlaada Chvatil (and the ways of pronouncing his name)

Enjoy, Laugh, and Share as far and wide as you can.
Bonus Points for actually telling Vlaada Chvatil.

Episode #7 – There Ain't No Party Like A Monkey Party So The Monkey Party Is ... Very Very Hidden

Contestants: Frances, Simon and Anothony
Originally broadcasted: October 29, 2014

Greetings Humans!

To celebrate more than a few episodes in the bag, we're boosting for the outer stratosphere with going on the road and recording with a live studio audience. That's not to say you're listening to it live, but we recorded it on location with a live audience, which is slightly better (at least in terms of smell) than the festering decomposing audience we usually use. That was a joke. In more ways than one.

We're coming to you from IQ Games in Huddersfield, recording a fun, exciting and a very over-promising episode for your delectation. Hosting as usual is the one and only Big Bad Jon and the contestants are Frances Vevers, Simon Jessop and Anthony Porter.

Round 2 Specialist Subjects are:

  • Arthurian Legends
  • Proper Grammar
  • Community

Enjoy! And if you like it, share it.

You can also (probably) find The Missing Monkey on Twitter at @DrMissingMonkey

Episode #6 – When Great Brains Collide, They Make A Mess

Contestants: Karen, Judy and Phil
Originally broadcasted: October 15, 2014

Greetings Fellow Human Meatsacks,

This week the wild and groovy extravaganza of Geek General Knowledge takes us from the suns of krypton to the depths of the deepest barrel, and keeps digging. Though that's not to say anyone knows anything anymore. Is it possible nobody knows nothing? If such things can be proved, then you're definately in the wrong place with the missing monkey.

Today's guest contestants are Judy, Karen and Phil, who may or may not be of the religious persuasion. But we're not going to mention it here.

Round 2 Specialist Subjects are:

  • Space Above n Beyond
  • Sherlock on Page and Screen
  • .... and the Bible.

Episode #5 – The Comics Special!

Contestants: EJ Wooderson, John Dee and Oli
Originally broadcasted: October 1, 2014

Welcome back to The Missing Monkey!

This time we hit up the universe of Comics and Comicsology.

In this episode not only do we have the master and commander of all that is Pictural Storytelling, Big Bad Jon, but also John, another John and obviously Oli (who we might or might not call John). But for the benefits of clarity we'll be going with EJ Wooderson, John Dee and still Oli, who might or might not be known as Hanbidge Smith.

Enjoy, and share as and where you can.

Round 2 Specialist Subjects are:

  • Booster Gold
  • The Legion of Superheroes
  • Ultimate X-Men.

Episode #4 – Go Fourth And Multiply Six By Nine

Contestants: John, Haystacks and Alex
Originally broadcasted: September 17, 2014

The Triumphant Return!

Yup, we're back with more questions about bizarre and random geek love and knowledge. Listen as the competition heats up! Listen as we have a Missing Monkey world first! Listen as some people lose the plot and are terrified by the concept of talking into a microphone.

This week the players are John, Haystacks and Alex who are each far too competititititive, and the host as ever is the one, the only and the one with a game collection to rival most museums, Big Bad Jon.

Share And Enjoy

Round 2 Specialist Subjects are:

  • Deep Space 9
  • Magic: The Gathering
  • and Red Dwarf.

Episode #3 – 3 Is Magic Number, So... ALAKAZAM!

Contestants: Liz, Rich and George
Originally broadcasted: September 3, 2014

Greetings all! For the third act we return to the Missing Monkey space station for the next installment of the greatest geek game show on the web, hosted once more by the one, the only, the one who stands in for Mr Wolf, THE Big Bad Jon.

All we ask is that if you enjoy it, please tell people. Word of mouth is how we get out there, and thank you.

Round 2 subjects this time are:

  • The Dresden Files
  • Babylon 5
  • and the Legend of Zelda.


Episode #2 – The Return Of The Ki... BBJ

Contestants: Joy, Mark and Scott
Originally broadcasted: August 20, 2014

Episode 2! The long awaited sequel of the Greatest and Newest Geek Quiz on the Internet!

Hosted by the one, the only, THE Big Bad Jon.

As you might have noticed, the Missing Monkey is not a weekly Podcast, but with the demands of science, medicines and brains we can't put it out more often than once every two weeks. From here on out, it should be every second Wednesday, like it or not. So here we go for Episode 2, and please remember to share and enjoy.

Round 2 Specialist subjects are:

  • The Chronicles of Narnia
  • Cabin Pressure
  • and Will Wheaton's Tabletop.

Episode #1 – The Pilot

Contestants: Russ, Friday and Graham
Originally broadcasted: August 1, 2014

Welcome to the Pilot episode of the new Geek Quiz - The Missing Monkey!

Hosted by the one, the only, THE Big Bad Jon.

For all those frustrated that their geek knowledge is going to waste, this is for you. Testing your knowledge of everything cartoon, comics, games, film and TV.

Round 2 Specialist subjects are:

  • HitchHikers Guide to the Galaxy
  • Cars in Geek Culture
  • & The Belgariad.

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