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It's Academic was an 80s general knowledge quiz show for high school students. Like its intermediate school sibling The W Three Show (aka W3), It's Academic was hosted by Lockwood Smith. With his Cheshire cat's grin the future Speaker of the House pulls questions from the numbered pockets, as teams from Onslow, Wellington and Newlands colleges — seated in the distinctive triangular pod set — compete in the Wellington regional final. At stake are brainiac bragging rights, school pride ... and digital watches, Britannica encyclopedias and handheld calculators.


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 Lockwood Smith
 Kevan Moore
 Patrick Macaskill

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 Paul Ward

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Hi John - Selwyn Toogood took over from Lockwood Smith on W3:

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"Like it's sibling... hosted by Lockwood Smith?" Wasn't it Selwyn Toogood on W3?



Yeesh. These questions are legitimately tough.



I would love to see the "infamous " clip where the boy answers with wrong answer. The correct answer was organism. :)

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I was probably asked to do further series of both W3 and It's Academic because I could get through up to eight shows a day without screwing things up. And when the show did have to stop, I could do live edits, saving heaps of post-production editing time. I was only ever an amateur. I started the TV work in Australia while I was an impoverished PhD student. 
When we were into the really fast part of the show, the poor old adjudicator would be about two questions behind, and I just had to make instant decisions so I got very used to pace.