Can you recognise the most iconic TV catchphrases, and identify who said them? Test your knowledge with this quiz to find out.
The top 50 most used catchphrases include quotes from Blue Peter, Blackadder, Family Fortunes and even The X Factor – but do you know who uttered each of the now-famous words?
The quiz was created after a survey revealed the TV catchphrases people use most in everyday life, with Victor Meldrew’s “I don’t believe it” coming out on top – more than 30 years after it was first aired.
A poll of 2,000 adults saw the iconic line, first spoken in 1990 by Richard Wilson in One Foot in the Grave, top the list of the 50 TV sayings which have become part of daily conversations.
Little Britain’s “Computer says no” took second place, followed by Del Boy’s classic line from Only Fools and Horses, “Lovely jubbly”.
And a second line from the hit comedy, “You plonker”, also made it into the top 10.
Other popular phrases used in real-life conversations included Homer Simpson’s “D’oh”, Catherine Tate’s “Am I bovvered”, and Joey’s “how you doin’?” from Friends.
It also emerged 80% of adults use TV catchphrases in everyday conversation – and three-quarters (76%) of those even use sayings from shows they’ve not actually watched.
Following the findings, a quiz has been created to test viewers' knowledge of who said what.
Michelle Wilding-Baker, spokeswoman for Freesat, which commissioned the study and quiz, said: “TV has a huge influence on our lives, and what at first seems like a fairly basic line can very quickly become part of everyday language.
“It’s great to see that UK shows have done so well, while comedy also seems to be very successful at introducing lines into people’s language.
“It just goes to show how important it is for a catchphrase to make us laugh in order to make it memorable.
“We’re also pleased to see the mix of shows – some older quotes as well as more modern lines have made it into the top 50.”
The study also found those who repeat lines from a TV show do so an average of twice a week.
More than seven in ten of those (71%) use them when talking to friends and family, while 28% get them into conversation with colleagues or even their boss.
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Others utter the iconic phrases in text messages (24%), on social media (18%), and even in work emails (9%).
And more than one in 20 (7%) have managed to use them in a job interview.
Of the parents who use TV catchphrases in everyday life, 37% admit their children also now use the same sayings – despite some of the youngsters not even watching the shows themselves.
But it doesn’t always go to plan, as more than a quarter (27%) of the adults polled have had someone use a TV quote on them that they didn’t understand.
And 30% have felt old when using or hearing a line from a show – because they, or the other person, didn’t understand the reference due to the generation difference.
More than one in ten (12%) of those polled, via OnePoll, have even ended up rowing with someone, about what show a quote was from (55%) or whether it was used in the right context (52%).
Other ways people weave TV into their lives include visiting a TV location (20%), and buying merchandise (18%) or an item of clothing they have seen a character wear (14%).
And 14% have also named a pet after their favourite show or character, while 9% have done the same with their children.
Michelle Wilding-Baker, from Freesat, added: “A TV show can not only provide a talking point, but can stay with us and impact our lives in so many ways.
“It is a huge part of our culture and as the number of channels and shows grow, it is something that is only going to have more influence on us.”
TOP 50 TV CATCHPHRASES USED IN EVERYDAY LIFE:
- I don't believe it – One Foot In The Grave
- Computer says no – Little Britain
- Lovely jubbly – Only Fools And Horses
- Here's one I made earlier – Blue Peter
- D'oh – The Simpsons
- Am I bovvered? – The Catherine Tate Show
- You plonker – Only Fools And Horses
- I have a cunning plan – Blackadder
- Just like that – Tommy Cooper
- I've started so I'll finish – Mastermind
- How you doin'? – Friends
- Is that your final answer? – Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?
- How very dare you – The Catherine Tate Show
- Nice to see you, to see you nice – The Generation Game
- You havin' a laugh? – Extras
- Goodnight John Boy – The Waltons
- Okely Dokely – The Simpsons
- It's a no from me – Simon Cowell, The X Factor/Britain's Got Talent
- What's occurin'? – Gavin and Stacey
- Listen, I will say zis only wunce – Allo Allo
- Suits you sir – The Fast Show
- Say what you see – Catchphrase
- Can I have a P please, Bob – Blockbusters
- No no no no no no yes – The Vicar of Dibley
- Our survey says – Family Fortunes
- You're fired! – The Apprentice
- Winter is coming – Game Of Thrones
- What you talkin' 'bout, Willis? – Diff'rent Strokes
- Yabba-Dabba-Doo – The Flintstones
- Hi Di Hi Campers – Hi Di Hi
- Get outta my pub – EastEnders
- That's what she said – The Office
- It's goodnight from me, and goodnight from him – The Two Ronnies
- Back of the net – Alan Partridge
- Mother of God – Line of Duty
- The truth is out there – The X Files
- Jesus, Mary and Joseph and the wee donkey – Line of Duty
- Pivot – Friends
- Oooh I could crush a grape! – Crackerjack
- Could I *be*… – Friends
- Bazinga! – The Big Bang Theory
- Pity the fool – Mr T, The A Team
- Yada, yada, yada – Seinfeld
- I've got a text! – Love Island
- Boyakasha – Ali G
- Excuuuuse me! – Steve Martin, Saturday Night Live
- Smoke me a kipper, I'll be back for breakfast – Red Dwarf
- Oh my Christ! – Gavin and Stacey
- What a sad little life, Jane – Come Dine With Me
- You should wash your hands, you detty pig – Sex Education
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