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Dawid van Lill


Dawid van Lill is a writer, journalist, translator and editor, specialising in the creation of quiz programmes for radio, television, magazines and the Internet. He conceptualised, compiled and presented more than 2 000 episodes of radio quizzes, and compiled questions for a number of TV quizzes.

He contributed the sports section for the South African Encyclopaedia (for MWeb Learning), compiled questions for the previous South African version of Trivial Pursuit, and verified the questions and answers for five series of The Weakest Link. In 1984 and 1986 he was the winner of the popular TV quiz series Flinkdink and he is also the author of several books.
Dawid is currently the CEO of Think Media, a quiz and trivia company.

 

Profile – Dawid van Lill

Dawid van Lill was born in Namibia in 1957. He graduated from Stellenbosch University in 1984 with a Masters degree in Theology. In 1984 and 1986 he was the winner of the popular TV quiz series Flinkdink. He joined the SABC in 1985, and became a well-known radio personality after his Flinkdink experience. From 1985 to 1997 he was a broadcaster at the SABC, where he created, compiled and presented quiz and trivia programmes for radio.

Dawid van Lill is currently a writer, journalist and broadcaster. He has specialised in the creation and presentation of general knowledge programmes and quiz shows for radio, TV, books, magazines and notable publications for 25 years.

In 1998 Dawid and his wife, Marina, founded Think Media, a research company. In 2000 and 2001, Think Media provided the questions and scripts for quiz programmes such as 100%, Blitsvinnig,and Vat ’n Kans! They also compiled questions for the M-Net sports quiz programme Going for Gold, as well as for two series of the SABC 3 quiz show Greed, e-tv’s Mahala on e and he was a consultant and researcher for SABC2’s Flinkdink and SABC3’s Weakest Link. Think Media provided the questions for the M-Net quiz seriesTemptation and Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader?

The writing of the Sports section of the South African Encyclopedia (which appeared on M-Web in April 2001) proved to be another major highlight.

Dawid also compiled general knowledge questions for a South African version of Trivial Pursuit. Other achievements include quiz and trivia books, as well as a number of books about Africa, including Amazing Africa, Amazing Animals of Southern Africa, Wonders of African and Man-made Wonders of Africa.

His hobbies include reading, movies, travel, sport and general knowledge. He also collects books on everything and anything that will enrich one’s general knowledge repertoire. He also loves a good whodunit. One of his specialities is the collection of information and books on sports, especially rugby, cricket, athletics and tennis.

“Incurable curiosity is a thousand times better than terminal ignorance.”

Dawid van Lill

 

TV Quizzes

Compiled questions               

No

Title

Station

Year

Eps

1

100%

kykNET

2000

30

2

Blitsvinnig

kykNET

2000

26

3

Going for Gold

M-Net

2000

26

4

Greed

SABC3

2000

26

5

Mahala on e

e-TV

2001

20

6

Waag ’n kans

M-Net

2001

13

7

Flinkdink 1

SABC2

2003

13

8

Flinkdink 2

SABC 2

2004

13

9

Flinkdink 3

SABC 2

2005

13

10

Genius

SABC1

2004

26

11

Mega Minds

SABC1

2004

13

12

Whizz Quiz

SABC1

2004

13

13

Friday Face-Off

SABC1

2004

39

14

Test the Nation

SABC2

2005

01

15

Sho’t Left

SABC2

2005

07

16

In die Kryt

kykNET

2005

08

17

Tweestryd

kykNET

2006

26

18

Beautiful Country

SABC2

2006

13

19

Om-i-Wêreld 1 & 2

kykNET

2006

52

20

Dlala Skhokho 1

SABC1

2006

26

21

Dlala Skhokho 2

SABC1

2007

26

22

Treasure Hunter

SABC3

2006

26

23

Temptation: SA

M-Net

2006

30

24

Temptation: Nigeria

M-Net

2006

26

25

Eish! I Know! 1

SABC2

2007

13

26

Eish! I Know! 2

SABC2

2008

13

27

Are you Smarter than a Fifth Grader?

M-Net

2008

13

28

SoccaGame

SABC1

2010

13

 

 

 

 

TV Quizzes: Consultant / Verification

 

Title

Station

Year

Eps

1

Weakest Link 1

SABC3

2003

21

2

Weakest Link 2

SABC3

2004

24

3

Weakest Link 3

SABC3

2004/05

24

4

Weakest Link 4

SABC3

2005/06

24

5

Weakest Link 5

SABC3

2007

24

6

Walk the Plank

SABC3

2006

13

7

Hot Seat

SABC3

2006

13

8

Test the Nation

SABC2

2005

24

 

 

Radio Quizzes

Compiled questions               

1

Brain of Cape Town/Joburg

702/CT

2006

50

2

Brain of Cape Town/Joburg

702/CT

2007

50

3

Brain of Cape Talk/702

702/CT

2008

50

4

Brain of Cape Talk/702

702/CT

2009

50

5

Brain of Cape Talk/702

702/CT

2010

50

6

Brain of Cape Talk/702

702/CT

2011

50

7

GK Elite 1

KFM

2007

175

8

GK Elite 2

KFM

2008

175

9

GK Elite 3

KFM

2010

175

10

Radio Metro

MetroFM

2010

20

11

Cash Cab

Highveld

2010

20

 

 

RADIO QUIZZES

COMPILED AND PRESENTED

Dawid specialised in the creation (i.e. conceptualisation, research and compilation of questions) and presentation of quiz programmes for radio for 14 years (1985-1998) 

 

 

TITLE

ENGLISH

EPS

DESCRIPTION

1

Klop die kampioene

Challenge the champions

500

Weekly competition (like Test the Team)

2

Wie weet wat

Who knows what

100

General knowledge quiz for high school learners

3

Matriekvasvra

Matric quiz

26

General knowledge quiz for Grade 12s)

4

Gesinsvasvra

Family quiz

70

General knowledge / word games for families

5

Voëls van eenderse vere

Bird quiz

26

Quiz about Southern African birds

6

Nature Quiz

-

15

SA wildlife (Compiled and produced quiz)

7

Kopkrap

Scratch your head

30

General knowledge

8

Ken jy die land

Know you country

30

South Africa(Phone quiz)

9

Rugbyvasvra

Rugby

4

World Cup Rugby

10

Sportvasvra

General sports news

13

General sports knowledge

12

Hoe’s daai!

Howzat!

26

General knowledge sports quiz

13

Kitskennis

Think quick

50

General knowledge (phone-in)

14

Fliekvasvra

Movie quiz

16

Movies, actors, quotations, music, awards, etc.

15

Boekebel

Books

4

Afrikaans authors writers and books (phone-in)

16

Soek die plek

Find the place

10

South African places and place names

17

Nuusvasvra

News quiz

13

News and actuality

18

Verf die Dorp Rooi

A night out

13

Food, drink, movies, music, books, the arts

19

VolPunte

Full marks

30

General knowledge (Phone-in) (Punt Talk Radio)

 

 


INTERNET / CD-ROM

Title

Year

Publisher

SA Feitegids / SA Factfile  

1998 

MWeb Learning

SA Ensiklopedie (Sport)

2006

MWeb Learning

 

Books

No

Title

Year

Publisher

1

Ontdek die Bybel(Larousse) (Editor)

1993

Daan Retief

2

Die Groot Familievasvraboek

1998

Human & Rousseau

3

The Big Family Quiz Book

1998

Human & Rousseau

4

Wat ’n Vraag!

2001

Human & Rousseau

5

Fassinerende Feite

2000

LAPA Publishers

6

Van Lill’s South African Miscellany

2004

Zebra Press

7

Van Lill se Suid-Afrikaanse Trivia

2004

Zebra Press

8

Wonderlike Afrika

2004

LAPA Publishers

9

Amazing Africa

2007

LAPA Publishers

10

Van Lill’s South African Sports Trivia

2005

Zebra Press

11

Wonderlike Diere

2005

LAPA Publishers

12

Amazing Animals

2007

LAPA Publishers

13

Wonders van Afrika

2006

LAPA Publishers

14

Wonders of Africa 

2006

LAPA Publishers

15

African Wildlife Trivia

2008

Struik Publishers

16

Afrika se Natuur-trivia

2008

Struik Publishers

17

Manmade Wonders of Africa

2008

LAPA Publishers

18

Mensgemaakte Wonders van Afrika

2008

LAPA Publishers

19

Britannica Junior vir Suidelike Afrika (Editor)

2010

Jacklin Enterprises

20

Amazing Africa (New edition)

2010

LAPA Publishers

21

Wonderlike Afrika (New edition)

2010

LAPA Publishers

 

Magazines and Newspapers

No

Title

Year

Content

1

Rapport Magazine

 

Quiz

2

Keur

 

General knowledge quiz

3

De Kat

 

General knowledge quiz

4

Rugby 15 International

 

Crosswords

5

Sarie

 

General knowledge quiz

6

Insig

 

General knowledge quiz

7

Insig

2000

Overview: 20th Century

8

SABC TV Talk

 

Quiz and crosswords

9

Die Burger

 

TV Review (3 years)

10

Rapport Tydskrif(150)

 

Quiz

 

 

 

 

Dawid van Lill

 

 

         

 

     

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                   

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