Star contestant Barry Jones features in this episode as the Australian contestant in the ‘World Championship Quiz – Australia versus New Zealand’, which is in its eighth round in this episode. Here, host Bob Dyer tries to ‘get a rise’ out of Barry by claiming a correct answer is wrong.
Barry Jones became a celebrity contestant in Pick a Box between 1960 and 1968, wowing audiences with his encyclopedic knowledge and clocking up 209 episodes and a small fortune in money and prizes. Jones would later become a member of both state and federal parliament and a long-running federal Science Minister for the Labor Government (1983–90).
Jones has an endearingly earnest presence on the show and a tendency to provide rather more information than is required. From this segment we can see he has already developed a reputation for arguing with his host when he thinks an answer is wrong. Dyer takes advantage of this and the audience’s familiarity with Jones to get a few laughs.