Never Mind The Buzzcocks to end after 18 years
26 May 2015
From the section Entertainment & Arts
The show launched in 1996 with host Mark Lamarr (centre) and captains Sean Hughes (left) and Phill Jupitus
The BBC has pulled the plug on comedy panel show Never Mind The Buzzcocks after 18 years and 28 series.
First broadcast in 1996, the music trivia quiz has been hosted by Mark Lamarr, Simon Amstell and, most recently, Rhod Gilbert.
It had a reputation for upsetting its guests – with Lemmy, Huey Morgan and Preston all storming off the set.
A revamp in 2014 failed to improve ratings, and the BBC has now dropped the show.
Guests have included Amy Winehouse, who appeared with Rich Hall and Phill Jupitus in 2004
Phill Jupitus has been a team captain for all 28 series, while Sean Hughes, Bill Bailey and Noel Fielding have filled the opposing captain’s chair.
“After 28 series we’ve decided not to bring Never Mind the Buzzcocks back to the BBC,” said a spokesperson. “This will create space for new entertainment formats in the future.
“We’d like to thank the team at Talkback, Rhod Gilbert, all the brilliant hosts over the years and of course Noel and Phill for the years of enjoyment they’ve given BBC Two viewers.”
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Source:: BBC Entertainment