Never Mind The Buzzcocks

BBC Two’s irreverent pop quiz, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, returns to our screens this autumn with a brand new line-up.

Joining the panel this year as team captain, alongside the ever repressible Phill Jupitus, is Mighty Boosh star Noel Fielding.

Following Simon Amstell’s departure after three successful years, the new series will be presented by a string of guest hosts including Alex James, Dermot O’Leary, Jack Whitehall, Rhod Gilbert, David Walliams, Frank Skinner, James Corden and Mark Watson.

As ever, celebrity guests from the world of music and entertainment will join team captains Phil and Noel as the guest host each week navigates them through a number of musically based quiz rounds.

With the show’s reputation for the unpredictable, guests are always primed for the occasional embarrassment and harmless ribbing as their knowledge of music is put to the test.

Noel Fielding said of joining the show: “I am so excited about Buzzcocks. I am leaping across the Camden rooftops dressed as a small white kitten.”

Katie Taylor, executive editor, says: “It’s great to welcome so many comics and top musicians, many who have proven themselves as Buzzcocks panellists in the past, to the host hot seat. Noel Fielding will bring his eclectic music taste and surrealist humour, whilst Phill, having been there since day one, now takes the title of the elder statesman of the show.”

Simon Amstell has quit music quiz show, Never Mind the Buzzcocks.

Amstell has hosted the quiz show for three years after Mark Lamarr left the post in 2006. A variety of guest hosts will be used to present the show, much like the hosts in panel show, Have I Got News for You. 

Simon Amstell announced via his internet mailing list that he will not be hosting another series of Never Mind the Buzzcocks because of his desire to concentrate on his live tours and performances instead.

Last night a BBC insider revealed: “Simon is a funny guy who can think on his feet but he has decided it is time to move on. “He is working on a new project that has been commissioned by the BBC and feels he wants to concentrate on that.”

A BBC source added: “He has completely revitalised the show and we will be sad to see him go.”

Mighty Boosh star Noel Fielding will join Phill Jupitus as team captain for the new series, to be screened in the autumn. Jupitus has been a permanent panel member on the show in the 13 years it has been on air.

Amstell presented Popworld on Channel 4 from 2000 to 2006 with Miquita Oliver. Amstell had surreal style of interviewing and presenting which gained the show a cult following. He once caused outrage among Britney Spears fans after making her cry during an interview, after asking her if she thought she’d “gone a bit nuts”.

Samuel Preston (Ordinary Boys) walked out during the recording of BBC’s pop quiz Never Mind The Buzzcocks when he was unimpressed with comments read out from an autobiography written by his wife (Big Brother winner Chantelle Houghton).

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