10 items from 2015
Though David Dimbleby has presided over Question Time since the time of John Major, the injection of new blood to the panel gave the programme a fresh feel. The comedy show, by contrast, was business as usual
Having so far run for 35 years and 10 years respectively, the BBC’s Thursday night double-bill of topical panel shows – Question Time (BBC1, 10.35pm) and Mock the Week (BBC2, 10pm) – are both veterans by televisual standards. Mock-nervously aware of this fact, Dara Ó Briain started last night’s opening episode of the latest series of Mock the Week with an in-the-news quip about BBC2 having just axed Never Mind the Buzzcocks, so you never knew which long-running joke show might be next.
From last night’s evidence, the two schedule perennials are taking very different approaches to the challenge of remaining fresh. Although the miraculously consistent David Dimbleby is at the start of his »
- Mark Lawson
Last week BBC2 announced that the anarchic music panel show is to be dropped after almost 20 years. Are they right?
While it has provided moments of comic delight over the years, not to mention a reliable place to get my regular Phill Jupitus fix (I love him), I won’t be sad to see it go. The schedules aren’t exactly short of comedy panel shows at the moment and money saved by putting this one down could be well used trying something new. A sketch show, for instance. Where the hell did all the sketch shows go? Buzzcocks was born into a world where pop music was easily accessible on television and the guests were all familiar faces, no matter which era of pop they sprung from. Now it is an odd combination of fortysomething men and tiny hipster YouTube children I have never heard of. Dipping ratings and »
- Julia Raeside and Amy Dawson
Mock the Week will celebrate its 10th birthday when it returns next month.
The BBC Two topical series will come back for six weeks in June and July for its 14th series, before returning again in September and October.
Other comics that are set to appear include Ed Byrne, Milton Jones, Zoe Lyons, Katherine Ryan, Josh Widdicombe, Rob Beckett, Sara Pascoe, Romesh Ranganathan, James Acaster, Matt Forde and Ellie Taylor.
Topics will include the election aftermath, the royal baby, American presidential candidates and a summer of sport.
'Never Mind the Buzzcocks' has been cancelled. The pop music panel quiz - most recently hosted by comedian Rhod Gilbert - will not be returning after almost 20 years on air, after BBC channel controller Kim Shillinglaw and BBC entertainment controller Mark Linsey decided to axe it. A BBC spokeswoman confirmed the news, saying: ''After 28 series we've decided not to bring 'Never Mind the Buzzcocks' back to the BBC. 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 »
Never Mind the Buzzcocks has been cancelled after 28 series, with the BBC confirming the much-loved show will not be returning.
The ingenious - and often hilarious - pop music panel quiz arrived on screens way back in 1996, and ran for over 260 episodes.
But it was when he began to read extracts from Preston's then-wife Chantelle Houghton's biography - with the line "The photoshoot was for the Daily Mail, which made me feel really posh and upmarket" - that he stormed off the show in disgust. »
The BBC has pulled the plug on Never Mind the Buzzcocks after 20 years and 28 series of the music panel show.
The show, which has been presented by Mark Lamarr, Simon Amstell and, in its latest incarnation Rhod Gilbert, has featured team captains including Phill Jupitus, Sean Hughes, Bill Bailey and Noel Fielding.
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- John Plunkett
Never Mind the Buzzcocks has been cancelled.
A BBC spokeswoman said: "After 28 series we've decided not to bring Never Mind the Buzzcocks back to the BBC. This will create space for new entertainment formats in the future.
The pop music panel quiz first aired in November 1996, and has run for over 260 episodes over 28 series.
The show returned to having guest hosts for series 23 to 27 and Rhod Gilbert took the role »
Dec is faced with a more difficult task when he's asked to find Blazin' Squad's Mc Freak, who is today better known by his real name Oli Georgiou. Can you pick out the real Mc Freak?
Meanwhile, Mulhern »
Corden’s Us TV debut is a success, but the mutual back-slappery of such chatshows is almost unwatchable – all the more so when the hosts are comedians
Did you ever watch Simon Amstell on Never Mind the Buzzcocks, or Popworld, and think he was being unnecessarily cruel? Probably. Britney Spears cut short an interview in tears; where-are-they-now mainstay Preston flounced out when Amstell mocked his wife Chantelle Houghton. Noel Fielding told the press Amstell “ruined” Buzzcocks by being too abusive.
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- Brian Logan
Death in Paradise easily won the Thursday ratings outside soaps, overnight data reveals.
The BBC One drama attracted an average 6.72 million viewers (29.4%) at 9pm, down around 200,000 from last week's return.
Earlier, Watchdog appealed to 3.85m (17.0%) at 8pm, while Question Time was seen by 2.99m (25.5%) at 10.35pm.
On BBC Two, Masters Snooker coverage scored 1.02m (4.8%) at 7pm, followed by Nature's Weirdest Events with 1.67m (7.4%) at 8pm. Super Rich & Us interested 1.61m (7.1%) at 9pm, while the finale of Never Mind the Buzzcocks amused 909k (5.1%) at 10pm.
ITV's Kyle Files attracted 2.45m (11.2%) at 7.30pm (104k/0.5% on +1). Birds of a Feather tickled 4.22m (18.2%) at 8.30pm (142k/0.6%) and Bring Back Borstal was seen by 1.76m (7.7%) at 9pm (155k/1.0%).
Channel 5's Benefits fascinated 1.16m (5.2%) at 8pm (217k/0.9%), followed by Celebrity Big Brother »
10 items from 2015
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