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Bring back Popworld: the music show fans loved and celebrities feared

18 January 2016 1:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Fifteen years after it first aired, we take a nostalgic look at the show that questioned the very nature of pop-culture stardom – and then threw cheese at it

Stop the clock: it’s here. The 15th anniversary of the start of T4’s Popworld is upon us. The big One-Five. And with this seismic decade-and-a-half anniversary looming, what better time to look back on history’s greatest music TV show? Arguably on the 20th anniversary, but media as we know it will cease to exist in 2019, so let’s get this done now.

Perhaps Popworld should have been a generic pop show, and given its insipid theme tune, nondescript branding and half-hearted set, perhaps it was meant to be. But each Sunday, Popworld’s hosts Simon Amstell and Miquita Oliver seemed to draw up a list of the questions every other show would ask its guests, then throw that list out of the window. »

- Peter Robinson

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