A long-running series in which members of the public sit in a black chair to answer questions on a specialist subject and general knowledge.

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Bill Wright
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John Humphrys John Humphrys ...  Self - Host / ... 288 episodes, 2003-2020
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A long-running series in which members of the public sit in a black chair to answer questions on a specialist subject and general knowledge.

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In the Magnus Magnusson years, the questions and responses were carefully measured to give an optimum 20 questions per two-minute round. Each contestant's general knowledge round included one question about their home region, history, geography, literature, and science. According to question setter Janet Barker in a Radio Times article in 2010, modern general knowledge rounds take the individual contenders' backgrounds into account: "if someone's got a career in science they might have a slightly harder one [on science] in their general knowledge than someone who was a musician." See more »

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Magnus Magnusson: I've started so I'll finish.
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Approaching Menace
Written by Neil Richardson
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That dreaded black chair
5 April 2005 | by chris_gaskin123See all my reviews

I often watched Mastermind when Magnus Magnusson presented it but he quit in 1997 and the series was revived in 2003 with John Humphrys as presenter. I still watch it sometimes.

This quiz features two rounds, the first one is where the four contestants are asked questions on the subject they have chosen and round two is a general knowledge round. The contestant with the highest score goes through to the next stage.

Mastermind is noted for several things, most notably that dreaded black leather chair and it also has a notable theme and that famous saying: "I've started, so I'll finish", which John Humphrys now uses. At least that is still used.

Mastermind is now shown on BBC2 on a weekday evening during prime time. Certainly a lot better that rubbish makeover shows and reality programmes.


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BBC [UK]

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English

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11 September 1972 (UK) See more »

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Celebrity Mastermind See more »

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