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Daisy May Cooper announced as team captain on Never Mind the Buzzcocks

Never Mind the Buzzcocks

A new series of long-running music quiz Never Mind the Buzzcocks has been being commissioned by Sky.

Hosted by Greg Davies, the show will return as a new 8 episode series, plus a one-off Christmas special. Talkback (a Fremantle label) who produced previous series’ will continue to produce the show. The show will be available on this autumn on Sky and streaming service NOW.

Daisy May Cooper will feature as a new team captain on the show. Noel Fielding will be reprising his role as the other team captain. Stand-up comic Jamali Maddix will also serve as a regular guest.

Daisy announced her role on the show via instagram writing “Guess who’s being team captain slagz… bring it on @noel_fielding.”

Previously

Airing between 1996 and 2015, Never Mind the Buzzcocks was first hosted by Mark Lamarr, then by Simon Amstell. A number of guest presenters played host in later shows, with Rhod Gilbert appearing in the final series. Previous team captains include Phill Jupitus, Sean Hughes and Bill Bailey.

Return

The BBC had decided not to re-commission the show on 26 May 2015. This was to In order to ‘create space for new entertainment formats’,

After a call from fans however, Sky and NOW stepped up to get it back on air.

Director of Sky Arts and Entertainment for Sky, Phil Edgar-Jones said Never Mind The Buzzcocks is ‘one of those truly iconic shows’ and said the show’s return is ‘a buzz and a treat for lovers of tuneless humming everywhere.’

Kate Edmunds, Director of Programmes for Talkback, continued: ‘We’re over the moon that Sky has made the very wise decision to reboot our beloved Buzzcocks.

‘Musicians, stand down, we hear your deafening cries for some long-overdue attention.’

When

Never Mind The Buzzcocks will be returning in the autumn to Sky and NOW.

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52 Million iPlayer Requests for This Country

Across the three series and the special, This Country has been requested over 52 million times on iPlayer making it one of the biggest BBC Three comedies since the channel went online in 2016.

BBC Three has a rich heritage in comedy and strong a track record of developing series and making them successful. Requests for This Country have grown significantly; the first episode of the third series had three times as many as the first ever episode across the same period (first seven full days on iPlayer).

At present, series one has over 23 million requests, series two nearly over 20 million and series three over 8 million, with over half the requests for series three amongst the 16-34 year old age group. Since series three launched on 17 Feb 2020, just over half of total requests have come from previous episodes of This Country which illustrates the value of long term availability for audiences of scripted content in iPlayer.

It has also performed incredibly well in a Monday night slot on BBC One with the series averaging 1.8 million and the last episode consolidating with 2.19 million viewers.