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Never Mind The Buzzcocks Is Returning After Five Years In Sky Revamp

Never Mind The Buzzcocks Is Returning After Five Years In Sky Revamp

Never Mind the Buzzcocks is set to return after five years off-air, according to British Comedy Guide.

The publication reports that the show is being revamped by Sky and will follow a different format. It is not yet known who will feature on the reboot.

The first 17 of the 28 series were hosted by Mark Lamarr, who was followed by Simon Amstell. A string of guest presenters then followed before Rhod Gilbert hosted the final season.

In May 2015, the BBC announced the decision to axe the panel show - which featured Phil Jupitus, Sean Hughes, Bill Bailey and Noel Fielding as team captains over the course of its run - after almost 20 years.

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It is not yet known if any familiar faces will return to the show. Credit: BBC
It is not yet known if any familiar faces will return to the show. Credit: BBC

A spokesperson 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.

"We'd like to thank the team at Talkback, Rhod Gilbert, all the brilliant hosts over the years and of course Noel and Phill for the years of enjoyment they've given BBC2 viewers."

Despite dwindling viewing figures towards the end, the show garnered a cult following and produced some classic TV moments down the years.

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Arguably though, its finest hour came in 2007, when Ordinary Boys frontman Preston stormed off the set after Amstell repeatedly ridiculed his then-wife Chantelle Houghton.

He wasn't smiling for long. Credit: BBC
He wasn't smiling for long. Credit: BBC

Introducing the musician to the show, Amstell immediately began firing shots.

"Preston appeared on Celebrity Big Brother and then married the winner, Chantelle," said Amstell.

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"Preston was worried it would alienate hardcore Ordinary Boys fans but, luckily, neither of them were in the country. Or existed."

The crowd found it hilarious, but Preston had a face like a smacked ar*e throughout.

"Preston is angry now. I can't continue," Amstell said.

Amstell did then continue though, whipping out a copy of Chantelle's book which he proceeded to read from.

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"The Paris Hilton work was a low point for me," he read aloud. "It wasn't what I wanted to be doing and, on top of that, it caused me some real problems with my hair."

The camera then flipped to Preston, who by this point looked really, really unimpressed.

"What, haven't you read it?" Amstell asked. "I don't want to spoil the ending for you."

He continued: "The photo shoot was for the Daily Mail, which made me feel really posh and upmarket."

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At this point, Preston jumped up, stormed off the set and pulled off his microphone - TV gold. If the reboot can reach anywhere near those heights then we're in for a treat.

It is not yet known when we can expect the new series to air. LADbible has contacted Sky for comment.

Featured Image Credit: BBC

Topics: TV and Film, Music, UK Entertainment

Jake Massey

Jake Massey is a journalist at LADbible. He graduated from Newcastle University, where he learnt a bit about media and a lot about living without heating. After spending a few years in Australia and New Zealand, Jake secured a role at an obscure radio station in Norwich, inadvertently becoming a real-life Alan Partridge in the process. From there, Jake became a reporter at the Eastern Daily Press. Jake enjoys playing football, listening to music and writing about himself in the third person.