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Viewers Slam Question Of Sport Revamp And Demand Sue Barker Returns

Claire Reid

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Viewers Slam Question Of Sport Revamp And Demand Sue Barker Returns

Featured Image Credit: BBC

The revamped Question of Sport landed on BBC last night and it's fair to say not everyone was happy with its return.

Paddy McGuinness took over hosting duties - a role that had previously been kept by Sue Barker for a whopping 24 years.

He was joined by new team captains Olympic gold medallist Sam Quek and former England rugby star Ugo Monye, who took over from Phil Tufnell and Matt Dawson .

From left to right: Sam Quek, Paddy McGuinness and Ugo Monye. Credit: BBC
From left to right: Sam Quek, Paddy McGuinness and Ugo Monye. Credit: BBC

The first episode went out last night, with McGuinness telling viewers: "Hello and welcome to a brand new series of Question of Sport.

"I've got to say, what a privilege it is to be sitting in this chair.

"I'm going to be asking the questions and two new team captains will be giving me the answers.

"Well, hopefully or things might get a bit awkward.

"One is an Olympic hockey gold medallist and the other a Lions and England rugby star.

"Please welcome, Sam Quek and Ugo Monye."

But it seems like viewers were left a little bit disappointed with the new format and called for Barker, Dawson and Tufnell to come back.

The original line-up. Credit: BBC
The original line-up. Credit: BBC

Posting on Twitter one person wrote: "Well done BBC, you've completely ruined Question of Sport. A real shame."

Another said: "I really don't like this new Question of Sport. I miss Tuffers, Daws and Sue."

While a third added: "Why change a winning formal - bring back Sue Barker, Tuffers and Matt. It's just not as much fun!"

A fourth person wrote: "It was awful. I like the team captains, but Paddy is the wrong presenter, and I thought the different rounds were poorly designed."

A fellow angry viewer added: "I've bloody loved Question of Sport for years but it's no way going to be the same without Phil Tufnell, Matt Dawson and Sue Barker."

Credit: BBC
Credit: BBC

And it's not just armchair critics who have taken aim at the show, with Mark Lawson from the Guardian writing: "This revamp may tempt many long-time fans to shout at BBC executives the anti-referee chant from the football terraces: 'You don't know what you're doing!'"

While Ed Cumming from the Independent called for the show to be 'put out of its misery'.

Question of Sport returns next Friday at 7.35pm on BBC One.

Topics: TV and Film, BBC, Paddy McGuinness

Claire Reid
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