Never Mind The Buzzcocks - In The Press

It was a surprise to hear that one of my favourite television shows had suddenly been axed last week, and though something tells me that we haven't heard the last from you, I wanted to send you a fond farewell, just incase.

Written by Becca Moody. Moody Comedy, 30th May 2015

We no longer have an appetite for shows that appeal to the sort of lairy, casually sexist blokes programmers have chased for years.

Written by Claire Cohen. The Daily Telegraph, 30th May 2015

Last week BBC Two announced that the anarchic music panel show is to be dropped after almost 20 years. Are they right?

Written by Julia Raeside and Amy Dawson. The Guardian, 30th May 2015

But to be honest, it's probably for the best.

Written by Rob Gilroy. Giggle Beats, 28th May 2015

After 19 years, 28 series, 255 episodes, dozens of specials and the usual suspects thrashing around in a pile of freshly milked bile each week, the BBC has finally, finally, finally pulled the plug on Never Mind The Buzzcocks. Hurrah for that. As far as many of us are concerned, the demise of this spiteful, puerile, sexist panel show cannot come a moment too soon.

Written by Jan Moir. The Daily Mail, 28th May 2015

Never Mind the Buzzcocks might have come to an end, but it has left us with some brilliant evidence of musicians and celebrities behaving badly.

Written by Jonathan McAloon. The Telegraph, 26th May 2015

As the BBC axes the music show after 20 years, here are some of its best bits - from Huey Morgan's mug-smashing to Lorraine Kelly spanking Noel Fielding.

Written by John Plunkett. The Guardian, 26th May 2015

As Never Mind the Buzzcocks gets the chop, Huw Fullerton wishes they wouldn't stop the music.

Written by Huw Fullerton. Radio Times, 26th May 2015

Never Mind The Buzzcocks has entered it's 28th series and what could possibly make this all-inclusive and sharp-witted musical-based panel show any better? Rhod Gilbert, that's what.

Written by Becca Moody. Moody Comedy, 16th December 2014

Phill Jupitus, Noel Fielding and Rhod Gilbert share their karaoke songs, the music they make love to and the bands that defined their teenage years.

Written by Claire Webb and Ellie Austin. Radio Times, 28th October 2014

A short interview with Rhod Gilbert.

Written by Rhod Gilbert. BBC TV Blog, 6th October 2014

After five series of guests in the hot seat, Never Mind The Buzzcocks finally has a permanent host again - and it seems he's gone down pretty well.

Written by Daniella Graham. Metro, 30th September 2014

At last, Buzzcocks has a permanent host. For too long we've been adrift on a choppy sea of guest hosts where for every swell like Terry Wogan or Adam Buxton who could make the show their own, there have been troughs of forgettable faces.

One of the more memorable is voluble Welsh comic Rhod Gilbert, who finally takes on the mantle of hosting duties left by Mark Lamarr and Simon Amstell. He's not as acerbic or waspish as either of those two, so expect more surreal anarchy than vicious putdowns. Guests Professor Green, Roisin Conaty, Gabby Logan and the 1975's Matt Healy will do their best to keep up.

David Crawford, Radio Times, 29th September 2014

It feels like we've had guest hosts on Never Mind the Buzzcocks forever, but that's about to change. Yup, we have a new - permanent - host, and it's none other than comedian Rhod Gilbert.

Written by Catriona Wightman. Digital Spy, 29th September 2014

Despite rock'n'roll being at a bit of a low ebb pop-culturally, the music quiz show forged in the ashes of Britpop still endures, and for this new series now has a new permanent host in Rhod Gilbert. His astonished goofiness is rather different to the acid snark of Mark Lamarr and Simon Amstell before him, but there's no shortage of whipping boys for potential lampooning: both Professor Green and the 1975's Matt Healy will no doubt have their mickey not so much taken as kidnapped in this opening episode.

Ben Beaumont-Thomas, The Guardian, 29th September 2014

The Carmarthen comedian is the new regular host of the long-running music quiz, but it's not the only thing keeping him busy...

Wales Online, 24th September 2014

Noel Fielding manages to survive by being a permachild, maybe Phill Jupitus has a large mortgage to service or the BBC is holding a member of his family hostage.

Written by Bruce Dessau. Beyond the Joke, 16th December 2013

It's fair to say that Jack Whitehall is having a moment. As well as Fresh Meat, Bad Education and his new Backchat series co-hosted with his dad, Jack Whitehall was the latest host on Never Mind the Buzzcocks on Monday. And a fine job he did, too.

Written by Charlotte Gunnell. Metro, 20th November 2013

It had become a yearly ritual. And one that was becoming all the more tiresome...

Written by Marc Ollington. The Huffington Post, 8th November 2013

The show needs a whole new lead team - a good regular presenter and two new team captains. Right now, it's becoming an irrelevance and missing an episode really doesn't matter any more.

Written by Colin Polonowski. The Digital Fix, 6th November 2013

John Hannah brings the cheeky wit and mildly pervy grin he displayed in Spartacus and A Touch Of Cloth to bear as he acts as guest host to the opening round of the 27th series of the pop quiz institution. Yes, that's 27 series of impossible-to- guess hummed intros, impossible-to-identify crinkly looking drummers from 1980s one-hit wonders and impossibly lame jokes from Phill Jupitus. Who probably hasn't been in it from the start but, who knows, we're darned if we can remember that far back. Tonight, Aluna Francis of electro-pop duo AlunaGeorge, dance duo Basement Jaxx and comedian James Acaster are effortlessly upstaged by Noel Fielding.

Carol Carter and Larushka Ivan-Zadeh, Metro, 23rd September 2013

Alex James is to host What A Load Of Buzzcocks, which will look back at musical history though Buzzcocks' critical eye.

Metro, 13th May 2013

The Buzzcocks producers atone slightly for BBC2's achingly silly decision to cancel Shooting Stars: Bob Mortimer is your host for the seasonal edition of this still-funny music quiz. You can expect... actually, I've no idea what you can expect from Mortimer, that's why he's such a good pick. Captains Phill Jupitus and Noel Fielding, are joined by drum 'n' bass producer DJ Fresh, Melanie C from the Spice Girls, Him & Her star Russell Tovey and comedian Joey Page.

Jack Seale, Radio Times, 22nd December 2012

Another series of music-based panel show Never Mind the Buzzcocks began this week. It's the 26th series, and it has to be said it's starting to show...

Although they still have Phill Jupitus and Noel Fielding onside, producers are still sticking with guest hosts. This week's host was Katy Burke - who did an OK job - but the panellists are, like always, a mixed bunch. Sarah Millican is usually always reliable, but then you had Fazer from N-Dubz, who I think was only called on because he was the only member of the band who had not appeared on the show before...

Another guest on this episode was Olympian long jumper Greg Rutherford, whose contribution was somewhat dubious. While Burke managed to get some good one-liners from him, I thought that the round entitled "Name that Ginger" was slightly tasteless.

The "Identity Parade". was also problematic. Usually the round features band members - but they must be struggling to find anyone new because instead the line-ups consisted of the now grown-up baby on Nirvana's Nevermind album, and someone's super-fan...

Hopefully this was just a blip, but I can't help but feel that it's time to for Never Mind the Buzzcocks to either shape up or stop.

Ian Wolf, Giggle Beats, 1st October 2012

Series 26, episode one: team captains Noel Fielding and Phill Jupitus are back in their chairs for more rude pop-based quizzing. In the presenter's seat - still without a regular occupant since the peerless Simon Amstell resigned - is Kathy Burke. Her excellent comedy Walking and Talking showed she knows and loves her pop music, at least if it was released in 1979. Among the guests are Fazer from N-Dubz and surprise Olympic long jump champion Greg Rutherford.

Jack Seale, Radio Times, 24th September 2012

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