I still can't get over the fact that Noel Fielding - such a brazen goth! - presents Bake Off. Last week he also returned as one of the team captains on Sky's fresh spin on the long-running music quizshow Never Mind The Buzzcocks, alongside new host Greg Davies, new team captain Daisy May Cooper (This Country) and regular contestant Jamali Maddix. The guests were Jade Thirlwall (ex-Little Mix), singer Anne-Marie and Mash Report comedian Nish Kumar.
If you want to feel old, watch a music panel show where no one recognises Buck's Fizz in the lineup section. Elsewhere, it was entertaining: Cooper, in particular, channelled her own rock star to the point where she started reminding you of everyone you've ever seen stealing other people's drinks in a backstage area. If I have one criticism, it's that the music content is now almost jarringly mainstream. With previous Buzzcocks personnel, you got the impression that they knew and cared enough about music to descend, if necessary, into an unseemly row about Fall lyrics. Comedy is crucial, but don't (completely) forget the music.Barbara Ellen, The Observer, 26th September 2021
It's back? I'd barely noticed it had gone.James Jackson, The Times, 22nd September 2021
They said it couldn't and maybe shouldn't be done. They did it and it worked. Welcome back.Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 22nd September 2021
Times have changed - this reinvention proves it's cool to be kind.Ed Power, i Newspaper, 21st September 2021
Panelists laughed so heartily at each other's jokes it may as well have been a rehearsal - time to put some booze in those famous mugs?Michael Hogan, The Telegraph, 21st September 2021