Never Mind The Buzzcocks revival returning for second series on Sky

Wednesday 26th January 2022, 6:44pm by Jay Richardson

Never Mind The Buzzcocks. Image shows from L to R: Daisy May Cooper, Jamali Maddix, Greg Davies, Noel Fielding

Never Mind The Buzzcocks is returning for a second series on Sky Max.

The music panel show was revived by Sky last year, after more than half a decade off air. Greg Davies was installed as host, with Daisy May Cooper and Noel Fielding as team captains, and Jamali Maddix as a regular panellist.

Speaking after the commission of the 29th series overall of the panel show, which began life on BBC Two in 1996, Davies said: "I have always loved Never Mind The Buzzcocks and am thrilled to be the new host on Sky...

"We have brilliant comedic talent on the team and plenty of exciting musical guests will be joining us. All that being said, I'm so sure that no one reads these press quotes in their entirety that I'm going to finish by listing types of bread: rye, sourdough, sliced white. Oh, and cob."

Revived with seven episodes and a Christmas special in September, the first episode was watched by more than 854,000. However, it settled to an average of less than half a million over the course of the series, with the Christmas special featuring Asim Chaudhry, Lauren Laverne and Holly Johnson watched by less than 336,000.

Made by Talkback (QI, Alan Carr's Epic Gameshow), other guests on the latest series included Nish Kumar, Ellie Goulding, Shaun Ryder, Rag'N'Bone Man, Richard Ayoade, Mike Wozniak, Joe Wilkinson and Maisie Adam.

Reviews for the revival were mixed, with The Times declaring the reboot worked well and was "much the same" as the original and The Guardian noting that Davies "brings to the role his ex-teacher skills honed on Taskmaster to controlling a bunch of fractious kidults. "

The i declared it "wacky rather than hilarious" but "mercifully free of the gratuitous nastiness for which 'classic' Buzzcocks was all too often given a free pass", reflecting that Davies was determined to make the format his own, rather than "deliver a rusty cover version of previous hosts Simon Amstell and Mark Lamarr."

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