One of the BBC's longest running series has been axed after 18 years.
Never Mind The Buzzcocks has finally come to and end after the BBC announced it would not receive a 29th series. The decision was announced today by BBC Two controller Kim Shillinglaw and Entertainments controller Mark Linsey who claim the decision to scrap the comedy show was made in order to "create space for new entertainment formats in the future".
Never Mind The Buzzcocks was one of the most popular shows of the '90s and early '00s, made all the more popular by its ability to mock pop and celebrity culture whilst attracting many of the worlds biggest music and tv stars who would often only be called upon to be mocked themselves.
The show was originally hosted by Mark Lamarr who left the show after seventeen series in charge. Lamarr was then replaced by Simon Amstell who eventually left after series 22. It was at this point that show began to lose it's way despite great team captains Phill Jupitus, Bill Bailey and Noel Fielding. It often felt that the show was trying to appeal to a more commercial audience, choosing to mock the very things that it had originally stood for.
There were still some memorable moments however, who could forget pop duo Rizzle Kicks embarrassing themselves as hosts by mocking legendary musician and radio presenter Huey Morgan of Fun Lovin' Criminals, causing a huge backlash against them. Other highlights include Preston from the Ordinary Boys walking off, unable to take jokes about his then girlfriend Chantelle.
The first episode aired on 12th November 1996 and the panel of guests was made up of Phil Jupitus, Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden), Donna McPhail, Sean Hughes, Richard Fairbrass (Right Said Fred) and Matthew Priest (Dodgy).
The final episode aired on 22nd December 2014 and featured Rhod Gilbert as host, Phil Jupitus, Lloyd Langford, Louis Walsh, Noel Fielding, Melissa Steel and Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols).
We will miss the show's satiric and often acidic humour but the time was probably right to pull the plug.
Here's a Youtube compilation of some of the best Intro rounds.
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