Brace yourselves, celebrities of Britain – Buzzcocks is coming back.
After five years off our screens, Never Mind The Buzzcocks is reportedly making a comeback, with a revival in the works at Sky.
The music panel show ran for 18 years – from 1996 until 2015 – and 28 series on BBC Two, but according to British Comedy Guide, the comedy series is being revived by Talkback Productions for Sky.
The reboot will reportedly have changes to the show’s format – so we can only hope that the legendary intros rounds remains untouched.
It us unclear who will be host of the Buzzcocks reboot, or who the panellists will be, but according to the website, comedian Paul Chowdry posted a now-deleted photograph to Instagram over the weekend, showing himself on set at Riverside Studios with Dizzee Rascal.
The first 17 series of Buzzcocks were hosted by Mark Lamarr, with Simon Amstell taking over from the 18th series.
From series 23, a different guest presenter hosted each week, while Rhod Gilbert took the reins in the final series.
Phill Jupitus was a team captain for the entire run of the show, while Sean Hughes, Bill Bailey and Noel Fielding captained the opposite team.
Over nearly two decades of music-related laughs, Buzzcocks provided some iconic telly moments – not least Preston’s infamous walk-off.
In 2007, Samuel Preston of the Ordinary Boys walked off set after Simon Amstell began reading from his then-wife Chantelle Houghton’s autobiography.
Amstell read: ‘The Paris Hilton work was a low point for me. It wasn’t what I wanted to be doing, and on top of that, it caused me some real problems with my hair.’
The Celebrity Big Brother star failed to crack a smile, and as Amstell continued: ‘The photo shoot was for the Daily Mail, which made me feel really posh and upmarket’, Preston had had enough and left the show.
The singer later said he regretted the incident, telling the BBC: ‘I’m struggling to think why I would have acted so weird.
‘I wanted the floor to swallow up and eat me, so I did the next best thing and ran away, which is terrible, because I’m really not the sort of person to walk away from confrontation, I’m normally the sort of person to talk it out.’
Other classic moments include Huey Morgan smashing a mug when he was asked to finish off his own lyrics, Donny Tourette whipping out a cigarette and being rinsed by Amstell, and Amy Winehouse saying she would ‘rather have cat Aids’ than duet with Katie Melua.
The panel show became popular with its distinct rounds, including the intros round, where the teams had to recreate intros a capella, identity parade, where teams were tasked with identifying obscure popstars from a line-up, and next lines, where they had to guess… you get it.
Metro.co.uk has contacted Talkback for comment.
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