Comedian Rhod Gilbert to host Never Mind The Buzzcocks

Never Mind the Buzzcocks is one of those rare shows that feels like it belongs on our screens, it's an institution, in a good way. Rhod Gilbert
Date: 09.07.2014     Last updated: 09.07.2014 at 14.36
BBC Two commissions a brand new series of the iconic pop quiz show, as Rhod joins Noel Fielding and Phill Jupitus.

Iconic pop quiz Never Mind the Buzzcocks returns to BBC Two later this year with a brand new full-time host - Welsh comedian, Rhod Gilbert. He will join regular team captains Noel Fielding and Phill Jupitus for the 28th series of the anarchic comedy pop quiz show.

A sell-out sensation at the Edinburgh Festival every year from 2005-2012, Rhod is a hugely successful stand-up comedian - his debut live DVD, released in 2009, was that year's fastest selling debut stand-up DVD.

Rhod's wealth of music and comedy knowledge and his experience of guest hosting on Buzzcocks will also stand him in good stead with the powerhouse panel.

Rhod Gilbert says: “After my first Buzzcocks in 2009, I was told I was in with a shout to take over as regular host, and now, just five years later, I got the call. It has all happened so fast. Never Mind the Buzzcocks is one of those rare shows that feels like it belongs on our screens. It's an institution, in a good way. It's a great honour to be asked to take the reins full time and to hang out with Noel and Phill, and I'm equally excited and nervous about adding my name to those who have hosted it in the past."

As ever, the team captains will be joined each week by guest panellists from the world of music, TV and comedy. With the show's ability to attract unpredictable guests there's always the potential for outrageous goings-on - like the moment Ordinary Boys frontman Preston walked out after Simon Amstell read extracts from his Preston's wife's autobiography - or the time that Fun Lovin' Criminals’ frontman Huey Morgan smashed a mug and stormed off the show after being asked to guess his own lyrics by guest hosts Rizzle Kicks.

The 13x30 series has been commissioned by Controller of Entertainment Commissioning Mark Linsey and Ruby Kuraishe, Commissioning Editor for BBC Entertainment, and is Talkback production for BBC Two. James Longman is Executive Producer for Talkback with Suzanne McManus for the BBC.

Mark Linsey says: “Rhod is the perfect host for Buzzcocks. He has great knowledge of music and fantastic comedy talent that will brilliantly complement Noel and Phill.”

Leon Wilson, Talkback MD comments: “It’s a great thrill to welcome Rhod to Britain’s funniest music quiz. As host, he’ll be steering the good ship Buzzcocks through the choppy waters of our guest panellists, hilariously aided and abetted by our brilliant regular team captains and music aficionados Noel and Phill.”

Filming for Never Mind the Buzzcocks begins later in the year for autumn transmission.

Sue Wilks, Freemantle Media - 0207 691 6137