Never Mind the Buzzcocks is back and coming exclusively to Sky and NOW with Greg Davies as host

Wednesday 14 July 2021

Never Mind the Buzzcocks, the iconic pop culture panel show, is returning exclusively to Sky and NOW as a Sky Original.

Sky today announces the commission of a new series of the legendary Never Mind the Buzzcocks. The renowned music themed comedy show will return to our screens as an 8 x 45’ series, plus a one-off Christmas special, with brand new host Greg Davies (Taskmaster, Man Down). The Sky Original will air this autumn on Sky and streaming service NOW and is produced by Talkback (a Fremantle label), the production company behind all previous series of Never Mind the Buzzcocks.

Returning to the show, Noel Fielding (The Mighty Boosh, The Great British Bake Off) will be a team captain opposite Daisy May Cooper (This Country), with Jamali Maddix (Hate Thy Neighbour) featuring as a regular guest. Each week they will be joined by a roster of top music and comedy stars to compete against each other. Viewers can expect the unpredictability of the original series, with some of the best known and loved rounds remaining, alongside some new surprises thrown in along the way.

Greg 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.”

Director of Sky Arts and Entertainment for Sky, Phil Edgar-Jones, said: “Buzzcocks is one of those truly iconic shows and to be bringing it back with Greg Davies at the helm, alongside Daisy May Cooper, Noel Fielding and Jamali Maddix is a buzz and a treat for lovers of tuneless humming everywhere.”

Director of Programmes for Talkback, Kate Edmunds, said: “We’re over the moon that Sky have made the very wise decision to reboot our beloved Buzzcocks. Musicians, stand down, we hear your deafening cries for some long overdue attention. The outrageously talented Greg, Daisy, Noel and Jamali are more than happy to oblige.”

Never Mind the Buzzcocks was commissioned by Zai Bennett, Managing Director of Content at Sky and Phil Edgar-Jones, Director of Sky Arts and Entertainment at Sky. Shirley Jones is the Commissioning Editor. The series is produced by Talkback (a Fremantle label) and Executive Produced by Kate Edmunds and Jonno Richards, Managing Director of Talkback. The Series Producer is Jordan Read. Fremantle holds the global format rights.

For more information please contact: molly.wyatt@sky.uk / alex.henderson@sky.uk

Notes to Editors

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About Talkback

Talkback (A Fremantle Label)

Talkback is the comedy entertainment label of Fremantle UK and the current holder of the Broadcast Award for Best Independent Production Company. Known for creating funny, distinctive shows across a range of genres, Talkback's recent productions include Too Hot To Handle (Netflix), Alan Carr’s Epic Gameshow (ITV), Harry’s Heroes: Euro Having a Laugh (ITV) and Last Woman on Earth with Sara Pascoe (BBC Two). Its rich history of comedy entertainment programming spans four decades, featuring iconic shows such as QI (BBC Two) and Celebrity Juice (ITV2)

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