Clive Myrie to replace John Humphrys on Mastermind

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 23 March 2021
Clive Myrie

Clive Myrie

BBC news journalist Clive Myrie has landed the job as the new 'Mastermind' host, replacing John Humphrys

Clive Myrie is the new 'Mastermind' host.

The BBC news journalist – who has been a regular presenter of the 'BBC News at Six' and 'News at Ten' programmes since 2010 – has landed the job as the fifth presenter of the popular quiz show, replacing John Humphrys.

He said: "What a privilege it is to take on this new role.

"'Mastermind' with Magnus Magnusson formed the backdrop to my youth, and now to be at the helm is a dream come true.

"I’m excited and can’t wait to get stuck in."

Kate Phillips, BBC’s Director of Entertainment, has backed Clive to be a "super host" on the show, which marks its 50th anniversary next year.

She said: "Clive will be a superb host, witty, wise and with a wicked sense of humour, he’s a consummate interrogator who also understands the fear involved when facing a barrage of questions in the spotlight."

Jimmy Mulville, Hat Trick Productions, and David Young, Hindsight Productions, added: "Clive was always at the top of our list to step into the host’s shoes, and we couldn’t be more thrilled that he is going to lead us into a new era of this iconic show."

Clive will start filming 'Mastermind' episodes in Belfast in July, and the show will return to screens later this year.

John, 77, began hosting 'Mastermind' in 2003, after taking over from Clive Anderson, but the veteran presenter recently announced plans to quit the show after almost two decades.

He said: "When the present series comes to an end in March there will be someone else in the chair.

"I started 18 years ago – a very long time in the ephemeral world of showbiz. Now, after more than 750 shows, it really is time to finish."

John's final episodes will broadcast in April.

Magnus first hosted the show from 1972 to 1997, and it was dropped by BBC One.  

The show was moved to BBC Radio 4 and presented by Peter Snow from 1998 to 2000, before it moved to Discovery Channel when Anderson hosted from 2001 to 2002.

But the show returned to the BBC in 2003 and John took the reins. 

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