A Question of Sport 'screen tests comedians' for Sue Barker role

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 30 March 2021
Sue Barker, Matt Dawson and Phil Tufnell

Sue Barker with team captains Matt Dawson and Phil Tufnell

Comedians Jack Whitehall, Mo Gilligan, Jason Manford, and Jon Richardson are all said to be in the running to replace Sue Barker as the host of 'A Question of Sport'

BBC bosses have been screen testing comedians as they search for Sue Barker's replacement on 'A Question of Sport'.

Jack Whitehall, Mo Gilligan, Jason Manford, and Jon Richardson are all said to be in the running to take over from the former pro tennis player as the quiz show's presenter, as the BBC look to "attract younger viewers".

A source said: "Bosses are trying out various line-ups, and are keen on getting a comedian, rather than ex-sportsperson, to front it.

"The hope is to attract younger viewers and give the show a new lease of life."

What's more, the BBC have hired executive Pete Ogden – who was behind 'Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway' – to bring some additional "glamour" to the revamped programme.

The source added to The Sun newspaper: "Pete is showbiz through and through, and will bring back some much-needed glamour to 'A Question of Sport'.

"Everyone at the Beeb is really excited. It’s going to be brilliant."

Former England footballer Alex Scott was previously linked to the role of Sue's replacement, but she is now expected to become a team captain, as Matt Dawson and Phil Tufnell are also departing the programme.

Sue has hosted 'A Question of Sport' since 1997, and admitted last year she was "sad to say goodbye" to the show.

She said: "I love the show so much they would have to remove me, it would have been tough for me to walk away, I’ve absolutely loved my 24 years fronting 'A Question Of Sport', it’s been my dream job.

"But I understand the BBC want to take the show in a new direction and I’m sad to say goodbye."

Sue replaced sports commentator David Coleman in the role, which he had held from 1979 to 1997.

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