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A Question of Sport: Paddy McGuinness jokes he hasn’t had to break up too many fights as he reveals what to expect

A Question of Sport is set to look very different when it returns this week and new host Paddy McGuinness has revealed what fans can expect.

Appearing on The One Show, Paddy, who took over from Sue Barker as she stepped down after 24 years at the helm, reassured fans that they’d have a lot of what they know and love from the show as well as a bit of a freshen up too.

Paddy revealed that new team captains Sam Quek and Ugo Monye have been getting on great on set despite competing against each other.

He revealed: ‘Do you know what, it’s been actually really lovely. I’ve not had to stop many arguments at the minute.

‘They’re both very competitive, I would say that, but it’s kind of just flowed really and there’s been a really nice vibe.

‘Obviously, this series as well we have the odd non-sporting people – people who are passionate about sport but they’re not known for sport.

Sam Quek and Ugo Monye are team captains while Paddy McGuinness will host (Picture: BBC/James Stack)

‘So recently we just had Anton Du Beke from Strictly …obviously Ugo’s doing his training at the minute… and his knowledge on sport is second to none.

‘He was unbelievable that fella so I think people will be surprised by the non-sports people as well when they come on.’

Ugo, who also appeared on the show, will be taking part in Strictly Come Dancing’s next season.

Sam, meanwhile, recently leapt to Paddy’s defence after people questioned why he was given the job of hosting the sports quiz.

She told ‘I think it’s so important to remember it’s a sports quiz, it’s sport. One of the best things about sport is that it’s inclusive to anyone, anyone’s background or age, especially in this show. ‘I remember watching it when I was 10, maybe younger, watching it with my family and my nan would be in the corner. The generation gap is massive, and I think that reflects massively in us three, because the different backgrounds we’re from and what our strengths are.

‘To watch the show, you don’t have to be a sport expert, you don’t have to play sports, so why is everyone making a fuss about the presenter not being an elite athlete, or having that experience?

‘It’s really important to remember that if sport is inclusive, it should be the same with a Question of Sport, and it is.’

The One Show airs weekdays from 7pm on BBC One, while A Question of Sport begins on Friday at 7.35pm on BBC One. 

Credit: Original article published here.

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