Clive will make his debut on Mastermind this evening (Picture: BBC)
Mastermind returns to BBC tonight for the first series since John Humphrys depature – but who is the new presenter of the hit quiz show?
The last season of the show saw John’s 18-year-long tenure come to an end.
The broadcasting veteran, 77, announced the news in the Daily Mail back in February, telling fans: ‘Now, after more than 750 shows, it really is time to finish.’
Who is the new presenter?
It was announced John would be replaced by BBC News journalist Clive Myrie, who will be stepping into the hotseat to grill the 96 contestants this year.
There were different names speculated to take over including Samira Ahmed (who previously won Celebrity Mastermind), and BBC Breakfast favourite, Naga Munchetty.
But it was Clive who confirmed he had landed the new role back in March, saying: ‘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.’
John Humphrys with Jonathan Gibson, the most recent winner of Mastermind (Picture: BBC)
Clive has hosted BBC News at Six in recent years and has worked at the channel since 1987.
The new presenter spoke out on GMB about how he had found his new role so far ahead of his on-screen debut tonight.
He said: ‘The thing about this studio it’s light, it’s bright, it’s like being out in the fresh air, it’s wonderful.
Clive Myrie spoke about his new role on GMB (Picture: ITV)
‘You walk into the Mastermind studio and it is dark, it is black. You’ve got the four contenders on that side, you walk in and I sit down, and I’m like, “I’m presenting Mastermind, I don’t believe this. It’s absolutely bizarre”.’
He continued: ‘Then you see the chair across the way and the music starts up and it’s like, boom! I genuinely was shaking for the first one.’
Who has hosted before?
Clive will be the show’s fourth presenter since it began almost 50 years ago, in 1972.
The programme’s first quizmaster was journalist Magnus Magnusson, who remained in the role for 25 years.
He also coined the iconic line: ‘I’ve started, so I’ll finish,’ which was also used by John Humphrys.
Historian Peter Snow, the cousin of Channel 4 News presenter, John Snow brought the show to Radio 4 after it was dropped by BBC One.
It then moved to Discovery Channel where it was hosted by Clive Anderson in 2001 but lasted just one series.
It was brought back to its former home in 2003 with John placed at the helm and has been running on BBC Two ever since.
Mastermind returns tonight at 7.30pm on BBC Two.
Credit: Original article published here.