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Iconic quiz Mastermind returns to BBC Two as it celebrates its 50th anniversary

Iconic quiz Mastermind returns to BBC Two as it celebrates

Mastermind celebrates a ‘golden’ anniversary on 11 September, 50 years on from the first ever episode broadcast in 1972.

Mastermind is back this September in a new series that marks 50 years of the nation’s sharpest minds competing in a tournament for the ultimate quizzing honour of being crowned Mastermind Champion.

Hosted by BBC journalist and presenter Clive Myrie since 2021, the new series of Mastermind will see 96 contenders follow the tried and tested formula of facing two minutes of questions on their specialist subject, followed by two and a half minutes on general knowledge.

The winner of each heat qualifies for a place in the semi-finals, and six finalists then compete in the Grand Final, where only one of them will win the ultimate quizzing accolade of becoming the new Mastermind Champion and take home the coveted Mastermind Glass Bowl.

Clive Myrie says: “As a kid growing up watching Mastermind, I could never have imagined hosting this most iconic of quiz shows, in its 50th anniversary year. Its enduring appeal is down to its simplicity; a test of knowledge against the clock. Riveting and entertaining, it is still Britain’s toughest quiz. Happy Birthday Mastermind.”

The specialist subjects are as eclectic as ever, ranging from Professor Stephen Hawking, Toy Dog Breeds and Guest Stars in the Sitcom Friends, to the Spanish Artist Francisco de Goya, Shakespeare’s Comedies and The Great Fire of London.

The now iconic quiz, created by Bill Wright, celebrates a ‘golden’ anniversary on 11th September, 50 years on from the first ever episode broadcast in 1972. The very first series of Mastermind was won by Nancy Wilkinson, a 53-year-old lecturer from Cambridgeshire, while the most recent Mastermind champion, grandmother Alice Walker, is the oldest ever female winner at 66.

Jimmy Mulville, Managing Director of Hat Trick Productions, comments: “It’s a great honour for us to be chosen as the custodians of one of the most iconic long running shows in television history.

“David Young and his amazing team and the brilliant Clive Myrie have ensured that Mastermind is as fresh and exciting now as it was when it first launched 50 years ago.”

Sarah Clay, Commissioning Editor, says: “Mastermind is one of the BBC’s legacy shows and a real jewel in our schedule, with a simple yet highly effective format which has been popular with audiences for decades. It entertains and educates audiences, with many loyal fans playing along at home.”

Mastermind is a Hindsight & Hat Trick Production for the BBC. The BBC Commissioning Editor is Sarah Clay and the Executive Producers are David Young, Jimmy Mulville, Kate Middleditch, and Chris Jones for Hindsight & Hat Trick. It is filmed and produced in Belfast with support from Northern Ireland Screen.

Mastermind returns to BBC Two this September, with the full series available on iPlayer.

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BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2022

BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2022

Gary Lineker, Clare Balding, Gabby Logan and Alex Scott will present live on BBC One and BBC iPlayer as the iconic show, now in its 69th year, celebrates the sporting achievements of the year.

BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2022 will take place on Wednesday 21 December 2022 and the glittering awards show will come live from Media City UK in Salford.

Gary Lineker, Clare Balding, Gabby Logan and Alex Scott will present live on BBC One and BBC iPlayer as the iconic show, now in its 69th year, celebrates the sporting achievements of the year.

The biggest awards show in the sporting calendar will look back on an epic year of elite sport, which has so far seen the Lionesses bring football home in the Euros, a record number of medals for the Home Nations at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, the women’s curling team striking gold at the Winter Olympics, Ronnie O’Sullivan take his seventh World Snooker Championship, Manchester City winning a thrilling Premier League title chase, with Liverpool taking both the EFL Cup and FA Cup, and Matt Fitzpatrick win the US Open. With the likes of the Rugby League World Cup, Women’s Rugby World Cup, the end of the F1 season and the FIFA World Cup still to take place, the year promises even more top sporting performances to come.

The categories for 2022 will include; BBC Sports Personality of the Year, World Sport Star of the Year, Helen Rollason award, Young Sports Personality of the Year, Unsung Hero, Coach of the Year, Team of the Year and the Lifetime Achievement award.

Viewers at home can get involved and make their mark by voting for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year winner, nominating their own Unsung Hero and engaging with the BBC Sport social channels throughout the evening.

Director of Sport, Barbara Slater, says: “The BBC is the home of major sporting events and has brought key moments from a huge year to audiences across the UK. We will be truly spoiled for choice for contenders and can’t wait to celebrate the year’s achievements in December.”

Nominations for the BBC Unsung Hero awards 2022 will open on Friday 30 September. The Unsung Hero award celebrates volunteers who make a positive impact in their community by enabling participation in grassroots sports. To nominate your Unsung Hero, simply visit www.bbc.co.uk/unsunghero. Entries close on Sunday 30 October at midnight.

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New appointments confirmed for BBC Executive Committee

New appointments confirmed for BBC Executive Committee

The BBC has today confirmed two new appointments to the Executive Committee.

Alan Dickson has been appointed Chief Financial Officer. Alan joined the BBC in 1995 and has most recently been the Chief Financial and Operations Officer for BBC News. He will take up his new role later this year.

Alan Dickson says: “Starting off in BBC Scotland more than 25 years ago, I know just how much positive impact this organisation can have and I’ve been fortunate to have enjoyed some wonderful opportunities at the BBC. Now I’m delighted to be joining the Director-General’s team to meet the challenges of the digital-age and deliver value to all.”

Also, Alice Macandrew has been appointed as the new Corporate Affairs Director. Alice will join from Primark, where she has been the Corporate Affairs Director since January 2021.

Alice Macandrew says: “I am delighted to be joining the BBC. It is a hugely important institution for the country, with a reach that extends far beyond the UK. As it approaches its centenary, I look forward to helping it navigate the opportunities and challenges ahead.”

She will report to the Director General with responsibility for all corporate affairs. Her role will cover stakeholder relations, both in the UK and internationally, partnerships, the BBC’s relationship with Ofcom and other regulatory bodies; and, overseeing the BBC’s communications activities. Alice will join the BBC in early 2023.

BBC Director-General Tim Davie says: “I am very pleased to confirm these appointments as we build a BBC focused on delivering great value for all licence fee payers. Alan and Alice bring a wealth of expertise and experience to our senior team and I’m looking forward to working with them.”

The BBC will also shortly be announcing a new Chief People Officer, leading on HR matters, who will also sit on the Executive Committee.

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BBC One and PBS celebrate Dame Merry Berry’s ultimate Christmas

BBC One and PBS celebrate Dame Merry Berry’s ultimate Christmas

In this seasonal special, Mary provides the only guide you’ll ever need for a fool-proof Christmas dinner. Packed with her classic recipes for a delicious three-course feast, she and her friends will also be helping you prep, shop and plan before the big day itself for a stress-free day.

With tips for how to get the most out of your ingredients and your budget, Mary and friends will head out to meet grocers and growers to help you select the best for your table this year.

Mary Berry says: “It goes without saying that Christmas is a very special time of year but over the last couple of years it has gotten challenging for us all, whether it’s the emotional hardship of lost loved ones, the economic hardship of cooking for large families or a combination of both. In this special I am going to bring together everything you need with tips to make it a festive day to remember fondly.”

Catherine Catton, Head of Commissioning, Factual Entertainment and Events, says: “We’re delighted that Mary has – for the first time ever – decided to share her definitive guide to Christmas. For many of us, Christmas is a precious opportunity to spend time with family and friends, so I can’t wait for Mary to share her ultimate recipes, tips and tricks for what will be a truly memorable festive feast.”

Emily Hudd, Managing Director of Rumpus Media, says: “Who better to have on hand to get you through this Christmas than Mary, with her delicious, classic recipes and tips for how to make the best of the big day. Mary and her special guest chefs will help everyone elevate their Christmas dinner to a feast to remember.”

Zara Frankel, Director of Programming and Development, General Audience Programming at PBS, says: “We are thrilled to welcome Mary Berry back to PBS platforms for a truly unforgettable holiday special. From the shopping, to the prep, from the turkey to the pie, this holiday season Mary is serving up traditional dishes with her signature fuss-free style – exuding warmth, friendship and fun – and everyone’s invited.”

Christmas With Mary Berry And Friends (W/T), a 1 x 60 for BBC One and BBC iPlayer and PBS, is made by Rumpus Media. It was commissioned by Catherine Catton, Head of Commissioning, Factual Entertainment and Events. Emily Hudd and Kelly Sparks are Executive Producers for Rumpus Media and the Commissioning Editor is Ricky Cooper. The Director is Katy Fryer. Zara Frankel is the Executive in Charge for PBS.

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