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Blur's Alex James to narrate 'Never Mind the Buzzcocks' spinoff

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Blur's Alex James will narrate a new BBC Two series based around the best bits of hit panel show Never Mind the Buzzcocks.

What a Load of Buzzcocks, which will air in late spring, will look back at pop history over the last 16 years and revisit key years and events through classic Buzzcocks episodes and clips.

Alex James on Buzzcocks

Alex James on Buzzcocks



Buzzcocks was originally hosted by Mark Lamarr and featured Phil Jupitus and Sean Hughes as team captains.

Simon Amstell took over from Lamarr as host, before the show adopted a rotating guest host policy, while other team captains over the 16 years have included Bill Bailey and Noel Fielding.

"I've always been a big fan of the show and I'm looking forward to seeing some of the highlights from the past 16 years," said James.

Exec producer Dan Baldwin said: "What a Load of Buzzcocks' comedy narrative will provide the perfect retrospective look at our ever changing world through the eyes of Britain's funniest music quiz.

"This world of popular culture will be reflected, prodded and poked within classic archive from the show, telling its own story of major events that matter most to the viewer… like Take That splitting up... Michael Jackson marrying Lisa Marie Presley... and Mr Blobby getting to number one. It promises to be bloody funny."

What a Load of Buzzcocks is an eight-episode series, which was commissioned by Ruby Kuraishe.

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