A long-running series in which members of the public sit in a black chair to answer questions on a specialist subject and general knowledge.

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Bill Wright
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John Humphrys John Humphrys ...  Self - Host / ... 288 episodes, 2003-2020
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A long-running series in which members of the public sit in a black chair to answer questions on a specialist subject and general knowledge.

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A panel of clergy contested a heat at Norwich Cathedral in 1996 and the winner, Dr Richard Sturch, went on to win that series' grand final. When he returned for the 2010 'Champion of Champions' series, Sturch revealed that he had originally gone on mainly because, at the time, the clergy had not been getting a very good press within the field of quizzing and other aspects of popular culture, so he had wanted to try to redress the balance, as did the 'Mastermind' team, which was why they had decided to have an all-clergymen edition. See more »

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[repeated line]
Magnus Magnusson: I've started so I'll finish.
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Spoofed in Have I Got News for You: Episode #16.1 (1998) See more »

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Approaching Menace
Written by Neil Richardson
[Theme]
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That dreaded black chair
5 April 2005 | by chris_gaskin123See all my reviews

I often watched Mastermind when Magnus Magnusson presented it but he quit in 1997 and the series was revived in 2003 with John Humphrys as presenter. I still watch it sometimes.

This quiz features two rounds, the first one is where the four contestants are asked questions on the subject they have chosen and round two is a general knowledge round. The contestant with the highest score goes through to the next stage.

Mastermind is noted for several things, most notably that dreaded black leather chair and it also has a notable theme and that famous saying: "I've started, so I'll finish", which John Humphrys now uses. At least that is still used.

Mastermind is now shown on BBC2 on a weekday evening during prime time. Certainly a lot better that rubbish makeover shows and reality programmes.


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BBC [UK]

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UK

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English

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11 September 1972 (UK) See more »

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Celebrity Mastermind See more »

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