Long-running British music quiz series Never Mind the Buzzcocks has been axed after 28 seasons.
Often referred to as the UK fore-runner to Australia’s Spicks and Specks, it has been axed after a downturn in ratings, recently averaging 1.1million viewers. It first aired in 1996.
Rhod Gilbert was the show’s first permanent host in five years following the departure of Simon Amstell in 2009. Mark Lamarr was the original host, from 1996 to 2005. Sean Hughes and Bill Bailey have also been team captains over the 269 episodes.
A BBC spokeswoman said: “After 28 series we’ve decided not to bring Never Mind the Buzzcocks back to the BBC. This will create space for new entertainment formats in the future.
“We’d like to thank the team at Talkback, Rhod Gilbert, all the brilliant hosts over the years and of course Noel and Phill for the years of enjoyment they’ve given BBC Two viewers.”
It has aired in Australia on UKTV, BBC Knowledge and ABC.