James to host Buzzcocks spin-off
Published 14/05/2013 | 15:46
Alex James is to host a spin-off series of Never Mind The Buzzcocks on BBC Two.
The Blur musician is set to take charge of What A Load Of Buzzcocks in late spring.
It will look back at pop history over the last 16 years through classic Buzzcocks episodes and clips.
Alex said: "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."
Music quiz Never Mind The Buzzcocks began in 1996 and was originally hosted by Mark Lamarr with team captains Phil Jupitus and Sean Hughes.
Other team captains have included Bill Bailey and Noel Fielding.
Simon Amstell took over as host for a while before the show started a rotating guest host policy.
The show's executive 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 b****y funny."