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Carl Frampton and Derry Girls stars to take part in Celebrity Mastermind

Frampton goes rounds in famous black chair

Carl Frampton on Celebrity Mastermind
Carl Frampton on Celebrity Mastermind

By Sarah Henderson

Local boxing hero Carl Frampton is reeling after his latest contest - going a couple of rounds on Celebrity Mastermind.

The former world champ faced down TV quizmaster John Humphreys earlier this week for a pre-recorded programme expected to air around Christmas.

Carl (32) posted a picture of himself on Twitter and Instagram in the famous black chair at the BBC's Blackstaff studio in Belfast, where the series is being produced for the next two years.

Alongside the snap he tweeted: "Why in the name of Christ did I agree to this? #Mastermind"

He followed that up with a mention that he is a Doctor - earlier in the summer he was awarded an honorary degree by Queen's University Belfast for distinction in sport.

He joked: "Doing my best to keep the stereotype that boxers are simple - Dr Frampton."

In his column in last week's Sunday Life Carl writes: "I have to say it was the most nerve-wracking experience of my life.

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Bronagh Waugh on Mastermind
Bronagh Waugh on Mastermind

"I can't say too much, it will be out later in the year and you can judge for yourself how well I did."

Fans have been trying to guess what his specialist subject might be, with one guessing The Life and Works of Patrick Barnes MBE - a reference to his boxing pal Paddy.

Another quipped that it should be 'hotel ornaments' after he bashed his hand with one and was forced to miss his last fight.

And soap star Charlie Lawson - big Jim McDonald in Coronation Street - revealed he turned down an offer to appear, and replied: "Fair play to you Carl, I said no!"

However, other local stars are also lined up to appear - Derry Girls stars Bronagh Waugh and Dylan Llewellyn, who plays the wee English fella, recorded their rounds in Belfast on Friday.

Dylan's specialist subject was films by Quentin Tarantino, the director behind hit movies such as Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill and recent release, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.

Dylan Llewellyn on Mastermind
Dylan Llewellyn on Mastermind

National names also appearing in the new series will include kids' favourite Paul Chuckle, Amanda Henderson who plays Casualty's Robyn Miller, comic Geoff Norcott and Reggae Sauce creator Levi Roots who shot to fame and fortune on Dragon's Den.

Happy Mondays star Bez was also in Belfast to film the show last week with his specialist subject being beekeeping.

The hit TV show was first broadcast in 1972 and there have been 40 series, with John Humphreys presenting it since 2003. The quizmaster was in Belfast at the start of July to film the early heats for the 2019 hopefuls and came back last week for the celebrity version.

Celeb Mastermind. Paul Chuckle
Celeb Mastermind. Paul Chuckle

Northern Ireland has some history with the classic quiz - local brainbox Jim Maginnis, from Lurgan, made it to the final in 2016, while Aidan McQuade, from Armagh, went one better to win in 2013.

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