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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John Humphrys John Humphrys ...  Himself - Host / ... 275 episodes, 2003-2019
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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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BBC [UK]

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UK

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English

Release Date:

11 September 1972 (UK) See more »

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Celebrity Mastermind See more »

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The highest score for the Celebrity version of the show, 36 points, was achieved by Hilary Kay and matched by Rhys Thomas in two separate 2010 editions. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Magnus Magnusson: I've started so I'll finish.
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Remade as Still Game: Gairden (2003) See more »

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Approaching Menace
Written by Neil Richardson
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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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