Never Mind the Buzzcocks continues its 24th series on BBC 2 this week and is in its second consecutive year without a permanent host. The guest presenter is something that has served Have I Got News for You rather well. Just like the news itself a variety of presenters can deliver the topical events in their own style. For Buzzcocks the parade of incongruous guest hosts delivering lines written in the style of Simon Amstell simply doesn’t work.
Amstell’s sardonic and perhaps cruel treatment of guests had lead to criticism from long standing team captain Phil Jupitus , with the general impression that he was scaring away guests. In fact Amstell’s apointment followed the departure of Mark Lamaar and his celebrity hating style. Amstell was given the job because he fitted the template Lamaar had created, but he also provided greater youth appeal and a little edge.
Now the producers in their wisdom have handed hosting duties to celebrities who don’t really know or care about music. Jack Dee may be funny but it’s like someone’s dad turned up on the show. Catherine Tate knew nothing about music as a guest so does she really have the authority to be a host? Well at least Terry Wogan is a DJ but a DJ in his seventies.
The ideal host for the show would be Adam Buxton, one half of Adam and Joe now flying solo since Joe went to direct his film. His 6Music show Big Mix Tape demonstrated his passion for music and indeed his ability to raise a smile. Since he already on the BBC books and desperately in need of a vehicle it should be a natural fit. He isn’t cruel but he is clever and could bring in a whole new era more friendly era for Buzzcocks.
So Buxton for Buzzcocks. He probably wouldn’t want it anyway, but if you agree start a facebook group and justify your own meaningless existence.
Here is Buxton on the mildly amusing Countryman from the BBC comedy website.