'Mastermind' back on air in the fall
LONDON — The U.K.’s most venerable quiz show, “Mastermind,” is to get a second lease on life after being axed by the BBC four years ago.
The quizzer will form a key part of the Discovery Channel’s fall and winter sked, marking the first time that the BBC will produce a program for a rival U.K. broadcaster.
Brit talk-show veteran Clive Anderson will front the show – renamed “Discovery Mastermind” – replacing Magnus Magnusson, the original host.
“Mastermind” ran for 25 years on the BBC, and the format of four contestants answering specialist and then general questions in the program’s famous black chair will be maintained.
BBC Worldwide, the pubcaster’s commercial arm, has a joint venture with Discovery. The two have partnered in co-productions such as “Walking With Dinosaurs,” and international TV channels, notably Animal Planet.