Celebrity Mastermind

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Celebrity Mastermind
Title card
Title card
FormatGame show
Presented byMagnus Magnusson (2003–04)
John Humphrys (2004–present)
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series8
No. of episodes72
Original channelBBC One
Original run2003 (2003) – present
Related showsMastermind
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Celebrity Mastermind
Title card
Title card
FormatGame show
Presented byMagnus Magnusson (2003–04)
John Humphrys (2004–present)
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series8
No. of episodes72
Original channelBBC One
Original run2003 (2003) – present
Related showsMastermind

Celebrity Mastermind is a British television quiz show broadcast by BBC television. The show is a spin-off of the long-running quiz show Mastermind, with the exception that all the contestants are celebrities. As with the main show, John Humphrys is the host and question-master. Magnus Magnusson was quizmaster on the 2003/04 episodes featuring Jonathan Meades as winner.

Format[edit source | edit]

The format of the show is nearly identical to that of Mastermind, using the same famous theme music and black chair, although the questions are easier. Contestants answer two minutes of questions on a specialist subject followed by two minutes of questions on general knowledge. The contestant with the highest total score is the winner. Whereas in Mastermind, heat winners advance to a semi-final round and then to the final, Celebrity Mastermind winners are given a trophy at the end of every programme and a new contest takes place the following episode. Often, "Celebrity Mastermind" contestants appear on a programme for a particular charity and state at the beginning of the round the name of their chosen charity; however, during "Children in Need" week, all contestants answer questions for Children in Need.

2003/04 contestants and winners[edit source | edit]

Stephen Fry on Celebrity Mastermind. His chosen subject was Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories.

(Winners listed in bold)

2004/05 contestants and winners[edit source | edit]

(Winners listed in bold)

2005/06 contestants and winners[edit source | edit]

(Winners listed in bold)

2006/07 contestants and winners[edit source | edit]

(Winners listed in bold)

2007/08 contestants and winners[edit source | edit]

(Winners listed in bold)

Transmission dateCelebritySpecialist subject
31 December 2007Paul BradleyCaptain Beefheart & His Magic Band
Dan SnowSeven Years' War
Peter SerafinowiczMonty Python's Flying Circus
William G. StewartLord Elgin and his Marbles
1 January 2008Adrian EdmondsonSex Pistols
Bill TurnbullBeekeeping
Jan RavensDaphne du Maurier
Benjamin ZephaniahJamaican Reggae up to 1985
2 January 2008Steve CramSunderland FC
Anjum AnandPartition of India
Tony HawksTony Hawk
Bill KenwrightThe Hit Parade 1957–1964
3 January 2008Wayne SleepBob Fosse
Yvette FieldingHenry VIII
DJ SpoonyRay Charles
Brian SewellBritish motor cars 1930–1950
4 January 2008Kaye AdamsThe Pankhursts
Simon RimmerTranmere Rovers FC
Danny WallaceGhostbusters
Nicholas ParsonsEdward Lear

2008/09 contestants and winners[edit source | edit]

Transmission dateCelebritySpecialist subjectPosition
28 December 2008Dave MyersPre-Raphaelite BrotherhoodWinner
Toyah WillcoxDavid Bowie 1967–1977
David LammyMuhammad Ali
David HarewoodHis Dark Materials
29 December 2008Rav WildingThe human body
Mark ChapmanPremier League Football
Philippa GregoryElizabeth WoodvilleWinner
Jon CulshawBritish Pop of the 1980s
30 December 2008Bob HarrisLife and Career of Alan Freed
John SessionsShort stories of Sherlock HolmesWinner
Louise MinchinThe Life and Career of Darcy Bussell
Andrew NeilThe Life of Adam Smith
31 December 2008Sally LindsayCarry On FilmsWinner
Mick HucknallLife and Career of Henri Matisse
Summer StrallenBreeds of dog
Mel SmithThe comedies of William Shakespeare
1 January 2009Phil DanielsChelsea FC in the 1970s
Rick WakemanJust William
Ian LavenderBuster Keaton
Tim VineElvis PresleyWinner

2009/10 contestants and winners[edit source | edit]

Transmission dateCelebritySpecialist subjectPosition
20 November 2009
(Children in Need special)
Stephen K. AmosFive Star4th
Lucy PorterSteve MartinWinner
Dave SpikeyLeeds and Liverpool Canal3rd
Mark WatsonFIFA World Cup since 19662nd
27 December 2009GoldieThe Films of P.T. Anderson4th
Paul O'GradyThe Life and Times of Gypsy Rose Lee3rd
Gail EmmsGavin & Stacey (British TV series)2nd
Loyd Grossman18th Century Art and ArtistsWinner
28 December 2009Darren BennettThe Star Wars movies4th
Stuart Maconie20th Century British Poets and PoetryWinner
Linda PapadopoulosNirvana3rd
Andrew LancelThe Academy Awards2nd
29 December 2009Alastair StewartThe Rolling StonesWinner
Steve BackshallJudo2nd
Dave VittyBritish Motorways3rd
Saira KhanThe Life and Works of Coco Chanel4th
30 December 2009Joe PasqualeVampires in films3rd
Roger BlackLife and Music of James Taylor2nd
Antony AudenshawBritish BirdsWinner
Diane-Louise JordanBrothers and Sisters4th
1 January 2010Ed ByrneStar Trek movies3rd
Tristan GemmillApollo Moon ProgrammeWinner
Anneka RiceJean Rhys2nd
John BishopIrish Potato Famine4th
4 January 2010Stewart LeeThe Life and Work of Derek BaileyWinner
John ThomsonBond villains2nd
Sascha KindredManchester United 1990 to present4th
Matthew LewisOasis3rd
5 January 2010Tony ParsonsBritish punk rock and new wave3rd
Diane ParishFrasier4th
Russell GrantCounty of Middlesex2nd
Paul GambacciniDC ComicsWinner
6 January 2010Michael WinnerBritish cinema of the 1960s4th
Dom JolyThe Presidency of Jimmy Carter2nd
Mishal HusainThe Chronicles of Narnia3rd
John BirdLife and Works of Igor StravinskyWinner
7 January 2010Mark FosterThe New Romantics3rd =
Nigel PlanerThe Life and Works of Robert Louis StevensonWinner
Ching He HuangEntourage3rd =
John SuchetThe Life and Music of Beethoven2nd
7 January 2010Beverley KnightLife and Times of PrinceWinner
John HigginsDallas3rd =
Michael HowardLiverpool FC in the 1980s3rd =
Alex DeakinThe Stone Roses2nd

2010/11 contestants and winners[edit source | edit]

Transmission dateCelebritySpecialist subjectPosition
19 November 2010
(Children in Need special)
Stewart FrancisThe Toronto Maple Leafs3rd
Tony HawksFridges4th
Fred MacaulayFawlty Towers2nd
Andi OshoThe Matrix trilogyWinner
27 December 2010Mark LawrensonHistory of Preston North End4th
Hilary KayLife and Works of Josiah WedgwoodWinner
Samantha GilesFilms of Alfred Hitchcock3rd
Richard HerringRasputin2nd
28 December 2010Giles CorenAsterix the Gaul2nd
Pixie McKennaHistory of Ellis Island4th
Dean MaceyBack to the Future trilogy3rd
Samira AhmedLaura Ingalls WilderWinner
29 December 2010Frank GardnerBirds of the Middle EastWinner
Levi RootsJamaica 1960–present2nd=
Helen ChamberlainWorld Darts Championships4th
Pam RhodesChristmas carols2nd=
30 December 2010David ThrelfallThe Bonzo Dog Band3rd
James RedmondEngland Football Team since 19904th
Hattie HayridgeThe Cold WarWinner
Ortis DeleySpider-Man Comics2nd
31 December 2010Adam BoultonThe Life and Books of Anthony Burgess2nd
Toby BucklandFather Ted4th
Kirsten O'BrienReeves and Mortimer3rd
Rhys ThomasQueenWinner
3 January 2011Robert WebbNovels of Ian McEwan3rd
Helen SkeltonDebbie Harry and Blondie2nd
Sir Clive SinclairBritish inventions4th
Stephen ManganThe Hitchhiker's Guide to the GalaxyWinner
4 January 2011Elaine C. SmithLife and music of Joni Mitchell2nd
Robert LlewellynElectric cars3rd
Michael BuerkNovels of Patrick O'BrianWinner
Cerrie BurnellLife and works of Augusto Boal4th
5 January 2011Simon O'BrienLife and music of Bob Marley2nd
Digby JonesKings and Queens of England 1485–presentWinner
Jason MerrellsLife and work of Leonardo da Vinci3rd
Terry ChristianManchester music 1977–present4th
6 January 2011Derek MartinWestern films4th
Arthur SmithBritish radio comedy since 19503rd
Brian MooreGenesisWinner
Alex HorneLife and career of Ken Dodd2nd
7 January 2011Kristina RihanoffLife and career of Patrick Swayze3rd
Micky FlanaganLife and music of Bruce Springsteen2nd
Martin RobertsCartoons of Hanna-Barbera4th
Seeta IndraniOperas of Giacomo PucciniWinner

2011/12 contestants and winners[edit source | edit]

Transmission dateCelebritySpecialist subjectPosition
11 November 2011
(Children in Need 2011 special)
Imran YusufThe Life and Films of Jackie Chan
Karen TaylorFred Dibnah
Russell KaneEvelyn WaughWinner
Jarred ChristmasThe Transformers
27 December 2011OJ BorgThe Original Star Wars Trilogy
Jay RaynerThe Musicals of Stephen Sondheim
Simon CalderConcordeWinner
Antony CostaOnly Fools and Horses
28 December 2011Stacey SolomonThe Inbetweeners
Simon DayThe Sopranos Series 1 & 2Winner
Sophie GrigsonHighgate Cemetery
Steve HarleyT. S. Eliot and the Four Quartets
29 December 2011Chris PackhamBattle of Rorke's DriftWinner
Jenny MeadowsWigan Rugby League4th
Alex WintersThe Manic Street Preachers2nd
Graeme HawleyBlackadder3rd
30 December 2011Matthew HoggardFriends series 1 & 2
Jules HudsonOperation Market Garden
Justin MoorhouseLes DawsonWinner
Ray FearonOthello
2 January 2012Andi OshoJohn HumphrysWinner
Michael VaughanPremier League4th
Richard ArnoldDallas2nd
Simon ArmitageTed Hughes3rd
3 January 2012Michel Roux, Jr.Auguste Escoffier's Guide to Modern Cooking4th
Jessica HynesPam Ayres3rd
Jon SopelTony Blair2nd
Neil HannonFrasierWinner
4 January 2012Miles JuppFormer England cricket captain Mike AthertonWinner
Rachel RileyManchester United F.C.2nd=
Wayne Hemingway1970s Disco Music4th
Gary O'DonoghueWinston Churchill2nd=
5 January 2012Neil DudgeonPhilip LarkinWinner
Stewart FrancisToronto Blue Jays3rd
Sandie ShawNichiren Buddhism4th
Andrew CollinsDisaster Movies of the 1970s2nd
6 January 2012Jacqui SmithThe ArchersWinner
Nathaniel ParkerMarx Brothers2nd
Erin BoagThe history of New Zealand3rd=
Jason ManfordQuantum Leap3rd=
8 January 2012Sarah StoreySex and the City4th
Martin LewisThe Superman FilmsWinner
Nihal ArthanayakeGlenn Hoddle3rd
Dan WalkerGunpowder Plot2nd

2012/13 contestants and winners[edit source | edit]

Transmission dateCelebritySpecialist subjectPosition
27 December 2012[1]Hannah CockroftMcFly3rd
Val McDermidLife of Christopher MarloweWinner
Lizo MzimbaGeorge Smiley Novels of John Le Carre2nd
Crissy RockLife and Works of Toulouse-Lautrec4th
28 December 2012Simon EvansErnest Shackleton and the Endurance ExpeditionWinner
Bobby FrictionLife and Music of Prince4th
Ewen MacIntoshTwin Peaks2nd
Alice RobertsThe Moomin Novels of Tove Jansson3rd
29 December 2012Adam BuxtonDavid Bowie in the 1970s2nd
Nelufar HedayatThe Harry Potter books=3rd
Chris JohnsonThe Films of Monty Python=3rd
Neil PearsonThe English language expatriate press in Paris, 1922-39Winner
30 December 2012Ken BruceThe Jeeves novels of P. G. WodehouseWinner
Sidney SloaneLiverpool F.C. under Bob Paisley3rd
Holly WalshBadgers2nd
Paul YoungThe films of Johnny Depp4th
31 December 2012Milton JonesPotatoes4th
Denise RobertsonJohn George Lambton, 1st Earl of DurhamWinner
Adele SilvaThe children's stories of Roald Dahl3rd
Chris Van TullekenThe life and achievements of Ranulph Fiennes2nd
1 January 2013Pete FirmanThe Life of Tommy CooperWinner
Jaye GriffithsLife and career of Ayrton Senna=2nd
Paul MartinRock drummers 1970-20004th
Pete ReedThe Lord of the Rings film trilogy=2nd
2 January 2013Charles CampionKenneth Grahame and The Wind in the Willows2nd
Darren KennyLife and works of Wassily Kandinsky3rd
Naga MunchettyThe Ryder Cup 1979 to presentWinner
Kurtis StaceyLife and films of Arnold Schwarzenegger4th
3 January 2013Clemency Burton-HillDownton Abbey2nd
John HammondStatus Quo3rd
Martin KelnerArsenal F.C. since 20004th
Steve PuntLife and career of Tony HancockWinner
4 January 2013Carol DeckerLife and work of Tina Turner4th
Nick HancockThe Great Gatsby by F. Scott FitzgeraldWinner
Austin HealeyEverton Football Club 1984-19942nd
Michael UnderwoodJames Bond - the Roger Moore years3rd
5 January 2013Cheryl BakerLife and music of James Taylor3rd
Tim BentinckA. A. Milne and Winnie-the-PoohWinner
Mark ThompsonCoffee4th
Guy HenryLife and films of Peter O'Toole2nd

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