Namedropping | BBC axes Sue Perkins panel show


BBC axes Sue Perkins panel show

The BBC has dropped Sue Perkins’ panel show Insert Name Here.

Bosses say they have no plans to make any more episodes of the programme, which has run for four series.

With team captains Josh Widdicombe and Richard Osman the premise is that contestants have to  answer questions about famous people, past and present, who have just one thing in common: they share the same name.

The show, made by 12 Yard Scotland and Black Dog Television, had been hit by declining ratings. While the first series, in 2016, attracted an average of more than a million viewer an episode, just 520,000 tuned in to the last instalment last year.

A BBC spokesperson said: ‘We’ve launched a wide range of new entertainment and comedy ents ideas on the channel over the last few years, from I’ll Get This and The Mash Report to The Ranganation. 

‘There are no plans to bring Insert Name Here back, we loved it and Sue was a brilliant host, but we want to continue innovating with new entertainment on the channel.’

Perkins will soon be seen with her long-term comedy partner Mel Giedroyc in the forthcoming Sky series Hitmen.

Published: 26 Feb 2020

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