13 September 2020 12:42
Long-running BBC quiz series A Question of Sport is getting a major shake-up, with host Sue Barker set to leave the programme alongside regular panellists Phil Tufnell and Matt Dawson after the next series. Never miss a match! Sign up for sport on TV updates direct to your inbox Thanks! Sign in Register Sign me up! Sign up to get alerts for sport on TV and receive television and entertainment email newsletters from our award-winning editorial team.
The trio's final series will be broadcast in 2021, and while no announcements have been made about their replacements its understood that a new line-up will be on the cards when the series returns again. Any other format changes to the long-running series are also as-yet-unconfirmed, but RadioTimes.com will be following any and all announcements as they happen – so check back here in the coming months for more information. Want something to watch? Check out our full TV Guide. A Question Of Sport's Matt Dawson has spoken out (Picture: BBC) A Question Of Sport team captain Matt Dawson has broken his silence after being axed from the programme alongside Sue Barker and Phil Tufnell.
The trio is leaving the show as part of a major shake-up, with the BBC confirming the host and team captain's upcoming series would be their last. Taking to Twitter to address the news, Matt penned: 'Thanks for all the lovely messages. I'm not sure how to respond so I'll have a think. 'Needless to say I will miss @QuestionofSport immensely….' Matt, Sue and Phil's departure was announced on Saturday night with a spokesperson saying: 'We would like to thank Sue for her enormous contribution as the show's longest-reigning host over the last 23 years. Advertisement 'And Matt and Phil for their excellent team captaincy over 16 and 12 years respectively.' Sue has fronted the programme since 1997 (Picture: BBC) Thanks for all the lovely messages. Iâm not sure how to respond so Iâll have a think ð¤ Needless to say I will miss @QuestionofSport immensely…. — Matt Dawson (@matt9dawson) September 13, 2020 They continued: 'Together they have ensured A Question Of Sport remains a firm favourite with the BBC One audience.' The spokesperson went on to add that Sue, Matt and Phil's final series will air next year before they are replaced with a new team. Former tennis champion Sue has fronted the BBC programme, which is the longest-running sports show since 1997. She was later joined by team captains Phil and Matt. The quiz show first started in 1970 and was originally presented by David Vine along with team captains Henry Cooper and Cliff Morgan. The new presenter and team captains have not been announced. Got a story? If you've got a celebrity story, video or pictures get in touch with the Metro.co.uk entertainment team by emailing us [email protected], calling 020 3615 2145 or by visiting our Submit Stuff page – we'd love to hear from you. Sue Barker leaving A Question of Sport after 23 years as BBC plans 'major shake-up' Team captains Phil Tufnell and Matt Dawson will also depart, as part of a major shake-up of the long-running quiz show Sue Barker is leaving the BBC's A Question of Sport after 23 years at the helm, as part of a major shake-up of the long-running programme. Team captains Phil Tufnell and Matt Dawson will also depart the sports quiz show. Barker, a former French Open winner, took over as presenter from David Coleman as presenter of the long-running show in 1997. i's TV newsletter: what you should watch next Email address is invalid Email address is invalid Thank you for subscribing! Ex-international cricketer Tufnell and former England rugby player Dawson have been team leaders for 12 and 16 years respectively. A BBC spokesperson said: "We would like to thank Sue for her enormous contribution as the show's longest reigning host over the last 23 years, and Matt and Phil for their excellent team captaincy." "Together they have ensured A Question of Sport remains a firm favourite with the BBC One audience." The programme was first broadcast on 5 January 1970. Throughout this 50 year period, there have only been three hosts – David Vine, David Coleman and Sue Barker. Over 3,000 different sports stars have appeared on the programme over the years, including Jessica Ennis Hill, Chris Hoy, Anthony Joshua, Sebastian Coe and Tanni Grey-Thompson. Wimbledon and beyond Barker, who is also a Wimbledon host, won the French Open at just 20-years-old. Over her professional tennis career, she also defeated Billie Jean King, Chris Evert, Virginia Wade, Martina Navratilova and Pam Shriver. Barker was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2000 New Year Honours for services to sport and broadcasting, and Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2016 New Year Honours for services to broadcasting and charity. Phil Tufnell was previously a bowler for the England cricket team, playing in 42 test matches and one day internationals for the country. He also played for Middlesex Country Cricket Club between 1986 and 2002. Retired rugby union player Matt Dawson won a total of 77 caps for England, including nine as captain, and was England's most capped scrum half until overtaken by Danny Care. In 2006, he was partnered with Lilia Kopylova in Strictly Come Dancing, where he came second. The final season of A Question of Sport with the remaining hosts will be broadcast next year. The new line-up has not been announced. Sue Barker set to leave A Question of Sport 13 September 2020 The BBC has confirmed Sue Barker is leaving 'A Question of Sport' Sue Barker is leaving 'A Question of Sport' as part of a major overhaul. The 64-year-old TV presenter has hosted the long-running sports quiz for the last 23 years, but she is now being moved on by the BBC, which has also decided decided to axe team captains Matt Dawson and Phil Tufnell. Sue joined the show back in 1997, when she replaced commentator David Coleman. Matt, 47, and Phil, 54, have been the team captains for 16 and 12 years, respectively. The trio are set to record their last episode of the show later this month. A spokesperson for the BBC said: "We would like to thank Sue for her enormous contribution as the show's longest reigning host and Matt and Phil for their excellent captaincy. "Together they have ensured 'A Question of Sport' remains a firm favourite with BBC One audiences." The quiz show first aired back in 1970 and has only had three hosts in its entire history, starting with David Vine. Sue has become a successful TV presenter since retiring from professional tennis in 1984, and she previously admitted to loving her role on 'A Question of Sport'. The former Grand Slam-winning star – who also hosts the BBC's coverage of Wimbledon – said: "'QS' has been such a huge part of my life, from watching it with my family growing up through my tennis-playing days, and then, of course, as the presenter." The BBC has not yet confirmed whether Sue will continue to host its tennis coverage.