Dreadful A Question of Sport viewers in uproar over changes to BBC series

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The BBC sporting quiz show returned on Friday evening for the second episode of a new series, complete with new host Paddy McGuinness and new team captains Olympian Sam Quek and rugby star Ugo Monye. Guests on the episode included former track cyclist Chris Hoy, footballer Kevin Campbell, snowboarder Aimee Fuller, and rugby star Adam Jones. However, after just minutes into the show, viewers were left frustrated with changes made to the show’s format. 

The latest series of Question of Sport premiered last week as the BBC programme showcased its brand new format. 

Earlier this year, the broadcaster confirmed it would be replacing the host of 24 years Sue Barker as well as team captains Matt Dawson and Phil Tufnell with Top Gear’s Paddy McGuinness, Sam Quek and Ugo Monye. 

The first episode of the revamped series received major backlash from viewers who were calling for Sue to be reinstated as the show’s presenter. 

When the second episode aired, viewers also criticised the changes to the format of the show, including its distracting set with “annoying lights”. 

One unimpressed viewer of Friday’s episode tweeted: “Was it broken? “[I] watched five minutes, [but I] couldn’t stand any more. 

“And those red moving neon lines in the backdrop [are] so annoying. I really miss Sue, Matt and Phil, they were good fun. What more can you ask for? [It’s] another great programme ruined.”

A second viewer said: “#questionofsport sorry, [you] should never have changed everything at once.”

Another said: “Is it worth risking viewing #questionofsport tonight? [I] like the new captains but the format seems so staged and simply wrong now.”

However, some viewers were pleased with the shake-up for the quiz programme. 

One fan tweeted: “Really enjoyed it! Changes were needed and this is a big improvement.”

Another said: “I don’t know what all the fuss is about. [I] Watched the new #questionofsport and liked it. Its questions about sport with two knowledgeable and likeable captains. [It] will keep getting better.”

A third added: “So I wasn’t too happy with the change, not so much with presenter but the two captains because I really liked Daws and Tuffers! 

“But, I’ve got to say I love the format, love the new games and the two captains are really good! And Paddy you will ding dang do for me.” 

BBC bosses have been made aware of the criticism the new series has received and they have responded with a statement. 

A spokesperson said: “Question of Sport has been a firm favourite of BBC One audiences for over 50 years.

“One of the reasons the show remains successful is because the hosts and captains change. 

“It’s always been important that Question of Sport remains an authentic sports quiz which we hope continues to entertain.”

Despite the backlash, Paddy had previously insisted the new series would be familiar to A Question of Sport fans.

He said: “All the games have been high-scoring, so there’s been plenty of answers and plenty of fun.

“I think people on a Friday night, especially when the family gets around the telly, they’re going to enjoy it.”

A Question of Sport airs on BBC One on Fridays at 7.35pm. 

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