Sue Barker will be stepping down as presenter on BBC game show A Question of Sport, as part of a series of planned changes for the programme.
The ex-tennis pro has helmed the TV show for over 20 years of its 50-year run – she was the third host after David Vine and David Coleman.
Barker will not be the only key figure to depart the much-loved series – team captains ex-England rugby player Matt Dawson and former England international cricketer Phil Tufnell have also been confirmed to be leaving the long-running sports quiz.
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“I’ve absolutely loved my 24 years fronting A Question of Sport, it’s been my dream job,” Sue has said. “But I understand the BBC want to take the show in a new direction and I’m sad to say goodbye.”
Both captains have taken to Twitter to voice their sadness at these changes. Tufnell posted: “13 yrs @QuestionofSport has been a great part of life .. going to miss it hugely .. thanks so much for all the lovely messages !!”
Dawson was “not sure how to respond” to the news, thanking fans for their messages and going on to post: “Needless to say I will miss @QuestionofSport immensely.”
The final series with the trio still together will be broadcast next year, and the new line-up is yet to be announced.
A BBC spokesman added: “We would like to thank Sue for her enormous contribution as the show’s longest reigning host over the last 24 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.”
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Dave Hester’s most bizarre Storage Wars find ever
The device that Dave found looks like it belongs in a museum of medical oddities, rather than a plastic bin in some random person’s storage locker. It consists of two large silicon domes connected by plastic tubing and attached to a motor of some kind. Although he wasn’t exactly sure what it was, he quickly surmised based on the shape that the machine had something to do with breasts.
He turned out to be right on the money. In a moment of reality TV synchronicity, Dave took the device to Dr. Cat Begovic, a plastic surgeon who currently co-stars on E!‘s reboot of their classic show Dr. 90210. As someone with an advanced specialty in the area, she was able to tell Dave exactly what he had on his hands: a breast enhancement machine.
As Dr. Cat (as she calls herself) explained, the machines were “marketed as an alternative to breast augmentation.” However, her side-eye and the way she spoke about the devices in the past tense should give you a good idea of her concern that the oversized suction cups might put her out of business. Although Dr. Cat admitted that some people still make use of such devices, she noted that Dave’s set was missing the vest meant to hold the cups in place, and that the most he should expect to get for it is $400.
Dave concluded their segment with a very inappropriate joke about the breast enhancement machine. Thankfully, the good doctor was more than capable of putting him in his place.
TVLine Items: NCIS: NOLA Promotion, Insatiable Alum to Riverdale and More
Rita Devereaux is putting down roots in NOLA: Chelsea Field, who has recurred on NCIS: New Orleans as the DOJ attorney, has been promoted to series regular for Season 7 — opposite real-life husband Scott Bakula, our sister site Deadline reports.
Rita was first introduced in Season 3, after which she moved back to her hometown of New Orleans as she and onetime boyfriend Dwayne Pride (Bakula) rekindled their relationship.
Field’s previous TV credits include episodes of NCIS proper, Memphis Beat, Without a Trace and Cold Case, plus the 1990 ABC drama Capital News.
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* Riverdale Season 5 has added Erinn Westbrook, whose previous TV credits include The Resident, Insatiable and Awkward, in the series-regular role of Pop Tate’s ambitious granddaughter, Tabitha, per Deadline.
* The Young and the Restless has tapped Madison Thompson (Ozark) to play Jordan, a worldly young woman who is more than meets the eye, per Deadline. Her first episode airs in late October.
* Quibi has announced Black Equals Beauty, a four-part documentary series executive-produced by Queen Latifah and promising “a kaleidoscopic approach into how Black women in America have used inventiveness to flip oppressive archetypes through their style, beauty, and behavior.”
* The 14th annual PaleyFest Fall TV Previews will feature panel Q&As for CBS’ B Positive, Netflix’s Emily in Paris, Hulu’s Monsterland, AMC’s Soulmates, NBC’s Transplant and HBO’s We Are Who We Are (all streaming Friday, Oct. 2 on the Yahoo Entertainment Channel); IMDb TV’s Alex Rider, Netflix’s Away, NBC’s Connecting, Fox’s Filthy Rich, Showtime’s Moonbase 8, Amazon Prime’s Truth Seekers and Peacock’s Wilmore (streaming Saturday, Oct. 3); and Disney+’s Clouds and Marvel 616, and AMC’s Walking Dead Universe (streaming Sunday, Oct. 4).
* The Film Independent Spirit Awards will now honor achievements in TV — including Best New Scripted Series, Best New Non-Scripted or Documentary Series, male and female performances and Best Ensemble Cast — beginning with its 36th annual ceremony on Saturday, April 24, 2021.
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What Time Will ‘The Boys in the Band’ Be on Netflix?
With Broadway shut down, the Tonys canceled, and many shows that will likely never see the light of day again, 2020 has been a tough year for theater nerds. Thankfully, Netflix is offering a ray of hope with The Boys in The Band, a film adaptation of the 1968 play, produced by Ryan Murphy, and featuring the full cast of the 2018 Tony-winning revival for Broadway.
Co-written by Ned Martel and original playwright Mart Crowley, and directed by Joe Mantello, who also directed the 2018 revival, The Boys in the Band tells the story of a group of gay men in New York City in 1968, who gather to celebrate one of their birthdays. When the play first debuted off-Broadway in 1968, gay men were so widely ostracised that Crowley had difficulty getting any actors to agree to play one on the stage. Which is why, when the revival happened in 2018, the cast of entirely openly gay actors was a pretty big deal.
The Boys in the Band cast includes Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, Matt Bomer, Andrew Rannells, Charlie Carver, Robin de Jesús, Brian Hutchison, Michael Benjamin Washington, and Tuc Watkins reprising their roles from the stage, offering a front-row Broadway seat to anyone with a Netflix account. You don’t want to miss out on this one, so here’s everything you need to know about The Boys in the Band release date and release time.
WHEN DOES THE BOYS IN THE BAND COME OUT ON NETFLIX? WHAT IS THE BOYS IN THE BAND NETFLIX RELEASE DATE?
The Boys in the Band will begin streaming on Netflix on Wednesday, September 30.
WHAT TIME WILL THE BOYS IN THE BAND BE ON NETFLIX?
New titles are typically added to Netflix at 12 a.m. PT, or 3 a.m. ET, on the morning of release. Therefore, The Boys in the Band will be on Netflix at 12 a.m. PT / 3 a.m. ET on the morning of Wednesday, September 30. (Or Tuesday night, depending on how you look at it.) If the clock strikes midnight on the west coast and you still don’t see The Boys in the Band on Netflix, trying refreshing the page, or logging out and logging back in.
IS THERE A THE BOYS IN THE BAND TRAILER?
There sure is, and you can watch it right here. Simply scroll up and hit play on the video at the top of this article. Enjoy!
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