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Sky celebrates the return of Never Mind the Buzzcocks with a star-studded LIVE Identity Parade'

20/09/2021

To celebrate the return of the iconic pop culture panel show, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Sky will today bring to life one of the series' favourite rounds - the infamous Identity Parade'.

The classic Identity Parade', a staple round of the well-loved series, asks audiences to spot the pop stars from well-known bands and pick them out of a line-up. To mark the launch of the show, which will air tomorrow on Sky Max and NOW at 9pm, the public will have the opportunity to take part in the round themselves at Kings Cross Station from 9am today.

Passers-by will step into the shoes of a Buzzcocks panellist and be asked to identify familiar faces within a line-up of personalities from the 90's most iconic bands - in person! Boy band supergroup, Boyz on Block, will feature in the line-up alongside a regular Joe, testing the public to see how many can identify who wasn't part of an iconic 90s boyband. Consisting of Abz Love from 5ive, Shane Lynch from Boyzone, Dane Bowers from Another Level, and Ben Ofoedu from dance duo, Phats & Small, the stars had some of the biggest hits of the decade, and should be easily recognisable to any fan - but are they?

King's Cross will be taken to Another Level and turned into a 90s Boyzone, with members of the public will be asked to judge the live panel by taking photos with the 5ive potential boy band members and participating live via Sky's Instagram feed @skytv guessing who wasn't a 90s pop star - not a Phats & Small task!

The new series of Never Mind the Buzzcocks will be hosted by Greg Davies and will feature the return of Noel Fielding as team captain opposite Daisy May Cooper, with Jamali Maddix appearing as a regular guest. Each week, they will be joined by two teams of music and comedy stars to compete against each other and win the weekly quiz.

Phil Edgar-Jones, Director of Sky Arts and Entertainment said: Everyone at Sky is all a buzz that Buzzcocks is coming back to our screens as a Sky Original. It's anarchic, irreverent and with Greg Davies at the helm, it's hit 11 on the funny scale, which is 1 funnier that it was last time round. We're chuffed that Dane and Shane, Ben and Abz, are helping us launch the show in a traditionally playful manner with their live and totally 90s identity parade - a suitably nostalgic curtain raiser for the utterly modern reboot on 21 September.

Former Another Level singer, Dane Bowers, said: Having taken part in the show back in 2001, I'm no stranger to the Buzzcocks and I can't wait to line-up alongside the lads to test the memory of the British public. We've come together to make a supergroup celebrating all things 90s, so it feels only right to be a part of re-launching the iconic 90s panel show, which is such a big part of popular culture!

Ex-Boyzone star, Shane Lynch, said: There's no denying, Buzzcocks was one of the most iconic shows of its time, so me and the lads can't wait to work with Sky to celebrate the relaunch of the show. Hopefully we're not completely unrecognisable from our younger years, but we'll let the public decide when they participate!

Never Mind the Buzzcocks, is returning exclusively to Sky and NOW as a Sky Original and will air weekly from Tuesday 21st September. For more information, please visit www.skygroup.sky.

Notes to editors:

The live line up will take place at King's Cross Station at 9am on 20th September 2021

Talent included in the line-up consists of Abz Love from 5ive, Shane Lynch from Boyzone, Dane Bowers from Another Level, and Ben Ofoedu from Phats & Small

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Our technology, including the market leading Sky Q, connects people to everything they love - with entertainment from Sky TV, Netflix, Disney+, Amazon Prime Video and BBC iPlayer, and apps like Spotify, YouTube, BBC Sounds, Highbrow, Peloton, Fiit, and more, in one place, easy. Our streaming service NOW brings viewers all the enjoyment of Sky with the flexibility of a contract-free service. Through our new B2B broadband provider, Sky Connect, we offer superfast broadband with business-grade 4G back-up to small businesses in the UK.

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