Celebrity Mastermind

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Celebrity Mastermind
GenreQuiz show
Created byBill Wright
Presented byMagnus Magnusson (2002)
John Humphrys (2003–2021)
Clive Myrie (2022–)
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series20
No. of episodes153 (inc. 1 special)
Production locationDock10 studios (2011–2021)
Running time30 minutes
Production companiesBBC (2002–2015)
BBC Studios (2015–2019)
Hat Trick Productions and Hindsight Productions (2019–present)
Original networkBBC Two (2002–2004)
BBC One (2004–)
Picture format16:9
Audio formatStereo
Original release30 December 2002 (2002-12-30) –

Celebrity Mastermind is a celebrity version of Mastermind, a British television quiz show broadcast by BBC television. It began in 2002 as a one-off special, expanding to the current arrangement of 10 episodes, broadcast during December and January. It was originally hosted by John Humphrys, who also hosted the main show from 2003 to 2021.


The format is the same as the standard show,[1] although each episode is treated as a single contest with the winner receiving a trophy, and the contestant's fees being donated to charity.


The original BBC version of Mastermind, hosted by Magnus Magnusson, was broadcast on BBC One from 1972 to 1997. While other versions continued on radio and satellite television, the show did not return to BBC Television until 2002, with a one-off episode, the Mastermind Celebrity Special, originally broadcast on 30 December 2002 on BBC Two to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the first ever Mastermind final. The original host, Magnus Magnusson, was brought back for this special.[2]

This was a precursor to the main show also being returned to the BBC with a new host, John Humphrys. The first series of the main show hosted by Humphrys began on BBC Two on 7 July 2003.[3] The celebrity version then also aired on BBC Two for a first full series of three episodes in December 2003/January 2004, also hosted by Humphrys.[1]

The celebrity version of the show has continued every year since, alongside the main show. Although the main show has remained on BBC Two, the celebrity version was promoted to BBC One from series 2 onward.


2002 Special[edit]

(Winners listed in bold)

Transmission date Celebrity Specialist subject
30 December 2002 Adam Hart-Davis Heroes of Science and Invention before 1900
Jonathan Meades English Architecture 1850–2002
Janet Street-Porter British Teapots 1735–1970
Vic Reeves The Golden Age of Piracy 1680–1720


Series 1 (2003–04)[edit]

(Winners listed in bold)

Transmission date Celebrity Specialist subject
26 December 2003 David Blunkett Harry Potter novels
Jeremy Bowen Arab–Israeli Six-Day War
Antony Worrall Thompson The works of Escoffier
Shaun Williamson Richard Burton
31 December 2003 Germaine Greer Australian rainforests
Charlie Higson James Bond
Bill Oddie American jazz
Julia Somerville Winnie-the-Pooh
2 January 2004 Gyles Brandreth The life and works of John Gielgud
Stephen Fry Sherlock Holmes
Tanni Grey-Thompson The first three Star Wars films
Andrew Motion Philip Larkin

Series 2 (2004)[edit]

(Winners listed in bold)

Transmission date Celebrity Specialist subject
23 July 2004 Edwina Currie Marie Curie
Simon King British wildlife
Tracy-Ann Oberman The Imperial Roman family
Richard Whiteley The BBC's history and programmes 1950–60
30 July 2004 Matt Allwright The films of the Coen Brothers
Bernard Cribbins Angling
David Grant Stevie Wonder
Murray Walker Formula One
6 August 2004 Tara Palmer-Tomkinson The life and works of Audrey Hepburn
Steve Rider Masters golf
Arabella Weir Dallas
Adam Woodyatt Blackadder Goes Forth

Series 3 (2004)[edit]

(Winners listed in bold)

Transmission date Celebrity Specialist subject
26 December 2004 Ricky Groves British pop music
Neil Hamilton British politics
Martin Offiah Second World War
Hugh Quarshie Richard Pryor
31 December 2004 Eric Knowles The artistry of René Lalique
Shirley Robertson Olympic sailing
Jimmy Savile Top of the Pops
Tom Ward Philip Larkin

Series 4 (2005–06)[edit]

(Winners listed in bold)

Transmission date Celebrity Specialist Subject
28 December 2005 Jeremy Beadle The Solar System
Natalie Cassidy Friends
Jeremy Edwards Johnny Depp
Tim Rice London capital murders (1900–1940)
29 December 2005 Diane Abbott Jamaican politics
Phil Cornwell The Apollo space missions
Monty Don The Beatles
Nicholas Owen Railways of south-east England
30 December 2005 Andrew Castle Men's Grand Slam tennis
Graeme Le Saux History of Jersey
Peter Tatchell Malcolm X
Gina Yashere Lifts
1 January 2006 Diarmuid Gavin U2
Lembit Öpik Kander and Ebb musicals
Wendi Peters Japanese motorcycles
Paul Ross The life and work of Ezra Pound
2 January 2006 Iain Banks Malt whisky
Myleene Klass The third series of Sex and the City
Alistair McGowan The life and work of Erik Satie
Sid Waddell The history of rock 'n roll 1955-65

Series 5 (2006–07)[edit]

(Winners listed in bold)

Transmission date Celebrity Specialist subject
26 December 2006 Clare Balding The Derby 1970-2000
Ranulph Fiennes The Expeditions of Captain Scott to Antarctica
Rageh Omaar The Presidency of George W. Bush
Steven Pinder The Life & Career of Steve McQueen
27 December 2006 Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall Wild Foods of Britain
Henry Kelly Classical Music 1850-1950
Edward Stourton Pope John Paul II
Kelli Young British Pop Music 2000-2006
28 December 2006 Todd Carty Films of Norman Wisdom
Paul Henshall 3rd Rock from the Sun
Henry Olonga The Book of Genesis
Gok Wan Beautiful Thing
29 December 2006 Iain Lee The Monkees
Jimmy McGovern The First Fleet
Scott Mills Prisoner Cell Block H
Bernie Nolan The films of Frank Sinatra
30 December 2006 Josie d'Arby The practices of Reiki
Dave Spikey Human blood
Brian Turner Antoine Careme
Matthew Wright Frank Zappa

Series 6 (2007–08)[edit]

(Winners listed in bold)

Transmission date Celebrity Specialist subject
31 December 2007 Paul Bradley Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band
Dan Snow Seven Years' War
Peter Serafinowicz Monty Python's Flying Circus
William G. Stewart Lord Elgin and his Marbles
1 January 2008 Adrian Edmondson Sex Pistols
Bill Turnbull Beekeeping
Jan Ravens Daphne du Maurier
Benjamin Zephaniah Jamaican Reggae up to 1985
2 January 2008 Steve Cram Sunderland A.F.C.
Anjum Anand Partition of India
Tony Hawks Tony Hawk
Bill Kenwright The Hit Parade 1957–1964
3 January 2008 Wayne Sleep Bob Fosse
Yvette Fielding Henry VIII
DJ Spoony Ray Charles
Brian Sewell British motor cars 1930–1950
4 January 2008 Kaye Adams The Pankhursts
Simon Rimmer Tranmere Rovers F.C.
Danny Wallace Ghostbusters
Nicholas Parsons Edward Lear

Series 7 (2008–09)[edit]

Transmission date Celebrity Specialist subject Position
28 December 2008 Dave Myers Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood Winner
Toyah Willcox David Bowie 1967–1977
David Lammy Muhammad Ali
David Harewood His Dark Materials
29 December 2008 Rav Wilding The human body
Mark Chapman Premier League Football
Philippa Gregory Elizabeth Woodville Winner
Jon Culshaw British Pop of the 1980s
30 December 2008 Bob Harris Life and Career of Alan Freed
John Sessions Sherlock Holmes Short Stories Winner
Louise Minchin The Life and Career of Darcey Bussell
Andrew Neil The Life of Adam Smith
31 December 2008 Sally Lindsay Carry On Films Winner
Mick Hucknall Life and Career of Henri Matisse
Summer Strallen Breeds of dog
Mel Smith The comedies of William Shakespeare
1 January 2009 Phil Daniels Chelsea F.C. in the 1970s
Rick Wakeman Just William
Ian Lavender Buster Keaton
Tim Vine Elvis Presley Winner

Series 8 (2009–10)[edit]

Transmission date Celebrity Specialist subject Position
20 November 2009
(Children in Need special)
Stephen K. Amos Five Star 4th
Lucy Porter Steve Martin Winner
Dave Spikey Leeds and Liverpool Canal 3rd
Mark Watson FIFA World Cup since 1966 2nd
27 December 2009 Goldie The Films of Paul Thomas Anderson 4th
Paul O'Grady The Life and Times of Gypsy Rose Lee 3rd
Gail Emms Gavin & Stacey (British TV series) 2nd
Loyd Grossman 18th Century Art and Artists Winner
28 December 2009 Darren Bennett The Star Wars movies 4th
Stuart Maconie 20th Century British Poets and Poetry Winner
Linda Papadopoulos Nirvana 3rd
Andrew Lancel The Academy Awards 2nd
29 December 2009 Alastair Stewart The Rolling Stones Winner
Steve Backshall Judo 2nd
Dave Vitty British Motorways 3rd
Saira Khan The Life and Works of Coco Chanel 4th
30 December 2009 Joe Pasquale Vampires in films 3rd
Roger Black Life and Music of James Taylor 2nd
Antony Audenshaw British Birds Winner
Diane-Louise Jordan Brothers and Sisters 4th
1 January 2010 Ed Byrne Star Trek movies 3rd
Tristan Gemmill Apollo Moon Programme Winner
Anneka Rice Jean Rhys 2nd
John Bishop Irish Potato Famine 4th
4 January 2010 Stewart Lee The Life and Work of Derek Bailey Winner
John Thomson Bond villains 2nd
Sascha Kindred Manchester United 1990 to present 4th
Matthew Lewis Oasis 3rd
5 January 2010 Tony Parsons British punk rock and new wave 3rd
Diane Parish Frasier 4th
Russell Grant County of Middlesex 2nd
Paul Gambaccini DC Comics Winner
6 January 2010 Michael Winner British cinema of the 1960s 4th
Dom Joly The Presidency of Jimmy Carter 2nd
Mishal Husain The Chronicles of Narnia 3rd
John Bird Life and Works of Igor Stravinsky Winner
7 January 2010 Mark Foster The New Romantics 3rd =
Nigel Planer The Life and Works of Robert Louis Stevenson Winner
Ching He Huang Entourage 3rd =
John Suchet The Life and Music of Beethoven 2nd
7 January 2010 Beverley Knight Life and Times of Prince Winner
John Higgins Dallas 3rd =
Michael Howard Liverpool F.C. in the 1980s 3rd =
Alex Deakin The Stone Roses 2nd

Series 9 (2010–11)[edit]

Transmission date Celebrity Specialist subject Position
19 November 2010
(Children in Need special)
Stewart Francis The Toronto Maple Leafs 3rd
Tony Hawks Fridges 4th
Fred MacAulay Fawlty Towers 2nd
Andi Osho The Matrix trilogy Winner
27 December 2010 Mark Lawrenson History of Preston North End 4th
Hilary Kay Life and Works of Josiah Wedgwood Winner
Samantha Giles Films of Alfred Hitchcock 3rd
Richard Herring Rasputin 2nd
28 December 2010 Giles Coren Asterix the Gaul 2nd
Pixie McKenna History of Ellis Island 4th
Dean Macey Back to the Future trilogy 3rd
Samira Ahmed Laura Ingalls Wilder Winner
29 December 2010 Frank Gardner Birds of the Middle East Winner
Levi Roots Jamaica 1960–present 2nd=
Helen Chamberlain World Darts Championships 4th
Pam Rhodes Christmas carols 2nd=
30 December 2010 David Threlfall The Bonzo Dog Band 3rd
James Redmond England Football Team since 1990 4th
Hattie Hayridge The Cold War Winner
Ortis Deley Spider-Man Comics 2nd
31 December 2010 Adam Boulton The Life and Books of Anthony Burgess 2nd
Toby Buckland Father Ted 4th
Kirsten O'Brien Reeves and Mortimer 3rd
Rhys Thomas Queen Winner
3 January 2011 Robert Webb Novels of Ian McEwan 3rd
Helen Skelton Debbie Harry and Blondie 2nd
Sir Clive Sinclair British inventions 4th
Stephen Mangan The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Winner
4 January 2011 Elaine C. Smith Life and music of Joni Mitchell 2nd
Robert Llewellyn Electric cars 3rd
Michael Buerk Novels of Patrick O'Brian Winner
Cerrie Burnell Life and works of Augusto Boal 4th
5 January 2011 Simon O'Brien Life and music of Bob Marley 2nd
Digby Jones Kings and Queens of England 1485–present Winner
Jason Merrells Life and work of Leonardo da Vinci 3rd
Terry Christian Manchester music 1977–present 4th
6 January 2011 Derek Martin Western films 4th
Arthur Smith British radio comedy since 1950 3rd
Brian Moore Genesis Winner
Alex Horne Life and career of Ken Dodd 2nd
7 January 2011 Kristina Rihanoff Life and career of Patrick Swayze 3rd
Micky Flanagan Life and music of Bruce Springsteen 2nd
Martin Roberts Cartoons of Hanna-Barbera 4th
Seeta Indrani Operas of Giacomo Puccini Winner

Series 10 (2011–12)[edit]

Transmission date Celebrity Specialist subject Position
11 November 2011
(Children in Need special)
Imran Yusuf The Life and Films of Jackie Chan
Karen Taylor Fred Dibnah
Russell Kane Evelyn Waugh Winner
Jarred Christmas The Transformers
27 December 2011 OJ Borg The Original Star Wars Trilogy
Jay Rayner The Musicals of Stephen Sondheim
Simon Calder Concorde Winner
Antony Costa Only Fools and Horses
28 December 2011 Stacey Solomon The Inbetweeners
Simon Day The Sopranos Series 1 & 2 Winner
Sophie Grigson Highgate Cemetery
Steve Harley T. S. Eliot and the Four Quartets
29 December 2011 Chris Packham Battle of Rorke's Drift Winner
Jenny Meadows Wigan Rugby League 4th
Alex Winters The Manic Street Preachers 2nd
Graeme Hawley Blackadder 3rd
30 December 2011 Matthew Hoggard Friends Series 1 & 2
Jules Hudson Operation Market Garden
Justin Moorhouse Les Dawson Winner
Ray Fearon Othello
2 January 2012 Andi Osho John Humphrys Winner
Michael Vaughan Premier League 4th
Richard Arnold Dallas 2nd
Simon Armitage Ted Hughes 3rd
3 January 2012 Michel Roux, Jr. Auguste Escoffier's Guide to Modern Cooking 4th
Jessica Hynes Pam Ayres 3rd
Jon Sopel Tony Blair 2nd
Neil Hannon Frasier Winner
4 January 2012 Miles Jupp Former England cricket captain Mike Atherton Winner
Rachel Riley Manchester United F.C. 2nd=
Wayne Hemingway 1970s Disco Music 4th
Gary O'Donoghue Winston Churchill 2nd=
5 January 2012 Neil Dudgeon Philip Larkin Winner
Stewart Francis Toronto Blue Jays 3rd
Sandie Shaw Nichiren Buddhism 4th
Andrew Collins Disaster Movies of the 1970s 2nd
6 January 2012 Jacqui Smith The Archers Winner
Nathaniel Parker Marx Brothers 2nd
Erin Boag The history of New Zealand 3rd=
Jason Manford Quantum Leap 3rd=
8 January 2012 Sarah Storey Sex and the City 4th
Martin Lewis The Superman Films Winner
Nihal Arthanayake Glenn Hoddle 3rd
Dan Walker Gunpowder Plot 2nd

Series 11 (2012–13)[edit]

Transmission date Celebrity Specialist subject Position
27 December 2012 Hannah Cockroft McFly 3rd
Val McDermid Life of Christopher Marlowe Winner
Lizo Mzimba George Smiley Novels of John le Carré 2nd
Crissy Rock Life and Works of Toulouse-Lautrec 4th
28 December 2012 Simon Evans Ernest Shackleton and the Endurance Expedition Winner
Bobby Friction Life and Music of Prince 4th
Ewen MacIntosh Twin Peaks 2nd
Alice Roberts The Moomin Novels of Tove Jansson 3rd
29 December 2012 Adam Buxton David Bowie in the 1970s 2nd
Nelufar Hedayat The Harry Potter books =3rd
Chris Johnson The Films of Monty Python =3rd
Neil Pearson The English language expatriate press in Paris, 1922-39 Winner
30 December 2012 Ken Bruce The Jeeves novels of P. G. Wodehouse Winner
Sidney Sloane Liverpool F.C. under Bob Paisley 3rd
Holly Walsh Badgers 2nd
Paul Young The films of Johnny Depp 4th
31 December 2012 Milton Jones Potatoes 4th
Denise Robertson John George Lambton, 1st Earl of Durham Winner
Adele Silva The children's stories of Roald Dahl 3rd
Chris Van Tulleken The life and achievements of Ranulph Fiennes 2nd
1 January 2013 Pete Firman The Life of Tommy Cooper Winner
Jaye Griffiths Life and career of Ayrton Senna =2nd
Paul Martin Rock drummers 1970-2000 4th
Pete Reed The Lord of the Rings film trilogy =2nd
2 January 2013 Charles Campion Kenneth Grahame and The Wind in the Willows 2nd
Darren Kenny Life and works of Wassily Kandinsky 3rd
Naga Munchetty The Ryder Cup 1979 to present Winner
Kurtis Stacey Life and films of Arnold Schwarzenegger 4th
3 January 2013 Clemency Burton-Hill Downton Abbey 2nd
John Hammond Status Quo 3rd
Martin Kelner Arsenal F.C. since 2000 4th
Steve Punt Life and career of Tony Hancock Winner
4 January 2013 Carol Decker Life and work of Tina Turner 4th
Nick Hancock The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald Winner
Austin Healey Everton Football Club 1984-1994 2nd
Michael Underwood James Bond - the Roger Moore years 3rd
5 January 2013 Cheryl Baker Life and music of James Taylor 3rd
Tim Bentinck A. A. Milne and Winnie-the-Pooh Winner
Mark Thompson Coffee 4th
Guy Henry Life and films of Peter O'Toole 2nd

Series 12 (2013–14)[edit]

Transmission date Celebrity Specialist subject Position
23 December 2013 Shaun Keaveny The music of Led Zeppelin 3rd
Mark Watson The Canterbury Tales Winner
Bunny Campione Life and films of Stewart Granger 4th
Frank Cottrell-Boyce Life and works of Oliver Postgate 2nd
28 December 2013 Danny John-Jules Life and career of Bob Fosse 2nd
Gail Porter British Number 1 Singles of the 90s 3rd
Mike Bushell Alan Partridge Winner
Prue Leith War time food in Britain 4th
30 December 2013 James Allen Roald Dahl Winner
Chris Ramsey The Sopranos 3rd
David Bradley Max Wall 2nd
Shobu Kapoor On the Road by Jack Kerouac 4th
31 December 2013 Josh Widdicombe Blur Winner
Katharine Merry Aston Villa F.C. 1980–1990 3rd
Sian Reese-Williams Black Books 2nd
Nick Baker Life and Works of Alfred Russel Wallace 4th
2 January 2014 Adil Ray Fawlty Towers 4th
Mark Porter History of the Porsche 911 2nd
Kevin Eldon The Music of The Beatles Winner
Jordan Stephens Life and Times of Ross Geller 3rd
3 January 2014 John Cooper Clarke The Films of Elvis Presley 4th
Roy Hudd Life and career of Dan Leno 2nd
Ben Faulks The Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition 4th
Frank Turner Iron Maiden Winner
4 January 2014 Hal Cruttenden The Rocky Films Winner
Clare Perkins The Border Trilogy by Cormac McCarthy 2nd
Sophie Hosking London Underground =3rd
Huw Stephens Johnny Cash - The Columbia Years =3rd
5 January 2014 Charles Collingwood Hampshire County Cricket Club 3rd
Georgia Henshaw Sherlock 4th
Fred MacAulay Porridge 2nd
Mark Billingham Elvis Costello Winner
12 January 2014 Richard Coles Mapp and Lucia novels of E. F. Benson Winner
Monty Halls Life and Times of Jacques Cousteau 2nd
Ava Vidal Buffy the Vampire Slayer Series 1 and 2 4th
Tony Livesey The Jam 3rd
17 January 2014 Clare Grogan Doris Day 2nd
Quentin Letts Hereford Cathedral Winner
Newton Faulkner Life and Work Harry Nilsson 3rd
Richard Whitehead Tottenham Hotspur 2000–Present 4th

Series 13 (2014–15)[edit]

Transmission date Celebrity Specialist subject Position
21 December 2014 Emma Barton The Carry On Films 3rd
Tony Marshall Richard Pryor 2nd
Zoe Lyons Quentin Crisp Winner
Jamie Baulch Prince 4th
22 December 2014 Ore Oduba David Beckham =2nd
Lizzy Yarnold The Archers 2000–present 4th
Alex Riley Triumph TR sports cars Winner
Ken Dodd Theatre Variety Comedians since 1950 =2nd
23 December 2014 Mary Anne Hobbs Barry Sheene 4th
Neil Fitzmaurice The films of Robert De Niro Winner
Katie Thistleton The life and times of Rachel Green 3rd
Johnny Ball Michael Faraday 2nd
27 December 2014 Andy Day The Back to the Future trilogy 4th
Ann Cleeves The Shetland Islands Winner
Tom Rosenthal Flags of the world 3rd
Robert Peston David Bowie 1966-1976 2nd
28 December 2014 Rob Deering Novels of Jane Austen Winner
Amy Willerton Anne Boleyn 4th
Andy Bell Blondie 3rd
Jason Watkins David Garrick 2nd
31 December 2014 Kate Thornton George Michael 3rd
Tony Law World War II Fighter Aircraft 4th
Steve Pemberton Films of the Coen Brothers Winner
Harry Shearer NBA 1976–present 2nd
2 January 2015 Jimmy McKenna Frank Sinatra 2nd
Gillian Joseph Parables of the New Testament 4th
Dallas Campbell Werner Herzog Winner
Russell Kane Novels of Ernest Hemingway 3rd
3 January 2015 Gethin Jones Welsh international rugby 2000-2010 3rd
Ben Bailey Smith The films of the Marx Brothers 2nd
Aasmah Mir The novels of Hanif Kureishi Winner
Mark Little Hunter S. Thompson 4th
11 January 2015 Gemma Cairney The Spice Girls 3rd
Anthony Ogogo British Middleweight Boxers of the 1990s 2nd
Tina Malone Barbra Streisand 4th
Dominic Laurie The London Underground Winner
18 January 2015 Tim Key Andy Murray =2nd
Andy McConnell Joe Cocker 4th
Amy Macdonald Still Game =2nd
Richard Stilgoe British Musicals to 1980 Winner

Series 14 (2015–16)[edit]

Transmission date Celebrity Specialist subject Position
22 December 2015 Ricky Hatton Only Fools and Horses 4th
Tony Singh History of tartan 3rd
Ardal O'Hanlon The Velvet Underground Winner
Kate Bliss Peter Carl Fabergé 2nd
23 December 2015 Cheryl Fergison Elton John 4th
Stacey Dooley Girls 3rd
Kellie Maloney British heavyweight boxing 2nd
Jane Hazlegrove Harper Lee Winner
24 December 2015 Radzi Chinyanganya The Office =3rd
Badly Drawn Boy Bruce Springsteen 2nd
Rebecca Root The novels of Graham Greene Winner
Kriss Akabusi West Ham 1985 to date =3rd
28 December 2015 Tom Kerridge Oasis Winner
Steph Houghton The Only Way Is Essex 4th
Rob Delaney John Belushi 3rd
Dominic Wood Harry Houdini 2nd
29 December 2015 Vincent Franklin Pixar 1995–2014 Winner
Christian Malcolm Male Olympic sprinters 1989–present 4th
Chris Warburton Reeves & Mortimer 2nd
Graham Fellows Donald Crowhurst 3rd
30 December 2015 Liam Fox Auf Wiedersehen, Pet 3rd
Jon-Allan Butterworth Terminator Series 4th
Nick Helm Alice Cooper 2nd
Kimberley Nixon Agatha Christie's Poirot novels Winner
31 December 2015 Lisa Maxwell Life and works of Judy Garland 4th
Gary Delaney The Zombie Films of George A. Romero 2nd
Simon Greenall D-Day landings Winner
Conor McNamara Irish whiskey 3rd
2 January 2016 Chris Hawkins Coronation Street 2nd
Kate Williams Emily Brontë Winner
Iain Stirling Films of Robin Williams 3rd
Nikki Fox Kate Bush 4th
4 January 2016 Louise Pentland The Harry Potter books 4th
Jason Cook Billy Connolly Winner
Alistair Appleton Modern classical music =2nd
Ben Shires Leeds United =2nd
9 January 2016 Katy Ashworth Aretha Franklin =3rd
Thomas Turgoose Prison Break =3rd
Mick Fitzgerald The Cheltenham Festival 2nd
Shelagh Fogarty Pope John Paul II Winner

Series 15 (2016–17)[edit]

Transmission date Celebrity Specialist subject Position
19 December 2016 Hacker T. Dog Pet Shop Boys 2nd
Paul Rankin Stieg Larsson Winner
Sonali Shah The human body 3rd
Omid Djalili Chelsea F.C. 4th
20 December 2016 Shappi Khorsandi Charlie Chaplin 3rd
Chris Stark The Great Man Scott Mills 2nd
Piers Taylor Bob Dylan Winner
Lee Pearson British Birds 4th
21 December 2016 Lauren Layfield Jurassic Park films 3rd
David Aaronovitch The Archers 2nd
Tim Muffett The films of Danny Boyle Winner
Kadeena Cox Arsenal F.C. 4th
22 December 2016 Mitch Benn Peter Cook Winner
Reeta Chakrabarti John Keats 2nd
Mark Rhodes World Wrestling Federation 3rd
Alistair Brownlee Yorkshire Dales 4th
27 December 2016 Graeme Swann The Original Star Wars Trilogy Winner
The Rev Kate Bottley Adrian Mole 3rd
Janice Long Echo & the Bunnymen 4th
Paul Carrack Sheffield Wednesday 2nd
29 December 2016 Michelle Ackerley Columbo 3rd
Joe Fattorini The meridian 2° West Winner
Danny Clarke Garry Sobers 4th
John Finnemore Works of M. R. James 2nd
30 December 2016 Tyger Drew-Honey The Office 3rd
Tom Ravenscroft Warp Records 4th
Maria McErlane Unity Mitford 2nd
Terry Deary Father Brown stories Winner
2 January 2017 Bryony Page Disney films 3rd
Nemone Works of Roald Dahl 2nd
Emma Kennedy Lucille Ball Winner
Alan Gardner Wassily Kandinsky 4th
7 January 2017 Tom Heap The Godfather trilogy 2nd
Jo Caulfield History of Edinburgh 3rd
Lutalo Muhammad Jack Johnson 4th
Stuart MacBride A. A. Milne Winner
14 January 2017 Nathan Caton Premier League 3rd
Dev Griffin Films of Will Ferrell 4th
Adam Jones British and Irish Lions 2nd
Patrick Grant Ralph Lauren Winner

Series 16 (2017–18)[edit]

Transmission date Celebrity Specialist subject Position
27 December 2017 Jack Ashton Ashes cricket 2000–date 3rd
Rich Hall Tennessee Williams 4th
Guy Mowbray Iron Maiden 2nd
Pam Ayres British wildlife Winner
28 December 2017 Olivia Wayne Children's books of Roald Dahl 4th
Philip Serrell England in the Six Nations 2000–date Winner
Richard McCourt New Order =2nd
Lemn Sissay The life & times of Bob Marley =2nd
29 December 2017 John Bradley Auf Wiedersehen, Pet Winner
Crista Cullen African mammals 4th
Nick Bright UK grime 3rd
Anna Passey War poetry of Wilfred Owen 2nd
30 December 2017 Rachel Stevens The life & times of Rachel Green 4th
Asim Chaudhry Notorious B.I.G. 3rd
Anita Anand Emmeline Pankhurst Winner
Andy Zaltzman Victor Trumper 2nd
31 December 2017 Faisal Islam Manchester United in the 1990s 2nd
Lloyd Langford Robert Johnson Winner
Yasmin Evans Luther Vandross 4th
Ollie Locke The Big Bang Theory 3rd
3 January 2018 Phil Williams Dirty Harry films 3rd
John Robins Queen 2nd
Lydia Bright Sex and the City 4th
Tim Farron Blackburn Rovers 1990–2000 Winner
4 January 2018 Laurence Rickard Indiana Jones films Winner
Martin Hughes-Games The life & novels of Evelyn Waugh 3rd
Vogue Williams Kim Kardashian 4th
John Pienaar William Gladstone 2nd
5 January 2018 Dane Baptiste The Marvel Cinematic Universe 3rd
Grace Victory Beyoncé 4th
Annie Wallace Doctor Who 1970–1980 2nd
Martin Bell Sir William Howard Russell Winner
6 January 2018 Spencer Kelly UK Number 1's 1983–1992 2nd
Abdullah Afzal Sir Alex Ferguson 4th
Jessica Regan The films of Quentin Tarantino 3rd
Andrew Maxwell Lebanon Winner
13 January 2018 Jo Rowsell Shand Harry Potter books 3rd
Louis Payne Arsenal under Arsène Wenger 4th
Eddie Butler The Spanish Civil War 2nd
George Lewis Oasis Winner

Series 17 (2018–19)[edit]

Transmission date Celebrity Specialist subject Position
21 December 2018 Amol Rajan Shane Warne 2nd
Rev. Richard Coles Operas of Richard Wagner Winner
Courtney Act Spice Girls =3rd
Mark Lane Piet Mondrian =3rd
22 December 2018 Joe Pasquale Werewolf films 3rd
Ricky Boleto 1990s number one singles 4th
Toyah Willcox Boudica Winner
Jeanette Kwakye Walt Disney Animation Studios 2nd
27 December 2018 Shaun Ryder Manchester 4th
Arabella Weir Motown 3rd
Stef Reid Jesus 2nd
Sean Fletcher Sesame Street Winner
29 December 2018 Elis James Wales national football team =2nd
Montana Brown Desperate Housewives =2nd
Madeline Smith Kew Gardens 4th
George Rainsford Back to the Future Winner
18 January 2019 Ana Matronic Bionic Woman 2nd
Joe Thomas George Orwell Winner
Maggie Alphonsi Denise Lewis 4th
Jay Rayner Arthur Freed 3rd
2 January 2019 Neil Jones Charlie Chaplin 4th
YolanDa Brown Marvin Gaye 3rd
Paul Higgins Watergate Winner
Holly Hamilton George Best 2nd
3 January 2019 Mike Bushell Monty Python 3rd
Jenny Colgan Manhattan Project Winner
Stanley Johnson Sophocles 4th
Vassos Alexander Emil Zatopek 2nd
4 January 2019 Candice Brown Audrey Hepburn Winner
Jenny Meadows Challenge Cup 4th
Francis Boulle Friedrich Hayek 2nd
Danny Sebastian Only Fools and Horses 3rd
5 January 2019 Christian Brassington Eric Cantona 2nd
Claudia-Liza Armah Martin Scorsese 4th
Edwina Currie Nancy Astor Winner
Mark Dolan Elton John 3rd
11 January 2019 Camilla Kerslake Andrew Lloyd Webber Winner
Monty Panesar Sikhism 4th
Sean Wilson British birds 3rd
Terry Alderton Tony Hancock 2nd

Series 18 (2019–20)[edit]

Transmission date Celebrity Specialist subject Position
27 December 2019 Tim Vine Jaws
Alastair Stewart Lewis Hamilton
Hal Cruttenden Magnus Magnusson
Samira Ahmed Space: 1999 Winner
28 December 2019 Bronagh Waugh Fleabag
Darren Harriott Kanye West
Adam Pearson WWE in the 21st Century Winner
Riyadh Khalaf James Cameron's Titanic
2 January 2020 Paul Chuckle English Football Clubs
Amanda Henderson Songs from animated Disney Films
Geoff Norcott The Star Wars Prequels Winner
Levi Roots Reggae Music
31 December 2019 Dylan Llewellyn Tarantino Films Winner
Claire McCollum 1980s Light Entertainment Television
Caspar Lee YouTube
Rickie Haywood-Williams Game of Thrones
3 January 2020 Carl Frampton The Office
Victoria Fritz The Chelsea Flower Show Winner
Wayne Sleep Lilian Baylis
Rav Wilding The Inbetweeners
15 February 2020 Ranj Singh RuPaul's Drag Race
Jessica Wright Monica Geller
Alan Johnson The Works of The Beatles
Katy Brand Dirty Dancing Winner
29 February 2020 Ade Edmondson Hannibal Winner
Yung Filly Drake
Serena Guthrie The Island of Jersey
Gareth Thomas Erasure
7 March 2020 Radzi Chinyanganya Olympic Sprinters from 1980–Present
Ruth Madeley Will & Grace
Ann Widdecombe The Escape of King Charles II
Tom Read Wilson My Fair Lady Winner
14 March 2020[5] Bez Bees & Beekeeping
Maya Sondhi Julie Walters
Darren Bent The James Bond Films
Elizabeth McKenna Watson Fothergill Winner
4 April 2020[6] Kelly Gallagher Frank Lloyd Wright
Stephen Bailey ‘90s & ‘00s Girl Groups
Daniel Lawrence Taylor Jurassic Park
Bobby Seagull England at the World Cup Winner

Series 19 (2020–21)[edit]

Transmission date Celebrity Specialist subject Position
19 December 2020 Charlotte Crosby Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises
Omid Djalili Curb Your Enthusiasm
James Haskell The Harry Potter Movies Winner
Zoe Williams Nelson Mandela
28 December 2020 Neil Hannon Merchant Ivory's E. M. Forster film adaptations
Miles Jupp David Gower
Zoe Lyons Jacques Cousteau
Lucy Porter Victoria Wood Winner
30 December 2020 Stephen K. Amos Fela Kuti
Matt Everitt Glastonbury Festival
Lucrezia Millarini Die Hard Winner
Scarlett Moffatt Bottom
2 January 2021 Andrew Cotter Smallfilms Winner
Arielle Free Daft Punk
Crissy Rock The Pendle Witch Trials
Lemn Sissay Sylvia Pankhurst and Ethiopia
16 January 2021[7] Kimberly Wyatt Bob Fosse
Darren Kennedy The Geisha
Normski Electronic Music from the 80s & 90s
Aoife Hinds Amy Winehouse Winner
6 February 2021[8] Martin Roberts Thunderbirds Winner
Fern Britton Mary of Teck
Victoria Ekanoye Pretty Woman
Arthur Williams British Military Aircraft of the Second World War
20 February 2021[9] Jon Culshaw Doctor Who: The Jon Pertwee Years
Richie Anderson The Saturdays
Rachel Johnson The Laconia Incident Winner
Denis Lawson The Early Life of Miles Davis
6 March 2021[10] Joe Pasquale Planet of the Apes films
Grace Dent King Edward VI
Mwaksy Mudenda Gospel of Mark
Robin Ince The Young Ones Winner
20 March 2021[11] Amanda Abbington Phoebe Buffay
Rick Edwards Octopuses Winner
Richard Blackwood An American Werewolf in London
Laura Tobin Bon Jovi
27 March 2021[12] Marcus Brigstocke Pink Floyd Winner
Vick Hope Giraffes
Briony May Williams 90s & 00s Boy Bands
Siobhán McSweeney Gene Wilder
3 April 2021[13] Steve Backshall Sharks
Noreen Khan Marilyn Monroe
Rhys James The Office
Caroline Flint Alien Winner
24 April 2021[14] Amber Gill How to Train Your Dragon
Rob Deering Stranger Things Winner
Ben Bailey Smith Richard Pryor
Katie Razzall Dora Maar
1 May 2021[15] Debbie McGee Dame Margot Fonteyn
Ben Cajee West Ham United 2000-2020
Kiri Pritchard-McLean Inside No. 9
Tracy Ann Oberman The Women of Imperial Rome Winner
8 May 2021[16] Kate Thornton Dulwich
Nancy Lam Rod Stewart
Dominic Skinner Alexander McQueen
Katy Wix The plays of Annie Baker Winner

Series 20 (2022)[edit]

Transmission date Celebrity Specialist subject Position
5 February 2022 David James Roy Lichtenstein
Antony Costa Grease
Jackie Weaver The Chronicles of Riddick
Ellie Taylor Geri Halliwell Winner
12 February 2022 Ruthie Henshall Gene Kelly musicals
Chris Mason The Yorkshire Dales
Poppy Jay Cardi B
Rufus Hound Jim Henson Winner
19 February 2022 Janette Manrara The Disney Renaissance era
Nish Kumar Jimi Hendrix
Olly Smith Withnail and I Winner
John Altman The Isle of Wight
26 February 2022 Roger Black The Princess Bride Winner
Snoochie Shy Giggs
Anna Soubry Fawlty Towers
Natalie Anderson Coco Chanel
5 March 2022 Maria McErlane The history of women on bicycles
The Vivienne Cher
Martine Croxall Nellie Bly Winner
DJ Ace The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
12 March 2022 Philippa Dunne The Shining
Phil Wang The wines of New Zealand Winner
Keith Brymer Jones Dame Lucie Rie
Dani Harmer RuPaul's Drag Race UK
19 March 2022 Nina Conti Stephen King's short fiction
Brenton West Formula One 1977-1987 Winner
Fatima Manji Queen Victoria
Martel Maxwell Freddie Mercury
26 March 2022 Anne Diamond The birth of British Radar
Shivi Ramoutar Sex and the City
Eilidh McIntyre Karl Lagerfeld
Chris McCausland Pearl Jam Winner
2 April 2022 Jeremy Edwards Carrie Fisher Winner
Sonali Shah George Michael
Dave Rowntree Nikola Tesla
Camilla Tominey Back to the Future
9 April 2022 Sian Williams Anna Freud
Sophie Duker The History Boys Winner
Sonny Jay One Direction
Kellie Shirley Abigail's Party
16 April 2022 Pat Nevin Jeeves and Wooster
Anna Nightingale Oasis
Tom Malone Jr. Ricky Hatton Winner
Roo Irvine Pedigree cat breeds
23 April 2022 Martin Offiah The Battle of Britain
Shazia Mirza George Carlin
Owain Wyn Evans The music of Britney Spears Winner
Amelle Berrabah The exploration of Mars
30 April 2022 Charlie Higson Classic Western films
Adele Roberts The planets of the Solar System Winner
Ed Gamble 30 Rock
Paul Cooper The 1966 World Cup
7 May 2022 James Acaster The History of Ice cream
Michelle Gayle Def Jam Recordings
Jean Johansson Kylie Minogue Winner
Charlotte Worthington Michael Jordan

Series 21 (2022–23)[edit]

Transmission date Celebrity Specialist subject Position
5 November 2022[17] Eshaan Akbar Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan 3rd
Graeme Hall Donald Campbell 2nd
Claire Richards Karen Carpenter Winner
Amy Tapper The Films of Adam Sandler 4th
12 November 2022[18] Emma Vardy History of surfing 3rd
Cheryl Baker classic Disney films 4th
Nikesh Patel Scrubs Winner
David O'Doherty the Tour de France in the 20th century 2nd
10 December 2022[19] Diarmuid Gavin the history of the White House 3rd (14 points)
Melissa Johns Spice Girls 4th (12 points)
Adam Fleming James Bond: the Roger Moore years Winner (22 points)
Angela Barnes British brutalist architecture 2nd (20 points)
14 January 2023[20] Victoria Smurfit The Breakfast Club =3rd (14 points)
Wayne Hemmingway the history of charity shops 2nd (15 points)
Ria Lina Rosalind Franklin Winner (18 points)
James Buckley The Office =3rd (14 points)
21 January 2023[21] Andrea McLean The Sound of Music 2nd (14 points, 2 passes)
Colin Hoult the history of DC Comics Winner (14 points, 0 passes)
Rhys Stephenson the heart =3rd (13 points)
Hannah Cockroft the Shopaholic novels of Sophie Kinsella =3rd (13 points)
4 February 2023[22] Bobby Davro Gilbert O'Sullivan Winner (16 points)
Suzie Lee Bridget Jones 4th (5 points)
Graham Bell Stevie Ray Vaughan 2nd (12 points)
Remi Burgz salmon 3rd (6 points)


Series Start date End date Episodes
One-Off 30 December 2002 1
1 26 December 2003 2 January 2004 3
2 23 July 2004 6 August 2004 3
3 26 December 2004 31 December 2004 2
4 28 December 2005 2 January 2006 5
5 26 December 2006 30 December 2006 5
6 31 December 2007 4 January 2008 5
7 28 December 2008 1 January 2009 5
8 27 December 2009 7 January 2010 10
9 27 December 2010 7 January 2011 10
10 27 December 2011 8 January 2012 10
11 27 December 2012 5 January 2013 10
12 23 December 2013 17 January 2014 10
13 21 December 2014 18 January 2015 10
14 22 December 2015 9 January 2016 10
15 19 December 2016 14 January 2017 10
16 27 December 2017 13 January 2018 10
17 21 December 2018 18 January 2019 10
18 27 December 2019 4 April 2020 10
19 19 December 2020 8 May 2021 14
20 5 February 2022 7 May 2022 14
21 5 November 2022 29 April 2023 14


The trophy presented to each winner was originally a commemorative glass bowl.[1] The current trophy (2015–2016 series) is a wedge-shaped piece of glass.


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  2. ^ BBC Press Office (6 December 2002). "Mastermind Celebrity Special".
  3. ^ "The history of Mastermind". BBC. Retrieved 2 January 2016.
  4. ^ "BBC - Press Office - Mastermind Celebrity Special". BBC. Retrieved 22 October 2017.
  5. ^ "BBC One - Celebrity Mastermind, 2019/2020, Episode 9".
  6. ^ "BBC One - Celebrity Mastermind, 2019/2020, Episode 10".
  7. ^ "Celebrity Mastermind on BBC One at 6:00pm January 16th, 2021".
  8. ^ "Celebrity Mastermind on BBC One West at 7:00pm February 6th, 2021".
  9. ^ "Celebrity Mastermind on BBC One West Midlands at 5:35pm February 20th, 2021".
  10. ^ "BBC One - Celebrity Mastermind, 2020/21, Episode 8".
  11. ^ "BBC One - Celebrity Mastermind, 2020/21, Episode 9".
  12. ^ "BBC One - Celebrity Mastermind, 2020/21, Episode 10".
  13. ^ "BBC One - Celebrity Mastermind, 2020/21, Episode 11".
  14. ^ "BBC One - Celebrity Mastermind, 2020/21, Episode 12".
  15. ^ "BBC One - Celebrity Mastermind, 2020/21, Episode 13".
  16. ^ "BBC One - Celebrity Mastermind, 2020/21, Episode 14".
  17. ^ "BBC One - Celebrity Mastermind, 2022/23, Episode 1". BBC. Retrieved 10 February 2023.
  18. ^ "BBC One - Celebrity Mastermind, 2022/23, Episode 2". BBC. Retrieved 10 February 2023.
  19. ^ "BBC One - Celebrity Mastermind, 2022/23, Episode 3". BBC. Retrieved 10 February 2023.
  20. ^ "BBC One - Celebrity Mastermind, 2022/23, Episode 4". BBC. Retrieved 10 February 2023.
  21. ^ "BBC One - Celebrity Mastermind, 2022/23, Episode 5". BBC. Retrieved 10 February 2023.
  22. ^ "BBC One - Celebrity Mastermind, 2022/23, Episode 6". BBC. Retrieved 10 February 2023.

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