BBC 'Mastermind' audition team in Manchester
02 Apr 2009
Try out for the classic cerebral challenge on 22 April
A small production team from the BBC is holding open auditions in Manchester for the next series of 'Mastermind' on Wednesday 22 April.
The team is inviting those who like a challenge to drop into BBC Manchester, New Broadcasting House, Oxford Road, M60 7HB for an informal chat about potential specialist subjects and a quick general knowledge test.
You can report to reception on the day or book a slot in advance by calling 0161 244 3434.
There is no money for the victor of this classic cerebral challenge – just the kudos of being recognised as the UK’s Mastermind – that and the glass trophy.
Contrary to popular belief, the Mastermind team is not looking for experts; it wants people who are prepared to become experts in the subjects that they love. So if you are over 18 years old and have a passion such as history, food, religion, music or movies, then maybe you should think about applying - the list really is as long and as varied as the interests of the British public.
Mastermind is widely regarded as the most rigorous and intellectual of British quiz shows and is one of television's most enduring successes. The programme was the brainchild of TV producer Bill Wright, a former RAF gunner, who drew on his wartime experience as a prisoner of war in Germany to create the format for the show. For Mastermind contestants, isolated under the spotlight, name, rank and number was replaced by name, occupation and specialist subject.
As is often the way, some of the best concepts are those with simplicity – and Mastermind has an elegant symmetry. Two rounds of questions, each lasting two minutes. Specialist Subjects are taken first and followed by the General Knowledge round. The question master is John Humphrys – presenter of BBC Radio Four’s 'Today' programme.