Celebrity Mastermind

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 is hosted by John Humphrys, who also hosts the main show.

Celebrity Mastermind
GenreQuiz show
Created byBill Wright
Presented byMagnus Magnusson (2002)
John Humphrys (2003-)
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series16
No. of episodes129 (inc. 1 special)
Running time30 minutes
Original networkBBC Two (2002-04)
John Humphrys (2004-)
Picture format16:9
Original release30 December 2002 (2002-12-30) 
Related showsMastermind


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 contestants 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 onwards.


2002 Special[4]

(Winners listed in bold)

Transmission dateCelebritySpecialist subject
30 December 2002Adam Hart-DavisHeroes of Science and Invention before 1900
Jonathan MeadesEnglish Architecture 1850–2002
Janet Street-PorterBritish Teapots 1735–1970
Vic ReevesThe Golden Age of Piracy 1680–1720

Series 1 (2003–04)

Transmission dateCelebritySpecialist subject
26 December 2003David BlunkettHarry Potter novels
Jeremy BowenArab/Israeli Six-Day War
Antony Worrall ThompsonThe works of Escoffier
Shaun WilliamsonRichard Burton
31 December 2003Germaine GreerAustralian rainforests
Charlie HigsonJames Bond
Bill OddieAmerican Jazz
Julia SomervilleWinnie the Pooh
2 January 2004Gyles BrandrethThe life and works of Sir John Gielgud
Stephen FrySherlock Holmes
Tanni Grey-ThompsonThe first three Star Wars films
Andrew MotionPhilip Larkin

Series 2 (2004)

(Winners listed in bold)

Transmission dateCelebritySpecialist subject
23 July 2004Edwina CurrieMarie Curie
Simon KingBritish wildlife
Tracy-Ann ObermanThe Imperial Roman family
Richard WhiteleyThe BBC's history and programmes 1950-60
30 July 2004Matt AllwrightThe films of the Coen Brothers
Bernard CribbinsAngling
David GrantStevie Wonder
Murray WalkerFormula One
6 August 2004Tara Palmer-TomkinsonThe life and works of Audrey Hepburn
Steve RiderMasters golf
Arabella WeirDallas
Adam WoodyattBlackadder Goes Forth
26 December 2004Ricky GrovesBritish pop music
Neil HamiltonBritish politics
Martin OffiahSecond World War
Hugh QuarshieRichard Pryor
31 December 2004Eric KnowlesThe artistry of René Lalique
Shirley RobertsonOlympic sailing
Jimmy SavileTop of the Pops
Tom WardPhilip Larkin

Series 3 (2005–06)

(Winners listed in bold)

Transmission dateCelebritySpecialist Subject
28 December 2005Jeremy BeadleThe Solar System
Natalie CassidyFriends
Jeremy EdwardsJohnny Depp
Tim RiceLondon capital murders (1900–1940)
29 December 2005Diane AbbottJamaican politics
Phil CornwellThe Apollo space missions
Monty DonThe Beatles
Nicholas OwenRailways of south-east England
30 December 2005Andrew CastleMen's Grand Slam tennis
Graeme Le SauxHistory of Jersey
Peter TatchellMalcolm X
Gina YashereLifts
1 January 2006Diarmuid GavinU2
Lembit ÖpikKander and Ebb musicals
Wendi PetersJapanese motorcycles
Paul RossThe life and work of Ezra Pound
2 January 2006Iain BanksMalt whisky
Myleene KlassThe third series of Sex and the City
Alistair McGowanThe life and work of Erik Satie
Sid WaddellThe history of rock 'n roll 1955-65

Series 4 (2006–07)

(Winners listed in bold)

Transmission dateCelebritySpecialist subject
26 December 2006Clare Balding
Ranulph Fiennes
Rageh Omaar
Steven Pinder
27 December 2006Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
Henry Kelly
Edward StourtonPope John Paul II
Kelli Young
28 December 2006Todd Carty
Paul Henshall
Henry Olonga
Gok Wan
29 December 2006Iain LeeThe Monkees
Jimmy McGovernThe First Fleet
Scott MillsPrisoner Cell Block H
Bernie NolanThe films of Frank Sinatra
30 December 2006Josie d'ArbyThe practices of Reiki
Dave SpikeyHuman blood
Brian TurnerAntoine Careme
Matthew WrightFrank Zappa

Series 5 (2007–08)

(Winners listed in bold)

Transmission dateCelebritySpecialist subject
31 December 2007Paul BradleyCaptain Beefheart & His Magic Band
Dan SnowSeven Years' War
Peter SerafinowiczMonty Python's Flying Circus
William G. StewartLord Elgin and his Marbles
1 January 2008Adrian EdmondsonSex Pistols
Bill TurnbullBeekeeping
Jan RavensDaphne du Maurier
Benjamin ZephaniahJamaican Reggae up to 1985
2 January 2008Steve CramSunderland A.F.C.
Anjum AnandPartition of India
Tony HawksTony Hawk
Bill KenwrightThe Hit Parade 1957–1964
3 January 2008Wayne SleepBob Fosse
Yvette FieldingHenry VIII
DJ SpoonyRay Charles
Brian SewellBritish motor cars 1930–1950
4 January 2008Kaye AdamsThe Pankhursts
Simon RimmerTranmere Rovers F.C.
Danny WallaceGhostbusters
Nicholas ParsonsEdward Lear

Series 6 (2008–09)

Transmission dateCelebritySpecialist subjectPosition
28 December 2008Dave MyersPre-Raphaelite BrotherhoodWinner
Toyah WillcoxDavid Bowie 1967–1977
David LammyMuhammad Ali
David HarewoodHis Dark Materials
29 December 2008Rav WildingThe human body
Mark ChapmanPremier League Football
Philippa GregoryElizabeth WoodvilleWinner
Jon CulshawBritish Pop of the 1980s
30 December 2008Bob HarrisLife and Career of Alan Freed
John SessionsShort stories of Sherlock HolmesWinner
Louise MinchinThe Life and Career of Darcey Bussell
Andrew NeilThe Life of Adam Smith
31 December 2008Sally LindsayCarry On FilmsWinner
Mick HucknallLife and Career of Henri Matisse
Summer StrallenBreeds of dog
Mel SmithThe comedies of William Shakespeare
1 January 2009Phil DanielsChelsea F.C. in the 1970s
Rick WakemanJust William
Ian LavenderBuster Keaton
Tim VineElvis PresleyWinner

Series 7 (2009–10)

Transmission dateCelebritySpecialist subjectPosition
20 November 2009
(Children in Need special)
Stephen K. AmosFive Star4th
Lucy PorterSteve MartinWinner
Dave SpikeyLeeds and Liverpool Canal3rd
Mark WatsonFIFA World Cup since 19662nd
27 December 2009GoldieThe Films of Paul Thomas Anderson4th
Paul O'GradyThe Life and Times of Gypsy Rose Lee3rd
Gail EmmsGavin & Stacey (British TV series)2nd
Loyd Grossman18th Century Art and ArtistsWinner
28 December 2009Darren BennettThe Star Wars movies4th
Stuart Maconie20th Century British Poets and PoetryWinner
Linda PapadopoulosNirvana3rd
Andrew LancelThe Academy Awards2nd
29 December 2009Alastair StewartThe Rolling StonesWinner
Steve BackshallJudo2nd
Dave VittyBritish Motorways3rd
Saira KhanThe Life and Works of Coco Chanel4th
30 December 2009Joe PasqualeVampires in films3rd
Roger BlackLife and Music of James Taylor2nd
Antony AudenshawBritish BirdsWinner
Diane-Louise JordanBrothers and Sisters4th
1 January 2010Ed ByrneStar Trek movies3rd
Tristan GemmillApollo Moon ProgrammeWinner
Anneka RiceJean Rhys2nd
John BishopIrish Potato Famine4th
4 January 2010Stewart LeeThe Life and Work of Derek BaileyWinner
John ThomsonBond villains2nd
Sascha KindredManchester United 1990 to present4th
Matthew LewisOasis3rd
5 January 2010Tony ParsonsBritish punk rock and new wave3rd
Diane ParishFrasier4th
Russell GrantCounty of Middlesex2nd
Paul GambacciniDC ComicsWinner
6 January 2010Michael WinnerBritish cinema of the 1960s4th
Dom JolyThe Presidency of Jimmy Carter2nd
Mishal HusainThe Chronicles of Narnia3rd
John BirdLife and Works of Igor StravinskyWinner
7 January 2010Mark FosterThe New Romantics3rd =
Nigel PlanerThe Life and Works of Robert Louis StevensonWinner
Ching He HuangEntourage3rd =
John SuchetThe Life and Music of Beethoven2nd
7 January 2010Beverley KnightLife and Times of PrinceWinner
John HigginsDallas3rd =
Michael HowardLiverpool F.C. in the 1980s3rd =
Alex DeakinThe Stone Roses2nd

Series 8 (2010–11)

Transmission dateCelebritySpecialist subjectPosition
19 November 2010
(Children in Need special)
Stewart FrancisThe Toronto Maple Leafs3rd
Tony HawksFridges4th
Fred MacAulayFawlty Towers2nd
Andi OshoThe Matrix trilogyWinner
27 December 2010Mark LawrensonHistory of Preston North End4th
Hilary KayLife and Works of Josiah WedgwoodWinner
Samantha GilesFilms of Alfred Hitchcock3rd
Richard HerringRasputin2nd
28 December 2010Giles CorenAsterix the Gaul2nd
Pixie McKennaHistory of Ellis Island4th
Dean MaceyBack to the Future trilogy3rd
Samira AhmedLaura Ingalls WilderWinner
29 December 2010Frank GardnerBirds of the Middle EastWinner
Levi RootsJamaica 1960–present2nd=
Helen ChamberlainWorld Darts Championships4th
Pam RhodesChristmas carols2nd=
30 December 2010David ThrelfallThe Bonzo Dog Band3rd
James RedmondEngland Football Team since 19904th
Hattie HayridgeThe Cold WarWinner
Ortis DeleySpider-Man Comics2nd
31 December 2010Adam BoultonThe Life and Books of Anthony Burgess2nd
Toby BucklandFather Ted4th
Kirsten O'BrienReeves and Mortimer3rd
Rhys ThomasQueenWinner
3 January 2011Robert WebbNovels of Ian McEwan3rd
Helen SkeltonDebbie Harry and Blondie2nd
Sir Clive SinclairBritish inventions4th
Stephen ManganThe Hitchhiker's Guide to the GalaxyWinner
4 January 2011Elaine C. SmithLife and music of Joni Mitchell2nd
Robert LlewellynElectric cars3rd
Michael BuerkNovels of Patrick O'BrianWinner
Cerrie BurnellLife and works of Augusto Boal4th
5 January 2011Simon O'BrienLife and music of Bob Marley2nd
Digby JonesKings and Queens of England 1485–presentWinner
Jason MerrellsLife and work of Leonardo da Vinci3rd
Terry ChristianManchester music 1977–present4th
6 January 2011Derek MartinWestern films4th
Arthur SmithBritish radio comedy since 19503rd
Brian MooreGenesisWinner
Alex HorneLife and career of Ken Dodd2nd
7 January 2011Kristina RihanoffLife and career of Patrick Swayze3rd
Micky FlanaganLife and music of Bruce Springsteen2nd
Martin RobertsCartoons of Hanna-Barbera4th
Seeta IndraniOperas of Giacomo PucciniWinner

Series 9 (2011–12)

Transmission dateCelebritySpecialist subjectPosition
11 November 2011
(Children in Need special)
Imran YusufThe Life and Films of Jackie Chan
Karen TaylorFred Dibnah
Russell KaneEvelyn WaughWinner
Jarred ChristmasThe Transformers
27 December 2011OJ BorgThe Original Star Wars Trilogy
Jay RaynerThe Musicals of Stephen Sondheim
Simon CalderConcordeWinner
Antony CostaOnly Fools and Horses
28 December 2011Stacey SolomonThe Inbetweeners
Simon DayThe Sopranos Series 1 & 2Winner
Sophie GrigsonHighgate Cemetery
Steve HarleyT. S. Eliot and the Four Quartets
29 December 2011Chris PackhamBattle of Rorke's DriftWinner
Jenny MeadowsWigan Rugby League4th
Alex WintersThe Manic Street Preachers2nd
Graeme HawleyBlackadder3rd
30 December 2011Matthew HoggardFriends series 1 & 2
Jules HudsonOperation Market Garden
Justin MoorhouseLes DawsonWinner
Ray FearonOthello
2 January 2012Andi OshoJohn HumphrysWinner
Michael VaughanPremier League4th
Richard ArnoldDallas2nd
Simon ArmitageTed Hughes3rd
3 January 2012Michel Roux, Jr.Auguste Escoffier's Guide to Modern Cooking4th
Jessica HynesPam Ayres3rd
Jon SopelTony Blair2nd
Neil HannonFrasierWinner
4 January 2012Miles JuppFormer England cricket captain Mike AthertonWinner
Rachel RileyManchester United F.C.2nd=
Wayne Hemingway1970s Disco Music4th
Gary O'DonoghueWinston Churchill2nd=
5 January 2012Neil DudgeonPhilip LarkinWinner
Stewart FrancisToronto Blue Jays3rd
Sandie ShawNichiren Buddhism4th
Andrew CollinsDisaster Movies of the 1970s2nd
6 January 2012Jacqui SmithThe ArchersWinner
Nathaniel ParkerMarx Brothers2nd
Erin BoagThe history of New Zealand3rd=
Jason ManfordQuantum Leap3rd=
8 January 2012Sarah StoreySex and the City4th
Martin LewisThe Superman FilmsWinner
Nihal ArthanayakeGlenn Hoddle3rd
Dan WalkerGunpowder Plot2nd

Series 10 (2012–13)

Transmission dateCelebritySpecialist subjectPosition
27 December 2012Hannah CockroftMcFly3rd
Val McDermidLife of Christopher MarloweWinner
Lizo MzimbaGeorge Smiley Novels of John le Carré2nd
Crissy RockLife and Works of Toulouse-Lautrec4th
28 December 2012Simon EvansErnest Shackleton and the Endurance ExpeditionWinner
Bobby FrictionLife and Music of Prince4th
Ewen MacIntoshTwin Peaks2nd
Alice RobertsThe Moomin Novels of Tove Jansson3rd
29 December 2012Adam BuxtonDavid Bowie in the 1970s2nd
Nelufar HedayatThe Harry Potter books=3rd
Chris JohnsonThe Films of Monty Python=3rd
Neil PearsonThe English language expatriate press in Paris, 1922-39Winner
30 December 2012Ken BruceThe Jeeves novels of P. G. WodehouseWinner
Sidney SloaneLiverpool F.C. under Bob Paisley3rd
Holly WalshBadgers2nd
Paul YoungThe films of Johnny Depp4th
31 December 2012Milton JonesPotatoes4th
Denise RobertsonJohn George Lambton, 1st Earl of DurhamWinner
Adele SilvaThe children's stories of Roald Dahl3rd
Chris Van TullekenThe life and achievements of Ranulph Fiennes2nd
1 January 2013Pete FirmanThe Life of Tommy CooperWinner
Jaye GriffithsLife and career of Ayrton Senna=2nd
Paul MartinRock drummers 1970-20004th
Pete ReedThe Lord of the Rings film trilogy=2nd
2 January 2013Charles CampionKenneth Grahame and The Wind in the Willows2nd
Darren KennyLife and works of Wassily Kandinsky3rd
Naga MunchettyThe Ryder Cup 1979 to presentWinner
Kurtis StaceyLife and films of Arnold Schwarzenegger4th
3 January 2013Clemency Burton-HillDownton Abbey2nd
John HammondStatus Quo3rd
Martin KelnerArsenal F.C. since 20004th
Steve PuntLife and career of Tony HancockWinner
4 January 2013Carol DeckerLife and work of Tina Turner4th
Nick HancockThe Great Gatsby by F. Scott FitzgeraldWinner
Austin HealeyEverton Football Club 1984-19942nd
Michael UnderwoodJames Bond - the Roger Moore years3rd
5 January 2013Cheryl BakerLife and music of James Taylor3rd
Tim BentinckA. A. Milne and Winnie-the-PoohWinner
Mark ThompsonCoffee4th
Guy HenryLife and films of Peter O'Toole2nd

Series 11 (2013–14)

Transmission dateCelebritySpecialist subjectPosition
23 December 2013Shaun KeavenyThe music of Led Zeppelin3rd
Mark WatsonThe Canterbury TalesWinner
Bunny CampioneLife and films of Stewart Granger4th
Frank Cottrell-BoyceLife and works of Oliver Postgate2nd
28 December 2013Danny John-JulesLife and career of Bob Fosse2nd
Gail PorterBritish Number 1 Singles of the 90s3rd
Mike BushellAlan PartridgeWinner
Prue LeithWar time food in Britain4th
30 December 2013James AllenRoald DahlWinner
Chris RamseyThe Sopranos3rd
David BradleyMax Wall2nd
Shobu KapoorOn the Road by Jack Kerouac4th
31 December 2013Josh WiddicombeBlurWinner
Katharine MerryAston Villa F.C. 1980–19903rd
Sian Reese-WilliamsBlack Books2nd
Nick BakerLife and Works of Alfred Russel Wallace4th
2 January 2014Adil RayFawlty Towers4th
Mark PorterHistory of the Porsche 9112nd
Kevin EldonThe Music of The BeatlesWinner
Jordan StephensLife and Times of Ross Geller3rd
3 January 2014John Cooper ClarkeThe Films of Elvis Presley4th
Roy HuddLife and career of Dan Leno2nd
Ben FaulksThe Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition4th
Frank TurnerIron MaidenWinner
4 January 2014Hal CruttendenThe Rocky FilmsWinner
Clare PerkinsThe Border Trilogy by Cormac McCarthy2nd
Sophie HoskingLondon Underground=3rd
Huw StephensJohnny Cash - The Columbia Years=3rd
5 January 2014Charles CollingwoodHampshire County Cricket Club3rd
Georgia HenshawSherlock4th
Fred MacAulayPorridge2nd
Mark BillinghamElvis CostelloWinner
12 January 2014Richard ColesMapp and Lucia Novels of E. F. BensonWinner
Monty HallsLife and Times of Jacques Cousteau2nd
Ava VidalBuffy the Vampire Slayer Series 1 and 24th
Tony LiveseyThe Jam3rd
17 January 2014Clare GroganDoris Day2nd
Quentin LettsHereford CathedralWinner
Newton FaulknerLife and Work Harry Nilsson3rd
Richard WhiteheadTottenham Hotspur 2000–Present4th

Series 12 (2014–15)

Transmission dateCelebritySpecialist subjectPosition
21 December 2014Emma BartonThe Carry On Films3rd
Tony MarshallRichard Pryor2nd
Zoe LyonsQuentin CrispWinner
Jamie BaulchPrince4th
22 December 2014Ore OdubaDavid Beckham=2nd
Lizzy YarnoldThe Archers 2000–present4th
Alex RileyTriumph TR sports carsWinner
Ken DoddTheatre Variety Comedians since 1950=2nd
23 December 2014Mary Anne HobbsBarry Sheene4th
Neil FitzmauriceThe films of Robert De NiroWinner
Katie ThistletonThe life and times of Rachel Green3rd
Johnny BallMichael Faraday2nd
27 December 2014Andy DayThe Back to the Future trilogy4th
Ann CleevesThe Shetland IslandsWinner
Tom RosenthalFlags of the world3rd
Robert PestonDavid Bowie 1966-19762nd
28 December 2014Rob DeeringNovels of Jane AustenWinner
Amy WillertonAnne Boleyn4th
Andy BellBlondie3rd
Jason WatkinsDavid Garrick2nd
31 December 2014Kate ThorntonGeorge Michael3rd
Tony LawWorld War II Fighter Aircraft4th
Steve PembertonFilms of the Coen BrothersWinner
Harry ShearerNBA 1976–present2nd
2 January 2015Jimmy McKennaFrank Sinatra2nd
Gillian JosephParables of the New Testament4th
Dallas CampbellWerner HerzogWinner
Russell KaneNovels of Ernest Hemingway3rd
3 January 2015Gethin JonesWelsh international rugby 2000-20103rd
Ben Bailey SmithThe films of the Marx Brothers2nd
Aasmah MirThe novels of Hanif KureishiWinner
Mark LittleHunter S. Thompson4th
11 January 2015Gemma CairneyThe Spice Girls3rd
Anthony OgogoBritish Middleweight Boxers of the 1990s2nd
Tina MaloneBarbra Streisand4th
Dominic LaurieThe London UndergroundWinner
18 January 2015Tim KeyAndy Murray=2nd
Andy McConnellJoe Cocker4th
Amy MacdonaldStill Game=2nd
Richard StilgoeBritish Musicals to 1980Winner

Series 13 (2015–16)

Transmission dateCelebritySpecialist subjectPosition
22 December 2015Ricky HattonOnly Fools and Horses4th
Tony SinghHistory of tartan3rd
Ardal O'HanlonThe Velvet UndergroundWinner
Kate BlissPeter Carl Fabergé2nd
23 December 2015Cheryl FergisonElton John4th
Stacey DooleyGirls3rd
Kellie MaloneyBritish heavyweight boxing2nd
Jane HazlegroveHarper LeeWinner
24 December 2015Radzi ChinyanganyaThe Office=3rd
Badly Drawn BoyBruce Springsteen2nd
Rebecca RootThe novels of Graham GreeneWinner
Kriss AkabusiWest Ham 1985 to date=3rd
28 December 2015Tom KerridgeOasisWinner
Steph HoughtonThe Only Way Is Essex4th
Rob DelaneyJohn Belushi3rd
Dominic WoodHarry Houdini2nd
29 December 2015Vincent FranklinPixar 1995-2014Winner
Christian MalcolmMale Olympic sprinters 1989–present4th
Chris WarburtonReeves & Mortimer2nd
Graham FellowsDonald Crowhurst3rd
30 December 2015Liam FoxAuf Wiedersehen, Pet3rd
Jon-Allan ButterworthTerminator Series4th
Nick HelmAlice Cooper2nd
Kimberley NixonAgatha Christie's Poirot novelsWinner
31 December 2015Lisa MaxwellLife and works of Judy Garland4th
Gary DelaneyThe Zombie Films of George A. Romero2nd
Simon GreenallD-Day landingsWinner
Conor McNamaraIrish whiskey3rd
2 January 2016Chris HawkinsCoronation Street2nd
Kate WilliamsEmily BrontëWinner
Iain StirlingFilms of Robin Williams3rd
Nikki FoxKate Bush4th
4 January 2016Louise PentlandThe Harry Potter books4th
Jason CookBilly ConnollyWinner
Alistair AppletonModern classical music=2nd
Ben ShiresLeeds United=2nd
9 January 2016Katy AshworthAretha Franklin=3rd
Thomas TurgoosePrison Break=3rd
Mick FitzgeraldThe Cheltenham Festival2nd
Shelagh FogartyPope John Paul IIWinner

Series 14 (2016–17)

Transmission dateCelebritySpecialist subjectPosition
19 December 2016Hacker T. DogPet Shop Boys2nd
Paul RankinStieg LarssonWinner
Sonali ShahThe human body3rd
Omid DjaliliChelsea F.C.4th
20 December 2016Shappi KhorsandiCharlie Chaplin3rd
Chris StarkThe Great Man Scott Mills2nd
Piers TaylorBob DylanWinner
Lee PearsonBritish Birds4th
21 December 2016Lauren LayfieldJurassic Park films3rd
David AaronovitchThe Archers2nd
Tim MuffettThe films of Danny BoyleWinner
Kadeena CoxArsenal F.C.4th
22 December 2016Mitch BennPeter CookWinner
Reeta ChakrabartiJohn Keats2nd
Mark RhodesWorld Wrestling Federation3rd
Alistair BrownleeYorkshire Dales4th
27 December 2016Graeme SwannThe Original Star Wars TrilogyWinner
The Rev Kate BottleyAdrian Mole3rd
Janice LongEcho & the Bunnymen4th
Paul CarrackSheffield Wednesday2nd
29 December 2016Michelle AckerleyColumbo3rd
Joe FattoriniThe meridian 2° WestWinner
Danny ClarkeGarry Sobers4th
John FinnemoreWorks of M. R. James2nd
30 December 2016Tyger Drew-HoneyThe Office3rd
Tom RavenscroftWarp Records4th
Maria McErlaneUnity Mitford2nd
Terry DearyFather Brown storiesWinner
2 January 2017Bryony PageDisney films3rd
NemoneWorks of Roald Dahl2nd
Emma KennedyLucille BallWinner
Alan GardnerWassily Kandinsky4th
7 January 2017Tom HeapThe Godfather trilogy2nd
Jo CaulfieldHistory of Edinburgh3rd
Lutalo MuhammadJack Johnson4th
Stuart MacBrideA. A. MilneWinner
14 January 2017Nathan CatonPremier League3rd
DevFilms of Will Ferrell4th
Adam JonesBritish and Irish Lions2nd
Patrick GrantRalph LaurenWinner

Series 15 (2017–18)

Transmission dateCelebritySpecialist subjectPosition
27 December 2017Jack AshtonAshes cricket 2000–date3rd
Rich HallTennessee Williams4th
Guy MowbrayIron Maiden2nd
Pam AyresBritish wildlifeWinner
28 December 2017Olivia WayneChildren's books of Roald Dahl4th
Philip SerrellEngland in the Six Nations 2000–dateWinner
Richard McCourtNew Order=2nd
Lemn SissayThe life & times of Bob Marley=2nd
29 December 2017John BradleyAuf Wiedersehen, PetWinner
Crista CullenAfrican mammals4th
Nick BrightUK grime3rd
Anna PasseyWar poetry of Wilfred Owen2nd
30 December 2017Rachel StevensThe life & times of Rachel Green4th
Asim ChaudhryNotorious B.I.G.3rd
Anita AnandEmmeline PankhurstWinner
Andy ZaltzmanVictor Trumper2nd
31 December 2017Faisal IslamManchester United in the 1990s2nd
Lloyd LangfordRobert JohnsonWinner
Yasmin EvansLuther Vandross4th
Ollie LockeThe Big Bang Theory3rd
3 January 2018Phil WilliamsDirty Harry films3rd
John RobinsQueen2nd
Lydia Bright Sex and the City4th
Tim FarronBlackburn Rovers 1990–2000Winner
4 January 2018Laurence RickardIndiana Jones filmsWinner
Martin Hughes-GamesThe life & novels of Evelyn Waugh3rd
Vogue WilliamsKim Kardashian4th
John PienaarWilliam Gladstone2nd
5 January 2018Dane BaptisteThe Marvel Cinematic Universe3rd
Grace VictoryBeyoncé4th
Annie WallaceDoctor Who 1970–19802nd
Martin BellSir William Howard RussellWinner
6 January 2018Spencer KellyUK Number 1's 1983–19922nd
Abdullah AfzalSir Alex Ferguson4th
Jessica ReganThe films of Quentin Tarantino3rd
Andrew MaxwellLebanonWinner
13 January 2018Jo Rowsell ShandHarry Potter books3rd
Louis PayneArsenal under Arsène Wenger4th
Eddie ButlerThe Spanish Civil War2nd
George LewisOasisWinner

Series 16 (2018–19)

Transmission dateCelebritySpecialist subjectPosition
21 December 2018Amol RajanShane Warne2nd
Rev. Richard ColesOperas of Richard WagnerWinner
Courtney ActThe Spice Girls=3rd
Mark LanePiet Mondrian=3rd
22 December 2018Joe PasqualeWerewolf films3rd
Ricky Boleto1990s number one singles4th
Toyah WillcoxBoudicaWinner
Jeanette KwakyeWalt Disney Animation Studios2nd
27 December 2018Shaun RyderManchester4th
Arabella WeirMotown3rd
Stef ReidJesus2nd
Sean FletcherSesame StreetWinner
29 December 2018Elis JamesWales national football team=2nd
Montana BrownDesperate Housewives=2nd
Madeline SmithKew Gardens4th
George RainsfordBack to the FutureWinner
18 January 2019Ana MatronicBionic Woman2nd
Joe ThomasGeorge OrwellWinner
Maggie AlphonsiDenise Lewis4th
Jay RaynerArthur Freed3rd
2 January 2019Neil JonesCharlie Chaplin4th
YolanDa BrownMarvin Gaye3rd
Paul HigginsWatergateWinner
Holly HamiltonGeorge Best2nd
3 January 2019Mike BushellMonty Python3rd
Jenny ColganManhattan ProjectWinner
Stanley JohnsonSophocles4th
Vassos AlexanderEmil Zatopek2nd
4 January 2019Candice BrownAudrey HepburnWinner
Jenny MeadowsChallenge Cup4th
Francis BoulleFriedrich Hayek2nd
Danny SebastianOnly Fools and Horses3rd
5 January 2019Christian BrassingtonEric Cantona2nd
Claudia-Liza ArmahMartin Scorsese4th
Edwina CurrieNancy AstorWinner
Mark DolanElton John3rd
11 January 2019Camilla KerslakeAndrew Lloyd WebberWinner
Monty PanesarSikhism4th
Sean WilsonBritish birds3rd
Terry AldertonTony Hancock2nd


SeriesStart dateEnd dateEpisodes
One-Off30 December 20021
126 December 20032 January 20043
223 July 200431 December 20045
328 December 20052 January 20065
426 December 200630 December 20065
531 December 20074 January 20085
628 December 20081 January 20095
727 December 20097 January 201010
827 December 20107 January 201110
927 December 20118 January 201210
1027 December 20125 January 201310
1123 December 201317 January 201410
1221 December 201418 January 201510
1322 December 20159 January 201610
1419 December 201614 January 201710
1527 December 201713 January 201810
1621 December 201818 January 201910


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.


  1. BBC Press Office (27 October 2003). "Rt Hon David Blunkett MP to appear on Mastermind".
  2. BBC Press Office (6 December 2002). "Mastermind Celebrity Special".
  3. BBC. "The history of Mastermind". Retrieved 2 January 2016.
  4. "BBC - Press Office - Mastermind Celebrity Special". www.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 22 October 2017.
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