BBC newsreader Clive Myrie hosted the long-running quiz show for the first time on Monday night, having taken over from John Humphrys. During the episode, a software engineer who chose singer Bruce Springsteen as his specialist subject became overwhelmed with emotion after securing his place in the semi-finals.
Ahead of the questioning, contestant Ranvir said: “[I’m an] Asian boy from Bradford who probably shouldn’t be listening to Bruce Springsteen.”
However, he explained: “His music has been such a big part of my life for so many years now, it’s just a natural specialist subject to choose.
He whizzed through the initial round, before doing remarkably well in the general knowledge round.
Ranvir managed to win a total of 20 points and secured his place in the semi-finals of the primetime programme.
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A tearful Ranvir was surprised on stage by his partner Serena who ran up to his seat to give him a hug to show her support.
Serena told Ranvir that she was “so proud” of him and they embraced on the stage while fellow contestants looked on.
They both said they loved one another and she left the stage.
Ranvir then needed a moment to wipe away his tears and jokingly said: “What am I going to be like if I win the final?”
Preparing for the quiz show has been a difficult task for Ranvir, who confessed to studying for months on end.
He said: “When Clive read out the score, I couldn’t believe it.
“It’s been such hard work, as I’m sure every Mastermind contestant will tell you.
“My partner Serena can tell you how my head’s been stuck in a computer for the last few months. Hard work pays off I guess.”
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Clive was announced earlier this year as the man taking over from John Humphrys on the popular programme.
John spent 18 years as the face of the show prior to announcing his exit in 2021 in his Daily Mail column, writing: “When the present series comes to an end in March there will be someone else in the chair.”
Clive has said it was “a privilege it is to take on this new role”.
Prior to Mastermind Clive has been the face of BBC News at 10 and BBC News at 6.
He’s also enjoyed stints on a number of other BBC shows such as Have I Got News for You and Would I Lie to You.
n Monday’s episode of Mastermind, other contestants chose Switzerland and Roger Moore as their specialist subjects.
It was the first heat of a highly-anticipated new series of the show which has been running for almost 50 years.
The highest overall Mastermind score is 41 points, achieved by Kevin Ashman in 1995.
Mastermind continues on BBC Two on Monday at 7.30pm.
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