Mastermind is again, with added celebrities

Over 5 Movie star Mastermind episodes, airing Saturdays at eight.30pm, with the grand closing on March 21, eight well-known folks, together with comedians Nazeem Hussain and Sam Simmons; chef Adam Liaw; and drag performer, Courtney Act are grilled on their particular topics that vary from US sitcom The Nanny to mangoes.

“They have been all enjoyable however Jessica Rowe (particular topic: cats) was a selected delight,” says Byrne. “She performed her coronary heart out and laughed a lot that all of us began laughing. She’s received a loopy snicker.”

On the common Mastermind, returning subsequent week, it is again to enterprise. Over 85 gruelling episodes, Byrne will delve into matters as obscure and various as they have been when Huw Evans examined on a regular basis geniuses again within the 1970s and ’80s.

“We nonetheless get Roman and Greek mythology however the distinction is we get a good bit of telly and flicks in there. However we additionally get nice mathematicians. The enjoyment of this job for me is the unbelievably bizarre and surprising topics that individuals carry to us. Each time it bowls me over. The opposite day, it was Saladin, the good sultan from Center Jap historical past; Sherlock Holmes novels; Maximilien Robespierre from the French Revolution; and the band Savage Backyard.”

The one variation on a present that sticks slavishly to a format Byrne confirms is impressed by a British World Conflict II veteran’s expertise of Gestapo interrogation, proper right down to the Approaching Menace theme tune and spotlit black leather-based workplace chair, is the host herself. She admits she does not fairly match the sterner mould set by authentic BBC host, Magnus Magnusson.

“When SBS approached me, I mentioned, ‘I am a smiler. I really like video games. I am unable to faux to be a college marm’. They mentioned, ‘That is Australia. The lights and the black chair are forbidding sufficient. You do not have to stack on a severe face’. I feel if I used to be actually extreme, it’d put individuals off.”

As a lot as Byrne enjoys joking with the celebrities, it is the “abnormal” contestants who most impress. The character of the present means it “completely” attracts the neuro various. Her solely gripe with the demographic is the under-representation of ladies.

“Please, ladies, come and play. I do not know why there are so few of us. I would like it modified as a result of it displays a unique world than the one we’re in.”

Byrne relishes each alternative to utter the Mastermind catchphrase, “I’ve began, so I will end”.

“I really like that line. I considered it just lately, after I learn an article about ladies judges being interrupted extra typically and I assumed, ‘That is for you’. When do ladies ever get to inform anybody to, ‘Shut up, I am speaking’?”