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Terry Wogan Hosting "Never Mind The Buzzcocks" Is His Greatest Unsung Performance

"It was the only time we had a standing ovation in the studio," the show's producer said.

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In 2010, Wogan took the reins of the weekly music quiz show in what is widely considered to be one of its best ever episodes.

When longtime Buzzcocks host Mark Lamarr quit the show in 2006, a rotation of weekly guest presenters filled his seat. While comedian Simon Amstell then took over as a regular host, after his departure in 2008, the show returned to the guest presenter format.

A Facebook appreciation group, When Terry Wogan Presented Never Mind the Buzzcocks, was set up after Wogan's legendary episode aired.

"I want to put myself through one of the most degenerating and debasing experiences of them all," Wogan said as he opened the show, joking he'd chosen to appear on it over Strictly Come Dancing and I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here.

Following Wogan's death, the episode's producer, Stu Mather tweeted that he was "one of the warmest, funniest people I've ever had the privilege of working with".

Sir Terry was one of the warmest, funniest people I've ever had the privilege of working with. I'm absolutely gutted

The episode was recorded in just an hour with no rehearsal Mather said.

Wogan "just turned up, tweaked the jokes and completely smashed the show," Mather recalled, adding that it was the only time the studio audience had ever given a standing ovation.

We only recorded for an hour and it was the only time we had a standing ovation in the studio. https://t.co/nBONq2tmjZ

When the Buzzcocks team recorded promos for the show at the end of the series, Wogan made a cameo appearance, "for a laugh," according to Mather.

Also, when @phlaimeaux and I recorded the comp at the end of the series, we booked him for a small cameo.

Mather described Terry's Buzzcocks appearance as the proudest episode he'd worked on.

We made some brilliant shows in that era of Buzzcocks but I'll always be most proud of Sir Terry's.

Here's the full episode in all its glory.

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RECOMMENDED: Skip to Wogan's Louis Walsh impression at 16:30mins.

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