Marc Fennell to take on the hosting role when MASTERMIND AUSTRALIA returns this February


The wait is finally over for Mastermind fans! Australia’s toughest quiz show returns this February.

2021 will see the program return on Monday February 15 with the conclusion of season 2, before a new season and a new host premiere the following week.

Viewers have been eagerly awaiting last year’s finals results after filming for the quiz show was delayed due to COVID-19.

After a nail-biting season, the Mastermind Australia 2020 winner will finally be crowned after almost a year’s wait.

Jennifer Byrne returns one last time as quizmaster for finals week before handing over the reins to Walkley-winning journalist, Marc Fennell, who will helm the third season from Monday 22 February.

Marc, best known for The Feed (SBS) and Download This Show (ABC), is no stranger to Mastermind having jumped into the iconic quizmaster seat for a short but successful stint in 2019.

As previously revealed by TV Blackbox, 2021 will also see the production of five additional primetime episodes of spin-off series Celebrity Mastermind.

Marc Fennell said:

“I think Mastermind is a genuine insight into Australia’s psyche. Every one of us has that one obsession, that one thing we know and love above all things. The best part of being the quizmaster is seeing the wild diversity of obsessions and topics that the contenders bring with them.

But make no mistake, it is the toughest quiz show on Australian television. I’ve been both a fill-in host and celebrity contender on Mastermind Australia, I know first-hand how intimidating it can be. While I may be the one holding the questions, I truly marvel at the gumption of the contenders. It’s going to be intense.”

SBS Commissioning Editor, Josh Martin, added:

“It’s been a long wait, but we’re thrilled to finally be presenting the 2020 Mastermind winner. Jennifer has expertly quizzed contenders since we re-launched Mastermind to Australian audiences in 2019.

She leant the show her considerable intellect, warmth and authority and we thank her for the instrumental role she has played in the show’s success.

We’re excited that the quizmaster baton will be passed on to SBS’s own Marc Fennell, no stranger himself to the Mastermind hosting role, who will bring his own unique style and energy to this one-of-a-kind quiz show.”

After a season of speciality subjects such as Lady Gaga, the Nimitz UFO Sighting, Sydney architecture, the Stolen Generation, Donald Glover, Aussie slang, the history of European beers, the comedies of Shakespeare and nuts (just to name a few), it is down to 16 contenders competing in the Season 2 finals.

Specialist subjects for finals week will include the Kokoda Track Campaign, The Wombat, Monty Python’s Life of Brian, The Kingkiller Chronicle, Casablanca, Ozzy Osborne, Joan of Arc and the Spike Milligan War Memoirs.

Mastermind Australia is produced for SBS by BBC Studios.

Who can handle the pressure to be crowned Australia’s 2020 Mastermind?

Find out when Mastermind Season 2 semi-finals return weeknights from Monday 15 February at 6pm on SBS culminating in an hour-long grand finale Friday 19 February at 7.30pm.

Season 3 begins Monday 22 February at 6pm. Both the seasons will be available to stream on SBS On Demand.

Kevin Perry
Co-Creator and Editor of the TV Blackbox website, Kevin Perry is an experienced media commentator focused on TV Production, Consumer Tech, SVOD & Sports Broadcasting. Media enquiries please Call or Text 0428-275-111


  1. Needs an older head in the chair. He’s not the right fit at all. And no, that’s not an age-ist comment; I would say the same in reverse. The kind of ‘current affairs for idiots’ type shows he does wouldn’t be suited to an older presenter. It’s horses for courses.

  2. Is there no one else? This network seems obsessed with him . Your assessment applies when he came onto Jennie Brockie’s Insight series, it was never as good after she quit

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