‘God, I never thought we’d be this old!’: Miquita Oliver and Simon Amstell on Popworld turning 20

‘God, I never thought we’d be this old!’: Miquita Oliver and Simon Amstell on Popworld turning 20May 1, 2021

Celebrating the seminal ego-pricking teen TV show, its original hosts talk friendship, grilling musicians and why the show wouldn’t work in 2021

“Oh God, this whole thing is like what we used to take the piss out of on the show!” groans Simon Amstell, horrified by my question. I am sitting in my garden with him and his former co-presenter Miquita Oliver and I just asked if they see the influence of the seminal Channel 4 music show, Popworld, which they hosted from 2001 to 2006, on TV shows today.

“It’s like when we did a McFly special and pretended to be a pair of pretentious directors in the future, looking back on the enormous influence of McFly,” he says.

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