Kermode and Mayo's Film Review to end after 21 years

Film critic Mark Kermode (right) and Simon Mayo join the BBC Philharmonic orchestra at MediaCityUK in Salford, for the film review show on BBC Radio 5 live.   (Photo by Dave Thompson/PA Images via Getty Images)
Simon Mayo and Mark Kermode have been film reviewing for BBC Radio 5 live for 21 years. (Dave Thompson/PA Images via Getty Images)

Kermode and Mayo's Film Review is set to come to an end after 21 years, the show's stars have confirmed.

Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo have spent more than two decades offering trusted reviews to film fans through their BBC Radio 5 Live show.

But on Friday afternoon, Mayo, 63, and Kermode, 58, announced that they had decided between themselves to call time on the long-running programme with a last broadcast set to go out on Friday, 1 April.

A Paddington-referencing statement from the show's Twitter read: "21 years is a long time to be clogging up the schedules.

"We - and no one else - have decided to step away...To spread our exit, pursued by a bear."

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However, fans were offered some hope that it may not be the end for the friends as a reviewing duo, as they both also added on their personal Twitter: "After 21 years, the Flagship Film Show @Wittertainment will make its final 5 Live voyage on April 1st. But like [Spinal] Tap, we'll be back… Stay tuned."

Speaking live on air, Mayo said: "We are way too expensive, and there are much better things for the BBC to be spending their money on.

"April the 1st will be our last show... on Five Live."

Mark Kermode first worked with Simon Mayo when he hosted the BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show from 1988-1993.

Mark Kermode (front) and Simon Mayo with their Speech Award, at Grosvenor House in central London.   (Photo by Yui Mok - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
The film reviewers will air their last episode on 1 April. (Yui Mok - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)

They launched the Film Review show, also referred to as Wittertainment, on 5 Live in 2001.

Kermode is set to continue with other commitments at the BBC, including Screenshot with co-host Ellen E Jones on BBC Radio 4 and his film review on the BBC News Channel.

The 5 Live Drive show will be moving to an earlier time of 4pm and further scheduling changes are also set to be announced.

Portrait of Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo at the BBC TVC Radio 5 studio in January 2008.; Job: 42495; Ref: EWT; Exclusive World Rights    (Photo by Edd Westmacott/Avalon/Getty Images)
Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo are a regular fixture for 5 Live listeners. (Edd Westmacott/Avalon/Getty Images)

BBC Radio 1 changes to come into effect in September were also announced earlier this week, including the news that ex-Saturdays singer Mollie King would get her own solo pop show on Thursday nights.

Other changes at the station included a new schedule of rock shows on Mondays, Charlie Tee replacing René LaVice as host of The Drum & Bass Show, and DJ Target moving his Saturday night 1Xtra Takeover show back to airing just on 1Xtra.

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