From chef Mark Olive to red Wiggle Murray Cook and theatre star Prinnie Stevens, the 16 celebrities will be facing some hard questions as Australia's toughest quiz show returns.
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SBS Guide

3 Aug 2021 - 9:00 AM  UPDATED 5 Aug 2021 - 1:02 PM

Which Australian celebrity's a big fan of surfing? Who's hoping to pin success on their knowledge of Hollywood superstar Brad Pitt, or artist Frida Kahlo?  

Celebrity Mastermind, featuring 16 well-loved Australian celebrities returns on Saturday, 28 August at 8.30pm on SBS and SBS On Demand.

Quizmaster Marc Fennell will grill the celebrities over five weeks as they battle it out for the winning title. The 16 celebrities facing the black chair in the second season of Celebrity Mastermind are Gold Logie-winner John Wood, Human Nature band member Phil Burton, Sri Lankan-born Australian comedian Dilruk Jayasinha, former Australian Idol judge Ian ‘Dicko’ Dickson, musician and actor Ben Lee, property developer and author Pettifleur Berenger, the original Red Wiggle Murray Cook, renowned Indigenous chef Mark Olive, Olympic medal winner and former competition swimmer Shane Gould, comedian and actor Zoë Coombs Marr, Australia-based American entertainment reporter Richard Reid, TV presenter and former independent political candidate James Mathison, radio and TV journalist Patricia Karvelas, international superstar accordionist Hans, comedian and TV presenter Tanya Hennessy and musical theatre star Prinnie Stevens.

This season's speciality topics include Hollywood superstar Brad Pitt, legendary painter Frida Kahlo, the presidency of Donald Trump, the movie Primal Fear, Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Hamlet, iconic 90s comedy Friends and the history of Australian surfing.

"Look, I'm not gonna lie. There is a perverse joy in watching objectively talented people – ARIA-winning musicians, brilliant journalists and Logie-winning actors – all face the spotlight. The squirming is real," says quizmaster Fennell, who knows what it's like, after appearing as a contestant in season 1 of Celebrity Mastermind. "But what's even more fun is watching them truly embrace their favourite nerdy subjects. Mastermind is a celebration of Australia's nerds. And I love watching some of Australia's best-known faces revel in that nerdiness."

Each episode will feature four celebrities facing each other for a chance to compete in the Celebrity Grand Final on Saturday 25 September.

Celebrity Mastermind is produced for SBS by BBC Studios.

Celebrity Mastermind season 2 premieres Saturday 28 August at 8.30pm on SBS and SBS On Demand. Three seasons of Mastermind and the previous season of Celebrity Mastermind are all available now at SBS On Demand. Start with the first episode of Celebrity Mastermind season 1, which sees Marc Fennell in the hot seat as a contestant: 

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