I've actually enjoyed the presenter/co-presenter dynamic of this new series. Mary Ann is much more likely to listen than Tony was for starters and, as had been mentioned, she isn't just some 'airhead' but at least has relevant academic qualifications. Don't get me wrong, Mick will be a huge loss, but the show has survived a number of his prolonged, illness and (IIRC) gammy leg related, absences. Francis Pryor is much less annoying that he was when he first started to appear on TT (and has ALMOST shut up about the 'realm of the dead' and chucking swords in streams)
Agree with the above. Besides which, from a purely TMA perspective, as I understand it Mick was generally considered to be first and foremost a medieval specialist. As you say FP is much less annoying than he was and his obsession with "liminal spaces" is more confined to his (actually very enjoyable) writing now.