The nation’s favourite talent show, Britain’s Got Talent, returned to our screens for a fun-filled 11th series packed with action and variety.
The X Factor is television’s biggest search for a music star, returning in 2017 for it’s 14th series
Stephen gets up to his usual tricks, getting to know the contestants and introducing a whole host of hilarious unseen auditions.
Hosted by Mark Wright and Laura Jackson Take Me Out: The Gossip on ITV2 provides all the lowdown on the nights out.
The series sees two celebrities and their families go head-to-head in a bid to win £30,000 for the charity of their choice.
The Brian Conley Show is a comedy variety show (later becoming a comedy chat show) starring Brian Conley and broadcast on ITV in 1992 to 1995 and then again in 2000.
The show was commissioned following Conley’s last successful comedy series, Brian Conley: This Way Up. The show is a mix of comedy, music, sketches, and variety acts. The first two series were recorded in the Churchill Theatre in Bromley rather than a television studio, giving the show a “live” feel. Brian would perform musical numbers, stand-up routines and sketches, the latter of which were performed on sets that were wheeled out onto the stage, and he’d often change costume in front of the audience.
The second version of the show aired in 2000 and featured famous guests including Leslie Nielsen and Kathleen Turner.
Man O Man is a game show originally created in Germany. The show ran from 1996 to 1999 on ITV and is loosely in the format of a beauty pageant but with male contestants. An all-female audience voted for the winner via a series of elimination rounds – the losing contestants were be pushed into a swimming pool.
Hosted by Chris Tarrant, the male contestants had to compete in a number of rounds where, characteristics a woman may seek in a romantic partner – such as general knowledge, romantic aptitude, conversation skills and sense of humour – were tested.
At the beginning of each episode, the ten male contestants would come out on the stage and introduce themselves to the audience, and from these first impressions the audience would eliminate the three least popular guys.
At the end of each round, members of the entirely female audience voted for their favourite man using a remote control device and the least popular male was eliminated.
Night Fever is a re-developed format of the French show, La Fureur de Samedi. The show ran from 1997-2002 on Channel 5 and is a Karaoke style show hosted by Madness front-man Suggs who is helped by ‘The Big Guy in the Sky’ – a disembodied voice giving the scores, and also by ‘Wolfie’ – John Ireland dressed as Mozart.
Two teams of celebrities went head to head in a boys verses girls singing contest, with quiz questions and interaction from the audience and the karaoke is solo as well as within the team. Pop the Monkey tallied up the scores, while Will Mellor and Sarah Cawood got the crowd going during the celebrities’ karaoke attempts.
Blankety Blank is a comedy game show based on the 1977–9 Australian game show Blankety Blanks. The show first broadcast on BBC One in 1979, hosted by Terry Wogan and later Les Dawson; but in 1997, on BBC, Lily Savage (played by Paul O’Grady) fronted a revival. ITV then followed, broadcasting in 2001.
Two contestants competed and the object of the game was to match the answers of as many of the six celebrity panellists as possible on fill-in-the-blank statements.
Frequently, the statements were written with comedic, double entendre answers in mind. A classic example: “Did you catch a glimpse of that girl on the corner? She has the world’s biggest ‘blank’.”
Fort Boyard is an adventure game show based on an original French format. The show ran from 1998 to 2003 on Channel 5. A team of athletic contestants took part in a series of physical and endurance challenges and collecting letters of the Alphabet.
The team with the most letters at the end of the game, win the chance to earn themselves a fortune in gold. Hosted by Melinda Messenger and Leslie Grantham with Geoffrey Bayldon, the show was recorded at the actual Fort Boyard off the coast of France.
This mad show originated in Japan and became a worldwide hit – Hosted by Dale Winton, joined by team captains Anton Du Beke and Darren Gough, armed with silver lycra suits and a team of three well know names in a competition to see who can get through the Hole In The Wall.
Celebrities try to force themselves through crazy shapes in a wall and more often than not end up head first in the water. Throughout the show the holes get harder and come faster. The competition between captains strengthens and the stakes heighten because the more holes they get through the more money they win for charity.
Only the winning team walks away with £10,000 prize money for the charity of their choice.
Pop Idol is a music competition which aired in 2001 on ITV. The aim of the show was to decide the best new young pop singer (or “pop idol”) in the UK based on viewer voting and participation.
Pop Idol was the follow-up to the hit reality TV show Popstars. The show is most famously remembered for giving birth to Will Young, who won the first series with Gareth Gates coming second.
Finalists were selected from auditions held in locations across the UK, and there were plenty of tears from wannabe stars when their hopes and dreams were dashed by the frank comments of the judging panel – comprising Simon Cowell, Pete Waterman, Nicki Chapman and Neil “Dr” Fox.
The show was a singing competition open to people aged between 16 and 26 years old, with the winner receiving a £1million recording contract to release their debut album. Pop Idol received ratings of as high as 10 million viewers for shows before the live final.
The Desert Forges is a game show set in the Wadi Rum desert region in Jordan. The show aired in 2001 on Channel 5. Each episode starts with two teams each with two contestants one male and one female – referred to as the green team and the orange team (identified by the colour of their clothing), and usually made up of a couple, friends, or brother and sister.
Both teams go through a series of challenges, and the winning team gets the chance to win gold ingots, which they cast themselves from the Forges Room. Their sole aim is to get into the Palace of the Forge, but in order to do so, they must first duel each other and then continue on to complete tough challenges and mathematical problems inside the palace.
The show was presented by Richard Fairbrass and Gabrielle Richens, with Melanie Winiger starring as the Poetess, ruler of the Palace.
Ant & Dec’s Gameshow Marathon is a game show broadcast on ITV in 2005. Ant & Dec’s Gameshow Marathon was a seven-episode show which formed part of a special event celebration of ITV’s 50th Anniversary.
In it, hosts Ant & Dec presided over recreations of seven classic game shows that had been seen on the network. Six celebrity contestants – which have included Vernon Kay and William Roache – competed in a series-long tournament, receiving a donation to their favourite charity for their participation. In addition, home viewers were given the opportunity to win cash and prizes and each episode’s winning contestant “won” via telephone.
Created and hosted by Ant & Dec, PokerFace for ITV, is a gripping quiz show for ITV, where one person is GUARANTEED to win one million pounds.
PokerFace was stripped across the week with six contestants, per night, facing quick-fire general knowledge questions to win money and ultimately to stake a claim to play in the final where one person walked away a millionaire.
Only by reading their rivals body language and behaviour could they hope to judge whether their opponents are pokerface bluffers or a genuine contenders to win the top cash prize.
As the rounds progress and the players get less, the prize money per question increases.
Would you risk losing £50,000 in a bid to become a millionaire?
Dale’s Supermarket Sweep is a UK game show based on the American Supermarket Sweep TV show format.
The original show, called Supermarket Sweep – 1993-2000 – had a set that was created by actual retailers, either The Co-operative Group, Asda, Tesco, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s or Somerfield, depending on the series.
The show was revived in 2007 for ITV and rebranded as ‘Dale’s Supermarket Sweep’. The game consists of three teams of two, each with a clock that starts with 60 seconds on it.
The teams then attempt to add as much time to their clock by answering questions and riddles posed by host Dale Winton. The time they accumulate determines how long they have in the ‘Big Sweep’ round to run around a studio mock-up of a supermarket, collecting shopping items.
The team with the shopping trolley filled with items of the most value wins the chance to enter the final ‘Super Sweep’ prize round. Within the game there were a number of rounds.
The Price Is Right in the UK was originally hosted by Leslie Crowther from 1984 to 1988 and then in 1995 Bruce Forsyth took the reins and later in 2006 Joe Pasquale took over.
Its format was nearly identical to that of American version. It initially used the Big Wheel to decide who would go through to the Showcase. The show eventually replaced the Big Wheel rounds with a game called “Supermarket”, in which, each of the three people would select up to four of six presented grocery products; the one whose total was closest to £20, above or below, advanced to the Showcase Final.
The showcase was played largely the same way as on the American version. The winner wouldn’t win the largest prize in their showcase if their winning guess was not within 10% of the showcase total.
Grease is the biggest musical of all time and made superstars of John Travolta and Olivia Newton John. Grease Is The Word for ITV, sought to find the new Sandy and Danny to take the leads in the West End production, which opened in 2007.
Thousands of hopefuls had to survive the most punishing auditioning process and had to excel in three challenging disciplines, singing, acting and dancing.
The survivors won a converted place in Bootcamp where they underwent intensive training and battled it out for the chance to win the public vote as well as those of the judges, David Ian, Brian Friedman, Sinitta and David Gest.
Everyone knows WAGs can shop til they drop but now the Jimmy Choo’s are on the other foot and the girls are out to prove they can be just as good on the other side of the till.
Presented by June Sarpong, get ready for handbags at dawn as two competing teams of the ‘Wives and Girlfriends’ of Britain’s footballers switch from browsing the shelves to stocking them as they set up and run two rival fashion boutiques in central London.
From designing the store and choosing the stock to marketing and perfecting their sales techniques, the ten girls will need determination, flair and a head for business if they are to succeed.
After 13 weeks the boutique with the highest profits wins, with all profits going to a charity of the girls’ choosing.
The WAGs are overseen by two experienced mentors who guide the individual teams towards success while offering advice and criticism. Anna Park advises the WAGs running Bows while Lyn Gardner mentors Better Half. To get the shops up and running, the WAGs need to agree on a variety of key decisions.
What type of customers do they want to attract? What brands should they stock? What do they want it to look like? Sparks fly as the girls battle to agree on a huge range of ideas.
Each episode of THE KING IS DEAD sees a well-known public figure hypothetically bumped off.
It’s down to the comedic interview panel led by Simon Bird, to scour the Great British celebrity pool for a top notch replacement. Simon, accompanied in this search by Nick Mohammed and Katy Wix, sees three celebrities compete in this unique and vigorous interview process in a bid to prove they are the best applicant for the available job.
Answering questions on the contents of their CV and taking part in obscure challenges in this part spoof job interview, the candidates allow Simon and his interview panel to grill them thoroughly to be accepted in the coveted role available.
The positions available: The President of the USA, Father Christmas and The Chief of the Police. Applicants have included James Corden, Louis Walsh, George Lamb, Caprice, Jenny Bond and Sarah Beeny. Imagine a world where Louis Walsh could be the new King and James Corden could be the President of the USA …. Part spoof job interview, part chat show, part panel show, part character comedy; THE KING IS DEAD is an exciting comedy format.
Hot off the heels of her highly anticipated CD which became the most pre-ordered album of all-time, Susan Boyle, the global music sensation who captured the hearts of fans around the world, following her inspiring performance on Britain’s Got Talentin 2009 starred in an original one-hour television special – “I Dreamed a Dream: The Susan Boyle Story”. The show celebrates her journey from a small village in rural Scotland to international fame.
The show was hosted by Piers Morgan and featured tracks from her album, including Who I Was Born To Be and Cry Me A River. Susan – joined by the entire London cast of Les Misérables – who performed ‘One Day More’ as an introduction to Susan’sspectacular performance of the song that placed her firmly in the Nation’s heart, ‘I Dreamed a Dream’.
Over the Rainbow – a nationwide search for a Dorothy and a Toto for a West End production of The Wizard Of Oz. Hosted by Graham Norton, Andrew Lloyd Webber and a judging panel of experts from the West End stage and screen, Sheila Hancock, Charlotte Church and John Partridge, and together with BBC ONE viewers, a Dorothy is chosen to perform in The Wizard of Oz which came to the stage in 2011.
Viewers saw thousands of hopefuls turning up at open auditions across the country, in a bid to become the newest star of the West End.
The Saturday show saw the final twenty ‘Dorothy’s’ in a studio-based ‘sing-off’.
Let’s Get Gold, hosted by Vernon Kay, a sport meets entertainment mini-series of three pre-recorded episodes, stripped across consecutive nights.
Sporting teams from across the UK battle it out in front of a panel of celebrity pundits (Martine McCutcheon, Una Healey, Rio Ferdinand, Freddie Flintoff) from the worlds of show business and sport.
Over three nights, 15 teams compete to transform their sport into the most spectacular and entertaining routine.
Teams put their skills to the test, performing breath-taking activities to demonstrate their sporting prowess.
Motivated by a £100,000 prize fund, and judged by the panel, the show identifies amateur and professional groups displaying the best technique, skill and athleticism, but also those with creativity, style and flair.
Blockbusters, the much-loved iconic quiz – brought up to date for a new generation. Host Simon Mayo is in charge of proceedings putting questions to contestants who will win their way across that famous hexagon board to take their place on the Hot Spot for the prize-winning Gold Run?
Hosted by the late Bob Holness, the original Blockbusters first broadcast in the UK on ITV in 1983 and had a highly successful eleven year run.
The new series of Blockbusters premiered on Sky Challenge in April 2012 where it became the broadcaster’s highest rated entertainment show, and rated the highest viewer figures for a directly commissioned show.
That Dog Can Dance! Hosted by Christine Bleakley, a heart-warming hour-long special for ITV showcases some of Britain’s most talented four-legged friends. The programme is a Syco/Thames (part of FremantleMedia UK) co-production.
That Dog Can Dance! sees five talented dogs and their owners vying for the title of ‘Best in Show’ to win a top prize in the canine world – the chance to perform at Crufts, the world’s greatest dog show. The lucky winners also won a life-time supply of dog food and a canine pampering holiday.
The talented canine performers are judged by a panel consisting of Ashleigh and Pudsey (Britain’s Got Talent 2012 winners), Sharon Osbourne and her dogs Bella and Rocky, and comedian Bill Bailey with his dogs Teddi and Bule. The Judges gave their verdicts on their favourite performing pooch before the final winner is voted for by the live studio audience.
Hosted by Nick Knowles, The National Lottery: Break the Safe sees three pairs battle it out to ‘break the safe’ and take up to £100,000 as a clock counts down the time.
The three couples take part in a question and answer session to determine which of them will be the last pair standing, and the pairing who will ultimately attempt to ‘break the safe’. The safe contains £100,000 – but how much one pair will play for depends on how much money they earn throughout the various Q&A rounds in the show.
At the start of the show a safe is locked and a countdown is activated. When the countdown reaches zero any money in the safe is available for just ONE second – being there at that precise moment is essential if anyone is to Break the Safe and take home the cash.
The National Lottery: Break The Safe ran on BBC One for two series in 2013 and 2014.
Comedian, author and broadcaster, Sandi Toksvig hosts a Channel 4 quiz show, 1001 Things You Should Know, the quiz that rewards you for the questions you really should know.
The show will see three contestants go head-to-head to prove they know the things they should. After all, there are some quiz questions that you are really proud of knowing… and then there are some questions that you should feel embarrassed for NOT knowing!
Answering the basics unlocks trickier questions that can earn you lots of cash. But if you don’t know the things you should, you could leave with nothing. Experts – including recognisable Channel 4 faces – will pose questions about their area of expertise to the contestants via VT – from sport and television, to history and mathematics.
If players get their question right, then they can access a cash question which will be asked by Sandi.
And if the winner succeeds in answering one final question correctly they’ll get to return to the following show as Champion. With the series starting from the first Thing You Should Know and counting upwards, viewers will also get to play along and see how many things they knew, in this one-stop-shop for the busy brain-training generation.
Planet’s Got Talent, narrated by Warwick Davis, was commissioned for ITV and ran for two series in 2015 and 2016. An international ratings’ phenomenon, Got Talent is officially the most successful reality television format in the world (Guinness Book of Records, 2014) with 230 series across 67 different territories. Planet’s Got Talent highlights the most incredible acts from across the globe, from countries as diverse as the UK and US, to Albania and Vietnam. In Planet’s Got Talent , Warwick wittily steers us through the hilarious, show-stopping, heart-pumping performances. And with thousands of hours’ worth of footage to choose from, every clip is unforgettable…whether for the right or wrong reasons!
Planet’s Got Talent features scores of unforgettable moments including a Korea’s Got Talent contestant who likes to rub Wasabi and lemons into his eyes and an Indonesia’s Got Talent hopeful who washes himself in boiling soup. Other stand out acts including backflipping dogs, a woman who drives a scooter through 20 panes of glass without a helmet and even a man who plays the violin whilst balancing two wine glasses, a ball and four shots on his bow at the same time.
Hosted by Paddy McGuinness, The Abba Christmas Party is a 1 x 75” commission for ITV. In an exclusive interview, Bjorn Ulvaeus talks about his own Abba memories and guests including Susan Boyle, Scouting for Girls, Coronation Street’sShayne Ward & Catherine Tyledsley, The Feeling, Daniel O’Donnell, Nadine Coyle, Union J, Emmerdale’s Gemma Atkinson & Michelle Hardwick and the cast of Mamma Mia perform hits including Super Trouper, I Have a Dream and Dancing Queen to get the live studio audience dancing on their feet.
The Abba Christmas Party is a Thames production for ITV. The executive producers are Suzy Lamb and Mel Balac for Thames; Barry Hart is the producer. It was commissioned for ITV by Kate Maddigan and Asif Zubairy, Commissioning Editors, Entertainment.
Rebound, hosted by Good Morning Britain’s Sean Fletcher for ITV daytime (20 x 60’) ran for two series.
A fast paced, quick-fire game where speed and knowledge equal money, the first series of Rebound made its debut in August 2015. Inspired by the bleep test, each episode sees six players challenged to think fast in order to defeat their rival opponents during a variety of Q&A battles, all before the feared ‘Rebound Bar’ flies across the studio floor and eliminates them from the game. The faster the players correctly answer, the more money they will earn.
Rebound Executive Producers are Suzy Lamb and Mel Balac for Thames. Series 2 of Rebound was commissioned by ITV Director of Daytime Helen Warner and ITV Commissioning Editors Jane Beacon and Clare Ely.
Bang on the Money is an 8 x 60’ series for ITV hosted by KISS FM’s loveable Rickie Haywodo Williams and Melvin Odoom. Rickie and Melvin deliver a fast paced, funny and fiendishly difficult game show where contestants need to have a steady hand and nerves of steel if they are to score BANG ON and walk away with a big cash prize.
Two teams work their way through a series of challenges, attempting to hit a specific target; this target is determined by choosing one of nine very distinctive boxes, inside which are numbers ranging from one to nine. That target number determines what the players must score exactly in a game. Success means that number could be converted into hard cash in the final but failure means a big fat zero instead.
But selecting one of the boxes isn’t straightforward! In a sneaky twist, contestants need to choose who from Rickie or Melvin will win a series of VT challenges. The team that backs the right guy will be in control of the selection of the boxes and the target numbers for the next game.
The first rounds are all about winning three individual numbers from the boxes – the higher the numbers – the higher the potential prize money. At the end of these rounds, those numbers are converted into cash. The team with the most money, go through to the Bang on the Money final where they will need nerves of steel, perfect timing and co-ordination if they are to take home a big cash prize.
Bang on the Money is a Thames production for ITV. The executive producers are Thames Head of Entertainment Suzy Lamb and Mel Balac. Commissioned for ITV by Commissioning Editor Entertainment, Peter Davey. Bang on the Money was created and formatted by the THAMES Development Team.
Britain’s Got Talent has picked up a nomination for Best Entertainment Show from the Rose d'Or awards.
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Nominated for Best Entertainment Programme 2017
Best Talent show 2015
Entertainment Production Team 2015
Best Talent Show 2015
Best Reality Competition Show 2014
Best Talent Show 2014
Best Director Multi-camera 2014 - Phil Heyes
Best Talent Show 2013
Best Game/Dating Show 2012
Best Entertainment Programme Nominee 2015
Social TV Entertainer of the Year 2013
Director 2012: Phil Heyes, Multi-camera
Best Entertainment Show 2012
Best Game and Dating show 2012
Best Entertainment Show 2012
Best Talent Show 2011
Best Talent Show 2011
Most Popular Talent Show 2010
Best Entertainment Programme 2010
Best Entertainment Show 2010
Best Talent Show 2010
Light Entertainment 2010
Entertainment Production Team 2010
Tape & Film Editing - Entertainment and Situation Comedy 2010
Judges Awards 2010, Florian Wieder and Dave Davey
Favourite Reality Contestant 2009 – George Sampson
Best Talent Show 2009
Judges Award 2009
Best Reality Series 2009
Best Moment 2009 - Alexandra performs with Beyonce
Most Memorable Exit 2009 - Laura White
Best Judge 2009 - Cheryl Cole
Golden Lion Lifetime Achievement Award 2009
Best Multiplatform Project 2009
Judges Award 2009
Fellowship Award 2009
Favourite Family TV show 2008
Favourite Winner 2008 – George Sampson
Production Design 2008: Entertainment and Non-Drama Productions
Favourite Baddie 2008: Simon Cowell
Best Reality Programme 2008
Best Presenter 2008 - Dermot O'Leary
Entertainment Programme 2007
Best Talent Show 2007
Best Talent Show 2007
Brenda Edwards - Favourite Reality Star 2007 (Public voting)
Best Reality TV Show 2007
Satellite/Digital programme of the year 2007
Best Quiz 2006
Variety category 2006
Lew Grade Entertainment Programme 2006
Most Popular Entertainment Programme 2006
Satellite/Digital programme of the year 2006
Most Popular Entertainment Programme 2005
Most Popular Expert on TV 2005 - Sharon Osbourne
Best comedy Entertainment Programme 2005
Best Light Entertainment 2003
Best New Programme 2003
Entertainment Programme or series 2002
The Final and Results show – Best Entertainment 2002
TV Soap Programme of the Year 2002
Reality Programme 2002
TV Entertainment Programme of the Year 2002
Entertainment Programme 2002
Entertainment Programme or Series 2001
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