Star Stories

Star Stories is a British television comedy programme that takes a satirical look at celebrities and their lives. It was first shown on Channel 4 on 15 September 2006.

Star Stories is made by Objective Productions commissioned for Channel 4 by Shane Allen and Andrew Newman with Lee Hupfield producing, Elliot Hegarty directing and Phil Clarke and Andew O'Connor as executive producers.

The Sun reported that Channel 4 had axed Star Stories to free up cash to invest in other shows.[1]

The main theme of the show is the theme from the film Gone with the Wind.

Star Stories
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of series3
No. of episodes15
Production
Executive producer(s)Phil Clarke and Andrew O'Connor
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)Objective Productions
DistributorAll3Media
Release
Original networkChannel 4
Original release15 September 2006 – 7 September 2008
Chronology
Related showsThe Kevin Bishop Show
External links
Website

Cast

Cast member Number of role(s)
Kevin Bishop 18
Steve Edge 18
Harry Peacock 18
Thaila Zucchi 16
Fergus Craig 14+
Tom Basden 13
Daisy Beaumont 13
Alex Woodhall 13
Laura Patch 11
Rhys Thomas 11
Dolly Wells 11
Trevor Lock 8
Oliver Maltman 6
Kobna Holdbrook-Smith 6
Tom Meeten 6
Matt King 4
Rosalyn Wright 4
Kate Drew 2
Alice Lowe 1
Jo Bourne Taylor 1

Guest Starring:

Narration was commonly by Simon Greenall. However the second and third episodes of the third series were narrated by Dolly Wells and Kevin Bishop in the guise of the lead characters Heather Mills and Peter Andre respectively.

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominee Result
2006 British Comedy Awards Best New Comedy Star Stories Won[2]
Best Newcomer Kevin Bishop Nominated[2]
2008 BAFTA TV Award Best Comedy Programme Lee Hupfield, Elliot Hegarty, Kevin Bishop, Philip Clarke Nominated[3]

Viewing figures

  • Episode one: 3 million (14%)
  • Episode two: 2.6 million (11%)
  • Episode three: 2.9 million (13%)
  • Episode four: 3.1 million (14%)
    • Average: 2.8 million (13%)

The show's second series attracted over 2 million viewers.[4]

Episodes

Series One, 2006

  1. David & Victoria - 'Our Story'
  2. George Michael - 'Watch Without Prejudice vol.1'
  3. Catherine Zeta-Jones - 'Her Quest To Prove Herself... And Also Find Love'
  4. Guy Ritchie - 'The Wife's Life'
  5. Sadie Frost - 'My Side Of The Story'
  6. Jennifer Aniston - 'The One Where Jen's Husband Dumps Her For A Total Bitch'

Series Two, 2007

  1. Take That - 'Barlow Productions Presents: Take That - Why Our Success Was Nothing To Do With Robert Williams'
  2. Tom Cruise - The Church of Scientology Presents: 'Being Tom Cruise - How Scientology Isn't In Any Way Mental'
  3. Simon Cowell - SyCo Productions Presents: 'Simon Cowell - My Honesty, My Genius'
  4. Britney Spears - The State of Louisiana Presents: 'The Ballad of Britney Jean'

Series Three, 2008

  1. Elton John - David Furnish Presents Elton John 'The Patron Saint of Celebrities'
  2. Heather Mills - Heather Mills Presents Mills and McCartney 'Why Paul is a total bastard'
  3. Peter Andre and Jordan (Katie Price) - Peter Andre Presents Me and Katie 'How the moneymoon never ends'
  4. Kate Moss - Top Shop Presents Kate Moss 'My rise, fall, rise, fall again and then rise'
  5. Bono - Bono Presents Christ 2 'My story'

DVD releases

In the UK a DVD containing all six episodes from Series One, an on-set diary, out-takes, music videos, deleted scenes and rehearsals was released on 30 July 2007. The second series was released on DVD on 17 November 2008. On the same day a boxset was also released containing both series. A DVD with all five episodes from Series 3 was released on 27 July 2009.

Overseas

In the United States, Star Stories began airing on BBC America on 15 August 2008.

In Australia it is shown on ABC1 and repeated on ABC2.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Star Stories Axed". British Comedy Guide. Archived from the original on 2009-09-11. Retrieved 2009-09-07.
  2. ^ a b "2006 British Comedy Awards results". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2007-08-24.
  3. ^ Internet Movie Database staff (2009). "Awards for "Star Stories"". Internet Movie Database. IMDb.com, Inc. Retrieved 2009-11-13.
  4. ^ "Viewing figures". BARB. Retrieved 2007-08-24.

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