Michael McIntyre's Big Show

Last updated on 20 September 2017

Michael McIntyre's Big Show (also known as Michael McIntyre's Big Christmas Show) is a BAFTA award winning British variety and stand- up comedy television series, presented by English comedian, presenter and former Britain's Got Talent judge Michael McIntyre. The show was originally a one-off Christmas special in 2015, before the BBC announced that they had ordered a full series in 2016, which starting airing on the 16 April of that year, and concluded on 28 May 2016.[1] The show features celebrity guests, musical performances, comedy sketches from McIntyre and comrades from the comedy realm. The series was well received by the public and BBC One renewed the show for a second series which began airing November 2016, concluding in a Christmas special, which was broadcast on Christmas Eve 2016.

The show has been commissioned for a third series to air in 2017, which will run for 6 episodes.[2]

Items and game segments

Each episode of Michael McIntyre's Big Show includes a game segment or an item involving a celebrity or an unexpecting member of the public.

Regular Segments (as of Sunday 25th December 2016)
Celebrity Send to All Celebrity Send to All is a game in the show, which involves McIntyre taking a celebrity's phone and sends a usually awkward text message to all of his or her contacts; at the end of the show, Michael checks the celebrity's phone and see what replies have come through from the contacts.

The celebrities to appear in this segment include comedian, host and singer Alexander Armstrong, pop star Olly Murs, Welsh former footballer Robbie Savage, Italian dancer and Strictly Come Dancing judge Bruno Tonioli and Welsh One Show presenter Alex Jones.

Unexpected Star of the Show A member of the public who has no idea they are to appear on the show are told to come to the theatre and are asked to do various jobs that turn out to be fake. In fact, it's all fake, and they are led into a fake room that leads onto the theatre stage, after which either the walls of the fake room fall down or the person opens a door to see the audience. The unexpected star will then go backstage to prepare for their big performance at the end of the show. In series two episode 5 there were two unexpected stars of the show and in series two episode 6 there were 21 unexpected stars of the show; a choir.
Celebrity Comedian In most shows, there is a celebrity comedian who does a 5-minute item in the show while McIntyre goes offstage for a break. Standup comedians such as Russell Howard, Sarah Millican, Catherine Tate, Harry Enfield, Romesh Ranganathan, Colin Cloud, Josh Widdicombe and Jack Whitehall have appeared in or are scheduled to appear in this segment.
Big Audience Surprise Only found in some of the episodes, Audience Surprise is a part of the show where Michael goes into the audience and will ask people questions until he found the member of the audience he's looking for to surprise them with something about their lives in some way.

In the second episode of the second series, McIntyre got a member of the audience up on the stage to play a game titled "Soap or Nope", where an audience member is shown a conveyor belt with actors and lookalikes travelling along it, for the audience viewer to guess whether they were from a soap or not. At the end of the segment, McIntyre introduced the audience member with her long- term pen pal and best friend from Australia, who she had never seen before: hence the fact that the audience member thought that her pen pal was a soap star, stating that she was "definitely soap".

Music Performance In each episode, a guest performer or group will appear on stage with their latest song. In some episodes, the cast of new musicals appear with a number from their show.

All Saints, Ellie Goulding, the cast of the musical School of Rock, Years & Years, Tom Odell, Shane Filan, Michael Ball and Jess Glynne are some of the performers to appear on the show.

Christmas Games In Michael McIntyre's Big Christmas Show there was a new feature of the show where 4 people some celebrities some non celebrities are playing against each other in festive games. The first game was Tree Decorating and the second was putting food into a fridge.

Series overview

Series Episodes Originally aired Ave. UK viewers
(millions)
First aired Last aired
Pilot 25 December 2015[3] Under 5.39
1 6 16 April 2016 28 May 2016 TBA
2 6 19 November 2016 24 December 2016[4] 6.63
3 6 2017 2017 TBA

Episodes

Christmas Special (2015)

Michael McIntyre's Big Christmas Show aired on 25 December 2015 on BBC One. This episode also served as a pilot for the upcoming series.

Total No. Title Guest(s) Original air date UK viewers
(Thousands)
Special
Pilot Episode 1 Michael McIntyre's Big Christmas Show Ellie Goulding
Paul Zerdin
25 December 2015 (2015-12-25) under 5.39
In this Christmas Day special, Michael presents leading comedians including Dara O Briain, the fabulous Dame Edna Everage, and ventriloquist and winner of America's Got Talent Paul Zerdin. Featuring music superstars Ellie Goulding and Tom Jones plus Michael's own inimitable style of comedy, the show promises a night packed with festive treats and surprises.

Series 1 (2016)

The BBC announced they had ordered a full series which aired from 16 April until 28 May 2016.

Total No. Title Guest(s) Original air date UK viewers
(Thousands)
Series
2 1 Episode 1 Michael Ball
Tinie Tempah
Geri Horner
16 May 2016 (2016-05-16) 5.56
Family entertainment with Michael McIntyre, featuring music from multi award-winning rap superstar Tinie Tempah and an acrobatic performance from the Peres Brothers Group. Plus one unsuspecting member of the public gets the surprise of their life when they become the unexpected star of the show.
3 2 Episode 2 Jess Glynne
Jamie Allan
Bryan Adams
Josh Widdicombe
Ronan Keating
23 April 2016 (2016-04-23) 5.78
Family entertainment with Michael McIntyre, featuring music from rock legend Bryan Adams and superstar Jess Glynne, comedy from Josh Widdicombe and a jaw-dropping British television debut from Canadianacrobatic duo Chilly and Fly. Plus one unsuspecting member of the public gets the surprise of their life when they become the unexpected star of the show, and Irish pop star Ronan Keating hands over his phone for another celebrity edition of Send to All.
4 3 Episode 3 James Morrison
Rod Stewart
Romesh Ranganathan
Peter Jones
30 April 2016 (2016-04-30) 5.14
The comedian hosts another evening of entertainment at London's Theatre Royal on Drury Lane. This time he invites music industry veteran Rod Stewart and pop-rock singer James Morrison to perform, along with Extreme Flamenco fusion dancers, Los Vivancos, and comedian Romesh Ranganathan. The host also hijacks Dragons' Den star Peter Jones' mobile phone in Celebrity Send To All, which sees him fire off an embarrassing message to all the contacts in Jones' directory, and makes dreams come true for an unsuspecting electrician in Unexpected Star.
5 4 Episode 4 Years & Years
Rob Beckett
Cirque du Soleil
Bruno Tonioli
7 May 2016 (2016-05-07) 4.45
There is music from Years and Years, comedy from Rob Beckett and an astonishing acrobatic performance from one of Cirque du Soleil. Strictly Come Dancing judge Bruno Tonioli plays Michael's favourite game 'Send To All', which sees Michael sending a text to Bruno's phone book. This week's Unexpected Star is a handyman, who gets the shock of his life when his ambition is realised on the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane stage.
6 5 Episode 5 Katherine Jenkins
Colin Cloud
Robbie Savage
21 May 2016 (2016-05-21) 4.37
Family entertainment with Michael McIntyre, featuring music from Katherine Jenkins and a performance from mind magician Colin Cloud. A florist gets the surprise of her life when she becomes the unexpected star of the show, and former Welsh international footballer Robbie Savage hands over his phone for another celebrity edition of Send to All.
7 6 Episode 6 All Saints
Alex Jones
28 May 2016 (2016-05-28) under 3.36
All Saints provide the music and sing us out for the series with a classic track. An audience member is also in for a huge surprise when one of his most prized possessions goes on the trip of a lifetime! The series finale wouldn't be complete without Send To All, which sees Michael going through Alex Jones phone and sending a text to her contacts. The final Unexpected Star is not to be missed as Michael makes a plasterer's dreams comes true.

Series 2 (2016)

On 7 May 2016, the BBC announced that a second series of Michael McIntyre's Big Show had been commissioned.[5][6]

This series aired for six episodes and was recorded in August, September and October 2016. The series began airing on BBC One on 19 November 2016. There was also a Christmas special entitled Michael Mcintyre's Big Christmas Show that aired on Christmas Eve.

Total No. Title Guest(s) Original air date UK viewers
(Thousands)
Series
8 1 Episode 1 Ellie Goulding
The cast of School of Rock
Olly Murs
19 November 2016 (2016-11-19) 7.03
This week there is an exquisite musical performance from Ellie Goulding, an exclusive look at the brand new musical School Of Rock, and a grandfather surprises his grandson with hilarious results. Plus it's a family affair when Olly Murs plays celebrity Send To All. Michael has fun looking through Olly's phone before sending a text to his contacts. Unexpected Star also returns, but this series it's been taken up a notch. Tonight Michael makes a firefighter's dream of performing on the West End stage come true.
9 2 Episode 2 Russell Howard
OneRepublic
Alexander Armstrong
26 November 2016 (2016-11-26) 6.55
Family entertainment with Michael McIntyre, featuring music from OneRepublic and comedy from Russell Howard. One unsuspecting member of the public gets the surprise of their life when they become the unexpected star of the show, there is new comedy material from Michael himself, and Pointless presenter Alexander Armstrong hands over his phone in Celebrity Send to All.
10 3 Episode 3 Sarah Millican
Tom Odell
Shane Filan
Carol Vorderman
3 December 2016 (2016-12-03) 6.72
Family entertainment with Michael McIntyre, featuring performances from singer-songwriter Tom Odell and queen of comedy Sarah Millican. One unsuspecting member of the public gets the surprise of their life when they become the unexpected star of the show, there is new comedy material from Michael himself, and Carol Vorderman hands over her phone in Celebrity Send to All.
11 4 Episode 4 Rick Astley
Olly Murs
Rebecca Adlington
10 December 2016 (2016-12-10) 6.16
Family entertainment with Michael McIntyre, featuring performances from Olly Murs and Rick Astley and stand-up comedy from Irish rising star Al Porter. One unsuspecting member of the public gets the surprise of their life when they become the unexpected star of the show, there is new comedy material from Michael himself, and double Olympic gold medal-winning swimmer Rebecca Adlington hands over her phone in Celebrity Send to All.
12 5 Episode 5 Sting
Jack Whitehall
David Brent (Ricky Gervais)
Jamie Oliver
17 December 2016 (2016-12-17) 7.58
Family entertainment with Michael McIntyre, featuring performances from Sting and Ricky Gervais as his famous alter ego David Brent. There's also stand-up comedy from the hilarious Jack Whitehall. Two members of the public are given the shock of their life in a special double surprise edition of Unexpected Star of the Show. There is also unmissable new comedy material from Michael himself, and celebrity chef Jamie Oliver hands over his phone in celebrity Send to All.
Special
13 6 Michael McIntyre's Big Christmas Show Michael Ball
Alfie Boe
Louis Smith
Nan (Catherine Tate)
Kevin the Teenager (Harry Enfield)
Aled Jones
24 December 2016 (2016-12-24) 6.44
Michael McIntyre has a treat for you this Christmas when his Big Show, filmed in front of a live audience at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, gets festive. There is a merry performance from Michael Ball and Alfie Boe; Aled Jones is joined by a very special guest as he plays Celebrity Send To All; Unexpected Star reaches epic proportions when Michael surprised an entire choir and there are lots of yuletide games and celebrity guest appearances form Nan (Catherine Tate), Kevin the teenager (Harry Enfield) and more.

Series 3 (2017)

On 23 November 2016, it was announced that the BBC had commissioned a third series of Michael McIntyre's Big Show. Six episodes will be recorded in September and October 2017 and air later on in the year.

Total No. Title Guest(s) Original air date UK viewers
(Thousands)
Series
14 1 Episode 1 TBA 2017 (2017) TBD
15 2 Episode 2 TBA 2017 (2017) TBD
16 3 Episode 3 TBA 2017 (2017) TBD
17 4 Episode 4 TBA 2017 (2017) TBD
18 5 Episode 5 TBA 2017 (2017) TBD
Special
19 6 Episode 6 TBA 2017 (2017) TBD

Awards and nominations

Year Result Award Category
2017 Won BAFTA Best Entertainment Performance
2017 Nominated BAFTA Best Entertainment Programme

References

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