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.
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.
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.
The show was presented by Richard Fairbrass and Gabrielle Richens, with Melanie Winiger starring as the Poetess, ruler of the Palace.
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 .
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. 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. 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.
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.