Alan Carr's Celebrity Ding Dong
|Alan Carr's Celebrity Ding Dong|
Part of the title sequence for the show.
|Format||Game show, Variety show|
|Created by||Open Mike Productions|
|Developed by||Alan Carr|
|Narrated by||Peter Dickson|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||2|
|No. of episodes||12|
|Location(s)||BBC Television Centre|
|Running time||45 minutes|
|Original channel||Channel 4|
|Original run||1 February 2008 – 23 December 2008|
Alan Carr's Celebrity Ding Dong was an entertainment show on Channel 4, presented by Alan Carr. During the first series, voice-over commentary in between rounds on the scores is provided by Leslie Phillips. From Series 2, the announcer is Peter Dickson. Season was released onto DVD in 2008.
Due to the success of Alan Carr: Chatty Man it has been announced that the show would not return for a third series.
The first series was based around a gameshow format where two teams — "Celebrities" and "Civilians" — were asked a series of questions relating to the other team's lifestyle. Rounds included 'Celebrity Crypts', 'Life Swap', 'Kiss and Tell' and 'How the Other Half Lives'; producers claim that "fantastic prizes" can be won, much like a traditional gameshow format.
The second series abandoned the "Celebrities vs. Civilians" angle and went with two different teams of celebrities each episode.
The show also includes a celebrity news section, where Carr will irreverently discuss the week's showbiz news.
The second series was recorded only a few days before broadcast.
|Date||Episode number||Celebrity team||Civilian team|
|Pilot||Richard E. Grant, Les Dennis and Justin Hawkins|
|1 February 2008||1||Chris Moyles, Duncan James, Zoë Ball, Tara Palmer-Tomkinson and Jamelia||Kirsty, Stacey-Jo, Stewart, John, and Laura from Glasgow|
|8 February 2008||2||Davina McCall, Les Dennis, Konnie Huq, Kirsty Gallacher and Alex Zane||Mel, Adele, Chris, Will and Sephra from Huddersfield|
|15 February 2008||3||Louis Walsh, Sarah Beeny, Richard Fleeshman, Jayne Middlemiss and Bruno Tonioli||Betty, Dennis, Berthrand, Debra and Kojak from Lewisham|
|22 February 2008||4||Paul O'Grady, Patrick McGuinness, Myleene Klass, Peter Andre and David Gest||Robbie, Vicki, Andy, Abbie and Peter from Liverpool|
|29 February 2008||5||Johnny Vegas, Jenni Falconer, Lee Ryan, Jermaine Jackson and Sara Cox||Chris, Claire, David, Hayley and Sarah from Leicester|
|7 March 2008||6||Lorraine Kelly, Trisha Goddard, Brendan Cole, Matt Di Angelo and Sally Lindsay||Gari, Lisa, Ross, Daithi and Shelly from Shannon|
Series 2 started 10 October 2008. Although the series was originally commissioned for 6 episodes, only 5 episodes aired. However, at the end of the series, Alan revealed that there would be a special episode airing at Christmas time. The shows featured two teams of celebrities from similar programs or who have similar backgrounds playing against each other, such as Coronation Street vs EastEnders. Alan Carr noted in an interview with Jonathan Ross, that due to complaints from civilians they had to abandon the previous format and go along with celebrity teams.
- The winning celebrity team
Season one was released onto DVD 20 October 2008. It features the entire 6-episode season meshed together with intercepting scenes of him interviewing Liz Hurley. Bonus features involve the unaired pilot, deleted scenes, a gag reel and a featurette. It featured only English subtitles and is only playable on a Region 2 player.
Season Two has not been released and no statements for its release have been made, most probably due to Carr' moving on with his chat show and the fact the series had low viewers towards its end.