I Love My Country (UK TV series)
|I Love My Country|
|Directed by||Peter Orton|
|Presented by||Gabby Logan|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||1|
|No. of episodes||8 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Richard Allen-Turner
|Running time||45 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Avalon Television
|Original channel||BBC One|
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)|
|Original run||3 August 2013– 28 September 2013|
|Related shows||I Love My Country|
I Love My Country was a British television comedy panel game shown on BBC One which began airing on 3 August 2013 and finished on 28 September 2013. The show was originally going to be hosted by David Walliams, but after the pilot, he dropped out due to other commitments. Gabby Logan was chosen to host the full series. Frank Skinner and Micky Flanagan act as the team captains, with four celebrities on each team on every episode. On 25 October 2013, it was announced that the show had been axed after the show had attracted largely negative press reviews and struggled in the ratings.
The show is based on the Dutch Ik hou van Holland format by Talpa, which has been sold to several countries. Hosted by Gabby Logan, the show features two teams of four well-known celebrities, led by the team captains, Micky Flanagan and Frank Skinner. The aim of the game being to see how much they know about their country (the United Kingdom). Each team member takes part in a series of games and challenges. The team with the most points at the end of the show wins for that episode. The show features live music from a house band fronted by singer Jamelia.
|Series||Start date||End date||Episodes|
|1||3 August 2013||28 September 2013||8|
The coloured backgrounds denote the result of each of the shows:
- – indicates Frank's team won
- – indicates Micky's team won
|Show||Frank's Team||Micky's Team||Original air date|
|1||Susanna Reid, Tom Ellis and Charlotte Salt||James Martin, Ricky Norwood and Helen George||3 August 2013|
|2||Len Goodman, Christine Bleakley and Jonnie Peacock||Larry Lamb, Melanie Chisholm and Chelsee Healey||10 August 2013|
|3||Michael Ball, Faye Tozer and Greg Rutherford||Sally Lindsay, Billy Boyd and Gemma Atkinson||17 August 2013|
|4||Eamonn Holmes, Iwan Thomas and Helen Flanagan||Dougie Poynter, Martine McCutcheon and Kelly Holmes||24 August 2013|
|5||Chris Packham, Rita Simons and Tinchy Stryder||Rachel Riley, Alex Jones and Peter Shilton||31 August 2013|
|6||Edith Bowman, Rebecca Adlington and Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen||Tyger Drew-Honey, Dan Walker and Kate Humble||14 September 2013|
|7||Brian Belo, Kelly Smith and Tina Hobley/Kenny Logan[fn 1]||Natalie Cassidy, Steve Backshall and Martin Kemp||21 September 2013|
|8||Jade Jones, Sara Cox and Duncan Bannatyne||Ashley Banjo, Will Mellor, and Patsy Palmer||28 September 2013|
|Series wins (0 drawn)|
|Show wins (0 drawn)|
- Kenny Logan was a last minute replacement when Tina Hobley fell ill during filming.
- Watts, Halina (9 December 2012). "David Walliams pulls out of new BBC show I Love My Country". The Mirror. Retrieved 10 January 2013.
- "BBC axes That Puppet Game Show and I Love My Country". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 25 October 2013.
- "I Love My Country is a shapeless shambles - and now I've decided to emigrate - Kevin O'Sullivan - Mirror Online". Mirror.co.uk. 2013-08-17. Retrieved 2013-12-13.
- Heritage, Stuart (2013-08-05). "I Love My Country: idiot TV at its worst | Television & radio". theguardian.com. Retrieved 2013-12-13.
- Holly Williams (2013-08-04). "TV review: I Love My Country - Be patriotic and turn off your set right now - Reviews - TV & Radio". The Independent. Retrieved 2013-12-13.