Surprise Surprise (TV series)

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Surprise Surprise
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Genre Light entertainment
Presented by Cilla Black (1984–2001)
Holly Willoughby (2012–)
Starring Christopher Biggins (1984)
Bob Carolgees (1985–95)
Gordon Burns (1986–91)
Tessa Sanderson (1990–92)
Kian Egan (2012)
Dave Berry (2012–)
Mark Wright (2013–)
Marvin Humes (2013–)
Peter Andre (2014–)
Michael Underwood (2014–)
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 14 (Original)
2 (Revival)
No. of episodes 128 (Original: inc. 9 specials)
16 (Revival: inc. 2 specials)
Production
Location(s) The London Studios
Running time 60 minutes (inc. adverts)
Production company(s) LWT (1984–2001)
ITV Studios (2012–)
ITV Studios in association with StarShip TV.
Distributor ITV Studios
Broadcast
Original channel ITV, STV, UTV
Picture format SDTV: 4:3 (1984–2001)
HDTV: 16:9 (2012–)
Original run 6 May 1984 (1984-05-06) – present
Chronology
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Keith Lemon's LemonAid
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Surprise Surprise is a British light entertainment television programme for ITV that originally ran from 6 May 1984 to 26 December 2001 with Cilla Black as the host. The show returned on 21 October 2012 and is now hosted by Holly Willoughby.[1]

Format[edit]

The show was hosted by Cilla Black, and filmed in front of a live studio audience. Its premise involved surprising members of the public with long-held wishes, setting up tricks to fool members of the public, prank phone calls to people and reuniting guests with long-lost loved ones. Black was assisted for eight series by Bob Carolgees, famous for his glove puppetry act Spit the Dog, while Gordon Burns and Tessa Sanderson were roving reporters.

The concept of the first series had been to film surprising and often unusual moments similar to those previously seen on Game for a Laugh, but the format was not successful. However, the final item in the last episode of the first series featured a successful surprise reunion, which led executive producer Alan Boyd to change the format slightly so that all items in subsequent series involved surprises, rather than just being surprising. Although including many pre-filmed inserts, the first series and some early episodes of the second series were televised live in their entirety, however, thereafter, all episodes were pre-recorded.

Over the years, the show had many special guests, some of whom appeared live, including Neil Diamond. Many variety acts were also featured on the show.

Theme songs[edit]

Cilla Black introduced and closed each show by singing a theme song. The theme song from series one to eight was written by Kate Robbins and was often imitated by Black impersonators, beginning "The more the world is changing, the more it stays the same...". The track was included on Black's 1985 album Surprisingly Cilla, and as a single through Towerbell Records. A new song was written from series nine until the show's conclusion in 2001: "Reaching out, holding hands, reliving memories... Life is full, full of surprises...And the nicest surprise in my life is you!"

Transmissions[edit]

Series[edit]

Original[edit]

Series Start date End date Episodes
1 6 May 1984 10 June 1984 6
2 14 October 1984 2 December 1984 8
3 19 January 1986 9 March 1986 8
4 18 January 1987 15 March 1987 9
5 10 January 1988 6 March 1988 9
6 6 January 1989 3 March 1989 9
7 16 February 1990 20 April 1990 9
8 22 February 1991 26 April 1991 10
9 3 April 1992 29 May 1992 9
10 25 April 1993 4 July 1993 10
11 10 April 1994 19 June 1994 11
12 23 April 1995 2 July 1995 10
13 31 March 1996 2 June 1996 10
14 4 July 1997 5 September 1997 10

Revival[edit]

Series Start date End date Episodes
1 21 October 2012 25 November 2012 6
2 15 September 2013 1 December 2013 10
3 22 October 2014 17 December 2014[2] 7

Specials[edit]

Original[edit]

Airdate Special
23 December 1984 Christmas Special
22 December 1985 Christmas Special
28 December 1986 Christmas Special
27 December 1987 Christmas Special
22 June 1997 Surprise Surprise...in Australia
22 March 1998 Mother's Day Special
14 March 1999 Mother's Day Special
2 April 2000 Mother's Day Special
26 December 2001 Christmas Special

Revival[edit]

Airdate Special
18 December 2013 Christmas Special
30 March 2014 Mother's Day Special
December 2014 Christmas Special[3]

Awards[edit]

Year Group Award Result References
2014 National Television Awards Most Popular Entertainment Programme Nominated [4][5][6]
2015 Pending [7]

Presenters[edit]

Main
Reporters

References[edit]

External links[edit]