Surprise Surprise (TV series)

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Surprise Surprise
Surprise, Surprise 2013.png
The current logo used for the 2013 series
Format Light entertainment
Presented by Cilla Black (1984–2001)
Holly Willoughby (2012—)
Starring Christopher Biggins (1984)
Bob Carolgees (1985–1995)
Gordon Burns (1986–1991)
Tessa Sanderson (1990–92)
Kian Egan (2012)
Dave Berry (2012—)
Mark Wright (2013—)
Marvin Humes (2013—14)
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of series 16
No. of episodes 155 (inc. specials)
Production
Executive producer(s) Kalpna Patel-Knight
Lee Connolly
Producer(s) London Weekend Television (1984–2001)
ITV Studios (2012—)
Location(s) The London Studios
Running time 60 minutes (inc. adverts)
Broadcast
Original channel ITV, STV, UTV
Picture format SDTV: 4:3 (1984–2000)
HDTV: 16:9 (2001, 2012–)
Original run Original series:
6 May 1984 (1984-05-06)
26 December 2001 (2001-12-26)
Revived series:
21 October 2012 (2012-10-21) – present
Chronology
Related shows Jim'll Fix It
Keith Lemon's LemonAid
OMG! Jedward's Dream Factory

Surprise Surprise is a British television programme originally hosted by Cilla Black and produced by London Weekend Television for ITV. It ran for 14 series from 6 May 1984 to 5 September 1997, after which four annual specials were produced between 1998 to 2001.

In 2012, the show returned after an 11-year hiatus. The revived version is produced by ITV Studios and presented by Holly Willoughby.[1][2] The show is currently in its second series.[3][4]

Format[edit]

Opening titles from the first series (1984)

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!"

Revival[edit]

Opening titles from the 2012 revival series

The revived series of the show stays true to the original format but with a modern twist. Holly Willoughby is the new presenter, assisted by various reporters including Dave Berry and Mark Wright. Musical and celebrity guests also featured in the series.

The first revival series was sponsored by Baylis & Harding and began airing for six episodes from 21 October 2012, after which the show was renewed for a second series consisting of ten episodes, which began airing on 15 September 2013 and was sponsored by Experian Credit Expert.[5][6]

Series 1[edit]

The first revived series of Surprise Surprise began airing on 21 October 2012 and was presented by Holly Willoughby with Kian Egan and Dave Berry acting as roving reporters.

Episodes were recorded at The London Studios on 22, 23 September, 6, 7, 20 and 21 October 2012.[7][8]

Episode Date Special guests Official ratings
(millions)
ITV weekly rank
1 21 October 2012 The Saturdays, Military Wives and Jenson Button 4.12 16
2 28 October 2012 McFly and Dom Joly 4.48 16
3 4 November 2012 JLS, James Argent, Sam Faiers, Billie Faiers and Robbie Savage 4.10 18
4 11 November 2012 Katherine Jenkins, Bradley Walsh and the cast of Singin' in the Rain 3.99 17
5 18 November 2012 One Direction, Team GB Hockey, Carl Fogarty and Catherine Gee 4.99 20
6 25 November 2012 Olly Murs, Ed Sheeran and Ed McKeever 4.01 20

Series 2[edit]

The second revived series of Surprise Surprise began airing on 15 September 2013 and was once again presented by Willoughby, with Dave Berry, Marvin Humes and Mark Wright presenting segments outside the studio. A new logo and an updated theme tune was also introduced this series. Episodes were recorded at The London Studios on 8, 9 and 10 July, 7, 8, 9, 22 and 23 September, and 6 and 7 October 2013.[9][8]

The Christmas special was recorded on 3 December 2013 and the Mother's Day special on 3 March 2014.

Episode Date Special guests Official ratings
(millions)
ITV weekly rank
1 15 September 2013 The Wanted 4.89 16
2 22 September 2013 The cast of Mamma Mia! and JLS 4.48 16
3 29 September 2013 The Dream Boys, Gino D'Acampo, Michelle Mone and Rizzle Kicks 3.76 18
4 6 October 2013 The Saturdays, Jonny Wilkinson and Aled Jones 3.39 14
5 20 October 2013 Samuel L. Jackson, Keith Lemon, Ross King, Olly Murs and Selena Gomez 3.82 18
6 27 October 2013 Mark Cavendish, Craig Charles, Sue Cleaver, Simon Gregson and Andrea Bocelli 3.79 17
7 3 November 2013 Jessie J and Gok Wan 3.64 17
8 10 November 2013 Little Mix and Joe Calzaghe 3.66 17
9 24 November 2013 Diversity, Heather Small, Adrian Chiles and Roberto Martinez 3.82 21
10 1 December 2013 Cilla Black, Rod Stewart, Robin Knox-Johnston and Helena Lucas 3.47 20
Christmas Special[10] 18 December 2013 Britney Spears, Cher, Phillip Schofield, Olly Murs, Michael Bublé, Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean and David Blunkett 3.98 14
Mother's Day Special[11] 30 March 2014 Whoopi Goldberg, Cody Rhodes, Natalya and Boyzone 3.33 18

Series 3[edit]

The third revived series of Surprise Surprise is set to begin airing from September 2014 and will once again be presented by Holly Willoughby. Episodes are scheduled to be recorded at The London Studios on 20, 21, 22, 23, 29, 30 & 31 August 2014.[12]

Awards[edit]

Year Group Award Result References
2014 National Television Awards Most Popular Entertainment Programme Nominated [13][14][15]

Transmissions[edit]

Original series[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

Revived series[edit]

Series Start date End date Episodes
15 (1)
21 October 2012
25 November 2012
6
16 (2)
15 September 2013
1 December 2013
10
17 (3)
2014
2014
7

Specials[edit]

Date Special
23 December 1984
Christmas Special I
22 December 1985
Christmas Special II
28 December 1986
Christmas Special III
27 December 1987
Christmas Special IV
22 June 1997
Surprise Surprise...in Australia
22 March 1998
Mother's Day Special I
14 March 1999
Mother's Day Special II
2 April 2000
Mother's Day Special III
26 December 2001
Christmas Special V
18 December 2013
Christmas Special VI
30 March 2014
Mother's Day Special IV

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Surprise Surprise is back!". ITV Press Centre. 15 March 2012. Retrieved 6 October 2012. 
  2. ^ Colin Daniels (10 October 2012). "Holly Willoughby's 'Surprise Surprise' revamp airdate confirmed by ITV". Digital Spy. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ Morgan Jeffery (5 June 2013). "Holly Willoughby's 'Surprise Surprise' gets second series on ITV". Digital Spy. 
  5. ^ Baylis and Harding "Baylis & Harding to sponsor 'Surprise Surprise'". Media Week. 17 October 2012. Retrieved 5 November 2012. 
  6. ^ "Holly Willoughby to front revamped 'Surprise Surprise'". Digital Spy. 15 March 2012. Retrieved 6 October 2012. 
  7. ^ "Surprise, Surprise With Holly Willoughby: Free Tickets From". Lost in TV. Retrieved 2012-09-25. 
  8. ^ a b Rawnet - http://www.rawnet.com. "ITV Studios - UK". Itvstudiosuk.com. Retrieved 2014-04-06. 
  9. ^ "Surprise, Surprise With Holly Willoughby: Free Tickets From". Lost in TV. Retrieved 25 September 2012. 
  10. ^ http://lostintv.com/tv-show?id=484
  11. ^ 7.00pm - 8.00pm. "Surprise Surprise Episode 1 | presscentre". Itv.com. Retrieved 2014-04-06. 
  12. ^ http://lostintv.com/tv-show?id=564
  13. ^ "National Television Awards 2014 nominees revealed: Voting opens - TV News". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2014-04-06. 
  14. ^ "National Television Awards 2014 voting opens: The full longlist - TV News". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2014-04-06. 
  15. ^ "2014 Vote - The National Television Awards". Nationaltvawards.com. 2014-01-22. Retrieved 2014-04-06. 

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