The Alan Titchmarsh Show

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The Alan Titchmarsh Show
The Alan Titchmarsh Show Logo.png
The show's logo used between 2013 and 2014
Genre Entertainment
Format Chat Show
Variety
Directed by Dino Charalambous
Presented by Alan Titchmarsh
Country of origin  United Kingdom
No. of series 15
No. of episodes 740 (including 6 Christmas special episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Annie Sweetbaum
Matt Young
Producer(s) Phil McCullough
Location(s) The London Studios (2011-14)
BBC Television Centre (2007–10)
Running time 60 minutes (inc. adverts)
Production company(s) Spun Gold TV
Broadcast
Original channel ITV, STV, UTV
Picture format 576i (16:9 SDTV)
Original run 3 September 2007 (2007-09-03) – November 2014
Chronology
Related shows This Morning (1988–)
The Michael Ball Show (2010)
The Paul O'Grady Show (2004–09, 2013–)
Fern (2011)
External links
Website

The Alan Titchmarsh Show is a British daytime chat show presented by Alan Titchmarsh. It was first broadcast on ITV on 3 September 2007 and currently airs on weekday afternoons. The show's main focus is the "Best of British" theme with many of the shows' segments focusing on fashion, health, nature, cookery and animals.

On 18 March 2014, Titchmarsh announced that he was leaving the show and the last series will be filmed in September and October 2014.[1]

The show's original logo used from 2007–12

Format[edit]

The programme made its debut on ITV in 2007.[2] It focused on the theme of "The Best of British" focusing on food, entertainment and celebrities in a mid-afternoon slot. The focus of the show later shifted towards gossip, entertainment and a light-hearted discussion of sex tips. The latter was toned down after viewer complaints and a shift to a late afternoon 5pm slot in 2010. The show usually opens with a review of gossip and current affairs stories of the day with regular guests including Gloria Hunniford, Carole Malone, Penny Smith, Nick Ferrari, Janet Street Porter, Jane McDonald and Emma Forbes offering their opinions. The programme resumes the studio debate format at half-past the hour with a "heated" discussion on the main "hot topic" of the day. The programme also includes regular cookery slots currently with Nadia Sawalha or Claire Richards with Titchmarsh adopting a comical, "hands-on" role as a hopeless cookery assistant. In Shrager's cookery demonstrations, the pair often alternate between bickering and flirting with visual "humour" and numerous double entendres from the host. A wine-tasting panel often features along with items on flower-arranging, pets and gardening, the latter involving Titchmarsh answering viewer's horticultural questions assisted by studio guests. The show usually concludes with Titchmarsh interviewing a major celebrity or public figure and also contains regular musical items with live studio performances. The show is coloured with Titchmarsh's dry, slightly camp style and Yorkshire wit and it is often peppered with risque puns of a mildly sexual nature.

In March 2011, the show returned to its traditional daytime TV mid-afternoon slot for its eighth series between 3 to 4pm after a spell in the "primetime" 5pm slot for a 10 week run. The programme celebrated its 400th edition on Wednesday 9 March 2011.[citation needed] The show returned to ITV1 daytime on 5 September 2011 with a return to its original opening 'starry' titles and theme music. The latest series stars David Domoney as one of the expert gardeners.

The show is produced at The London Studios by Spun Gold TV.[3] It is aired Monday to Friday with some editions broadcast live and other editions pre-recorded. Previous series were broadcast from BBC Television Centre.

2013 Revamp[edit]

The 2013 series, which began on Monday 21 January 2013, saw several changes to the show. Firstly the show's logo was replaced by a much more up-to-date and modern one. The former theme tune stayed the same but with a slower, fresher take on it. Several minor changes were made to the studio set. Many stars became regulars on the show, such as Coleen Nolan, Myleene Klass and Lisa Riley. Riley became a full regular on Monday's with up to date gadgets and ways to keep fit.

Transmissions[edit]

Series Episodes Premiere Finale
1 40 3 September 2007 26 October 2007
Christmas Series 5 17 December 2007 21 December 2007
2 50 14 January 2008 21 March 2008
3 50 1 September 2008 7 November 2008
Christmas Special 1 21 December 2008
4 64 12 January 2009 9 April 2009
5 60 28 September 2009 18 December 2009
6 61 11 January 2010 5 April 2010
7 60 27 September 2010 17 December 2010
8 49 7 March 2011 13 May 2011
9 50 5 September 2011 11 November 2011
10 50 16 January 2012 23 March 2012
11 50 3 September 2012 9 November 2012
12 50 21 January 2013 29 March 2013
13 50 9 September 2013 15 November 2013
14[4] 50 20 January 2014 28 March 2014
15 50 8 September 2014 November 2014

STV[edit]

STV, serving central and northern Scotland ITV regions, decided not to broadcast series' 3 to 7. STV wished to broadcast their afternoon chat show The Hour instead at 5pm. STV also believe the show did not rate well and thus has an opt-out, but it become clear the series was partly axed to a dispute with ITV. In 2011 the dispute was sorted[5] and STV began broadcasting the eighth series in March 2011, the same as the other ITV regions. During the period viewers had to use other means to watch the series including ITV Player or watch the show on ITV's London feed, on Sky or Virgin Media.

Controversies[edit]

The programme's discussion of "adult" themes, including a former regular item on sex toys presented by Julie Peasgood have sparked a large number of viewer complaints.[6] In 2010, Ofcom, the media regulator, released figures revealing that Titchmarsh's ITV show has the fifth highest number of complaints of any programme for that year.[7]

In 2013, Ofcom ruled that an interview with actress Patsy Kensit breached regulations. Kensit was found to have made "promotional and unduly prominent" references to diet firm Weight Watchers, which she is paid to endorse, and Titchmarsh had failed to challenge her claims or mention that Kensit was a "weight loss ambassador" for the diet company.[8]

Former features[edit]

Singing contest[edit]

The show returned for a third series on Monday 1 September 2008. It featured the start of a competition to find a soprano to sing alongside Jonathan Ansell in the A Night At The Opera tour.[9] From the thousands of hopefuls who applied 8 ladies were selected to sing in front of a judging panel of David Grant, Ruthie Henshall and Jonathan Shalit. The 4 successful ladies Rosie Bell,[10] Rosie Havel,[11] Olivia Safe and Esther Dee[12] faced a public vote on 15 September 2008 and Olivia Safe and Rosie Bell won through. They both sang with Jonathan Ansell Libiamo ne' lieti calici, the most famous duet from Verdi's La Traviata on 29 September 2008 and Olivia Safe won the public vote to appear in the tour of A Night At the Opera during October and November 2008.

Presenters, experts and guests[edit]

Alan Titchmarsh, the presenter of the show

Although the show is primarily presented by Alan Titchmarsh, presenters such as Myleene Klass and Claire Richards present segments such as fashion and cookery.

Tenure Name Title
2007–14 Alan Titchmarsh Main presenter
2010–12 Rosemary Shrager Chef
2010–11 Ainsley Harriott Chef
2011–12 David Domoney Gardener
2012–13 Ellie Harrison Nature Expert
2013–14 Myleene Klass Fashion Expert
Nadia Sawalha Chef
Claire Richards Baker
Lisa Riley Regular Expert
Dr Dirk Kremer Doctor
Coleen Nolan Agony Aunt

The Michael Ball Show[edit]

Main article: The Michael Ball Show

From 16 August to 24 September 2010, actor Michael Ball presented his own chat show also produced by Spun Gold TV which followed a very similar format to The Alan Titchmarsh Show during the latter's summer break. It ran for 30 editions over 6 weeks and was aired 3 to 4pm and recorded at BBC Television Centre.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/03/18/alan-titchmarsh-itv-chat-show-quits-ends-_n_4983979.html
  2. ^ "ITV picks up Titchmarsh talk show". Digital Spy. 5 March 2007. Retrieved 3 August 2007. 
  3. ^ 'Spun Gold TV recent programmes' Spun Gold TV Recent Programmes.
  4. ^ http://sroaudiences.com/application.asp?show_id=594
  5. ^ Sweney, Mark (27 April 2011). "STV comes to £18m settlement with ITV". The Guardian (London). 
  6. ^ Hale, Beth (15 June 2010). "Alan Titchmarsh sows seeds of controversy after chat show sex toy discussion prompts flood of complaints". Daily Mail (London). 
  7. ^ "Alan Titchmarsh's show in top ten most controversial television shows". Telegraph Online. 13 June 2010. Retrieved 19 March 2014. 
  8. ^ "ITV rapped over 'promotional' Kensit appearance". BBC News. 22 April 2013. Retrieved 19 March 2014. 
  9. ^ "A Spectacular Celebration of the World's Favourite Opera Classic". Flying Music. 1 June 2008. Retrieved 2 September 2008. 
  10. ^ "Rosie’s a Border diva". News and Star. 2 September 2008. Retrieved 2 September 2008. 
  11. ^ "Singer Rosie, 22, on brink of fame". Wales Online. 1 September 2008. Retrieved 2 September 2008. 
  12. ^ "Duo go for op stardom". Birmingham Mail. 12 September 2008. Retrieved 13 September 2008. 

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