Through the Keyhole

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Through the Keyhole
Through the Keyhole logo.png
Genre Comedy
Created by Kevin Sim
Presented by David Frost (1987–2008)
Keith Lemon (2013–)
Starring Loyd Grossman (1983–2003)
Catherine Gee (2004–06)
Lisa Snowdon (2007–08)
Stefanie Powers (2007–08)
Dave Berry (2013–)
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 21
No. of episodes 500 (inc. 9 specials)
Production
Location(s) The Leeds Studios (1987–2008)
Pinewood Studios (2013–)
Running time 30 minutes (1987–2006)
45 minutes (2007–08)
60 minutes (2013–)
Production company(s) Yorkshire Television (1987–95)
Paradine Productions (1996–2008)
Talkback (2013–)
Distributor ITV Studios
FremantleMedia
Broadcast
Original channel ITV (1987–95; 2013–)
Sky 1 (1996)
BBC One (1997–2006)
BBC Two (2007–08)
Picture format 4:3 (1987–2000)
16:9 (2001–08; 2013–)
Original run 3 April 1987 (1987-04-03)  – present
External links
Website

Through the Keyhole is a British comedy panel game show created (and originally presented) by Sir David Frost. It features the host going around celebrities' houses and then getting a panel of other celebrities to try to guess who the famous homeowner is.

The show originally aired on ITV from 3 April 1987 to 1 May 1995, then it aired on Sky 1 from 22 February to 23 May 1996 before moving to BBC One from 7 April 1997 to 31 March 2006 and then its sister channel BBC Two from 26 March 2007 to 4 June 2008.

In 2013, it was announced that the show would be revived for ITV, with Keith Lemon as the host.

History[edit]

Original series[edit]

Through the Keyhole originally started as a segment on TV-am, first being broadcast on its launch day on 1 February 1983.[1] The idea was created by Kevin Sim and David Frost as a chance to look around some of the most influential homes with Loyd Grossman at the helm as the tour presenter. Grossman was mistakenly given the job after someone confused him with a journalist.[2] It became a regular feature of TV-am throughout 1983.[3]

In 1987, Frost transferred the concept to Yorkshire Television and produced a full half-hour programme for ITV where a celebrity panel tries to guess whose house is being looked at. It ran in primetime on Friday nights for eight years on ITV and was rarely out of the top ten entertainment programmes on TV. Executive producers were Kevin Sim and Chantal Rickards. From 1996, it was produced by Frost's own production company, Paradine Productions, at Yorkshire Television. The show also moved to Sky1 for one series that same year. It was then moved to BBC One Daytime in 1997 until 2006. The final two BBC series were aired on BBC Two in 2007 until 2008, when it was finally axed by the BBC. However, a special aired in March 2011 for Red Nose Day 2011, as part of the marathon panel show 24 Hour Panel People.

Revival[edit]

The programme returned in 2013 on its original broadcast channel ITV with Leigh Francis as Keith Lemon taking up the role of presenter and house detective. The new series was filmed at Pinewood Studios.[4][5] Dave Berry was a regular panellist during the first series. Celebrity guests on the show are a closely guarded secret until transmission. The first episode of the revived series aired on the day former host Sir David Frost died.[6]

Before his death in May 2013, Frost gave his backing to ITV's remake saying "I am delighted that the Keyhole format is now entering its fourth decade on TV. I know the pilot show went down very well with the studio audience and I wish Keith and his team the very best of luck for the series."[7]

Format[edit]

At the start of each episode, Frost introduces a panel of three celebrities, with the catchphrase "And what a panel they are ..." and some gently humorous or mocking descriptions. He then hands over to the location presenter who gives the panellists a guided tour of the property, noting particular items, though, there is typically a large amount of misdirection involved as the items pointed out by the presenter are not necessarily the most pertinent clues to the person's identity. Items not specifically mentioned may provide much more useful clues. Once completed, Frost reveals the identity of the guest to the audience, and the panel are given turns at guessing their identity. The audience participate with varying degrees of clapping according to the accuracy of the panellists' guesswork.

The panellists are either successful at identifying the guest, or Frost has to reveal their identity, after which they are interviewed and given a key-shaped trophy as a memento. Starting during Loyd Grossman's reign as location presenter, the geographic spread of the properties was extended with one of the properties on each show being located in the US and one in Europe. When Stefanie Powers took over her role in 2007, she was based in the US and conducted the US property tours, whilst UK based Lisa Snowdon conducted the European property tours.

Celebrity panellists and homeowners[edit]

Series 1[edit]

# Celebrity panellists Celebrity homeowners Original air date
1 Alan Coren, Mary Parkinson and Kenneth Williams Spike Milligan and Stirling Moss 3 April 1987[8]
2 Willie Rushton, Eve Pollard and Chris Tarrant Linda Lusardi and Freddie Starr 10 April 1987[9]
3 Chris Tarrant, Nina Myskow and Lord Lichfield Tony Blackburn and Robert Maxwell 17 April 1987[10]
4 Alan Coren, Mary Parkinson and Kenneth Williams Lynsey de Paul and Magnus Pike 24 April 1987[11]
5 Chris Tarrant, Nina Myskow and Lord Lichfield Bryan Robson and Beryl Reid 1 May 1987[12]
6 Willie Rushton, Eve Pollard and Chris Tarrant Molly Parkin and Vince Hill 8 May 1987[13]
7 Alan Coren, Moira Stuart and Willie Rushton Five Star and Mary Whitehouse 15 May 1987[14]
8 Chris Tarrant, Eve Pollard and Kenneth Williams Suzanne Dando and Lennie Bennett 22 May 1987[15]
9 Steve Blacknell, Anna Raeburn and Willie Rushton Rick Wakeman and Sandy Gall 29 May 1987[16]
10 Alan Coren, Moira Stuart and Willie Rushton Jack Charlton and Stan Boardman 5 June 1987[17]
11 Chris Tarrant, Eve Pollard and Kenneth Williams Denis Healey and Janet Brown 12 June 1987[18]
12 Chris Tarrant, Nina Myskow and Lord Lichfield Tessa Sanderson and George Melly 19 June 1987[19]
13 Chris Tarrant, Eve Pollard and Kenneth Williams Harvey Smith and Duchess of Argyll 26 June 1987[20]

Series 2[edit]

# Celebrity panellists Celebrity homeowners Original air date
1 Chris Tarrant, Emma Freud and Willie Rushton David Steel and Ruby Wax 15 April 1988[21]
2 Patti Coldwell, Lord Lichfield and Eve Pollard Uri Geller and Bob Carolgees 22 April 1988[22]
3 Willie Rushton, Clare Rayner, Chris Tarrant Michael Fish and Su Pollard 29 April 1988[23]
4 Chris Tarrant, Anna Raeburn and Nigel Dempster Jane Rossington and Freddie Truman 6 May 1988[24]
5 Willie Rushton, Sarah Kennedy and Alan Coren Clive Sinclair and Kenny Everett 13 May 1988[25]
6 Willie Rushton, Eve Pollard and Judith Chalmers Katie Boyle and Bernard Manning 20 May 1988[26]
7 Willie Rushton, Clare Rayner, Chris Tarrant Bob Champion and Debbie Greenwood 27 May 1988[27]
8 Patti Coldwell, Lord Lichfield and Eve Pollard Gordon Honeycombe and Liz Dawn 3 June 1988[28]
9 Willie Rushton, Sarah Kennedy and Alan Coren Bill Oddie and Clare Francis 24 June 1988[29]
10 Chris Tarrant, Anna Raeburn and Nigel Dempster Mike Reid and Mike Read 1 July 1988[30]
11 Chris Tarrant, Emma Freud and Willie Rushton Kenny Ball and Lucinda Green 8 July 1988[31]
12 Willie Rushton, Eve Pollard and Alan Coren Lord Montague of Beaulieu and Fatima Whitbread 15 July 1988[32]
13 Eve Pollard, Chris Tarrant and Alan Coren Jean Rogers and Clement Freud 5 August 1988[33]

24 Hour Panel People Special[edit]

Celebrity
panellists
Celebrity
homeowner
Original
air date
David Tennant
Patricia Hodge
David Walliams
Ann Widdecombe 5 March 2011

Series 21[edit]

# Celebrity
panellists
Celebrity
homeowners
Original
air date
Viewers
(millions)[34]
1 Dave Berry
Eamonn Holmes
Martine McCutcheon
Louis Smith
John Prescott
Duncan James
Lee Ryan
31 August 2013 5.13
2 Dave Berry
Jonathan Ross
Denise van Outen
Mary Berry
Carol McGiffin
Tom Fletcher
7 September 2013 4.21
3 Dave Berry
Cilla Black
Holly Willoughby
Louis Walsh
Kerry Katona
Greg Rutherford
14 September 2013 4.25
4 Dave Berry
Terry Wogan
Catherine Tyldesley
Bruno Tonioli
Stacey Solomon
Kelly Hoppen
21 September 2013 3.95
5 Dave Berry
Emma Bunton
Larry Lamb
Linda Robson
Mel B
Joey Essex
28 September 2013 3.27
6 Dave Berry
Simon Gregson
Mollie King
Amir Khan
Darryl Hannah
Sarah Harding
5 October 2013 3.64
7 Dave Berry
Julian Clary
Barbara Windsor
Gino D'Acampo
Neil Morrissey
Denise Welch
15 December 2013 3.58

Series 22[edit]

# Celebrity
panellists
Celebrity
homeowners
Original
air date
Viewers
(millions)[34]
1 Alan Carr
Ruth Langsford
Jonathan Ross
Sinitta
Shaun Ryder
Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen
30 August 2014 3.35
2 Joe Swash
Gabby Logan
Paddy McGuinness
Harry Judd
George Takei
John Thomson
6 September 2014 3.31
3 Jimmy Carr
Natalie Anderson
Dave Berry
Will Mellor
Chris Packham
Claire Richards
13 September 2014 3.61
4 Kian Egan
Christine Bleakley
Warwick Davis
Gene Simmons
Sam Bailey
Duncan Bannatyne
20 September 2014 3.59
5 Craig Charles
Fearne Cotton
Dave Berry
David Dickinson
JB Gill
Claire Sweeney
27 September 2014 3.24
6 Vernon Kay
Carol Vorderman
Joey Essex
Rylan Clark
Hilary Devey
Nicky Clarke
4 October 2014 3.39
7 Des O'Connor
Myleene Klass
Dave Berry
Dave Myers
Verne Troyer
Toyah Willcox
11 October 2014 2.85

Transmissions[edit]

Series[edit]

Series Start date End date Episodes
1 3 April 1987[8] 26 June 1987[20] 13[20]
2 15 April 1988[21] 5 August 1988[33] 13[33]
3 17 February 1989 12 May 1989 13
4 9 March 1990 25 May 1990 12
5 5 April 1991 12 July 1991 15
6 8 May 1992 18 December 1992 13
7 14 May 1993 3 September 1993 17
8 10 April 1994 19 June 1994 11
9 22 February 1996 23 May 1996 14
10 7 April 1997 24 October 1997 60
11 5 May 1998 5 October 1998 42
12 29 March 1999 10 December 1999 54
13 3 April 2000 7 December 2000 52
14 14 May 2001 15 June 2001 20
15 7 January 2002 9 August 2002 41
16 3 March 2003 14 March 2003 10
17 1 March 2004 2 August 2004 30
18 27 February 2006 31 March 2006 25
19 26 March 2007 9 May 2007 18
20 6 May 2008 4 June 2008 20
21 31 August 2013 5 October 2013 6
22 30 August 2014 11 October 2014 7

Specials[edit]

Date Entitle
14 August 1988 The Best of Series 1 (Part 1)
21 August 1988 The Best of Series 1 (Part 2)
28 August 1988 The Best of Series 1 (Part 3)
19 May 1989 The Best of Series 2 (Part 1)
11 January 1990 The Best of Series 2 (Part 2)
26 June 1994 Classic Quiz
1 May 1995 Classic Quiz
5 March 2011 24 Hour Panel People Special
15 December 2013 Christmas Special

References[edit]

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