Through the Keyhole

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Through the Keyhole
Through the Keyhole logo.png
The current Through the Keyhole logo
Genre Comedy
Format Panel game
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–)
Sky1 (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 panel game show that originally aired on ITV from 3 April 1987 to 1 May 1995, then it aired on Sky1 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. It was hosted by David Frost from those eras. In 2013, it was announced that the show would be revived for ITV, with Keith Lemon as the host. After a successful pilot episode, a six-part series of the revival began airing on 31 August 2013. A second series will broadcast in 2014.

History[edit]

Original series[edit]

Original logo used for Through the Keyhole

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 is a regular panellist on the programme. 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]

A second series with Lemon was announced on 27 March 2014.[8] It will consist of eight episodes and will begin airing in the summer of 2014.

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[9]
2 Willie Rushton, Eve Pollard and Chris Tarrant Linda Lusardi and Freddie Starr 10 April 1987[10]
3 Chris Tarrant, Nina Myskow and Lord Lichfield Tony Blackburn and Robert Maxwell 17 April 1987[11]
4 Alan Coren, Mary Parkinson and Kenneth Williams Lynsey de Paul and Magnus Pike 24 April 1987[12]
5 Chris Tarrant, Nina Myskow and Lord Lichfield Bryan Robson and Beryl Reid 1 May 1987[13]
6 Willie Rushton, Eve Pollard and Chris Tarrant Molly Parkin and Vince Hill 8 May 1987[14]
7 Alan Coren, Moira Stuart and Willie Rushton Five Star and Mary Whitehouse 15 May 1987[15]
8 Chris Tarrant, Eve Pollard and Kenneth Williams Suzanne Dando and Lennie Bennett 22 May 1987[16]
9 Steve Blacknell, Anna Raeburn and Willie Rushton Rick Wakeman and Sandy Gall 29 May 1987[17]
10 Alan Coren, Moira Stuart and Willie Rushton Jack Charlton and Stan Boardman 5 June 1987[18]
11 Chris Tarrant, Eve Pollard and Kenneth Williams Denis Healey and Janet Brown 12 June 1987[19]
12 Chris Tarrant, Nina Myskow and Lord Lichfield Tessa Sanderson and George Melly 19 June 1987[20]
13 Chris Tarrant, Eve Pollard and Kenneth Williams Harvey Smith and Duchess of Argyll 26 June 1987[21]

24 Hour Panel People Special[edit]

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

Series 21[edit]

# Celebrity panellists Celebrity homeowners Original air date Viewers
(millions)[22]
1 Dave Berry, Eamonn Holmes and Martine McCutcheon Louis Smith, John Prescott and Duncan James and Lee Ryan 31 August 2013[23] 5.13
2 Dave Berry, Jonathan Ross and Denise van Outen Mary Berry, Carol McGiffin and Tom Fletcher 7 September 2013[24] 4.21
3 Dave Berry, Cilla Black and Holly Willoughby Louis Walsh, Kerry Katona and Greg Rutherford 14 September 2013[25] 4.25
4 Dave Berry, Terry Wogan and Catherine Tyldesley Bruno Tonioli, Stacey Solomon and Kelly Hoppen 21 September 2013[26] 3.95
5 Dave Berry, Emma Bunton and Larry Lamb Linda Robson, Mel B and Joey Essex 28 September 2013[27] 3.27
6 Dave Berry, Simon Gregson and Mollie King Amir Khan, Darryl Hannah and Sarah Harding 5 October 2013[28] 3.64
7 Dave Berry, Julian Clary and Barbara Windsor Gino D'Acampo, Neil Morrissey and Denise Welch 15 December 2013[29] 3.58

Transmissions[edit]

Series[edit]

Series Start date End date Episodes
1 3 April 1987[9] 26 June 1987[21] 13
2 15 April 1988 5 August 1988 14
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[23] 5 October 2013[28] 6
22 2014 2014 TBA

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[29] Christmas Special

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hassell, Katherine (15 January 2013). "Rise and shine: The joys of breakfast television". Daily Express. Retrieved 17 February 2013. 
  2. ^ Thompson, Ben (12 June 1994). "Long Runners: No 35: Through the Keyhole". The Independent. Retrieved 17 February 2013. 
  3. ^ Bedell, Sally (12 January 1983). "Morning TV is the Talk of Britain". The New York Times. Retrieved 17 February 2013. 
  4. ^ "Keith Lemon confirms Through the Keyhole revamp". Virgin Media. 24 January 2013. Retrieved 17 February 2013. 
  5. ^ "Keith Lemon to present Through The Keyhole revival". The British Comedy Guide. 13 January 2013. Retrieved 17 February 2013. 
  6. ^ "Sir David Frost dies, aged 74". Digital Spy. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "Keith Lemon 'Through the Keyhole' gets Sir David Frost backing". Digital Spy. 16 May 2013. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  8. ^ http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/tv/news/a560519/keith-lemon-to-look-through-the-keyhole-for-second-series.html
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  10. ^ "Through the Keyhole (Series 1, Episode 2)". ITN Source. Retrieved 3 April 2014. 
  11. ^ "Through the Keyhole (Series 1, Episode 3)". ITN Source. Retrieved 3 April 2014. 
  12. ^ "Through the Keyhole (Series 1, Episode 4)". ITN Source. Retrieved 3 April 2014. 
  13. ^ "Through the Keyhole (Series 1, Episode 5)". ITN Source. Retrieved 3 April 2014. 
  14. ^ "Through the Keyhole (Series 1, Episode 6)". ITN Source. Retrieved 3 April 2014. 
  15. ^ "Through the Keyhole (Series 1, Episode 7)". ITN Source. Retrieved 3 April 2014. 
  16. ^ "Through the Keyhole (Series 1, Episode 8)". ITN Source. Retrieved 3 April 2014. 
  17. ^ "Through the Keyhole (Series 1, Episode 9)". ITN Source. Retrieved 3 April 2014. 
  18. ^ "Through the Keyhole (Series 1, Episode 10)". ITN Source. Retrieved 3 April 2014. 
  19. ^ "Through the Keyhole (Series 1, Episode 11)". ITN Source. Retrieved 3 April 2014. 
  20. ^ "Through the Keyhole (Series 1, Episode 12)". ITN Source. Retrieved 3 April 2014. 
  21. ^ a b "Through the Keyhole (Series 1, Episode 13)". ITN Source. Retrieved 3 April 2014. 
  22. ^ http://www.barb.co.uk/viewing/weekly-top-30
  23. ^ a b "Through the Keyhole (Series 21, Episode 1)". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 3 April 2014. 
  24. ^ "Through the Keyhole (Series 21, Episode 2)". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 3 April 2014. 
  25. ^ "Through the Keyhole (Series 21, Episode 3)". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 3 April 2014. 
  26. ^ "Through the Keyhole (Series 21, Episode 4)". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 3 April 2014. 
  27. ^ "Through the Keyhole (Series 21, Episode 5)". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 3 April 2014. 
  28. ^ a b "Through the Keyhole (Series 21, Episode 6)". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 3 April 2014. 
  29. ^ a b "Through the Keyhole (Christmas Special)". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 3 April 2014. 

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