Tonight's the Night (TV series)

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Tonight's the Night
Genre Entertainment
Presented by John Barrowman
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 3
No. of episodes 22
Production
Location(s) BBC Pacific Quay
Running time 60mins (Series 1 & 3)
50mins (Series 2)
Production company(s) Barrowman Barker Productions
Broadcast
Original channel BBC One
Picture format 16:9
Original run 18 April 2009 (2009-04-18) – 3 December 2011 (2011-12-03)
External links
Website

Tonight's the Night is a BBC Saturday night entertainment television programme which started on BBC One since 18 April 2009. It is presented by actor and singer John Barrowman.[1]

Format[edit]

The show is based around making audience members' wishes come true, featuring ordinary people living out their fantasies for real.

There are no rules as to who can appear on the show, it features ordinary members of the public nominated by friends who think they have a hidden talent or other special reason. Every guest has the help of Barrowman and other celebrity guests.

The studio audience are also involved in the show, as John surprises unsuspecting members of the public, making their wishes come true on the night even if they hadn't signed up for the show.

It contains at its heart elements of classic 1980s entertainment shows, such as Surprise, Surprise, Jim'll Fix It, and Beadle's About.

The show is recorded at BBC Scotland's studios at Pacific Quay in Glasgow, Scotland

Transmissions[edit]

Series Start date End date Episodes
1 18 April 2009 23 May 2009 6
2 17 July 2010 11 September 2010 8
3 9 July 2011 3 December 2011 8

Ratings[edit]

Episode Viewing figures from BARB.[2]

Series 1[edit]

Episode No. Airdate Total Viewers BBC One Weekly Ranking
1 18 April 2009 4,690,000 14
2 25 April 2009 4,050,000 29
3 2 May 2009 Under 4,100,000 Outside Top 30
4 9 May 2009 4,270,000 25
5 16 May 2009 Under 4,000,000 Outside Top 30
6 23 May 2009 4,080,000 25

Series 2[edit]

Episode No. Airdate Total Viewers BBC One Weekly Ranking
1 17 July 2010 4,320,000 20
2 24 July 2010 4,460,000 14
3 31 July 2010 3,830,000 27
4 7 August 2010 4,510,000 17
5 14 August 2010 4,650,000 14
6 21 August 2010 Under 3,920,000 Outside Top 30
7 28 August 2010 Under 4,040,000 Outside Top 30
8 11 September 2010 Under 3,910,000 Outside Top 30

Series 3[edit]

Episode No. Airdate Total Viewers BBC One Weekly Ranking
1 9 July 2011 4,070,000 24
2 16 July 2011 4,700,000 15
3 23 July 2011 3,870,000 29
4 30 July 2011 Under 3,550,000 Outside Top 30
5 6 August 2011 Under 3,720,000 Outside Top 30
6 13 August 2011 Under 4,310,000 Outside Top 30
7 12 November 2011 Under 4,580,000 Outside Top 30
8 3 December 2011 Under 4,270,000 Outside Top 30

Doctor Who Sketch[edit]

A short Doctor Who sketch aired as part of the 23 May 2009 episode. It featured John Barrowman reprising his role as Jack Harkness, David Tennant as himself, and competition winner Tim Ingham as alien Sao Til.[3][4] In the short, set on the TARDIS, Barrowman and Ingham alternate between playing their characters and playing themselves as actors on the TARDIS set.

The short was the penultimate piece of Doctor Who written by Russell T Davies (Davies would later write an episode of The Sarah Jane Adventures) and the first time the TARDIS interior was broadcast in HD.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tonight's The Night offers viewers chance to win incredible Doctor Who experience". BBC. 2009-03-27. Retrieved 2009-04-18. 
  2. ^ "BARB". BARB. 
  3. ^ "David Tennant makes surprise return to the TARDIS!". BBC. 2009-05-22. Retrieved 2009-05-24. 
  4. ^ "County man stars as Doctor Who alien". Lincolnshire Echo. 2009-05-22. Retrieved 2009-05-25. 
  5. ^ "Doctor Who goes HD". Broadcast. 2009-02-05. Retrieved 2009-06-19. 

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