Big Star's Little Star

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Big Star's Little Star
Big Star's Little Star logo.png
GenreGame show
Presented byStephen Mulhern
Voices ofJonathan Gould
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series5
No. of episodes33 (inc. 1 special)
Running time60 minutes (inc. adverts)
Production company(s)12 Yard
DistributorITV Studios
Original networkITV, STV, UTV
Picture formatHDTV: 16:9
Audio formatStereo
Original release4 September 2013 (2013-09-04) –

Big Star's Little Star is a British game show that has aired on ITV since 4 September 2013 and is presented by Stephen Mulhern. The show sees three celebrity contestants and their children or grandchildren answering questions about each other to win up to £15,000 for a charity of their choice.[1]


Round 1[edit]

The celebrities (known as the 'Big Stars') are asked the same multiple choice questions as their children or grandchildren (known as the 'Little Stars') with the aim being to answer the same. Each of the celebrities is given three questions in turn with the children's or grandchildren's answers pre-recorded and shown on-screen.

Round 2[edit]

The celebrities watch a series of clips of their children or grandchildren describing several everyday items with the aim being to identify what their children or grandchildren are describing. They are awarded two points if they can identify the items after the first clue and one point after the second clue has been given.

Round 3[edit]

The celebrities and their children or grandchildren are given three pictures. They will then be asked a question about either the celebrity or their child/grandchild/children/grandchildren and both of them must answer A, B or C with the objective being that they will answer the same, despite not being able to see each other. At the end of the round, two celebrity pairs leave the show with £1,000 for their chosen charity, leaving the winning pair to play in the fourth and final round.

Round 4[edit]

The winning celebrity and their child/grandchild/children/grandchildren play for £15,000 for charity. As they have already made it through to the final, they automatically win £5,000. In this final round, they are given 10 pairs of images that mean something to the family and are hidden behind 20 squares on the screen. The images are displayed on the screen for five seconds and then, they must work together to match up as many pairs as they can before time runs out. Every pair that they match will earn them an extra £1,000 for their charity. If all 10 are matched, the team win £15,000 for their charity.



Series Start date End date Episodes
1 4 September 2013 9 October 2013 6
2 26 March 2014 14 May 2014 8
3 4 March 2015 8 April 2015 6
4 2 March 2016 6 April 2016 6
5 28 July 2018 1 September 2018 6


Date aired Title
30 December 2015 Christmas Special


Series 1[edit]

Episode Date aired Big Star Little Star
1 4 September 2013 Nina Wadia Aidan
Will Mellor Renee
Jamelia Tiani
2 11 September 2013 Sinitta Magdelena
Robbie Savage Freddie
Duncan James Tianie-Finn
3 18 September 2013 John Barnes Isy
Claire Richards Charlie
Edwina Currie Zoe
4 25 September 2013 Lucy Pargeter Lola
Andrew Whyment Thomas
Rosemary Shrager Freddie
5 2 October 2013 Tina Hobley Olivia
Vic Reeves Nell and Lizzie
Jenny Frost Caspar
6 9 October 2013 Sally Bercow Jemima
Diarmuid Gavin Eppie
Suzanne Shaw Corey

Series 2[edit]

Episode Date aired Big Star Little Star
1 26 March 2014 Ben Cohen Isabelle and Harriet
Denise Lewis Ryan
Neil Ruddock Pebbles
2 2 April 2014 Gary Lucy India
Kaye Adams Bonnie
Neil Fox Martha
3 9 April 2014 Sam Bailey Tommy
Shane Lynch Billie Rae
Alison Hammond Aiden
4 16 April 2014 David Dickinson Finley
Samantha Womack Lili-Rose
Michael Owen James
5 23 April 2014 Simon Gregson Alfie
Paula Radcliffe Isla
Natasha Hamilton Harry
6 30 April 2014 Alex James Artie and Gally
Michaela Strachan Oliver
Aldo Zilli Twiggy
7 7 May 2014 Jake Wood Buster
Austin Healey Betsy and Bibi-Dee
Sunetra Sarker Noah
8 14 May 2014 Nicky Byrne Jay and Rocco
Joe Absolom Lyla
Rachel Allen Scarlett

Series 3[edit]

Episode Date aired Big Star Little Star
1 4 March 2015 Joe Swash Harry
Sharron Davies Finley
Duncan Bannatyne Ava
2 11 March 2015 Ronan Keating Ali
Sheree Murphy Matilda
Carl Froch Rocco
3 18 March 2015 Peter Andre Princess
Saira Khan Zac
Danny Dyer Sunnie
4 25 March 2015 Jimmy Bullard Archie
Tricia Penrose Freddy
Martin Offiah Tyler
5 1 April 2015 Mo Farah Rhianna
Rita Simons Maiya and Jaimee
John Prescott Ava Grace
6 8 April 2015 Jo Whiley Coco
Dominic Brunt Danny
Nick Hewer Theo


Episode Date aired Big Star Little Star
Christmas Special 30 December 2015 Michael Vaughan Archie
Fiona O'Carroll Felix
Robbie Fowler Jacob

Series 4[edit]

Episode Date aired Big Star Little Star
1 2 March 2016 Lee Ryan Rayn
Nitin Ganatra Sameer
Samantha Giles Eve
2 9 March 2016 Harry Redknapp Bobby
Vincent Simone Luca
Debra Stephenson Zoe
3 16 March 2016 Kym Marsh Polly
Vince Cable Charlie
Elliott Wright Olivia
4 23 March 2016 Shaun Ryder Pearl
Diane Parish Kaya
Mikey Graham Sienna
5 30 March 2016 Jamie Theakston Sidney
Shappi Khorsandi Cassius
James Anderson Lola
6 6 April 2016 Matthew Wolfenden Buster
Nina Hossain Clara
David Haye Cassius

Series 5[edit]

A fifth series was confirmed and filming took place during the summer of 2017.[2]

Episode Date aired Big Star Little Star
1 28 July 2018 Stacey Solomon Zachary
John Thomson Sophia
Jenny Powell Pollyanna
2 4 August 2018 Sally Phillips Tom
Samia Ghadie Freya
Kian Egan Koa
3 11 August 2018 Abbey Clancy Sophia
Tristan Gemmill Wilfred
Sarah Beeny Rafferty
4 18 August 2018 Ken Bruce Charlie
Faye Tozer Benjamin
Jodie Kidd Indio
5 25 August 2018 James Cracknell Kiki
Karen Blick Ruby
Vernie Bennett Avery
6 1 September 2018 Una Foden Aoife
Kate Silverton Clemency
Kriss Akabusi Alanam

Big Star's Bigger Star[edit]

Big Star's Bigger Star
GenreGame show
Presented byStephen Mulhern
Voices ofJonathan Gould
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series1 (inc. 1 special)
No. of episodes5
Running time60 minutes (inc. adverts)
Production company(s)12 Yard
DistributorITV Studios
Original networkITV, STV, UTV
Picture formatHDTV: 16:9
Audio formatStereo
Original release15 December 2018 (2018-12-15) –

In 2015, the series was reversioned as Big Star's Bigger Star for a Text Santa special with celebrities and their parents. A four-part series, for which filming took place during summer 2017, premiered on 15 December 2018.[2]


Series Start date End date Episodes
Special 18 December 2015 1
1 15 December 2018[3] 30 December 2018 4



Episode Date aired Big Star Bigger Star
Text Santa Special[fn 1] 18 December 2015 Emma Willis Billy
Jennie McAlpine Tom
George Shelley Toni

Series 1[edit]

Episode Date aired Big Star Bigger Star
1 15 December 2018 Adam Thomas Dougie
Frankie Bridge Viv
Joel Dommett Penny
2 22 December 2018 Kym Marsh Pauline
Harry Judd Emma
Simon Webbe Marlene
3 29 December 2018 Emma Willis Cathy
Andrew Whyment Fred
Andrea McLean Jack
4 30 December 2018 Roman Kemp Martin Kemp
George Lamb Larry Lamb
Jess Wright Carol Wright

International versions[edit]

Country/language Local title Host Channel Date aired/premiered
 Belgium[4] Grote Ster, Kleine Ster
(Big Star, Little Star)
Koen Wauters vtm 3 September 2014
 Romania[5] Aici eu sunt vedeta!
(Here I am the star!)
Cosmin Seleşi Antena 1 12 October 2017
 Russia[6] Большая маленькая звезда
(Bolshaya Malegnkaya zvezda,
Big Little Star)
Nikolay Baskov STS 12 September 2015
 Spain[7] Jugando con las estrellas
(Playing with the Stars)
Jaime Cantizano La 1 11 March 2017
 USA[8][9] Big Star Little Star Cat Deeley USA Network
Universal Kids
31 May 2017
10 February 2018

Awards and nominations[edit]

In 2018, Big Star's Little Star made the longlist for the Bruce Forsyth Entertainment Award at the 2019 National Television Awards.[10] However, the programme did not end up making the shortlist.


  1. ^ During the broadcast, Caroline Flack surprised Mulhern with an appearance by his father, Christopher.


  1. ^ "Stephen Mulhern to host new ITV show 'Big Star's Little Star'". Digital Spy.
  2. ^ a b "Big Star's Little Star gets spin-off... with parents". 2 June 2017.
  3. ^ "Big Star's Bigger Star Episode 1". Press Centre.
  4. ^ "Nieuw bij VTM. Grote Ster, Kleine Ster". Medialaan. 2 September 2014. Retrieved 5 September 2014.
  5. ^ "Aici eu sunt vedeta". Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  6. ^ "Шоу "Большая маленькая звезда" на СТС". Retrieved 12 November 2015.
  7. ^ "Jaime Cantizano presentará el nuevo programa de La 1 'Jugando con las estrellas'". Retrieved 28 December 2016.
  8. ^ "Cat Deeley to Host Celebrity Game Show for USA Network".
  9. ^ "Big Star Little Star". Retrieved 31 May 2017.
  10. ^ BigStar'sLittleStar (18 October 2018). "Big Star's Little Star is nominated for the best Entertainment Show at the National Television Awards! Please vote for us here:". Twitter. External link in |title= (help)

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