Alan Carr: Chatty Man

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Alan Carr: Chatty Man
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Genre Chat show
Directed by Chris Howe
Presented by Alan Carr
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 16
No. of episodes 181 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Richard Ackerman
Producer(s) Open Mike Productions
Jon Holman
Location(s) The London Studios
Running time 50–80 minutes
Original network Channel 4
Original release Original Series:
14 June 2009 (2009-06-14) – 25 December 2016 (2016-12-25)
25 December 2017[1]
Followed by Alan Carr: Happy Hour
Related shows The Sunday Night Project
The Justin Lee Collins Show
Alan Carr's Specstacular
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Alan Carr: Chatty Man (also simply known as Chatty Man) is a British comedy chat show presented by comedian Alan Carr. The show features interviews with celebrity guests, sketches, topical chat and music. In 2013, the show won a BAFTA for the best Entertainment Performance.[2]

The show was first on as two pilots in late May 2009; it proved popular with the public and was commissioned for a series and ran for 16 series from 2009 to 2016. The first episode drew in a total of 2.15 million viewers. To date, the show has broadcast 16 series and 181 episodes. The eleventh series consisted of 18 episodes, making it the longest series to date. A new series began airing on 30 August 2013. In 2013, Carr signed a two-year contract extension with Channel 4, which would see him staying at the channel until 2015 in a new deal worth £4 million.[3] The sixteenth and final series premiered on 3 March 2016 and finished on 5 May 2016.

In continental Europe and Scandinavia, Alan Carr: Chatty Man is shown on BBC Entertainment a week behind the UK. Old episodes were shown on 4Music between 2012 and 2013.[4] The show returned for a Christmas special in December 2017.[1]


A structural difference from other British chat shows is that while the guests for each episode of Chatty Man all film on the same day, there is rarely any on-screen interaction between the guests. A guest will be introduced and be interviewed, and then they are almost always gone when the next guest comes out. An advantage to this process is that Carr is able to pre-tape interviews with certain guests. If a particular guest is unavailable to be interviewed on the chosen week, an interview can be pre-taped and slotted in during the next week's editing. Often, at the end of a series, the final episode can be made up of three pre-taped interviews (as well as a musical performance) filmed earlier in that particular series' run, thus eliminating one tape date. However, in recent series, all guests have returned to the sofa during the final part of the programme.


An interview with Marilyn Manson was recorded in mid-2009, however, due to Manson's drunkenness, plans to air the interview were scrapped.[5]

In July 2010, Lily Allen was slated to appear on the show for an interview and to perform with Professor Green, but she ended up pulling out at the last minute for medical reasons, along with Green. Due to this being her second time pulling out of Chatty Man, Carr berated her in front of his audience before filming. She later apologised to him on Twitter.[6]


On 9 October 2016, it was confirmed that Chatty Man had been cancelled due to low ratings compared to rival show The Graham Norton Show. The show aired a Christmas Special on Christmas Day which was the last episode; however, a spokesman said the show could return and that the door has been left open for Alan to bring his chat show back.[7][8]

Chatty Man was replaced by Chatty Man spin-off show Alan Carr's Happy Hour, which started on 2 December 2016.[9]


International broadcasts[edit]

  • In some Nordic countries (Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland), Chatty Man is shown on BBC Entertainment since September 2012 and BBC Brit since May 2015
  • In the Netherlands, Belgium and Sweden, Chatty Man is shown on OutTV.
  • In continental Europe, it is shown on BBC Entertainment on a weekly basis, a few weeks behind the original broadcast in the UK.
  • In Belgium, it is shown on Acht, weekly, a few weeks behind the original UK broadcast.
  • In Australia, it is shown on BBC UKTV[10] with rebroadcasts on ABC.
  • In New Zealand, Chatty Man is aired on TV One[11]
  • In Canada, it is shown on OutTV.
  • In South Africa, it is shown on SABC 3 on Saturdays.


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